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Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley



I read an article on the Photofocus blog just photographing one subject and doing it in many different ways. Different times of day/night, different angles or focus points, various camera settings/effects, reduced area or wide area shots. All kinds of suggestions.

Of course, they chose a beautiful item in a huge city, “the Bean” in Chicago. Well, I don’t live near a city with all its beautiful objects so I started to think about what is around me? My lazy mind immediately thought of something easy, Tongue Row in Ellicott City but I immediately dismissed that as too overdone already. My next idea was the Howard County Conservancy, but that is a broad property and not narrow enough in focus.

So I focused a little harder and came up with the thoughts below which I think I’ll try to execute over the coming days, depending on time available and creative ideas for each.

Railroad crossing where Woodstock Rd turns into Old Court at the county line.

Tracks by the Woodstock Inn. Photo by Mike Hartley

The Miata sitting in the driveway.

Photo by Mike Hartley

Whatever gets me thinking and shooting regularly again. Anything to sharpen my skills, limited they are. I’m working on some portraiture today and tomorrow I’ll venture outside. Life is sweet. Just getting a chance to create and produce is a blessing I overlooked for a long time.

Go ahead, take a bite of the Apple. Photo by Mike Hartley

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • I’ve got to find a way to stop letting people who tailgate get to me.
  • Orioles and Yankees always get my attention.
  • I’ve always held Donald Trump in contempt, but if a judge wants to get in on the action, I can share.
  • I love watching reaction videos of young people listening to some classic rock groups of the 60s and 70s. I love seeing the emotion, surprise, and wonder.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

2 thoughts on “Single-subject

  1. Subject suggestion – the snowball stand!

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