Physics is amazing to watch is action. The kinematics of mass, force, inertia, structural integrity, acceleration can produce some devastating and spectacular sights. But freezing that action at the moment when an accelerating object strikes an immovable object creates for some visually interesting photos.
Every photographer knows about the “Golden Hour,” the hour of diffuse, warm light that is available the first hour after sunrise. This light helps make landscapes, portraits, and almost any outdoor photo better. I also like to use this warm light as a backlight for Nature Close-ups. These close-ups during an Autumn Golden Hour also get the added benefit of an early morning dew still clinging to the foliage before the mid-day sun burns it off.
In my continuing urban exploration of Philadelphia, my next photo trek was to Old City / East Center City. I have two favorite areas of this part of the city (and neither includes the Liberty Bell). The first is Old Christ Church Cemetery, the final resting place of many notable figures of early American history, including Benjamin Franklin. This cemetery pulls you into the history of the early nation, with its crumbling monuments to patriotic and brave heroes. My second […]
Philadelphia is an eclectic city, with a varied mix of old and new, often right next to each other. 15th & Market Streets in center city is a prime example. In the center of this intersection is City Hall, with its gargoyles, gothic styling, and William Penn atop the spire. All around it are modern high-rise buildings, contemporary outdoor sculptures, and glass and chrome. Now if the Philadelphia Eagles can only get a good mix of Running and Passing plays […]
Every photographer who is based in the Philadelphia area has visited Longwood Gardens in Kennet Square, PA. It is world-renowned for its horticultural displays, and is filled with color indoors and out. You would be hard-pressed to walk away from Longwood without a few hundred shots of water lilies, orchids, landscapes, and other fascinating organic life. But on a recent trip with my daughter, I wanted to capture some of the other details in the gardens, those that have little […]
This was not a photo that I had pre-planned. I was attending a workshop in a fantastic old building in Philadelphia, and during a break I found this very old elevator. The only light in the hallway came from the interior of the elevator car. It cast very interesting shadows on the floor that seemed to just intensify the aged feeling of the building’s lift. The workshop was on High Key and Low Key lighting by the South Jersey Photography […]
I find that photographing flowers can be frustrating. Just look through any photo magazine or website, and you’ll see literally hundreds of perfectly exposed flowers with beautiful bokeh. How do you stand out from the crowd and be different and creative? So I found a beautiful single, red rose in our local supermarket. It has two great attributes, a velvet-like texture and a distinctive inward spiral that resembles a vortex. I wanted to enhance the drama and make that pattern […]