A couple of days ago I was sitting on my deck and gazing into the woods behind the house when I noticed the sunlight filtering through the trees. The leaves and grass had changed from their early autumn color to a richer and more colorful hue. That looked great, but it was the shadows that the sunlight created that forced me to get up from a comfortable chair and go and get my camera! The photo below is the one I decided to post. I used the Adobe Landscape Profile and adjusted the hue in the shadows, but that is about all the post-processing I did for this photo.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has been a disaster for many people and my heart goes out to them! It has been a minor obstacle to enjoying my retirement activities and nothing more to this point. For that I am grateful! In the last couple of months I have rarely touched my camera because my motivation to continue photographing around my yard and neighborhood has been lower than an earthworm.
So what to do with all this time and nothing to photograph? I decided to go through my photo archive and re-process some photos. Prior to the pandemic, I was in Washington D.C. near Howard University. This area is undergoing a major amount of gentrification. The photo below, if taken a few years ago, would look like an old, broken down series of rowhomes. Today, with the influx of young urban professionals and their money it has been reborn!
I don’t usually take photos of animals, so I rarely post a photo of an animal. Yesterday provided an opportunity to make an exception to this behavior! I was in my home office, when my wife told me to look out the window at a small fawn. It was eating some leaves at the edge of the backyard. I grabbed my camera and as quietly as I could I stepped onto my deck. These animals have fantastic hearing and this one immediately heard me. I just froze for a minute or so and it went back to eating. I managed to fire off a few shots before it ran off. This is the best of the group and I decided to title it “Snack Time”.
Last evening, I went out on the deck hoping to get some fresh air. As soon as I stepped outside, a beautiful sunset was lighting up the sky. Quickly, I retrieved my camera and took a few photos. The light was changing very quickly and this was my best capture.
Most of us are starting to struggle with finding activities to keep us busy during our COVID-19 lockdown. I am no exception. Yesterday I was talking to one of my granddaughters about some old movies I enjoyed and King Kong came up. She had never seen it, so we talked about it for a few moments. Later, I looked on-line and found some old movie posters from the 1933 release of this film. In many ways, it was a shocking film for its time period! This gave me an idea to have some Photoshop fun to spend some time creating a fun photo. I decided to use the newest skyscraper symbol in New York, Freedom Tower, in place of the old symbol, the Empire State Building, as when the film was originally released. Here it is for your viewing pleasure. Now go on-line and view the movie. I know I will!
The Lord I my shepherd;
There is nothing I lack.
In green pastures he makes me lie down;
To still waters he leads me;
He restores my soul.
He guides me along right paths
For the sake of his name.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
Your rod and your staff comfort me.
John Lewis, Rest in Peace!
Continuing with the theme of photography near home during the Wuhan Virus Pandemic, here is a recent photo. This was shot less than a mile from my home and the goal was a type of minimalism that attempted to communicate emptiness. Did I accomplish that or was it a fail?
All the discussion about how our lives will be different after Covid19 and how we should get ready for the new normal is on every news show! It seems all we hear about is the future and what will likely change. The item that most disturbs me is the potential loss of privacy with “contact tracing”. Currently, the government of China is already advancing more measures to track their citizens, but I would expect that from a totalitarian regime! But what about our democratic forms of government? It seems more people are getting comfortable with the idea of doing the same thing in the U.S.A. That sounds more like 1984 by George Orwell than I like to think about. Okay, enough of my political rant!
This did give me an idea for a photograph. Here is a view of my take on contact tracing. Every time we use our index finger, it will send a signal to the “cloud” to trace our every move. Just a little Adobe Photoshop fun, but it could come to pass……hmmm!
This blog post will continue with the theme of finding photo opportunities near home during our Covid19 induced shelter-in-place regulations. I was feeling the need to take a short drive just to break the tedium and remembered seeing a site that I thought might make a good photo. It is only about 15 minutes from my home, so it seemed to be a reasonably short though not an essential trip! After checking one of my apps for sunset times and location and I grabbed my camera, tripod, and car keys. I took some shots right before sunset and several afterwards. The photo below is the one I chose to post. I took the liberty of over saturating the colors with Adobe Lightroom just to see how far I could push things.
I hope you are staying healthy and finding some photography opportunities at home or nearby! Please come back to www.cestlavie4me.com to view more of my Covid19 photos.