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The Picture within the Picture

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I was walking through the village of Selo pri Bledu in Slovenia early one morning, and it was cloudy, perfect light for details photographs of the village and the architecture. I discovered this one farmhouse with amazing geraniums spilling out of hanging boxes and was delighted to see the strings of dried corn so perfectly nestled below them. The lead photo is the first image I made. I just knew I wanted to fill the frame as much as possible with the two elements – flowers and corn. I made the second image to show you what the big scene looked like. Not a bad scene either, but for me, it’s was all about the colors and textures and the detail shot expressed that. It’s often that you’ll find a great picture within the bigger scene.

 

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I wonder what this scene looks like at the end of the winter season, after the winter cold and snow does the geraniums in, and when all the dried corn has been given to the farm animals in the barns! I’m glad I was there to capture it while it was fresh.

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I’ll be leading a photography tour to Slovenia October 9-19, 2017. Click here for more details.

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Morning Fog in Slovenia

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Finally, we had some days without rain – but seriously, some of the most beautiful images we made on this tour were during the rain and during the breaks in between when clouds rose up the hillsides and added mood to the autumn day. It challenged us to work out a system of holding umbrellas while composing and setting our exposures, and watching our front elements Continue reading »

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Beautiful Valley, Slovenia

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I don’t profess to know the names of all the beautiful places we are visiting in Slovenia, but I’m having no trouble photographing them! Autumn is just peaking now, yet it’s competing with the rains. We are very lucky to be here at this moment because we have wonderful moody conditions. It is always a challenge to photograph in the rain, but you get used to it and develop a system that works. Today, it’s been snowing up high, but we can’t see anything because of the very low clouds; now and then we get a glimpse of the snowy mountains, and we’re hopeful that tomorrow we’ll have an opportunity to get a clearer view of them with snow.

There is so much rich history in this country, too, and it’s great learning about some of the ‘story’ behind the scenery.

This image was quickly processed on a laptop so it’s not ‘finished’ properly, but you’ll get the idea of how beautiful it is here.

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Red and Green, Central Cuba

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In Camagüey, eastern Cuba, they were ‘puttin’ on the ritz’ with fresh coats of paint on a lot of buildings when I was last there. The town, like Trinidad, is a UNESCO world site, and boasts a strong collection of classic Spanish colonial, art deco, neo-colonial, and neoclassical architecture, and like Trinidad, is a historic village for sugar cane production nearby.

As I wandered by this man, I noticed his brilliant red ball cap against the green walls, a harmonious color contrast. That was exciting, and when I realized he was painting, and the light was nice and strong sidelight, I thought this had potential.  I watch for a minute or two, and when he leaned out to paint, I captured the photo just before the roller made contact.

When I wander the streets of any place, be it Cuba or Florence, Italy, I’m looking for stories – and gestures that help to tell the story. In this image, the guy is clearly on  ladder to do some work, but the paint roller is the feature that tells what he’s doing up there, along with the swaths of different paint coats.

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