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Archive for the ‘2010 Virtual Photowalk’ Category

After taking a break in 2012 I’ve decided to jump into photoblogging again in 2013.  Join me at my new blog Capturing Concepts to follow my journey.

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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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It’s cold with snow flurries here – a perfect opportunity to cozy up by the fireside with a cup of cocoa.  Who wants to join me?

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 Last year I hit the wall about this time of year when it came to keeping up on the 365 challenge; it seemed I just ran out of energy and opportunities to get out and shoot.  This year, I’ve been distracted – by microstock.  I’ve started setting up and creating shots as stock images and joined up with several microstock sites.  So I’ve been busy shooting images, but got sidetracked from the Virtual Photowalk.  I’m not gone for good, but may be posting less frequently.  In the meantime, below are some the images I’ve had accepted at Shutterstock. 

  

      

If you’re interested in submitting your own images to Shutterstock follow my referral link for more info, or follow this link if you’re in the market for purchasing stock images.

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Let Freedom Ring!

 

I’m thankful to live in a country where we have the freedom to vote for our leaders without fear for our safety – Let Freedom Ring!

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Why a dinosaur?

Why do you suppose they chose a dinosaur as the logo?  Perhaps because it’s a fossil fuel?  Whatever the reason, he’s a cute little fellow for a logo.

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Optimism?

Do you supposed someone was optimistically thinking a good oil change would get this baby up and running again?

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Plymouth Grill

I’m such a sucker for rust, old paint and patina on metal.  It’s a good thing this vehicle was parked, otherwise the next image would have been the tire running over me and the camera.

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I’ve been distracted lately with another project, but tonight I decided I needed to make myself shoot an image for the blog, to keep my head in the game.  So out to the yard to find a few of the last drying hydrangea and a few seed pods to set up a still life.  My first attempt yielded some rather lackluster images, so I decided to add a bit of hand-crocheted lace to add some texture to the open space.  I think this one works a lot better.  I’m learning a lot from my microstock endeavors, like leaving open space (creates an area for designers to add text) and getting sharper images (using my tripod, remote shutter release, and mirror lock up).

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Harvest

Dozens of farm stands, corn mazes and pick-your-own orchards and farms are scattered along the north fork among the wineries.  Unfortunately it’s hidden charm is no longer hidden and this time of year it’s almost overrun with folks heading out to pick pumpkins and enjoy the region.  Traffic is becoming overwhelming as the “Mum-Hunters” (as the locals call them) descend on the area.

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Celebrating

Last weekend we headed out east to the wineries and stopped at a favorite cheese shop to enjoy the wine and a tasty cheese fondue.  I made a point of toasting to Tammy’s birthday, enjoying an extra glass of wine just for her!

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Dinner

Just-picked basil from the garden, some tomatoes and fresh mozzerella, layered on roasted garlic ciabatta bread.  This photography thing is getting to be a bit of an obsession as I find myself stopping at the market to pick up the cheese and tomatoes along with grapes to add additional color, then styling my dinner and shooting several shots before I sit down to enjoy the meal.  If you’re interested in shooting food images check out Stephen Hamilton’s Blog – The Restaurant Project.   He uses his cellphone to take a quick shot of a meal in a restaurant, then he comes back to his kitchen and studio to create a similar dish which he sets up to shoot creatively.

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Back In Time

Lesson learned from this shot – get out of the car, walk around, keep your eyes open.   We stopped at a farm stand and I wanted to walk down the road a short way to get a better angle on an image I wanted to capture.  As we passed this driveway I saw the old auto and the garage covered with old advertising signs.  I wished for the owner to come outside so I could talk to them and perhaps get some more information and closer shots.  Perhaps next time…

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Marine decay offers up such nice textures along with colors and patinas in the peeling paint and aged metals.

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Have a Nice Day!

This happy-face kite has to you smile, just in case you’re not already having enough fun just flying a kite on a delightful, breezy warm day.

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Precision Flying

The Blue Angels made an appearance with some precision flying too!

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Let’s Go Fly A Kite!

The local Maritime Museum was holding it’s annual Kite Festival on the waterfront today.  The lawn was full of children and children-at-heart flying a wide variety of kites, including several that the children had made themselves at the kite-making station.  This dragon kite was one of the fanciest and most colorful.

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Round and Round…

I was drawn to the lines and geometric shapes of the hoops hanging on the barn door.  The neutral processing just seemed right to keep the focus on the shapes.

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And to end the military series, what could be more fitting than an image of our stars and stripes.

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Heading Home…

This overcoat and bag were displayed across a cot with a few other personal items in a small suitcase.  It reminded me of someone packing to head home so I gave it a bit of a warm glow in the processing.

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