Monday, September 21, 2009

Grove of Maples near Alanson

Grove of Maples near Alanson, originally uploaded by jhhymas.

This is a classic white-leaves shot. If these sugar maples are grown in the open like this, each tree develops a full, rounded shape, and a small grove also forms a beautiful shape. There are several groves like this near here, sometimes the understory is kept open by annual mowing, sometimes by grazing.
In a tornado about 15 years ago, many trees in Orval Coors's maple grove were uprooted by the force of the storm. Over many weeks, he sawed them up, even the stumps, for firewood. He was well over seventy at the time.
Another maple grove can be found at Greensky Hill Indian Mission Church. It was planted to replicate the council grove that grew in a circular form and was sacred to Native Americans who lived here.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Looming cloud

Looming cloud, originally uploaded by jhhymas.

I find this pretty irresistible! Kiss me, my hamburger!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Ceremony, originally uploaded by jhhymas.

While we were in the park, Monte Nagler asked this fellow to sit in the chairs. Monte regarded the chairs as a photo opportunity, and I could see that they were, but the shots I took failed to be good ones. I needed to think about it more, bend down, look around, pick a bale of cotton . . .

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Nina and the Pinta fly the flag in Petoskey

I love ethe way the tourists came out in white. I didn't go aboard, because I didn't realize they were only going to be here two days. I thought I'd go later--now I'm sorry!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Bright window

DSCF1912xx, originally uploaded by jhhymas.

More from Waverley Street in Palo Alto.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Chum-Chum: Her Soulful Gaze

Chum-Chum: Her Soulful Gaze, originally uploaded by jhhymas.

Try taking infrared portraits of your pets! If you have a plain brown dachshund that shows up poorly in color photos, you might be happily surprised.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

February: Gulls on Almaden Lake

I was hoping they would be there for my granddaughters to see. And they were. I was there with my modified camera!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Palo Alto Church in Gathering Cloud

DSCF1875luk, originally uploaded by jhhymas.

Another of the beautiful infrared streets of Palo Alto.

Sunday, February 8, 2009


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

January Street Scene

DSCF1765xx, originally uploaded by jhhymas.

Buildings often look better in infrared, than they would in color. This is one of the beautiful edifices near downtown Palo Alto.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Oh, those recurrent sheep

DSCF1349panocrp, originally uploaded by jhhymas.

More from that farm in Plumas County. I think sheep will be easier to draw than horses, if I ever start my sketchbook.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Painted salmon and cream

DSCF1575, originally uploaded by jhhymas.

Is this what they call Carpenter's Gothic? I have to look up these styles again. The beloved History Park, source of great subjects for infrared.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

On the Porch

On the Porch, originally uploaded by jhhymas.

I like the ones like this that only have a little clue (white leaves in foreground) that they even belong in this blog. The lady in the hat was an extra benefit--I had to shoot fast!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Waiting for customers in January sun

I Wish I had more time to work with these empty white chairs and these reflections on a Palo Alto sidewalk. Reflections are often clearer than you expected in infrared images.

Saturday, January 17, 2009


CloudPanorama1, originally uploaded by jhhymas.

This is a Photomerge of five photos, uncropped. Naturally, when something turns out OK, you scream to yourself: Why didn't I take MORE! MORE! MORE!

Friday, January 16, 2009

This made me feel like one of those street photographers!

Bored and waiting outside a store, I saw her, she looked so ripe and healthy. I felt almost like Weegee. I think the infrared gives this kind of grab shot a soft quality.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Feather River Canyon

DSCF1482xxx, originally uploaded by jhhymas.

I am becoming quite fond of these infrared photos when I give them a warmer tone. I still don't understand how people get all the colors, but I like these, anyway,

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


DSCF1494xx, originally uploaded by jhhymas.

This truck is now a docent at San Jose History Park. See how infrared photography brings out his subtle hard-won patina!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Empire Firehouse at San Jose History Park

DSCF1512clrtemp, originally uploaded by jhhymas.

White building. dark infrared sky and fluffo clouds. Happiness!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Old Bricks

DSCF1549xxx, originally uploaded by jhhymas.

Another trip to the Heritage Park.