Autumn Serenity

A bit of abstract photography to soothe the senses

One aspect of my photography is that I will experiment with different in-camera techniques to produce images that are more abstract than representational.  Over the years, I have built up a series of images that I call Kryptomorphaics, as they bring out the hidden through transformation.

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Autumn Serenity

The inspiration for this image is the overwhelming sense of calmness that I felt, as I walked through the landscape observing the way the light played through the autumn leaves.

Hope you enjoy this image, as it is a little different.

A (Tentative) Blog Schedule

It’s not cast in concrete, but it’s a good start!

As learned from Blogging101, part of a blog’s brand identity is established through the cadence of posts that are provided within that blog.  In all honesty, I have struggled with that aspect a little, which probably comes from my own lack of understanding of Dutch Goes the Photo‘s brand identity.  I felt a little bit, as in this image…

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Centripetal Force Equation

Luckily, some of my fellow Blogging101 students have successfully tackled the issue of creating a schedule, which inspired me to come up with my first schedule:

  • Sunday – Shot of the Week feature – this will usually be a shot that I took during that week, even though I have already violated that rule once…
  • Monday – Free-form post – posts on Monday will vary across a range of photographic items, which could be topical or throw-back.
  • Tuesday – Technical Topic – starting this week, I will kick off a series of TTT (Tuesday’s Technical topic) posts, for which I will be happy to take requests.  Some topics may require more than a single post to complete, so they could be across several weeks.
  • Wednesday – Wednesday Wonderment – these posts will focus on items that have amazed me in the past; some are simple, such as this past week’s Mushroom, whereas others will be more convoluted.  It’ll depend on where my mind takes me.
  • Thursday – Dogstar Thursday – this is my version of TBT, as these images will all be throwbacks to the days, when I photographed a lot of dog agility competitions.  I have a thousands of images, so there’s a bit of source material.
  • Friday – Free-form Friday – we’ll see where this takes us!  It may be food, strange collectible, custom toys (I have a bunch).  It’ll be fun!
  • Saturday – Variety – I’ll definitely include some photo challenges in here and will pick up some other items along the way.

As you can tell the schedule has plenty of flexibility built in, which is one of the items that I learned over the past week.  I figure that might work to my advantage, so that I’m not too boxed in, but still have enough regularly schedule items to not have to be uber-creative to come up with a new post.

So, Dear Reader…  What do you think about this?  Do you have suggestions?  I’m curious to hear how you have tackled this issue…

Shot of the Week – vol 4

Getting down with the noble grasses…

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Morning Frost

The shot of the week came about on Thursday morning during my commute; yes, there may be a pattern here, as you may have noticed that I’m often inspired during morning travel.

The quality of the light was that beautiful warm tone, that occurs on chilly days when the air is nice and clear.  As I traversed into Westborough, Massachusetts, I decided to stop near a pond that I had frequented before and check out what caught my attention.

In all honesty, I had first thought to do something with the way the sun’s light was playing across the trees, but the sun was still too low in the sky for the desired effect.  As I walked along a path, my eye caught the tall grasses with still quite a bit of frost on them; I thought they looked pretty interesting in this color light.

Now, all I had to solve was how to make it pop in the image with just my iPhone as a tool. You can see what I did: put the sun behind a fence post, get low enough and ensure that the focus is on the front grasses to create some extra depth in the image.

Hope you like the result!

Daily Post Photo Challenge – Vibrant

What is more vibrant than kumquats?

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Juicy Kumquats!

They may not be your everyday fruit, but kumquats positively brim with all that is good for you: vitamins, fibre and a tartness that wakes you up!

In response to Daily Post Photo Challenge – Vibrant

 

Hope you enjoy!!

Worcester Best Chef Competition

Great food, camaraderie and competition!

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High End Dishes to Taste!

This Sunday, I have the privilege to be one of the photographers, who will be covering the annual Worcester Best Chef event and competition at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA.

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Chef Brian Treitman in Battle Mode

The event attracts the best restaurants and chefs in the area to dazzle everyone with their finest offerings.  The tasting is spread out over multiple floors within the beautiful facility, and the attendees not only get to taste what local restaurants can do, but also get to vote for there favorites.

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Plenty of Ingredients

After the voting, the competition commences between the top vote recipient and two other chefs, who are selected by the judges based on what they tasted earlier in the day.  In true Iron Chef style, the three chefs battle each other on stage to come up with their finest dish within 30 minutes.

The winner is determined by a panel of esteem judges, and gets the trophy and prestige of being Worcester’s Best Chef for that year!

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Cleaning Up

The event is fun for all and nobody goes away hungry, given the smorgasbord of delectable food!  If you want to find out more about this event, please check the Worcester Best Chef web-site at Worcester Best Chef.

If you’re lucky, there might still be a couple of tickets available, as attendance has been outstanding each year; the local gourmets flock to the event in droves, as you’re not going to get bette food anywhere in the area.

Hope you enjoy some of the images from past years, and I’ll be sure to post some after Sunday.

Meet and Greet Weekend @ DBDO: 1/29/16

For those of you who haven’t visited this blog yet, you’re missing out on some great post with excellent tips and inspiration that all of use can use. Go check Danny’s blog!

Dream Big, Dream Often

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It’s the Meet and Greet weekend at Dream Big!!  I hope everyone’s January has been productive!  Hard to believe it is almost February!

Ok so here are the rules:

  1. Leave a link to your page or post in the comments of this post.
  2. Reblog this post.  It helps you, it helps me, it helps everyone!  The more people that see and participate in the MnG, the more potential new followers!  So, share, share share!
  3. Edit your reblog post and add tags.
  4. Feel free to leave your link multiple times each day!  It is okay to update your link for more exposure every day if you want.  It is up to you!

  5. Share this post on social media.  Many of my non-blogger friends love that I put the Meet n Greet on Facebook and Twitter because they find new blogs to follow.

Now that all the rules…

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A Blogger Recognition Award!

What, me? Someone found my blog deserving! Blushing!

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I am honored and humbled to have received a nomination for the Blogger Recognition Award from Ada of Gina’s Blog, which brings inspiration to an ever-growing readership.  She shares creative writings, artworks, quotes, life hacks, everyday inspiration and many more fabulous items that make you want to come back again and again; if you haven’t visited Gina’s Blog yet, go over there now and come back here afterwards.

Thank you very much, Ada for this nomination, as I wend my way from my little corner of the blogosphere (notice how I found a corner in a sphere…) into the world wide wonder of the web.  Over the past month, I have made progress with the help and encouragement of a lot of people that I have met through their blogs and mine; there is still a long way to go, but I think the bug may have bitten me!

So, here are the rules for this award:

Rule 1: Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
Rule 2: Provide a link to the award creator.
Rule 3: Attach the award to your post.
Rule 4: Nominate fifteen other bloggers, excluding yourself and the person who nominated you
Rule 5: Write a brief story of how you started your blog.
Rule 6: A piece or two of advice to new bloggers.
Rule 7: Comment on the blogs you have named here to let them know you have nominated them.

How it began:

This blog has actually been around for 4+ years of inexpert blogging and inconsistent writing.  My original intent for the blog was to provide an additional outlet to get my photography known to people.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have a clue, nor did I stay after it, so that the only people that read my blog were my friends and fellow photographers who already knew my work.  A grand total of 721 views over the past 3 years sums it up pretty well 🙂

The revival is very much thanks to the Blogging101 course from WordPress, which gave me lots of good advice and an impetus to get my blog more together, and all the people that I met through the course and beyond.  A real cadence and sense of branding is beginning to emerge and I think it may be off to a good start this year!

Advice to New Bloggers:

Probably one of the best items that I learned over the past month is that you need to communicate, not just write blog posts!  Comment and provide feedback to other bloggers, start conversations and learn from each other!

Nominees:

 

 

These are some excellent bloggers who deserve your attention!!  Go check them out!

Thanks again Ada!