Just because they aren't new to me doesn't mean they aren't new to you! I was sorting through my archives with the theme of "leaves" in mind, with the goal to share what I found.Read More
I'm not sure what it is about walking in the woods, alone with my thoughts. It's quiet, except for the sound of my feet and the crunching leaves on the trail, maybe a bird, or some little critter dusting up leaves as he scurries along the ground. But that's it. It's kind of like all the stuff in life takes a back seat—that to do list, work, anything that's annoying you.Read More
The little boat in the middle of the calm blue waters is waiting for you.
This is an image that I really like from my vacation to New Zealand. Always on the lookout for a photo opportunity, I had my husband turn the car around because I knew I'd hate to not capture this calm scene with that small boat moored in the distance.Read More
Oregon Adventure, Day One — The Coast
The weather all day was this misty sunshine. I loved it for my photography. Call me crazy, but I think it lends an air of mystery to the scene. And hey, it wasn't raining.Read More
I want you to meet "Autumn Shadows"
One of the last nice days of fall with all the leaves on the trees, not too hot or too cold outside. A perfect day for photography and mentoring. (More on the mentoring later.)Read More
Lessons Learned So Far in Long Exposure Photography...and what the heck is long exposure photography?
There's something for everyone in this blog post. I'll start with a definition, then show you some major mistakes, some lesser mistakes, and many lessons learned. For some of you, even though you have no desire take these kind of photographs, you might have wondered a bit how they were made.Read More
What kind of shooting did you think? :)
December had a few days where it was nothing but dense fog and frost. It really did look a bit blue outside. And a really cool phenomenon called "hoar frost" was hanging around, making everything look like a winter wonderland.
In mid-December Dad and I were driving through a campground, and we spotted some deer. So just that was kind of cool, but then I decided to be bold and get out of the car and see how close I could get. I only had my 50mm lens on my camera, which approximates how you see with your naked eye. That should give you some idea of how close I really was.
The first image above gives you some reference as to the distance I slowly walked, shooting a shot with each step, never knowing when the deer would get spooked and scamper away. The closer I got, the more excited I was getting! I had to stop and think " just breathe". I also remembered to take my camera away from my eye and just take in the moment. I don't think I've even been this close to deer in a zoo, so this was a cool moment.
For a few minutes I was thinking I was quite the deer whisperer. The funniest moment was when I thought I was done photographing and walked away from the deer. I then hear my dad yelling from the car "they're following you!" But then a person walking by told me that people who live near the campground feed the deer, so they seem to feel pretty safe in this protected area and were somewhat comfortable with people. I'm guessing those deer were thinking I might have some treats for them. Ha, no different from my dog following me when he thinks I might have a treat.
I was able to get about 20' away from this solo deer before I got a little too close for comfort. The deer was more interested in some food it was digging around for than me. Well, up until a point. :)
I've got some more images from this same afternoon to share with you for the next blog post. The hoar frost was simply amazingly beautiful. I even got my dad to pose in one of the photos.
~Barb Kellogg, photographer, tea drinker, and dark chocolate lover
Cool Art Installation, Stickwork, at St. John's University
What a great place to go outside and explore—and to be able to walk through the inside of a piece of art! There are trails behind this area, too. And it's free!
"Lean on Me" has been up since 2012. I thought it was due to come down this Fall, but I couldn't find where I read it, so now I'm not sure. The artist Patrick Dougherty creates these Stickwork structures all over the world. While it's starting to show its age a bit now, they have withstood high winds and other weather—in fact it held up far better than many homes last summer during several severe storms!
The images show details of the doorway, wall, and interior roof, plus a couple extra photographs of the area.
I really do encourage you to run out to St Johns to see this. It's just west off the exit on I-94 as you head west out of St. Cloud/St. Joseph.
"Lean on Me" is available as a print or canvas.
~Barb Kellogg, photographer, tea drinker, and dark chocolate lover email@example.com