While spending some time in Petoskey, MI recently, we noticed they were doing some work on the break wall. The weather was perfect while we were in town, giving me a great opportunity to get some nice shots.
Along the pier (I can't decide which I like better, the color or B/W). What do you think?
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I have talked about the Wilds, an incredible conservation destination in southeast Ohio, a lot over on my other blog. I have visited there twice in the last year: most recently for a Birding by Ear camp, but I was also there last September for camp specifically for photographers. It was awesome, and I learned so much. Last year's photography camp was the very first one, and it was such a success, that they are doing it on two different weekends this fall. Barb and Jerry Jividen are the photography facilitators. They are a kind and knowledgeable couple when it comes to nature photography, and I guarantee you will be in for a treat if you participate in any of their workshops. The photo camp weekends at the Wilds this year are scheduled for September 25-27 and October 2-4. Registration is limited and pre-registration is required. Go to the Wilds website for more information.
Here's a very small sampling of the photos I got during last year's camp.
As storm clouds rolled in one recent evening, I decided to grab my camera and my polarizing filter to see if I could get any interesting shots. Here's what I came up with. Composition could use a lot of work, but I was somewhat limited in how I could put things together because I basically had hillside on either side of me here, so I had to hold the camera below the flower (instead of level with it) to get the sky in the shot.
The one on the left is the original; the one on the right had some tint adjustments made.
Crop, version 1
Crop, version 2
These 2 photos are shown exactly as they came out of the camera.
Flash was used on all of these photos. I tried to get a few without the flash, but it just wasn't possible.
When I harvested zucchini the other day, the other thing I had in mind for it, besides the pickles, was to make a zuke pizza. Specifically modeled off of this recipe, which just happens to involve lemon juice (which is ingenious and delicious!) from my fave new food blog, Smitten Kitchen. I love the recipes on her blog, and I love, LOVE the photography on her blog.
I'm one of those people who buys cook books (and cooking magazines) more for the pictures than the recipes. I have a couple of cookbooks (mostly about bread) that have very little in the way of photos, so they have to inspire me in a different way. But good pictures of food... wow, I love it. The Smitten Kitchen site, in fact, turned me on to a blog called Still Life With, which is solely devoted to food photography and food styling. Absolutely crazy, but I love it.
So, my point in telling you all this is that these food blogs (and others) inspire my photography. As a result, sometimes I just have to bring my camera into the kitchen and record the moment... and then share it with you! And so I give you Zuke Pizza (mostly in monochrome, because that's the kind of mood I'm in).
We have an over-abundance of zucchini in our garden this year. Already. In the middle of July. It's ridiculous. To deal with some of it, I made pickled zucchini. Here's a few snippets of the process...
I'm Heather, and I consider myself in the "serious hobbyist" category of photography. My favorite subjects are those found in nature, but I also love taking pictures of animals (especially our dogs) and food. I invite constructive criticism on this blog, so if you have any suggestions about composition, technique, lighting, etc, please let me know in the comments section. I look forward to your feedback.
All images are property of Heather Aubke, unless otherwise noted. If you see an image that you would like to use, please ask permission before doing so. Thank you!
In case you're wondering, I shoot with: * Nikon D50 DSLR body (discontinued), with 18-55mm kit lens and 55-200mm zoom lens * +1, +2 and +4 macro filters, polarizing filter, neutral density filter * Vivitar tripod