Seriously…I take lots of wood grain pictures. It just has interesting patterns and textures. This one is from Matsuyama Castle, taken in May 2014.
I’ve been slowly looking through all these details shots I have taken over the years and have noticed that I might have a bit of an obsession with wood grain. I have taken a lot of detail shots of wood grain. I like them.
This is from my very first trip to Kyoto in September 2012. If I remember correctly, this one was taken at Ginkakuji.
For our anniversary in 2011 (our 10th), we took a mini vacation to San Antonio. Since we were living in Austin, it was only a little over an hour away. On the way home, we stopped at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch so we could feed exotic animals from the comfort of our car. Brandon particularly liked the zebras (not really) since one of them stuck its head in the window and stole the bag of food he had between his legs. It was a pretty cool experience. Except for the ostriches, but that’s because ostriches are super creepy.
Just to give you an idea of how close you get to the animals, this was taken (like most of my macro photos) on a point and shoot canon without using any zoom.
One of the things I wanted to start doing on the blog is posting some of the macro photography I shoot. I started shooting close ups, details, macro…whatever you want to call it in 2008.
My first college photography teacher told me once that he could tell I felt stuck by looking at what I was photographing at the time. It was a landscape project and, looking back on it now, it was very claustrophobic. Bill Fraizer taught me a lot and even though I haven’t spoken to him in years, I still remember a lot of the things he taught me and the things he said.
When I started shooting these types of photos, I wasn’t really in a great place. I hadn’t touched a camera in over a year, maybe close to two. That’s a story I believe I told somewhere else on this blog, so I won’t go into all the details now. Long story short, I was examining myself and all the little details that made me who I was…who I am. I didn’t go into this project with that consciously on my mind, but no doubt my subconscious guided me. Once I made the connection, I decided that I really shouldn’t stop the self examination and I haven’t stopped the detailed photos either.
Here’s one of the first shots I did. This is still on of my favorites. It’s not exactly macro, but it’s definitely a smaller detail of a complete image and inspired me to get closer. This was taken at Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park, San Diego.