Dan Kehlenbach Photography: Blog http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Dan Kehlenbach Photography dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) Sun, 12 Nov 2017 20:02:00 GMT Sun, 12 Nov 2017 20:02:00 GMT http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u122910686-o492538875-50.jpg Dan Kehlenbach Photography: Blog http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog 101 120 Learning from Limitations: B&W Within Camera http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/learning-from-limitations-b-w-within-camera Lately I have been drawn to self-imposed limitations after reading David duChemin's advice about how to foster creativity.  This is an idea I plan on exploring further.  A couple of years ago during a trip to Maine, I decided to only use my iPhone.  It was quite liberating and it made me look at the subject a little differently.  To view those images, click here.

Today we took a walk through Colonial Williamsburg and I had my camera set on its black & white mode.  Normally when I decide to publish or print a black and white image, I'll shoot a color image in RAW and then convert the image in either Lightroom or Silver-Efex Pro.  This time, I simply used the black and white JPEG setting in the camera.  My camera has two black and white modes - standard and dynamic.  Here are some images all with the standard black and white setting:

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) limitations projects http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/learning-from-limitations-b-w-within-camera Sun, 12 Nov 2017 20:01:37 GMT
Mountain Mist http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/mountain-mist Clouds, fog, and rain are all very typical in south-central Alaska.  I'm always mesmerized by the way the landscape changes minute-by-minute, and this trip I decided to pay closer attention to the subtle nuances of the landscape.  Here are a few images.

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) alaska destinations fog http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/mountain-mist Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:21:03 GMT
Ongoing project: Blending In http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/ongoing-project-blending-in Blending In is a project I started a couple of years back that has been a lot of fun.  I have been inspired by Art Wolf's book Vanishing Act, and thought it might be fun to try something similar.  

 

For many thousands of years, the very survival of many animal species has depended on their ability to blend into the environment in order to catch prey, or become prey themselves.

 

Here are a couple of photographs from the project.  Can you spot the animal?

*Updated 8/15/17 with new images

 

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) projects wildlife http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/ongoing-project-blending-in Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:09:02 GMT
Postcards from Alaska http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/postcards-from-alaska It was so nice to be back in Alaska.  Here are a few images from our two-week trip:

 

Turnagain Arm Views

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Moose in pond near downtown Anchorage

Our picnic spot on our drive to Seward

Fog in Seward

Puffins at the Sea Life Center

Otter in boat harbor

Exit Glacier views - check out the hikers in the corner!

Seward boat harbor

Bears at the Alaska Conservation Center (these guys were orphaned a couple of years ago)

Eklutna Lake - not a bad place to kayak! 

Grouse on a local trail - we were about 3 feet away from this guy!

Floatplane at Lake Hood (busiest seaplane base in the world!)

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) alaska destinations wildlife http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/postcards-from-alaska Sun, 13 Aug 2017 14:58:45 GMT
Hulls http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/hulls I was listening to an interesting podcast by Lenswork magazine that explained different ways to identify personal projects.  One of their tips was to go through your Lightroom collections and see if you can identify any commonalities.  I enjoy photographing nautical subjects, and discovered that I had a couple dozen pictures of hull close-ups.  I thought this might be a fun mini-project.  They are interesting to photograph and full of textures, patterns, and if they could talk, could surely share some stories.  Here are a few:

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) Nautical projects http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/hulls Thu, 15 Jun 2017 18:46:33 GMT
Images of Franklin, NC http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/images-of-franklin-nc Images from a recent trip to Franklin, NC - wonderful area with plenty of hiking trails, gem mining, and a vibrant downtown area with a local outdoor store, restaurants, and museums.  Looking forward to returning!         

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/images-of-franklin-nc Tue, 13 Jun 2017 19:49:10 GMT
Ongoing project: Blending In http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/ongoing-project-blending-in *Updated 6/2/17 with new images

 

Blending In is a project I started a couple of years back that has been a lot of fun.  I have been inspired by Art Wolf's book Vanishing Act, and thought it might be fun to try something similar.  

 

For many thousands of years, the very survival of many animal species has depended on their ability to blend into the environment in order to catch prey, or become prey themselves.

 

Here are a couple of photographs from the project.  Can you spot the animal?

 

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) Projects Wildlife http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/ongoing-project-blending-in Fri, 02 Jun 2017 20:09:10 GMT
Cloud formations on the York River http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/cloud-formations-on-the-york-river A few images of the interesting cloud formations on the York River yesterday.  Despite their ominous looks, there was only a little bit of drizzle.

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/cloud-formations-on-the-york-river Sun, 07 May 2017 20:41:58 GMT
Persistance and struggle.... http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/persistance I enjoy going down to the James River along the Colonial Parkway in the mornings during sunrise.  Yesterday, it was breezy, there was quite a bit of cloud cover and things were fairly quiet.  I was walking along the river, and came across this little water snake trying to make its way along the bank of the river.  Perhaps it didn't want to encounter the sand, so it crawled along the water's edge getting utterly pounded by wave after wave after wave.  It was a good show of persistence and struggle and I came to admire this little guy.  Eventually he made it to a patch of grass where I'm sure he took a much deserved rest!

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/persistance Wed, 03 May 2017 22:43:00 GMT
Tybee Lighthouse Keeper's Quarters http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/lighthouse-keepers-quarters It was a nice surprise to see the keeper's quarters at Tybee Light open to the public and restored to the way it looked in the 1930s.  Normally when keeper's quarters are opened, access is quite restricted.  At Tybee, however, we were free to roam about and photograph.  It was nice to catch a glimpse of life for the Keeper's family.  Here are a few photos:

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) Lighthouses http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/lighthouse-keepers-quarters Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:05:53 GMT
Dawn at Tybee Light http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/dawn-at-tybee-light It was enjoyable watching the sunrise over Tybee Island.  Here are two photos from about an hour before sunrise at Tybee Island Lighthouse:

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) Lighthouses http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/dawn-at-tybee-light Mon, 17 Apr 2017 19:43:21 GMT
Spring colors http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/spring-colors After living in the Caribbean for the past couple of years, it's really nice to see some color appear in the landscape.  More and more color appears every day!

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) Colonial Parkway Virginia http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/spring-colors Fri, 31 Mar 2017 12:18:46 GMT
Favorite photography destinations: Colonial Parkway http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/favorite-photography-destinations-colonial-parkway *Updated 3/29 with new image

 

The Colonial Parkway in southeast Virginia is a 23-mile road that connects the historic cities of Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown.  With sweeping views of the James and York rivers, it is a very pleasant drive or bike ride, particularly early mornings or late afternoons.

 

Throughout the seasons there are always interesting photographic opportunities.  In springtime, flowering dogwoods resembling popcorn speckle the roadsides, summer brings out the wildflowers in all their glory, autumn colors rival New England's and winter sunrises and sunsets make you forget about the cold.

 

Here are a few of my memorable photographs along the Colonial Parkway:

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) Projects Virginia Wildflowers http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/favorite-photography-destinations-colonial-parkway Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:17:02 GMT
Morocco photos revisited http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/morocco-photos-revisited From time to time, I enjoy going back through my photo library and seeing if there was anything I missed in the initial edit, or if anything else catches my eye.  It's been a little over a year since the Morocco trip, and found some other photos that brought back memories.  Here are a few that caught my eye:

 

 

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) Destinations Morocco http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/morocco-photos-revisited Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:31:56 GMT
Keeping an eye out... http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/keeping-an-eye-out Updated 1/14/17

This is turning into a fun project!  While strolling along trails and throughout town, I often come upon a couple of trees with some interesting bark patterns.  They appeared to be staring back - almost like watchful eyes in the forest.  I'm glad I keep my camera with me, and will continue to keep an eye out for more eyes in the trees!

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) Virginia iPhone http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/keeping-an-eye-out Sat, 14 Jan 2017 20:33:35 GMT
To know a place http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/to-know-a-place (Updated 1/10/17)  Taking advice from world-renowned photographer Jim Brandenburg, I simply had to look in my own neighborhood to find nature's splendor.  The Greensprings Nature Trail in Williamsburg, Virginia is home to many species of wildlife, several ponds, and a wide variety of plant life.  Taking time and exploring the trails on a regular basis allowed the ordinary to become extraordinary.  Here are a few of my memorable photographs:

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) Projects Virginia http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/to-know-a-place Tue, 10 Jan 2017 22:46:20 GMT
A rare treat.... http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/a-rare-treat After living in the Caribbean for 3 years, it was nice to see some snow.  Officially Williamsburg received 13 inches yesterday, which is quite a lot for this area and everything came to a standstill.  This morning we took a stroll around Colonial Williamsburg to enjoy the winter scenes.  It's not going to last, however, as it is forecasted to be in the 60s by midweek.  Here are a few images from this morning:

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) Colonial Virginia Williamsburg http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/a-rare-treat Mon, 09 Jan 2017 11:59:01 GMT
Wreaths of Colonial Williamsburg http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/wreaths-of-colonial-williamsburg Colonial Williamsburg is a fun place to stroll around, especially during the holidays.  The colonial homes are adorned with traditional decorations and handcrafted wreaths.  Here are a few of the wreaths along Duke of Gloucester Street:

Collage created using TurboCollage software from www.TurboCollage.com

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/wreaths-of-colonial-williamsburg Sun, 18 Dec 2016 20:14:53 GMT
Postcards from The Outer Banks http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/postcards-from-the-outer-banks A few image from The Outer Banks in North Carolina.  Looking forward to more visits!!

Wright Memorial

View from the hill in which the Wright Brothers tested their gliders

Spot where first flight occurred

Marker of the first flight

Bronze Memorial

Bodie Lighthouse images

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Currituck Beach Lighthouse

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/postcards-from-the-outer-banks Tue, 15 Nov 2016 12:58:48 GMT
Keeping an eye out... http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/keeping-an-eye-out This has turned into a fun project!  While strolling down a trail along the York River in Virginia, I came upon a couple of trees with some interesting bark patterns.  They appeared to be staring back - almost like watchful eyes in the forest.  I'm glad I had my camera with me, and will keep an eye out for more eyes in the trees!

*Updated with new images

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dan.kehlenbach@mac.com (Dan Kehlenbach Photography) Virginia iPhone http://dankehlenbach.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/keeping-an-eye-out Sun, 06 Nov 2016 13:45:33 GMT