Butterfly and Friends, February 24, 2020

Butterfly 1Butterfly and bumblebeeBumblebee 1“Do you like butterflies?” I asked the woman who was preparing my taxes. “Not really,” she replied.

Q: Who in the world doesn’t like butterflies?
A: Tax preparers, it would seem.

Adventures in Macros and Black & Whites

I thought that this lily made a nice macro.  I decided to check it out in black and white.Bouquet 2 cNot so fast, Russell! Photoshop Elements 2020 offers six kinds of black and white:

  1. Infrared
  2. Newspaper
  3. Portrait
  4. Scenic Landscape
  5. Urban Landscape

Bouquet 2 c bw2Above you can see Infrared Effect.Bouquet 2 c bw1This is Newspaper.  I think that both are striking.  The other modules are more tame and alike each other; that is to say, samey.

News: A Big Thank You!

News

Thank you so much!  This is exciting news for me.  It’s taken me some time to recuperate after my extended hiatus from photography.  Inspired by my friend, Cee Neuner, I am considering starting a blog about clinical depression.  I’m not afraid to own this problem, but starting something as big as Beautiful Photographs may be beyond my abilities.

Selfie 1Proof that I will photograph just about anything!

Wolf

Life in the Land of Rocks

This is my contribution to Fandango’s Friday Flashback. I wasn’t too pleased with any past November 29 posts. This photo is from November 4, 2010. The setting is Joshua Tree National Park.

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Halloween is Coming! Eleven days and counting…

Halloween La Plata 3Photograph taken on October 7, 2019 in beautiful, historic downtown La Plata, Maryland. Granny Shot It! is running an eleven day challenge with Halloween in mind. I am updating this post with a link to their web page. Happy blogging to al!

Ten Years of Beautiful Photographs!

10 years

Thank you all for your continuing support! With much love, Russell, October 4, 2019

A New Look!

Charlie crop 2Dana (2019)

Since its inception in 2010, Beautiful Photographs has had the same layout. Such conservatism is out of character for the publisher of this site. In the spirit of innovation, we’ve decided to give the WordPress theme a try. It is called Monet and is identified as a theme expressly devoted to photography. Part of my inspiration for this decision is based on a visit to the Phillips Collection on Dupont Circle, Washington DC in 1999. There I saw an exhibit of collected works by the Expressionist painter Claude Monet. It was a seminal moment in my career as an artist. Please let me know what you think. All feedback, positive or otherwise, will be greatly appreciated. Happy blogging, all! RussellButterfly Forever!

Something of a Milestone

I’m not exactly sure why, but WordPress sent me this notification today. I suppose one number is as important as any other. This is a big THANK YOU to all who have been and continue to be supporters of my work. Learning from one another, I believe we have become an amazing network of excellent photographers. I’d like to extend special thanks to the following: