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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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…