Grey Skies on a Sunny Morning

We were looking forward to a weekend tournament in Virginia, thinking that it would be warmer than it is here in NYC.  Wrong ….

We were out on the fields, in blustery winds and 0-20 degree weather in the early mornings … Us parents had three and four and maybe five layers on – the boys had two to three layers … And spring is next week already?  Oh wait … we came back home and there was a nor’easter snowstorm-blizzard waiting for us!  We really are having crazy weather these days, right?

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Reds

I always have exposure and lighting problems with photographing reds.

It comes out as either dark or light, but not the correct shade or tone of the subject, even with a little bit of adjustments.

Our Japanese Maple tree gave me lots of chances at working with reds.

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Blowing in the wind …

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A dark and light …

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This is more the shade of red that was on the tree, but it came out a bit dark … but I like that shade, anyway …

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Maybe it didn’t help that I was taking these photos at the end of the day, when the last rays of the day’s sun was slowly going out …

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I think I did pretty good this year!

 

 

Blazing Yellows

The boys had soccer practice one early morning, out in the country.  I hoped to see colorful leaves, and I wasn’t disappointed.

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The weather wasn’t bad either – even with the wind blowing, there was warm sunshine.

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I put on the earphones and walked around, among the colors, singing to the wind – I was the only one there, so nobody would hear my off-key singing …

I walked in the bright sunshine and was blinded by the bright yellows …

A hole in the leaf …

Blowing in the wind …

Yellow leaf on the ground …

Not quite as bright and fresh as at the start of the season, but more interesting to take photos of.

 

 

Daily Prompt: Tree

via Daily Prompt: Tree

Tree …

One of my regular models as I practise photography, in all seasons …

 

A regular subject for practising drawing or just plain doodles … I’m always trying to recreate the patterns of the limbs and branches, or trying to find the best angle to photograph to show off that part of twists and turns that caught my eye …

 

Tree.

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Drawing by Hugh Sullivan