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31DEC2011  Sunset bridge...  Found this in a park next to the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, take time to stop here this was one of the most scenic sunset's i have witnessed for a long time, Blue heron's, cranes, geese, a whole plethora of waterfowl show up here. Three miles north is the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge home of cape's wild horse population. The area is also known for great seashell gathering and Kill Devil Hills is just twenty miles south. This would be a place to bring your paddle craft i saw many photo op's just off the shoreline that would have been awesome provided the temperature was acceptable.  Thanks for all the great comments, wishing all a Happy New Year. #1 Dec. 31st 2011 Thanks go out to Paul Jr. who forces me to get better....Linda who shows me the direction even if it is the internationally known i'm # one sign....Linda's great without her these pictures don't get to you.... the also great DAILY community, thanks for looking hope to see you out on the trail and in the backcountry this year.....let me know how i can help you get there!
I just finished processing the images from my first ever photo shoot with a young, aspiring model.  Heather is a lovely young woman and I was very lucky to be able to do this photoshoot with her.  This is one of my favorite images from the shoot.  If you are interested in seeing the others, they are in the following gallery:  http://fotoeffects.smugmug.com/gallery/8572425_qAADT#564825381_oE9Qd.  I'd love to hear your suggestions and comments, as many of you have so much more experience than I do.
Cabin-0461    This is what home looked like early Monday morning.  The trees, especially the two corkscrew-willows, were simply amazing with all the wet snow clinging to them.  Since I don't see it very often, one thing I had forgotten about snow is it's tough to shoot!  The light was only favorable for a short time and the wind was enough to ruin a lot of the more graceful scenes early on, but it certainly was a pleasant change from all the dead winter vegetation.  But all that's over now - Bring on Spring!
Sep.6,2006  Crown Royale  Was trying to get a crown of two different colors. Wish it was sharper and more in focus, but this is a promising beginning I think. Had to get different paints, thin them down to the point where they'd actually give a crown instead of a blob, and set up lighting to not give harsh shadows but still enough light for a fast shutter.  This picture on photo.net was the inspiration for the shot.
'Delicate Beauty'...11/01/2010...    Thank you for the kind comments yesterday, it was a very busy day with no time for commenting, will certainly get caught up today, though work will be hectic as usual.
Monday, June 24, 2013   "MONDAY BLUES"  “The best color in the whole world is the one that looks good on you!” ~  Coco Chanel    SOOC, uncropped, flash fired   "I think a number of us agree that Mondays are the most difficult transition. Although it has the same number of hours as the rest of the days, our internal clocks naturally operate on a day that is longer than 24 hours. It seems that it takes ages to get Monday over. We just had two glorious days off free from stress and doing stuff we love to do. Now we are back at work facing piles of tasks that meeting deadlines, list of appointments or some difficult unsolved tasks that we don’t really feel like doing." ~ Reprinted texts from http://www.123Greetings.com  "Hey, come on… No matter we like it or not, we still have to get things done and to get the day over. Let's take some of the control back and make ourselves feel good by doing small things that can redirect your focus, such as share with your colleague about the fun you have over the weekend, reading some jokes, positive quotes or watch a short fun video. Let's fill up the Monday Blues with some colours." ~ Reprinted texts from http://www.123Greetings.com  Here's the final test shot of one of my favorite necklaces taken with the new 35mm lens. I placed one of my crinkled blouses underneath as a backdrop.  Someone apologized for posting a comment prior to me posting my "Starter Comment." Don't get the blues and "sweat the small stuff" regarding comments being posted prior to the "Starter Comment." I don't mind at all.  Have a beautiful "blue" Monday!  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken 6/22/2013)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
365  Passiflora   D300 with Tamron 90mm macro ISO400 f9 at 1/200    This was shot at cousin's garden at Ahmedabad.  No crop or PP except for a bit of colour correction.     Thanks again to Bill (Pador) for recommending this lens!     ==== ONE YEAR COMPLETE! ====   Today's picture is special. It not just marks my 365th contribution to the Daily gallery, it reminds me that its been a year here. A year-long experience of understanding and learning about new cultures, places and people; a year-long association with like-minded people and a year-long friendship with so many of you. The encouragement and support I've got from all of you in this duration, is something I cherish and respect. Looking forward to many many more such interactions to come.     www.javeri.net
A mother moose seems unperturbed, while her baby looks over at all the people gathered to watch and photograph the pair as they forage in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming; best viewed in the largest sizes.  We just got back from our trip to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone.  We did not have access to electricity where we camped, so I managed only to upload my files of photos each day to the laptop, but did not get any processing done at all.  No Internet access the entire time.  We had a great time, even though it was often cold and rainy.  We got two inches of snow one night.  I'm anxious to get back to looking at all your great shots.  Hope you like this one of the mother moose and her baby.  We saw them just as we were about to leave Grand Teton National Park.  I was able to watch and photograph them for about ten minutes and was not too far away.  Typically, the baby would let its mother get about fifteen feet away and then it would run at breakneck speed to catch back up to its mom.
Red barn boards gleam in the early spring air!
Getting the shot at Horseshoe Bend.  Not my preferred view in which to be photographed.  Since I am the family member who is rarely captured in photos, the reason that I was preserved for posterity in this unflattering position is that I am terrified of heights and, after hiking about 1/2 mile to reach the Horseshoe Bend Overlook, I discovered that the ONLY way to get a shot of the bend in the Colorado River here is to get out to the absolute edge of the sheer cliff dropoff.  No way that I could make myself get out there in a standing position.  Even then, without a fisheye lens, you would not be able to get the whole bend in the picture.  Luckily, I had my fisheye lens.  After walking all around the edge and confirming that they only way I could get a shot of the famous bend was to be on the edge, I lay down and inched myself out so that I could hang my camera over the edge to get some shots.  The shots I got are here: http://fotoeffects.smugmug.com/Landscapes/Northern-Arizona/11896740_iVsC7#842028150_NVySM.  Not fabulous and I'd like to try again on a cloudy day or at sunset.  My hubby, who was holding my other camera, decided to take advantage of me (not for the first time) and took this shot.  I intended to post it right after returning from the trip but other shots kept getting my nod, so I forgot this one until I ran across it this evening in my Northern Arizona gallery.  Hope it gives you a chuckle!  Thanks for the comments on my shot of the milkweed pod and seeds.  Hope your week got off to a good start and that you are finding a few moments to take some shots.
August 30, 2009 - "1941 Ford Super Deluxe"    This was shot at the Palm Springs Air Museum.  The SOOC had so many distracting reflections that I could not work around.  So, I thought I would push this beautiful stock '41 Ford to this extreme.  I do not see to many candy apple red cars around anymore :)      I just competed a gallery with the SOOC and several other cars from the museum.    http://dakotacowboy.smugmug.com/Cars/Palm-Springs-Air-Museum-Cars/9405377_H6KiD/1/630121733_CxF5M    Airplanes from the museum are at another gallery     http://dakotacowboy.smugmug.com/Military/Palm-Springs-Air-Museum-2009/8329002_YUVa2/1/578640610_Q5Nsr
Oct 7: Up close and personal I went out for my walk at lunch yesterday with the intension of getting a better shot of the spider from yesterday.  I had my SB800 on the bracket so to light the subject better than the onboard flash.  I did and I got some flowers and I saw this honey bee.  I think I chased him around for quite a while but it was worth the effort.  I got really close before he flew off on the last few shots.  The sun gave me front lighting and I used the flash for side fill light.  It was a fantastic day at lunch with over 100 pictures taken.  I have never done that in 30 min before. Have a great day!
08-17-11 Ruby-throated hummingbird; best viewed in the largest sizes.  Taken in Teal Campground in southern Colorado.  Thanks to those of you who found my photo for yesterday and liked it well enough to post a comment.  Much appreciated.  Have a great day!
6.27.2011. We found these wonderful windmills overlooking the nice little town of Consuegra, Spain. There are 11 of them sprinkled here along with a small castle that was closed :( While they are not the ones that Don Quixote did battle with, they are the same types.   The funniest thing was that one of the windmills is a little tourist shop and we stopped there first to get a cold drink. The shopkeeper told us we could climb the stairs and look out, so up we marched, and as we climbed he loudly sang  The lady's very pretty  The lady's very nice  The lady's very pretty  I'd like to kiss her twice!     Oh those Spaniards!!!     Thanks everyone for all your comments, it's so fun to be home and be following all the great pictures in the dailies.
I got a new camera! I have been working with a Nikon D40 and am now celebrating my upgrade to a D90. Kinda needed to though. My D40 is in the shop....and I have photos to take, darn it.  Over the Holidays I was reading the Twilight series *sigh*...(I know, I know...already to much information;)And finally saw the movie. Then a couple nights ago, I watched Sweeney Todd. I was amazed by the lighting, the colors, contrast of both movies. I love the hair and costume design in Sweeney Todd... I became inspired....and this was my result...  ****Thank you very much for all of the Awesome comments. I must admit though, this is a self portrait. Yup. Me, my camera, tri-pod, and a touch of inspirado.....********
31DEC2011

Sunset bridge...

Found this in a park next to the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, take time to stop here this was one of the most scenic sunset's i have witnessed for a long time, Blue heron's, cranes, geese, a whole plethora of waterfowl show up here. Three miles north is the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge home of cape's wild horse population. The area is also known for great seashell gathering and Kill Devil Hills is just twenty miles south. This would be a place to bring your paddle craft i saw many photo op's just off the shoreline that would have been awesome provided the temperature was acceptable.

Thanks for all the great comments, wishing all a Happy New Year. #1 Dec. 31st 2011 Thanks go out to Paul Jr. who forces me to get better....Linda who shows me the direction even if it is the internationally known i'm # one sign....Linda's great without her these pictures don't get to you.... the also great DAILY community, thanks for looking hope to see you out on the trail and in the backcountry this year.....let me know how i can help you get there!

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31DEC2011  Sunset bridge...  Found this in a park next to the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, take time to stop here this was one of the most scenic sunset's i have witnessed for a long time, Blue heron's, cranes, geese, a whole plethora of waterfowl show up here. Three miles north is the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge home of cape's wild horse population. The area is also known for great seashell gathering and Kill Devil Hills is just twenty miles south. This would be a place to bring your paddle craft i saw many photo op's just off the shoreline that would have been awesome provided the temperature was acceptable.  Thanks for all the great comments, wishing all a Happy New Year. #1 Dec. 31st 2011 Thanks go out to Paul Jr. who forces me to get better....Linda who shows me the direction even if it is the internationally known i'm # one sign....Linda's great without her these pictures don't get to you.... the also great DAILY community, thanks for looking hope to see you out on the trail and in the backcountry this year.....let me know how i can help you get there!
31DEC2011

Sunset bridge...

Found this in a park next to the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, take time to stop here this was one of the most scenic sunset's i have witnessed for a long time, Blue heron's, cranes, geese, a whole plethora of waterfowl show up here. Three miles north is the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge home of cape's wild horse population. The area is also known for great seashell gathering and Kill Devil Hills is just twenty miles south. This would be a place to bring your paddle craft i saw many photo op's just off the shoreline that would have been awesome provided the temperature was acceptable.

Thanks for all the great comments, wishing all a Happy New Year. #1 Dec. 31st 2011 Thanks go out to Paul Jr. who forces me to get better....Linda who shows me the direction even if it is the internationally known i'm # one sign....Linda's great without her these pictures don't get to you.... the also great DAILY community, thanks for looking hope to see you out on the trail and in the backcountry this year.....let me know how i can help you get there!

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