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1.8.08 - Absent Friends    I seem to having lots of anniversaries at the moment. Yesterday I completed my first 6 months in the Dailies, and tomorrow I will have been in my new flat for a year. Today would have been my 27th wedding anniversary, but for the fact that my first wife Gill died of a brain haemorrhage on July 20th 1986. This photo was taken in January 1985, at the end of a wonderful day walking in the Derbyshire Hills. The original was a colour transparency, and is in another gallery, but this has been cropped and tidied up a bit for the Dailies.     Gill and I shared a love of wild places, especially mountains, but as a cash strapped young couple we never got beyond the UK. This was good in that it allowed our daft black lab "Kelly" to go everywhere with us, we were quite a team. We had great plans, but they were all for a future that never happened for us. After Gill died my attitude to life changed considerably, never put off 'til tomorrow what you can do today, you never know what might happen.    Much has happened in the intervening years, some bad, but most good. One of the best experiences of recent years has been joining the Dailies and making many great new friends, albeit at the other end of fibre optic cables halfway round the world. You guys have taught me so much, about myself as well as about photography, and long may it continue :)
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
Canyon Magic  August 2011
14.02.12 - Time for Reflection    Thank-you for the wonderful response to my Dailies featuring Tiffany over the last couple of days. This shot will probably be the last I use as a Daily, but I'm including it just to show how unpredicatble things happen, no matter how much you plan a shoot. We had finished the shoot really, but before we left the Aviation Heritage Centre Tiffany had spotted some old vehicles at the far end of the hanger. This old car was in a closed display behind a fence, but we were allowed in to take a few final shots. The actual shot we wanted was from outside the car with the door closed, but as Tiffany was getting into the car I noticed the reflection in the window. I only took 2 quick shots from this position, and didn't look at them until I'd processed all the others. Even the monochrome conversion was an afterthought, and it is the only one of over 1,000 shots that I did this to, but we both really love it!
Sunday, July 21, 2013    "B" is for BATHTUBS  "Every tub has to sit on its own bottom." ~ Title of a book written by Zora Neal Hurston  Photo submission for Donna McCommon's "Alphabet Challenge"   Here's one of Mississippi's quirkiest offerings. For some reason, when I saw this scene, I was reminded of the scene in "The Help" movie where the commodes (toilets), as opposed to bathtubs, were in the front yard of Hilly Hollbrook's house:). Irrespective of how bad they appear, they can be beautifully restored to look new ("beautiful" being the operative adjective here).  Have a wonderfully blessed day, my friends!  Southern Tubs 23869 Highway 6 East Batesville, MS  Official website is here: http://www.southerntubs.com  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken 3/13/2013)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
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
December 19, 2010  "RAZZLE DAZZLE"   “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” ~ Charles Dickens  SOOC, handheld (no tripod)  We attended the debut of this event. This walk-through holiday light and sound display with millions of holiday lights featured a holiday train and Santa's Workshop.   The complete set of holiday photos can be viewed here:  http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/10839515_xoQFZ#758071203_4AwSM  St. Nick's Lights  Scottsdale Pavilions Scottsdale, AZ  ***top 5 photos today and all time***  (photo taken 12/24/2009)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Tuesday, July 17, 2012     "AFFECTION"  "All horses deserve, at least once in their lives, to be loved by a little girl." ~ Author Unknown  Update: After reading Wilma's comment, I changed the caption from "Bonding" to "Affection." Thanks for the inspiration, Wilma!  I am told that horses are extrememly affectionate and that when a horse gently brings its head even slightly in your direction, it is a sign of affection and acknowledgement.........such was the case here. You all know that I rarerly post "people shots," but I was walking by and spotted this scene and thought, "photo opp and future daily post." I was hoping she wouldn't leave before I was able to get my camera out of its bag and capture the moment.   Thanks for your comments and have a terrific Tuesday.  Rodeo Plaza Fort Worth Stockyards Fort Worth, TX Official website: www.fortworthstockyards.org  ***#2 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken June 30, 2012)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
6/06/11 Meet Bracken - Bracken is a Tawny owl and lives with his partner Willow in the barn you can see reflected in his eyes. These are the owls whose famous call is shared between them ' Toowit - hoo'   Many thanks to everyone who commented on the shot of Fern yesterday and special thanks to Sandra for introducing me to her wonderful barn and it's inhabitants. I'm currently working through my day's photos which are slowly uploading to http://nixpix.me/Vacation/North-East-Norfolk-All-in-a/17394177_zB9Sjx
July 27th, 2010    Just playing with fruit!   Thank goodness it's Tuesday!  Hope you all have a great day.
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.
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?
Fire in the Sky October 2009 Another day in southwest Montana and another gorgeous sunrise to share.  This little cabin is a favorite of mine and I photograph it whenever I visit Big Sky Country. That is an outhouse on the left.  This is about as rustic as it gets in the 21st century.
crossing over
January 21 - Moody Journey  This is perhaps one of the best skies I have had a chance to photograph. The sky was full of clouds and the sun was shining bright. Over the year I plan to try out different photography techniques. This is another HDR experiment. I'm not sure if I really like HDR or not. What are you thoughts on HDR? Good and bad welcome.
1.8.08 - Absent Friends

I seem to having lots of anniversaries at the moment. Yesterday I completed my first 6 months in the Dailies, and tomorrow I will have been in my new flat for a year. Today would have been my 27th wedding anniversary, but for the fact that my first wife Gill died of a brain haemorrhage on July 20th 1986. This photo was taken in January 1985, at the end of a wonderful day walking in the Derbyshire Hills. The original was a colour transparency, and is in another gallery, but this has been cropped and tidied up a bit for the Dailies.

Gill and I shared a love of wild places, especially mountains, but as a cash strapped young couple we never got beyond the UK. This was good in that it allowed our daft black lab "Kelly" to go everywhere with us, we were quite a team. We had great plans, but they were all for a future that never happened for us. After Gill died my attitude to life changed considerably, never put off 'til tomorrow what you can do today, you never know what might happen.

Much has happened in the intervening years, some bad, but most good. One of the best experiences of recent years has been joining the Dailies and making many great new friends, albeit at the other end of fibre optic cables halfway round the world. You guys have taught me so much, about myself as well as about photography, and long may it continue :)

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1.8.08 - Absent Friends    I seem to having lots of anniversaries at the moment. Yesterday I completed my first 6 months in the Dailies, and tomorrow I will have been in my new flat for a year. Today would have been my 27th wedding anniversary, but for the fact that my first wife Gill died of a brain haemorrhage on July 20th 1986. This photo was taken in January 1985, at the end of a wonderful day walking in the Derbyshire Hills. The original was a colour transparency, and is in another gallery, but this has been cropped and tidied up a bit for the Dailies.     Gill and I shared a love of wild places, especially mountains, but as a cash strapped young couple we never got beyond the UK. This was good in that it allowed our daft black lab "Kelly" to go everywhere with us, we were quite a team. We had great plans, but they were all for a future that never happened for us. After Gill died my attitude to life changed considerably, never put off 'til tomorrow what you can do today, you never know what might happen.    Much has happened in the intervening years, some bad, but most good. One of the best experiences of recent years has been joining the Dailies and making many great new friends, albeit at the other end of fibre optic cables halfway round the world. You guys have taught me so much, about myself as well as about photography, and long may it continue :)
1.8.08 - Absent Friends

I seem to having lots of anniversaries at the moment. Yesterday I completed my first 6 months in the Dailies, and tomorrow I will have been in my new flat for a year. Today would have been my 27th wedding anniversary, but for the fact that my first wife Gill died of a brain haemorrhage on July 20th 1986. This photo was taken in January 1985, at the end of a wonderful day walking in the Derbyshire Hills. The original was a colour transparency, and is in another gallery, but this has been cropped and tidied up a bit for the Dailies.

Gill and I shared a love of wild places, especially mountains, but as a cash strapped young couple we never got beyond the UK. This was good in that it allowed our daft black lab "Kelly" to go everywhere with us, we were quite a team. We had great plans, but they were all for a future that never happened for us. After Gill died my attitude to life changed considerably, never put off 'til tomorrow what you can do today, you never know what might happen.

Much has happened in the intervening years, some bad, but most good. One of the best experiences of recent years has been joining the Dailies and making many great new friends, albeit at the other end of fibre optic cables halfway round the world. You guys have taught me so much, about myself as well as about photography, and long may it continue :)

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