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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
May 1st  Over sleep this morn attended a photo-shoot party last nite had  an extremely good time!   I had the honor of photgraphing Miss Jing last night at the photo-shoot she's a young inspiring model this was her second shoot I think she's incredibly photogenic! Extremely happy that I attended :0)  LG-Life is Good!
October 2   The 'sunset show' at our local lake was very beautiful this evening; I couldn't catch the lightning & thunder with the camera (!!) and then the slight sprinkling gave way to a downpour.  YAY!  First rain we've had in quite a while.  This afternoon and tonight felt....tropical!  2 shot panorama
Doorway to 1777
24.8.08 - What a difference a day makes :)  My last three Dailies have been very dark, and not just because they were night shots. Today was better. A walk in the sunshine round the Nature Reserve kick started things. I managed to get my first wildflower shots in ages, and picked lots of blackberries to turn into crumbles or just eat with ice cream. I also took loads of shots of these ripples in the small stream that splits the reserve in two. I've never seen it looking so striking as this. I don't know whether it was the angle of light, the level and speed of the water flow, or maybe a combination of lots of things, but I was transfixed for ages watching the patterns constantly changing.   We take water for granted. It not only gives us life, but it can also be very beautiful in all it's different guises. It is also a major constituent of beer :) A group of us spent the evening unwinding at a beer festival in town. Lots of wonderful beers, a hog roast, some guys casually playing guitar on the benches just along from us, the perfect way to finish the day. So imagine this image, while drinking beer and listening to an acoustic "All Along the Watchtower", in the shadow of Lincoln Castle, yep, that's chillin' :)  There are five other shots from the nature reserve here;  http://www.lightanddreamsphotography.com/gallery/5121648_aU8pe#358234544_AyMnx
Door (Pic 267 2nd year - 12 Oct 2009)    no PP except for light adjustments.  ATMA (Ahmedabad Textiles Mill's Association) building was designed by world renowned architect Le Corbusier.  The door looks heavy - which it was - but was very  easy to operate.   more pics   http://hershy.smugmug.com/Travel/Ahmedabad/October-2009/9859810_e7xxy/1/669546611_MS3Ph      http://agram.saariste.nl/scripts/fcard.asp?lookforthis=65&dir=corbu&pics=cb    http://www.javeri.net
Red Sunset, Lake Sam Rayburn    I'm happy to report that Nini and I have found our sunset spot here in Nacogdoches.  The only problem is that it's not in Nacogdoches, and is a good hour drive from our home.  But it is nice.  We went out early yesterday so we could try a few places.  The first stop on the list was Harvey Creek recreation area.  Upon first sight it was nothing more than an uninteresting boat ramp.  So we left right away and spent about an hour driving around on various gravel roads looking for a better view of the lake.  But all we found was a lot of private property.  So we headed back to Harvey Creek, and low and behold, we found a dirt road in the rec area that lead us to the best beach we've seen since we found the best beach in Missouri.   There is a lot of room for the dogs to run while I shoot and Nini reads, and there is a strong cross wind that keeps the mosquitoes at bay.  We can't wait to go back and spend the day there sometime soon.    This is a single 8 second exposure.  I started off by using a 3-stop hard-step neutral density filter, which helped me bring the exposure of the sky closer to that of the foreground.  Then I added a 5 stop neutral density filter to allow me to use a longer exposure.  I wanted the long exposure effect on the water, but the long exposure also let the sensor capture more of the rapidly changing colors as they spilled across the sky.  I was surprised at how much more red came through.  When I was on the beach I was thinking that maybe the filter was just tricking the camera's auto white balance into setting a really warm color temperature.  But the color temperature here is actually 5200, the color temperature of daylight.  I would guess the actual color temperature was somewhere closer to 6500, since the sun was partially behind the clouds, but of course if I changed it to 6500 it would be even more red!  Anyway, long story short, I'm still learning about these filters, but I'm liking the results.  Lastly, our new beach has solved my foreground problems.  Now I have a lot more options and look forward to trying out some different foregrounds as we return to this beach over the next few months.    Critiques always welcome!    Daily photo: August 27, 2012, taken August 26, 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
Great blue heron, photographed at the Dancing Cranes Guest House in San Antonio, New Mexico, not far from Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.  Best viewed in the larger sizes.  The owners of the B&B have created a wildlife refuge on their property that attracts many kinds of birds.  I had been watching this heron for about two hours and the light had moved a lot.  I had to shoot this into the bright late afternoon sun.  Luckily, the grasses by the pond blocked the light a bit and I think I bumped the exposure comp up.  I liked the light that resulted.  Hope you like it, too.  Oh, my!  I'm so honored that you all made my sunrise shot of the geese flyout the #1 shot today.  I was just so lucky that the sunrise that morning was spectacular and took quite a long time to play out, so I got a lot of shots against the sunrise, which had quite a few different looks.  Thanks, everyone, for making my day!  Have a great Wednesday!
Dragonfly,  Blue Dasher         Link to Photo Without Frame         Thank You for Making this Daily Photo the #1 Pick on 07-24-2013
Wednesday, July 18, 2012  "TEXAS-SIZE BELT - 2"  "Wear a belt! It's an easy way to pull together your outfit. Just be sure to match it to your shoes." ~ Ashton Kutcher  Everything's bigger in Texas, right?   It's been a week since I've picked up my camera and taken a photo.......sigh:).  Have a wonderful Wednesday.  Fort Worth Stockyards (aka "Cow Town") Fort Worth, TX  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken June 30, 2012)
08/05/09 - On my way to work yesterday, like usual, I went the long way down past the swamp.  What I saw of interest to me were two neat spiderwebs side by side, covered in morning dew, and in decent light.  So, I did my best to capture them.  This is the one I liked the best.  I hope you think it's neat too.      Thanks for your comments on the glass shot from yesterday.  The weave pattern was actually etched into the glass.  I had not used glass beads before.  I had used marbles (flat or round), sugar, or broken glass.  So using beads was new.  If you missed it along the way, I'm going to do a coffee shop show later this year, and I'm most likely going to pick from my glass shots what to hang.  I did nature shots the last two times, and the owner and I both like to switch it up sometimes.    Have a great day!
Sandhill cranes flying in the early morning at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in NM.  Thank you all for your positive comments on my sunrise shot of the snow geese.  Really made my day!  Hope you are all enjoying your weekend!
I photographed this turkey vulture in Big Bend National Park in extreme south Texas on our recent trip.  I stayed on my knees for about an hour photographing this vulture and another on a nearby telephone pole.  I believe this one was the female.  She meticulously groomed every single feather on her body...one at a time!  She did every feather the way she is doing this one, running her beak along its length.   Look at this image in the largest sizes and you'll see some marks on her feathers.  I'm not sure if they are parasites or something else.  Her feathers were, on the whole, gorgeous and I think even her head is not ugly like many people think. You can see the little hairs on her head.  The other vulture did some grooming, as well, but he was not nearly as meticulous and some of his feathers were pretty ratty.  I wanted to get the vultures taking off and by the time I finally got those shots, my legs were shaking, as were my arms from holding my position for such a long time.  I shot this with my 200 - 400mm lens and it is a big sucker to handle.   I'm going to post a bit early, as my sciatica is killing me.  It is great to be back posting and looking at all your wonderful images.  Hope your weekend is terrific.  Tomorrow we'll have to dig out from our recent blizzard.  Hoping the sun melts a lot of it.
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)  Christmas in Arizona - a week's vacation   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)
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

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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
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

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