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11/23/10 - Tree in the Fog  I have been watching and studying this tree for a couple of years now.  Whenever there is fog, it seems to stand out from the backdrop...a solitary, lonely figure.  I finally made up  my mind yesterday to figure out where to park the car to get out to take a picture...not a small feat.  I do try to stay safe, but this location is more precarious than some.  Most days I am joyful as I spend time with the kids.  My life is full of laughter and color; it's vibrant and full of life like many of my pictures.  But some days at least deep inside it is like this too.  I guess a bit of that side is slipping through today.  I stopped to think about my mother for a few minutes when I took this.  She was involved in a horrible traffic accident with a tractor trailer on a foggy morning in November just before Thanksgiving in 1985.  For me, the fog will always be more than just the fog.  Back to bright and cheery tomorrow I promise...  Thanks for your comments on Johnny and the Jon boat.  It was as serene out there as you thought.  Little wind, warm sun on our skin, very few boats out on the lake...a calming hour without the chaos of life.  HAGD, Maryann
January 24, 2010 - "Sunday Morning Fog"  Last Sunday morning I looked outside and there was heavy fog.  So I quickly dressed and drove a couple miles to a barn that I have been wanting to shoot in heavy fog.  The barn sits on a hill and there was not enough fog to even get out of the car and try a shot.  So, on the way home I stopped by some horse property on the low land around Bear Creek.  None of the horses were out but I did get this photo.  April 25, 2010 - This photo was the second place winner in the Scenics category of the juried 2010 Bob Jones Nature Center Photography Contest in Southlake, Texas.  There were six categories and the photos had to be shot in our local area Ecosystem
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August 28, 2010 update - "Clouds Over Grapevine"  An 8x10 version of this photo won Best Of Show and 1st Place in the City Views category for the annual "What's Great In Grapevine" photo contest.  There were 106 amateur entries in the juried contest.  January 31, 2010 - "Last Train To Ft. Worth"  This was shot last Sunday at the historic Grapevine, Texas railroad station.  I was checking out a Lake Grapevine marina for photo ops but did not see anything I liked.  On the way home I noticed there were not many cars parked at the railroad station, so took the opportunity to shoot.That makes two Sundays in a row that my alternate venue has worked out :)  Tourist trains run from Grapvine to the historic Ft. Worth Stockyards.  footnote to Ed's comment - was shot HDR
My granddaughter, Quinn, posed for me after Christmas.  Hope you are all enjoying the holiday weekend!
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
Sunset On The Beach  ©  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    This San Francisco beach has the best of both worlds:  a wonderful view of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and a seemingly endless view of the majestic Pacific Ocean and Marin Headlands.    You can see more of my San Francisco photos, by going to my San Francisco gallery: www.colleenmgriffith.com/Galleries/San-Francisco/San-Francisco
2-02: This is another from Saturday's sunset. Several people have asked if the colors are real (natural) in yesterday's. It was taken as three bracketed exposures but only at -1, 0 and 1. Then combined in Photomatix. Then final processing in Capture NX2 (mostly brightness and focus adjustments) I didn't change any colors. I did actually have to desaturate a little because the orange and reds tend to be over saturated sometimes. I used the same processing on today's post. This one was actually taken a few minutes before the one I posted yesterday, so the clouds are more orange than red or pink
October 10, 2009 - "Majestic Yellowstone Morning "    This two stitch image was shot our first full morning in Yellowstone.  The mountain splendor was highlighted in the early morning light.  Yellowstone is not a place for sleeping in!  We were on the road at 730am each morning we were in the park.
December 5, 2009 Daily Photo.  The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.   It was supposed to snow but it was raining. I took lots of close-ups but I think this best shows the scale. I'll make a "Christmas In New York" gallery when I get a chance.
Beach View Sunset, Columbia MO    My friends and I have been having such a good time at the True/False film festival that I haven't had time to process new photos.  Here's another view of the "best beach in Missouri."  For more information on this beach see my previous daily here:  http://smu.gs/xy4UJ4    This is a seven exposure HDR.  This was one of the compositions I played around with before the sunset.  The beach does not have many leading lines to connect the foreground and the background.  This view and the log view linked above were my best efforts.      Thank you so much for your comments on Lise's model pose yesterday!  If you want to know how to take stunning beauty portraits, tune in to CreativeLIVE this Friday, Saturday and Sunday to catch Sue Bryce's glamour workshop.  It's free to watch live at www.creativeLIVE.com/live, or try the low resolution version here: www.creativelive.com/low.  Sue's photos are awesome and I've learned a lot of lighting and posing techniques from her in the past and this weekend.    Daily photo: March 3, 2012, taken Feb 22, 2012
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
6.27.2011. We found these wonderful windmills overlooking the nice little town of Consuegra, Spain. There are 11 of them sprinkled here along with a small castle that was closed :( While they are not the ones that Don Quixote did battle with, they are the same types.   The funniest thing was that one of the windmills is a little tourist shop and we stopped there first to get a cold drink. The shopkeeper told us we could climb the stairs and look out, so up we marched, and as we climbed he loudly sang  The lady's very pretty  The lady's very nice  The lady's very pretty  I'd like to kiss her twice!     Oh those Spaniards!!!     Thanks everyone for all your comments, it's so fun to be home and be following all the great pictures in the dailies.
Friday, July 13, 2012  "FLOAT BOAT and CARNIVAL BOAT" (with Niijima Floats, Reeds, and Marlins) by Dale Chihuly  "Colour is life; for a world without colours appears to us as dead." ~ Johannes Itten  My FAVORITE in this exhibit and located in the infinity pool with a view of White Rock Lake in the background.......  An encounter with Dale Chihuly's works is always a spectacular reminder that glass is not just something to see through or drink out of. The glass work transforms the area into a wonderland of colors. This dramatic Chihuly exhibit offers a spectacular display of color and plenty of unique art forms around every corner.  "Chihuly first filled boats wit his glass elements in Nuutajarvi, Finland during the Chihuly Over Venice project in June 1995. After several days of glassblowing in the hotshop, the team made temporary installations along the Nuutajoki, the river nearby. Chihuly then filled it with Chandelier parts and other glass forms that were blown during the Finland trip." ~  Reprinted text from DA&BG's brochure  Artist's Statement.........."I've never done anything like the Floats. They are probably the most monumental-looking, since there's no reminiscence of a container shape. Just because they are so big, the Floats are technically, or let's say physically, the most difficult things that we have ever done. Even though a sphere or a ball is about the easiest form you can make in glass, when you get to this scale, up to forty inches in diameter, it becomes extremely difficult." ~ Dale Chihuly  Dale Chihuly's official website is www.chihuly.com  Oh Happy Friday!  "Gardens of Glass: Dale Chihuly" 2012  @ A Woman's Garden Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens  Dallas, TX Official website: http://www.dallasarboretum.org/  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***   (photo taken June 29, 2012)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
Foreboding skies over the Cathedral of the Transfiguration in Abakan, Khakassia. (Russia)
11/23/10 - Tree in the Fog

I have been watching and studying this tree for a couple of years now. Whenever there is fog, it seems to stand out from the backdrop...a solitary, lonely figure. I finally made up my mind yesterday to figure out where to park the car to get out to take a picture...not a small feat. I do try to stay safe, but this location is more precarious than some. Most days I am joyful as I spend time with the kids. My life is full of laughter and color; it's vibrant and full of life like many of my pictures. But some days at least deep inside it is like this too. I guess a bit of that side is slipping through today.

I stopped to think about my mother for a few minutes when I took this. She was involved in a horrible traffic accident with a tractor trailer on a foggy morning in November just before Thanksgiving in 1985. For me, the fog will always be more than just the fog.

Back to bright and cheery tomorrow I promise...

Thanks for your comments on Johnny and the Jon boat. It was as serene out there as you thought. Little wind, warm sun on our skin, very few boats out on the lake...a calming hour without the chaos of life.

HAGD,
Maryann

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11/23/10 - Tree in the Fog  I have been watching and studying this tree for a couple of years now.  Whenever there is fog, it seems to stand out from the backdrop...a solitary, lonely figure.  I finally made up  my mind yesterday to figure out where to park the car to get out to take a picture...not a small feat.  I do try to stay safe, but this location is more precarious than some.  Most days I am joyful as I spend time with the kids.  My life is full of laughter and color; it's vibrant and full of life like many of my pictures.  But some days at least deep inside it is like this too.  I guess a bit of that side is slipping through today.  I stopped to think about my mother for a few minutes when I took this.  She was involved in a horrible traffic accident with a tractor trailer on a foggy morning in November just before Thanksgiving in 1985.  For me, the fog will always be more than just the fog.  Back to bright and cheery tomorrow I promise...  Thanks for your comments on Johnny and the Jon boat.  It was as serene out there as you thought.  Little wind, warm sun on our skin, very few boats out on the lake...a calming hour without the chaos of life.  HAGD, Maryann
11/23/10 - Tree in the Fog

I have been watching and studying this tree for a couple of years now. Whenever there is fog, it seems to stand out from the backdrop...a solitary, lonely figure. I finally made up my mind yesterday to figure out where to park the car to get out to take a picture...not a small feat. I do try to stay safe, but this location is more precarious than some. Most days I am joyful as I spend time with the kids. My life is full of laughter and color; it's vibrant and full of life like many of my pictures. But some days at least deep inside it is like this too. I guess a bit of that side is slipping through today.

I stopped to think about my mother for a few minutes when I took this. She was involved in a horrible traffic accident with a tractor trailer on a foggy morning in November just before Thanksgiving in 1985. For me, the fog will always be more than just the fog.

Back to bright and cheery tomorrow I promise...

Thanks for your comments on Johnny and the Jon boat. It was as serene out there as you thought. Little wind, warm sun on our skin, very few boats out on the lake...a calming hour without the chaos of life.

HAGD,
Maryann

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