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Monday, April 29, 2013

Project 52

Linking with Tamar for Project 52.  Tamar is likely keeping track of how many weeks have passed in this year.  I'm just thinking "holy crap, May is on the horizon."






Each week I feel like I say it was a mixed bag.  Mix of weather, activities, moods, experiences.  I suppose that's what weeks and years and lifetimes are made up of.  I need not feel repetitive when that theme passes again thru my mind.



For a sense of consistency and continuity, let's just say, this week there were trees....
 
....some even showed signs of spring.


Spring
Spring
 
 
 
Some continued the haunt of winter.


Branches
Branches
 
 
Some provided shadows and frames.



The Window 231/365
The Window 231/365
 
 
Some began to sing.



Under the Magnolia Tree
Under the Magnolia Tree
 
 
 
Hope you found some songs in your past week too.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sunny Sunday Scavenger

Linking with Ashley for the SHS this week.  Scavenge on!



I washed my car, in my own DRIVEWAY yesterday.  Way big sign that spring is here.  I love a clean car.  I watch the weather for a string of pictures of sun so I can enjoy it longer.  Sun yesterday, today....and I saw a row of suns when I glanced over toward the TV at the gym.  I shut down the TV when I exercise, but I did sneak a peek.  Beautiful.  Now to avoid dirt roads, road construction and rogue puddles, at least for a few days.




Walk Near the Water
Walk Near the Water
 
Walking:  This path winds along the rocky coast and then beside a long stretch of beach.  Surf was up making it more pleasant.  No tourists either.  Perfect time to enjoy as these two women were.



A Slice
A Slice
 
Yummy:  Fresh ingredients, hand made.  I totally deserved this after working so hard on my car.




In the Pink
In the Pink
 
Favorite Toy:  Saying "my camera" may be lame, but it is true.  No kids=no toys.  Tula has a bunch of ugly ass bones, and Princess P is far too old and sophisticated to bother with toys.  That puts it back to me.



Flowers
Flowers
 
What I Did this Week:  I ate early dinner at least 2 nights and then went out to shoot and enjoy pretty evening light.  This is a big part of my love affair with this time of year.



Bow Line
Bow Line
 
Anything:  I did have to go to a funeral this week too.  The reception was held at a restaurant overlooking the water.  After paying respects and visiting, I slipped down to the docks for some me time with my camera.  Here's a favorite shot.




Working today.  Blech!  It's so nice outside.   Hope to enjoy it a little later in the day.  I have a yellow dog beside me letting me know....we need a walk.  Have a great Sunday.  I hope yours is sunny too.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Project 52 in Bloom





 
Linking with Tamar and Gina for P52.


Variety
Variety




This isn't a weekly check in, it's a check in from yesterday.


A local cemetery-lovely and large, runs from street to river bank.  Each spring on the hill that leads down to the water, gazillions of daffodils bloom.  I checked in a week ago, but they weren't quite at peak yet, so I visited again yesterday morning and believe I timed my visit perfectly.  Not only that...no one else was there so I had them all to myself.



Bouquet
Bouquet



Field of Dreams
Field of Dreams
 
 
 
Everywhere you look be it up, down, or sideways, near or far.....
daffodils.
 


Touch the Sky
Touch the Sky



Spring in my Step
Spring in my Step
 
 
 
You don't even have to be good at taking photos.  You could close your eyes and hold up your camera-shoot blindly and still come up with great images.  BTW-I didn't try that.
 
 
 


All Yellow
All Yellow



Laurel Hill
Laurel Hill



In Light
In Light
 
 
Honestly, I don't make a habit of taking flower images, but this massive display deserves attention, and it received mine.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Spring Scavenger

Linking with Ashley today for Scavenger Hunt Sunday.  Always fun and all are welcome.  Give it a try.  You'll be addicted too.



I liked the list this week.  I say that like it's an unusual thing.  I almost always like the list, but I especially enjoy the topics that can be twisted, turned, stretched into funky interpretations.  Makes scavenging even more fun.




Window Box Textured
Window Box

Happiness:  This is a sure sign that spring is really here.  Knowing that makes totally happy.  I survived another winter.  Processed this with Kim Klassen's stained linen.  One of my favorites.




Spring BW
Spring BW
 
Spring in BW:  No leaves on the trees (yet).  Buds tho.



Constant Companion 229/365
Constant Companion 229/365
 
Family/Faith:  I love this girl.  Her loyalty to me is steadfast.  My pets are my family and maybe my faith too.



Red Esss
Red Esss
 
Fuzzy:  This night image is fuzzy, but it works for me.  The glow of the stop light on the bridge struck me as pretty cool.



Cape Porpoise
Cape Porpoise
 
Gathering/Provide:  Maine is famous for lobster.  The hearty lobstermen gather and provide it.  They go out even in cold weather.  This looks like a warm day, but the wind was extreme, though it has to be an improvement on winter.
 
 
Thanks for visiting "the Ears".  Have a wonderful day.  I went out on a photowalk with a friend this morning.  We haven't photo-walked together since we were in Cuba.  We were way overdue.  Fun.
 
 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Third Thursday

Linking with Brenda over at "the Nest" for this month's 3rd Thursday.  Thank you hostess.






Night Shift
Night Shift
 
 
For the past couple months I've been proud of myself for just remembering to link up for 3rd Thursday.  By reviewing my collection of images I could figure out what I'd been working on, even if I wasn't aware of what I was working on.
 
This month-even better.  I decided to work on something intentionally.  Yay me.
 
I don't feel my skills as a night photographer, well, I'm even reluctant to use the word "skills" and night in the same sentence.....I don't have any.  This seemed to be a good target area for me.
 
 

Nearly 8 BW
Nearly 8 BW
 
 Fessing up this target came primarily due to laziness-not getting my daily photographs done during daylight hours.  That's how it started.
 
 


At Night Sepia 210/365
At Night (Sepia) 210/365
 
 I don't particularly like using a tripod and to get good night shots, that's a must.  I have one a friend gave me (she's so sweet), but it's quite heavy and all metal.  It's very cold on my hands.
I tend to move around a lot when I shoot....I have trouble "sitting still".  A tripod sits still.  Hmmm.
 
Soooo......running back and forth to the tripod to do selfie shots helps.
 
 

Solemn 224/365
Solemn 224/365
 
This wasn't truly a night shot....more at dusk and therefore I didn't need the tripod.
 

Motion
Motion
 
Here's another way around the tripod....panning.  Need to work on that skill as well.
 


Window Shopping
Window Shopping
 
Something I'm working on at night is how to use light.  How to keep a scene as dark as I'm seeing it, but have something illuminated.  This was one of my fave experimental shots with the light from the store bouncing off me.  BTW....bah on ever affording anything in that store.  Tourist trap!
 
 

Duffys 228/365
Duffy's
 
This is my other favorite.  After experimenting (and making many errors) I played around with aperture to help that balance between light and dark.  I like the motion blur too.
 
P.S.  Do you suppose Main Street has ENOUGH light posts?  You could land a plane there for heaven's sake.
 
 
I didn't read anything about night shots or check on-line tutorials or you tube.  I just went with my gut to try and figure things out.  I think now would be a good time to do some reading or searching....now that I've done some stuff on my own.  I'll keep working, and OK, I'll keep toting that damn tripod around.  I do want to get one of those little gorilla tripods too-that would be good for a quick fix.
 
 
Thanks for checking out my 3rd Thursday and thanks to Brenda for this great chance to share.
 
 

Weekend Reflections

What the hey?  This is like the 3rd week in a row I've remembered to post to Weekend Reflections with James.  Miracles abound.



Stillness 227/365
Stillness 227/365
 
 
 


Bridge Times Two
Bridge Times Two
 
 
The light is remaining long enough to go out on a chase after dinner.  Love that.
This is the scene that made the brakes screech the other evening.
 
 



Under
Under
 
 
And then like the crazy fool I am, I had to crawl underneath to check out the light there too....along with the little nasties the 7th graders write under there.
 
 
Have a great weekend.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Project 52

Linking with Tamar and Gina for this week's Project 52.








I was a lazy photog this week and some images are definitely reflective of that.  I'm into the 220's of my 365 and pushing on.  There are times when I think "oh crap I've got to take a photo"...despite rain or cold or lackluster mood.

But there are times when that ends up working for me.  Often times I'm "getting in done" in a matter of 20 uninspired minutes, yet something positive evolves.  There are other times I must get creative with Photoshop to try and save the day.





At the Office 222/365
At the Office 222/365
 
A long work day and rain makes for indoor photos and fast.



A Jolly Walk
A Jolly Walk
 
While this didn't become my 365 photo, on this uninspired day an unexpected blast of sun helped me make a surprising collection of OK photos.  The sky was totally NOT that blue.  Thank you PS.



Fish Houses
Fish Houses
 
This day was super cold and windy and 20 minutes was all I wanted to put in.
I was showing property and afterwards took a side road I hadn't been on since my Aunt Lois used to take me to this little beach as a kid.  Forgot about these cool fish houses- or maybe a kid just ignores such things.  Summer time they're occupied and the "No Trespassing" signs go up all over.  For now, deserted.  Good timing.
 
 
Thanks to Tamar and Gina for letting me review another week.  Sometimes I forget what I've been up to.
 
 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Scavenger Sunday

Linking with Ashley to Scavenger Hunt Sunday.







Last Minute 220/365
Last Minute 220/365
 
Glow:  One more shopping day left!
Wonder how many people are dealing with taxes today.  Not me.
The other evening there was that one couple sitting and waiting.  Yuck.



Summer Chapel BW 217/365
Summer Chapel BW 217/365
 
Old:  Little stone summer chapel from 1910.  I was able to snag a shot of these benches/pews thru one of the windows.



Candy Striper
Candy Striper
 
Shadow:  Better be careful how you spell the title of that image.  One T too many and......



Beach House
Beach House
 
Spring:  Calendar says so.  Not quite arrived though.  Maybe this week.



Carey BW 216/365
Carey BW 216/365
 
Smile:  I love the intensity of this portrait.  I'd like to take more like this.  Definitely have to be in the right situation with a willing subject.
This guy is very funny.  He did this look intentionally before he said something very witty.
So Carey...."smile", would ya?
 
 
Closing out another week of scavenging, and on to the next.  Always nice when I can bang out few of the new list in the first couple days.  Takes the intensity off. 
I hope you have a great day and really hope you're not spending the day with a 1040 and scrips and scraps of tiny receipts.



Friday, April 12, 2013

Weekend Reflections

Linking with James for this week's Weekend Reflections






Beautiful Beast
Beautiful Beast
 
An elementary school-out of my area, so this was a brake stomper.  I did get some closer images, but you'd miss the architecture.  Sadly an administrator came out to see what I was doing.  I mentioned my awe in the beauty, but left soon after.  I hate that sense of wrong doing-based on crazy people's actions.  Normally I'm more bold, but thought it was best to move along.


Lady Catherine
Lady Catherine
 
Gee, I have a plethora of lobster boat images....I like both the boat and the riff-raff wharf playing off the water.
 



Reflections of Old
Reflections of Old
 
A jump back to my Cuba trip.  The contrast of architecture and brilliant blue caught my eye.
 


Art in the Window
Art in the Window
 
I'm guessing only reflection lovers can appreciate this selfie.  It is a store front where hanging in the window was the abstract art piece.  How can one not?  You know?



Toward Sea BW
Toward Sea BW
 
This was a cloud cover day-would like to see that horse reflected with better sun.
 
 
That's it for this week.  Thanks for taking a look and thank you James.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Project 52




Street Bokeh
Street Bokeh
 


Linking with Tamar and Gina for this week's Project 52.





 
 
It was rather a mis-mash of a week, but one of the highlights was a visit from a dear friend from college.  He still makes me laugh just like we did years ago.  He brings energy and a zest for life with him where he goes-and shares it.  A lovely gift to receive.
 
 
 

Between Laughs BW
Between Laughs BW
 
 
 
 
Lens Flare BW 212/365
Lens Flare 212/365
 
 
An old Caddy sitting parked-had to get out and snap.



Empty Chair 191/365
Empty Chair
 
 
I have no clue what the Sahara Club is....and I'm OK with not knowing, but they have a really great outer decor to capture.  Not sure about that chair or the 5 gallon buckets-and not so sure what a camel is doing in frigid Maine, but it is what it is.
 
 
Thank you for taking a peek.  Hope this coming week is a good one for you (and me).