An ent, perhaps? Spotted at the Forestry Institute near Cypress City, China.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
We have snow on the ground again today. This has been a long and cold (very cold!) winter here in central Ohio. To cheer myself up, I think back to my field season last autumn, which was late winter/early spring in South Africa. I clearly remember some very cold and wet days, but the ones with sunshine and warm temps are what keep me going at the moment...
Monday, February 24, 2014
It seems as if this winter will never end. After a few days of warm temperatures - enough to melt most of the snow - we're back to cold weather, more snow and ice on the way, etc. I've been teaching a double course load this semester to make up for taking all of autumn off so that I could do field work and go to international meetings. As I'm pondering the continuation of winter, I think back to my awesome field season in South Africa. The last few days were spent near Cape Agulhas, camping with Dennis and Gigi Laidler at DeHoop Nature Reserve. This gull was one of my early morning meditations as I sat above the vlei, basking in the morning sun.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Outside the bamboo scripts museum in Changsha there was a swap meet for antiques being held. This young man caught my eye because of his interesting make-shift chair. The market was very interesting, but, as a non-native, I had no way of judging the authenticity or prices of the wares.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
We've had a bit of a thaw this week, which is a delightful break from the snow we've had on the ground since the first of January. This photo is from the end of January - about the time we had such an interesting appearance of snow rollers.
Friday, February 21, 2014
I made this photo in Cypress City, Hunan Province. The little boy had been chasing a stray cat, and I had done a series of photos. The grandfather decided I needed to do a portrait, too, so he brought his grandson over for a visit. This was just one of the many lovely encounters I had while visiting Hunan Province.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Another street vendor in Changsha (Hunan Province). Everywhere we went for lunch there were vendors outside the restaurant who were selling fruit, chestnuts, or other food. Our group was always interested in seeing what there was for sale, and sometimes we would buy a variety of things to share on the bus as we were going from one site to another.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
One of the things I really enjoyed while traveling with the International Wood Culture Society group was the opportunity to sample the citrus from the region (Hunan Province). These are Valencia oranges, but about twice the size of what I've seen in the USA. I'd be interested to know where these were grown. They had a Sunkist 3108 label....
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Tourists are the same all over the world. Smart phones snapping pictures of historic sites; a sense of awe in being in the presence of beauty.
Yuelu Academy is in Changsha China. The architecture includes a great deal of wood, which is why this place was on the itinerary for the pre-conference tour of the International Wood Culture Society symposium.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
If you've never heard David Wong or had the pleasure of seeing one of his performances, you're missing out on a real treat. David has a very large Youtube presence, and I recommend that you find his channel. His repertoire is extensive, including looped covers of pop music. He does everything from classical to jazz to rock to you name it, he probably plays it. Aside from his amazing talent, he's a heck of a nice guy, too.
Friday, February 14, 2014
What this photo tells me is that a smile is the universal language of all humanity. I connected with him by smiling and pointing to my camera and then to my face. He nodded and smiled, and then we had a lovely exchange while I made this photo. He was amused by the image I showed him on the camera LCD, too.
While visiting Hunan Province last fall, I did a series of street portraits. I met this man in a tunnel running under a main street. He was selling fruit at the bottom of the stairs.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
I think this is the last of my series from the North Market. I've enjoyed working with black and white processing for these photos. If you're interested in how I develop my photos, here's an outline of the process: 1) import RAW files into Lightroom; 2) adjust color, white balance, saturation, vibrance, clarity, contrast, light levels, noise; 3) import processed file into SilverEfexPro 2; 4) choose film type, adjust grain, dodge and burn, adjust contrast and structure, local adjustments to areas that need additional work; 5) work on the edited file in Lightroom to adjust final levels.
Normally, I'll be able to work fairly quickly. Some images require more work than others to bring out the details. I would probably get a more polished look if I were to learn how to use Photoshop properly, but my skills with that software are pretty limited.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Another great restaurant at the North Market in Columbus, Ohio. I especially like that they use local foods. Ohio has a lot of farms in Central Ohio. Unfortunately, many of them are being planted with new housing developments...
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
When Steve and I visited Paris last May, we fell in love with the patisseries there. It was so nice to discover this one in the North Market of Columbus, Ohio. The staff are very friendly and the sweets are out of this world.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Sunday, February 09, 2014
Saturday, February 08, 2014
The series continues.... I didn't realize what a treasure trove the North Market would be for doing street photography. It was pretty easy on this particular morning - we were getting some pretty heavy snow, and we were there just as they opened so their weren't many people there. The restaurants were preparing for the lunch rush, and that always makes for good action photos.
I made all my photos in color, but have been using SilverEfexPro to convert to monochrome. I like the monochrome versions better than the color ones for this photo shoot.
Friday, February 07, 2014
Steve chatting with Dion about black and white film photography. One of the nice things about hanging around in the North Market to take photos was the connections made with shopkeepers. Dion has a big interest in photography, so it was fun to talk to him.
Thursday, February 06, 2014
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
There's a wonderful spice shop in the North Market of Columbus, Ohio. The folks are friendly there, and I really enjoyed exploring the shelves of exotic herbs and spices. All the standards for American cuisine are there, of course, but there is a wide assortment of herbs and spices from around the globe.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
I made this photo in the Spices shop at the North Market. It's a wonderful little shop with a lovely variety of spices and flavorings. I'm thinking of bringing my students here on a field trip the next time I teach my Plants and People course...
Monday, February 03, 2014
Sunday, February 02, 2014
Another informal portrait from my walkabout in Columbus, Ohio's North Market. Steve actually found this spot first, but I liked it well enough to do an informal portrait, too. I'm sure his photo is much better than the one I made, though....
If I were to set this up again, I'd center the face to be reflected symmetrically on both sides.
Saturday, February 01, 2014
Another photo from my series about Columbus, Ohio's North Market. The folks at the florist shop were very friendly and I enjoyed watching the flower arranging going on there.