Familiar but Different….

From time to time we revisit a familiar place and yet somehow it seem different than the way you remembered.  Recently I had a few hours to spare, which by the way never occurs, and I took a ride Ohiopyle State Park.  I have visited and photographed the water fall know as Cucumber Falls many times before and quite often I just go for a walk and don’t take any photos at all.

As photographers we are often faced with this dilemma of seeing the same subject over and over agin.  Often this causes me to not want to take a photo of this particular subject.  The question arises, “How do you make the Familiar Different?”, well my answer to the question is a very simple one.  Simply choose a  lens that you wouldn’t typically use and only photograph your subject with that single lens.  I will offer a suggestion here though, I would pick a lens that really doesn’t fit the subject.  In my case, at the ever so familiar Cucumber Falls, I chose to use a fisheye lens.

I guess that I’m trying to make myself see a familiar subject in a slightly different way.

Let me know what you think of the photographs.

A Trip to the Zoo…

Recently the photography group that I belong to took a trip to the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.  I’ve ben there several times in the past, but each time I manage to find a different view, expression, or animal to photograph.  So if you have time this summer plan a trip to the zoo and have a nice day out.  Let me know what you think of the photos.

As the Lightning Strikes…

Recently on my way home I was watching an approaching storm.  The more I watched the storm the more I became interested in photographing the lightning.  I thought for a bit and then remembered a great place where I could get on the top of a hill and get a good view of the storm.  In all the years I have been taking photos this is the first real attempt at lightning and I was pretty surprised at the results.  I know after this experience I will be watching for more opportunities to photograph lightning in the future.  I hope you enjoy these three photos.