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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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Friday’s Photowalk Tip on the Virtual Photowalk suggested taking a shot of the whole image and another shot focusing in on just a portion of the same image.  The goal was to crop “in the camera”, not in post production – an exercise in visualizing various compositions in the field or studio.

Here’s my first image – a lone pine sprig in the snow after a storm.  All images were shot at 100 ISO with a +1 EV

Shutter speed ~ 1/30
Aperture ~ f/5
92mm focal length

Focusing in on just the tips of the pine sprig, catching a bit of sparkle in the shadowy snow.

Shutter speed ~ 1/30
Aperture ~ f/6.3
300mm focal length

My third shot, same settings as the image above, but shifting the focus to capture the textural detail on the stem as the pine needles radiate outward.

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Back to an old favorite location – our neighbor’s garage that borders our yard.  In the winter when the leaves are off the weeds and bushes you can see the layers of peeling paint, revealing the red that hides beneath the white.  More wonderful textures here too.

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Rhododendron buds hold a promise of spring.  I liked the graphic quality of the rolled leaves stretching out from the buds.  I think the contrast of the linear elements against the background might lend themselves to some interesting processing in Photoshop too – add that project to the “to-do” list.

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Catching up a bit on my January Themes… I went into my yard over the weekend with the goal of finding as many shots as I could that fit the Pattern and Texture themes but when I found the half-eaten pumpkin the theme Edible was the obvious choice (even though it does have some great texture going on).  This is the pumpkin featured earlier this month in my metering experiments.  Autumn was long gone and I had put it outside to feed any hungry critter that might be looking for a meal.  It looks like someone found a nice treat.

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Bold: adjective – striking or conspicuous to the eye; flashy; showy: a bold pattern

The strong colors and graphic imagery of twigs against the sky were not a timid statement – they looked pretty bold to me.

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Pinecones are another subject I like to photograph.  As I was focusing in on this one the Pattern was what caught my eye.  Once I uploaded it to my computer I was also struck by the Texture, and the repeat of the petals on the cone Layered one on top of the next.

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