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Thar's frost on the pumpkin and on the window - We rarely have frost on any of our windows, so I was quite excited to see it on the storm door one morning not long ago.  I rushed to get my camera and captured a few shots.  You really need to view this in the largest sizes to see the wonderful patterns.  Thanks for the comments on my power stack pic.  Hope your holiday weekend is going well.  Glad to hear that many of you are no more ready for Christmas than I am.  We slackers like to hear that we are not the only ones!
01/28/12 - Rainbows  My Blog:  http://maryanng.blogspot.com/2012/01/rainbows.html  Today's daily is both inspired, pretty, and scientific.  What you're looking at is a macro of a CD (really a DVD) that was put in the microwave for 7 seconds.  A special thanks to Vandana and Dianne Ward for their inspiration.  I saw their beautiful photos yesterday and was motivated to give it a try myself.    If you're wondering more about why CDs reflect rainbows, here's a geeky explanation that I understood.  I took about 250 pics, and the hardest part was holding everything still so as to not blur the images and actually taking images with the rainbow color that did not also contain a SP.  Hi!  SmugMug Link  This is the CD after 7 seconds in the microwave on high (my microwave is pretty powerful).  Don't let the chemicals quickly igniting and burning out around 5 seconds cause you to jump too bad!  It's just a small flash.  Turning the fan hood on the stove on is a good idea too as there is a bit of a chemical smell for a few minutes.   SmugMug Link  A couple other pics that I liked:  SmugMug Link  SmugMug Link  SmugMug Link  If you want to give this a try, experiment a lot with the angle you hold the CD relative to the lens.  You can make it look like lightning or veins in the body or cracks in ice or wherever your imagination takes you. Most of all if you try it, have fun!  Even Donnie was getting in on the act!  SmugMug Link  My shots were mostly taken under a compact fluorescent light.  It might be worthwhile to go out in the sun or try halogen or some other light source.  Water or maybe oil on top might produce nice results too!  The comments you guys left on my B&W tree yesterday made my day.  Thanks!  HAGD, Maryann
Low Tide  ©  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 This material may not be published, broadcast, modified, or redistributed  without written agreement with the creator.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 Half Moon Bay, a cute little coastal town easily accessible from San Francisco, California.  I captured this sunset photo during a mild low tide.  There was heavy surf, very large waves, and high wind that day, so there was a lot of mist in the air.  This mist softened the lines of the lighthouse and hostel buildings in the background lending a bit of a dreamy quality to the composition.  (Note: the surf was so unusually high, that the Maverick's surf contest was held that morning (it's a world famous contest that is held only one day a year, on the day when the waves are expected to be the highest, and it attracts the world's best big-wave surfers).      You can see more of my California Coast shots via www.colleenmgriffith.com/Galleries/California/California-Coast
A flower for Amy (Wilburn)  Seeing Amy's stunning image of Jesse I tried the technique on a sun flower pic.     Thanks Amy!    Would love to hear your comments and ideas on how to improve on it.       Amy's pic:  http://amywilburn.smugmug.com/popular/1/291882496_FgD7Y/Medium
The Painted Ladies Are Moody At Night  ©  2010 Colleen M. Griffith. All Rights Reserved.  This material may not be published, broadcast, modified, or redistributed in any way without written agreement with the creator.  This image is registered with the US Copyright Office.  www.colleenmgriffith.com  www.facebook.com/colleen.griffith    You can see more of my San Francisco photos, by going to my San Francisco gallery: www.colleenmgriffith.com/Galleries/San-Francisco/San-Francisco
What IS that?  This little girl was the flower girl at a recent wedding shoot and I noticed that she was looking at the light coming in from a stained glass window onto her hand.  She was absolutely fascinated!  Thanks so much for the many nice comments on my latest balloon festival picture.  These festivals do provide so many great photo ops.  It really made my day to see so many of you liking my image.  I love to imagine all of us SmugMuggers, going about our days with our cameras at hand, always on the lookout for a great shot.  I see us at work with our cameras, sitting in the car with them on our laps, with us in restaurants and bars, and everywhere we go.  We can be found lying on the ground, perched on fences, teetering on ladders, wading in streams.  We are fearless; we are strong; we are indomitable; we are smugmuggers!  Enough, already!  Have a great day!
06/28/11 - Enter If You Dare  Just a house long since abandoned and for sale near Albemarle, NC on Hwy. 52.  I've also been studying this spot for the past several trips to/from dad's house trying to decide if I should stop and take pics or not.  Sunday was the day.  I was attracted to the peeling paint and the view through a view of the glass on this porch area.  A wider view processed similarly showing the whole porch area:  http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Inspirations/Inspirations/10386893_s5msk#1358623461_tPQJfk6  No change with my dad...  Thanks for all your comments on my glowing tree from yesterday.    HAGD, Maryann
I'm just a little girl... - Mar 14 2009  I'm a bit into sepia I guess... but I think the shot is far more interesting like this.  Fender did well yesterday evening, so we can start doing trials! Yes!!
Hanging in the wind - Aug 25 2010  Sorry, another bug shot... missed shooting macro so much that I dusted off the old Nikkor 80mm lens and took of direction bugs. It's a nice lens, but it's a full manual lens... with ever changing light... hard and unexpected winds... a real 'pleasure' to take bug shots. Darn did I miss that 60mm full auto lens :-) But I really like this shot because of the colors. This damselfly had a hard time hanging on... on the bright side I had all the time to take shots, it wasn't going anywhere... but the wind and the clouds ruined 98 of the 100 shots I took of it ;-)
7/27/12 - Washington on Mt. Rushmore.  Mt. Rushmore is photographed so often and the shots tend to look very similar, so I was searching for a way to capture a more unique image.  This was looking up through a slot in two huge rock formations.  Unfortunately,  you don't get a good view of the entire carving.  I think the bit of Lincoln that shows is rather distracting but decided not to cut it out.  Thanks for all the comments on my shot of the burro.  I thought he was cute, too.  We went back to the Grand Tetons today and had much nicer weather conditions for shooting, so I hope I got some good pics.  Hope your day is good!
Hokami, border collie - Nov 2 2008  Beautiful sunny day, perfect for a walk in the woods. I have tried to avoid placing dog pictures here... but i like this picture too much (and I want to please my darling wife). This is Hokami one of our border collies and a little bit the favorite of my wife :-)
Frozen by Padonna - Jan 10 2009  While shooting all kinds of frozen things (there's not much more to shoot now) this back lit spider web was screaming for attention. Natures simplicity can be so beautiful...
Hello Everybody, you all have been very kind to me recently with your comments and I can't thank you enough.  I've spent the last couple of days in  NY State and took this image in the Allegheny State Park, Red house lake.     Allegany State Park is a state park in western New York State, located in Cattaraugus County just north of Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania. The park is divided into two sections: The Red House Area and the Quaker Run Area. It lies within the Allegheny Highlands forests ecoregion.
"The Other Side" By Michael Pyle     "We are bonded, living and departed, by the world we have all shared, and will be defined by the manner in which we contributed to it".    Jon Knight
Sunset at Ogy - Jan 09 2009  Again a day of fog and frost... add a lovely sun and a clear blue sky and you have a wonderful opportunity to take gorgeous shots. So after work I shot 250 pictures and I must say, it was real hard to choose the DP! Went finally for the sunset because of the cool reflection on the ice. Have a nice weekend!!
Thar's frost on the pumpkin and on the window - We rarely have frost on any of our windows, so I was quite excited to see it on the storm door one morning not long ago. I rushed to get my camera and captured a few shots. You really need to view this in the largest sizes to see the wonderful patterns.

Thanks for the comments on my power stack pic. Hope your holiday weekend is going well. Glad to hear that many of you are no more ready for Christmas than I am. We slackers like to hear that we are not the only ones!

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Thar's frost on the pumpkin and on the window - We rarely have frost on any of our windows, so I was quite excited to see it on the storm door one morning not long ago.  I rushed to get my camera and captured a few shots.  You really need to view this in the largest sizes to see the wonderful patterns.  Thanks for the comments on my power stack pic.  Hope your holiday weekend is going well.  Glad to hear that many of you are no more ready for Christmas than I am.  We slackers like to hear that we are not the only ones!
Thar's frost on the pumpkin and on the window - We rarely have frost on any of our windows, so I was quite excited to see it on the storm door one morning not long ago. I rushed to get my camera and captured a few shots. You really need to view this in the largest sizes to see the wonderful patterns.

Thanks for the comments on my power stack pic. Hope your holiday weekend is going well. Glad to hear that many of you are no more ready for Christmas than I am. We slackers like to hear that we are not the only ones!

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