Sunday, November 24, 2013

Blue Hydrangea

This shot goes back a long ways to my parents' first place in Savannah.  This was shot on film back in 2000 during the summer I was studying for the bar exam.  I'm not 100% certain, but this was probably done on Fuji Velvia 50 slide film, which is my absolute favorite film ever!  Anyway, I hope you enjoy - this is one of my favorites.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A star leaf?

I've been hunting for a group of photos from a workshop I took some time ago.  This is one of them.  I may go back and fiddle with this one in Photoshop to play with the colors a bit.  Enjoy. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Fall Color with a Twist

Some beautiful fall color, with a bit of a twist, here in Silver Spring, Maryland.  As regular blog visitors will note, I'm on a bit of a kick with these sorts of motion shots.  I tried a new technique today by using a neutral density filter to keep from terribly overexposing the shot on a bright, sunny day.  Enjoy!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Clifton Inn Garden #2

Another photo from our recent trip to Charlottesville.  I was photographing some flowers in the garden at the Clifton Inn and I decided to play around a bit with some camera movement.  I like this one for the feeling of it being stained glass.  Enjoy!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

A moment in the sun

On a very nice trip with my wonderful wife of 10 years, I was able to sneak away to shoot for part of an afternoon.  This is the first quick edit of one of the shots I took of the flower garden at Clifton Inn near Charlottesville.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A bit out there...I know.

This is a shot I took back in July at the Botanical Garden.  I've been playing with different ways to move the camera during a somewhat longer exposure.  Clearly, the upper left of the frame is way over exposed, but I find this oddly compelling.  The photo is of a small field of flowers (see the middle right of the frame for some of the stems).

Monday, September 9, 2013

Thinking of Yosemite National Park

With all of the news about the rim fire in Yosemite National Park I thought of this photo I shot back in 2000.  If memory serves, I visited the area not too long after a series of fires just outside the park and I remember on the drive in that it was such a barren landscape...and then I was in the valley and WOW.  Such an amazingly beautiful place.  It is truly one of the most spectacular places on Earth.

Found Objects

I've been trying to organize some old files and came across this from a few years back.  I'll let you guess what these are, but I'll tell you that they were found behind an abandoned shed deep in the woods. 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Hirshhorn Reflected

Sometimes it just takes moving a few feet to get a new perspective. In my prior reflection posts, I was shooting at one spot at the edge of the fountain inside the Hirshhorn.  This shot was taken by moving around the fountain to a new spot and getting the reflection of the windows above the fountain.  Other than cropping just a bit and adjusting the levels slightly, this is straight out of the camera.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Liquid blue

A while back I posted "Fall Reflection", which I took at the Hirshhorn in DC.  I went back there recently and took some photos of the same fountain pool, but then started playing with the colors.  I think what I need to do is shoot these with some more depth of field.  A work in progress.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Bass Harbor Lighthouse - WPA Poster Style

This is one of those photos that I don't think I got quite right when I shot it originally.  The lighting was really tough at that time of year for taking a photo of the lighthouse. (This is the Bass Harbor Light on Mt. Desert Island, Maine.)  I've always been a fan of the WPA posters of National Parks and I was inspired to make something similar with this shot.  

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Softer petals

A few posts back I promised a different treatment of the petals.  I played around with some of the artistic brushes in Photoshop and settled on this image.  I may fiddle around with it some more.  Somehow flipping the image and softening it with a watercolor brush gives it a more abstract feel to me.  Would love to know what you think.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Out for a morning swim

This was taken on a recent morning near the Lincoln Memorial.  I generally am not a huge fan of sunrise/sunset shots with lots of glowing sky, but there's nothing quite like being at the Lincoln Memorial at sunrise.  The dawn of a new day from the steps of a place dedicated to a man who inspired a new day in America is truly one of the special things about DC.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Yes...I'm a bit of a blogging kick.  This was taken back in 2011 at the U.S. Botanical Garden.  I forget what kind of tree this is - some sort of cedar.  I was really struck by how bright organge the needles were.  Follow me on twitter @brundagephotos

Thursday, July 25, 2013

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A few petals

I was sorting through some old shots and came across this shot from 2010.  I think I'll spend some time playing with cropping it and try for something a little more abstract in the next posting. 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Memorial Day


One of my favorite memorials is the Korean War Memorial.  The artist who created this memorial, I think, really captured the grim nature of war, but in a way that pays tribute to the men and women who so valiantly serve our nation.  I realize this post is a bit late for Memorial Day, but I hope it reminds us all about the bravery of those who protect us every day.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Waves in the sand, Coast Guard Beach, Eastham, MA

As regular readers of my blog will observe, I like to play with scale and abstracts.  A little help in post-processing gives this view of the sand a little bit of a "what is that?" effect. 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Deep Red

Haven't posted in quite some time, but this chilly Sunday afternoon gave me a few moments to edit some photos I've taken in the past.  This one is from a series I did with this flower.  The deep reds remind me of Valentine's Day.  Enjoy!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Light in motion

Every now and again I get this idea of using camera motion and different lighting and color to create abstract images.  Maybe a bit too much motion?  What do you think?

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Mountains revealed

Here's the "before" shot for "Mist Covered Mountains?".  The crop is taken from the left side, middle third of the frame.  I wrote in my last post that I was climbing on the rocks for these shots, but now that I see them again, the "rock climbing" shots were later in the trip.  This series was shot from the deck of the house we stayed at in Seal Rock, Oregon ( 
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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Mist Covered Mountains?

Two blog posts in one night, equalling my production for all of 2012 (moving to a new house is my excuse)!  I'm not normally one to heavily crop a photo - maybe shave a little off the edges.  This photo, as you'll see from some posts to come, is cropped signficantly.  I concede this is a little more grainy than I would like, but this grouping of rocks caught my eye.  I also did some other camera trickery here to achieve the "mist".  I took this while we were on vacation in Oregon, in near darkness, hopping around rock ledges - yes, it was fun!
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Winter berries

Yes, it's been far too long since I posted anything.  New Year's resolution #1 - shoot more, post more.  To get things going, this is a shot from a few years ago, but the recent gray weather reminded me of it.  More recent shots soon.  Happy 2013!
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