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July 5 ...    From a flowerbed.  Over the next 3-4 weeks we are getting a lot of family here and are visiting friends elsewhere, so my postings may be a little sporadic. Hope to be able to comment on your fine pictures
December 29, 2010  "LET PEACEFUL WATERS FLOW"  "Nothing in the world is as soft and yielding as the water from a fountain." ~ Lao-Tze, Ancient Chinese Philosopher  SOOC..........Our youngest adult son suggested that I post this one.   A million thanks for the comments on yesterday's Frank Lloyd Wright stained glass art! You ladies and gentlemen are meticulously discerning; I wish I could meet each of you on my route during this lifetime.  The Phoenician Phoenix, AZ  Official website is here: http://www.thephoenician.com/  *** #2 photo of the day and all time***  (photo taken 12/25/2010)
Embrace the light.    Wow, thanks everyone so much for all the wonderful comments yesterday it is so encouraging.
Pretty in Red  Sat. November 1, 2008 (DAY 201)    Meet Miranda...  I had a photo session for her sweet 16.  We had a great time and the weather was gorgeous;  One perfect day to take outdoor shots.  April set up the location at Forbidden Garden,  complete with the Lion Dancer!  Thanks April, that was fun!!    This photo is SOOC (straight out of camera).  I'm still working on  the rest of the pics, that I think need some touch ups.    My hubby helped me (again) with the reflector.  Thank you dear!
08/29/09 - I took more candle shots last night.  This is the same set-up as the night before, but I used a different candle style.  What I was going for was the perspective of high in the front and low in the back.  Not just a curve but a curve with an interesting height perspective in it.  Mostly I was just having fun with glass and reflections and seeing if I could produce a pretty picture...maybe something for a romantic greeting card.  But, coming up with catchy titles is not my thing, so, here you have it title free:-)      Dirkster, here's the set-up:  http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Art/Glass-Appeal-16/9421013_LHGKh#633028939_z3Uuy  Yes, I was bathroom shooting.  To get this effect, you need two mirrors that are reasonably parallel to each other.  I just happen to have a small medicine cabinet with a mirror door on the right wall and another mirror over the sink.  You open the medicine cabinet door and waa laa you have two roughly parallel mirrors.  Nice thing about this set-up is that it was at a normal height for shooting without a lot of bending.      Complications:  The darn flame was ALL OVER THE PLACE despite me doing everything I could to keep the air in the room from moving.  Sometimes if I'd wait a minute or two between shots it would cycle straight and still for 3-5 seconds and then resume it's dance.  I'd try to take my pic when it was more or less still but that was hard.    Amazing how you stop breathing when trying to take a 3 second picture.      Joey was with me around 8PM for 45 minutes helping me, and Johnny popped in and out a few times.  Joey has gotten pretty good about gently taking the pic and understands why we can't move the camera.    This was Party Lite candle wax, and at the right temp, it melts completely liquid.  I put the candle holder in the oven at 175 to to melt the wax quicker.  But, in the bathroom, over time the wax started to get solid again.  I have one great all liquid shot, but there are a few things about that pic that bother me, so I chose not to post it.  But, I thought the liquified wax was pretty cool.  http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Art/Glass-Appeal-16/9421013_LHGKh#633186200_Ddoh7      Anyway.......................    You guys have a great weekend!  2 more days and I will be off call and much happier...    Maryann
June 30...    A 250 year old house of a sea captain. The two dogs in the window have a special meaning: When they were looking out of the window the husband were at sea, when looking into the house he was at home and her special friends should stay away.
Monday, April 16, 2012         "FOUNTAIN"    “A strong man and a waterfall always channel their own path.” ~ Unknown Author    I appreciate your comments on yesterday's one pound (6,120 calories) "Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar," but after the milk chocolate bar and the five-pound gummy bear, no sweet treats for today. Instead, here's some much needed water.    Also, my hubby spotted this beautiful fountain and suggested that I photograph it. SOOC, this was taken at an office complex located on Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Unfortunately, I did not get its name.     By the way, Phillip, this is a result of long exposure; I held my breath and the shutter button down for a few seconds while counting and then released it:). I've owned a tripod for approximately two years, but it remains packaged to this day and I have never opened or used it.    Have a marvelous Monday and a great start to the week.    ***#3 photo of the day and all-time***    (photo taken 12/30/2011)
Sunday, February 26, 2012      "RED BARON SQUADRON"    "When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." ~ Henry Ford     SOOC, polished to perfection, and built in 1943 comes this 69 year old Stearman E75, N802RB of the Red Baron Pizza aerobatic team. It carried Boeing construction number 75-6451. The Red Baron Squadron was established in 1979 as a promotion for Red Baron Pizza. The squadron flew vintage Stearman biplanes and was the oldest civilian air team in the United States, attending airshows throughout the country and flying formation aerobatics. Their base of operations and air museum was at the Southwest Minnesota Regional Airport in Marshall, Minnesota. In 2007, after 28 years of flying, the company announced the retirement of the squadron.    Serial Number: 75-6451   MFR Year: 1943   Engine Model: P&W R-985 SERIES     Red Baron's Pizza website is here:http://www.redbaron.com/default.aspx    I appreciate your comments on yesterday's "All That Glass" photo. Have a blessed Sunday!    UPDATE: Special thanks to Refslund for additional information regarding this aircraft. Read his comment below.    ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***    The Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing Aviation Museum   Falcon Field - 2017 N. Greenfield Road   Mesa, Arizona 85215  Official website: http://www.azcaf.org    (photo taken 12/28/2011)
Sunday, July 15, 2012  "AZURE SEAFORM PAIR" by Dale Chihuly (2011) $5,600.00  "Among the several kinds of beauty, the eye takes most delight in colors." ~ Joseph Addison  Here's the final post in the Dale Chihuly 2012 (Dallas, TX) series; thanks for your comments. Dale Chihuly's official website is www.chihuly.com.  During our visit, I overheard someone say that turquoise is Dale Chihuly's favorite color. This work of art was sitting atop a pedestal and enclosed in glass, but that didn't prohibit me from taking a picture.  "The Azure Seaform Pair is a two-piece composition that resonates with these reflective qualities of marine forms. A tidal cadence of turquoise along the mouth of the piece illuminates the bands of lapis strata that wrap the body. Set against these temperate tonalities, a radiant yellow lip wrap defines the folding contours of the body, accentuating the form articulated in this piece. This handblown Studio Edition measures approximately ten inches across and arrives with a custom-designed display vitrine and Chihuly Seaforms, a book detailing the inspiration behind this series, with forty-four full-color photographs and an introduction by oceanographer Sylvia Earle. Azure Seaform Pair is a fluid expression of the aquatic translated through the artist’s chosen medium of glass." ~ Reprinted text from DC's PP  View the back of this hand blown glass art piece here: http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/19371744_9MCHQS#!i=1936594779&k=ZvBn3dj&lb=1&s=A   Be blessed and share the rest!  "GARDENS OF GLASS: DALE CHIHULY" 2012  Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens  Dallas, TX  http://www.dallasarboretum.org/  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***   (photo taken June 29, 2012)
4th year Pic 217 - Sep - 21 2012. Yellow Rose -  Taj Gateway Hotel, Coonoor  This is a close crop of yesterday's picture. I am greatly impressed with the D800's Dynamic Range and detail capturing.   Critiques welcome!    Have you people heard of subscription price increase at Smugmug? Mainly for Pro & Business accounts?
3rd year Pic 174 - Mar 03 2011 awaiting...  Mahabaleshwar Market  This is old lady was asking for alms at the weekly market.     Her belly looks big because poor women tend to keep their precious belongings or day's earnings in a small pouch tied to the waist and then covered by the saree.   B&W version:  http://hershy.smugmug.com/Travel/Mahabaleshwar-2011-ppl/15755187_HtDGn#1178269417_E8Yzi-A-LB  another pic: http://hershy.smugmug.com/Travel/Mahabaleshwar-2011-ppl/15755187_HtDGn#1178268088_Qis3T-A-LB  B&W version:  http://hershy.smugmug.com/Travel/Mahabaleshwar-2011-ppl/15755187_HtDGn#1178280050_xVvM2-A-LB
7470: I'm back - sort of: My computer issues rage on, I can't wait until I get my new machine up and running!! This piece of junk seems to be running again (Let's see how long that lasts lol) Anyway - This is the steam locomotive 7470 from the North Conway Scenic Railroad in North Conway, NH. I have waited 3 years for this shot! I have many more shot to show you guys that I couldn't post because of this damn machine!!  10/2/2012
July 27th, 2010    Just playing with fruit!   Thank goodness it's Tuesday!  Hope you all have a great day.
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
A little Monet to brighten your day!   Such fun I had yesterday at a swamp on the side of the road. The flower head is a fading dahlia from the Cotley Hill shoot. This is not processed either, just cropped. The brilliant color is the reflection of the surrounding swamp growth which is very colorful when shot this way. The one I'm working on for printing will be cleaned up.
July 5 ... From a flowerbed.

Over the next 3-4 weeks we are getting a lot of family here and are visiting friends elsewhere, so my postings may be a little sporadic. Hope to be able to comment on your fine pictures

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July 5 ...    From a flowerbed.  Over the next 3-4 weeks we are getting a lot of family here and are visiting friends elsewhere, so my postings may be a little sporadic. Hope to be able to comment on your fine pictures
July 5 ... From a flowerbed.

Over the next 3-4 weeks we are getting a lot of family here and are visiting friends elsewhere, so my postings may be a little sporadic. Hope to be able to comment on your fine pictures

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