Variations on Local Themes

A grand collapse of foliage,

a lens that distorts.

Old willows frame

paths to obscurity.































Photographs made at Juanita Bay Park in Kirkland, Washington with a Lensbaby Composer Pro and processed in Lightroom (a few changes made in Color Efex Pro). For some photographs, in-camera filters such as Dramatic Tone, Grainy Film & Soft Focus (on an Olympus OM D1 camera) were used.

The trees are mainly willows, the ferns are Lady ferns (Athrium felix-femina). The single leaf on the ground that’s turning color as if it were a map is from a Cottonwood tree.


















    • Well, I hope it seems otherworldly in a good way. 😉
      Thanks for mentioning the intro. After the last few posts where I wrote a lot, I was so ready to keep it simple!!!!
      Hope to see you all soon!


    • I’m glad, Denise…like I was saying to Gunta above, changing it up is refreshing sometimes. And you can’t predict how the lensbaby and the in-camera filter shots are going to look as well as you can predict how a “normal” lens shot will turn out. That keeps the photography looser.


  1. The first picture gets to me big time, and I’m also struck by the tree with two, big diverging trunks – and I must get to use Color Efex Pro more, LR is making me far too lazy in that respect – although LR very, very seldom supplants SEP2 for mono work.


    • The first one is what I think of as your kind of look -glad you like it. I’m forgetting right now but I think it was done with an in-camera filter effect. Those can be fun to experiment with. I don’t think I did much in color efex this time. Much of the intense contrast (latter photos) was also from an in-camera filter. That being said, it seems there’s always more to discover in color efex; I have hardly scratched the surface.

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    • Yes, we’re in NYC now… battling traffic, seeing friends and family and reliving favorite sights and foods, yum! I know the blurred effect may not be your thing but hope you enjoyed it for a change.
      So far here it seems most of what I’m photographing is on the fly. Friday I get together with Patti Kuche of Nylon Daze – I think you know her?


      • I’m sure you meeting with Patti was great. I’d so like to be able to meet all my American friends but I think I’d have to hire a RV and spend a year criss-crossing the country. Not something I can do right now but who knows.. a lottery win perhaps? 🙂


      • It was fun seeing Patti again – nice weather, we sat outside in lower Manhattan and talked….a lottery win sounds good, and I bet you could persuade some of your US friends to gather together, to save you a few miles…why not?


    • The first – I’m surprised! The 11th kind of surprised me, because I used an in camera filet that exaggerates the tones, so I didn’t foresee it looking like that but I liked it, so I’m glad you did, too. 🙂


  2. The boardwalk looks familiar. Is that where you photographed the old man, or spent some time during the eclipse? Boardwalks are boardwalks, I suppose, but you seem to have a number of very nice ones around. The pastel orange and green leaves are lovely. They remind me of sherbet.


    • Yes, you’re right in both cases! Sorry for the late reply. That park is nearby and reliable so i go there a lot. Good birding there, too. People in the Pacific Northwest tend to have a huge respect for the outdoors, which seems to extend to taking care with whatever is built there, in parks anyway. Sherbet – that’s a great association!


    • They’re fun to play with – I was just using it again this morning, for the fall leaves. The other “odd” lens I have is an old Super-Takumar 50mm f1.8. It’ has a slight golden cast due to radioactive coatings, but I like that. It’s really hard to focus, maybe because of the adaptive mount – same problem with the lens baby, that’s what I get for having a micro 4/3! But both lenses are a nice way to see differently, which is always useful. Thanks for your comments Otto!

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