Saturday, January 14, 2012

Water and Sky

I have been attracted lately by photos of water and sky.  These two features of the environment, whether separate or together, provide infinite variation and beauty.

This blog post zeroes in on two aspects of water and sky which attract me greatly ... luminosity and color.  Because water is often a reflective surface (not always if it is roiled), it can have great and highly varied luminosity and the luminosity is not the same across all its surface because it is not flat. 

Color and luminosity are also related, the saturation of the color becomes less as the surface becomes more luminous.  Often a color goes to white in a highly reflective subject.  Hues of water and sky are also interesting and vary greatly.  As a hand-colorist of photos, I often make changes in the hues of water and sky to engender the feelings I had when taking the photo. 

Here are a few examples of my new water/sky photos. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

CJ Groth Photography - Key West Photos .com

CJ Groth Photography - Key West
This is a link to new photography I have done in the past few weeks.  Some photos are from Key West, others from "up north" - autumn scenes in Connecticut and New York.  Thanks, everyone.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Key West's Royal Poinciana Trees are in bloom!

Ok, I'm no botanist, but I love these trees!  (Of course, I don't have to sweep up after them.) The Royal Poincianas are coming into full bloom just now all over the island of Key West and probably beyond (but I haven't been off "the rock" for awhile.)   These are a variety of Key West photos I have taken over time which include this gorgeous flame tree. 

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Thoughts on kindness

This post has nothing to do with photos, but everything to do with humanity. 

Very early this morning, while still in my nightgown, I heard voices outside.  My view was somewhat blocked by foliage, but I could see a black guy on a moped talking to someone who appeared to be sitting on the sidewalk.  My immediate thoughts:  1.  Drug deal.  2.  Drunk guy on sidewalk.  3.  Moped or bicycle accident.

Now, I'm not sure why the man was on the sidewalk.  But I watched as the guy on the moped talked very sweetly and calmly to the man on the sidewalk.  Then, he spent considerable time helping him get up and seeing him on his way.  The moped guy was so kind and caring in his manner, so patient with the other man, it was beautiful and inspirational for me.  Just wanted to say that.  CJ

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Another new Key West Photo ... bicycle and bougainvillea

This photo is a wide view of one of the bicycles featured in my last blog post.  The house in the background used to be somewhat derelict and now seems beautifully restored.  This was an overcast day giving me nice even light with very few shadows, which is what I was looking for.

I love how the yellow and red in the bicycle picks up the colors of the house and bougainvillea.  If you want to see some more of my new photo pairings, go to my website at and choose "CJ's Photo Pairings" section.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Beautiful sunset in the Keys at the Wild Bird Sanctuary in Tavernier

I posted these four companion photos on Facebook and got some great response.  Here is the link to the whole portfolio on Facebook which I am calling "New Photo Pairings".  These are the most recent images.  This is my first time posting photos here, so forgive me if they don't sort out properly.