A Valentine From the Abandoned House

Continuing my series of images from the abandoned house we found on Highway 278 west of Tupelo, Mississippi:

I’ve been holding on to this image ever since I started processing this series, just waiting for Valentine’s Day to share it with everyone.  I found this abandoned dirt daubers’ colony in the middle of a blank wall in the front room of the house.  The heart-shaped sculpture created by those peaceful little creatures on this cracked and peeling surface just struck me as beautiful!

I used my tripod to capture a series of brackets and then processed this as an HDR in order get all the texture in the dauber nest as well as the wall itself.

This image is best viewed large, and I can’t wait to have it printed on canvas and hung on my wall!

Abandoned House - Valentine

Shot with my Nikon D700 with my 14-24mm Nikkor glass. Processed in Photomatix, Paint Shop Photo Pro, and Topaz Adjust.

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Heart Inflated

Since Valentine’s Day was on a Monday this year, Andy and I celebrated early by going out to dinner on the Saturday night before that.  So that meant I had time on Valentine’s Day to make a quick dash over to Westgate and snap a few shots of other celebrations of the day.

There were lots of balloons floating around, and I found this one tied to the doorway of a little perfume shop.  From the moment I saw it, I knew it would be color-popped:

Heart Inflated
Shot with my Nikon D700, 50mm lens, F/2.8, 1/1600s, ISO 200. Processed in PaintShop Photo Pro X3.

I love the little 50mm lens and the depth-of-field possibilities it provides.  I just need to practice with it more to be more selective with where I’m focusing.  Fortunately, this one turned out just like I wanted it.

I’m planning a day-long photoshoot for Monday since I have the day off. The hubby and I are planning to ride the light rail from one end to the other, getting off at different stops along the way to shoot some urban scenes and possibly indulge in some midday libations. Should be fun!

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