The Dying Embers of a Rose

There’s as 16mm 1.4 lens that you can get for the Fuji X system that, in my opinion, is absolutely magic. Part of the lens’ beauty is that it can focus very closely. It’s not a macro for sure but you’d never believe how close it can get.

Take a hard look at this photo. The subject is a rather nondescript rose on its last legs. But when I shot it very closely and let Lightroom do some alchemy, the rose became another creature altogether.

Feeling Fall

Sing a song of seasons!
   Something bright in all!
Flowers in the summer,
   Fires in the fall! Robert Louis Stevenson 

Landscape Mantra

Stripted to its basics, this is a photograph of weeping willows and other trees surrounding a calm body of water. There’s a mottled sky overhead and no people to be seen. My additional goal for this image, besides rendering the landscape well, was to create in the viewer a meditative state that arises from seeing this view. I am well aware that it’s a conceit to believe I can but just trying was well worth the effort.

Beauty And The Beetle

When I first made this photograph, I was so fixated on the lovely blossoms I didn’t even see the Japanese Beetle munching on one of the petals. Now that the bug’s presence is very obvious, I find I don’t mind it at all.