A Confession

I was very, very bad. I tried to behave myself, but I suddenly couldn’t stand it anymore, and I ordered a Holga filter set for digital and 35mm cameras, a pinhole camera, and a Holga camera with colored flash. No, I don’t need a fancified Holga, and I could have made my own pinhole camera, but I probably would have never gotten around to it. Altogether, I think I spent about $100, so it’s not like I really lost my mind or anything. Still, I can’t help but feel like I did something I shouldn’t have.

These are a few of my favorite photos taken with various toy cameras.

Raspberry Canes in Snow, 8 January 2005

Frost, Autumn 2004

Autumn 2004

Sunrise, Autumn 2004

Trees in Snow, 8 January 2005



Sunset Reflecting on Trees in the East

Yesterday was bright and sunny, a nice change after all the rain we’ve had. Right before the sun set, a bank of clouds rolled in from the northwest. There was a brief moment when the clouds opened, and the setting sun caught the stand of trees to the east, turning them a fiery, glowing orange color. And then, it was gone.

The sky cleared up again overnight. When Harriet and I went for our morning walk, the stars were shimmering. There was also a halo around the waning moon. Formed by hexagonal ice crystals in the upper atmosphere, such halos typically portend coming precipitation. And, what do you know? A check of the weather shows it’s supposed to rain tomorrow. And the next day, and the next day. If we’re lucky, we’ll even get a little snow on MLK day.


More Fun with Photoshop


The rain finally cleared up Sunday night, and Monday night we had a lovely sunset. The Belt of Venus was glowing softly, and the line of clouds above the horizon was deep blue on the bottom and pink on top. They looked like giant bags of swirly pink and blue cotton candy.

Alas, I was on the phone with my mom, and didn’t get a very good shot of it, so I decided to use it as an excuse to play with some more filters. I don’t think I’ve used the diffused glow filter before, but I really like the way it makes the image look like a print from an old negative.



It wouldn’t be Friday without some photoblogging. It rained all morning, but the sky cleared up and a whole army of puffy white clouds popped up. This was created from four photos I took on my way home from work. I love the greeness of the soybeans against the blue of the sky and the play of shadows along the rolling field.

Corner of Starnes Road and Ratliff Road, Monroe County Indiana, looking northeast