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Friday, March 30, 2012

Weekend Reflections

Linking with my friend James for this week's Weekend Reflections.  Yay.


Checking through my photos from this week I had NO reflection shots.  What!?  Say it isn't so!!  Perfect time to pull from the archives. 

I have a gazillion images locked down in my files that I meant to process but never did.  Then I take more photos and more photos and more photos....geez it's like Lucy and Ethel at the candy factory.  That conveyor belt goes faster and faster and well, pretty soon something has to give and it's the photos in the files.

So I went back to February and found some I meant to process (and there are still others in there) and then I was feeling cold so I went back to last June and found something (and there are still others in there too).  If I ever break my leg (I am sooooo not sending out bad karma for that to happen), at least I'll have some images to work on during the healing process.

Whatever......


Splash
Splash

Is this from summer or winter?....hard to tell, but it's a winter shot.  It's not a real reflection reflection, but I like the sun reflecting on the waves, water, and sand.  It was even prettier in real life-but cold.  Do not think of grabbing a swimsuit or dipping any toes as you look at this.


Over the Shoulder
Over the Shoulder

This is how I was dressed....from a little later that same morning.  Brrrrr.

Big and Small
Big and Small

Aha! This is the summer shot from a dusky evening late last June.  I can see that weather on the distant horizon, AND the light that goes with it.  Yum.


Thanks for checking out my old but new reflections and have a great weekend.

Locked Out No More




Latch

Latch


Anyone else experiencing blogger flukes or is this a special puzzle just for me?
I am not able to comment on blogs at present-so I'm looking, just unable to respond.
I hate that.
FB is kind of crabby today too.  Whutz up with that?


**Yay, my puzzle time is up and blogger has stopped with the funky stuff. 
Back to commenting at will.**

Selfie Check-In


In The Picture



Linking with Christy over at Urban Muser for this month's {in the picture} self-portrait thingy.....

Thingy.  I'm not sure what to call it.  Oh look, it says right there on the button "journey"; all I have to do is read.  This is a self-monitored journey, being how-ever, how-often, how intense, how many, etc you want.  There are really no rules or restrictions, only that it's about you.  And as I think about it-that ain't a bad thing; having things be all about you.  If there were only tangible gifts that went along with it- or cash.  Cash would work for me.

Each month is a suggestion which you can use or ignore.  This month's was black and white.  I used it and ignored it.  An opportunist?  Who the hell knows?


Shopping Spree {9/52}
Shopping Spree

This is my favorite selfie this month.  Not because I'm hidden, but because the decorative mirror was an impulse find (not a buy, a find) and I think it makes a unique shot.  It also shows most of me.

I'm having a hard time putting my whole self in the image.  I'm "wicked good" (as they say in Maine) at doing feet or hands.....

Seashore BW
Seashore

but getting my whole body in the shot, that's been more challenging.

Bad Times Two
Bad Times Two

My little helper is photo bombing again....and no she's not throwing up, she's yawning-I look kind of awful, and well-hello, there's just nothing to salvage here-in color OR in black and white.  Just proving, this process ain't always beautiful.

I did try my first "jump" shots this month; but I was so focused on getting my feet off the ground, I forgot to include my head.  I did mention that I can rock out the feet shots, didn't I?  I'm also taking a digital imaging class so I'm practicing some of the things I'm learning.   I took my jumps and made them into daring feats of the feet.  That was kind of fun.

Dream Big
Dream Big
aka-Jumping the Steeple

A little motion blur, a little lens flare, a little warp tool-I can jump over the moon.

We also learned how to make a photo into a pencil sketch.  Pencil sketches are black and white....cool, fits the theme.  I took a shot from January and converted it.

Pencil Sketch Selfie
Pencil Sketch Selfie

One of the things I like about this journey, is every now and then you get something really quite nice.....

Savor {12/52}
Savor

.......that your dog doesn't get in the middle of.


Thanks for checking out my selfies.  Thanks to Christy for providing a great journey "thingy" as a challenge.  It is challenging, but it's also fun.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Linking with Kent for this week's Wordless Wednesday.  No pressure to think, just post an image.  That's sweet. 



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God Grants Another Day
God Grants Another Day

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Project 52

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Linking today with Project 52 where the topic this week is "hunger". 


Sometimes I don't know what urges me to take photos, but I do try to listen to those nudges that hit me.  This photo is one of those.


Sign of Spring
Sign of Spring

Empty ice cream cup.  Trash.  Left behind by someone on a fence post.  Why I felt it necessary to take a shot of trash?  That's the part I don't get.  But I like the result.
Oh well, someone was hungry when they purchased this.

Thanks for checking out my crazy shot.

Scavenger Time!

Linking with Ashley for this week's Scavenger Hunt Sunday.  Can't miss it!












This week's list kept me on my toes.  I guess that's not a bad thing.
Whimsy, Create, Dust, Seed or Sprout, Swing or Drop




Outtakes
Outtakes

Whimsy:  Because I am participating in {in the picture}with Urban Muser.....one evening the light was just right so I thought I'd try to get a few in to work with.  Tula is a rescue dog.  She is very timid and fearful.  She isn't a camera hog-it was her nervousness kept her close-I don't think she likes the beeping on the self-timer. 
Makes it hard to get a selfie in nice light though.


Pencil Sketch
Pencil Sketch

Create:  I don't think myself creative....yet it is something people say to me "oh, you're so creative"....I never seem to see it.  Bless them.
I've been taking an advanced digital imaging class where we've learned A LOT.  Here's something I created using a photograph (my nephew) and turning it into a legit looking pencil sketch.  Next week we're going to learn how to animate these.  I better take GOOD notes.


The Work
The Work

Dust:  I know you're going to think I'm kidding, but I'm not.....I've discovered if your house shows up as dusty in a photo you'd like to use, add a texture and no one will know.  Trust me-it totally works.  Works on cat hair too.


Crocus
Crocus

Seed or Sprout:  I am so not a gardener....this is bloom isn't it?  Whoops.  Could it be the crocus have sprouted right up?  Work with me here.

Tranquil
Tranquil

Swing or Drop:  How about...drop everything and grab that shot before the sun drops behind that house.  Yes?  I'm pushing my luck, aren't I?  I mean, c'mon.  You just have to take this shot.  Right?


Thanks for checking out my SHS this week.  I know I was pushing the envelope with the topics, but I kind of like that.  I was a little trouble maker in school too.  Have a great day.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Weekend Reflections

Happy to report that I have made it to Friday.  It's been touch and go and questionable whether or not that would actually occur. I had some issues remembering what day I was on, but now that it's time for Weekend Reflections, I'm sure.  I'd like to say TGIF, and if it applies to you....God bless.  I'm working BOTH days this weekend.  There ought to be a law against that.

The light has been super fun to chase now that DST is in full swing and we've had warm days (and evenings) .  Feels like it does in May.  Frost chance early next week.  Out of dreamland; back to reality.  That whole lion and lamb thing has been all screwy this month.

Lord's Point
Lord's Point

Rings
Rings

Under the Pier
Under the Pier

Abstract Waters
Abstract Waters

As I said, a great week for the chase.
Hope you have a great weekend.  Think of me working, would ya?  Send some cheerful thoughts.
My thanks to James...always a fave meme.

Balance Shmalance

Linking with Kat for Exploring With a Camera....love exploring on Kat's themes.  A new one each month pushes me to think in new ways or re-visit old techniques and terms.  The more you hear something, the more it starts to make sense.  I think.

This months topic was/is Balance.  This one was tough for me.  I'm not yet seeing balance out there to say-"oh shoot that....it's balanced".  The few times I did do that, I liked the results, but didn't love them.  Maybe they came from the brain and not the heart.  They seemed to have a little feeling of stiltedness.  Or maybe I'm being too self-critical.  Wouldn't be the first time.


Back Door BW
Back Door

Here's one I found and shot with intention thinking it might be balanced.  I like the symmetry and suppose the rustic sign offers a little break.  Balanced?  Maybe.  I am OK with liking the image.  Do you need to know that?  I don't know.  Extra info-no extra charge.  Absolutely free today-especially for you.
.........I'll move on.

Weed in the Wall
Weed in the Wall

OK, fessing up, I didn't think balance when I took this.  I thought look at those hanging "thingies" caught in the light.  BUT, then I thought the daintiness of the weed might balance out the heaviness of the wall or vice-versa.
Maybe?  Not sure.

Wharf
Wharf

Here's another I think might be balanced by weight, near-far, and light off-sets.  Maybe?  Opposites?  Maybe?  None the less, I like the image for the light-those bait barrels were a smidge stinky though.


I thought about balance some more-and figured, my images must be balanced and I don't know it.  In my recent art appreciation class we learned about the principles of design and balance was one of them.  I remember a painting sited where a little cast of light on a woman's foot balanced out the strong primary colors and enormous mass on the opposite side of the image.  Hmmmmm.

This balance business is not for the faint of heart.

I found a couple of examples from my archives that might be "balanced"....

Sundays by Appointment
Sundays by Appointment

This reminded me of one that Kat might be inclined to shoot.....she'd probably get a bunch of different balances out this spot.  I took this one image and ran; it was cold that morning.


Outside the Bakery {1/52}
Outside the Bakery

I really love this image-I keep revisiting it.  I should put a little star beside it like my mom does in recipe books.  Two stars maybe....that's even better.
I think this might be balanced....those snow flake lights seem to balance the rest of the scene, kind of like that little sun lit foot offsetting the large mass I remember from the painting in art class. 

Maybe I get this balance thing more than I think I do.

New Years Walk {1/52}
New Years Walk

I love this snap of my sweet Tula.  As a last thought I wondered how reflections might play into balance.  This image "feels" right to me-perhaps it's the echo of the reflection that makes it feel that way, or maybe the "feel" is in the off-balance.  She looks like she's balanced to me.  Now if I could only get her to be less timid and more emotionally balance......she's cute tho'.

Thank you Kat for trying to get the concept of balance thru this thick skull.  And thanks to you all for reading my blah, blah, blah on the topic.  Now I'll read your balance posts and figure out what I missed.  Have a great day.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

From a Different Angle



Light on the Water
Light on the Water

I took Kat Sloma's "journey" courses to help me find my eye.  They really helped.  You could totally take your own journey and find your eye like I did-just check in with her site.

I did find my eye; in fact I have two eyes-about a third the way down my face.  Imagine that.
I think this is the kind of comment that normally brings the response "Susan; nobody likes a smart ass".
I think when people say that, it means they really do though.  Or I could just be in denial.

And now I've drawn poor Kat into my ridiculous train of thought.  Sorry Kat.  But I mention her (with sincere respect) due to a lesson from "the journey" that I've come back to a number of times: 
Choose an image-one that jumps off the page at you and start writing. 
You can go now if you want....I'll take no offense.


Orange Pants
Orange Pants

I shoot a lot of lobster boat photos.  Honestly, I'm not all that enamored of them, but get close to the ocean-in most any harbor here in Maine, and they're there.  Many are there year 'round too, while the sailboats, tourist "whale watching" or "puffin spotter" party boats, and mammoth yachts are hauled, covered, or tucked away 'til warm months arrive.

Surrounded by rippling waters, sun covered, with reflections, or a touch of that rustic-shabby paint or with scrungy lines-they rather ask to be "taken".  I think there's a sense of quaintness, romance perhaps, in seeing that familiar shape moored.

But they're not quaint at all.  They stink....as in smell-badly.  They're dirty...like grungy.  They're soiled and smeared with fish guts, slops of dried seaweed, oil drippings, salt water stains, scrapes and gouges, and with ratty rusting traps and lines piled at stern.  Quite frankly, they're yucky when you get up close. 

In summer the docks are full of the high paying pleasure boats.  The lobstermen row out in little dinghies to their moored boats.  Off-season the marinas pick up extra money having the working boats tie up.  I suppose it is harsh on the lobstermen to row in winter-with icy, crusted hands wrapped painfully around the oars.  Avoiding that is a win-win.

When I was mucking around the docks last week, I was able to get right up to this boat.  I was taking pretty reflection shots of boats and buildings, but this shot of the inside of the boat was a "have to" shot.  A reminder that a lobsterman's life is not at all romantic-it is physically hard work, in conditions that send me to the couch with hot coffee and that snuggie my father gave me for Christmas. (I had to use it....it was a gift.)

The orange pants caught me, shining in the sun.  Overalls really.  Lined lightly with sweatshirt material inside and rubbery on the exterior-to repel water.  It's the practical "uniform" of the trade.  Later when I came home and really looked at the photo-other things struck me....the hammer poking from a tool box, the simplicity of the helm, the stained salt caked windows, the rescue ring-as if when one's leg gets wrapped in a line attached to a heavy trap headed into 40 ft of cold water that it would help.  Lobster boats are sometimes found with no captain going round and round in circles-a sign no one wants to see.  A sign of the worst.

I don't look at this post and think "down" thoughts.  These thoughts are not  meant to be "Debbie Downers"....I guess I was just reminding myself of the reality; what I see when shooting a quaint shot like the one at the top.  I know the story behind it.  One that may be overlooked by others.  My uncle was a lobsterman for many of my childhood years.  I saw the hard work and meager paychecks.  I didn't see the romance or quaintness. 

So did I find my eye in that lobster boat?  Nah.  Maybe just a touch of me and my roots.  But I don't have any of those orange pants.  Remember?  Snuggie.  Today however, is sunny and warm....today the life of a lobsterman would be pretty wonderful-out on the water, in the sun.  Two sides to every story, but I'm sure the boat still smells badly.

If you've made it to the end of these thoughts.  Thanks.  Always nice to be heard, no matter where my mind is traveling off too.  Hope you have a fabulous day.  

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Linking with Kent Weakley for this week's Wordless Wednesday. 

 
WW_KW




Park Bench {11/52}
Park Bench

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Eyes of March

Linking with Project 52....running a bit late on this one.  This (last) week's topic: "Eyes" of March.

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Also linking with Mural Monday....please overlook that it's Tuesday; it's going to be that kind of week.

Hello
Hello

I love street art and graffiti-knowing it's not right to deface (pardon the pun), but liking it anyway.  This face seems likable...what can I say?

Jump Rope
Jump Rope

Here is more genuine street art...hadn't noticed this one before.  Very intense as she's surrounded by bees.  They must be "buzzing her off".  I like this piece but it is a little dark.  Perhaps these are "the eyes/ides of March" right here.

Thanks for you visit.  I better get going before it's Wednesday and I haven't finished my Tuesday thoughts yet.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Scavenger

Linking with Ashley for SHS....Scavenger Hunt Sunday.  Fessing up to an addiction to this particular linky.  It's fun.  Addiction to fun; I suppose there's merit in that.








Well that belt of snow we got 2 weeks ago has all but melted , to my delight.  Normally snow hangs around on the ground until mid-April but fingers crossed for continued conditions that bring an early spring.  Yippee.  I shouldn't dance around; that has a way of circlin' 'round to bite you.  I'll just say thank you Mother Nature and weather Gods.


I liked this week's list.  So many possibilities for interpretation.  Love that:
Vintage, Word or Quote, Nature's Own, People, Photog's Choice.

Back Door Delivery
Back Door Delivery

Vintage:  Self-explanatory.  Kim Klassen texture added to the look.

No Parking
No Parking

Word or Quote:  I like words in images.  I don't purposely say "oh words, have to take that"...but when I down load photos, I find text often.  Found this in a parking lot....hmmmm.  Go figure.


Wings
Wings

Nature's Own:  I am relishing in DST time change.  I took this at 5:30 p.m.....how great is that?

Passing By
Passing By

People:  Person?  A person is people, yes? 
Been learning a variety of cloning techniques in my imaging class.  There were some really ugly ass wires and a pole in this.  Nice to be able to get them out.  I shouldn't have told you; you wouldn't have known.  I'm too honest I guess.
Hey look....more no parking indicators....parking seems to be an issue.


With Lemon {10/52}
With Lemon {10/52}

Photog's Choice:  I don't know, I just like it.


Thanks for your visit....and have a great day.
Thanks to hostess Ashley too.  Love this linky that provides so much fun for the participants.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Weekend Reflections

Linking with James, "Mr. California", for this week's Weekend Reflections.  Follow the link to see reflections from around the globe.  James' is extra special this week....who am I kidding?  His reflections are always special.


Yay for DST.  I am sooooo happy to have a return to light that allows me to slip off for some photos after work or class rather than feeling cocooned in my home, shades drawn, lights burning.  I am a happy camper.  We've had back and forth weather, days that seem sunny and turn gray or vice versa, but I did get out 2 or 3 late afternoons.


Water's Edge
Water's Edge

In full summer swing I could never get this shot....but this time of year seasonal homeowners and shops often vacate allowing me to tiptoe into places I'd normally be shooed away from in high season.

Riverfront
Riverfront

Shoo, shoo, shoo, you and your camera.


Off Season
Off Season

The boatyard appears to be gearing up for the coming boating season.


Another evening the light changed to gray just as I was taking my camera out for a spin, but I still had some success.

Still Waters
Still Waters

Don't you love finding mirror-like opportunities?


Overlooking Tidal Pools
Overlooking Tidal Pools

Young couple on the sidewalk while I was down on the beach.  We soon changed places.


Have a wonderful weekend.  I'm hoping for some steady sun.  Thanks for taking a look at my photos today.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Linking with Kent Weakley for Wordless Wednesday.  No pressure, just an image.


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Oarlock
Oarlock