Sunday, May 31, 2015

Rain, rain, go away!

Last Friday I road along with my husband to a nearby town
to have lunch at a drive-in famous for old fashioned hamburgers.
Hubby had a meeting with the Mayor after lunch,
so I sat out in the truck to wait.
My only entertainment was my iPhone.
We had the worse down pour I've ever seen!
The alley view through the windshield was surreal
and made an interesting abstract.
My husband is a Civil Engineer. He was asked to go check
on a bridge that is being washed away from all the rain we've had
this month.
My husband is under my wimpy umbrella talking to big burly men.
Afterwards he said he was going to keep his big manly 
golf umbrella in his vehicle from now on. 
Am I bad because I laughed?
I tweaked the color and light for the following shot...
it reminds me of Seurat's paintings style (dots).
The majority of these homes are on the verge of being flooded.
Thank goodness we are suppose to have a break in the rain
for a few days.
I hope we see the sun!
Happy Click'n!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Macro Mondays ~ Technology

This week Flickr's themed Macro Mondays is "Technology",
we were given several tips and these highlighted words got me thinking.
"You could re-visit long existing technology that we tend to forget was once cutting edge, get a detailed shot of the stop/start button in your eco car, the textures on a cool new kitchen gadget or a close up of that iPod Nano you still use for your workout soundtrack". 
It's not that I don't like technology,
it's just not always friendly!
This photo shows progressive improvements (?) in
our light switches...right to left,
basic switch,
timer switch,
and our new programmable switch.
That last one has been a pain in the arse ever since Daylight Savings Time began.
I decided to reprogram it and it has gone "wacky"!
Sometimes what seems like a good idea, really isn't.

The next photo shows what I really love in technology...
my iPad!
 I used keys from an old laptop keyboard to spell out iPad
and photographed them beside my iPad.
Not my best work but at least I gave it a go!
Flickr's Macro Mondays (here)
Next I'm sharing the above macro of  a Magnolia blossom
 with these Macro groups:
 "Macro Monday 2" a Monday photo gallery (here),
and a Sunday photo gallery called "i heart macro" (here).

Friday, May 22, 2015

Orange you glad it's Friday ~ Robin Family

I'm a newbie birdwatcher and only know the basic of birds.
After filling the bird feeders I sat for a while with camera
in hand hoping to catch anything besides the pesky sparrows.
Finally, a robin family appeared...
a sparrow "photo bombed" this shot, gezz... 
One of the parents fetched a worm for the baby.
Sweet little baby.
The other parent kept an eye on the surroundings.
Pretty soon they noticed the paparazzi and disappeared.
If you have any tips to attract songbirds, Cardinals and other pretty birds,
please share your advice, it would be appreciated!
Thank you and enjoy Memorial Day weekend!
Orange you glad it's Friday? (Here)
I am!
Happy Click'n!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Our World Tuesday ~ Can you feel the music?

Tulsa's International Mayfest (here) has a history for being interrupted
by our Spring weather, but Saturday night the music was on...
it's always a rare performance and a must go to
when Bradio (The Brady Orchestra) gets together.
They play Beatles, Chicago, Elvis, Rolling Stones 
and the occasional Joe Cocker (Mad Dogs and Englishmen), 
my favorite by far!

The above photo before my first beer...
Can you feel the music?
After my first beer...

not really, just playing with my camera once again.
Oh, the beer was real, but intentional camera movement.
I really like doing abstracts.

Other Summer free concerts for the Tulsa area, here.
Share your world with "Our World Tuesday", here.

A piece of my world,
join the party...
Happy Click'n!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Macro Mondays ~ Glass

This week Flickr's themed Macro Mondays is "Glass",
we were given these tips:
"1. Lighting is KEY. Glass really shines and glistens with light when done properly.
2. Try using glass that has swirls, ridges or other markings on it. 
3. Look for glass that is colored, cut, broken, transparent, opaque or translucent.
4. Place something interesting behind (or in) the glass—decorative paper or fabric works well. The colors will shine through the glass and you can get some amazing results.
5. Have fun experimenting and playing around."

I tried shooting several different glassware with colored fabric and paper,
different lighting and I had fun with this challenge.
My favorite object to play around with was a
Fostoria American Cube Saucer, below, with a pattern napkin
to reflect autumn colors.
Then I shot the bottom side of the saucer 
sitting over a muted leaf design sheet of scrapbook paper.
Next I used a cut glass devil egg serving plate,
first on sheet of scrapbook paper with pansy flower design.
The autumn colored napkin was used again,
and it made wonderful reflected colors under the same serving plate...
...and I got a little carried away...
...some like star bursts or setting/rising suns...
... I had great fun!!
Flickr's Macro Mondays (here)
And I'm sharing these macro photos with these Macro groups:
 "Macro Monday 2" a Monday photo gallery (here),
and a Sunday photo gallery called "i heart macro" (here).
“The whole point of taking pictures is so that 
you don’t have to explain things with words.” — Elliott Erwitt
Happy Click'n!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Macro Mondays ~ 5

Flickr's themed Macro Mondays is "5",
however we interpret it. 
Several years ago I found this Prince Albert tin filled with rusted 
nails in my uncle's woodwork shop while getting ready
for an estate sale.  I don't know the history of this tin,
but find it ironic in a weird way that my uncle died of lung cancer.
Anyway, I seem to photograph it when nothing else comes to mind.
Maybe it's a subconscious reminder for this ex smoker.
Flickr's Macro Mondays (here)
And I'm sharing this macro photo with these Macro groups:
 "Macro Monday 2" a Monday photo gallery (here),
and a Sunday photo gallery called "i heart macro" (here).
“If you see something that moves you, and then snap it, 
you keep a moment.”  — Linda McCartney
Happy Click'n!

Abstract Lights!

Friday night's Spring storms shutdown our hometown festival,
Rooster Days, but reopened Saturday morning...
"The festival began back in the Spring of 1931.  
Its original purpose was to give farmers a place to get rid 
of their excess roosters.  Now it's a place where 
families come to have fun and eat good food."  And music!
One of our favorite local bands,  "Midlife Crisis" performed Saturday night,
during a break in our storms. 
I haven't quite worked out the camera settings
when stage lighting is used.
And once again I left my monopod at home. 
 I need to brush up on how to handle these situations.
(Light ribbons.)
Remembering something I read (here and quick instructions here), 
not too long ago, about taking abstract photos by opening up
the shutter during a long exposure and moving the camera.
(If I stare at this long enough, I see the band playing.)
It turned out to be quite fun while watching the band
and something I will play with again!
Happy Click'n!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Themed Macro ~ It's All About The Natural Light

"Think about your composition and how you can incorporate
 the natural light into it. Look at how the available light falls on
 or enhances an aspect of your subject before you hit that shutter button". 
Being so short of time this week, sadly I didn't
have much time to experiment with our theme,
 "It's all about the natural light", as I would have liked.
When taking this shot, above, I was mainly thinking of catching
the contrast of the morning light and shadows it creates,
and not what the light enhances.
I think I may have captured the intent of this exercise
a little better in this shot (tip of a miniature garden sculpture).
I really like the background the early morning light created here.
And once again in black and white. 
Flickr's Macro Mondays (here)
And I'm sharing these macro photos with these Macro groups:
 "Macro Monday 2" a Monday photo gallery (here),
and a Sunday photo gallery called "i heart macro" (here).
“In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.” – Aaron Rose 
Happy Click'n!

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