Long is the way and hard, that out of Hell leads up to light
― John Milton, Paradise Lost
*all shots made with Nikon D850 and Nikkor Micro AF-D 60mm f/2.8 D lens, I used that lens to experiment with some macro shots, the skies were a kind of bonus…*
But now I know the things I know
And do the things I do,
And if you do not like me so,
To hell, my love, with you.
― Dorothy Parker
*Images made with Nikon D850 and AF Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 D lens and edited in Lightroom*
And now we welcome the new year
full of things that have never been
― Rainer Maria Rilke
New trees, new hope, a pair of robins, a family of blackbirds and assorted wagtails have made their new home amidst the olive grove (well, there are now two such trees). Nature has shown that even a brief respite from the toxic side products of human endeavour pays (green) dividends.
Let’s hope ‘we the people’ can now renew and heal as we transition to a new year, working together to heal differences and put aside toxic divisions.
(newly planted) olive tree: 1/200s, f/8.0, ISO 64
(newly planted) magnolia: 1/200s, f8.0, ISO 64
(precocious) prunus: 1/200s f/8.0, ISO 64
(ready for new residents) White House 1/200s f/8.0, ISO 64
*All images made with Nikon D850 and AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8E VR lens with limited edits in Lightroom*
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
– Albert Camus
*my very first attempt at macro photography, made with my Nikon D850 and Nikkor AF Micro 60mm f/2.8D lens, edited in Lightroom Classic with cool light filter applied*
My plug in baby
In unbroken virgin realities
Is tired of living
And I’ve seen your loving
Mine is gone
– Plug In Baby, Muse
*All images made with FujiFilm X100F with fixed 23mm f/2 lens, all at f/2 with Ilford Delta 3200 Pro film profile applied in Silver Efex Pro 2*
The patterns that papered over my lockdown cracks. There is darkness and light. How we deal with that, makes us, or not.
The rain to the wind said,
You push and I’ll pelt.’
They so smote the garden bed
That the flowers actually knelt,
And lay lodged–though not dead.
I know how the flowers felt.
*Images made with Fujifilm X100F with fixed 23mm f/2 lens, edited in Lightroom with Fujifilm Classic Chrome applied*
It comes to this: like all of us who have not yet died of plague he fully realizes that his freedom and his life may be snatched from him at any moment”
The streets of Salamanca stay muted as Covid-19 shows little sign of receding – although even in the darkest shadows light can be found.
A brief snapshot of the streets of Salamanca in September as the summer slides slowly towards the autumn. The outcome of my latest experimentation with the settings on my Nikon D850 and AF-S Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8 E VR lens.
More to follow.
Wherever you are, stay safe and look for the light in the shadows…
*Images made with Nikon D850 and AF-S Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8 E VR lens*