Friday, June 10, 2016

Grayhorse School Adventure

Gray Horse school built by WPA in 1939 in Fairfax OK closed in 1962. It was primarily to serve the local American Indian community in and around Grayhorse.
Crazy find in my mother's school! Why do people dump their trash like this, it is so disrespectful to the Osage Indians. It really bothers me to find this stuff. Grayhorse School is on the Osage Reservation in Oklahoma, not too far from our home. Remember the movie, "Osage County" with Julia Roberts and Merrill Streep? Well, this in the same county. This is my favorite shot taken when exploring this abandoned building. I'm still wondering if it was worth the tick bites!
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Merry Christmas to All!

I haven't posted in a great while, mainly because
I've been trying to keep up with life and I needed to cut back
to survive the stress and such...enough said.
I want to share something for the season,
here is a great poem for photographers by
Steve Gettle who is a nature and wildlife photographer.

Merry Christmas to all, Good Luck and Good Light!
T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the house.
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
in hopes that new photo gear soon would be there.

The photographers were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of great light danced in their heads.
Dreaming of new images that they would soon make,
great pictures of wildlife, field, forest, and lake.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see, what was the matter.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
made magic the light on the objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
but a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
I grabbed my camera and snatched up my flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash
I must get this shot and I must be real quick,
I push down the shutter but alas there’s no click!
I can’t believe my luck, the batteries are dead,
where is that spare set, I think in my head.
A fresh set of lithiums I have in my bag,
If only I could get there, man what a drag!
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof,
the prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
I think to myself I know his next play,
down the chimney he’ll come, today is the day!
I grab the fresh batteries and say a few prayers,
I load up my camera as I dash down the stairs
I hit the landing and stopped with great awe.
Standing before me I must relay what I saw.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
and his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of new photo gear he had flung on his back,
all kinds of new gadgets filled out his great sack.
His eyes-how they twinkled! His dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
I stood there slack-jawed utterly dumbfounded,
my camera at my side all my plans were confounded.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
With a twinkle and a nod, up the chimney he rose
I fired off the camera. All I got was his toes.
Once he was gone I snapped out of my trance
I smiled as I realized I had missed my big chance.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Merry Christmas to all, Good Luck and Good Light!”
Remember, ready your camera and keep it near, 
but don't forget to
Enjoy Christmas' Special Moments 
and have a Wonderful New Year!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Macro Mondays ~ Picnic

   This week's Flickr Macro Mondays theme is "Picnic". 
Interpreting themes into macro/closeups can be tricky
even during a normal week.
Last week was emotionally draining,
making it difficult to be creative, but I persevered
which gave my mind a bit of a break.
Photography can be a great escape.
Where to start? Well, my own back yard 
seemed to fit my schedule best.
I grabbed a bottle of wine from the fridge along with a glass
and got started...
one of our mosaic planters matched my color scheme
and tied it all together.

Though the thunderstorms the night before my shoot did cool us off,
the humidity was hard to tolerate and soon I retreated inside.
I played around with plasticware before giving up for the day.
Though my concerns are still with me,
the weight of them is a little lighter.
Taking time for hobbies is great medicine!
Equipment used Canon EOS 60D camera and 
my lens is EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM.
Like a challenge?
Join Macro Mondays on Flicker, here.
I also shared with these Macro groups (no theme):
 "Macro Monday 2" a Monday photo gallery (here),
and a Sunday photo gallery called "i heart macro"
 (here, closed for two weeks, Aug.2).
"If ants are such busy workers,
 how come they find time to go to all the picnics?"
- Marie Dressler

Happy Click'n!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Macro Mondays ~ Pareidolia

                           This week's Flickr Macro Mondays theme is "Pareidolia". 
"Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon that makes a simple sound or image into something far more noteworthy. The human brain is masterful in organizing visual data into meaningful and significant shapes. It is a way to make sense of random or ambiguous patterns where none really exists. Some common examples are seeing animals in clouds, monsters in cracks on the wall, or gnarly faces on tree trunks."
Such a fancy word for a simple game
we as children loved to play.
I remember summers spent laying on the cool freshly
cut grass, imagining all sorts of things in
the white billowy clouds...

Confused? Here is a gallery that might help.

When looking outdoors for something that would
fit our "pareidolia" theme, I didn't turn up much.
I had more luck
hunting for something to photograph
in my husband's tool chest...
Is Mr. Bill grounded? Oh No....such a worrier.
(electrical plug)
woof, I found a pack of dogs.
(Box cutter blades.)
While working in the yard this week I did find
"the Elephant Man"*.
(Tumbled rock.)
“Oh the things you can find, if you don’t stay behind!”
~ Dr. Seuss
Equipment used Canon EOS 60D camera and 
my lens is EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM.
Like a challenge?
Join Macro Mondays on Flicker, here.
I also shared with these Macro groups (no theme):
 "Macro Monday 2" a Monday photo gallery (here),
and a Sunday photo gallery called "i heart macro" (closed for two weeks).
"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. 
Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life 
through the wrong end of a telescope. 
Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities."   ~  Dr. Seuss
Happy Click'n!
*  History oJoseph Merrick is here.  His story was made into a film that impressed me greatly.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sunday Selfies ~ Mom!

One morning last week I heard Mom in the kitchen
laughing really loud, so I went in to see about it.
Before I knew it, 
she slapped this thing on my head...
good lord, what is it?
Mom Trumped me!
Have you heard about "Trump your cat" (here)?
Well, I got Trumped and needed to share 
the humiliation with a selfie.
Sheesh, its a good thing I'm so good natured or I'd bite someone!

No cats were harmed, just abused (not really) with love...
Katie got brushed and her favorite treat beforehand
then loved on and tuna for dinner!  She's the best cat ever!
Join "Sunday Selfies Blog Hop"
at "The Cat on My Head" (here)
a wonderful cat blog dedicated to, you guessed it, cats!
If we treated everyone we meet with the same
 affection we bestow upon our favorite cat, they, too, would purr.
~  Martin Delany
Happy Click'n!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Macro Mondays ~ Just Texture

                           This week's Flickr Macro Mondays theme is "Just Texture".
"What is texture? Texture is how the surface of an object appears to us. It’s the consistency of the surface of that object….the “feel” of the object. In photography we see texture typically by how light travels across the objects surface. The light makes the texture visible. The light gives the illusion of the surface’s texture." 

(Backlight, textured spheres in front of window, rainy day)
Texture in art is defined as "an element of art, it is used to
 describe either the way a three-dimensional work actually feels when touched,
 or the visual "feel" of a two-dimensional work."
As part of  Flickr's Macro Mondays group
I'm always experimenting and learning,
which keeps photography exciting for me!
Equipment used Canon EOS 60D camera and 
my lens is EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM.
Like a challenge?
Join Macro Mondays on Flicker, here.
I also shared with these Macro groups (no theme):
 "Macro Monday 2" a Monday photo gallery (here),
and a Sunday photo gallery called "i heart macro" (here).
"Tip Guide" Reference ~  Notes for photographing "Texture"~
1)  Look for low light.  Low light that skims across a surface really works well to show off texture by emphasizing the differences over a surface by giving them distinctive light and shadow.

2)  Sidelight is good for texture.  Light coming directly form the side of your subject will provide strong shadows where they are needed to show off texture.

3)  Backlight might be good for texture.  A high backlight that skims across the surface of the subject will bring out texture. If backlight is too low, your subject will only be in shadow and texture will not show up.

4)  Strong direct light from the sun does really well with textures.  Light from clouds or sky does not.

5)  Front light is bad for texture.  Front light, light from behind your camera that is directed at the subject, fills in shadow, eliminating texture.

6)  Harsh sidelight can be a problem.  When light creates large shadows and harsh bright areas that compete with the detail of the textured areas, texture will be obscured.

"I aim for an abstract element of a realistic subject and 
use texture to add interest and suggest depth." - Margaret Roseman

A great article on photographing texture, isn't just for macros but still applies, at with some wonderful examples here.
“When people ask me what equipment I use 
 – I tell them my eyes.”  Anonymous
Happy Click'n!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Frozen Flowers the Devlin Way!

Mo Devlin's frozen flower photos are fascinating and gorgeous. 
They have been compared to watercolor paintings (interview and photos here).  
 Another gallery of Devlin's work is here.

I decided to give it a try myself...
 My first attempt to try this technique didn't go well, 
my flowers floated to the top, but I did take a few photos.
The frost was too irresistible.
How to make frozen flowers yourself can be found here, basically instructions are: To position the flower, add the ice in layers. First, create a thin layer, without the flower, in a small tray. Once that’s frozen, add the flower and splash on a little water to make it stick, then top up with more water. Repeat until the flowers are totally encased.
For my second attempt, 
I again used flowers from my bouquet but this time 
I picked ones that were starting to wilt.
This way I wouldn't waste any more of the fresher flowers.
(I used a light table under the block of ice for the last three photos.)
Devlin's work is breathtaking and worth your time to experiment!
I plan to try this process again.
I'm sharing one of my photos with these Memes ~
Pink Saturday, hosted by How Sweet the Sound (here).
Today's Flowers hosted by Flowers from Today (here).
“Life is like a camera. Just focus on what’s important 
and capture the good times, develop from the negatives 
and if things don’t work out, just take another shot.” — Unknown
Happy Click'n!

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