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I got a new camera! I have been working with a Nikon D40 and am now celebrating my upgrade to a D90. Kinda needed to though. My D40 is in the shop....and I have photos to take, darn it.  Over the Holidays I was reading the Twilight series *sigh*...(I know, I know...already to much information;)And finally saw the movie. Then a couple nights ago, I watched Sweeney Todd. I was amazed by the lighting, the colors, contrast of both movies. I love the hair and costume design in Sweeney Todd... I became inspired....and this was my result...  ****Thank you very much for all of the Awesome comments. I must admit though, this is a self portrait. Yup. Me, my camera, tri-pod, and a touch of inspirado.....********
5-23: This is a bridge over the Podure river north of town. You can see that it is really greening up around here!
1-03: Thursday I let my daughter drive up to Horsetooth and on some of the roads up there (she's just started learning to drive). It just so happened that the sky was pretty awesome looking so I had her stop and I took some pictures. As you can see our snow is almost completely gone now :(
3rd year Pic 266 - Jun 30 2011 View from Cottage   Club Mahindra, Munnar.  This was shot from outside our cottage and is a 3 shot HDR.  Munnar is one of the most popular hill-resort towns in Kerala in southern India. The name Munnar is believed to be derived from the Malayalam/Tamil words Munu (three) and aaru (river), referring to the town's strategic location at the confluence of the Muthirappuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers.  Set at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district, Munnar was the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days. Unending expanse of tea plantations - pristine valleys and mountains- exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests - aroma of spice scented cool air  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munnar http://www.munnar.com/
09/07/09 - The boys and I went to a local private zoo yesterday called Noah's Landing.  This place is all about hands-on learning and interaction with the animals.  The NC Wildlife Rescue Center out of Sandford was onsite with some of their rescue birds, and this Great Horned Owl was amongst them.  I've only ever seen a Great Horned Owl in the wild once, and that was just a silhouette on a power line, so I was ecstatic to get to see one THIS CLOSE.      The boys and I had a superb time.  We got to touch an alligator, skunk, opossum and more.  We will go back!    I put up a blog post about our visit here:  http://maryanng.blogspot.com    Besides the great horned owl, they had a red-tailed hawk, a black vulture, a screech owl, and a barred owl.  Wow!      Thank you all so much for receiving my black swallowtail picture so well yesterday:-)  I took a picture of a red-spotted purple yesterday on the way to Noah's Landing, and that just might be tomorrow's POTD.     I hope you are enjoying the holiday!    Maryann
Picture #191      -Painted Sunrise  Just a photo I revisited after hearing the seminar and trying a few things...  I never take what others say even if it is at a seminar as gospel...  It may be something that worked for them but I still use my own head and try different things.    clarity- adds shadow to dark areas, vibrance-  is far better than using saturation because it makes all the colors brighter and he stated rarely do you need all of them brighter.   Vibrance adds a color punch to in areas where there is less saturation.  1) It makes any color that is dull more bright, 2) it does very little to the colors that are already bright, 3) it does it's best to avoid skin tones altogether... so is much more controllable than saturation is....  well, that's what the speaker said but each to their own I say you know best what works for you..  this is an old photo from 9/09 that I had never processed because of the difficult lighting but was much easier trying some of the new techs..  have a great day.. I get to babysit Chloe again Mon...  :-)  connie
S for silhuette  Sandwich, Front layer is a small bridge, and the background is a rusty ship
03/14/11 - Toco Toucon or is it Mr. Fruit Loop?    The kids and I traveled back to Scotland Neck yesterday to go to the Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park.  We really enjoy our visits there seeing all the birds and walking the easy trail.  There's a beaver blind and a treehouse as well as a playground area with fossil dirt brought in from Aurora for the kids to look for fossil teeth.    The Toco Toucon obviously stands out for his color and personality, and this is Johnny's favorite bird at the park.  Easy for me as the photographer to fall in love with that beautiful blue eye.  This was our 3rd visit to the park, and each time we've spent a good bit of time visiting with this bird.    This guy is a native to parts of Africa.  Not on any endanged lists thank goodness.  Males and femlaes look the same only males are larger.  They live in more open areas than forest areas.  They like fruits like figs but also eat reptiles and insects and even sometimes small birds.      Link to Joey's POTD:    http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Daily-Photos/LightningFastJoeys-POTD/11187845_dd7pS#1215884498_UAtxo    Thanks for your comments on the St. Patrick's Day Parade collage.      Best bird collage from yesterday:    http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Nature/March-2011/16046070_gZarf#1215665275_g82PM  Putting all the ones I like side by side like that helps me pick sometimes.    Best kid collage:    http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Nature/March-2011/16046070_gZarf#1215667474_aRfn2    The unique crop is because he's in a cage.  Although the eye detail is not so nice if you line things up to get his whole beak in beause it's so long.  Here's a shot from our last visit that shows his full beak (and a sweet gum ball he's playing with):    http://fotomom.smugmug.com/SylvanHeightsWaterfowlParkScot/Sylvan-Heights-022011/15917697_ZVfEA#1193792092_7ZqtL    I spent some time trying out a polarizing filter yesterday.  I wan't impressed.  I may try again.    HAGD,  Maryann
Monday, December 17, 2010  "IKEBANA DOUBLE ENDER AND ROWBOAT with NIIJIMA FLOATS" by Dale Chihuly  "Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up."  ~ Allen Klein  I've selected this one as my computer's screesaver. I am a huge admirer of Dale Chihuly's glass art. These were imported from Finland. The entire gallery of this collection can be viewed in my ArtScape folder.   The complete "Chihuly: The Collection" gallery is here:   http://godschild.smugmug.com/ArtScape-1/Chihuly-The-Collection-2010  I appreciate all of your comments on yesterday's photo.   What a busy week........TGI Friday!   "Chihuly: The Collection" Oklahoma City Museum of Art Oklahoma City, Oklahoma www.chihuly.com  *** #2 photo of the day and all time ***  (photo taken 7/24/2010)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
22.3.08 - Happy Easter! We actually had some snow showers today, but none of it settled so no snowy DP today. I had to go into town, and on the way back decided to dodge a particularly nasty snow shower by going into the cathedral. I timed it just right for a guided roof tour, and ended up staying for nearly two hours. This isn't my most innovative or quirky shot of the cathedral, but it does show its gothic majesty off best. I can never get my head round the fact that this was all built by hand; no scaffolding, no cranes, no laser range finders, just blood and sweat. I took over 80 photos today(!), so some of them will make it to other galleries when I get chance. I'll probably start a separate gallery for Cathedral interiors, and there were some stunning views from the roof! Happy Easter..........    I've put one of today's efforts here  http://johnloguk.smugmug.com/gallery/4518270_XDZuH#268878026    New Cathedral Gallery now here  http://johnloguk.smugmug.com/gallery/4562724_EH5v6/1/268904689_tgGam#268904689
"A Healing Sunset"  It was a long day today with some bad headache by evening. Instead of adding some caffeine to the evening I added a sunset to feel better. Definitely worked :-)     “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” ~Rabindranath Tagore ~
June 30, 2011    Here's another one of the 'reflection' photos that I enjoy seeing and snapping shots of.  The red 1950 Ford pickup is reflected in the hub cap of a 1940 Chevrolet.  I thought it was pretty cool because the red accents in the wheel really set the red of the reflected pickup off nicely.  And don't you love those big white wall tires?    If you check this out in X2 or X3, you'll be able to see lots of neat details and reflections.    Both vehicles are owned by our friend Gary, and were at the recent car show.  To see a larger photo of the Chevrolet car, click here:    http://lgood.smugmug.com/Cars/Classic-Cars/12442807_L6QVo/#1355627499_DRdWCbv    We are enjoying our vacation.  Sorry for the very little commenting I've been able to do, but I'll catch up as soon as I can.  You guys are posting some awesome shots this week!!    Best regards,  Linda
A view of my yard after a winter snowstorm - this is one of a small file of photos that I discovered this week on one of my external drives that had never been processed.  I processed them and added them to my "Snowy Days" gallery this week.  We actually have not had this much snow at one time this year.  THIS SHOT REALLY NEEDS TO BE VIEWED IN THE LARGEST SIZES.  Thanks to those of you who commented on my shot of the froggie in the window. And another weekend is here and I hope you are able to enjoy yours.  Cheers!
"Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." When he had said this, he breathed his last. Luke 23:46
Saturday, June 6th.
I got a new camera!
I have been working with a Nikon D40 and am now celebrating my upgrade to a D90. Kinda needed to though. My D40 is in the shop....and I have photos to take, darn it.
Over the Holidays I was reading the Twilight series *sigh*...(I know, I know...already to much information;)And finally saw the movie.
Then a couple nights ago, I watched Sweeney Todd. I was amazed by the lighting, the colors, contrast of both movies. I love the hair and costume design in Sweeney Todd...
I became inspired....and this was my result...

****Thank you very much for all of the Awesome comments. I must admit though, this is a self portrait. Yup. Me, my camera, tri-pod, and a touch of inspirado.....********

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I got a new camera! I have been working with a Nikon D40 and am now celebrating my upgrade to a D90. Kinda needed to though. My D40 is in the shop....and I have photos to take, darn it.  Over the Holidays I was reading the Twilight series *sigh*...(I know, I know...already to much information;)And finally saw the movie. Then a couple nights ago, I watched Sweeney Todd. I was amazed by the lighting, the colors, contrast of both movies. I love the hair and costume design in Sweeney Todd... I became inspired....and this was my result...  ****Thank you very much for all of the Awesome comments. I must admit though, this is a self portrait. Yup. Me, my camera, tri-pod, and a touch of inspirado.....********
I got a new camera!
I have been working with a Nikon D40 and am now celebrating my upgrade to a D90. Kinda needed to though. My D40 is in the shop....and I have photos to take, darn it.
Over the Holidays I was reading the Twilight series *sigh*...(I know, I know...already to much information;)And finally saw the movie.
Then a couple nights ago, I watched Sweeney Todd. I was amazed by the lighting, the colors, contrast of both movies. I love the hair and costume design in Sweeney Todd...
I became inspired....and this was my result...

****Thank you very much for all of the Awesome comments. I must admit though, this is a self portrait. Yup. Me, my camera, tri-pod, and a touch of inspirado.....********

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