Black & White Sunday: Architecture 02

In response to Cardinal Guzman’s challenge, as a guest of Paula’s @ Lost in Translation, here is one of a small town’s downtown. The first challenge I took a shot of this area with a DSLR. It was in the cold and the wind was ever-present with its wintry sting. It was also around 1AM Christmas morning and, though it was cold, there was a lightness about the place. I took this shot today (pictured in this post) with a 6 megapixel point and shot. The day was pleasantly warm but overcast by the time I could get out and take a few snaps. Instead of taking the shot in the same spot as before, I took it in the middle of the street. I wanted to show a contrast of how two shots of the same place can cast a different flavor if you will on the same place.

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The Little Things

The last few days have had me with little sleep and The Bride with the flu. With that combo I have not been able to pursue a few things I have wanted to. That is Life 101 and I understand that but in those times I have been blessed with the ability to appreciate the little things. Yesterday, on my way in from the car to our home after work, I saw this little flower among the ruins of what was once our driveway. The last two Winters has ravaged it to nothing but a muddy mess. Yet right there among the mess is this beautiful little flower. I used my Wedding band as a gauge so one can see how small this flower is. Among the storms of life take time to look for and enjoy the little things.

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Thursday’s Special: Abstract (Response To Guest Challenge)

I am a pretty boring photographer when it comes to being creative. When I read the title of Paula’s Thursday Special: Abstract I had to look up abstract photography and see what it is about. Well now that I am more than a little confused by conflicting definitions and ideas of abstract photography I am not about how I will approach it. Here are five photos I have taking in the last month of so. With the Winter weather and gray days that accompanied them I had to really search for things to shot. This took me out of my comfort zone but the challenge helped me “see” different photography wise. Here they are and you tell me if they are or they are not abstract.

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An Icicle and A Drop To Be

Today I wanted to do some macro of the icicles and water droplets that are hanging off the front roof. I had used my iPod on a few and posted one on Instagram but wanted to use my extension tubes on some. Since yesterdays experience I know I will need a tripod. After checking out the situation I decided there was no safe way to do that quickly and moved to plan B. I broke out the PowerShot S3 and went at it.The end result: Water dropping on to the lens cover and rolling down inside the housing. Not good but after I dried it out I had an idea, and yes you should be afraid, and here is where it gets brilliant  weird. I take an old magnifying glass I have, put the small high magnification spot over the lense. This should allow me to still shot in macro mode but I would not have to be as close to the subject, therefor missing the droplets. Nuff words….here is the shot.

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The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Rule Of Thirds

This is my contribution for The Daily Post photo challenge: The Rules of Thirds. Or more accurately me breaking the rule of thirds. Well not completely breaking it but interpreting it differently in this case.The starting point is one of the branches on our old Sycamore, though not whole it is still standing and magnificent to me. I wanted to share its wonder with the whole world and this challenge is as good as place as any. Here is a little back story on the process.

First off I was using my Canon PowerShot S3is for this capture so the bokeh Jen H was talking about was not going to happen. I did set the cameras aperture wide open but the limitations of the camera could never produce bokeh at the focal length needed for this shot. Not even close but Jen was talking about composition first, which is the heart of the rule of thirds. Bokeh is icing on the cake so to speak and her photo has a lot of icing ( just so you know I like icing so this is a good thing. A very good thing just don’t tell my primary care physician that). Secondly if I did use the rule of thirds I could not capture the essences of the tree. The branch is a good ten feet off the ground, so I had to choose instead to zoom in and get the things I was hoping to convey with the photo: The rich color, the wonderful texture and the scars time has left on this tree. In doing so I broke the rule of thirds but yet on the whole I stayed true to it as well. Confused yet? Me too, now scratch your head, then let it go and enjoy a part of a wonderful old Sycamore!

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A Goose

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I was out at the lake today taking in the rays and the sights. With the temps being in the mid-forties and the sun shinning folks turned out to enjoy the day. As I walked around I observed this goose swimming close to the shore line. As it came ashore to search for bits of food left by us hairless apes I took this shot. I am just now trying to learn the different types of geese that populate the lake. I have not been able to identify this one yet but she’s a beauty. Those orange ringed grey-steel eyes and vibrant bill and feet set of the rather understated white with  a splash of grey and brown feathers.