Michelle's house is located on a beautiful sloped lot with mature trees, including this very tall, gnarly specimen that I shot looking up.
Her front walk involves a diverse set of well-aged paving blocks. Here's a geometric sample.
On one of our walks we visited a nearby development, known as the Annex, that is undergoing restoration and that features various older buildings of diverse architectural style. Here are a few shots from that walk.
The first is of a statue of a young hunter who apparently was distraught because he had slain a deer. I was disappointed with the shot's composition. My artistic goal was to pose the hunter against the bare limbs of a distant tree, and I liked that, but the result was that in doing so I failed to capture the sculpture's meaning.
Here is a detail from another sculpture, this one much more neglected.
It seems apparent that someone had decided this figure needed a pedicure.
One more sculpture, this of a fountain featuring strange fictional animals.
Initially, this looks like a reclining horse. However, a closer inspection reveals that the creature's hind quarters are essentially that of a mermaid and its front legs end in fern-like fronds. In post processing I was able to darken the background to accentuate the sculpture's features.
The Annex is still a work in process, and many components remain in a state of disrepair. So there were many opportunities for capturing decrepitude. Here are a couple of examples that I liked for their texture.
'Not sure why I found these shots interesting, but there they are.
The grounds also featured a beautiful, very mature ginkgo tree that was still in full fall color. I took a few shots of the full tree from a distance, but I didn't like them from a compositional perspective. Here is a shot that includes Tobias looking for fallen leaves to photograph. Better, I thought, than a simple shot of the tree by itself.
Later, I spotted a scattering of the tree's leaves on a dark asphalt driveway and took the following.
I worked hard in post processing to further darken the background without overly darkening the leaves. Not perfect, but I just didn't have the patience to use more artificial methods to blacken the background. Also, in the end I thought the particular scattering of leaves could have been better chosen from a compositional viewpoint. I tried to improve matters by cropping the image down to eliminate some of the larger vacant spaces.
Still not great, but better.
Finally, I thought I would include a photo of the two most important women in my life.