It’s all in the details

When it comes to URBEX (Urban Exploration), my wide-angle lenses are indispensable.  In fact, I shoot most of my work in the closes spaces I find using lenses in the 14 to 24 mm range.  Still, it is critically important (and richly rewarding) to spend time exploring the many details to be found in the URBEX environment with either a 50mm 1.4 lens, or even a 90mm macro lens, like I did in this shot, where I photographed the details of this gauge and the mirror the operator used to read it from an angle while manipulating controls at the side of the machine and out of direct view of the actual gauge.


(UPDATE:  Thanks all for checking this out and commenting.  Those blown highlights in the window continue to distract my eye, so, based on a suggestion I received in another forum, I cropped it out and kind of like the latest version (below) better.  What do you all think?)

The little blue bulldog

Sometimes I just can’t find the time to run out to shoot new stuff, yet I don’t feel like digging into my archives to post something I’ve shot before.  On those days, I just look around the house for something interesting; today, it’s this little blue toy tractor.  Took it into the front yard, “posed” it and shot it.  What do you think?


I warned you all earlier today that I was doing some experimentation in macro photography.  What I may not have mentioned is that I was also playing a bit with abstracts.  So, without further ado, here are my first couple of tries at this.  While I’d love you all to be gentle, I’d actually appreciate the hard truth, so I can improve in this new endeavor.  So far, I’m digging the opportunity to look a little differently at the world around me, so I’ll probably do more of this soon.

That Little Red Dot

In my continuing effort to broaden my photographic skill set, I’ve been shooting a little bit of everything, rather than forcing myself to stick with shooting only Urbex.  Today, I decided to see what I could shoot around the house, and I’ll post some of the shots I’ve come away with here on the blog.  Just like I spent some time playing with my 50mm lens recently, I chose, this time, to shoot with my 90mm Macro lens.  This allowed me the chance to look at things much more closely than I usually do, which gave me all sorts of cool ideas.  Instead of wondering what to shoot, I started to see photographic possibilities in almost everything, from the tip of a knife, to the edges of a flower petal.  I might even post some of those later today, but for now I’ll leave you with a shot of my favorite pocket camera, my trusty Leica D-Lux 5.

Going with the flow

I’ve grown a bit bored with HDR, believe it or not, which is why you’ve not seen me post for several days.  I’ve also grown a bit bored with shooting URBEX, believe it or not.  Still, I have been out shooting URBEX recently, though I’ve explored more of the details I see than I have done in the past.  My 90mm Macro lens is perfect for that, and here is an example of some of what I shot during last last Saturday’s explore at Asylum “T”, in former East Germany.

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