I was shooting outside for more than an hour this morning. Such a spectacular day. So many choices. I'll leave you with this one. It isn't often you can catch the reflection of a church steeple rippling on the surface of the water especially on a December morning in New England. There are those that would rather spend time inside this wonderful white shrine. That's cool. I would prefer to find my Sunday blessings in nature, under the sun and along the shores.
1/350 second at f/9.5, ISO 100, 300mm (28-300mm) - 3585
Few things here... First, Christmas lights are awesome. Second, focus isn't always as important as the lack of focus to makes things stand out. Lastly, when you combine red, green and blue light together, you create white light and the junction of just a couple colors can create magenta, cyan and yellow. Example below. There is a reason people put up Christmas lights. We miss color. So enjoy the color this holiday season. Stare into the lights until your vision blurs. It is food for the soul.
Nikon D610, 1/20 second at f/5.6, ISO 100, 300mm (28-300mm) - 3514
Even the drabness of underbrush and prickers at the edge of the river are brought to life by the rising sun beginning to sparkle above the treeline. A very crisp and beautiful morning. I wonder how many people drive by but never see. Sadly, I imagine most. I was wounded by these prickers leaving small wounds -- as if to help remind me of the experience. Little did they know I have pictures to help with that and didn't need their reminders.
Nikon D610, 1/180 second at f/11, ISO 100, 28mm (28-300mm) - 3497
Have you ever been out of doors in complete silence and then heard the screech of a lone hawk? Eery... like going back in time, before the roar of civilization. Here, at center stage is a red-tailed hawk at the pinnacle of a lifeless tree. It has a 3,000 meter field of view in all directions. His call was no doubt staking claim to its territory. It was difficult to see with the naked eye yet unmistakeable. I left the house this morning seeking the rising sun and instead found the call of the wild. It is moments like this when I very much appreciate the gift of photography.
Nikon D610, 1/30 second at f/8.0, ISO 100, 56mm (28-300mm) - 3446
I am not a good golfer by any stretch of the imagination, but I am always a happy golfer. Sure, it's great to hit a nice shot or sink a long putt, but I don't take the game too seriously and always enjoy going for a walk on the fairways. No clubs are necessary really, especially on this rainy and foggy day in December. I still appreciate the view.
Nikon D610, 1/90 second at f/19, ISO 800, 92mm (28-300mm) - 3350
Even on a cloudy and all-around gray day, a walk in the woods soothes the soul. I headed out along the edge of a river for a while. It was quiet and the water was rushing by as if it had somewhere to go. As I have said so many times before, color is hard to find on these monochromatic days. But not impossible!
Nikon D610, 1/250 second at f/19, ISO 800, 150mm (28-300mm) - 3275
I am Robert McKay Jones, a photographer from Sterling, Massachusetts and North Fort Myers, FL. I take photographs almost every day. I post my favorites here.