Friday, January 29, 2016

Behind the Photo: Songbird Feathers

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 9:45 AM

I was stuck in the far West End during the recent snowstorm, but I ventured out to take my daughter sledding in nearby Tuckahoe Park. While standing on a small hill near a stand of oak trees I noticed feathers floating down from the sky. The feathers in this image landed neatly together, as if by design.

I’m afraid the songbird might have met a violent death -- by a bird of prey, I’m guessing, because tufts of feathers were scattered everywhere on the fresh snow. I shot this image with an iPhone and it was so bright I could barely see the feathers on the screen. The amazing feat here is that the iPhone metered the image correctly and didn’t blow out the highlights.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Behind the Photo: Maymont Goose

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 10:40 AM

Years ago in journalism school we could photograph almost anything except ducks. Too easy. So for years I’ve avoided waterfowls for fear of ridicule from other photographers.

But I couldn’t resist this goose in the Japanese Garden at Maymont. The perfect plumage and soft water ripple caught my eye. I lifted my iPhone overhead and hoped for the best.

This angle is unique so I imagine I’ll get little grief from the photography community.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Behind the Photo: Chevy Truck

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2016 at 8:00 AM

I noticed this 1962 Chevy truck on Main Street. Vehicles today look pretty much alike, but the ’60s gave us beautiful automotive design.

I found out later (via Instagram) that this truck is owned by Jay Arzoo, who works at Legend Brewing. Jay rebuilt and restored the truck himself and may part with it for the right price.

I used an iPhone to get this image and thought the bike in the background with fluorescent green rims added a great oddball touch.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Behind the Photo: Frozen Dandelions

Posted By on Thu, Jan 7, 2016 at 12:16 PM


I noticed these frozen dandelions on my morning walk earlier this week in Henrico County's Tuckahoe Park. Frozen dandelions in January? This makes sense in March but not a few days after New Year's Day.

I shot this with my iPhone 6 and added no filters, just sharpening. The morning light was beautiful and needed no enhancement.

I consider the iPhone just another tool in the photographer's belt, an easy to carry camera that produces beautiful images.

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