Tree Branch Abstracts

I’ve been noticing tree branch patterns lately. When there are no leaves, the form of the branchs and shape of the tree are more obvious. I see a possible idea for a photography project taking root in my mind! Here is a recent image I captured at sunset. The beautiful, rich colors are a backdrop for tree branches. Maybe the first in a new series? Best start before the leaves come out, or I’ll have to wait until next winter.

I just can’t help but capture images!

My best sunset photos are often taken with my iPhone in the grocery store parking lot. Maybe it’s because I run errands late afternoon and when I come out the sun is setting? I do know there are no obstructions. I point my iPhone up and there are no buildings, electric wires, street lamps or “things” to get in the way of the glorious colors and how they reflect on the clouds. This sunset image was captured yesterday after a quick run to the grocery store.

Then when I got home, I had to quickly grab my iPhone again because I loved the way the clouds and colors peeked through the tree branches.

We are still doing remodeling in our kitchen. The tile worker who did our floor and was so amused at me need to lay on the floor to take photos of row upon row of screws. He saw me get out of the car and said, “You just can’t stop taking photos, can you?” So true!

How many photos do I need of sunsets and clouds? I’ll let you know when I find out. Seriously, the colors, the rays of light, how the colors reflect on the clouds, the shape of clouds…need I go on?

Sunset over the Lake

My childhood home was in a town surrounding one of the largest inland lakes. Whenever I go home to visit, I’m drawn to the lake in all seasons, during all weather. ┬áThis fall, the sunsets were spectacular. All I had was my iPhone, but it proved to be more than enough. When the lake is still, the reflections are often as dramatic as the sky. Here are a few I captured in the moments before dusk. Click on an image to see it larger.

Daffodil Glade at Morton Arboretum

Sunset at Daffodil Glade seen through Impressionism
Sunset at Daffodil Glade seen through Impressionism

Every spring, fields on the west side of Morton Arboretum burst forth with thousands of daffodils, and other spring flowers. It is a photographer’s dream come true, especially if the weather cooperates. This year, I was anxious to use the impressionist techniques to see what splashes of yellow amongst the trees would look like. I went at sunset and the orange glow added to the ambience. Then I pulled out my iPhone 5s I with a new app, SlowShutter, to see what would happen. Pretty impressive!

I have a gallery on Twenty20 where you can get canvas prints, framed prints, prisms, and more from the Instagram photos I create. So I ordered a print to see what the quality was like. I’m impressed! I’m looking forward to matting and framing it!