An Intimate Portrait of an Orchid

As some of you may have noticed I like to photograph flowers.  I’m really not sure what the allure os but I have always found them to be amazing.  Then, one day, I started taking photos of orchids and haven’t stopped since.  There is just something about the orchid that catches my eye.  I guess it’s their delicate nature that I try to capture in a photograph.  I have photographed many different types, colors, shapes, and sizes of orchids but have definitely fallen in love with the white orchid.  Todays post is an intimate look at a white orchid.

I hope you enjoy.  Which view do you like the best?

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In the Woods You Might Find an Old Mill

Todays photo comes from a place in Western Pennsylvania called McConnells Mill.  You can find this mill at the bottom of small road in McConnells Mill State Park.  There you will also find a beautiful red covered bridge.  It’s been a few years since I was last there and it’s on the list for places to visit again this year.  Would you visit this place if you could?

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The Nations Cemetery

Todays photos are from Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va.  If you ever have the opportunity to visit I highly recommend taking the time to see this hallowed ground.  These photos are from inside the Memorial Amphitheater using a fisheye lens.

Hope you enjoy!

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Reflection in the Window

Tonights post is a reflection shot that I took while ago in Pittsburgh.  One of the things that I like to look for is what you would normally walk right by and never notice.  This particular photo is a reflection in an area where literally thousands of people walk by.  I wonder how many have stopped to take a look?

In your personal travels I highly recommend stopping and taking a look at what the world has to offer.  You might just be amazed.

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A Swift River

For tonights post I am showing you a photograph that I took last summer in the middle of the day in bright sunlight.  By stacking Neutral Density filters on top of one another I was able to get the exposure down to 35sec at f22 with 100 ISO.  This is a digital photo and I found with longer exposures and more filters I was getting a strange red cast to the photographs.

Let me know your thoughts and if you have ever experimented with this type of filter stacking before.

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Miniature Town

One of the nice attractions at Phipps Conservatory is the miniature railroad display that they out up every year.  And every year I am just as excited as the last to photograph it.  Somehow it has a way of making you feel like a kid again.

Portrait of an Orchid

So yesterday the photography club I belong to took a trip to Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, Pa.  This is always a nice trip for those that go and we had a great time.  And on a side note we always go as a group out for a late lunch and yesterday we went to the Spaghetti Wearhouse, another one of my favorite places to go.

Hope you enjoy the flower portraits:

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Black and White or Color? That is the Question

For tonights post I thought I would propose a question.  It’s a simple question, but I think it really could spark a great conversation.

“Black & White or Color?”

Simple enough question but what’s the right answer?  Personally I lean towards black and white when looking at photographs, and as I stated in a previous post I have always been intrigued by black and white photography.  As a photographer you need to think about this question constantly.  So how do you make the decision?  I will often post process the image both ways, place them on the screen side-by-side and see which one gives me the emotion that I saw when I took the photo.  I also find that I will eventually use both versions depending on the situation.

I’m very interested in your thoughts on this subject.  What is your process when making this decision?  How do you make your photos black and white?  Do you use digital and convert or are you still a die hard and shoot B&W film?  And finally which version of this tree do you like best?

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