Getting Out

In Ohio's State Capitol

Polished floors, ornate wall sconces, the American flag and the Ohio flag, and that empty bench.  It’s a wide open space in one of the most beautiful buildings I have been in for a long time.  

My photography buddies and I took the time Sunday and went to Columbus, Ohio, for a free photo walk in the state capitol building.  We were fortunate to have registered in time to get in on this event as the numbers were limited.  And we are comfortable enough, having done this kind of thing many times, that we know to leave each other alone and then meet up.  Each of us finds something different that catches our eye.  We get lost in the moment and just enjoy taking photos.  

I have upgraded to a newer, faster, more bells and whistles kind of camera this winter.  This little photo walk made me aware of just how out of practice I am, not only with a new camera, but just taking photos in general.  Guess I have my work cut out for me!

The main point of this photo is that we got out. Out of the house, out of town, out of the winter rut, and out to see something different.  Photographically, this image may not be much, but what it represents is important to me.  

Almost forgot…when you stand in this space and look up, here is what you see…

The colors on the walls and all the decorative trim are amazing.  

Have you been able to get out and see something besides snow and ice and rain and floods?  Tell me where you have gone and what you were able to see.   

 

Images from a recent photo walk

It’s been a while since I have taken the time to go out with my two photographer friends just to take photos.  Last Saturday we enjoyed the beautiful fall weather and explored a new place not far from here.  These are a few of my favorites from that day.

weathered conch shell

This old conch shell has been sitting out in the weather for a long time. The colors created by the grime and grunge made it interesting.
 

peace among the mess

Maybe it’s just me.  I thought it kind of odd that in the midst of a bunch of stuff was this large sign saying “PEACE”.   There was no rhyme or reason to how things were arranged.  That sign seems to be making a big statement about what is really  important.

 

playing by the river

My favorite image from the day was taken as I stood on one side of a river and looked across to see these little boys playing at the water’s edge.  I was using my 50mm lens and could not zoom in, but I kind of like this, how the expanse of water stands between me and those boys.  

And because I would have been one of those kids at the water’s edge when I was young….