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Archive for May, 2011

A sweet interlude on a summer afternoon.  We spend the morning doing some chores around the house then headed off to a waterside establishment for a bit of lunch.  Since it was a holiday weekend we decided to split this delicious Orange Panna Cotta with Blueberries and Chocolate.  Did I mention it was delicious?

 

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Spiral (25/365)

Luxury seating – that’s what this spiral of steel provides as it cushions the seat of the farm tractor.   Something about the symmetry and simplicity are a bit captivating.  Just a little twist of steel tapering from top to bottom yet it provided some relief from jolting bumps for the farmer.

 

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I’m counting on my buddy Ron to identify these, as he’s the expert when it comes to knowledge of obscure and trivial facts.  Some sort of farming equipment I’m guessing, though they were now sitting alongside a driveway at Material Objects, described by the owners as an Eclectic Store of Original Objects and Furniture.  It’s full of unique and repurposed objects.  I’m not quite sure what usefulness these have in everyday decor, but they fit the theme and offered an interesting juxtaposition between manmade and nature.

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Bloom (23/365)

Sometimes I just like to capture the wonder of nature like a tree with beautiful pink flowers.  Dogwood trees like this, and the white variety, have been a long-time favorite.  I suspect it’s because they bring back memories of my childhood home.

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This door doesn’t invite any casual visitors but it drew me in (at least this far) anyway.  I found the colors and textures appealing.  I just wish the bright sunlight wasn’t creating such strong shadows.  Enlarge the image and check out the knots at the top center – do you see the little face?  It reminds me of a teddy bear.

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 Keep counting…  I found this dial on the side of an old gas pump.  I’m not sure if you selected how many gallons you wanted to pump, or if this just counted how many gallons had been pumped.  I’m guessing it’s the later option, but you’d need a few more numbers today for some of the bigger tanks you’ll find on a full size SUV.

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We visited the farm museum today and these old lures were hanging in the window of one of the small buildings on the grounds.  I desaturated it a bit with some pre-sets and tweaking in Lightroom to play up the aged look.

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Fish (19/365)

Did you ever have one of those days when you just felt like a fish out of water?  I guess this guy is feeling that way!

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Mood (18/365)

Since you joined me for breakfast and lunch I figured I should invite you to dinner too.  Playing with the G12 P&S, not technically perfect – I still need to work on getting the focus and settings down right, but I like the composition and the way it tells the story with the focus on the menu and the table settings in the background.  The darkness and the reflections of the lights added a nice elegant moodiness.  Selective composition can really help set a scene too.  If I’d included more of the background you’d see that this wasn’t a high-end restauant, but rather the nice dining room area of the local pizza establishment.  It’s got a comfortable bistro feel to the environment with wood and tiles, but the carry out counter and pizza ovens are just off in the distance on the other side of the half-wall.  Always look around you and be selective about what you want to include.

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I’m taking you on a food journey this weekend.  CreativeLive is hosting a free live streaming seminar this weekend on Food Photography with Penny De Los Santos.  It’s been very inspiring!  These shots have just been some quick “shoot and run” shots taken during the short breaks.  My husband likes his hot dogs crispy so they get some extra time on the grill.  If you haven’t visited CreativeLive’s website it’s well worth checking out.  They offer several video seminars for free, and video downloads that can be purchased.  www.creativelive.com is their website.

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Good Morning!  Join me in a New York tradition, the Breakfast Special.  Two eggs with bacon on a roll, with coffee and juice – all for under $5.00.  A little bit of heaven in a paper bag.

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Orange (15/365)

Here’s a shot of the setting sun that was giving off the wonderful golden glow in the previous pictures, bidding a farewell for the night in all it’s orange splendor.

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My husband and friends were wondering what I was up to taking pictures of garbage on the beach.  I considered using this one for the “Everyday Sights” theme – it’s pretty sad that trash and garbage is an every day sight – but it was the way the setting sun made the bottle glow that was catching my eye.

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The warm glow of the setting sun was creating some wonderful light.  Here’s an example of a successful leading line that’s a bit of a failure for overall composition.  The line created by the contrasting cool water and warm sand catches the eye and leads it into the scene.  The failure of the composition is that there isn’t much of a payoff and it leads your eye right out of the picture.  If only the shoreline had curved left instead of right leading to a lighthouse on the point…. that would have worked much better!  Oh well… it was still wonderful light and the colors are pleasing.

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Same table, a different angle.   I tried it in black and white to give it a bit of a film noir mood, but finally decided the hints of blue and amber added more to life to the photo and made a more appealing image.

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Yesterday was my birthday and my wonderful hubby got me a Canon G12 as a gift for our anniversary and my birthday.  I haven’t abandoned the DSLR but I’m hopeful that having a small camera to carry with me all the time will give me more opportunity to catch up on my blog photos!  It’s going to be a learning curve for me as I adjust to the quirks of this P&S.  I’m already finding that using the viewfinder is a challenge for close ups as it’s not “thru the lens” viewing – I ended up with off-center composition on my first attempts!  And Ron will relate to this – my old eyes find it hard to focus on the LCD screen as it’s right in that range where it’s out of focus if I hold it too close, and it’s too small if I hold it further away (not to mention what that does for holding it steady – and no, it’s not a side effect of Wild Turkey!).  Last night I had more success.  I’m shooting RAW + Jpeg, and using Adobe Lightroom for processing.  I have to say I was really happy with how well LR worked at tackling the noise and grain I was getting by using a high ISO.  As I learn the features of the camera and adjust to the differences between this and the DSLR I’ll be concentrating on composition and content.  Here’s a shot from the dinner table last night – celebrating my birthday and a friend’s new job.  (and for those wondering what I was drinking, it was a white Reisling wine, the pink comes from my friend’s shirt reflecting in the glass)

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