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August 23, 2012
Orange to Purple, Lake Sam Rayburn TX    The colors of sunset never cease to amaze me.  I love to watch the colors unfold even when the sky is lifeless without clouds.  Add some water lapping at my feet and a breeze carrying the sound of the waves and it's a paradise.      This is a single 3 minute exposure taken just a few minutes after sunset.  I used a 3 stop soft step graduated neutral density filter to reduce the exposure above the horizon by three stops.  I also used a 5 stop neutral density filter to get a really long exposure, creating the long exposure effect on the water and allowing the colors of the sunset to unfold as the exposure carried on.    It's HELP-PORTRAIT time again!  Help Portrait is a global community of photographers that set aside one day to make portraits for people in need.  This year it will be December 8.  Right now we're in fundraising mode.  If you'd like to donate $10.00 through "this groupon page your $10.00 will be matched by WACOM.  If you just want to get involved head over to www.help-portrait.com    I participated in Help Portrait last year in Columbia MO and it was a very inspiring experience.  I highly recommend you join a local group or start one if there isn't one in your area.  I for one will be calling the portrait studios here in Nacogdoches to get some volunteers and a volunteer studio space.    Critiques always welcome.    Daily photo: September 24, 2012, taken September 07, 2012
South Rim View, Grand Canyon; best viewed in the largest sizes.  I appreciated the comments I received on the shot of the aloe buds.  Tremendous number of wonderful pics on smugmug today, although there is certainly not anything unusual about that.  However, I continue to be amazed by the talent and creativity displayed here.
8/14/12 - Rufous Hummingbird, best viewed in the largest size.  I spent some time yesterday shooting hummers.  Does anyone know how Phil Nix is?  I've tried to find out but haven't learned anything.  I know he was ill and I'm worried, as he has not posted in a long time.  Thanks so much for your encouragement and critique of my shot of the old bikes.  Much appreciated.  Constructive criticism is always welcome.  Have a good day, my friends!
Zebra coming at ya...    I find these animals facinating. I have had a terrible time trying to get a decent shot of them. Trying to hold the camera steady when your on a wagon and not only is it bouncing all around but so is the zebra.
Vertigo, anyone?    Trying to break out of the norm and see things from a new perspective.  This is a relatively new pedestrian bridge that crosses the Eno River and leads into the city park where all of my festival shots have come from.  This was the first time I crossed this bridge so I wanted to capture a few photos to mark the occasion.  Not content with a straight-on approach, I wondered what it would look like if I hung upside down from the top.  It probably goes without saying, but it was much harder to compose a decent shot than I expected. ;-)    Edit: It seems many have missed my little winkie there at the end.  I did NOT actually hang from the top.  I just wondered what it would look like if I had.  The difficulty was in getting the comp I wanted to make the shot look convincing.  This was shot standing on my own two feet, then the image was flipped in post.  While trying to compose this I was wishing for an inverted view, like the old view cameras.
2060510 273/365 June 5/10    I had a hard time choosing this daily.  Ferns can be so fun to photograph.  The one that I did not pick can be seen here http://wildelifephotography.com/Photography/Flora/10027831_zKtCN#890420652_7nbJR    Thanks for all the comments on the dew drops yesterday and I would like to be able to tell you all how it did it, but the honest truth is that I got lucky.  A heavy dew left the 2 drops in a perfect position and when I got down to it's level this is what I saw  http://wildelifephotography.com/Photography/Macros-and-Close-Up/9903858_mkX9j#890237368_YWJin I've been trying for so long to capture something like that I just grabbed a dandelion, as they seem to be in abundant supply right now and placed it behind and it worked.
Great Egret Reflection - Won 2nd place in the monthly CCB Photo Contest in April 2009
October 23, 2009 - Leaves of gold
May 28, 2008    Backyard Plumeria    "We see things, not as they are but as we are."  Anais Nin 1903-1977    I will praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Your works are wonderful.  I know that full well.  Psalm 139:14
9.11.09 - Fog Lights  Today has been a beautiful one, fantastic weather, nice sunset, but the fog tonight was an extra surprise. When I came off the squash court at about 9.30pm I was hardly dressed for photography in near freezing fog, but I've been waiting too long for some fog to waste this opportunity. So instead of going home for a hot shower I drove straight to the Cathedral Quarter looking for photo opps! Needless to say I was the only person in shorts!!  I got a few good shots of the fog and the golden glow from the Cathedral floodlights, but this one was a real stroke of luck. This is one of my favourite shooting positions, but for 10 minutes I froze waiting for someone to come along and be a "ghost" for me. So I wandered around for a while, and was on my way back to the car when I spotted these two guys heading for my spot. I raced ahead of them (you see the shorts were useful!) and fired 3 quick shots as they approached. One was out of focus, one had lousy comp, but this one turned out OK I think. Straight out of camera, not even a crop, just a touch of in camera sharpening and low light noise reduction. This is a beautiful spot, but when the fog descends it becomes utterly surreal. I'm one photog hoping for more fog this winter :)  Thanks for the great response to my model railway shots, you guys blow me away!
September 11, 2008 Our cats, Jake and Joey.  They are brothers - 11 years old.  We got them from a shelter when they were just a few weeks old.  They are great buddies and most mornings look out our front window like this.  I used to shoot a lot of pictures of them (before grandkids) but not much lately.  I like this one - it represents how close they are.
321 - Apr-08  Smile...     D300 17-55mm f5.6 1/125    Noticed this gentleman at the mehendi function in Jaipur.      more Mehendi pics:  http://hershy.smugmug.com/gallery/7495562_7yorg/1/483832310_py3Di      http://www.javeri.net
Into the Wild BLUE Yonder...      Thank You for Making this Daily Photo the #1 Pick on 02/03/2013     Link to Photo Without Frame
Water Fountain in Friedrichshafen, Germany - 13 April 09    WINNER!!! of the DSS23 contest: "Saturated or Parched"
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