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1.03.10 - Back Light  At the end of a busy day I was just winding down. I'd visited my last two customers and had just driven into the car park at my local shops. The sky was dark and heavy, then suddenly the sun dropped below the bank of cloud and sat there just above the horizon. From the shops it was some way off to the right of the cathedral, but I knew if I could get to the quarry quickly I could find a viewpoint were the sun would be directly behind it. Luckily the quarry was only a few hundred yards away, and I just got there in time to catch this!
"ICE STORM"  We are in the middle of a 2 day Ice Storm here in North West NJ, it hasn't let up for almost 48 hours now and everything is covered in 1/4" - 1/2" of pure ice making traveling treacherous BUT for a photographer it's an awesome site. I didn't get out to the mountains for some full landscape shots so I walked out to my front yard and got some of my trees, bushes & grass that were pretty cool. A Lot of things look like snake skin like this berry tree. I hope this goes away soon, gotta get ready for the snow storm their calling for on Saturday LOL BTW this was shot hand held using my Tamron 90mm Di f/2.8 1:1 Macro, I love this lens !    PS: I have a bunch more ice storm images shot yesterday in my Weather gallery "CLICK HERE IF INTERESTED" Some really cool macro images came out of this storm !    ~Bill~
  Wide Angle Dusty ~ Hey whatcha doin down there?     Needed some fun and smiles today so broke out the wide angle...  didn't take long to realize Dusty made for a pretty funny distorted subject :-) Note I've been offline so catchin up today & added 5 new pics. Jan 18, 2007
7.7.09 - "Darkness on the Edge of Town"  I was driving down a small lane just outside town this afternoon when I had to stop and try to capture this view. The sky looks so threatening, but so far has produced little rain, and small shafts of light were illuminating the wheat. I'm really happy how this has turned out as a photo, and it is also very symbolic of the next few weeks for me. There are a lot of storms for me to ride out, wish me luck guys :)  Apologies yet again for my rather patchy commenting recently. Most of my spare time is being spent trying to earn money in these difficult days, but I still try to look in and give a few thumbs up.  Late Edit; this is pretty much straight out of camera, just an unsharp mask applied and some specks on the sensor cloned out.
Bathed in His light...
6-09: Another from the stormy day in Greeley. The sky was clearing over the mountains to the west. I took this looking over a field of some kind of grain.
06/15/10 - Halloween Pennant Up the gravel road from my normal swamp area, soy beans are planted on both sides of the field.  They clean up the edges of the road every few years, and then various plants start to grow back like bushy sweet gum trees where song birds nest, Queen Anne's Lace, and soon morning glories.  There are always a lot of sticks in this area, and this time of year, there always seem to be a lot of Halloween Pennant dragonflies perching on them.  I guess this variety is suited to a slightly less wet area because there's not much water in this location.  At any point, this guy hung out on the perch for quite some time, and I took a bunch of pics of him.  I have cropped this just a bit to 8X10 size, but otherwise it is SOOC from my S3.  I chose this one for the green background tones and detail.  I also took some pics with Dad's 40D and a borrowed Canon 300mm lens.  You may remember that I was not satisfied at all with the pics from the camera/Tamron lens.  Here is the best from that camera:  http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Nature/June-2010/12400102_x8pU2#901480267_UkdAa The detail is about the same or not as good IMO, and I just didn't compose the shot at an angle to get the green background. Instead, I got brown.  Great for a science journal but not necessarily as a POTD.  Anyway, I hope you enjoy.  I really must find some new varieties maybe at a new spot.  The only variety that I haven't shown yet this year that I've seen in my usual spot is an Emerald.  In other news, Dad is finally leaving rehab tomorrow.  He's excited.  I am a bit concerned but hoping he will do well.  He went back to the heart doctor who said that his heart had gotten stronger since the test in the ER that had us all so worried.  Hopefully Dad will stay strong and be able to enjoy some of his normal activities like trips to the library and meeting a friend for chess or a movie.    Also, Madi's Dad, Danny, was handed a builders magazine yesterday and was flipping threw it and saw a picture I took at the Museum of Life and Science about a year and a half ago where Madi and Johnny are running down their wetlands boardwalk.  I had given the museum permission to use the picture and had sent them the original at one point.  I knew they had used it on tent cards at the museum, but I didn't know about the magazine layout.  How cool is that!  Madi holding up the magazine for me:  http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Nature/June-2010/12400102_x8pU2#901690135_Vp9ic I need to try to find a couple of other copies of that magazine!  HAGD, Maryann
courtyard of Hotel Le Dupleix where we stayed  Pondicherry, India    more pics:  http://Hershy.smugmug.com/gallery/3951305_mw7Dp/1/289184725_zpLUc    travel and other info on Pondicherry  http://tourism.pondicherry.gov.in/
05.02.10 - Eclipse  We had a big orange hazy sunset this evening. I was trying to avoid my usual big sky type of sunset photo, so I put the long lens on and had a play around with silhouettes. This one took my fancy :)  There is a slightly different version here;  http://www.lightanddreamsphotography.com/Photography/INSPIRATION/10329875_Lpojy#781730475_NvGeX
A different perspective on the statue of the horses.  Someone asked if the horses were meant to be wild horses and i believe they are.  It truly is a magnificent statue, one I pass almost daily.  Thanks for all the comments on the fireman climbing the ladder statue shot.  I really appreciate your input.  The week is nearly half over...hope yours is going well.   Amazing group of shots today and i loved perusing them!
Sunday, February 20, 2011                  "O is for ORNAMENT"  "A true friend is someone who knows your faults and genuinely loves and accepts you anyway." ~ Unknown Author   SOOC, uncropped  This is a beautiful, crystal Christmas tree ornament that was a gift from my best friend in 2009.  I turned off the lights in the room to darken the background. Also, I intentionally did not position the camera to center the photo, because I had an "eye" for something different. Additionally, before I pushed the button to take the picture, I twisted the hanger to make the ornament spin - thus, the variations in color. Finally, as the French saying goes, "Voila!"  View the pp / remix version here:   http://godschild.smugmug.com/Project-365/Daily-Dose-of-One-A-Day-2011/15049328_xybZM#1192601505_VcwrT  Have a super Sunday, everyone!  ***#1 photo of the day and all time***   (photo taken 2/19/2011)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
This is Willie, my neighbor's cat. Willie is 13 years old and has a mean streak in him. He will let you pet him, but, only three times and then he attacks you. His owner can't even pet him. And apparently Willie has a great memory. Day 16:365 @sharkbayte  I am hoping Wilie stays up on the board this time around. Seems he has been removed a few times already. He's really a nice cat! I swear!
Monument Valley
May 25 - Fastball  To answer the question before it is asked, yes the ball was really on fire. The answer to the second question, a little on the tip of my index finger, which is why it is more bent in this shot.
13.02.10 - Lady of the Butterflies  I rarely do portrait work, so always jump at the chances when they come along. Hopefully this is another of those images that few would recognise instantly as one of mine. I did a B&W conversion, increased the contrast slightly, then applied a touch of warming filter. Tomorrow we are shooting at Goltho Church, which is where I shot the snowdrops that I used for my Daily on Wednesday.
1.03.10 - Back Light

At the end of a busy day I was just winding down. I'd visited my last two customers and had just driven into the car park at my local shops. The sky was dark and heavy, then suddenly the sun dropped below the bank of cloud and sat there just above the horizon. From the shops it was some way off to the right of the cathedral, but I knew if I could get to the quarry quickly I could find a viewpoint were the sun would be directly behind it. Luckily the quarry was only a few hundred yards away, and I just got there in time to catch this!

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1.03.10 - Back Light  At the end of a busy day I was just winding down. I'd visited my last two customers and had just driven into the car park at my local shops. The sky was dark and heavy, then suddenly the sun dropped below the bank of cloud and sat there just above the horizon. From the shops it was some way off to the right of the cathedral, but I knew if I could get to the quarry quickly I could find a viewpoint were the sun would be directly behind it. Luckily the quarry was only a few hundred yards away, and I just got there in time to catch this!
1.03.10 - Back Light

At the end of a busy day I was just winding down. I'd visited my last two customers and had just driven into the car park at my local shops. The sky was dark and heavy, then suddenly the sun dropped below the bank of cloud and sat there just above the horizon. From the shops it was some way off to the right of the cathedral, but I knew if I could get to the quarry quickly I could find a viewpoint were the sun would be directly behind it. Luckily the quarry was only a few hundred yards away, and I just got there in time to catch this!

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Photo by: John Bennett · See photo in original gallery.

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