Thursday, September 8, 2011

Sea Oats in the Wind

Sea Oats in the Wind by Brian E Mitchell
Sea Oats in the Wind, a photo by Brian E Mitchell on Flickr.

You can find countless numbers of pictures of sea oats with a blue sky and beautiful beach in the background, but not this one. Tropical Storm Lee is still with us and that is making for a very different atmosphere.

The beach is off to my right and the wind is blowing in at probably 20 knots. There is sand blowing all over the place and the foam that is churned up when the surf is high is forming into clumps on the beach and blowing all around.

On a calm day the sea oats are standing almost straight up, but with the wind and rain they're bent over and whipping around like crazy. In a few days, though, Lee will have moved north and we will be back to normal. The sea oats will be standing up again and they, just like us, will have moved on.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

White and Purple

White and Purple by Brian E Mitchell
White and Purple, a photo by Brian E Mitchell on Flickr.
1/100 180mm f2.8 -2/3EV

I haven't blogged about a flower picture in awhile, so I'm due.

I got this shot not long after the leaf shot I posted a few days ago. There were several of these flowers along the path and i spent a good while taking shots from all different angles. This one I got while laying on the sidewalk shooting up toward the plant.

In Scott Kelby's first Digital Photography Book he makes a point of talking about how taking good flower pictures requires you to do more than just stand over a flower and take a picture. You have to crawl through grass and lay on the ground. Find different angles and figure out the best way to get the shot you're looking for. You have to see where the light is and how it's working off of the flower.

When it all comes together, though, it is absolutely worth every bit of effort.

What do you think?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Leaf on a Table

Leaf on a Table by Brian E Mitchell
Leaf on a Table, a photo by Brian E Mitchell on Flickr.

1/25 142mm f2.8 -1/3EV
One of the cool things about traveling as much as I do is that I get to explore. Sometimes it's just exploring around the hotels where I stay.

This leaf was sitting on a stone chess table in the garden of the hotel where I stayed last week. It was a little after 6AM and the sun was just below the horizon and hidden behind the hotel itself. The dew was still very heavy over everything and that let me get the really cool water droplets on the leaf.

I'm sure that if anybody was watching I looked fairly silly crawling all over the ground and the table, but to me it's worth it.

Let me know what you think!