Day Six Pix, The Photography of John Hartleroad: Blog en-us (C) Day Six Pix, The Photography of John Hartleroad (Day Six Pix, The Photography of John Hartleroad) Thu, 10 Aug 2017 00:12:00 GMT Thu, 10 Aug 2017 00:12:00 GMT Sarasota may have the Museum, but Emmett's from Peru

Emmett Kelly, known also as Weary Willie, was a famous clown of the early 20's stretching into the 1950's, He was born in Kansas, died in Sarasota, but is buried in Indiana. Peru certainly has a claim on him as well. He started performing in the circus as a trapeze artist in one of the circuses that wintered in my hometown, Peru, Indiana. So the character of Weary Willie shows up in Peru a lot during the Festival and portrayed by more than one person. Here, he is feigning hunger and one of the boys watching the parade offers him a candy sucker. This moment unfolded rather quickly as I was more intent on photographing the clown. But the little boy's outstretched arm completes the scene.

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Evening for Ice Cream

We recently visited the historic river town of Madison, Indiana, and as a friend advises: "When you are on vacation, eat ice cream." So, instead of supper, we went looking for ice cream. I pulled into the parking lot across the street from one of  the ice cream parlors on Main Street., and saw this scene right in front of me. The green brick wall with the two windows is completed by the shadow of the lamp post  I could say that I worked this scene and took dozens of photos, but the truth is I made just this one image.

Would I have been drawn to the windows without the shadow of the lamp? I don't know, but I doubt that I would have the same urgency to photograph the scene. Sometimes, just one element completes the scene, finishes it in an entirely different way. A different feeling is conveyed with the shadow.

Madison is one of the most picturesque places, with an abundance of photographic oppportunities. It is a fun town to roam with a camera.

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Beauty in the Raw

I shoot raw images which means that I prefer to process my images rather than allow my excellent camera to do it when I push the shutter. So what that means to me is that I can return to this image that I took 10 years ago this coming October in Minnesota along the shore of Lake Superior. I have more skill to process my image and better tools so I can use the raw image I captured and process it so that it depicts the original scene as I remember it.

The photo below is the raw image without any processing. I used to be disappointed when I saw this on the computer screen, not realizing that it had all the data contained within so that I could eventually bring forth the scene when I first saw it.

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Lenten Rose The botanical name for this plant is "hellebore", an evergreen perennial plant that blooms in the winter and early spring. Despite the name they are not related to the rose family. They are frost resistant and grow well in the shade. We almost bought some at the Lawn and Garden Show in late February. They are quite prolific under the dogwood trees at Cheekwood.

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Last week at Cheekwood I met a painter in the parking lot and as we greeted one another, we each remarked what a glorious day it was. I noted that the flowers and trees were beautiful. Yes, she said, but wait until you walk down the hill behind the visitor center. The tulips are blooming, and the hyacinths. And she said, be sure to smell the beauty. Oh, my. She was more than right.

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Isn't That Water Cold? These three kids were sitting on the ready made seat at the top of this small waterfall. The water ran down the hillside and I suspect that the stream was created by water pumped from the lake up the hill near the Cheekwood and then released to go down the manmade creek, eventually emptying into the lake again. And these kids were having the time of their lives sitting in the water, soaked all but the upper part of their shirts. But we wondered, isn't that water cold? Apparently, not to them.

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Whispered Beauty Another photo from our visit to Cheekwood last week. These small white spring flowers caught my eye as we wandering among the numerous varieties of dogwood trees. The trees are not blooming yet but we were trying to see what a mature specimen would look like as we were given a native variety at the Lawn and Garden Show last month. And then there were a number of these small flowers dotting the landscape. They didn't attract as much attention as the tulips or the hyacinths, but still quite intriguing.

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Surprising Spring Saturday, March 11, was the first snowfall of the winter. We have already had three weeks of spring according to the scientists who keep track of those things. And then after a beautiful, warm, spring day just 48 hours previous, roars in a wet, brief snowstorm. The large flakes left two inches of snow at our house. This brief visit of winter will likely not be much of an impediment to spring as the snow had all melted before evening. However, the forecast for the middle of next week is for two nights of hard freezing temperatures. Sure hope they are wrong.

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Looking Up Another shot from our visit to Cheekwood. Some of the blooms on this tree had already turned brown but some were fresh and new. I stood under this one and shot at a fast enough shutter speed to stop the movement caused by the wind and caught this fascinating background of blue sky and other blooms. Just by trying a different angle.

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Before the Freeze The tulips have begun to bloom at Cheekwood in Nashville. The day yesterday was delightful, sunny and warm, and we stopped there for an hour before we picked up our granddaughter at school. Not the optimum time to go, but there was far more blooming than I expected. And the aroma of the hyacinths was intoxicating.

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Spring in the Sycamore We went down to the neighborhood rookery this morning and counted more than a dozen Great Blue Herons in the sycamore tree with ten nests in various states of being constructed. The old tree that they used the last few years had fallen and they moved to a stronger tree. Some may have already laid eggs as one of the parents was snuggled into a few of the nests. This is a fun sight each spring, and I thought I was leaving wildlife behind when we moved to the city.

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Happy Mistake In the past, I would have discarded this image. It did not turn out as I had intended, the shutter speed was too slow to capture the butterflies in detail. It was a mistake. Or was it?

The slower shutter speed, 1/40 second, does communicate the movement of the butterflies. the photo is more expressive of the near constant motion of these blurs of color. Not a mistake after all. I can even pretend that this was just what I hoped would occur.

Some art is just a happy accident, being in the right place to see. And inviting others to see.


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Back in the Day How far back is the good old days? I remember listening, when I was very young, to Hopalong Cassidy and Roy Rogers on the radio. We lived in a duplex and I shared a bedroom with my younger brother and sister. Was that the good old days? My school years were spent moving from place to place, with my dad always changing jobs. That didn't seem like the best times. I remember that the air was dirty and coal soot would collect on the snow. There may be adventure and promise in the future, but there is comfort and nostalgia in looking back, although our memory is selective. How could it be so good when it wasn't in color?

Yeah, I'm teasing some. But all in all, I choose today.

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Leave the Driving to Us My best friends, the ones who have had some kind of working relationship with me, know that I have control issues. I say, I can't help it if my hands just perfectly fit the steering wheel. I do like to drive. I like to know where I am going. And I am guilty of wanting to be in charge of how we get there and when. I have ridden the bus, and the train, and in airplanes, and helicopters, and in ferries. And I admit that sometimes it is more comfortable to let someone else drive.

On our recent trip to Jackson, Tennessee, Judy discovered that the Greyhound Bus Station in downtown Jackson was an original art-deco style. History and Why Halfway We drove down at night to photograph it at night but there were no lights. So we went back in the morning and a bus was waiting to board passengers to Dallas.

Most of us don't travel this way anymore but there are many with limited resources who find the bus will get them where they need to go.

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The Best Camera As I have heard many times, the best camera is the one you have with you. This is an image using my iPhone 7. And I'm not certain that my expensive Sony a7rii could make any better of a photo. I could make a much larger print using the Sony, but for the web, this looks terrific. And this scene was begging to be captured.

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Sprung This is an update to an earlier post that showed the maple tree blossoms just beginning to open. Now they are in full bloom. The air seems different, not just unseasonably warm with a reminder of the calendar. Yesterday felt more like spring has sprung. Warm. Birds singing. The phlox has begun to bloom. The bridal veil spirea is blooming. It is probably difficult to see on this photo that is sized for the internet, and I didn't notice when I was snapping the picture, but there are strands of spider web stringing from blossom to blossom. I'm ready.


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Seventh Sunday after Epiphany The Gospel Lesson, Matthew 5:39-48, contains familiar words even to those who do not claim to be Christian. "But I say to you. love your enemies...If you love only those who love you what reward do you have?" It is not reasonable to love one's enemies. And Jesus compounds the commandment because the word "enemies" refers to personal opponents, adversaries that we know. Enemies are not far off. They live next door. Sometimes we work with them. I have even witnessed that they can be in the same church. Our current environment warns us that enemies are everywhere. So we respond with fear, and exclusion, and war--the opposite of what Jesus said his followers should do. Love. Difficult to do. We love our enemies because God loves all. Every one of us.

Do you know of Shel Silverstein's poetry?  In his book, Where the Sidewalk Ends, is a delightful poem entitled "Hug O' War".  I'd like to share it with you.

   "I will not play at tug o' war.

I'd rather play at hug o' war,

Where everyone hugs

Instead of tugs,

Where everyone giggles

And rolls on the rug,

Where everyone kisses,

And everyone grins,

And everyone cuddles,

And everyone wins."


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Seeing Deep We took a short trip this week to Reelfoot Lake and ate catfish at Boyettes, in business for nearly 100 years. The staff at the visitors center encourages us to walk on the boardwalk to the edge of the lake. Judy asked me if I had seen the green plants just below the surface of the water. I hadn't, so I looked down and saw this amazing sight, of green at the top of the cypress trees and green in the water. Reflections tend to trick our eyes and make us question what we are seeing. By looking down, we are seeing up. My iPhone 7 is responsible for the capture of this image.

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A Whisper in the Earth What stirs the sleeping plants to spring forth from the earth? An increase in the daily amount of sunshine and the corresponding warmth of the earth signals the plant that it could be time to start. Sometimes, our hopes are thwarted with late hard freeze. Not so many years ago I recall that the trees in southern Illinois had leafed out. It was an early spring with a late frost that froze the new leaves and the leafing of the trees began all over again. I was disappointed as I think many others were as well. The early pink cherry trees are blooming. The forsythia is starting. Even the tulip magnolias and the star magnolias are beginning to bloom. I certainly hope they are not wrong.

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Could It Be? The pink hyacinth is beginning to unfold. I noticed several days ago as I walked our garden that the leaves had begun to push their way out of the soil. Now it is preparing to bloom. It is early. But yesterday on the way home from church I noticed the tulip magnolia tree at the WSM radio tower (the Home of Country Music) was beginning to bloom. Tomorrow or the next day it could be in full bloom. By Valentines' Day? In some ways, it is not surprising as Nashville barely had a winter. I love spring!

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