Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Photo Bin - January 2013


Welcome to Season Three of The Photo Bin.

For those of you who are new to the blog (or for you regulars with memories like mine, you know who you are), the Photo Bin has become my opportunity to wander through the odd images that have tumbled out of my camera during the past month and re-examine those that didn’t find footing in a post but still had a small story to tell. It’s fun, at least for me, to give them their moment.

Not surprisingly, I begin the year by breaking the rules with the first two pictures. They were not taken in January. In truth, they were captured a scant few minutes earlier, just before the stroke of midnight, New Years Eve. We ended our annual progressive community crawl at the under-construction, river-overlooking home of neighbors Sam and Robin where we illuminated their fabulous greatroom-to-be with strings of Christmas lights and a wide array of candles, lending a festive warmth to the proceedings; a warmth also inherent in the fine company who attended.

Above, Mary lights up the room, as she does my life, and below, an exquisitely set table is prepared. The perfect start for a new year, each of them.



Of course, getting the first fishing trip of the year under my belt was an imperative in January and the shot above was taken a couple days later, along the edge of one of my favorite winter streams. The cold week that followed gave me time to play with the image, a shot of an abandoned mill, and create the moody tableau you see above.


Mary saw this view of the redfish flats I visited during a brief warm spell and commented “Oh, another of your twisted pictures.” What more needs to be said?


They don’t call it “shine” for nothing. A conversation on a fly fishing forum brought Carolina mountain dew to mind so I dug into the back of the pantry for my mason jar of pure corn-sourced sunshine and snapped this picture on the back porch. I caught the light just right, but the question is “Was the light outside, or inside, the jar?


And finally, apologies for my vanity, a self portrait. Generally, I hate pictures taken of me, just like I hate recordings of my voice, because they always deviate so radically from my perception of myself. They disappoint.

But this is different. This shot is me, in all my scraggly cantankerousness. I took it to be used in an upcoming Maui Jim sunglasses review but got sidetracked and ended up with this image instead. I friggin’ love it, though the asymmetries in the shot – the glasses, the nose, the lighting - both intrigue and annoy me...

...much like the man that’s portrayed.


Note: I think that most browsers will let you click on a picture to see it in a larger format. Give it a try, especially the black-and-white stream scene. You might, however, wish to skip the last one. It's scary enough as it is.

16 comments:

Steve Zakur said...

That self portrait is awesome. And the shine doesn't look to bad either.

CathyB said...

This was an exceptionally wonderful photo bin, Mike. I love the winter image you tinkered with. But my favorite is the self-portrait. I think you like it because it makes you appear to be darkly menacing -- downright dangerous. ;)

Mike Sepelak said...

The shine is incredibly smooth, Steve. The guy in the portrait, not so much.

I am downright dangerous, Cathy! :-)

Brk Trt said...

I think the guy in the self portrait might be the guy responsible for the shine.
Great photos.

Mike Sepelak said...

That, or the shine is responsible for the guy in the portrait. Chicken/egg. Thanks, BT!

Bill Gregory said...

Is that last guy the one going fishing with me in Feb??? God help us all!

Mike Sepelak said...

Bring on them muskies, Bill.

Kevin Frank said...

The self portrait is really good. It makes you look stern which is funny because you aren't that much of a hard a$$. Or maybe I don't really know you.

Mike Sepelak said...

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? Thanks, Kevin!

Rainbow Chaser said...

I am liking the self-portrait and the black and white. That self-portrait definitely fits in here at 3Geezers Fly Shop! I like cantankerous.

Mike Sepelak said...

I suspect 3Geezers is my kind of place, Mel.

Ken G said...

The self portrait explains the twisted pictures then.

In my hey day around my area I appeared on radio and tv shows. I was forced to go listen to one not long ago, which explains why I never would listen to them in the past. I hate my voice. At it's worse I sound much like the recently retired Mayor Daley. That is never be taken as a compliment.

cofisher said...

Oops excuse me, I thought I was visiting that debonair Mike whatshisname's site.

Mike Sepelak said...

I've been told I have a face for radio, Ken, but then I just demonstrated that, didn't I? So you're a local celeb, huh? Not surprised.

You've solved the hoax Howard. Mike isn't real. Damn you Tuiasosopo!

Ken G said...

I used to be Mike, now I stick to words on blogs. Once I told people enough times how to fish a river, I ran out of things to say. Just replay what I said last time. I keep threatening the wife that I'm going to grow a beard... "that's fine, we have another bedroom."

Rich Beaudry said...

Another (albeit late) vote for that wonderful winter scene and the self-prtrait. While I admire your tough guy image, it appears to me that your perception of yourself may be darker than the reality. But the same is true for many of us.