Imagined Conversation

It is, I suppose, my nature to imagine conversations between people that I can see, but can’t hear. And so…

Miss Susan: I want the musicians over here, near the hay. I also want the benches around the walls. You will also need to move the corn grinder out behind the barn.

Mr. Carr: Yes’m.

Miss Susan: And Mr. Carr, I hold you personally responsible to see that the fiddle player has no liquor tonight. I will not have him dancing a jig in his union suit as we did last month.

Mr. Carr: Yes’m!

Miss Susan: Not a single drop, Mr. Carr. If I smell any liquor on that man, you won’t see a single pie the rest of the summer.

Mr. Carr: But…

Miss Susan: Not a drop!

Mr. Carr: Yes’m.

urbana balloon festival

Ballons 1

This weekend saw the 7th annual balloon festival in Urbana Ohio. I've never seen a balloon festival, so when my friend, Jim, invited me, I readily agreed.

Hot Air Rises

We got up early to see the morning launch. After having a fine breakfast, we headed to the airport and watched the balloons. The entire experience is beautiful and a little like watching a sporting event in slow motion.

Sun Burner

However, the really beauty began when I returned in the evening to watch the balloons glow.

Light Her Up

Click on the slide show to see all of the images.

the summer ball

Ball 1

Ball 4

Dance Card

Baby Feet

Ball 5

The middle of June saw the June ball and you know I had no choice, I needed to be there. The gowns and uniforms were gorgeous. So much so that I thought you might want to see the spectacle in color.

Ball 6

That, my dear readers, is the Virginia Reel in full color. Told you that you would want to see the color version. It's almost as if I could read your minds.


the photographic mindset

Morning Cloud Scape

I took this image Sunday morning during a dawn drive through our local farm country. When I saw this cloud formation, I stopped the car and got out, camera in hand. The contrasting tones and the shape of the cloud front were what impressed me.

However, being a photographer, I couldn't settle with the beauty that I was looking at. The colors and light were not enough. I wasn't satisfied.

Morning Cloud Scape B&W

I wanted to see it in black and white. I knew that those tones would be spectacular in B&W. Sometimes color can get in the way of a great image, even when it is gorgeous. So, as soon as I downloaded the pictures, I made the conversion.

What do you think? Have you ever looked at a scene and just knew that it would make an impressive B&W image?