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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Happy Songography



One
One


I recently visited my aunt and uncle in La Jolla California. That made me happy. My last vacation was nearly two years ago. You know what else? There was SUN.  Everyday.
That totally made me happy.


 
Near the Sea
Near the Sea


And there was....wait for it.....
 
COLOR!
No frickin' way!!  I haven't seen color in so long I forgot what color looks like.
 It looks good.
 
 

In Bloom
Blossoms
 
 
And there was new and different stuff and fun things to take photos of.
 
 
 
Repetition
Repetition



Surfer's Car 201/365
Surfer's Car
 
 
And there was the chance to spend extended time with my aunt and uncle who are lots of fun.


At Sammy's
At Sammy's


As is their adorable dog Spiffy.
 

Spiffy
Spiffy
 

Did I mention there was color?
 

Chicano Park
Chicano Park
 

A park full of street art. That totally made me happy.
 

Prose
Prose
 
 
Linking with Kathy over to "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out" where this week's song, if you weren't paying attention is "Happy". 
Everybody knows that one.
 
Have a happy day.
Thanks for letting me share a few highlights of my happy vacation.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Photo Heart March Edition


I've been largely absent here at the Ears, and I'm not going to justify that or apologize. Don't know that beyond this post life will open up for more blogging moments or not. It will when it will. But I miss my regular peeps out there. That's the hardest part.  The Photo-Heart is not to be missed however. I will apologize for not getting around to reading every one's post each month no matter how good my intentions for doing so are. I'm doing the best I can.


I was lucky enough this month to travel to La Jolla California near San Diego. Having a week's respite from winter was really helpful and each day the sun made a big appearance which helped my mood drained from SAD and winter and cold and snow that seems(ed?) endless. I visited an aunt and uncle, and their cute dog named Spiffy.

The first evening my uncle took me for a nice walk along the shoreline (with Spiffy).  I got a lay of the land, saw a gorgeous west facing sunset where I could actually see the sun touch the horizon (we don't get those here in Maine-always trees and stuff in the way) and stopped to chat with a few folks including a photographer who had recently opened a little gallery shop with a display of images vividly filling the walls complete with price tags beside.

The next morning, I took a photowalk.  It was hazy, but the sun was definitely working its way out.  It is fun and exciting to capture images in a place totally new and great to feel that adrenaline rush that doesn't come so easily shooting the same ol', same ol' around home.  I came around the corner to find this beautiful scene with some of my faves...mist, golden light, a single person, backlight (if only there'd been a low POV).....I could see the man was a photographer waiting on the hillside to catch the "perfect" shot of pelicans that use that spot as their home.



Waiting on Photo Ops
Waiting on Photo Ops
 
 
I thought, while he's waiting for the perfect photo op, I'm getting the perfect photo op courtesy of him.  As I rounded the top of the hill, we met.  It was the same photog I'd met the evening before.  The one with the shop with his photos for sale.
 
I think my PHC moment this month is reminding myself to "own" that I'm an artist.  I do, but sometimes I think I'm not as good an artist/photographer as others out there.  I know it's true when I see really high end photographers with experience and equipment and such, but I need to own that I am good at what I do without being a bragger, just self-assured.
 
Later in the week I went to a couple of galleries of some really high end photographers.  Professionals whose life work is photography.  They have images that sell for minimum of $350 and run up into the thousands.  You know what I saw?  A couple of images that I would have taken and similarly composed; a couple of images with the focus not perfectly clear (that I would have discarded as not good enough); a couple of images with blow outs-and yet they were still great photos.
 
Note to self....jus' sayin'.
 
 
Thank you to Kat for the Photo Heart Connection.  Always enjoy the soul searching and the practice which doesn't feel much like practice at all.