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November 13, 2011

Best of, Part 4

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I’ve been trying to neatly package this set of photos with a category name like the last three, but the best name has been eluding me.  “Fire and Rain” came to mind if you, darling readers, are willing to accept a little stretch.  “Light” was another thought I had, but then I started thinking, well, isn’t that really the essence of photography?  On the other hand, each photo in this group does showcase light in a different way, so we’ll go with that, okay?

As those of you who’ve been with me for a while may remember, I’ve been chasing a gorgeous moon shot for a long time.  I shivered in the cold try to do justice to “supermoon” and lamented my bad luck at missing a beautiful shot on Cape Cod.  Just a couple days ago I was out trying yet again.  My favorite photo of the moon that I’ve achieved so far would be this one from my vacation in Maine in August:
Aug. 13 full moon over Biddeford Pool

One thing I plan to do in 2012 is pay more attention to the cycle of the moon and try to get out the night before as Scott has suggested.

On this same vacation, I did something I’ve never done before.  I got out of bed before sunrise and took pictures.  Plenty of times  I’ve awakened, looked out the window and thought, “how lovely.. I should take a picture” and then promptly gone back to sleep.  This year I hauled myself out to the beach with my camera and waited.  I was rewarded:
sunrise, Hills Beach

Sun and water on my vacation makes a nice segue into my next photo, the beautiful rainbow over Stage Island, one of the group of small islands you can see in many of my vacation photos.

And speaking of rain (you need rain to get a rainbow, right?) I found this curious formation of rain drops on grape leaves at home this summer:
raindrops on grape leaves

Moving away from the rain and back into the light, two holidays provided me with two fun lessons about using my camera.  Last December I discovered the “star” effect of a long shutter speed and tiny aperture on Christmas lights. I was delighted:


After consulting several photographer-bloggers (thank you, Scott, for your helpful hints!), I purchased a shutter-release remote and using the “bulb” setting on my camera for the first time,  went out to shoot fireworks in July:

It has been such a wonderful year of learning about my camera and how to use it – and I have many of you to thank for it!  Thank you to every one who has offered a tip or made a beautiful photograph and gone on to explain how you did it.  I appreciate it all.

I was trying to decide whether this would be my last post in this series or if I would have one more.  The subject matter is very dear to my heart, but my concern was that others would not find it to be as compelling of a subject as I do.  After reading a couple of persuasive blog posts (I’ll share the links to those in my next post), I’ve decided I will share one more.  Perhaps the subject matter won’t be a surprise to you.  Come on back tomorrow to see what I am talking about!

This was part four in my submission to Scott Thomas’s photo assignment #16.


  1. WOW!! This is really a great, exciting set of photos. As we say here in west Texas, you done good. 🙂

    Comment by Bob Zeller — November 13, 2011 @ 4:04 pm | Reply

  2. Beautiful! This is my favorite set. 🙂

    Comment by kanniduba — November 13, 2011 @ 8:32 pm | Reply

    • I’m glad someone can pick a favorite, because I sure can’t, LOL. Thank you!

      Comment by Karma — November 14, 2011 @ 4:13 pm | Reply

  3. Gorgeous! Deep bows. (I love the first shot the best. No, the second. NO, the third…) LOL

    Comment by Kathy — November 14, 2011 @ 8:01 am | Reply

  4. Love these! But then I say that every time, don’t I? Of this group, the Christmas lights was my favorite.

    Comment by Carol — November 14, 2011 @ 9:39 am | Reply

    • That’s okay Carol – I love the kudos! Thank you!

      Comment by Karma — November 14, 2011 @ 4:15 pm | Reply

  5. A very nice grouping, Karen! It is nice to see how you’ve grown! 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — November 14, 2011 @ 10:11 pm | Reply

    • Thank you – it has definitely been a good year + of learning experiences.

      Comment by Karma — November 16, 2011 @ 7:18 pm | Reply

  6. I love the first moon shot, I hope to capture one just like it one of these days. 🙂

    Comment by Nye — November 16, 2011 @ 1:17 am | Reply

    • Thank you Nye. Plan ahead for your shot, Nye – Scott says the best day to do it is the night before the actual full moon. I’m still hoping to get a shot of that sometime in the next year.

      Comment by Karma — November 16, 2011 @ 7:20 pm | Reply

  7. I really like the first three photos. I wish I had your originals to see what I could with them in Photoshop. I love playing around with the adjustments–not alot, just smidgens–to see what more magic lies hidden underneath the images other people have taken.

    Comment by Life Normal — November 19, 2011 @ 9:22 am | Reply

    • Hi there Scott – thanks for dropping by. I am not much of a photo-editor myself- I prefer to do as much as I can “in-camera” to avoid lots of editing! I do own Photoshop Elements, but only know how to do bare minimum. Because of this, I shoot in JPEG rather than RAW, so I don’t know how much “hidden magic” there is in my images! All of my shots can be seen in a larger form on Flickr if you care to look at them there.

      Comment by Karma — November 19, 2011 @ 9:56 am | Reply

      • I was really, reeeeeallly bad. I’m never like this. I promise you. But I just couldn’t resist. And, I’ll it down when you take a look at it. Just give a shout so I know to take it down. Touched up the sunset photo. You can see it here: http://lifenormal.wordpress.com/karmas-page/

        Comment by Scott B. — November 19, 2011 @ 10:33 am

  8. These are some of my favorites, especially your sunrise shot. Beautiful, all of them. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — November 22, 2011 @ 2:27 pm | Reply

  9. […] of, Part 1, Best of, Part 2, Best of, Part 3, Best of, Part 4, and Best of, Part […]

    Pingback by Assignment 16 Recap | Views Infinitum — November 23, 2011 @ 6:53 am | Reply

  10. Fantastiques ! Je les aime toutes, tes photos. Surtout celles de la lune, puis de l’arc-en-ciel, puis de la feuille décorée de perles, puis des étoiles de Noël et des feux d’artifice. Enfin, toutes quoi !;)

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — November 25, 2011 @ 3:33 am | Reply

    • Merci, Isa. J’aime le mot pour “rainbow” en francais: thank you for reminding me of the word! 🙂

      Comment by Karma — November 25, 2011 @ 9:20 am | Reply

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