The Roving Photographer

Blog

Simple Clicks – goldenrod at sunrise

141005_LSP20

 

Goldenrod at sunrise, intensely back-lit and glowing.  It’s one of those shots I just couldn’t resist taking, even if it is a little un-grounded in a compositional sense.

I don’t know about where you live, but here in PA – and in NY and VT – goldenrod is prolific through the end of summer and into autumn.  I always blamed it for my seasonal allergies – after all, with that much of it crowding every field, treeline, and highway median, it must be cranking out pollen.  Turns out not so much.  Goldenrod isn’t a grass, and grasses are responsible for the majority of allergy suffering.  Or so I’ve been told.

Related Posts:


Simple Clicks – maple leaves

141005_LSP11

 

You know what’s funny?  I grew up in Vermont and never once tapped maple trees to make syrup.  I had a friend up the street who did it, and we took elementary school field trips to see how sugaring was done.  My mother and I even talked about doing it once or twice, as we had maples in the back yard.  But we never did.  And yet when I see maple trees, and especially in the autumn when they are ablaze with color, I always think back to sugaring and the sound of sap dripping into galvanized steel buckets in the spring, and the raw taste of it when licked off my finger, and the clouds of steam that come off the evaporator while it’s being processed.

It takes an average of 50 gallons of sap to make a single gallon of syrup, and that figure can vary spike to almost double depending on the sugar content of the sap.  I find it staggering to think of maple trees as being capable of giving up that much sap at all, much less giving it up and still surviving.  Nevermind the massive investment in time, fuel, and energy required to boil it down to those little bottles of syrup we buy at the store.

But then again, when you grow up on real maple syrup, you can’t go back to the fake stuff.  Those little plastic packets you get at diners are disgusting to the kid who watched the real thing get made.

Related Posts:


Trostle Pond & thoughts on color and b&w

141005_LSP25 141005_LSP24

 

Turns out I shot a lot of photos at Trostle Pond the other morning.  And I was going through them in post, I stumbled upon a situation where I couldn’t decide how I’d best like to see the final product.  For me it happens like this: an image comes up on the monitor and I think, “Hey, that could look really good in black & white.”  Most of the time it also looks really good in color.  So I go back to Bridge, duplicate the RAW file, and process the original as color and the copy as b&w, with the intention of seeing which looks best in the end.

Most of the time they both look best, and so I keep both and end up with posts like today’s, where I’m sharing matching pairs of color and b&w images with a curiosity for which is better, or if it’s even possible for one to be better than the other.   Read more »

Related Posts:


Simple Clicks – dock at Bullhead Bay

BRENT PENNINGTON Dawn over Bullhead Bay on the morning on 05 October 2014.

 

By now the dock has probably been pulled out of the water, too many cold nights and cool days upon us now, and the threat of ice is starting to become real – or will be in another couple of weeks, at least.  But in the meantime, it’s unlikely that too many people are still venturing out onto the water.  I’d like to get out again, one more time for the season, but don’t know when that will be possible. Read more »

Related Posts:


Simple Clicks – Great Egret

141005_LSP02

 

For the past several weeks, Lackawanna State Park has been host to a lone Great Egret.  A large bird that’s somewhat like an all-white Great Blue Heron, they are neither natives of this area, nor frequent visitors.  In fact, the range maps for their species show PA as a migratory area, although both their summer and winter grounds are to the south of us. Read more »

Related Posts:


A Cold Morning at Trostle

141005_LSP07

I crawled out of bed last weekend before sunrise and drove up darkened roads to Trostle Pond, clutching my mug of coffee and uttering silent thanks that during this season at least, getting up for sunrise doesn’t involve an ungodly hour such as 4am. I had thought to bring gloves and a jacket, but even so I was unprepared; it was around 40* when I left home, but up in the hills around the park, it was 28*.

There can no longer be any doubt that summer is over.

Read more »

Related Posts:


Simple Clicks – Orions Belt

140921_SSSP01

 

Just a simple click today, as I’m hard at work supporting Mandy by providing photo coverage of NEPA BlogCon 2014.  (And for the first time ever, making a post from my phone.)

Shoot this photo the morning I was headed to Salt Springs. I stepped outside my grandparents house and saw the sky and couldn’t resist grabbing the tripod for a quick astro photo.

Related Posts:


Return to Salt Springs

140921_SSSP04

Three weekends back, I stayed over at my grandparent’s home in Binghamton, New York, as my family came together in the old farm house for a sort of early-Thanksgiving dinner that we called Turkey Feast. Amid several wonderful home-cooked meals and catching up with relatives, I snuck away at sunrise Sunday morning and drove the back roads down to Salt Springs State Park.

Read more »

Related Posts:


Simple Clicks – Autumn shoreline

140919_LSP03View from the kayak a couple of weekends back, looking north up Lackawanna Lake towards Bullhead Bay.  The shoreline colors were just starting and are farther along now.

I’ve always loved that high field in the distance, with the few solitary trees.  But I think my favorite part of this photo are those wispy, ethereal, almost-invisible clouds hanging over the lake that make it not-quite-a-bald sky.

 

Related Posts:


Simple Clicks – Mirror Morning

140919_LSP01Mirrored-lake mornings like this are somewhat rare in my experience; the water only gets that intense glassy look now and then.  So I’m always pleased when I’m in a position to enjoy it.  These foggy morning won’t last too much longer now – autumn is nearing its peak and winter isn’t far behind…

 

Related Posts:


RSS Feed

Categories

Fine Art Prints Available

Sure, my photos look good here on the site - but they look outright amazing when printed big and hanging on a wall! Check out my fine art gallery, with a selection of prints available in multiple sizes, on canvas and even metal, and all printed by a professional lab.


TRP | Fine Art Prints Gallery