Floyd Wellershaus Photography: Blog http://www.fwellers.com/blog en-us (C) Floyd Wellershaus Photography floyd@fwellers.com (Floyd Wellershaus Photography) Wed, 23 Oct 2013 03:26:00 GMT Wed, 23 Oct 2013 03:26:00 GMT http://www.fwellers.com/img/s/v-5/u933159381-o498115123-50.jpg Floyd Wellershaus Photography: Blog http://www.fwellers.com/blog 120 90 Autumn Colors http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2013/10/autumn-colors The colors aren't down near DC yet, but they are starting to peak headed up toward the hills of Upperville. 

It was a rainy day, the sky was very gray, but that just makes the beautiful reds and oranges stand out differently.



floyd@fwellers.com (Floyd Wellershaus Photography) autumn colors fall landscape nature rural tree http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2013/10/autumn-colors Wed, 23 Oct 2013 03:26:19 GMT
Cotton http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2013/10/cotton I never new wild cotton was so soft and full. I was walking in Algonkian park and spotted an open bloom on the edge of a tall grass area that the deer use for bedding.  I may have gotten caught up in the scene and didn't get as close as I needed to for a good glimpse of the cotten, so I had to magnify the image 125% to get what you will see below.  Impressive stuff !

Wild CottenWild Cotten

floyd@fwellers.com (Floyd Wellershaus Photography) cotton flower nature http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2013/10/cotton Tue, 22 Oct 2013 11:35:54 GMT
Frontlit/Backlit http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2013/10/frontlit/backlit I've always liked the look of that tree in the backround, once autumn changes it's colors.

Today I am stuck at the computer working all day. I took a shot mid morning and then again early evening. The morning shot is front lit and the evening shot is back lit. 

I think it makes an interesting little study about how much one scene can change based on the position of the lighting.



floyd@fwellers.com (Floyd Wellershaus Photography) landscape tree http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2013/10/frontlit/backlit Sun, 20 Oct 2013 22:59:33 GMT
Neighbor's Butterfly http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2013/8/neighbors-butterfly The other day I spent a little time trying to get a decent shot or two of a butterfly that hangs around my neighbor's bushes. It isn't easy with a 35mm lens and a butterfly that is skittish and likes to move.

I'll try again with a longer lens, but for now, here is what I got.

This one makes him look like some ET.

floyd@fwellers.com (Floyd Wellershaus Photography) animal butterfly insect macro nature http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2013/8/neighbors-butterfly Wed, 21 Aug 2013 20:09:16 GMT
The swampy picnic area http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2013/8/the-swampy-picnic-area Today I decided to venture a bit farther into our little trail system. I was getting tired and saw a ratty old picnic table next to this scene.Not a bad looking scene, all the damage made for a nice frame, showing some dimensionality. Unfortunately for me, my stomach started acting up right after this, and instead of exploring further, I had to use all my strength to make it home before the ugly happened !

I passed up some decent shots, but I'll be back for them.

floyd@fwellers.com (Floyd Wellershaus Photography) forest landscape nature river swamp trees http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2013/8/the-swampy-picnic-area Wed, 21 Aug 2013 19:49:48 GMT
The Apparition Part 2 http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2013/8/the-apparition-part-2 Today I was out on the trail again, with my 70-200 and took the Monk from a different angle and perspective. I think I may like this one better. 

Either way, I am definitely going to name him. Something to do with being the Protector of the Trails. :-)

floyd@fwellers.com (Floyd Wellershaus Photography) apparition forest gnome landscape monk nature trail http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2013/8/the-apparition-part-2 Wed, 21 Aug 2013 19:27:03 GMT
The Goose Choir http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2013/8/the-goose-choir I've not seen anything like it before. I was just wandering backroads and came across these fat geese and decided to take their picture. After they finished trying to scare me off, and realized I wasn't going anywhere, they started showing off. I just love this shot of them singing in 2 different directions.

floyd@fwellers.com (Floyd Wellershaus Photography) anima bird geese goose http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2013/8/the-goose-choir Tue, 20 Aug 2013 21:46:40 GMT
Foggy Trump. http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2013/8/foggy-trump This morning around 6am I noticed it was very foggy outside. I said to myself, "Hmmm, lets make a quick trip to the park and see what we can shoot in the fog"  And that is exactly what I attempted to do.

But today's fog was stranger than most. It was only in certain areas and not others. So I followed it, until it led me to a place I haven't been to yet. A place within a couple of miles from my house. 

I am not a member of Trump International Golf Course, but at 6am I don't think anyone cared that I was running around the grounds with my camera. 

This is my favorite one of the bunch !

floyd@fwellers.com (Floyd Wellershaus Photography) architecture course golf landscape http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2013/8/foggy-trump Tue, 20 Aug 2013 21:39:43 GMT
The Apparition http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2013/8/the-apparition As I was walking my little pint size Chihuahua/Pug(chug) down the wooded trail this morning, I saw it. But what was it ? I think it was a  wandering monk, sitting on the side of the trail deep in thought or prayer.  I had to go  back home and get my camera. But would the quiet monk still be there ? Of course he would. How do I know that ?  I'll show you later, but first, meet the monk.

A little closer.

Closer still

And here is why I knew the monk would still be there. As I walked around the trail toward his front side, this is what I saw.

Yes, it's true, I knew it was a log, but it still looks just like a monk from the right angle. I am always amazed when one thing can look like something totally different, if viewed from the right perspective, with a little imagination. I hope to see more of these types of things ! Thanks for indulging my little fantasy. :-)))


floyd@fwellers.com (Floyd Wellershaus Photography) landscape log monk nature scape trail http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2013/8/the-apparition Tue, 20 Aug 2013 21:30:32 GMT
Gracie comes home http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2013/8/gracie-comes-home Got a new dog a few weeks ago. Now ask me if I was looking for a dog. Heck no. We are cat people. Have had only cats for 20 years together. Always 3 cats.   So Viki goes to the store one morning to pick up some catfood, and they were having some adoption for these little Chihuahua/Pug mix dogs, called Chugs.   Well, this Chug Tugged at her so much  that all her sense went out the window, and about $500 dollars later ( with all the supplies, shots etc,, )  here she comes, in the door with this life changing creature.


What can you do with such a face ? I had only one choice. Fall in love with the little PITA ! That's right. I knew from the beginning that along with all the joy I would get from the little thing, I would get a large share of headache. Three weeks into this, I can tell you that I was right about that. <grin>

So I took a couple of semi formal portraits of her, using window light and flash bounce for a white backround.

A couple of days after this, Gracie ( yes that is the name her mother ( my wife ) has given her ), met Molly and it was an instant bond. Molly lives two doors down and the two have become inseparable.  See for yourself.



Alas, she is still a baby and still loves her Mommy and Daddy too.


floyd@fwellers.com (Floyd Wellershaus Photography) animal chug dog gracie pet http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2013/8/gracie-comes-home Fri, 09 Aug 2013 21:44:13 GMT
Wrong war http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2013/8/wrong-war I was headed North down Rt. 15 yesterday, toward Point of Rocks Md. I was going to see about snapping some shots of the Marc train.

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw what can only be described as a shack, from another era, with a guy just hanging out on the porch of the shack.

There was something about that shack, I think it was the POW-MIA sign. I couldn't resist. That would be an interesting thing to go check out, and possibly shoot ( with camera ). :-)    But in order to do that, I would have to go on to the property, introduce myself to this fellow who looked like he might be out of some motorcycle club, and ask him if I can check him and his stuff out, pretty much.

I guess in my old age I am getting a little braver, because that's just what I wound up doing. 

I figured for sure this was a Vietnam era Vet, who was living some non mainstream lifestyle. And I figured I had enough to relate to him about, being that I grew up during that war. As it turned out, he is older than I thought. He is a Veteran of the Korean war !  He's 73 years old. Name is Lenny.  Real nice guy. Offered me a tour of his dank, musty little shack, offered me the only Heineken he had in his refridgerator and we sat and talked for a while.

Lenny built the place in the 60's and has been there ever since. He doesn't actually live there, but hangs out there. It's a musician shack, a biker shack and a shack for visitors. Over the years people just come, hang out, have parties, break out the couple of electric guitars inside and jam, sit and drink beer, smoke dope or whatever, and just hang out.   Lenny did drop the names of some famous band members who have visited there in the past, but I forgot who they were.

There was a place of on Rt. 211 south of Warrenton Va I used to go to in the late 70's, called Cross Creek.  Now that was the place in the day. Field parties all the time over there. Whoa !!  This place just has the vibe of that.



It was really dark in here, especially on the side of the room near the guitars. My shutter speed was very slow, so they are a little blurry.


I like the Notice ( Nodis )

We talked of various things while I nursed my beer, said our goodbyes and I went on my way, but not before shooting a few shots of the garage and other buildings on his property. 


I think this place has some character, and there is a flavor of the historical attached to it. It has seen over 5 decades come and go, right on James Monroe Highway ( Rt. 15 ) in Loudoun County Va.


floyd@fwellers.com (Floyd Wellershaus Photography) architecture historical people pow shack http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2013/8/wrong-war Fri, 09 Aug 2013 21:09:30 GMT
Keeping it real http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2013/1/keeping-it-real There is no avoiding it. We can turn our heads the other way, we can pretend it doesn't exist but we cannot avoid it.  Not only does it come for us all, we deal with the results of it every single day of our life.

We eat it, we wear it, we fuel our cars with the past results of it. We see it and hear of it every day, but oh how we refuse to look it in the eye.


 How many cars pass this scene every hour ? How many people in those apartments have looked upon it ?












My wife thinks I have a morbid streak and am a freak for taking pictures like these. Maybe I am by "normal" standards. I prefer to think of myself as a realist.

The longer I live, the more death becomes real to me. Not only do more and more  people that I know die, but I also begin to realize my own mortality. By the national averages, and the past history of my family, I should probably have about another 20-25 more years in this world and then I'll share the fate of this WhiteTail deer. That is IF I make it through  today. One never knows.

Instead of denying it, and being repulsed by it, I am thankful that I have the opportunity to begin to come to grips with it now. There is a lot to come to grips with. I mean really come to grips with. 

This deer was probably feeding with a friend and maybe her yearling children when the great equalizer came for her. What's left here ? A defilement of the body. The life force is gone and the body is defiled.

Our bodies will all become defiled at some point. Whether by the birds as in this case, or by maggots and bacteria if we get buried, or by the ravages of heat and flame should we get cremated. Either way, our earthly skins will meet a similarly destructive fate.

When I see this, I try to realize deep inside that "I" am NOT the body. "I" will not suffer this fate, but what I am currently identifying myself with, my body, will indeed be ravaged until it no longer exists. 

Nobody knows empirically whether our soul exists outside of the body, lives on after the body dies. We hope and have faith of such things but do not really know it. But we do know that the memories of us do last beyond. The love we impart while here, the courage we show, the humanity we exhibit, the kindnesses we do, these things will be remembered about us after we are no longer part of the physical world.

Look on it one more time.

Nothing should make us feel more alive then when we REAL-IZE that today we could meet the same fate. For REAL.

To be able to live each day as if it were our last. To have the ability to "number our days" as the Psalmist said. These are things I strive for. Gruesome as these images are to our sense of being and sense of self, they are reality. I see no point in denying what is there in nature for us to see and to learn from.

If you've gotten this far in my indulgence, then thank you for the kindness of your attention for that long. I hope this blog will repay your kindness with at least a small amount of extra knowledge of LIFE !!

May 2013 bring you LIFE every day !



floyd@fwellers.com (Floyd Wellershaus Photography) carcass death deer life of philosophy portrait http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2013/1/keeping-it-real Tue, 01 Jan 2013 17:41:23 GMT
A short cat story http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2012/9/a-short-cat-story Hey What are you looking at, don't you know what I want ?


You can't read my mind so I'll say it. I'm THIRSTY.


Thank you for turning the water on.


Yup. It's just the right temperature.


Oh Yummmy !


That hit the spot. Getting a little sleepy now

floyd@fwellers.com (Floyd Wellershaus Photography) animal cat elsa pet short story http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2012/9/a-short-cat-story Sun, 09 Sep 2012 11:12:00 GMT
Conditioned response http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2012/9/conditioned-response I haven't been practicing my camera hobby too much lately. It's been busy, I've been tired, it's hot out etc... Plus I am in a bit of a creative slump about what to shoot.  In the ebbs and flows of a lifelong hobby, I am in an ebb it seems.  

So today I took a backroad into old Sterling and came across this little scene with the birds gathering on the guide wire for a power pole. Now nobody goes down t his road. It's a dead end, and the only thing down there is an old Ruritan club. I pulled my car on the side and got out to shoot, and as soon as I framed the shot, I see a Sherriff car heading toward me down the road. 

I snapped the shutter and my conditioned response was to put the camera down to my side and wait/watch.  As the cop came past me, I waved and he went right past, probably to go have a break or take a leak at the Ruritan club. ( Like I said, nobody is down there ). 

What bugs me now, when looking at what I have to show, is that I didn't have the presence of mind to hold the frame and snap again as  the cop got closer and closer. I believe now, it would have made the shot more interesting.  But that moment passed me by totally, because, in this day and age, cops and people with cameras are more and more at odds.  I've been stopped before and questioned for doing much the same thing on other roads and in other places. So I have been rather quickly conditioned to stop what I am doing when I see a cop approaching. 

I'll chalk this one up to experience and maybe, just maybe, next time I will keep my concentration on what I am doing and let the cop worry about any potential encounter. As you can see, my response was pointless because this particular LEO didn't see me as a potential terrorist, and he went about his day. 

On another quick note, I like the square-ish aspect ratio this image wound up being cropped to. I think I'll investigate that some more. 

floyd@fwellers.com (Floyd Wellershaus Photography) http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2012/9/conditioned-response Sat, 01 Sep 2012 23:58:33 GMT
Laura's Swing http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2012/8/lauras-swing My next door neighbor's daughter is always out there on her swing. I'll be out on the deck at midnight and see shadows cast from her swinging. She loves that swing. She swings on it for hours. 
She's off to college now, no doubt missing her swing time.

I realized that the other night. The moon was out, it was a gorgeous night,  I expected to see her swinging, but the swing stood empty.

I made up my mind that I was going to send her a picture of that swing on her facebook page for a gag. 

So I took a couple of shots and sent them to her on FB. She loves them !! She even wants to print at least one of them.
Finally something a little good comes from my hobby.




floyd@fwellers.com (Floyd Wellershaus Photography) Laura backyard outdoor swing http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2012/8/lauras-swing Thu, 30 Aug 2012 22:06:33 GMT
A Random Parking Lot http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2012/8/a-random-parking-lot Not totally random, it's in front of Chik-Fil-A. I almost forgot that there was supposed to be a gay show of PDA in front of the Homaphobaphil stores on Friday night.

When I remembered, I shot out the door to have some fun, and document it. I was thinking I would get some good shots, asking people to ham it up for my camera. I figured they would all be in the mood for that.

However, when I got there, even though there was a small crowd, it wasn't the gay community or protesters at all. It was some loosely attached car club that shows up in that parking lot on some Friday's.   

When I started roaming around with my camera, I just didn't get the sense that I would be well received asking people to let me take pics of them. I don't know why, I just chickened out.  I did get a couple of shots in the fading light however.



















floyd@fwellers.com (Floyd Wellershaus Photography) auto car people street http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2012/8/a-random-parking-lot Sat, 04 Aug 2012 21:20:15 GMT
A short drive through NorthWestern Loudoun County http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2012/7/a-short-drive-through-northwestern-loudoun-county Today I thought I had more energy than I actually did. I meant to get out of the car and walk through downtown Middleburg for a while, but just didn't feel it. I guess lack of sleep last night made me give up early today. 

I took Snickersville Turnpike all the way back to Rt. 7. As an aside, that whole area, of Aldie, Middleburg, Bluemont, Airmont used to be called Snickersville a long time ago.   I've been on this road before, but somehow never saw this little country store in Airmont. It is a very small village and it's little general store fits right into my Country Store project.

Country Store in Airmont, VaAirmont General Store


Airmont General Store

I also came across this interesting Tree in Aldie. It was in the front field of some farmette. I did a U-eee when I saw it and had to go grab it as best I could.


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floyd@fwellers.com (Floyd Wellershaus Photography) Airmont Aldie Loudoun County country store landscape rural tree http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2012/7/a-short-drive-through-northwestern-loudoun-county Sun, 29 Jul 2012 00:41:39 GMT
gotta keep stretching the boundaries http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2012/7/gotta-keep-stretching-the-boundaries I agreed to take my wife to Manassas yesterday for a 7:30am hair appt. Can you believe that ? Had to get up at 6:30 on a Saturday to drive 30 minutes for some hair coloring.  It was worth it. I got to see my neice's hair salon finally. And also I got to walk around downtown Manassas for about 30 minutes during a lull in the rain.

This guy. Nice guy. I saw him first riding his bike to the train station. They always say you need to stretch your boundaries, and face your fears. Get out of the comfort zone etc.. if you want to grow. So I mustered the cajones to go up to him and ask him if I can take his picture. I told him he's just an interesting looking guy and I'm working on a project or something to that affect.  He was very nice and said I could.  

Most of the shots I took with the manual focus lens were out of focus because I was nervous.  Then while shooting the breeze with him I was able to shoot this one. I like it. It sticks. I need to do this more and build on this little experience !



The train depot. Looks like something from the past.






This one of an old grainery, I like the color and the black and white. So I'll post both. The B&W helps contribute to the "back in time".








I got turned around for a second on some backroads and saw this quaint little house !! 





floyd@fwellers.com (Floyd Wellershaus Photography) buildings grainery manassas old town manassas portrait street train station train tracks http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2012/7/gotta-keep-stretching-the-boundaries Sun, 22 Jul 2012 11:57:55 GMT
Don't say cheese http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2012/7/f We've all taken pictures of people who have just finished mouthing the "cheese".  BORING !   Ok, yea they are good for the scrapbook, and as keepsakes of memories. They are nice and pleasant ( usually ). But most of them are BORING.  We see smiles just way too much. Everyone smiles at each other all day. The plastic, civil smile. The veneer that "pleasantly" hides what's really going on inside. 

This isn't to say that it's not possible to capture a real genuine happy smile that actually reflects inner joy in your subject. It is very possible. It's just not done well too much. This image kind of does that, but this isn't a posed smile. It just happened to my shy little neice. 

If you really want to attempt to get an interesting image, one that people don't see a thousand times a day, then don't let your subject say cheese. 

The best images show some emotion, or tell some story, or part of a story.  What are these two thinking ? What brought them together here to be quietly reflecting on the water ? Is one of them sad, and one of them consoling the other ? 



What is this guy's story ? Did he just wake up or is he listening intently to some captivating story ? Personally I'd vote for #1, except that I took the picture and the truth is that he was surprised and wondering in that split second what this contraption stuck in his face was. :-))



Now this guy is definitely taking a nap at work... Or is he ? I remember snapping this. He was actually talking to me. I just happened to catch him in the middle of some expression. He's an animated and was nodding in agreement to something that was said. Oh how the camera can lie. :-))


Now this is real ! His look says exactly what you may think. "What the hell are you doing ? Not again with the stupid camera in the face trick" Something along those lines. Still, it's more interesting than a plastic cheesy smile. 



I really suck at posing people. It's an area I may decide not to pursue. Most of the people pics you see of mine, are either sniper shots taken with a telephoto, or more often quick grabs taken candidly but very close with  a wide lens. In this one case however, I did ask for a certain look and out of all the snaps I took, this one proved the most interesting.  There is a somberness here, maybe even a bit of sadness to this beautiful woman.


This person was at a party across the table from me. She was genuinely depressed. The image is grainy because the room was actually pretty dark. The technical quality of the image doesn't matter much to me in this case because what's more important and what stands out the most is the emotion captured here. This image has something that grabs and forces the viewer to ask questions. It tells a partial story and leaves the viewer hanging just like a good soap opera. It begins to hook into the emotional level. That's what a photograph should do. Aside from the technical aspects of composition, the real strength of an image comes from it's ability to hook into some emotion of the viewer. 





One of my favorite "models" to date. This guy is a fellow photographer who enjoys doing non-traditonal shots. 

Day 60 part 2



Inner Light


This one of my nephew, and the one above, display refelection. I am always interested in these types of shots. To me, they have more substance than .... dare I say it another time...... the cheese shot. :-)


So next time you're taking family pics, go ahead and get one or two of the traditional shots if you want, but try and get something deeper. I know I will. 


floyd@fwellers.com (Floyd Wellershaus Photography) candids faces people portraits http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2012/7/f Thu, 19 Jul 2012 09:56:14 GMT
We have rotation http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2012/7/we-have-rotation Well not really, but almost. These clouds that were brewing had some stuff in them. On this first one ,  over the houses you can see that special tail, I forgot what they call it, forming.

I'm not 100 percent sure this is a cloud. It could be a space ship cleverly concealed as a cloud. <grin>.


The B&W version is a bit more dramatic. :-))

This last one is very cool for me because you can see the rotation in the main part of the cloud above that hook tail.



floyd@fwellers.com (Floyd Wellershaus Photography) Algonkian Clouds Storm Va sterling storm clouds http://www.fwellers.com/blog/2012/7/we-have-rotation Mon, 16 Jul 2012 00:34:06 GMT