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"Rays of hope"  This was a little risky shot with me trying to capture this shot right from my car on a dark road (with no shoulder) in between the woods after a heavy rain. I was kind of lost on this road but the sun-rays in that darkness was a nice relief.   The road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination.  ~Marian Zimmer Bradley
2.11.08 - November    You don't hear many nice things said about November (unless you live in Oz), grey, wet and windy are the sort of words usually associated with this time of year. September and October are associated with beautiful Autumn colour. December has Christmas, and January and February are often bright and frosty. But November? Nah, best to stay indoors!    But then again, you never know what you might miss. Yesterday was everything you associate with November, it was a horrible day. But mid-afternoon I decided to go for a walk and get my Daily. The last time I visited Riseholme Hall it was a blustery summer's day of big clouds and blue skies, but yesterday was wet and nasty. Until I started to really look around me.    Despite the mist and rain the colours were rich. The reflections in the lake were beautiful, and it is a very photogenic place to go for a walk anyway. I took nearly 100 photos in less than an hour of ducking and diving between trees in the rain, and was looking forward to processing them.     But then my troubles started, Elements just refused to save anything! I started to think that it would never work, but this morning everything is working again, weird! I hate to be a slave to PP, but I really was lost without it last night. I'm rarely totally satisfied with images straight from the camera, and always like to tweak things slightly, even if it is only a small crop. Having said that, the D50 copes very well with these light conditions and most that was needed was an unsharp mask to deal with the mist.    Today is bright and sunny, so if I get chance I'd like to get out to Riseholme again and take some shots in very different conditions. Then I'll upload them all into a new gallery which should be really nice. These could be the last shots of Autumn before all the leaves are gone, but I'm glad I dragged my carcass out into the rain yesterday, it was much nicer than I thought it was going to be. Don't underestimate November :)
'UKO'...04/25/2011...    'Unidentified Klutzy Object'...KP stumbles upon the 'Prize Egg' and marvels at its reflective capacity...
Colorado Balloon Classic - We went to this event very early this foggy morning.  The balloon launch was delayed several times, but eventually, around 8:30, the balloons starting launching.  There was apparently almost no wind aloft, so, after they launched, the balloons just hung around in the air over us for a long time.  This shot was early in the first wave of launches.  The shot was taken with my fisheye lens.  I still have many, many shots of this event to process, but if you'd like to see a few of the others, they can be found here in my "Colorado Balloon Classic" gallery, which is in the "Other" category:  http://fotoeffects.smugmug.com/Other/Colorado-Balloon-Classic/9540120_hQhxe#641316963_fagpa.  I actually entered a different shot from the balloon festival in the Dgrin Challenge "A Different Perspective."  I have not had any success in the challenges so far, but it is such a good learning experience that I keep trying.  My train shots were done with the thought that I might use them in the challenge.  With regard to the train shots, I actually took pics of two different trains.  The first was not moving too fast and I got pretty cocky that I was completely safe so close to the tracks.  The second train came through much faster, and, although I seemed to be fine, I must admit it was a bit more unnerving.  However, I'll probably do it again, as I really did not get the shot I was hoping for.  Thanks for the great response to my train shot.  A lot of you also looked at some of the other shots in my "Trains, Trains, Trains" gallery, under the "Other" category.  Thanks for all the comments.  I sure appreciate them.  Have a great Monday --- if that is possible?
Holy Family Sunset, Gretna Nebraska    My little sister Taylor and I went out to take some sunset photos at the Holy Family Shrine about 20 minutes outside of Omaha.  The chapel is a stunning combination of glass and wood.  We see the shrine every time we go to Lincoln, as it's clearly visible from the interstate.  Hopefully we'll go back soon.  For those interested, the Holy Family Shrine website is here: http://www.holyfamilyshrineproject.com/    This is a seven exposure HDR.  So much for my non-HDR streak of two dailies.  This photo caused all kinds of problems in tonemapping and was a big hassle to process.  Even after working on it for a few hours I'm still not satisfied.  I'll have to come back to it on a rainy day.  I had a blast processing and listening to hard core rap music with my dad into the wee hours of the night while everyone in the family was sleeping.  Dad wasn't as into the music as me, but he played along.  Ah the holidays...    Daily photo: Dec 23, 2011, taken Dec 22, 2011
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01FEB2012   Big Beautiful Doll  This shot was just after a simulated bombing run, the other planes in the group were ahead and laid down the bombs prior to the Big Beautiful Doll strafing the ground here with small arms fire from the wing mounted guns. The smoke it was flying through was real dense and the craft is very low, I had to crop some heads out on the bottom of the pic. I have taken many shots at these air shows in the manual mode but lets face it, your panning on a target that is moving at a blistering pace, with changing light conditions through the shot. So the trick I have found when you are shooting action is quite simple....don't go in hard on the item you are trying to get a shot of, actually make the camera work for you, take a wider than normal shot and take the frame down in processing rather than in the field.  So the plane is rather far away in the original shot at 200mm, more importantly here though it is in focus....thats because the pan speed is correct to the speed of the plane, thats the most important thing to remember....if the pan speed is wrong....your shot is out of focus....everytime. So, I am not a big fan of autofocus, but in these conditions you just have to much going on to get the shot, try panning something today, its not as hard as you think but it is the thing that makes the difference in an action shot.....everytime.  I wish I was flying a plane but no I am on the ground.  Phil....those people are looking for the shot they want to see....I tend to see what you give me, your perspective, not what I am looking for, thats why all the work you do is great....it's your perspective that counts.....everytime!  Looks almost fake...another airshow shot from this summer.  Thanks for your comments....much appreciated! Thanks for the great questions, I hope this helps!!! #1 01FEB2012
12-16: This is a shot standing in the middle of the road looking down the 16th street mall in Denver. It's wierd that you don't see many people, buses or carriages because the place was packed that night. In fact I was almost run over by a horse drawn carriage on the sidewalk!
Eggsperimenting with off camera flash. 4/3/2010
04/09/2010 ***Today is my mother's birthday. She was born April 9, 1941 and she flew home to God on October 26, 1994. The day before she passed away, she promised my oldest brother, John that she would be waiting for him on the day of his death. A few years later, my brother, Jim was diagnosed with duodenal cancer. He fought it for 2 years and finally succumbed to it 9 years ago today at 1:00 AM on what would have been the celebration of Mom's 60th birthday. In the moments before Jim's passing, John stepped out of the room and talked to Mom in his heart. He said to her "That promise you made to me the day before you died, I want you to make it true for Jim right now." As I held Jim's hand, he looked at me with fear in his eyes. He wanted to fight for his life. His last words an hour earlier were "I don't want to die". But he was so tired and in so much pain. As John asked Mom to be there waiting for Jim, I believe God allowed her to come to us and embrace her son as he struggled his way out of this life's cocoon. John was coming back into the room when Jim began to fight for his last breath. John and I held Jim's hands and Dad placed his hand gently on Jim's leg as we watched his soul flutter away. This was the most painful moment my soul has ever experienced. It was more difficult than my mother's passing and even my husband's passing. I can't even say why, just that Jim was my brother and in a way, my childhood soul mate. He was the one who walked me home from my 1st day of kindergarten so I would not get lost. He was always there to help me find my way. As difficult as the moment of his death was, I treasure it. I can not imagine my life without it. When my life began, it was the 5 of us. And somehow, God saw fit to grant us the mercy that the 5 of us were there when Jim fluttered his wings and flew away.  Jim, I love you and I miss you. Please be there waiting for me when it is time for me to come out of this cocoon. How else will your little sister find her way home?
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!
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
Sunday, July 15, 2012    "AZURE SEAFORM PAIR" by Dale Chihuly (2011)  $5,600.00    "Among the several kinds of beauty, the eye takes most delight in colors." ~ Joseph Addison    Here's the final post in the Dale Chihuly 2012 (Dallas, TX) series; thanks for your comments. Dale Chihuly's official website is www.chihuly.com.    During our visit, I overheard someone say that turquoise is Dale Chihuly's favorite color. This work of art was sitting atop a pedestal and enclosed in glass, but that didn't prohibit me from taking a picture.    "The Azure Seaform Pair is a two-piece composition that resonates with these reflective qualities of marine forms. A tidal cadence of turquoise along the mouth of the piece illuminates the bands of lapis strata that wrap the body. Set against these temperate tonalities, a radiant yellow lip wrap defines the folding contours of the body, accentuating the form articulated in this piece. This handblown Studio Edition measures approximately ten inches across and arrives with a custom-designed display vitrine and Chihuly Seaforms, a book detailing the inspiration behind this series, with forty-four full-color photographs and an introduction by oceanographer Sylvia Earle. Azure Seaform Pair is a fluid expression of the aquatic translated through the artist’s chosen medium of glass." ~ Reprinted text from DC's PP    View the back of this hand blown glass art piece here: http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/19371744_9MCHQS#!i=1936594779&k=ZvBn3dj&lb=1&s=A     Be blessed and share the rest!    "GARDENS OF GLASS: DALE CHIHULY" 2012   Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens   Dallas, TX    http://www.dallasarboretum.org/    ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***     (photo taken June 29, 2012)
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
"Rays of hope"

This was a little risky shot with me trying to capture this shot right from my car on a dark road (with no shoulder) in between the woods after a heavy rain. I was kind of lost on this road but the sun-rays in that darkness was a nice relief.


The road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination. ~Marian Zimmer Bradley

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"Rays of hope"  This was a little risky shot with me trying to capture this shot right from my car on a dark road (with no shoulder) in between the woods after a heavy rain. I was kind of lost on this road but the sun-rays in that darkness was a nice relief.   The road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination.  ~Marian Zimmer Bradley
"Rays of hope"

This was a little risky shot with me trying to capture this shot right from my car on a dark road (with no shoulder) in between the woods after a heavy rain. I was kind of lost on this road but the sun-rays in that darkness was a nice relief.


The road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination. ~Marian Zimmer Bradley

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