Animals are so cool. Not only are there so many varieties, but there are so many differences within each kind. Whenever I see an animal I end up pointing the camera in its direction and before I know it, I have a clicked off several shots.
These five photographs are some of my recent favorites. The goat was the surprise of the bunch. He was really fun to photograph and seemed to be into the whole process–who knew goats were so photogenic?–but then again, maybe he was just wondering if the camera was edible.
Horse in stall, photographed by Notes Of Light ~ Photography
Dog at fence
What’s new pussycat?
Man’s best friend
Atlanta gets a good snow about once every three years and this year we’ve already had two. Because its usually such a rarity, everything from work to school gets cancelled, and with that extra free time I get to experiment more with photography.
Everything is different when shooting in snow: lighting, colors, reflection, handling the camera, shivering — you get the idea. But for me it is a opportunity that doesn’t come around too often, so I enjoy it a lot.
I grabbed a pear to add some color to a few shots, setting it in different places, and I liked the contrast between the white snow and mottled skin. For the photo in front of the barn I used a flash to reflect off the falling snowflakes, highlighting them and making them more noticeable. Thanks for visiting, time to go sledding…
Pear in the snow. Photography by Notes Of Light Photography, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Snowflakes dancing in front of barn
Ice in a Nandina
Pear and birdbath
I’ve been meaning to add a category, in my photography pursuit, on people at work. It’s always fascinating watching those who are good at their jobs doing what they do best. Seeing how other use their focus and specialized skills enables me to learn a little while I people watch.
This first set of work photos proved to be a challenging photo session. I chose welding as the subject because I believed the pictures could be spectacular visually. Well that’s true, but the same thing that makes it spectacular also makes it difficult to capture. This would be the wildly fluctuating light source.
After practicing awhile with test shots I finally ended up with several pictures that I liked. This work set included both grinding and welding and you can see the various “light shows” that the camera captured. Click on the photos below to see the sparks fly!
Scott grinding away at work
Notice the radial display of sparks
Sparks shooting away from where the grinder meets the metal
Sparks leaving smoke trails from the torch
Looking over the shoulder of an expert
I had the great fortune of meeting Rob Powell and his wife recently. My doorbell rang and Rob had brought his ’31 Ford Model A Coupe along to photograph in front of my house. After talking with him I could tell he was a great guy and proud of his classic car. And I’m telling you he should be proud, this is a nice car.
This particular car was being photographed for the cover of a magazine for a national Ford club. We photographed it in two settings: both with the house as a backdrop and with it sitting in the barn. Up close, I could really tell what great condition it is in. Click on the photos below to see for yourself.
’31 Ford Coupe and architectural photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Out for a drive
Perfectly restored 1931 Model A Ford Coupe
This ’31 Ford Coupe would be the ultimate “barn find”
Beauty in the barn
With the popularity of modern-day fairy tales on TV and the movies, such as Grimm, Once Upon A Time, Snow White And The Huntsman, and Maleficent, I decided to try my own take on the theme.
These shots of Red Riding Hood were taken during the winter and near dusk to help with the overall mood of the photos. The model did a great job of maintaining a lonely/apprehensive expression throughout the shoot to help convey the story. I used several props, but the cape really was the clincher. Because of the velvety material the red color looked super-saturated in the photos and needed no enhancement.
I thought the photo set turned out great — tell me which photo you like the most.
Twilight on shore of lake
Red Riding Hood portrait by Notes Of Light ~ Photogrpahy
Pausing at the mill, photography by Notes Of Light
A modern-day fairy tale
Night falls on Red Riding Hood
I recently had the chance to work with an amazing young adult named Lindsay Rutledge. It turned out to be a really fun shoot, of which I was not in the least surprised. I’ve known her for several years and have always been impressed by her.
Lindsay has a great voice and is one of the main vocalists with a popular praise band, House Of The Rock, in Atlanta. She has achieved much with her voice, even singing to a packed Super Dome in New Orleans. Aside from her vocal talents, Lindsay has a beautiful soul which I hope I was able to show even a little of in this photo set. It was hard to narrow her pictures down to just a few–she looked great in all of them–so I ended up choosing my personal favorites.
Photo portrait of Lindsay by Notes Of Light Photography
Photography of Lindsay by Notes Of Light, Gwinnett
Photo of Lindsay taken by Notes Of Light Photography
Beautiful portrait by Notes of Light Photography, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Portrait of Lindsay Rutledge by Notes Of Light Photography, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Hello everyone, thanks for joining me as I make my way back into photography after a long absence. Aside from the occasional snapshot on affordable cameras, it’s been years since I’ve endeavored to take a soul-satisfying photograph.
When I was younger, my goal was to ultimately be a photographer with National Geographic (lofty, huh?) so I took classes, practiced with an old but nice camera, and learned darkroom arts. But along the way I was also discovering music, and that soon became an all-consuming lifestyle. I suppose its appropriate that I have both disciplines in me as one parent is a visual artist and the other a musician and writer. As they say, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
After having received a degree in music, my career as a guitarist and bass player stayed the course. Over the years I have had the pleasure of performing in several rock bands and teaching over 13,000 lessons, but it wasn’t until a couple of life-clarifying moments during the last few months that I realized I missed the art of photography. Really, really missed. Now armed with a decent camera, the techniques, inspirations, and joy that I once knew of working at this craft are slowly emerging.
So begins my journey back as I rediscover that passion.
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1830’s Methodist Hymnal, photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Old family Bible and antique carpenter’s plane, photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnet