Squared – SQ133
You need to take the time to do nothing. The work day can be busy, insanely busy, and sometimes it feels like there are not enough hours in the day. On those days, you have to take time to do nothing. Giving yourself 10, 15, 20 minutes of doing nothing can help you get through that hectic day.
I didn’t think of this on my own. I read it the other day and then realized those days where I felt best once I got home were the days I broke up the work hours with a little bit of nothing. Maybe I sat at my desk and stared up at the ceiling tiles. Or I went for a couple of laps around the building during lunch. Whatever you do, you are not thinking about work. Let your mind wander. Maybe read a chapter in a book, sit outside and watch the clouds roll by, or grab your camera and see what you can find.
The last one is what I did yesterday. I walked the periphery of the parking lot lot looking for subjects for my macro lens. It was a great way to break up my day. I also found quite a few interesting images. I found this spider in the bushes in the front of the building…
Come into my Parlor
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/1000s, f/2.8, ISO 200
Bellamy Harbor Park
I passed by the park about 30 minutes prior to the sunset after a nice dinner at the Rail and Canal restaurant. I stopped at Ace Hardware few a few items and when I exited the sky was ablaze! I jumped in the car and drove back to Bellamy Harbor Park hoping I could beat the sunset. I didn’t quite catch the best of the colors but it was worth the stop…
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/5s, 27mm, f/16, ISO 100
Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World
During my August trip, this was my first evening at the Magic Kingdom in between the rain. Everything about this area really stands out for me. I love the circus theme. The colors were working well with the sunset sky. Pete is larger than life but fits with the show. So glad I bought the wide-angle lens. I used every bit of it for this one…
Pete’s Silly Sideshow
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 9-18mm f/4-5.6, 0.6s, 9mm, f/11, ISO 400
Letchworth State Park
I have been fascinated with the Prisma app for the way I can change a photograph into something different. My issue is the app is only for my phone. I have been working on utilizing Topaz Labs Abstraction plugin which is now incorporated into their Studio 2 program. My hope is I can arrive at an image that looks like a watercolor painting.
This is one of my early attempts. The original image, New Bridge, was captured last year at Letchworth State Park. I still have some refinements to the process I need to try but I think I am getting closer…
Chautauqua Lake, Stow, NY
The Lady of the Lake
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 10s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200