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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
Mystic  ©  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  This material may not be published, broadcast, modified, or redistributed without written agreement with the creator.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    This northern pacific coast lighthouse is located just south of Pescadero and Half Moon Bay, two cute little coastal towns easily accessible from San Francisco, California.  I captured this moonset photo the morning the moon was it's closest to the earth in the past 18 years, March 19 2010.  The sun still had not risen, so, the light you see in the clouds and reflected on the ocean was from the incredibly bright full moon as it was setting over the Pacific Ocean. We've had virtually non-stop rain over the past week, and this morning was no different - so I was lucky the moon peeked out of the clouds just a bit to add some mystical moonlight to the ocean and clouds.
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.
3rd year Pic 284 - Jul 20 2011 Sparks  Kumbharwada, Mumbai Kumbhar-wada: Kumbhar means a potter in many Indian languages and wada means an area.  Have also made a Selective Colour (SC) version, which is your choice? http://hershy.smugmug.com/Photography/Mumbai-my-city/Kamathipura-Kumbharwad/15310394_rtE3U#1392116740_XchHwdK-A-LB
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.
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.
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
5-29-12. "Drying Off After the Storm". A Red Shouldered Hawk dries its wings after tropical storm Beryl. Gainesville, Florida. 2012.
October 3, 2011  Blue-eyed Darner (Rhionaeschna multicolor) captured in flight at a local park - I fired off 2 shots, the first was a blur but I nailed this one. Best seen in the larger formats
SNOW tomorrow,,,that's what the weather forecast gives ,,,10cm ,,maybe,,   This color caught my eye . It really stood out on this gloomy, overcast day!  These two  wreaths hang on the outside door of a kindergarten next door to my physio building. Maybe the project serves to entertain the little ones or this is what the teachers do while the kids paint eggs.     An early post for March 30/12     With this cold change of temperature , I needed a cheerful find!   Thank you Christine ! It's an honour to be in your "favorite art by others" gallery!
"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.
Awesome light on my favorite spot.
A new beech leaf unfolded.
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.
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

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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
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

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