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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Blue

Linking with 52 Photos Project on this week's prompt "blue hour".

52 Photos Project


I have always loved "the blue hour", but didn't know it was called the blue hour.  Now I'm in the know. Blue is my favorite color and the sky takes on such a rich deep hue, I've always found it appealing.  It is the one thing I like about the fact that the sun/light is leaving and darkness is creeping in.

I had a great impromtu shoot a couple Monday nights ago and caught the blue hour.  I hadn't had a chance to share several of those photos so I'm glad to have this prompt.  I don't take a lot of photos at this time, but I should venture out more often for it-it so appeals and summer is the perfect time to do so.  My biggest problem is I'm not sure how to process this type of image to reveal it's best, so hope I've done the image justice.

Here's my blue hour capture:

Blue
Blue

Commerical fish docks along the Piscatiqua River between Maine and NH with silhouettes of bridges in the back drop.



A little earlier in the evening I caught this speeding boat passing the mid-river channel marker.  The sun was coloring the water beautifully.  As much fun as I was having snapping pics, these 2 looked like they were having the most fun that evening.


Tasting Summer
Tasting Summer


If you have suggestions about how to better color correct these images, I'm all ears.  I'm sort of at a loss.
Thanks for checking out my pics today.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Daisy Exchange

Linking with Lisa over at the Creative Exchange to share my heartfelt photos from last weekend. 







What I like best about Lisa's link, it makes me really consider the difference between when I'm shooting photos because I know they'll be pretty/scenic/have lovely colors/etc or when I'm shooting because something inside gets sparked and inspired.  Maybe most photographers don't have issue with that, but coming from a musical point of view and trying to turn that into a visual point of view-often I'm still perplexed by that.  

I knew almost instantly when a piece of music was to my liking-when what I was listening to or singing was making me feel.....but it's not always as clear when taking images.  So, when I link with Lisa I try to make it with photos that I know I was moved to take.

On Saturday I traipsed across a neighbor's lawn to unexpectedly find a huge patch of wild daisies.  Daisies are not necessarily my favorite, but this large bunch moved me immediately.  The caretaker had carefully mowed all around them and left them standing tall next to the scenic ocean.  I couldn't not take photos of them....they were drawing me in. Perfect fodder for the Creative Exchange.

Along the Shore
Along the Shore


Yellow Cottage
Yellow Cottage


Green Boat
Green Boat

Fly
Fly


Never Know
Never Know (if he loves me or not)


Harborside
Harborside


Diagonal Daisies
Diagonal Daisies

Tall Daisies
Tall Daisies



Inspiration
Inspiration









Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Today

Linking with the lovelies at Communal Global for "today" from around the world.  Here's my today from beautiful summertime Maine. 




 
It's a mixed blessing that I woke up at 4:30 this morning.  Had it been winter I certainly would have rolled over, pulled the covers 'round my chin and tried to catch a few more hours of sleep. 
 
Because it's summer and first light was slanting through my blinds, I decided to get an early start to my day.  To enter the stillness before the human race propels energy into the day.  I NEEDED coffee, but skipped it in lieu of a quick chase.  Home by 6.
 
It's rather nice to have the world all to yourself...aside from the local cop parked at the beach on a cigarette break or the lobsterman setting out on his day.  There's a stillness that is not present much of the time.  Still.  Silent. Serene.
I guess I can sleep later.
 
Hope your today is beautiful wherever you are in the world.


Pink at Dawn
Pink at Dawn


Two Dories
Two Dories


White Flowers
White Flowers


Early
Early



Monday, June 27, 2011

Exploring Thresholds

Linking with Kat at The Kat Eye View of the World for this week's topic "Threshold". 




This past weekend I was able to escape to Georgetown Maine where my family has had a cottage since I was a child.  This peaceful, quaint fishing village hasn't changed much over the past 35 years and I find that refreshing.  It is becoming more of an artist's community now and has upped it's income by sharing the fishing wharf/pier with a "lobster in the rough" food shack.  This is somewhat common in summertime Maine where casual picnic tables fill with tourists munching on steamed lobsters and clams with hot drawn butter.  That has also increased the traffic flow.  People drive 12 miles down the peninsula just for the opportunity.

I digress....again.

So, on a foggy weekend I went off, away from the food shack, in search of thresholds.  Not surprised, I didn't find many.  People generally don't have gates and locked doors in this village-it's rather bare bones; unlocked doors, open land, simple homes, and water views.  I know, sounds horrible, right?  So, I did a little creative maneuvering to try and get a handle on this topic.  I'll have to try some more in a little less rural locale.

Summer Woodpile
Summer Woodpile

From the porch of a down the street neighbor I thought this view through the railing might have a sense of threshold.  I suppose, tripping over the railing to get to the lush lawn for a close up view of the harbor, might be an issue.  Work with me, I'm thinking outside the box.

Blue Chairs
Blue Chairs

I suppose you could step over this stone wall instead.  I liked the blue adirondaks no matter if they provide threshold or not.  Sitting a spell here on a sunny day would be a fine way to relax.

Fog
Fog

Told you it was foggy.  One half the threshold is missing, but I found the view in the distance veiled and mysterious.  Mysterious enough so you better know how to use a compass if you venture out.

Covered Porch
Covered Porch

I think this is my favorite.  Dad took Mom and I out for breakfast.  I'd like to tell you that this is our porch, alas....it is the porch at the fabulous Gray Havens Inn.  Great place to stay if you like an old style inn beside the ocean, or to stop by if you like a great breakfast.

Private Road
Private Road

Great place to take Tula for a woodsy run.  She's hiding on the other side of these tall ferns.

Through
Through

On my way back to civilization, I stopped below the Bath Bridge beside the well-known Bath Iron Works along the Kennebec River.  Perhaps this view down the RR tracks with views to the opposite side of the river creates an industrial threshold.

Thanks for checking out my threshold photos.  I'm going to keep a look out and see what else I can find.  Thanks Kat.  Hope you're traveling well.






Sunday, June 26, 2011

Busy Scavenger 214/365

Linking with Ashley for this week's Scavenger Hunt Sunday. 





Busy weekend.  Late day hooking up with the scavenger hunt list.  Usually I'm a Sunday a.m. girl with my blog and my coffee.  Tonight I'm a  p.m. girl with my blog and my red wine.  If there's an absence of train of thought or lots of mis-spelled words; well, you'll know why.

This week's topics were:  Windows/Doors, Eyelashes, Paint, Leaf Veins, and Faceless Portrait.

Window Table
Window Table
Window/Door:  I enjoy shooting doors, but don't have any door shots this week.  Dad took Mom and I out for breakfast this morning and this recently emptied table caught my eye.  It was a window view, but nothing but coastal fog to see.



Tula Dot {214/365}
Tula Dot {214/365}
Eyelashes:  This is an older photo....I probably even shared it before, but when I read "eyelashes" all I could think of was Tula.  Her eyelashes are the same golden color as her coat and very pretty.  Unfortunately she's a rescue dog and afraid of many things, including the camera.  This was a time when I sort of got a shot of those beautiful golden lashes.
Don't let that sad face fool you....this lady has a really, really good life.




Bike {sh 88}
Bike
Paint:  I've actually been repainting my bedroom, but didn't take any photos of me clumsily going up and down the ladder or the array of cans, brushes, rollers and rags currently adorning my kitchen table.  I did think this motorcycle's paint job was pretty cool.  I don't even want to talk about that license plate though.  I'm 99% sure the word is not complimentary to women.



Hosta
Hosta
Leaf Vein:  Lots of rainy days this week.  I'm drawn to snap some pics of my hosta plants after each rainfall.  The droplets seem to gather well on their giant leaves.



Fishing
Fishing
Faceless Portrait: I know she's missing feet...this was a one shot/sneaky fast grab with Grandpa, Dad, and little brother close at hand.  I just couldn't resist the contrast of the pink and blue in the gorgeous evening light, and the wind playing with her hair and ruffled skirt.  The "men" were paying no attention to her, and I felt badly.  She was trying hard to figure out that huge fishing pole.

Well that's it for this week's hunt.  I'm sure there will be lots of great entries for me to check out.  Thanks for taking a peek at mine.  Can't wait to find out what's on next week's list.  Thanks Ashley.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Weekend Reflections

Linking with my blogger friend James for this week's Weekend Reflections.  Can't wait to see what beautiful image James has for us this week.

I love reflections.  The other day my mother said "oh you and your reflections" sort of in a scoffing way.  She is totally missing the point.  She's the one that once said, "isn't every sunset basically just like all the rest?"  I've got to train that woman to start seeing differently.  She's missing out.  On the redeeming side-she knows how to choose good wine and understands that "one bottle of red basically isn't just like all the rest".  There's hope.

I'm always on the lookout for reflections.  It's become habitual, but in a good way.  Here's my mixed bag from this week.

Reflections
Car Reflections
Tuesday was June 21....the longest day of the year.  Likely my favorite day of the year.  I was out chasing evening light and saw the sky reflected in this SUV....didn't even notice the dent until I looked at the photo at home.  Glad that's not my car.


Private View
Private View
On Monday I got a call for help from my best friend who'd lost her keys.  I had to drive about a 1/2 hour to rescue her, but it put me in a great place at a great time to shoot photos.
I found a back road that led to this....the sign said "town resident parking only-other's towed", but no one was there.  I don't like to overstep, but someone ought to be taking in this view from the little rocky beach-don't you think?


Deja Vu
Deja Vu
And when I looked in the opposite direction....another gorgeous view.  See?  Really, the town residents are keeping this for themselves and not using it.  This view reminded me of some beautiful vistas I saw while traveling in Croatia in 2007.  Wish I'd been a photographer then.


Sailboat
Sailboat
And this was the view straight ahead.  Such a gorgeous spot....except for the herd of mosquitoes.
Maybe the residents are smarter than I've given them credit for.


Frozen Food Aisle
Frozen Food Aisle
When you're shooting reflections in the grocery....."Houston, we have a problem".  It's all James' fault.
I was happy to catch the woman walking by (who probably thought I was a nut).

Thanks for giving my reflections a peek.  Happy weekend to you.


I'm All About Friday

Linking with Fabulous Friday and Favorite Photo of the Week today on Friday.....my favorite day of the week.


My office secretary has been on a well deserved vacation this week, but I really miss her when she's not there.  Not only do I miss her company and friendship, but I miss her being there in general.  She's the glue that holds the office together and the ship doesn't run so well without it's captain.  Never be fooled into thinking the captain is the boss.

That said I've not had as much time for posting this week, or processing photos.  I had an impromptu and very fun photo outing on Monday evening where I kept snapping until 9 p.m. I had some lovely shots from earlier in the evening and some sundown shots and then some after sundown. On Tuesday I also made some pretty shots in evening....the longest day of the year- what a joy.  Have I processed any of these yet?  Hell no.  No time.

Yesterday I did mess a bit with a couple.  Favorite-there's likely a bunch of faves in the group, but this one pleased me and will suffice for now as a favorite.

Bridges
Bridges

Each time I'm in Portsmouth I'm drawn to these bridges like a moth to flame.  This was the first time I went up on Memorial Bridge and shot from there.  The sky was magnificent.







And here's another from the bridge.  I like this one as well, but that first one....going to be hard to jump over that as a favorite.

Riverside
Riverside

Love the movement of the river and the sunset glowing on the ripples and flow.

Hope you have a great weekend.  Drizzly rain predicted for me.  Hope those weather terrorists are wrong with their forecast.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Today

Linking with the lovelies over at communal global for "today".  I love seeing the ordinary look so extraordinary in these shared images.  Take a peek. 





I don't often take "people" shots.  I love candid shots, but am not crazy about the posed ones.  Maybe later.  My mother and aunt asked me to take a shot of them for a little alumuni news article that's being written about them.  I took about 60....and number 57 was the only one that was really worthy-but I like it a lot.  My aunt has had a lot of health issues and it's nice to see her looking more like her regular self again.  Think these two sisters care about each other?  I do.

Sisters {sh41}
My mother and my aunt.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Favorite of the Week

Linking with "through a photographer's eyes" for this week's favorite photo photo challenge.  Click through to see a variety of stunning shots.  



I was lucky enough to be selected as top 5 last week.....thank you.  Appreciate the nod on my mostly orange sky photo.  This week, strangely enough my photo is again mostly one color...just saying, that's not my usual style, just happenstance.

I am NOT a gardener, though I appreciate the efforts of others.  I feel lucky that my peony plant has decided to reward me with beautiful blooms this year.  I had to go right out and start taking photos as soon as the blossoms opened.  Is this pink or what?

Pink
Pink





Scavenger Time 287, 293, 295/365

Linking with the talented Ashley Sisk for this week's Scavenger Hunt Sunday.  Click on through and join the fun. 








 
This week's items were:  Emotion, From a Flower's Point of View, Natural Frame, Letters, and Bliss



One Word {sh 32}
One Word {287/365}
Emotion:  While I appreciate textures, I don't do a lot of them myself.  When I am moved to use them, Kim Klassen's textures always work for me.  A while ago she shared this one called "one word", and I think it's my all time fave.  There are all kinds of emotional and inspirational words throughout.  Thanks Kim.  If you are new to working with textures-Kim's classes are fantastic and helpful....click on the link to drop in to her site.



First Rose
First Rose {295/365}
From a Flower's POV:  I love rosa rugosa aka beach roses.  They grow easily around here and delight with pink and white blooms all summer.  I can't stop taking photos of them.  This is my first shot of one for summer 2011, surely not the last.


Windy
Windy
Natural Frame:  Had to reach back a couple weeks for a natural frame shot.  I suppose tree limb at the top is a cliche frame, but  I love the grasses moving in the wind.  A fortunate moment from roadside.




Reb Tracks
Reb Tracks
Letters:  Oh how nice to have a legit excuse to share graffiti.  Love it.  They even lettered (poorly) along the edge of the tracks.

Moonlight
Moonlight {293/365}
Bliss:  I'd never taken moon shots before...and believe I still have a lot to learn about doing so, but I had a great time trying.  A balmy evening, full moon, wind, water, reflecting light-10 p.m.on a "school" night, me, a tripod...I'm thinking that's bliss.

Thanks for stopping in and viewing my finds.  Now off to breakfast with the world's best father.  Have a great day!!