Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Week 13 of Sweet Shot Tuesdays ~ P52

I love reflections...
I'm not one to seek them out regularly,
they occasionally find me though.
Like at the Oklahoma City Memorial and Museum.
I love the "Field of Empty Chairs"
and their mirrored image in the "reflecting pond".
At night the chair base lights up...it's so beautiful!
They are beacons of hope!
(One of my favorite shots taken last week.)
***
Kent Weakley at "Photography Essentials" (here) is sponsoring P52!

The premise is to post your favorite or best photo each week on Kent's website,
link to your post and comment on other photographer's posts.  What a great way to 
network in the photography blogosphere, learning and sharing as you go!
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Happy Click'n!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Macro Mondays = Six

Happy Sixth Year Anniversary to Macro Mondays on Flickr!
As you can guess our theme is the number "6".
I've really stretched myself with the challenges of this macro group,
and it's enlightening to see
how the themes are interpreted...I've learned so much!
I love all three Macro groups I've been participating in!

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I shared one of my photos with three Macro groups.
First - a Flicker group, "Macro Mondays" (here),
studio waterstone
then  "I heart Macro" a Sunday photo showcase
(here) at Studio Waterstone blog,
MM3 
and  "Macro Monday" a Monday photo gallery
 (here) at Lisa's Chaos blog.
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Merry Macro Mondays everyone...
Happy Click'n!

Friday, March 22, 2013

My Friday Memes = 03/22/13

I've been visiting Oklahoma City and I always 
drop by the Oklahoma City National Memorial when I'm here.
Most Okies get teary eyed visiting this beautiful memorial, I do too...
I'll be posting more of my photos from this visit another time,
but if you aren't familiar with this place see here.
We're approaching the anniversary, April 19, 1995...
I wanted to post this one today for my two Friday Memes.
I hope you will return for my other photos and trip post!
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This is my shot for "Orange you glad it's Friday" (here).
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and "Weekend Reflections" (here)


Enjoy your weekends!
Happy Click'n!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Week 12 for Sweet Shot Tuesday on P52

A rerun from yesterday,
but what's a girl to do when there's
not many photos to choose from this week?
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Kent Weakley at "Photography Essentials" (here) is sponsoring P52!

The premise is to post your favorite or best photo each week on Kent's website,
link to your post and comment on other photographer's posts.  What a great way to 
network in the photography blogosphere, learning and sharing as you go!
***
Oh well, guess this is a good time to be busy with other stuff.
Soon I will be going crazy click'n the budding of Spring!
I'm looking forward to it!
Happy Click'n!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Macro Mondays = Wood

Our Flickr Macro Monday challenge is "Wood".
I wasn't sure if I was going to find time to participate in this one,
but I finally found myself out at the woodpile and taking a few shots...
whomever cut the above log didn't get a clean slice
so this piece has an interesting look ...
above, I liked the colors, pattern and textures of this log...
then on the last shot I just liked the unusual pattern of this log deteriorating,
it's pattern reminds me of a face....kinda like the Joker!

I can't say I am thrilled with these shots but at least I got my camera out
and got some fresh air for a few minutes!
***
I shared one of my photos with two Macro groups.
First - a Flicker group, "Macro Mondays" (here),
MM3 
and also "Macro Monday" (here) at Lisa's Chaos blog.
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It's the beginning of another busy week ~
seeing family and finishing up our taxes.
Hope I can work in some photography time!
Happy Click'n!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Week 11 of Sweet Shot Tuesday ~ P52

My Sweet Shot was taken especially to convert to black and white (here),
but it turns out, I prefer it in color...I love the rust around the edges of this latch!
In 1944 there was a  WWII POW facility in Pryor, Oklahoma,
which housed  mainly German solders (here).  My father-in-law,
was a guard there, when he was a young man.
Once that facility was closed in 1945, the buildings were sold and
reassembled around the countryside over the following years.
A few of the buildings are still standing on our farm, not in the best of shape,
but still upright...the original owner had them installed.
***
Kent Weakley at "Photography Essentials" (here) is sponsoring P52!

The premise is to post your favorite or best photo each week on Kent's website,
link to your post and comment on other photographer's posts.  What a great way to 
network in the photography blogosphere, learning and sharing as you go!
***
I don't understand why the POW camps (here) were not discussed in our
Oklahoma History class.  I find it fascinating!
Happy Click'n!

Monday, March 11, 2013

More to Landscapes then Wilderness...

I was reading about landscape photography this morning, 
and liked this quote from Jeff Wignall,
"The success of a landscape photo depends not on the type 
of place you photograph, but rather on your
 ability to reveal the soul of that place."
Think about it, landscapes can have subjects as diverse as rural railroads stations, 
small town streets, industrial harbors, and abandoned bridges. 
Take a look at David Plowden's web page here, see
the true wonder of landscapes, not just nature and wilderness!
Above, the most photographed mountains in North America, the Maroon Bells, outside of Aspen, Colorado. (More information on this picturesque spot, here.)  A few years back, we took a driving trip and I joined the hordes of photographers with my first digital pocket camera...I had to push my way in to get this shot.  Once my Hubineer retires, I would love to spend time traveling and maybe spend more time photographing the Bells!  If I get that chance again I would like to choose a different vantage point, as this one is the traditional spot...and I would want to think about making my photograph a little different then the norm. Don't know if I could do it, but I would love to give it a try! Anyway, until then, I plan to branch out and look for everyday landscapes...the scenery around me...
No Macro Monday for me today,
but I plan to check them out later today
(see links to my macro favs in the sidebar).
Happy Click'n!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Personal Photo Challenge = Black & White

This is the inaugural challenge for
 A Personal Photo Challenge (here),
the theme is "Black and White".
I'm excited for the new outlet where
I can be challenged and inspired to learn!
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The last four months I've been learning to operate my Canon 60D
and teaching myself photography.
I find I lean towards macro and closeup photography,
but I love landscapes, street shots and unposed portraits too!
My first two shots, below, were taken with my Canon Macro 100mm lens......
These photos were shot on Auto 
(I'm working towards jumping into manual),
 using natural light and they were originally in color. 
I used Adobe Elements 11 to
convert them to black and white.  
The following shot was intentionally taken to convert to black and white.
I love the old enameled latch (white) against the aging wood (grey tones)
which pops with the blackish background of the barn interior.
I used my Canon EFS 18-135mm lens for the above shot
with my Canon 60D.
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The NOTES below, I post for my reference 
but you might find helpful ~
Black and White Tips: (From links shared for this challenge here and here.  These links offer more advance information... right now,  some tips above my pay scale or level of understanding, but interesting all the same... one day...)

* To visualize in black and white, only pay attention to lines, shadows, and shapes. 
* Look for contrast.   The best black and white photos usually have some portion of the photo that is near to pure white, and some portion of the photo that is near black.  This increased contrast adds interest to the scene.
* Find a wide range of grays. Having white and black in the image will help add interest to a picture, but if other areas do not have a wide range of varying tones of gray, the photo will most likely look dull.  You can achieve a a wider range of grays by using flash to throw highlights and shadows over certain areas of the photo.
* Use a polarizer. When shooting around reflective surfaces such as water or leaves, use a polarizer to cut the reflections of the sun’s light.  When color is removed from the photo, these specular highlights can be distracting the overall composition.
* Watch for texture. As long as texture is not front-lit, it will show contrast in fine details, which makes it a compelling subject for black and white.  This is why black and white photos of old items such as barns or antiques are so compelling–they have a lot of weathered texture.
* Look for patterns. Patterns are interesting because of their ordered repetition.  Once you start looking for patterns to shoot in black and white, you’ll notice them everywhere: cars in a parking lot, the shoes of a wedding party standing in line, or a row of bushes.
* B&W isn’t a replacement for bad lighting, but it can soften the blow.   Never the less - I've found a photo that looks terrible in color might be saved in black and white, I always check before trashing.
I welcome any comments...thanks for visiting!
Happy Click'n!

Friday, March 8, 2013

I remember all our camera mishaps?!

Broken  Camera Lens Flowerpots (here)
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Here are my three top camera safety tips:
1) Don't leave your camera charging near the edge of a table or counter.  This is courting disaster because, your cat could jump on the counter and he might get tangled in the strapping when you scream at him, "Bogey, GET DOWN"!  Then the camera drops to the ground with the nice kitty... 

2) Remove the batteries from your camera or flash accessory.  If you aren't going to be using your device in the next few weeks, remove those batteries cause it is tedious to remove the corrosion! Maybe that's not such a problem for today's camera and accessories?!

3) Travel with your camera and lens unattached.  My camera was assaulted at airport security when they stripped the threads separating my lens and camera!  
Everyone in our family has a long list of camera mishaps,...
lost, broken, soggy, sandy...endless stories,...
but they're safe with me, I'm not talking (this time).
Recently I loaned my Canon PowerShot to one of the offenders!
(Okay, I'm BAD, I'm hoping this will give me
 an excuse to buy a nicer pocket camera.)
Guess I'm an enabler.
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What is your most important camera safety tip? 

Happy Click'n!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Week 10 of Sweet Shot Tuesday ~ P52

My intentions are always good,
however, when I plan a shoot,
my favorite shot is rarely the one I initially image...
this is true for so many things...
why is that?
Does experience correct this phenomenon?
Surely it isn't just me...
This is my Sweet Shot for the week.
It was a pleasure to see the texture of the leather in this shot.
When I get a photo with good focus,
I get kind of a rush (but it's true),
similar to when I hit the golf ball and get "air"!
(I love getting air...)
For me, it just doesn't happen for every shot...
maybe one day.
(This was one of the photos in yesterday's post here,
it might help explain why I photographed my boots.)
***
Kent Weakley at "Photography Essentials" (here) is sponsoring P52!

The premise is to post your favorite or best photo each week on Kent's website,
link to your post and comment on other photographer's posts.  What a great way to 
network in the photography blogosphere, learning and sharing as you go!
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 “Of course it’s all luck.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson
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Luck!! That's the way I feel about it sometimes...
I know camera technique is the foundation.
I dream one day all my photos will be as I envision.
Is that too much to hope for...is anyone really that lucky?
To learn more about Henri Cartier-Bresson read here.
Enjoy your day and
Happy Click'n!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Macro Mondays = Music

This week's theme on Flickr's Macro Mondays  ~
"Music"!
Interpretation suggestions go like this"There are so many ways music plays a role in our life. A starting point might be to tell us a personal story about music--how music inspires you or makes your life more enjoyable. Another way to approach this theme is to select a particular song title or song lyrics to photograph, or the music of your favorite band or composer. You could also choose a musical instrument to photograph, sheet music, an iPod or a vintage radio." 
"Boot ScootinBoogie"
by Brooks & Dunn,
popped into my mind
and I began click'n my camera...
Ronnie Dunn moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, -- my home town -- for a chance at the country music scene. He lived here for many years while drawing much inspiration from local honky tonks such as "Tulsa City Limits" -- our favorite place to boot scoot! -- which is prominently featured in the music video for Brooks & Dunn's hit "Boot Scootin' Boogie".  (Video at end of post).
Toe tap'n music is my favorite whether it's
country, blues, jazz, pop, etc.!
When we have on our tenny boots and dance, 
we call it squeak-squeakin'...
***
I shared one of my photos with three Macro groups.
First - a Flicker group, "Macro Mondays" (here),
studio waterstone
then  "I heart Macro" a Sunday photo showcase
(here) at Studio Waterstone blog,
MM3 
and  "Macro Monday" a Monday photo gallery
 (here) at Lisa's Chaos blog.
***
This verse REALLY brings back memories...
only I didn't have a truck just a little Honda...

"I've got a good job I work hard for my money
When it's quittin time I hit the door runnin'
I fire up my pickup truck & let the horses run
I go flyin' down that highway to that hide-a-way
Stuck out in the woods to do the boot scootin' boogie"

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This song makes me scoot my boots...
Great times!
Happy Click'n!

Friday, March 1, 2013

My Friday Memes ~ 03/01/13

While walking through our swampy backyard,
I glanced at the painted markings OkieBug used to locate utilities,
their way of giving instructions for where not to 
bury the cable for our new telephone and DSL lines. 
Eeegad, orange spray paint is everywhere on our lawn
... they even painted leaves...
A skeleton leaf got sprayed.
 Looks sort of like antique lace...
 Another leaf, has pealing paint on it which
makes an interesting abstract. 
 Oh, I like the textures left from all the
wear and tear this leaf as been put under...
look at the veins...
Interesting ...paint spray, accented veins and flaking paint...
something ugly can look kinda neat in photo form,
I love macros!
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Last week's "Orange you glad it's Friday" (here),
I didn't participate in so today it was a surprise that it is on hiatus.
I understand, no hard feelings.
I'm starting a new meme on Saturdays, so this
might be a good thing for me, time wise.
Maybe I'll see OGF next Autumn on Hood Photography or
on a new home blog... thanks, it's been fun!
and for "Weekend Reflections" (here).
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Have a great weekend everyone...
Happy Click!

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