Busy, busy, busy…

Oh it’s been a busy, busy, busy week of photography. No. That isn’t quite right. It’s been a busy, busy, busy week of trying to take pictures. By “busy, busy, busy” I mean that I have made some minor excursions to places where I hoped to grab some nice pictures related to this time of the year we call Fall.

You know….Fall. When the leaves change colours, the temperatures drop and the bugs begin to disappear.

I returned to John Bryan State Park in hopes of catching some nice Fall colours. Maybe some beautiful reflections off what exists of the Little Miami River. Unfortunately for those of us who both live in SW Ohio and who love photography, the very dry summer has left us with little in the way of quality Fall colour. It would seem most trees are simply yellowing and then dropping their leaves. Great. But the trip wasn’t a complete loss….or so I hope.


While John Bryan State Park is a nice place to visit I have been thinking that I would like to try someplace else that is both new and closer to home. Having visited a couple of the local Five River MetroParks parks (they actually have some of my Flickr photos on their site – a few on the main page and on the link for Cox Arboretum!) I thought it may be time to try another one and so I elected to journey to the Germantown MetroPark in Germantown, Ohio. The directions led me to believe it would be a pretty quick trip, but that wasn’t the case.

It also wasn’t the case that I found much to photograph. The area is heavily wooded, which is nice if you’re a tree and such, but it made photography rather uneventful. I remain hopeful that with more visits I’ll find good or great places to snap pictures, but this day I simply drove around and then took to some trails.

One trail led to some nice Fall colour shots of groups of leaves like so.


Otherwise the wood was so dense there simply wasn’t anything to photograph. I later located another trail, which was actually marked for hiking (I think the first one was an unofficial trail, blazed by folks just interested in running around in the woods and being rule-breakers), and enjoyed a very vigorous hike through the hills and into and out of the valley. I swear; there wasn’t 15-feet of horizontal trail to be found. Up. Down. Left. Right. The trail was never level or straight for more than 10-feet. And again, it was heavily wooded and thus didn’t lend itself to great photography. But maybe to okay photography on occasion.


However, not all was lost over the past few days and oddly enough the best actually came from home. The other day I ventured outside to the west-side portion of our huge estate (some 16-trillion hectares) and took to snapping some pics of what little Fall colour can be found upon our estate. And I wasn’t disappointed either.


But the really best part was when I returned to the front entrance to find the daughter standing just inside, looking out the glass door at me returning. And it hit me. “Take her picture. No. TAKE HER FUCKING PICTURE YOU A-HOLE!”


You know…I’ve complained about my poor lack of timing when it comes to taking pictures. But this time everything was just right. The daughter was in the right place at the right time. I was in the right place at the right time. Mother Nature was in the right place at the right time. And most importantly my brain was in the right place at the right time.

I actually snapped two pictures of the daughter in the doorway: one was focused upon her, while the other was focused upon the reflection in the glass of the trees across the street, thus giving the daughter a soft look – sort of dreamy – sort of ghosty. But I haven’t shared those pics with you here (you can see them on Flickr), but instead the processed image I made of one of the two.

I thought the dreamy/ghosty quality could be further enhanced via post-processing and lo and behold I was right! I’m actually quite proud of the result. I usually don’t toot my own horn (especially when it comes to my photography lark), but this time I think I did a great job and I’m pleased as punch to share this with you. (I will concede there is one thing wrong with the image, but there is nothing I can do about it, but I’m not going to let it bring me down! No way. No how).

Thank you and good night.


9 thoughts on “Busy, busy, busy…

  1. Love the daughter pic. Superbly captured.

    As for tree/forest pics… you wouldn’t believe how many I’ve taken of that sort and then binned cos, once uploaded onto the computer, I’ve seen how uninspiring they truly are. The problem I find is that although a woodland scene may look really nice “in the flesh” there seems to be an irritating tendency for them to just look too “busy” in a photograph. The saying “can’t see the wood for the trees” springs to mind.
    So think your decision to shoot a few leaves was absolutely the right one, and you seem to have come away with some really nice shots.

    And I’m guessing that by “Fall” you mean Autumn?


  2. Thanks all.

    Mike, I believe you may be on to something regarding the busyness-factor of wooded pictures. I also wonder if it has something to do with the camera’s limited field of vision compared to our own and/or how we see things more 3-dimensionally, which our poor cameras cannot replicate.

    Yes you silly billy – Fall=Autumn. But you already knew that!

  3. The daughter photo deserves to be entered into a contest! Very nice. Also I agree with fotdMike about taking just the few leaves. I’m going to try that because I am getting really frustrated trying to take scenic views.

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