July 21, 2009

Petalistic



Summer flowers are so lush and sensuous. This beautiful dahlia, framed by purple and white statice, unfolded its curving variegated petals to adorn a table where I enjoyed a wonderful meal among friends. It's bright color and ample blossom made it the perfect complement to the festive gathering.

I couldn't help but take out my camera to capture a few images as this delightful dahlia and I smiled at each other. Above I captured a sideways glance of its soft full petals, their creamy texture and their light drenched, yellow edging. Below I captured it face on, eager and attentive, symmetrical and perfectly appointed, with the hazy heat of summer as a backdrop.

I used several filters on these images to bring out the lovely texture and the brilliant color of this casual summer bouquet.


July 7, 2009

Gruyères Passage


The town of Gruyères, Switzerland is stunning. Set in the foothills of the alps, idyllic landscapes frame this medieval town on every side. From the charming castle at the end of the main street there are many beautiful vistas to be savored. There are views of rolling hills, mountains, gardens, and a churchyard begging to be captured.

The town itself is also quite picturesque featuring quaint cobblestones, an abundance of flowers tumbling from planters and window boxes, cafè seating tumbling from small restaurants onto the cobbled pavement beyond and the hum of conversation, along with the sharp aroma of cheese, wafting on soft breezes in the sun drenched street.

And then there are the doors. In this pristine tourist town each seems to make a statement of its own. Like an accessory to a Catholic schoolgirl's uniform the doors speak volumes about the personality and character the owners hope to convey, in a language all their own. Every one is at least slightly different, distinct and carefully trimmed with significant embellishments. Flowers, plants, pets or decorative artwork adorn doorways that are carved, arched, anchored with exquisite wrought iron and festooned with ornamental hardware.

This image captured one of my favorites. I like the radical simplicity surrounding it, the way the sun highlights the steps beside it, the small window adding balance and framing the other side, the architectural punctuation and the mystery of what is inside.

I treated the image with a simple filter. It highlighted the separation of shadow and light as well as the details of the architecture and stonework. The result lets the door itself shine and invites me to consider what lies beyond.

July 2, 2009

In a Cafe...


This image transports me to a scene in a mystery novel. It is simple in color and contour yet rich with details that might tell a story to those who are curious enough to search them out and wonder at their meaning. 

A wristwatch stands out, and a camera.  Two women in blue face each other at a table in the corner, while one sips tea from a white teacup. The light falls softly casting shadows from the left, hinting at the figure of a man obscured by the form of the other woman. The principle subject of our image turns his tired eyes toward the camera thoughtfully.  

What is even more interesting to me is that this image was originally obscured by the larger image it was captured in.  The original image focused on a scene in a restaurant that had nothing to do with the women in blue. It was simply a typical tourist's group shot at a table in the restaurant where some associates shared dinner.  Only after adjusting and filtering the image did the table in the corner draw my attention. Then, by seriously cropping this once dark inside shot and changing the point of entry, the lush colors and the fascinating sense of mystery was allowed to emerge.