A Photoblog by Monte Stevens

A place for my photos and random thoughts

Pick a color…

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Pick a Color

… and have a seat.  This scene is unusual as there is almost always someone sitting in one of these chairs. The store that sells these chairs always has them outside on the side walk so people use them. As I came out of the coffee shop there was a small young girl engulfed by the chairs. By the time I retrieved my camera she and her family had moved on. But I figured what the heck and took a few shots. Love colors!

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April 25, 2010 at 12:01 am

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A low perspective

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Dandelions

Are they weeds or flowers? Or are they both, a weed that has a flower? A quick search on Wikipedia came up with some interesting information about dandelions. It s considered a weedy species, especially in lawns and along roadsides, but it is sometimes used as a medical herb and in food preparation. They are important plants for bees. Not only is their flowering used as an indicator that the honey bee season is starting, but they are also an important source of nectar and pollen early in the season. Dandelion pollen is a common allergen and is a common component in bee pollen. This allergen may be commonly responsible for asthma, allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis and contact dermatitis in sensitive individuals. I found these in the Inniswood Garden’s lawn, which is the lawn where most people would prefer they stayed.

Anyway the gist of this post is about perspective and not giving you information on dandelions. Paul Lester has an older post on his experience of a lower perspective which I agree with, and a pretty good image. With the development of the photographers eye through practice we do pickup on the vision of our world from a different perspective We yearn to see it from new directions.

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April 24, 2010 at 12:01 am

Morning Dewdrop

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Dewdrop

I found this dewdrop on the blade of grass while walking around the apartments a couple of days ago. at first I did not like the flower in the background but after looking at it awhile I sort of like it. What do you think?

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April 23, 2010 at 12:01 am

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Ferns

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Ferns

On the road again as I start a 4-day trip, arriving back home on Sunday evening. Wanted to post an image from a couple of hours spent in Inniswood Gardens last week. Backlit subjects are not easy for me but I will not get any better at it unless I keep shooting.

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April 22, 2010 at 12:01 am

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“… hear through the eyes.”

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Blendon Woods Park

“At the root of creativity is an impulse to understand, to make sense of random and often unrelated details. For me, photography provides an intersection of time, space, light, and emotional stance. One needs to be still enough, observant enough, and aware enough to recognize the life of the materials, to be able to ‘hear through the eyes.”  Paul Caponigro

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April 21, 2010 at 12:01 am

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Window Light

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Window Light

This is another example of how my photography has evolved. I find images wherever I’m at with whatever props I have around me. And, since I’m always with me, I do have a model to work with.  Then the challenge is to find good light and a simple background to place the model.

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April 20, 2010 at 12:01 am

Maybe a telephoto lens …

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Running Away

… would have worked better in this image. I shoot almost exclusively with a small 35mm f1.8 lens because most of my photography is focused on what’s around me. However, I’ve found there are times when the telephoto lens would be a better choice such as the image above. A telephoto lens would have been a better choice when trying to shoot a photo of this semi truck as it comes towards me rather than a wide angle. I found it difficult to  keep my focus and framing while running as fast as hell, camera behind my back and shooting blindly. Yep, a telephoto lens would have been a better choice. Have a super day! 🙂

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April 19, 2010 at 12:01 am

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