When we think of weeds, we think ugly! Well, they’re not all ugly! They’ve been prominent in some of my images recently and today I decided to feature a few photos where weeds play a major role. The first one is entirely weeds and I’ve done some extensive editing to change the color and add some texture.
The second photo was shot with a Lensbaby, an optic which blurs much of the photo leaving a sweet spot in focus. This broken fence is surrounded with weeds and again extensive editing turned green foliage brown and a filter was added to produce the oil painting textured look.
Who said weeds have to be ugly?
Another opportunity to visit and photograph the Verb Ballets rehearsal proved challenging and fruitful as I came away with some interesting photos. This particular performance, based on the stories of Edgar Allen Poe, was different in that there was a live rock band performing on the stage and multiple ladders were used as props in many different ways.
These two photos were a few of my favorites. Both captured expressive and colorful moments in the performance!
The same State Road Covered Bridge seen in last week’s post is seen here with some creative effects added and from a little closer vantage point. I took this shot from a point within the branches of the fallen tree seen in the foreground. The tree was distracting in the original photo but I found by doing some creative post production work on it in Photoshop and with Nik plug-ins, I could make the tree a bit less obvious. The sun was also shining on the bridge for a few brief moments when this shot was taken and gave a nice warm glow to the bridge and the rusty red foliage to the left.
State Road Covered Bridge #1
I went shooting a couple of Ashtabula County, OH covered bridges with a couple of my photography friends yesterday. There are 16 of them I believe and we’ve been visiting a few at a time over the past month or two. We’ve seen the leaves change color and even though they reached their peak last weekend, we were surprised to see some nice rust colored leaves still hanging on.
State Road Covered Bridge #2
All 3 of these photos were take with a lens system called the Lensbaby. It’s a system that has different effects depending on which optic you use. I used a soft focus optic which gives the entire photos a soft, somewhat out of focus look. Seems crazy doesn’t it? We always tried to have most of our photos “IN FOCUS” and now here we are purposely softening the focus! It does have an artsy look and many people like it! Other optics that I use with this system, have a “sweet spot” of clear focus surrounded by soft focus. You will continue to see me use this system from time to time.
State Road Covered Bridge #3
When people outside of the area think of Youngstown, OH, and Northeast Ohio in general, they think of it as an old rust-belt area, which it was. The area however has done much to experience a resurgence.
Traveling to Youngstown a few times this summer and fall with some photo buddies to photograph the picturesque Lanterman’s Mill, we found a city slowly rebounding and one of the most beautiful parks systems around, the Mill Creek Metroparks.
Lanterman’s Mill in Autumn
Lanterman’s Mill, featured in another post, is now surrounded by greens, and golds!
Another beautiful feature of this park, only a mile from Lanterman’s Mill is a suspension bridge looking like it came out of a fairytale.
Fairytale Suspension Bridge
This bridge was originally built in 1895 and crosses Mill Creek within the park. One of a kind! Who knew these beautiful scenes could be found in the rust-belt city of Youngstown?
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Canadian Brigantine Playfair
Now that cooler weather is setting in, it’s time to go back and edit some of the photos that I took over the summer and never had time to work on. Today I went back to the photos taken during Cleveland’s Tall Ship Parade of Sail on July 3rd. This first photo, enhanced to look old and worn, depicts the Canadian Brigantine Playfair. The Playfair trains youths aged 13-18 with a crew of youth officers aged 15-18 with the captain being the only adult on board. Each training cruise lasts 2 weeks while cruising from port to port on the Great Lakes.
Schooner Denis Sullivan
The three masted schooner Denis Sullivan flies the U.S. flag and it’s home port is Milwaukee, WI. It is the flagship of Wisconsin and operates as a floating classroom and goodwill ambassador for the state of Wisconsin. She winters in Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean.
All of the tall ships were quite majestic. The day however was extremely overcast and hazy. Enhancing the photos in Photoshop and with the Nik Software plug-ins enabled me to add texture and drama to what were otherwise rather mediocre photos of beautiful ships!
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According to Wikipedia, Steampunk is a “sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. Steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American “Wild West”. Along with some fellow photographers, I found some modern day non-fictional Steampunk at the Mt. Hope Auction Steam Show in August.
Coal Powered Steam Tractor
The machines, powered by coal fired steam engines were objects of beauty, belching deep black smoke and embers! The craftsmanship and strength of these behemoths was just amazing to see. The expression “they don’t make them like this anymore” kept echoing in my head!
Steam Tractor Detail
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