The world as I see it — by R C Norman

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Sunset on Sturgeon Creek


Sunset on Sturgeon Creek

Snapped this quick shot with my iPhone 4s while visiting my girlfriend’s parents recently. They have a beautiful waterfront home on Sturgeon Creek, and the sun was just setting when we arrived for dinner.

I’ve been absent from my blog for several months, but hope to return to regular postings. I’ve missed this great community and all you have to offer.

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Well Worn Tree


Well Worn Tree

Lines, shadow, texture, color. These are some of the elements that the eye notices, either intentionally or not, when we look at a photograph. When we have an obvious subject, like people or a landscape, these characteristics meld with the overall image while our brains interpret the story or action of the subject. With a less conspicuous or more abstract subject, such as this close-up of a tree, we rely more on these fundamental photographic qualities to please the eye. But there is a story. There always is. On a recent trip to Washington, D.C., my kids and I spent a day touring monuments, museums and checking out the Folklife Festival on the Mall. It was a day of walking, sight-seeing, and more walking. On the stretch of land between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, there is a small cluster of old trees that offers a welcome patch of shade. My daughter had run ahead and was already perched up on one of the bent trunks of a tree by the time we arrived. Here we rested. After taking some photos of her on the tree, I noticed the cracks in the lower trunk where the bark had worn away and the wood beneath was smooth like a hand-rubbed piece of furniture. The wood’s warm color was accentuated by the soft light filtering through the canopy of leaves. This well worn tree had been visited and perched on by hundreds, probably thousands, of visitors, just like my daughter, who could not resist the joy of climbing while parents or others with less youthful energy relaxed in its cool shade. This tree is a monument in its own right that has provided amusement and cool refreshment to D.C.-goers for untold years. Its cracks and exposed wood are a tribute to the generation of climbers, and those to come, who find delight in its simple pleasure. I took hundreds of photos that day, but this one stood out because it was unexpected, just like the shade this old tree provided on a hot afternoon in D.C.
Camera Specs: Nikon D7000, 62 mm, F/5.3, 1/250, ISO 100
© R C Norman Photography, June 2012


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Face Paint


Face Paint

Spray paint artist at work on scaffold at the Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C.
Specs: Nikon D7000, 42 mm, F/5, 1/400, ISO 320
© R C Norman Photography, June 2012


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Shadow Painter


Shadow Painter

The public was welcome to pick up a brush and plate of paints to create and share its own art for the thousands of event goers at the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. happening now. I spotted this young man silhouetted against the bright sun-lit day adding his touch to one of several blank wooden “canvases” under the shade trees.
Specs: Nikon D7000, 180 mm, F/11, 1/125, ISO 110
© R C Norman Photography, June 2012


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Graffiti Eyes


Graffiti Eyes

Despite the heat, my kids and I spent yesterday strolling around the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the Mall in Washington, D.C. A cultural fusion of art, crafts, music and food, the event is a treasure trove of photographic ops. The vibrant color and energy of the graffiti art caught my lens, starting with the penetrating eyes of this work by Jay Coleman. My next several posts will feature scenes from this day of eclectic delights.
Specs: Nikon D7000, 52 mm, F/6.3, 1/160, ISO 200
© R C Norman Photography, June 2012


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“In My View” Hits 1,000 Likes!


Thank you so much to followers and others for your interest and feedback on my photos. Hitting 1,000 Likes is a great motivation and encouragement, and I sincerely appreciate the response.
— Rob


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Miss Diane


Miss Diane

“A Good Day’s Catch” is the name of a John Barber painting that hangs in my office. It came from the old A.H. Robins Company that was headquartered in Richmond (and is now part of the long Pfizer lineage). One of Richmond’s most notable philanthropists and patron of the Arts, E. Claiborne Robins accumulated numerous prints and paintings of Virginia artists like Barber to display for the enjoyment of his employees and visitors at the home office — still a familiar landmark along I-95 just North of Richmond. Today, however, the building sits empty and mothballed. With no signage atop the iconic executive tower and no cars in the crumbling, grass-patched parking lot, the property is barely a shadow of its former days as a giant in the pharma industry. Fortunately, much of the art that adorned its walls can still be found across the Interstate at the company’s old R&D facility that was renovated and today serves as the home for Pfizer Consumer Healthcare’s Global R&D. The Barber painting on my office wall, depicting a deadrise fishing boat unloading its catch at the dock, reminds me of scenes like this one pictured here of the Miss Diane returning from a fishing charter to her dock on Broad Creek.  On lazy weekends at the river, I sit on my boat and watch these charters returning in the late afternoon and wonder if the tired fishermen had “a good day’s catch”.
Specs: Nikon D7000, 195 mm, F/5, 1/1000, ISO 100
© R C Norman Photography, June 2012


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Eye See You


Eye See You

On Father’s Day weekend, we had a big family gathering at my brother’s home in the country, where the shade trees are tall and the pace is slow. It was the perfect June Sunday afternoon for a feast of steamed crabs and shrimp, pork barbecue, chicken, hamburgers, and every side dish imaginable. After lunch, I grabbed my Nikon and walked down to the pasture to join the boys who were taking pictures of the horses with my old Nikon D50. I was enjoying watching them have fun snapping photos and wanted to capture the moment. I hoisted up my camera, zoomed in and took this shot. So, where are the boys? Look closely, they are standing there on the fence looking at this beautiful horse. They say beauty is in the “eye” of the beholder.  Indeed it is.
June 17, 2012
Specs: Nikon D7000, 105 mm, F/5.6, 1/500, ISO 320


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Albermarle Sunset


Albermarle Sunset

Here’s another sunset shot I took a couple years ago when vacationing on the Albermarle Sound in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This shot was right out of the camera with no post processing other than to add my copyright. August 2, 2010.
Specs: Nikon D50, 200 mm, F/6.3, 1/2500


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Zachary


Zachary

Here is a low resolution iPhone photo that my son took of his friend Zachary. It was not cropped. He just aimed and snapped. I adjusted the hue a bit in post processing, but that’s about it. While the photo is a bit pixilated, it still has a soft, soothing feel to it — a great depiction of the innocence of youth.