"Abstraction in photography is ridiculous, and is only an imitation of painting. We stopped imitating painters a hundred years ago, so to imitate them in this day and age is laughable." - Berenice Abbott


Bugs, Blooms and depth of field

 I love shooting flowers and finding bugs on flowers is a bonus.  Getting these insects in focus is difficult.  I was shooting with a Nikon 105mm macro and being about 6 inches from these tiny subjects puts a major damper on depth of field.  All of these images were shot around F8 and you can see how extremely narrow depth of field is.  Most people would quickly answer that aperture controls depth of field and that is true but distance to subject has just as big of an influence when you get to these macro distances.  It is also helpful to remember that depth of field is 1/3 in front of the focus point and 2/3rds behind the focus point. 


Channeling William Eggleston

I constantly am fighting the battle in my personal photography to be a generalist.  I love being a jack of all trades but when I am shooting what I like I all too often am just shooting flowers.  Nothing wrong  with shooting flowers but I don't want to be know as that guy that only takes flower pictures.  I look at lots of different photographer and William Eggleston is one that I really admire because he photographed such common everyday scenes.
I walked by the Aramark loading dock coming in to work and the light,  colors, texture and just the look and feel made me think of William Eggleston.  So here is to being a generalist.

"I am at war with the obvious." - William Eggleston

Photo notes-  I shot this photo with a Nikon D2Xs and a 
40mm F2.8 macro lens.  I am always a little taken back 
when I get phot  os that I really like using equipment that is so old.  
The fact is 8 year old cameras are digital dinosaurs
but they still can take amazing photos.


Photo Quotes and flowers

I remember studying quotes in english in high school and I thought it was a waste of time.  Oh if I could go back and engage in that time again and pay attention.  Finding quotes that are meaningful to me helps tremendously.  I often go to photoquotes.com and I am never disappointed.  These O'Keeffe quotes came from BrainyQuotes.com  Now if you ask why I am quoting a painter and showing photos it is because I am not that good of a painter.  

"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way..."  -Georgia O'Keeffe

"Nobody sees a flower really: it so small.  We haven't time, and to see takes time- like to have a friend takes time.  I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty." -Georgia O'Keeffe


Sidewalk Chalk

 I am not the only artist in the house.  The best artist in the family use sidewalk chalk.  Thanks to Jamie and Josie for making the driveway beautiful.


Photographing with Josie

Tonight we had to go to Walmart because we were out of toilet paper.  Driving home down Park Avenue I saw this locomotive sitting on the tracks in this wonderful light.  I dropped Julie and Jamie at home and Josie was out shooting photos so I got her to go back with me to see if the light was still good.  Rarely do you see something and go back a few minutes later and it is still good but I lucked out tonight.  

 I took Josie with me because she has shown a passing interest in photography this week.  She actually is taking a photography class this fall when school starts back.  The yearbook teacher and my friend Dr. Tod Traughber has been teaching the photography class at Harding Academy and he has developed some really pretty good photographers.  I am excited for Jo to take the class and to see if she likes it or not.  I haven't looked at her photos yet but i bet she got some good ones.  Also, I am completely spoiling her by letting her shoot with a Nikon D3s and a 35mm F2 lens.  I shot all my images with an old Nikon D700 and a Tamron 28-200 lens.  It really is not about the equipment it is about the vision you have and the work you do to capture the vision.


Back to Back State Baseball Champions

Jackson and the Harding Academy Wildcats are back to back State Baseball Champions.  That makes Jackson's 4th State Title.

9th Grade - Jr. High Quiz Bowl
10th Grade- Football
11th Grade- Baseball
12th Grade- Baseball

The Wildcats entered the tournament as a three seed and beat Mayflower to go to the Championship game and play Horatio.  This season the Wildcats were 0-2 against Mayflower until the tournament and Horatio had put us out of the tournament in 2015 and 2016.  This was a sweet victory.  The final score was 4-3.  Jackson's tore his ACL during the football playoffs and has been on the team but unable to play due to his injury.  Coach Fullerton said at Senior day that this is the winningest class of baseball players in the history of Harding Academy.

 The Seniors L-R  Seth Morgan, Peyton Campbell, Dalton Koch, Peydon Harlow, Seth Morgan, Pate Fullerton, and Jackson Montgomery

 Coach K
Truck Bling