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Hot Pink Cool Purple, Lake Sam Rayburn TX    Wow I've got a lot of info for you today, so I'll get right to it:  This is a single four minute exposure of the same composition I posted on Monday  from our Friday night outing with the dogs at Lake Sam Rayburn.  If you're interested in the technique, this one is the same as the previous except I actually metered and then added a 5 stop neutral density filter so I could make a really long exposure.  It was getting dark so I had to go to f/8 to get enough light in.  This one was taken some 5 minutes later when the light on the cloud was fading and the colors were peaking.  The colors become a lot more saturated with these really long exposures and I've read that the color builds up as it changes during a long exposure.  I'm not sure if that's really the reason, but I'll go with it until I'm convinced otherwise.      This photo made me rethink color temperature once again, and I tried to find out what the "correct" color temperature setting is at this time of day (roughly 15-20 minutes after sunset).  Along the way I found this sunrise and sunset calculator that also provides some indication of color temperature.  Scientifically I think that there is a "correct" color temperature for every kind of light, but artistically everything is subjective.  WHAT DO YOU THINK?  The color temperature I used for this photo is 4095K, but not because the color temperature chart told me to.  I just liked the combination of cool and warm colors at this color temperature.      I've got a deal for you!  A friend forwarded me this great deal on canvas prints.  It's through AmazonLocal, a subdivision of Amazon that I had never heard of before.  It seems to be something like Groupon, which I've only had limited exposure to.  Anyway, there are a lot of great deals on there.  In this case you buy a voucher redeemable for $90.00 on printing for $35.00 (and you get free shipping with the voucher too).  I bought one and used it to buy a 36x46 rolled canvas print that regularly cost $99.00 + $8.00 shipping, but I only had to spend $44.00 ($35.00 for the voucher and an extra $9.00 for the large print size I bought).  The sale runs out in 6 days or so.  I don't think I'll have my print in time to tell you how good the print quality is, but at this price I think it's worth the risk.  I love having prints made and have prints laying around all over the place.  WHAT ABOUT YOU?    Critiques always welcome.    Daily photo: September 13, 2012, taken September 07, 2012
Monday, May 16, 2011  "442"  (pp version)  "It allows you to say things that sound very dramatic and get away with it. If you had characters in modern fiction say the same things as they're driving down the street in an Oldsmobile, they'd sound ludicrous." ~ Terry Goodkind  Here's another Lgood inspired automobile capture. This cobalt blue baby was one of my hubby's favorites in the show. Unfortunately, there was not an information card, but while we were at the car show, my hubby (who loves antique cars) informed me that this is a "442 Cutlass Olds." He also stated that the chrome on the rear bumper, in all likelihood, has been redone. You can see a glimpse of my black / white animal print jacket and red cape in the bumper. There was a chilly breeze and the temps had dropped to mid 50s. Yes, I did some pp with this one, but it is uncropped.   The original can be viewed here: http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/16609546_tdrqK#1274849706_xFHRmdP  Also, I did some research and according to Wikipedia, "The Oldsmobile 442 (pronounced four-four-two) was a muscle car produced by the Oldsmobile division of General Motors. It was introduced as an option package for F-85 and Cutlass models sold in the United States beginning with the 1964 model year. It became a model in its own right from 1968 to 1971, then reverted to an option through the mid-1970s. Oldsmobile revived the name in the 1980s on the rear-wheel drive Cutlass Supreme and early 1990s as an option package for the new front-wheel drive Cutlass." (Reprinted text from here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oldsmobile_442)  Furthermore, I am overwhelmingly and humbly appreciative of your comments on yesterday's "Antique Chevy." It landed in the #2 spot. Congrats to my friend sharkbayte whose "Clouds" pic was #1. View it here: http://sharkbayte.smugmug.com/Photography/2011-Daily-Photos/15280496_zofpQ#1291649048_zdNjmgz  Enjoy today; a "blue" Monday may not be so bad after all (smile).  ***#1 photo of the day and all time***  Show Your Ride Car Show  Memphis, TN
Monday, June 24, 2013   "MONDAY BLUES"  “The best color in the whole world, is the one that looks good on you!” ~  Coco Chanel    "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."   "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  SOOC, uncropped, flash fired   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.  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)
June 19...   This week we have the 27th annual Kite Festival on our island.  Our beach is so popular for the kite-people because we have the broad beach and a steady wind from the North Sea. About 8000 people have come from all over the world, some even come from New Zeeland, but Germans are the majority.  They send up about 15.000 kites. Quite an impressive view
1/4/09  ICE POPSICLES  These icy globs were created by the cold and wind and the lake spray along the Lake Erie's coast.  As the water would splash over the huge boulders holding the shore in place, some would splash over and into the grass and create all kinds of frozen wonders.  View larger for more detail :-)
5-05: It's that time of year! This last couple of weeks we've been seeing baby geese everywhere. They grow so quickly - I think these are probably only about a week old.
Parachutists Before the Game - at the Air Force/Army game Saturday, a pre-game performance by parachutists from the Air Force Academy and West Point.  The man with the flag is a retired Air Force parachutist and a double amputee, who lost both legs in a mid-air collision with his partner, who died in the accident.  The other parachutist in this shot is a West Point cadet.  Please view this image in the largest sizes to see the detail of the parachutists, including the prothestics of the man with the flag.  I was amazed at the response to my shot of part of our yard during a recent snowstorm.  You all have made me consider using it as our Christmas card this year.  Hope everyone has a good day today!
For Aug. 10,   These beauties are from the university gardens. Are they gardenias, do you think...
September 10, 2011    Remember the story that I talked about yesterday where we ran into the rain storm and then came into the little town of Encino, NM and chased the train?  Well here is one of the shots of the train & a lightening strike.      We were parked within about 40 feet from the track that was elevated above the road we were sitting on.  The train was racing by and I was snapping photos.      It was raining pretty hard by this time, and I took lots of shots of the train out of the windshield of the car.  I was lucky enough to catch a lightening strike on this shot.  The sound was deafening.      This is not the best quality photo in the world, but I liked the way it turned out with the lightening, the train car and the dark sky.    Thanks so much for your wonderful and overwhelming comments on the road in New Mexico shot from yesterday.  That "road" shot was a precurser to this shot for today.    You guys rock!!!    I'm home today & part of tomorrow then  have to go to Austin TX for a week long class at the University of Texas.  I'll do my best to keep up with commenting on your wonderful photos.  I'm sure that will be WAY more fun than the homework we'll be expected to do in the evenings.  :-)).    Have a great day!  Linda
Monday, July 9, 2012  "NIIJIMA FLOATS" by Dale Chihuly  "Creativity is the quality that you bring to the activity that you are doing. It is an attitude, an inner approach – how you look at things. Whatsoever you do, if you do it joyfully, if you do it lovingly, if your act of doing is not purely economical, then it is creative.” ~ Osho  SOOC, uncropped  An encounter with Dale Chihuly's works is always a spectacular reminder that glass is not just something to see through or drink out of. Up to 40 inches in diameter and 60 pounds, these large spheres have surfaces richly colored with gold and silver leaf and foil. They are named for Japanese fishing floats Chihuly found as a child on the shores of Puget Sound and the island of Niiima, Japan, which Chihuly visited around  1990.  Artist's Statement...........  "I've never done anything like the Floats. They are probably the most monumental-looking, since there's no reminiscence of a container shape. Just because they are so big, the Floats are technically, or let's say physically, the most difficult things that we have ever done. Even though a sphere or a ball is about the easiest form you can make in glass, when you get to this scale, up to forty inches in diameter, it becomes extremely difficult." ~ Dale Chihuly  Dale Chihuly's official website is www.chihuly.com  Have a marvelous Monday.  "GARDENS OF GLASS: DALE CHIHULY" 2012 @Jonsson Color Garden  Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens  Dallas, TX  http://www.dallasarboretum.org/   ***#2 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken June 29, 2012)
February 1, 2009 - From the Dallas Zoo.    Following the leader, the leader, the leader  We're following the leader wherever he may go  We won't be home till morning, till morning  We won't be home till morning  Because he told us so.
Monday, June 4, 2012     "WHAT FLOATS YOUR BOAT?"  “O God, thy sea is so great, and my boat is so small.” ~ Unknown Author  SOOC, uncropped  "This small prayer (see the above quote) is known as the Breton Fisherman's Prayer, who are fishermen from Brittany, an administrative region in western France. The Breton Fisherman's Prayer was engraved on a brass plaque and presented to President John F. Kennedy by US Navy Admiral Hyman Rickover. The admiral would subsequently present the same type of plaque to all new commanders of Polaris submarines."   Additionally, "The Breton Fisherman's Prayer is not typically used by scouting groups such as the US branches of boy and girl scouts. Some Canadian girls associations have used this and/or variations of this in their printed material, as well as this prayer being the motto of the Children's Defense Fund." Reprinted texts from here: http://www.answers.com  SPEAKING OF SPORTS: Boston Celtics defeated Miami Heat in overtime last night in Boston. The final score was 93 - 91 and the series is tied 2 - 2. Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals will be tomorrow in Miami, FL. The family and I are pulling for Boston. Tonight, San Antonio Spurs host Oklahoma City Thunder in game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. The series is tied 2 - 2. The family and I are pulling for OKC!  I genuinely appreciate you taking time to peruse and comment on my photos; it has never gone unnoticed or taken for granted.  Remember, "I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” ~ Louisa May Alcott  Safe sails, my friends!  Scene photographed from the vehicle @Ross Barnett Reservoir Ridgeland, MS   ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***    (photo taken 3/10/2012)
Friday, January 28, 2011  "PRIMARY AND SECONDARY" Abstract  "Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons." ~Al Hirschfeld  This is my 3rd PP creation; it is the transformation of yesterday's POTD. Isn't it amazing how much different it looks?   View the original version, taken on 1/22/2011, here: http://godschild.smugmug.com/Project-365/Daily-Dose-of-One-A-Day-2011/15049328_xybZM#1164871456_5bxCk  Fellow SmugMuggers, you continue to amaze me. I never imagined yesterday's POTD would land in the #1 spot for the day! You all are such prolific, profound, meticulous, and discerning photographers. Thank you so much to all who commented and voted on my work.  It's been a very busy but productive week. TGIF!!!  ***#8 photo of the day and all time***  (original photo taken 1/22/2011 and pp on 1/26/2011)
Another shot of Mr.Grumpy!
Tranquility  ©  2011 Colleen M. Griffith. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, modified, or redistributed  without written agreement with the creator.  This image is registered with the US Copyright Office.  www.colleenmgriffith.com  www.facebook.com/colleen.griffith    You can see more of my San Francisco Bay Bridge photos in my panoramics gallery:  www.colleenmgriffith.com/Galleries/San-Francisco/Panoramics
Hot Pink Cool Purple, Lake Sam Rayburn TX

Wow I've got a lot of info for you today, so I'll get right to it: This is a single four minute exposure of the same composition I posted on Monday from our Friday night outing with the dogs at Lake Sam Rayburn. If you're interested in the technique, this one is the same as the previous except I actually metered and then added a 5 stop neutral density filter so I could make a really long exposure. It was getting dark so I had to go to f/8 to get enough light in. This one was taken some 5 minutes later when the light on the cloud was fading and the colors were peaking. The colors become a lot more saturated with these really long exposures and I've read that the color builds up as it changes during a long exposure. I'm not sure if that's really the reason, but I'll go with it until I'm convinced otherwise.

This photo made me rethink color temperature once again, and I tried to find out what the "correct" color temperature setting is at this time of day (roughly 15-20 minutes after sunset). Along the way I found this sunrise and sunset calculator that also provides some indication of color temperature. Scientifically I think that there is a "correct" color temperature for every kind of light, but artistically everything is subjective. WHAT DO YOU THINK? The color temperature I used for this photo is 4095K, but not because the color temperature chart told me to. I just liked the combination of cool and warm colors at this color temperature.

I've got a deal for you! A friend forwarded me this great deal on canvas prints. It's through AmazonLocal, a subdivision of Amazon that I had never heard of before. It seems to be something like Groupon, which I've only had limited exposure to. Anyway, there are a lot of great deals on there. In this case you buy a voucher redeemable for $90.00 on printing for $35.00 (and you get free shipping with the voucher too). I bought one and used it to buy a 36x46 rolled canvas print that regularly cost $99.00 + $8.00 shipping, but I only had to spend $44.00 ($35.00 for the voucher and an extra $9.00 for the large print size I bought). The sale runs out in 6 days or so. I don't think I'll have my print in time to tell you how good the print quality is, but at this price I think it's worth the risk. I love having prints made and have prints laying around all over the place. WHAT ABOUT YOU?

Critiques always welcome.

Daily photo: September 13, 2012, taken September 07, 2012

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Hot Pink Cool Purple, Lake Sam Rayburn TX    Wow I've got a lot of info for you today, so I'll get right to it:  This is a single four minute exposure of the same composition I posted on Monday  from our Friday night outing with the dogs at Lake Sam Rayburn.  If you're interested in the technique, this one is the same as the previous except I actually metered and then added a 5 stop neutral density filter so I could make a really long exposure.  It was getting dark so I had to go to f/8 to get enough light in.  This one was taken some 5 minutes later when the light on the cloud was fading and the colors were peaking.  The colors become a lot more saturated with these really long exposures and I've read that the color builds up as it changes during a long exposure.  I'm not sure if that's really the reason, but I'll go with it until I'm convinced otherwise.      This photo made me rethink color temperature once again, and I tried to find out what the "correct" color temperature setting is at this time of day (roughly 15-20 minutes after sunset).  Along the way I found this sunrise and sunset calculator that also provides some indication of color temperature.  Scientifically I think that there is a "correct" color temperature for every kind of light, but artistically everything is subjective.  WHAT DO YOU THINK?  The color temperature I used for this photo is 4095K, but not because the color temperature chart told me to.  I just liked the combination of cool and warm colors at this color temperature.      I've got a deal for you!  A friend forwarded me this great deal on canvas prints.  It's through AmazonLocal, a subdivision of Amazon that I had never heard of before.  It seems to be something like Groupon, which I've only had limited exposure to.  Anyway, there are a lot of great deals on there.  In this case you buy a voucher redeemable for $90.00 on printing for $35.00 (and you get free shipping with the voucher too).  I bought one and used it to buy a 36x46 rolled canvas print that regularly cost $99.00 + $8.00 shipping, but I only had to spend $44.00 ($35.00 for the voucher and an extra $9.00 for the large print size I bought).  The sale runs out in 6 days or so.  I don't think I'll have my print in time to tell you how good the print quality is, but at this price I think it's worth the risk.  I love having prints made and have prints laying around all over the place.  WHAT ABOUT YOU?    Critiques always welcome.    Daily photo: September 13, 2012, taken September 07, 2012
Hot Pink Cool Purple, Lake Sam Rayburn TX

Wow I've got a lot of info for you today, so I'll get right to it: This is a single four minute exposure of the same composition I posted on Monday from our Friday night outing with the dogs at Lake Sam Rayburn. If you're interested in the technique, this one is the same as the previous except I actually metered and then added a 5 stop neutral density filter so I could make a really long exposure. It was getting dark so I had to go to f/8 to get enough light in. This one was taken some 5 minutes later when the light on the cloud was fading and the colors were peaking. The colors become a lot more saturated with these really long exposures and I've read that the color builds up as it changes during a long exposure. I'm not sure if that's really the reason, but I'll go with it until I'm convinced otherwise.

This photo made me rethink color temperature once again, and I tried to find out what the "correct" color temperature setting is at this time of day (roughly 15-20 minutes after sunset). Along the way I found this sunrise and sunset calculator that also provides some indication of color temperature. Scientifically I think that there is a "correct" color temperature for every kind of light, but artistically everything is subjective. WHAT DO YOU THINK? The color temperature I used for this photo is 4095K, but not because the color temperature chart told me to. I just liked the combination of cool and warm colors at this color temperature.

I've got a deal for you! A friend forwarded me this great deal on canvas prints. It's through AmazonLocal, a subdivision of Amazon that I had never heard of before. It seems to be something like Groupon, which I've only had limited exposure to. Anyway, there are a lot of great deals on there. In this case you buy a voucher redeemable for $90.00 on printing for $35.00 (and you get free shipping with the voucher too). I bought one and used it to buy a 36x46 rolled canvas print that regularly cost $99.00 + $8.00 shipping, but I only had to spend $44.00 ($35.00 for the voucher and an extra $9.00 for the large print size I bought). The sale runs out in 6 days or so. I don't think I'll have my print in time to tell you how good the print quality is, but at this price I think it's worth the risk. I love having prints made and have prints laying around all over the place. WHAT ABOUT YOU?

Critiques always welcome.

Daily photo: September 13, 2012, taken September 07, 2012

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