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Monday, July 22, 2013

Third Thursday

If I don't check in with 3rd Thursday, it will be the 4th Thursday and all hell will break loose.  So, I'm checking in, even though it's Tuesday.  Brenda says that's OK.  Phew.





July 6th Show 307/365
July 6th Show 307/365



What have I been up to this month?  I think I'm supposed to be up to something purposely, but I haven't.  BUT if I take a little scroll thru my images I can see a couple things that have been driving the bus.  Funny I'm on the bus, but I have no clue where it's going.  Maybe that's not so funny.


My favorite thing about summer is having days with long light.  I struggle (and bitch, moan and complain) all thru winter.  The darkness takes a big toll.  This time of year I enjoy going out after dinner and shooting images until the sun goes down.

This gives me a chance to work in that "golden hour" which I so love.  Over the year I have tried to be better about making images work outside of the golden hour, but during these last few weeks, I have embraced it treating myself to the gold whenever the sun makes itself available. 

So, sun in the golden hour-that's what's been driving the bus.  Can I get a life-long ticket for this thing?


Touching Summer
Touching Summer

(I want to bottle this-forever)
 

July
July

(This is not color enhanced....the light was that rich)
 

Tangles
Tangles

(Even weeds in rocky outcroppings look good in golden light)


Red Dress 315/365
Red Dress 315/365

(She had no idea how perfect it was she was in red-nor did she know that I was taking her photo)


Summer Night
Summer Night
 
(It's been really hot.  I'm the only one not complaining.  People head to the beach in the evening to walk near the breeze from the ocean)


Game Over
Game Over
 
(Testing my everything looks good in golden light theory....maybe not chain link fences)


Drakes Island 316/365
Drakes Island 316/365
 
 
I'm very pleased with this last image.  Think it would be worth entering in a photo contest or something?  Let me know what you think.
 
 
 
And that's it!  Golden Hour.  Awesome.  Powerful.  Warm.  Do NOT tell me how many weeks it will be until winter is knocking at the door.  As my Aunt Lois likes to say "don't rush the season".
Thanks for taking a peek at my 3rd Thursday images.  It was a bit of a photo dump.  Sorry about that.
Thanks to awesome hostess Brenda too.
 
 
 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Don't Jump

Linking with my friend Kathy over at "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out" for this week's Song-ography post based on James Taylor's "Up on a Roof" or the roof or whatever.  I participate in a few link ups...and half the time can't remember the prompts, but when it's a song, it kind of sticks in my head.

Nice wide safe stairs.  I do think the people who use this as a back door emergency exit were wondering what the hell I was doing up there beside their open windows, but oh well.



Stairs BW
Stairs BW


If you'd like to play along-check out what next week's song is over at Kathy's blog and you too will be singing it for days.  God, I hope next week's is one I like....sometimes I'm in a store and think-"if I never hear this song again in my life, I'm OK with that.", but I'm sure Kathy will have great taste.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Song-ography. Whoot.

 
 
 
Chore that Never Ends BW
Chore that never Ends
 
 
Homeward Bound...especially if I can get in and out in 20 minutes or less. It helps to beat the church crowd. That's a little tip from me to you.
 
 
Linking with the awesome Kathy over at "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out" for her new link up called Song-ography.   If you don't know Kathy, do yourself a favor and go visit.  She's a refreshing blogger voice who never fails to bring a smile.
 
Link on thru to see what Song-ography is all about. Sounds fun to me.  All I have to do is remember to play along.  Early on-set, you know?
 
 
I've been in blogger slump/work overload land and didn't know about this new linky until I visited a friend.  That in mind....this is an archive post. BUT, that's OK.  Rules are suggestions in this linky, so I'm double down good with that.
 
 
 
 
Traffic Stop
Traffic Stop
 
 
While I was "homeward bound" the other night some one else got snagged.  So I snagged a shot of Mr. Speedy doing his thing.  I was working on slow shutter and thought blurred blue lights might be kind of cool.
 
Guess who Mr. Speedy stopped next?  He didn't so much like having his photo taken.  Well....who does?  When I explained what I was doing I said "wanna see?" and showed him my other shots of moving water, moving cars, and then the blurry shot of him.  He still was a bit crabby, but, oh well.  I don't think Mr. Speedy had much appreciation for artistic ventures, or adventures.
When I was in Cuba it was forbidden to take a photo of any police or military in uniform.
Hey Mr. Speedy-this ain't Cuba and you were only doing your job.  Get off me.
 
 
Next week is James Taylor "Up on the Roof"....wonder what Mr Speedy might say about THAT!
Thank you Kathy.  Rock star idea for a new linky.
 

Scavenger Time





Yup. Again. Linking with Ashley for the SHS.


Waiting at Target
Waiting at Target
 
Relaxing....Mama was on the cell, younger brother was being a total brat because mom was on the cell.  Big brother had it all worked out.


In Quiet
In Quiet
 
Inspiring Person:  It's rare that I knowingly am inspired by someone else's art.  I'm sure I do it all the time without realizing it.  The way I processed these lily pads tho'-taking some inspiration from Monet.  If only the gorgeous blossoms were out.



Looking for New Life BW
Looking for New Life BW
 
Written Words:  I like graffiti.  These tags are not quality, they are toward vandalism, but they mean something to some one.  Not digging that?  There's a no parking sign on the far right.


Rocky Beach
Rocky Beach
 
Memories:  I used to live a 1/2 mile walk from this beach and played there often as a child.  I like how she seems to be caught in reverie.
 
 
 
Best Friend BW
Best Friend BW
 
Best Friend:  She's awesome.  Friends for more than 30 years now.  That's a treasure.
 
 
Happy Sunday to you.  Whereas it's summer and in Maine summer doesn't last long, and thus far it's been foggy most of the time....I'm off to try to steal some sun for myself.  Thanks for stopping by to visit.


Sunday, July 7, 2013

Stretched Out Scavenger

Linking with Ashley for the Scavenger Hunt Sunday






I didn't do much on the 4th of July.  My Tula gets very stressed by fireworks, so I wanted to stay home with her and try to act like it's a normal occurrence to have all those bangs and pops going on.  I'm not sure I was successful, but at least she wasn't alone.

This week's list was full of reference to the 4th, so I'll have to twist (and shout) it up a bit.


Grapes
Grapes
 
Red:  With Kim Klassen stained linen texture.  One of my faves.  If you don't know Kim, you should.  She's one of the best out there.  Do yourself a favor and link on over for a peek, but don't forget to come back.  Seriously-she's that good.


Dappled Daisies BW 306/365
Dappled Daisies BW 306/365
 
White:  I hate gardening.  I only have the kind of flowers that come up no matter how much you ignore them.  Daisies never let me down....and they're so cheerful.


After Dinner 289/365
After Dinner 289/365
 
Blue: (and a touch of pink).  This man looked so content and provided a nice contrast to the late day sky.


 
Space
Space
 
Stars:  OK, I totally didn't have ANY stars, anywhere.  Playing around with clouds and a space themed texture.  Daisies looked stupid in space, so I had to fly with the stars instead.  Will have to really work with this texture again....I think it might be cool with the right subject. (i.e. not me)


Summer Morn 305/365
Summer Morn 305/365
 
Sparkle:  Lots of humidity-sort of rare in Maine, blessedly; gave gorgeous dewdrops in the light.


Happy Sunday to you.  Thanks for visiting my non 4th of July interpretations.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Photo Heart Connection







Linking with Kat for this month's Photo Heart Connection. Thank you Kat.
This linky has grown to be a favorite for me.  I've enjoyed Kat's Find Your Eye series of classes very much-PHC feels like that experience revisited.  I've met some sincere friends thru the classes-those that journeyed with me.  I connect with them here in this forum, or maybe even more often, but definitely for a check-in.  I like that.




The Curtain
The Curtain
 
 
Choosing the monthly PHC image is a crap shoot for me. That doesn't sound very nice, but it's true. The image I'm sharing today is not the one I thought might be "it" yesterday. And for the last few days, the "it" has been changing.
 
 
This morning The Curtain is it.  I didn't know why at first,  I just knew it. I recently bought two new lenses-yay me-using money I earned selling books and calendars from Cuba.  I decided to put those dollars into better equipment.  While my "better" lenses are only a jump to like advanced beginner status, that's what I could afford. I think I've used my kit lens to it's fullest and it's nice to move up a notch.
 
 
OK-yah.  What the hell do curtains and lenses have to do with one another?  you might ask if you haven't already bailed out on my lengthy writing.  (You're so good to me). 
 
My connection: I was showing a friend my new lenses.  She's interested in photography and has sort of fallen off the bandwagon.  Her camera is broken.  Done.  She's considering something new, but having a hard time keeping the energy going for that.  I think it's like when you stop going to the gym, it's really hard to maintain the motivation to get back to that routine and sustain it.
 
My impulse images are often my best-this is one.  I was explaining to her "see blah, blah, blah this can do longer this or sharper that or wider aperture blah, blah.  So I could just point at that curtain, snap, and there it is".
 
Later I realized that curtain shot was pretty good.  Light, subtle contrasts, etc.
 
 
I am good at explaining things.  Things I understand.  This photo again reminds me of how much I enjoyed being a teacher-how I have a passion for that.  I have no passion for my current work.  It is hard to go to work day after day when it's killing you little by little from the inside out.
 
I would like to return to teaching music but I can't.  My hearing loss was sudden and severe.  Sound is all distorted such that I can't tell if I'm singing the right notes, and I can't tell if someone else is either.  I can't help children learn about sounds they hear and make, if I can't hear them myself.  I can't hear well enough to take on a room full of students even in a different subject. It just won't work. I can't hear what they're saying unless I can fill in the blanks by reading lips when they're standing nearby, even wearing high quality hearing aids.
 
My hearing loss did however lead me to photography.  Finding a new way to be creative-with a different sense I'd never paid attention to.  I'd like to do some teaching about photography and taking images.  People get so wigged out about shooting manual.  I recently went on a photowalk with a friend and took her from shooting automatic to manual in an hour and a half.
 
I'm sure you might be thinking "leap of faith"  "go get it" "what are you waiting for?" "adult ed" and all those other encouraging things.  Thank you for that BUT for me teaching works when I feel prepared, and feels horrible when I'm not.  This is a seed.  The end product needs to find vision, structure, content that will work-that I can do with confidence.  I need to understand ALL the features on my own camera, and a Nikon which is same, but with controls reached in different ways, and I suppose with iphones that many are using exclusively and I've been unable to shoot anything but my shoe with.  I also want this to offer me some profit.  I like working, but not for no money.  I am doubtful I can do this as my job, but maybe it will take some of the edge off that other job I hate or lead to a different avenue.
 
So, this curtain is a reminder, a nudger, a seed-that may grow or morph or sit deep in the ground like winter waiting to break forth.   We'll see.  I do know that it has to come from me and no one else, despite those who want to help and to urge me on.  I appreciate that, but it makes it hard to hear what my heart is saying.
 
I wrote this for me not you, but if you read it to the bottom, much appreciated.  You're awesome.
 
 
Hope your PHC was fruitful this month too or if you're coming thru a different path that you may think about joining this practice.  It almost always reveals something.