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Inadvertant Selfie

Honest. A few weeks ago, this photo appeared in the gallery lineup when I was looking over a set of photos I had just taken. I guess I took this one too, I just didn’t know it.

And yet somehow it has an appeal…so I kept it. How often do you see yourself from this angle? And in a pleasingly blurred way so that your faults are washed away? Think about it.

Dairy Barn on a Misty Morning

Back and November my husband and I were walking in the Norristown Farm Park very early, just after sunrise. It was a misty frosty morning. I took these photos across the fields stretching over to the Dairy Barn complex.

I think you would never know that right behind us, traffic buzzed along busy Germantown Pike, and that a large hospital building is just across the street. No, when I look at this scene, I can imagine a different time when things were quiet here and the only sounds were that of the land that was resting for next spring’s growing season.

Panorama Porch

Back in the fall I took an online pnone photography class and I learned some interesting techniques. One of them concerned taking the panorama feature on my phone and making it do what it didn’t want to do – pan the scene fast.

This action resulted in jerky justapositions in the photos. I really liked the effect. Here is a short one of my front porch. It’s simple, but there is something about it that keeps me looking at it.

Ice Patterns

A couple of days ago my husband and I were out for a run/walk on the Green Ribbon Trail in Flourtown, PA. This trail winds through the flood plain of the Wissahickon Creek and is about 12 miles long, with much of it a single track dirt trail, very rough.

However, there is a section that is paved and more sedate, and that’s usually where we go. On this cold morning (about 21 degrees F) we were on this section of the trail bundled up and moving along.

There was still snow on the trail in some spots and one such place was right by the gravel parking lot on Mill Road, across from the golf club. The trail was blocked, but the parking lot was all clear, so we just cut through there.

I saw these beautiful ice patterns in the potholes. Talk about beauty in a prosaic location. I snapped some photos. When I came home I did some adjustments to them as well to see what happened. I do not think my photos convey anything like how wonderful these ice formations were, but…now I have something to remind me of this sight, don’t I? Because by now, the ice has melted and the images are gone.

I’ll show you the original photo and the adjusted one beside it. I did different things to each picture, just for the fun of it.

More Dixon Meadow Preserve in the snow

You may remember the sequence of photos I showed you not long ago from this location. I have another set here. This group shows another view of the preserve from a road running at right angles to the previous one.

My husband was driving and I pointed the phone camera out the passenger side window to get these shots. I took random snaps and here is what I ended up with.

This group of photos is in the order they were taken, as the car passed along.

And this group shows you the panorama that you would see if you were standing across the road and looking at the preserve.

I think this is a nice group of pictures. Very wintry!

Dixon Meadow Preserve in the snow

Here is a sequence I made at the end of February 2021 along the fence at the Dixon Meadow Preserve near us.

My husband was driving the car and I snapped the series from the passenger seat, through the window. No aiming, just clicking and clicking as we moved along.

I’ll show the sequence to you in two ways.

First, I have arranged the individual photos in the order I took them.

Next, here are the photos as they would appear in a panorama. Remember, the last photo I took is the first one on the left, if you are looking at the scene. I’ve made them tiny so that all of them can fit together in one line. I think it makes a nice set of pictures.

Sometimes All the World is a Piece of Art

If you think of the whole world as a composition, then there are brushstrokes of color everywhere.

I found these in Allentown, PA, this last weekend. Look at them and enjoy this world where bright spots are everywhere just for the looking.

Some colors are muted or subdued:

And some are loud and clear in their message.

And then there are the combinations of color and pattern that catch your eye.

Go ahead, walk around. Take a look.

Would You Like to Visit this Location?

I took this photo of the Pencoyd Bridge in Philadelphia PA in September 2020.

I gave it a real boost in color saturation, just for fun, because even in the unaltered photo, I loved the color array – green, blue, orange, red. I thought it would look great in a stronger version.

The view made me think of postcards from the past – a local scene captured to show people who might never be able to visit the location, that would make you marvel as you looked over the card. Every place, big and small, has beauty spots and places of interest, and I enjoy seeking out the sites that local people feel are important.

And I love receiving postcards.

That’s why I thought of this as a great postcard image. If you received this item in your mail, you might examine it in detail, see what your cousins or your grandmother saw in the real-world version that caught their eye strongly enough to buy the card so you could enjoy it, too.

All right, here it is. Greetings from the Pencoyd Bridge, Philadelphia, PA!

Me

I think I mentioned I took an online phone camera photography class back in the fall, 2020. I learned a lot in this class and I practiced some of the ideas on myself. At the risk of seeming self-obsessed, I will show you some of the photos.

With a couple of simple apps there is a lot that can be done to make an ordinary photo interesting, and I enjoyed trying out the different ideas brought out in the class, such as unusual angles or cropping, blurring, or distorting. Even some plain old feet can have their moment…

Panorama Drama

Yes, I know it doesn’t rhyme, this blog post title, but it looks good, right?

Back to the subject. In September 2020 I took an online course covering special effects possible with the phone camera. One thing I learned about was using the panorama setting.

If you speed along faster than the camera wants to go (it tells you to slow down, but you don’t) you can get some pretty crazy pictures. Like these. Take a look.

This is my desk area in my studio.

This is my dining room.

This is my view from behind my main art work table. FYI the table is 6 feet long in real life.

This is another view from behind my table, looking at a different side of the room.

I love the crazy compressed skewed out-of-proportion views I get with this technique. Try it. It might make you a little dizzy but it’s a fun kind of disorienting.