Sunday, November 6, 2022

Low Vision Photography (LVP)

I'm starting a new storyline on my other blog. Here is a sample of what it is going to cover. If you want to continue following my low vision journey, here is the address to the other blog. 

Those of you who have followed my illness know where I've been. The rest of you can read about it here. For the last few months I've been thinking about what I want to do with my photography. A recent article by Chris Gampat about low vision photography inspired me to give it a try. 

People often wonder how one can do photography while blind. So first let's define what what we mean by low vision photography. Low vision isn't exactly blind. Many of us learned photography while we still had some vision. This is why the phrase low vision is more accurate than blind. Chris learned photography after he had lost much of his vision. I've only recently lost significant vision, but I've been doing photography all of my adult life. 

 



To illustrate this, here are two images (one above & one below) of the same subjects and scene. The first one, the blurred one, is somehow more compelling than the second, which is technically more correct. 



Here are two more images. They are abstract because of the lighting and the exposure. They both have some interesting elements in common, such as strong back lighting, and some that are not, such as motion blur.


Which one do you prefer? And why? 








Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Goodbye Andy



We lost our canine companion to cancer this summer. His name was Andy. He was half a year short of 15. It has been a couple of months now since he passed, and we are ready for another dog. So I found a wonderful pup at a local rescue that collects strays from nearby reservations. Unfortunately we weren't chosen, but here is the photo they wanted as part of the adoption application to prove we had a sufficient yard. Once again I made use of the panorama feature.  


 

Sunday, October 9, 2022

Lake Waneka awaits winter


 The other day we headed over to our local open space park to capture the reduced water levels in Lake Waneka, but recent rains had partially refilled it. I decided to play with the panorama feature on my phone and was very happy with the result. 

Our local park suspended all water based activities this summer because of the ongoing water shortage resulting from the drought. This summer started very dry, but around August the monsoon pattern started up and we were getting significant dumps about every ten days. Now we have just enough water for our migrating Canada geese as they migrate through.  

   

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Sunflower




 Here is an image of one of the many volunteer sunflowers in our garden this year. Birds have transplanted sunflower seeds from a neighbor's yard into ours and given us this gift. I love the transparent glow that comes from the side lighting of the flower. 

Saturday, September 3, 2022

Sights along the Ohio River

Gallipolis Lock & Dam

 After the end of the family reunion we took a detour east to the Ohio river. We started in a little town of Gallipolis and drove along the river for a few hundred miles. Shortly outside of Gallipolis was this structure built for flood control. It is now named after the West Virginia senator Robert Byrd. 


Further down the we passed a number of suspension bridges, no two exactly alike. This is a small one I was taken with.