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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.

August 31, 2011

August Photo Hunt Wrap-Up

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Before August flies out the door, I thought I should get my re-cap of all your wonderful Photo Hunt submissions posted!  From what I’ve read and seen, it appeared like folks really enjoyed this particular hunt of finding a rainbow of summer photos, and it shows in the beautiful shots you’ve taken.  (I’ll admit to being just a wee bit disappointed that some of  you decided not to do the bonus shot though!)

In order of submission, here we go!

Nye was an early bird this time around, posting her hunt on August 6th!  I especially loved her humming bird photos (if you read here regularly you know I have a soft spot for those tiny cuties) and her self-portrait, posed in the garden – just perfect!

Next in was Gerry, who despite her recent frustrations with WordPress and her slow, slow dial-up internet connection, posted a beautifully refreshing collage of summer fruit.  The Cowboy did a terrific job with her portrait too! 😉  And I’m really glad it wasn’t your last post, Gerry!

Popping in third, with a rainbow he had already hinted at in an earlier post was Scott.  Scott’s selection was very manly without any of those fluffy or smelly things that Brian is always referring to; he showed us funky cars in all of the colors plus a lovely portrait of himself and his wife enjoying a river cruise.

Robin did an absolutely amazing job with the photo hunt by presenting us with a collage for each color of the rainbow!  It looks like she spent a huge amount of time on this post and the collages are just gorgeous.  Don’t make me pick a favorite, I can’t!  Even her self-portrait was extremely clever with a tinting of the picture in all six colors: bonus bonus points to Robin!

My friend Renae once again participated in the hunt with a group on Flickr.  She has a fun collection of summer items, including blue-painted toe nails!

Dawn took a unique approach to the hunt.  She presented three photos for each color: a carnival shot, a flower shot and a car shot.  I think it was pretty cool that she was able to do that for all six colors!

Carol thought she was posting last minute, but she actually got her photo hunt in a few days early.  Carol had a nice variety of color throughout her post, but my favorite had to be her silly kitty Lily lounging in a barrel planter.  Love the unique self-portrait of the typically photo-shy photographer.

Ahhh, summer – that was my thought when I saw Deb’s photo hunt.  Her lounging toes and camp chairs and refreshing self-portrait help us remember to take the time to relax in the summer.

Newcomer Ellen brought a variety of summer objects for her summer rainbow.  I loved the growing fruit, funky frog ornament, and how another dog lover managed to make the dogs part of a photo hunt!

Barbara again participated in the photo hunt, but I think got her confused at first! (sorry about that Barb!)  She was hunting for a photo that had all 6 colors in one shot rather than 6 different photos, but recovered nicely with a lovely floral collage.

New to participating in the hunt, but not new to hanging out around our blogosphere, was Holly.  Holly says she cheated because she didn’t take the photos specifically for the hunt, but I say that’s totally okay!  She managed to incorporate her two favorite photo subjects (her cute sons) and to show us a beautiful variety of summer shots, including a pretty sneaky self-portrait! 😉

My sister Jennifer gave herself a little extra challenge with her photo hunt; she decided to do flowers, but since she was on vacation on an island in Maine, she made the choice to try to add water to the background of every shot!  It wasn’t easy, but she managed it.  The pictures make me want to go take a stroll around Peak’s Island.

Brian the Funky Slug once again blew me away with his stunning variety of photos.  His bumble bee with pollen is amazing, while his picture for green is starkly beautiful.  As I was hoping, he gave us a very Funky Slug creative version of his self-portrait!

Sliding in a day late, but definitely not a dollar short, was Tracy.  Tracy featured the lovely perspective of the nature-lover that she is; from the tiny detail of a curling tendril to the sculpture in her garden it is easy to see what inspires Tracy.

If you happened to miss my own entry in the photo hunt, you can see all of my pictures, all taken in Maine, here.

Beautiful work everyone!  I really enjoyed checking out all the wonderful submissions, and if you haven’t had the chance yet, please have a look at the posts and leave our great participants some love in their comments.

Looking forward to whatever Scott Thomas has cooked up for us for September!