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3/19/13 - Old locomotive at Old Town Tucson.  Thanks so muich for your warm response, making my shot of the Presidio arches the #1 shot for the day.  A few more of you preferred the color version, but quite a few thought the b/w version was better.  Thanks for sharing your opinions with me!
Curious Giraffe - Photographed at the Cheyenne Mt. Zoo in Colorado Springs.  In my opinion, the giraffe enclosure at the zoo is one of the most interesting to visitors, as you can purchase crackers from a vending machine and feed them to the giraffes.  You are right at the level of their heads, so it is a neat perspective.  It is a large area and the zoo has a lot of giraffes, young and old.  This fella was hoping for a cracker and wanted to check out my camera.  It it 11:00 p.m. and I just got home from shooting the wedding.  I'm anxious to look at all the hundreds of shots I took, but not tonight...just too tired.  Hope everyone has a good day...we're going to the annual Parade of Homes.  It is always lots of fun to look at the houses and furnishings.  Taken with a fisheye 10mm lens.
The Dock Before Sunrise, Bayview TX    I woke up in time for the blue hour before sunrise despite having only four hours of sleep that night, and driving 14 hours on very little sleep the day before.  It was worth it.  There was one burst of clouds on the horizon and they were well placed at the end of the dock I had access to.  There was very little wind and the water was calm.  The blue hour was already underway when I arrived and the sunrise colors were starting to trickle across the horizon.  Mother Nature was not going to be out-shined by the fireworks the night before.    This is a single 43 second exposure.  I used a circular polarizer to increase the glare on the water so that it would be more reflective and so that the exposure of the water would more closely match the exposure of the sky.  I had trouble focusing in the dark so I did not want to go below f/11 and risk having some of the dock out of focus.  I had to take several shots and check the focus by zooming in on my LCD screen. When a 30 second exposure was still too dark, I went to bulb mode so I could hold the trigger down for as long as I needed.  I used my other camera as a timer to help me time the shots.  For a 60 second exposure I held the trigger down while firing two 30 second exposures on my other camera.  This was probably supposed to be a 40 second exposure but I held the trigger three seconds too long.  Bulb mode is never an exact science.  Lastly, I started out shooting at 17mm, which really stretched the dock into the horizon and squashed the clouds.  I've been pushing myself to stop shooting exclusively at 17mm and it paid off this time.  Switching to 40mm compressed the frame by making the clouds appear closer and taller, and I think it created a more dramatic photo.    I really like the long exposure effect on the water and I have been longing to try this technique on a dock since we went to Andaman Islands India back in early January.    Daily photo: July 9, 2012, taken July 5, 2012
Wednesday, July 4, 2012  "RED, WHITE, BLUE..........and YOU"  "Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country." ~ John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States of America (USA)  Also, in front of the nearby courthouse were 98 "Flags of Heroes" - representative of veterans of their county. Photo is here: http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/23332140_T6MdZL#!i=1922274706&k=SmVm9Kp&lb=1&s=A  Have a wonderful Wednesday and a safe 4th of July holiday.  Chicot County Veterans of War Memorial  Lake Village, AR   ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken 5/31/2012)
Arizona State Fair - 2013 and the Big Ferris Wheel        Link to Photo Without Frame         Thank You for Making this Daily Photo the #1 Pick on 10-21-2013
June 23, 2010  These Mimosa blooms look so wispy and fragile, but the trees I think are very hardy.  This is best viewed in the larger formats. Today was just another day of not much time to take shots, but I wanted to play some more with my new macro lens, so this is the best I could do for today in a very little bit of time that I had to "play".    Thanks to all of you for your comments on my last couple of days of daily shots.  They are much appreciated.  I am just amazed at the talents of our Smug Mug family.  I can get lost in the galleries for hours - if only I just had hours to spare.      Have a great evening.  Linda
What's going on over there?  This is another image from the photoshoot last week. I think I created six different versions of it.  I'm not sure which one I prefer.  If you'd like to check out the others, they are here:  http://fotoeffects.smugmug.com/gallery/9105046_ZAAtf#606886760_Ya8PB Thanks for all the nice comments on the photo of the gloriosa daisy and the red bug.  I was surprised with all the nice comments, as it just seemed like a pretty ordinary shot to me...although I did think the bug made it a bit different.  I've spent the whole day processing shots from a wedding I shot last weekend and I'm not even half done.  Oh, well, perseverance will allow me to get them done one day soon.  Have a great day, everyone!
Here I come!  Well, you knew this was coming didn't ya? Lucy had to get her turn.
11-22-10  Look... I asked nicely for some privacy and you just couldn't resist peeking on me you pervert !!    I hope no one is offended by this interpretation of what the hawk is doing.  EDIT: To answer Donna L's question, the bird bath is 19" across and holds 2 gal of water.   No pp was done to enhance this gesture.  It's 100% what the Coopers Hawk gave me.
1.3.09 - Phew that was close!  I spent all afternoon on a photo shoot in the nearly town of Newark-on-Trent, as opposed to "Nork Noo Joyzee". Don't worry this is a private joke between Bill Pador and me :)  I've got over 300 pics to process now, most of which I'm really pleased with, so it will probably take all night. It should be worth it, the light was great and I hope you like them when I post them. I took this when I was almost back home, how often does this happen? I've cropped it a bit, but otherwise it is straight out of camera.
"Don't call meeee  fat."   Aug.12/12 post   Got some things at a yard sale and the lady put them in this shoe box. The moment the tissue was unfolded with the box on the floor , my kitty got into it. She is sitting in the middle of the floor so we are having to walk around her ,but the look we get when we approach is, "no joke." She will not be disturbed!  She is getting a little chunky but eats her sister's food during her cat naps .   Have you ever stopped at a yard sale and thought WOW , I think that is fine China from Windsor castle ! Well , you know what I mean.  We got this shoe box full of lovely little things and we thought woohoo , " just like pirates with the treasure chest".   Got home and e bay has the stuff on sale for 35 dollars US. Thought we had a teapot fit for Royalty ,or as Mrs. Bouquet would say " Oooh I'll serve it on my Royal Dolton!"!   Oh well, It's pretty vintage china and looks nice on the shelf.
August 23, 2011  hi everyone!  Thanks for all of the great comments.  We are loving the weather and low daily highs of around 80 degrees in New Mexico.  The vacation is going great.  Many times we are in areas with no cell coverage - which is ok, except that I also don't have the use of my iPad to comment with.  So forgive me for the sparse comments.   This is a shot of the floor of the Texas State capital building in Austin, Texas.  It was taken a couple of months ago but I really liked how it was a little off kilter.  Check it out in X2 - I think you'll enjoy the details.
Awesome light on my favorite spot.
Another shot today of the Canna blooms that are still unfurled.  They have such great color it's hard not to frequently shoot & post lots of Canna photos.  No PP on this - just great evening light.  Thanks to everyone for their wonderful comments on my photos.  HAGD - Linda.
A total eclipse of the full moon, which occurred began in Dec. 20, 2010 and finished on Dec. 21,  2010, the winter solstice.  There have been many excellent shots of the lunar eclipse already posted on smugmug and quite a few terrific composites.  Mine is certainly no better than those, but I'm going to post mine anyway.  A case of "I photographed it", so "I'll post it," I guess.  Since I stayed up so late last night photographing the eclipse, I'm going to post a bit early and go to bed.  Thanks, as always for your support and comments.  Only a few more days until Christmas.  I hope everyone is nearly finished with their preparations.  I'm getting there, too.  Oh, I forgot to tell everyone what the last two kaleidoscopes were created from.  The first was part of a closeup of a motorcycle and the second was part of a shot of the glass house at the Denver Botanic Garden.
3/19/13 - Old locomotive at Old Town Tucson.

Thanks so muich for your warm response, making my shot of the Presidio arches the #1 shot for the day. A few more of you preferred the color version, but quite a few thought the b/w version was better. Thanks for sharing your opinions with me!

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3/19/13 - Old locomotive at Old Town Tucson.  Thanks so muich for your warm response, making my shot of the Presidio arches the #1 shot for the day.  A few more of you preferred the color version, but quite a few thought the b/w version was better.  Thanks for sharing your opinions with me!
3/19/13 - Old locomotive at Old Town Tucson.

Thanks so muich for your warm response, making my shot of the Presidio arches the #1 shot for the day. A few more of you preferred the color version, but quite a few thought the b/w version was better. Thanks for sharing your opinions with me!

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