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Walking around Greenport this weekend I was keeping my eyes open for shots that fit the February Themes and the Friday Tip which was to Fill the Frame.  I might have walked right past this toystore window if not for that.  Dozens and dozens of rubber ducks filled the window so I filled the frame with these fellas.  I added a bit of viginetting to keep your eye in the middle, but I’m thinking I went a bit too heavy on it.  What do you think?  A little less viginetting?

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While I was playing with my lightbox I decided to use this rose as a subject.  In processing, the background looked like a pretty good white, but against this icy white background of the blog it’s looking rather tinted.  I’m still working on my lighting in my lightbox to get a better white background so I’m not trying to do so much in post processing.  Any tips?  I don’t have an external flash (yet) so I’m relying on a couple of bulbs in clip on reflectors.

ISO ~400
Shutter Speed ~1/80
Aperture ~ f/18

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This one is for Tammy – Cheers!  I’m too far away to join the Women who Wine but I can offer you a toast!!!

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This fluted brass wheel is a pastry crimp that my husband’s Grandmother gave to me.  It was her treasured tool for making favorite family treats and I’m honored that she’s passed it on to me.

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I really wonder why someone took the time to paint these patches of red, white and blue squares and rectangles on the side of this concrete stucco building.  I like the loose and free feel of the patches.  It reminded me a bit of a folk artist – “Cedar Creek” Charlie Fields, who painted his home, furniture and possesions including his clothing, in red, white and blue with polka dots and squiggly lines.

1/2500 at F/5.6
+1/3 EV
ISO 400
135mm

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Irrigation equipment is a common site on the North Fork of Long Island.  The image of the large wheels carrying the irrigation pipe always has such a rural feel about it for me, but this one is waiting for spring to water a crop of sod at one of the sod farms prevelant in the area.  In the height of summer it looks like a well manicured lawn, not rural farmland.

Shutter Speed ~ 1/320
Aperture ~  f/6.3
ISO 100 / +1EV
300mm
Post processing with Lightroom Preset ~ Matt’s Vintage NY 01 Dark 

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Walking around the yard today I caught the sun reflecting through the icicles hanging from the roof.  I tried to capture the sun glistening on the melting ice.  I didn’t get the crisp focus I was hoping for, but I was happy with the background effect as the sun came through the trees in the distance, and even happier with the bit of cloning I did in the upper left corner.  I confess, there was a bright white area that drew the eye away from the focal point. 

Shutter Speed ~ 1/125
Aperture ~ f/5.6
ISO 100  /  +1 EV
Focal length ~ 129mm

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