In the Almaden Quicksilver County Park in South San Jose are some abandoned cinnabar mines and a few structures that were present in the mini camps that existed up in the hills. This is an old barn that existed in English Camp (yes, there was a neighboring Spanish Camp for the Spanish speakers). I’m not sure if the red color is original or added by the parks department a decade or two ago. It’s pretty beat up and has some charm. I’m not sure if it has as much charm as I was hoping for after a long hike lugging my camera gear around.
As promised, here are the delicious strawberries. The cherries are an heirloom variety known as Coral Cherries. They are the best cherries I’ve ever had. This was a shot done in my window again for the nice lighting. If anyone wants to, have a moment of silence for this fruit. It was promptly devoured by the kids after I was done shooting.
Inspired by Consuelo’s Asparagus I thought I’d give cherries from the farmers market a try. No tripod for me here since the sun was bright and lit everything nicely.
At Deer Hollow Farm in the park on Sunday, there was a small garden with this Papaver poppy growing. The delicate red paper-thin wrinkled petals and how they catch the light are just wonderful. The white anthers and purple filaments combined with the bright yellow pistil that looks like a fancy pat of butter work so well for this large flower.
Okay, I found one more image that worked from yesterday’s rose garden outing. Also, there is an image I had high hopes for, but in the end doesn’t work for me. The more interesting part to me is the action that happened where i wasn’t looking (or focused for that matter). Oh I wish I had seen it when it was going down! That is the one drawback to the remote shutter release.
I haven’t been out shooting recently since my schedule has been pretty impacted. You know, late nights at work and all. I have a couple of images that I have been sitting on. Both of which I was happy with while I was shooting, and neither of which did anything for me once I got them on the computer. They made my “don’t delete” cut, but I didn’t post them. Since I haven posted in a couple days, and I’m not really doing a 365 project, I wonder, is it better to post something than nothing? Probably.
The first image is from my last time shooting which was last Sunday. In the same little flower garden that the last posts have come from. The second image is from my outing a few weeks ago in San Francisco.
Downtown San Jose, taken on the same trip as yesterday’s golden clouds. The building was lit up wonderfully from the clouds and sun from the east with the nice pastel colors on the clouds to the north. The negative space adds to this one so I am using this as my Daily Shoot submission for DS102.
#ds102 - Negative space can be just as important to a composition as your primary subject. Explore negative space in a photograph.
This evening I walked out of the office and was treated to a wonderful array of colors in the sky. It has been some time since I have seen anything like this. Other than adding a bit of dark back into this photo, the colors are as they were seen. Amazing after a super rainy day. I only wish I anticipated it so I could have gotten to a place with a bigger sky.
I think this counts as a background for this Daily Shoot assignment.
#ds98 – Backgrounds are tricky. They can make a subject stand out or distract from it. Make a photo with a good background today.
Today’s curves come to you from the Campbell Community Center.
#ds83 – Curves carry the eye along with them. Make a photo that creates a sense of movement with curves today.
For this assignment I thought that a very nice looking tomato on a very sad looking vine was enough to make me pause. It is amazing that in late January, after some freezing and bad weather, the vibrant red color is still strong. Not to mention, the small green tomato seen just behind the red one. It may not be quirky, but it was definitely hmmm.
#ds67 – “Quirky things often catch your eye and make for interesting art. Make a photo of something that makes you go “Hmmm” today.“
#DS29: “Show us some food you eat today, using DOF, perspective, or other tricks you’ve learned so far to make everyone hungry!”
No better day to have a food assignment than one that I get a birthday cake on!
A nice fall leaf. I like the deep gray background on this one.