Category: Photography

Opera Spectacles

Opera Spectacles

Photography, Structures February 17, 2019

Enjoy this macro photography featuring a vintage pair of opera glasses with iridescent mother of pearl. I’ve added this image to my gallery at Fine Art America, where a variety of customizable prints are available – framed, canvas, art, metal, wood and acrylic. The perfect addition for your home or office!

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Macro Glass Reflections

Macro Glass Reflections

Nature, Photography February 14, 2019

With macro photography, details make all the difference. Case in point, this “Macro Glass Reflections” close-up, in contrast to my earlier Fractured Glass blog entry (photographed yesterday).

Although my idea of using a large chunk of green glass as subject matter was a worthy consideration, the earlier image was photographed from a hand-held perspective. Today, however, the camera was placed on an immovable surface. The resultant clarity through minimizing movement accounted for a substantial difference in picture quality.

As regards lighting, the earlier photograph was taken yesterday afternoon, after the sunlight had moved beyond my window. Today’s “Macro Glass Reflections” picture, however, was photographed this morning as the sunlight beamed directly through my window and onto the glass. This adjustment certainly contributed to the improved definition and vibrant colors present.

Guests are encouraged to visit my gallery at Fine Art America to ascertain whether a particular print type may appeal as a new addition to one’s home decor.

Sunsphere In Knoxville, TN

Sunsphere In Knoxville, TN

Photography, Structures February 14, 2019

Yesterday was my first visit to the observation deck at the Sunsphere, located at 810 Clinch Avenue in Knoxville, Tennessee. Built in 1982 for the World’s Fair, the structure stands 266 feet tall, weighs 600 tons and has windows that are layered in 24-karat gold dust. It’s interior circular viewing platform can accommodate a maximum of 86 visitors, with informational displays providing descriptions of the Sunsphere and surrounding area.

Entry is free and an elevator (no stairs) transports people up to floor “L4”. Full panoramic, expansive views of the city and landscape – Tennessee River, Smoky Mountains, Cumberland Mountains – offer guests a pleasant experience. Plan to spend a minimum of five minutes visiting this landmark, though take as long as you’d like to observe the area and/or read associated historical materials.

Regarding photography, though, one can expect to capture structural supports in most pictures, and, due to the gold-colored glass, interior photographs will likely retain a green hue. Also, based on the spheric design, I suspect that keeping the exterior window surfaces washed is very difficult – some were dirty.

Note: if you or someone in your group is a Senior Citizen or simply may need to rest, please be advised that there are no seats (or restrooms) available. So, remember to bring a walker that has a seat, or, alternatively, a collapsible campsite (tripod) chair.

Parking

I parked a few blocks from the Sunsphere at the Locust Street Garage. There’s a convenient ‘skywalk’ near parking, which allows walkers to bypass Henley Street and leads directly to the Convention Center. The cost for parking is $8 for two hours or less. After that, it’s $12.

Fine Art America

One more thing. If you’d be interested in a new print for your home or office, I’ve added the following picture to my gallery at Fine Art America. Stop by to select from a variety of available print types – framed, canvas, art, wood, metal and/or acrylic!

Brown Park Disc Golf

Brown Park Disc Golf

Disc Golf, Photography February 12, 2019

Enjoy this split tone photograph of basket #18 at an old disc golf course – Brown Park – in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Before removal in 2006, this course held the annual “Ace Race” disc golf event on the Friday following Thanksgiving.

Check out my galleries at Pixels and Zazzle for more.

Dog In The Window

Dog In The Window

Graphics, Photography February 10, 2019

Many moons ago, in a distant land referred to as Kalamazoo, a slow, low-to-the-ground basset hound named “Flash” posed for a picture in an apartment window.

He was a cantankerous dog, rather dim-witted and liked to howl loudly. And, if you looked at him in a manner he deemed inappropriate, Flash would express his displeasure rather quickly by means of a moderately-firm bite. Ouch!

How this graphic design came to be is somewhat unusual.

I took this photograph in 1997 using Kodak film in an analog camera. Several years later – probably 2005 – I owned a simple digital camera and a more ‘modern’ computer with creative software. At that time, I had the idea that I could take a digital photograph of the film negative, and use it in some fashion as an element of a future design. That point in time was this morning.

I used both Abode Photoshop & Affinity Photo to craft this graphic design, now available for purchase in the following galleries:

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Concrete Forest

Concrete Forest

Photography, Structures February 10, 2019

This black and white photography features a forest setting with large rows of deteriorating, moss-covered concrete slabs aligned in a row. If you’d be interested in seeing more, don’t stumble through the woods hoping to uncover an ancient civilization – stop by my gallery at Fine Art America, instead.

Hope to see you soon…don’t get lost!

Mountain Landscape

Mountain Landscape

Nature, Photography February 6, 2019

This landscape photograph features a rocky outcropping on House Mountain, located near Knoxville, Tennessee. The mountain stands 1000′ above the surrounding valley. It has two different trails to the top, leading to a 1.5 mile ridge extending from end to end, which offers wonderful panoramic-views. The scene here is located along the White Trail which finishes at the West Overlook.

If you’d be interested in a print, then visit my gallery at Fine Art America. Enjoy!

Boulders Along The Trail

Boulders Along The Trail

Nature, Photography February 2, 2019

During my 1-mile hike along a trail at House Mountain, located in Knoxville, Tennessee, an increased frequency of larger boulders became more commonplace. Looking uphill, I photographed this picturesque setting of several such boulders. If you’d be interested in a print for your home, office, or as a gift for family or friends, then visit my gallery at Fine Art America. Enjoy the great outdoors!