Collecting evidence

Recently we had a little family get-together at my mom's house, which is always fun.  When you are there, you can always count on great hospitality, veggies, cheese and crackers to snack on, and of course some wine.  She does like wine and it seems I have come by that trait honestly.  I had my camera there, like I always do, and after a while decided to get out my new Hoya Macro Filters and give them a try with some different subjects.  Apparently my mom has a whole collections of these corks, so I rooted around in the box and found a few that I liked, stacked them up, and started shooting.  She came up and asked me:  "What are you doing, collecting evidence?".  In fact, yes I was.  And that got me thinking...  

I guess in some ways that is what photography is all about to me - collecting evidence. Evidence, in a good way, as in:  yes, I saw that sunset - I climbed that mountain - I went inside that famous church - I saw my child ride his/her bike for the first time - I stared into the depths of that river - I married that beautiful lady. Evidence, not for bragging rights or anything boastful, but for memories.  Memories last forever and small mementos, like a photograph, can bring them flooding back.

This is a single exposure, taken at f/4.2 with an exposure bias of -1 EV.  I made some adjustments in PSE around Contrast and a light touch in Topaz Adjust.  This photo was taken with my Hoya Macro Filters, which I wrote about in a review that you can read here.  They are a wonderful tool to have in your possession.