Archive for the ‘Still Life’ Category

I realize that the background in my photo for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette might be distracting but I like its ethereal quality and the way that it mimics that same quality in the silhouetted flowers in the foreground.

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A simple flower-pot on a table in a window with a lake in the background is my contribution to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Object. It is not perfect, but I rather enjoy it for that reason.



Photographs are inherently windows into the world at a time other now and typically at a place other than here. Even digital photos viewed on the camera’s LCD screen almost immediately after being taken are windows into a past world.

I enjoy snow globes and have a small collection of them. They too are in a sense windows – by which I mean windows into what are typically fanciful little worlds albeit worlds that share the common feature of swirling snow.

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge – Windows combines the snow globe’s window and the photographer’s window to give viewers of the snow globe a slightly different window – one that peers into a real world.


One of the things that I like the most about digital photography is the ability that it gives me to create the new and unusual. The tools available in the digital darkroom fascinate me and I enjoy playing with them. In a real sense, I am like a kid in a room full of wonderful and exciting toys. This particular photo is of a flower (a Browallia) growing in our backyard. I digitally manipulated the photo using Photoshop and its Plug-in Filter Forge. Filter Forge is one of my favorite plug-ins. I don’t know that it is widely used but you can do some nifty things (sometimes after many hours of work). To the best of my knowledge, Filter Forge does not create filters. All of the thousands of filters available at no cost to users of its product on Filter Forge’s website were created by its users. The filter used here is called Glass Ball Shot.

Submitted to Sunday Stills.

Grass - 8 - August 31, 2011-Edit

Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Who can add anything to Emerson (besides a photo)? Here is my submission for Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Silence.

Cherokee Marsh - September 20, 2013 - 194-Edit

During a recent trip to Cherokee Marsh I spotted this natural still life scene. I tweaked the colors using Topaz ReStyle.