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July 19, 2015

Six Photos, Six Days, Day 4

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flowergirl

Real story
I don’t have a fictional or imagined story to go with this one because the real story is just too damned cute as it is. I went to the wedding of the cousin of my former dance teacher(groom) and a former student of mine(bride) (how’s that for small worlds?). They had two adorable little flower girls who did a perfect job walking and gently scattering petals from their baskets. At one point during the ceremony, one of the little girls must have decided it was also her job to pick the petals back up again after she scattered them because that is exactly what she is doing in this shot!

July 17, 2015

Six Photos, Six Days, Day 2

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track

Much to her surprise and dismay, the owl carrying her letter for admission to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry got hopelessly lost in its voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. Denied the chance to perfect her magical skills as an 11-year-old, Sarah often found herself running as quickly as she could and trying to fly, and avidly following any news she could find involving quidditch matches. At the age of 17, she came as close as she ever would to flying without the aid of a broom….

Real Story
I took this photo at Sarah’s final home track meet. She competed in long jump and triple jump and managed to get quite a bit of air – which I enjoyed photographing. It was rather bittersweet, seeing my senior girl compete for the last time.

March 30, 2015

Black and White Challenge Day 1

About a week ago, Robin over at Breezes at Dawn, kindly invited me to participate in the Black and White Photo Challenge. As I’m sure my regular readers know, I find black and white photography difficult because, for me, photography is so very much about the color. This is part of the reason I accepted Robin’s invitation, because it would be a true challenge for me. The “rules” of the challenge are quite simple:

1.On 5 consecutive days, create a post using either a past or recent photo in black and white.
2.Each day invite another blogging friend to join in the fun.

As I’ve often been known to do when it comes to blogging challenges or photo assignments, I like to find a way to make them my own. In a couple of Robin’s posts for this challenge she used a technique that selectively colors one small area of a black and white photo. Robin explained to me this technique is actually called “focal black and white”. It is something I’ve been meaning to try for a while now, and as it often the case, just never got around to it. I had a feeling in a cool editing program like Lightroom, there had to be a way to do it. I searched, I discovered, I tried!

So, for my black and white challenge, it will actually be a “focal black and white” challenge. I’ve chosen 5 photos to present in black and white with a pop of color somewhere in the shot for emphasis and fun. I will post one photo each day this week, Monday through Friday, starting today.
As far as inviting blogging friends, just as Robin did, I am inviting anyone who would like to join in to please do so! Maybe even make yours a “focal black and white” challenge if you’re interested in giving it a try.

Here is my first photo that I tried this technique on:
lips

This is my daughter Meghan and her ballroom partner Brandon at a ballroom competition that I attended (and took LOTS of photos of and fully intended to blog about, but have yet to do so, **sigh**) last weekend. I thought the intense look on Meghan’s face with just the red lips was a good place to give this technique a try.

March 14, 2015

A Wintery Cape Cod Visit

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Last weekend, the women of my immediate family and I had the pleasure of spending the weekend together on Cape Cod. My mother lives there and my sister, two daughters and I drove down to visit. We had two birthdays to celebrate as well – Meghan’s 20th, which occured a couple weeks ago and my mother’s (age politely not included here) which happens tomorrow. As always we enjoyed laughter and each other’s company. It was also an opportunity for me to spend some time getting to know my 85mm lens!

I tried a couple of candid portrait shots without my daughters’ knowledge. I adjusted these a little in Lightroom. I like the fine but soft detail on their faces.
mcandid

scandid

The weather was still quite chilly, but thankfully not raining or snowing. We visited snow-covered Smuggler’s Beach in South Yarmouth.

Meghan and Sarah took the opportunity to have their first-ever snowball fight at the beach. I appreciated the stop-action in these shots.
snowballfight1

snowballfight2
Can you see the snowball Meghan is tossing in the air here, ready to chuck it at her sister?

I found a couple bird photos to add to my collection (probably no surprise to regular readers here)
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Gull against a winter sky

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I have not been able to identify this duck yet, but I found it very interesting. Any thoughts about what he or she might be?

And a group shot of our bundled up crew:
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From left to right: me, Meghan, Sarah (wearing her Totoro hooded sweatshirt, complete with ears!), my mother, my sister Jennifer.

February 21, 2015

First shots with the 85mm

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I am thrilled with my new camera lens! I have absolutely no buyer’s remorse in the purchase of my Canon 85mm f1.8. Everything I read about this lens seems to be very true. Gorgeous sharp photos with lovely background bokeh. The descriptions said the lens is great for portraits and nature shots. Here are my first portrait “victims”:

Ted
Teddy

Daphne
Daphne

And probably my favorite of this group because I love the way Cedric’s fur frames his face:
Cedric

As for nature shots, I took these from my dining room window. Again I’m quite happy. The only editing I really did to these was to crop them tighter and up the contrast a little to bring out the detail on the birds against the snow.

chicadee
Black-capped Chicadee

chicadee

My favorite of this group, a female northern cardinal with snow falling – yes, more snow, grrrr…- I have to admit, however, I just love what this lens did with that snow:
female cardinal

I can’t wait to keep playing!!

February 20, 2015

I got it!

New glass

Woo-hoo it worked out this time! B&H had another one available used, so I have my 85mm f1.8 lens! Happened to glance at my email early Wednesday morning and had a notification from Canon Price Watch that one was available. I crossed my fingers that the link would take me to B&H so I could use my gift card balance toward the purchase. I got to the site and no one else had snapped it up just yet as has happened several times over the last month. I couldn’t believe how quickly it arrived – I received it early afternoon yesterday (Thursday)! I can’t wait to “play” – it is supposed to be a wonderful portrait lens (watch out my darling daughters!) and nature lens that creates gorgeously clear photos with beautiful background bokeh. Thank you B&H for super quick service, Canon Price Watch for the great notification system and Becky for telling me about this service!

I’ve been on school vacation this week and keeping myself busy with a variety of tasks, visits, shopping, exercise and the like. Snow keeps piling up outside, as I am sure you are sick of hearing about from New Englanders. Today we have the “joy” of dangerous wind chills. Current temperature is about 2 degrees outside with wind chill making it feel like -20. They are saying we are going to get another couple inches tomorrow – who can even tell the difference any more? – then rain and 40 degrees on Sunday and back down into the teens for temperatures for back to school on Monday. Sounds like a mess in the making to me!

I’ve got a few more bird photos to share. I remembered another bird feeder that I purchased last year that I thought did a better job of baffling the squirrels since it has a large “squirrel baffle” on the underside. But this morning, what did I find sitting in the feeder? Yeah, you know. But I didn’t think to grab a picture. I think the snow is so tall the squirrels are just leaping into the feeder! I did manage to get a couple shots of a Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal before all the seed quickly disappeared (have to go buy some more).
shecard

hecard

New to my feeders this year is a northern mockingbird. It seems to really enjoy the suet cake like the little downy woodpecker I showed you the other day.
northern mockingbird

I guess that’s all for now. Sarah and I will be on our way out to Worcester this afternoon to visit Meghan and go out to dinner. Need to figure out an interesting place to go. With any luck I will have not have to mention the “s” word to you again in my next blog post!