Photo Of The Week: Walking to the Sun

Walking To The Sun Posted to Flickr April 16, 2016

Another shot taken on the beach at Emerald Isle, North Carolina.   The island faces almost due south so the sun is always over the beach from sunup to sunset.  I was taken with the three figures walking to the sun on the vast, vacant beach on a very bright day.  Thanks for the visit and have a great week. 

Photo Of The Day: Dogwoods In The Wild


I spent the better part of a day in a section of the farm I call Dogwood Dell.  About a dozen wild Dogwoods thrive there under towering Lob Lolly Pines feeding on the acid earth which is also home to ancient Azaleas and Camellias.  The late afternoon sun finds its way into the Dell and I’ve found that late afternoon is the best time for shooting.  This view was taken into the sun using a Nikon D800E camera with a 24-120 mm f/4 lens which pretty much lives on the camera.  I think it a good marriage.  I usually take several shots of scenes like this running through different ranges of ISO.   On this one, I settled on an ISO of 400. I found the soft light on the fragile blooms and the warmer light in the bokeh rather pleasing.  I put this shot on my Fine Art America site (click on John Harding Art Prints in the upper right)  and immediately got several dozen hits and one sale of a rather large print so it was a day well spent.  Have a great Sunday everybody and thanks for the look.


Photo Of The Day: Return of the Daffys

A cloud of daffys  Posted to flickr March 5, 2015

I think this little patch of Daffys decided to make a grand appearance now because they sort of knew they would be the star of the show, everything else being so drab, dead and crummy looking.  Even the Camellias seem to have tossed in the towel and wait until next year.  Who knew Daffys were so vain they probably think this blog post is about them.  Of course it is.  I’m glad to see them. They’ve pulled me out of the black hole of winter and given me faith that spring is waiting to make a grand entrance.  So here’s to the Daffy’s!  Cheers!

Keep the faith everybody. Better Times are coming.

Photo Of The Day: Water Logged Fields


Standing water in the fields tells the story of Spring so far and the rain just keeps on coming.  Nothing but rain in the forecast through Thursday with of course more severe weather likely.  Somebody remarked the other day that we needed to start publishing surf advisories here. Maybe Tide Charts.  As you can see, its great guns for the grass but far too wet to do anything in the fields proper.  Hope your spring is going better.  Thanks for the visit and have a great evening.

Nikon D600. 18mm lens.


Photo Of The Day: Spring Sparkle


Sunrise in a huge, bright red, formosa Azalea.  The days are tick tocking by very quickly and soon the Azaleas and the Dogwoods will be at their peak.  Thanks for the look and have a great evening.

Photo Of The Day: Spring Salsa

FAA Hard as it is to tear myself away from the Sunday New York Times, my easy chair and a cup of Chock Full Of Nuts Coffee,   I was determined to keep to my self imposed vow to stick to my blog schedule,  so here you go.     I shot this just the other day in some Oscar  winning light that had penetrated just about every nook and cranny of the camellia beds here on the farm.  The blooms, and there are hundreds, had the look of a sizzling cauldron of color.  Lord have mercy it was Kodachome reincarnated;  pushing all of  my painter wanna-be buttons.  Put on your shades  and click on the photograph to get the “Full Monty”!

I shot this with a Nikon D7100 and the workhorse 18-200mm DX lens.  Have a great Sunday evening and thanks for the look.