Archive for February 2012

Where Am I Going?   1 comment

“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.” – Ansel Adams

Today we live in a world that is growing smaller, going faster and becoming more complicated. We don’t make phone calls – we text. We don’t send letters – we send email. We communicate by use of Facebook and Twitter. It’s a digital world that says you have to get it faster and faster. Like 3 seconds difference really makes a difference. We are bombarded with commercials wherever we turn. Everything is a “must have.”

As I have probably mentioned before, I am 73 years old. I come from a different time. We didn’t have a TV in our home until I was almost 19! I listened to dramas on the radio and my imagination gave me the images to go with the words. I lived in a black and white world. Most movies were in black and white. The greatest photo magazine of its time was Life and those images were mostly in black and white. I began photographing with a Kodak Duflex using black and white film, some of which I developed in my bedroom and made contact prints with a little contact printer. My uncle shot Kodachrome with his Leica but never used color negative film. I love black and white.

And then….s few nights ago the Oscars were held and guess what? A black and white film was voted the top film of the past year and ended up with 5 awards. And a silent film at that! Does that mean that somewhere inside of us there is desire to retreat back to a simpler time? Is it time to slow down and “smell the roses?”

I can’t answer that for anyone but myself and the answer is “yes.”

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Posted February 29, 2012 by hwilliam in Photography

Winter Transformation – Again!   Leave a comment

And so the Elfin Lords met in council just last night,
And reasoned among themselves that their woods did not seem right.
“There’s too much brown in February, our woods should be in white”
“So Mother Sky please make it snow from now through morning light.”
Mother Sky called to her Clouds, “Please park above the woods”
“Until the Elfin Lords will say that we have all done good”
And, so it came to pass that the snow fell through the night,
And waking in the morning we found our woods was bathed in white.
Where brown leaves and bare branches were just a day ago.
They now were coated all in white, a sweet, soft winter’s glow.
H. William Lewis

Posted February 25, 2012 by hwilliam in Uncategorized

When All Is Said and Done   4 comments

I just read a very interesting post by photographer Jay Goodrich entitled “In the End What Will You be Noted For?” (http://jaygoodrich-blog.com/2012/02/in-the-end-what-will-you-be-known-for/comment-page-1/#comment-23165) The thrust of the first part of his post is about getting trapped in thinking you must have the latest and greatest equipment. Like thinking that having a full-frame Canon will make them another Ansel Adams.Arguing and complaining about everything from iPhone photography to which camera is the “best.” But it’s his last paragraph that really hit me.

“In the end do you want to be known for blowing your kid’s college education on camera bodies and lenses? Or do you want to be known for capturing a brief, fleeting moment in time that speaks to someone else’s soul? I will choose the latter every single time. And if you take all of my cameras away. Smash all of the computers. Burn all of the paper. Destroy all of the forests. I will keep those visuals I have seen through out my life, to myself and share those experiences through the campfire with only those closest to me. My life will always be complete. Now the biggest question is–will yours?”

And that is where I want to be when it is all over. Having made images that are worth remembering even though I will never travel the world, will never own “Pro” equipment and will never achieve worldly success. I will know that I enjoyed doing what I was capable of doing and that’s what counts!

Posted February 23, 2012 by hwilliam in Photography

Tribute to ‘Tille   Leave a comment

This afternoon I buried our 12 year old cat, Matilida. She was Shirlee’s cat when she and I first got back together and was the first of her cats to welcome me when I came to live in “her” house. She wasn’t a very big kitty kat but she never let her size bother her. She will be missed by both of us. She was a very good cat.

Posted February 22, 2012 by hwilliam in Photography

Foggy Winter Morning?   1 comment

Sometimes images just happen. This is one of those “unplanned” times. The photo was shot back in December on one of those cold winter mornings when you could see your breath freeze as it came out of your mouth. I had just returned from dog walk #2 (Buster) and had stepped inside for a few minutes to give he and Duke their biscuits and get warm. When I went out to get Flan for her walk I noticed that there was some condensation on the lens. So I snapped a few shots of the woods and trees to get that soft dreamy look. The initial shot was a dull boring gray, so I added some tint, gave it a little more contrast. The result isn’t really a foggy morning, just a rather dull one. But, photography is art and this is the look I was going for!

Posted February 21, 2012 by hwilliam in Photography

This Bud’s For You   Leave a comment

A couple of months ago someone tossed a Bud can on the side of our road and for that time I’m been shooting a photo of it almost every time I walk by with one of our dogs on my way to the lake. The other morning we had a wintery mix of rain and snow which gave the beer can a totally different look. So my post for today is, “This Bud’s For You!”

Posted February 18, 2012 by hwilliam in Photography

Elfin Obelisk   Leave a comment

“We do not want merely to see beauty… we want something else which can hardly be put into words- to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it. That is why we have peopled air and earth and water with gods and goddesses, and nymphs and elves.”
― C.S. Lewis

And so the Elfin Lords met in council one winter night. Lord Albewin rose from his seat and said, “Fellow Elf Lords. It has come to my attention that our obelisk to the night sky who provides us with the safe covering for our dances, our singing and our play is in disrepair. It is time we build a new one to honor her. I have therefore appointed a group of our best elfin craftsmen, headed by master craftsman Ælfsige, to build a new one. This will ensure that our nightly rituals will continue to be protected by the stars that twinkle, the moon that shines and the clouds that dance with us. And so the council agreed and as it was spoken so it was written and so it was done. And this is the obelisk that Ælfsige and his crew produced before it was installed in its upright position in a secret elfin glen.

Posted February 13, 2012 by hwilliam in Photography