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October 9, 2010

What Remains – Picture Fall, day 9

Filed under: Photo assignments,What's Blooming — Karma @ 6:36 pm
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I couldn’t decide today which picture I liked better for today’s photo prompt – so I submitted both to the class’s photo gallery.  Will you tell me which one you would have picked?  We were instructed to find something that just isn’t willing to let go.  Kinda like me and my feelings about summer!  I had two pretty hangers-on left in my yard:

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A tiny bit of butterfly bush (surrounded by faded bloom bokeh) and…

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… a zinnia bud, still waiting to bloom.

Of course this prompt got me thinking a bit deeper than just the flowers in my backyard.  However, I couldn’t decide how I’d picture how not ready I will be in less than 3 years to let my older daughter go off to college!

September 8, 2010

As Summer Fades Away

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I haven’t put up a new post in a few days, and I’m thinking that will likely be the case for me now that school has begun.  The girls went back last week, and I went back to work, and dance starts up next week – all of which makes for more running around, and less picture-taking time. I’m still planning to shoot as much as I can, but the posts may not come as often.  We’ll see, I guess.  I found a few pictures today with subjects I’ve used already this summer, but something about them seemed to have that “summer is fading away” feeling, which is the way that I am feeling today.

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Zinnia in late afternoon sun

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The dragonfly, stopping by.. I liked the way this one was lit and the leaf “bokeh” in the background.

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I loved the curl of the tongue in this revisit of the hummingbird moth.  I remembered to push up the shutter speed this time (1/1000) to get some stop action.  It was bright afternoon light, so I was able to keep a small aperture (5.6) to go with my now “famous” aperture mantra.

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The color of this little dahlia struck me one afternoon.  Many of my purchased annuals surprised me this summer with colors I didn’t expect.  I assumed it was going to be yellow when I saw the bud, but then I noticed the tinge of pink around the edges, almost like it had a late summer sunburn, to remind it of a lovely day in the sun.

That’s my short, late-night post for today.  I had another planned for you but Flickr or my internet connection was acting up earlier this evening, so it wasn’t to be.

August 9, 2010

What’s Blooming – late July/early August

Filed under: What's Blooming — Karma @ 10:35 am
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It has been a while since I’ve done a straight “What’s Blooming ” post, so I thought it was time to feature the flowers once again.  The butterfly bushes, while still blooming, have gotten plenty of press recently in the butterfly posts (oh, I finally got some monarch butterfly shots too, so that’s another upcoming post), so I thought I’d turn my attention to some other faithful bloomers.  I have had tall phlox blooming in a garden around my bird bath for many summers.  After the glory of the bearded irises and bleeding hearts have passed, these beauties take over for later summer color.

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In addition to the phabulous phlox, the annual zinnias and cosmos (as well as a tri-color collie) continue to provide summer color at the base of the hydrangea.
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Although I’ve featured the zinnias and cosmos before, I have some different shots to share (plus these were taken with the Rebel, not the old Olympus, so perhaps some improvement in my image quality will be seen.)
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Pink Cosmos, just beginning to open

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White cosmos

I’ve gotten a couple surprises with my zinnias this year.   Some of them turned out to be lovely “double” specimans:
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In addition to being double, I don’t think I’ve ever had a yellow zinna before.  They are usually in the pink range, so this one turned out to be a bright, cheerful addition to the flower bed.

July 17, 2010

Thinking, Learning, Blooming

Filed under: What's Blooming — Karma @ 3:29 pm
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I want to start by saying thank you to all the photographers who have been reading this blog and giving me advice, especially since I got the new camera.  I’m spending time thinking about shots when I compose them.  I’m trying to remember what I have learned from the many awesome photos I’ve seen on your blogs.  I feel like I am beginning to bloom with my photography skill.   The zinnia above shows one of my better attempts to fill the frame with the zoom lens and keep the shot in focus.  I’ve unfortunately realized that just because a shot looks focused on the LCD, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is focused!

I’ve been thinking about composition.  I remembered Scott’s post about looking at any picture two different ways when I took these daylilies.  I thought they told a little story about daylilies: past, present and future. But I couldn’t decide which way looked better.  What do you think?
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I’ve been thinking about white balance and exposure compensation.
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I’m learning to take chances and to try to focus on the details.
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I’m looking for the beauty and interest in everyday things.
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I may be a late bloomer, but I hope that I am blooming and growing.
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(P.S. Happy Birthday to Hubby today! 🙂 )