The Summer has been busy and not busy. I did take a long two week vacation back in May/June but been around since. Lots of nice warm weather has kept me busy after work and I try to be out on the weekends. I have had some time to edit some the photographs and a long rainy day where I was able to develop and scan some black and white film. I took the picture below on the south side of the James River looking at downtown Richmond.
Fujifilm X-Pro2 with f/22 and 120sec exposure.
Over on the Eastern Shore there is a lot of wildlife to see including waterfowl. Ducks are out and I saw this one swimming in the reeds of a wildlife refuge that I wanted to capture and with the reflection, I thought it better be in black and white.
Taken with a Fujifilm X-Pro2 and 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 lens
I go out when I can just to walk often whether I am going to shoot or not. Lots to see in the city and the James River Parks are really awesome. This bridge is down there on Brown’s island leading back over the canal. There were some stickers all along it but since then they have removed and repainted over it, I though it gave it character.
Taken with a X-Pro2 and 35mm f/2 lens
I read an article recently about the City skyline here. It was about how there were so many skyline photos being taken and posted on social media like Instagram and Facebook and such that soon they will run out of photographs to taken. That we would need to stop and pack up and move on. Of course it was from a source that post an article from time to time like The Onion. It was mostly poking fun at the amount shared and how can you take a photograph of something over and over? I have shot the skyline a lot but there are a lot of different angles to shoot it from and with the river and weather changing, you really are getting a different photograph each time. I guess it is also a easy go to because a lot of the places to get the best skyline shots are easy to access and don’t involve a long walk or anything. Here is my post to another photograph of the skyline I did a week ago from the flood wall on a nice evening.
Taken with a X-Pro2 and 18-55mm lens
Last month I had the opportunity to go take a tour of Swannanoa which is located up on Afton Mountain in Virginia right of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is a wonderful looking marble mansion/palace in an Italian Renaissance Revival style built in 1912. It was built by James Dooley the same family of the Maymont house and park in Richmond Virginia. It eventually was left abandoned and empty for a long time till it was bought by a private party that has done what they can to keep it from falling apart. They hold tours there now on some weekends and anyone can check it out if you are in the area. It is a fabulous property including outside. This is one of the many light fixtures that are inside the mansion with the falling-apart paint and wall paper and the bottom is from the ceiling.
Taken with Fujifilm X-Pro2 and 35mm f/2 lens