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A Venture Into Black and White. October 29, 2012

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A quick shot of Susan at a horse farm in Stockbridge, MA:

I’ve been following the work of a few B&W photographers, and they’re affecting the way I look at things.

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Farm Scenes. July 1, 2012

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A horse grazes by a barn in Montague, MA:

An uncommon silo for these parts, made of concrete “boards:”

The tensioning bands made a cool pattern on the ridged and grooved surface:

I know that this is a less-than-inspired post, but I’m feeling pressed, both time-wise and financially, as  I focus my efforts on getting Ralph Munn Photography to meet my financial needs, and blogging has become a very secondary part of my time allocation (Facebook thinks I’m dead.)

This is not necessarily a bad thing; there are signs of progress on the photography front, which I may take to bragging about as they become more robust.

Meanwhile, thank you for your forbearance.  You’ve been a supportive e-family to me as I’ve delved ever deeper into photography as a means of expression (a prime example of which this post is decidedly not!)  I hope to do better by you in future posts.

 

Equine Photography. June 15, 2012

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Another thing to work on:

There’s so much going on here that I as a photographer have no control over.  I’m not first an action photographer, but I’m trying to learn how to do that.

That was from Ollie, my 24-105mm L-series  lens, whose compositional flexibility made this day work for me.

I briefly backed off for some telephotos…

(that one taken with Gizmo, my f/5.6L 400mm lens)

…but the action was happening down at the jumps.

Thanks to the folks at Biscuit Hill Farm in Shelburne, MA for their forbearance as I shot what I got.

What I Saw. January 5, 2012

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Today’s Roll-About beneath steel gray skies looked like an exercise in futility until I got westward to Williamstown, where a few views inspired me to get out into the wind and snow squalls and contort Elliot into action.  Here’s some of what I got.

Fences in a pasture:

A red barn in light wind-driven snow:

Those two had a bit of “tilt” to get the front-to-back focus I wanted, as well as an array of hand-held graduated filters.

This next one, though, was an impromptu portrait of a horse who came over to greet me, changing my plans and necessitating some hasty manual work:

What a sweetie, though he’d likely bite me if he heard me say that!  🙂

More later from today’s foraging.  I’m undecided as to whether they’ll be color or B&W, so give me a little while.

Some Creatures Great And Small. June 8, 2011

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Looking over my photos of the last few days, I realized I had several animal (or animal-related) shots which might work as one post, so… here goes!

A beaver lodge up in Windsor, taken the day of the big storms (sorry, no beaver today!):

Mallards on a bit of open water nearby:

While we’re in a fowl mood, a family of geese in Williamstown:

That one was taken from atop my car, with the wind gusting so hard it very nearly blew me and my tripod off!

Here’s a doe in a field in Charlemont at day’s end:

…and a sweet little guy who plopped onto the hood of my car as I was bulling through low branches on a seldom-traveled old woods road:

Surprised me, I must say!  🙂

And lastly, a digression from the “wildlife” theme but kind of a nice photo without another place to be, here’s a horse in a pasture of buttercups in Williamstown:

It sometimes seems that image-worthy scenes present themselves in thematic clusters, but I suppose it’s more a mater of keying into one aspect of my surroundings and going with that flow.

Anyway, that’s all for now.

G’night.

Changing Seasons. March 23, 2010

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Between the snows of Winter and the blossoms of Spring sets the season of Mud, with its gray skies and awakening pallette.

Receding snows reveal last season’s corn stubble:

A horse roots for green shoots on a southern Vermont farm:

…and a patch of moss springs to life in the first warm days of the season:

It’s not fully here yet, but it’s coming.

Colrain Horse. December 27, 2009

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If you knew anything about Colrain (which you probably don’t) you’d appreciate how Colrain this poor horse is:

Makes me want to love our fellow travelers, and pray for those less blessed than we are.

Feel free to join in.

Namaste.

Random Rain Shots. July 5, 2009

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From this past week.

Zoar Gap on the Deerfield River:

zoar gap

A farm in fog:

horse in fog

A butterfly alight on hawkweed:

butterfly on hawkweed

We’re depending on these guys and others for pollenatiion this year, as most of the blooming season has passed in the rain, which bees don’t much care for.

And sphagnum moss, loving the interminable wetness, puts out some cool little structures:

moss structures

I thought these were berries or flowers or something, but recently I was told that moss has no such parts, it predating the development of sexual structures in plants.

All I can say is, they sure look like little berries to me, unwrapping from the terminal leaves of their respective stalks:

moss structures

More research is called for, I guess!

Ruby Tuesday! April 27, 2009

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One from my Spring trip to Southern California.  Here’s the eye-popping visual in front of Sierra Saddlery in Bishop, California:

sierra saddlery

In case you doubted the continuing existence of cowboys.

Or their monumentally unrefined taste in advertising…

Thanks to Mary over at Work of the Poet for this, um, colorful meme!  🙂

A Blue Sky Day. April 14, 2009

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Today was fair, warm and  breezy, feeling a bit more like Spring than it has in a week:

brownfield

It looked like it, too:

colt'sfoot butterfly

Small critters stirred as hawks eyed them with terminal intent:

who's this?

When the wind finally died down, still ponds repeated the scene with startling clarity:

birch reflection

…as a mallard and his mate sunned and preened:

two ducks

Finally, high clouds slipped in as the day ended, bathing upcountry farms in a warm light:

farm with horse at sunset

All in all, it was a relaxing drive home from a good day’s work.