I took a lot of photos this summer on our trip to Niagara Falls, but none of those pictures made the cut for this blog. For the most part, I chose to be a guy with his family rather than a photographer. My family might disagree. What was clear to me, though, is that my artistic process takes time and thought and often solitude. It is really difficult to separate what my normal waking mind sees - all of the interpretations and compensation that my visual center uses to make meaning of a landscape - from the color and shadow that the camera sees. Walking along the cascades, for instance, downstream from the falls, the monstrous standing waves and rushing tumult of water is breathtaking and lovely. But most sill photos look like a windy day on the lake.
It also takes time for me to grow to know and love a place, to know when the light is good on that flower, to develop an affection for that chimney and its shadow. Or it may be weeks, even years of passing a tree, in spring and fall and snow before the clouds are fluffy and the flowers are bright, and I think - now! As we walked around Niagara Falls under an overcast sky and crowds of sightseers, I thought, "Wouldn't it be a luxury to have days or months here to wait for the time when the wind might blow the spray south and the sun might sparkle on the waves and the droplets might shine with rainbow colors and I might be in the right place to capture it?"
You may visit a few vacation photos from the gorge of Watkins Glen State Park and Niagara Falls in the selected photos gallery on Smug Mug.
The clouds were fluffy and the sky blue when I happened by Blakeslee Methodist Church in Blakeslee, PA in the Poconos. Captured with the help of the Nikon 10-24 wide angle lens I bought for the trip to Niagara Falls.
I can't claim to have been in solitude at Citizen's Bank Park as we sat in the upper deck along with friends from Nashirah (the Jewish chorale of Greater Philadelphia, who had just sung the National Anthem). But I had plenty of time to gaze out across the park, with the setting sun lighting the sky and the distant skyline of Philadelphia rising over the outfield on a perfect August evening. Six images with the 10-24 mm lens, merged and straightened in Photoshop.
The zinnias were a gift that I decided to plant near the goldenrod and milkweed patch in my backyard. Who knew they would do so well? As I write this, the goldenrod has burst forth, and I hope to give you a photo update. Zinnia and Goldenrod is available in the Summer 2013 Smug Mug gallery as a horizontal, and makes a great desktop background! You will find the other images there, as well, for free download. But to purchase prints and support this blog, please click on the images you see here. Thanks!
Love to all,