Tag Archives: nature

Island Time

Beautiful photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
These are random shots representing two other aspects of photography, besides portraiture styles, that I enjoy: architecture and nature. The church above is Lovely Lane Chapel at Epworth By The Sea, St. Simons Island, Georgia. A charming old building from the 1880’s, in a charming location, it had to be photographed. Couldn’t resist.

Beautiful photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

Also on St. Simons is this grand old cedar tree overlooking the water, gnarled and twisted from the constant beach breezes. I took several photos from different angles trying to decide on its “best” side of interesting textures in the light and shadow. Only later did I decide to convert it to black and white.

Beautiful photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

Just steps away, I walked by this cluster of mushrooms sprouting in the damp grass. I photographed this quirky little fungus by getting down beside it right at eye level. The canopy of the cedar tree, from the previous picture, makes a splendid backdrop for this stark white mushroom.

Several folks walked by and chuckled at the sight of me stretched out in the wet grass. But I was vindicated by another photographer who stopped, nodded approvingly, and told me where to find some more of these interesting and short models to shoot.


All photos copyright Notes Of Light~Photography, 2015

Yoga Portrait Session

Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
When DeAnna asked me to shoot her yoga portrait, I jumped at the chance. Not only is she a good friend, but I also like taking photographs of people who enjoy what they do, as that translates well onto the image.  As a popular yoga instructor, DeAnna needed these pictures for advertising and promoting her classes at Kashi Atlanta.

Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
The morning of her portrait shoot was beautiful, the weather perfect. It was an easy, relaxed shoot, and she glided through a series of poses as the camera clicked away.  Being a photographer who knows only a little about yoga, I appreciated DeAnna’s spot-on suggestions and ideas.

The shoot was a fun collaboration, and the experience was seemingly blessed and approved when during the final poses a rainbow appeared in the morning sky. Amazing.

Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

Back Lighting

This post features photographs that I took while experimenting with back lighting. While at a local horse farm during the time of sunset, I noticed a horse standing in a field on a hill. The sunlight was shining through his hair creating long shadows across the hard ground and tall stalks of grass.

I moved quickly to the field, entered through an old gate, and tried to silently approach the horse so as to get into a choice position. I snapped several shots before the animal noticed I was there and the light began to fade.

These two shots were taken with a 50mm lens at f-stop 2.2 for 1/640 of a second. I used a faster shutter speed in case the horse decided to move while I was taking the photograph.

Enjoy the gallery, click on a photo to enlarge. 🙂

Plant Life

Here’s a few shots of flowers and berries that I like.  I took these all at different times and the only indoor photo is of the African Violets. The hydrangea flower was left over from last season and is dried out, but has an amazing almost-translucent quality when back lit. Enjoy…

Macro Photography ~ Outdoors

A world exists where few take time to look. A world of complex patterns and details. A world that, I’m finding, can be captured by camera.

Macro photography has existed for a long time and incredible photos have been taken and shared over the years, especially with the advent of digital photography and increasingly accurate lenses. Inspired by those minuscule worlds and those who’ve recorded them, I wanted to embrace the form and try my own hand at macro photography, but with a basic 50mm lens.

I found that being in the right place at the right time is just as important as fancy equipment. The bark mushrooms I photographed were not there four days later.  And the dew in the feather? It floated by me at the right moment.

Animal!

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.

Snow Day

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…