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12 Apr

Our daily bread…

By Silver Blue

…basket.

Some of the best shots I’ve ever taken weren’t staged. They simply came to me, in a flash, such as this empty bread basket at a luncheon where I was attempting to amuse myself while the speaker was engaged in discourse on a topic I couldn’t follow. These are the shots that nourish not only my body, but my mind as well.

Sometimes, repetitive patterns catch my eye (the OH! Something Shiny! syndrome). While I tend to eschew photographing plated lunches because they’re so cookie cutter, there are times it’s been what captured my interest. Take yet another plated lunch and you’ll get…

I’m serious here. Who takes photos of someone eating, of a mostly empty plate, and of a fork going back in for more? That would be… me.

Finally… a photo that warms my heart. Taken in 2006, my mom and dad.talk about nourishing the soul.

Still in love after almost 44 years. I love you both.

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Silver Blue… who today found so much truth in the saying “I used to think I could never lose someone if I photographed them enough. In fact, my pictures show me how much I’ve lost.” – Nan Goldin

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05 Apr

You can’t hide your Lion Eyes….

By Silver Blue

From Kenton, Ohio, 1996:

See the top of the building? There’s a lion hiding there.

In 2006, a decade later….movin’ on up…

movin’ on up….

…then coming into focus…

I don’t know what this building used to be, or why the lion head adorns it.

I don’t even know when it was cleaned and painted.

I do know it’s the pollution, however, that causes the discolouration…

It’s been 4 years since I’ve been back to Kenton, and I wonder if the building is still standing, if the lion is still there, gazing at the Court House, keeping watch over the city.

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Silver Blue, who wonders what awaits beyond the next corner I turn.

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29 Mar

Life from a couple different angles

By Silver Blue

Always be on the lookout for shape, colour, form, and angle. Photos can come from some of the most unexpected areas

Two such options came to be while waiting for the Grand Illumination in downtown Norfolk, VA:

It’s all in how you “see”. If you open your eyes, what does the world around you look like?

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Silver Blue, who keeps looking for that elusive “Eden”….

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20 Mar

Funny how time flies…

By Silver Blue

The year: 1973. The city: Kenton. The state: Ohio. The location: My Grandma’s house, the backyard sandbox, which was in a giant truck tire. The subject: 3 of my 4 cousins on Mom’s side.

From the left: me (age 4); “Mikey” Megison, Jr. (age 5); Regina Van Hoose (age 8); “Patty” Megison (age 3).

Too many years, too many miles, too many lost opportunties. The four of us wouldn’t be back together again (after circa 1984) until my Grandmother’s passing in 2008.

The year: 2008. The city: Kenton. The state: Ohio. The location: My Grandma’s house, the backyard flowerbed, which is now in that self-same giant truck tire. The subject: 3 of my 4 cousins on Mom’s side.

From the left: “Patte” (Megison) Lamer (age 38); me (age 39); Regina (Van Hoose) Soape (age 43); Michael Megison, Jr. (age 40).

35 years had passed since we had our photo taken together. Chances are good that we’ll never pass that way again to all be in the same place as the same time. In fact, I have four cousins (there are five grandkids), and to be best of my knowledge, only one photo was taken with all five of us together:

From left: Michael Megison, Jr.; “Patte” (Megison) Lamer; me, Regina (Van Hoose) Soape; Douglas Michael Van Hoose. (Taken at Grandma’s funeral viewing, September 9, 2008)

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Silver Blue…who does try holding back the years…but to no avail…

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16 Mar

Where the HDR fascination started…

By Silver Blue

I was in Ghent, Norfolk, VA, and had shot a good number of photos of the Naro Theater and … back in those days, the only option I knew of was the somewhat primitive Photoshop option.

A different look (not necessarily better, but different) is now available by clicking three buttons.

The lower is garish, while the top appears lost in a fog. The difference is that the top photo took (when I rendered it, back in 2007) about 15 minutes of heavy computing power. The lower one took about 8 seconds.

Sometimes, however, just a proper exposure for neon can make all the difference. This one has no HDR effects applied at all, and it’s the one I prefer most:

 

Silver Blue…. who tries to capture what lights up his world.

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