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The Dock Before Sunrise, Bayview TX    I woke up in time for the blue hour before sunrise despite having only four hours of sleep that night, and driving 14 hours on very little sleep the day before.  It was worth it.  There was one burst of clouds on the horizon and they were well placed at the end of the dock I had access to.  There was very little wind and the water was calm.  The blue hour was already underway when I arrived and the sunrise colors were starting to trickle across the horizon.  Mother Nature was not going to be out-shined by the fireworks the night before.    This is a single 43 second exposure.  I used a circular polarizer to increase the glare on the water so that it would be more reflective and so that the exposure of the water would more closely match the exposure of the sky.  I had trouble focusing in the dark so I did not want to go below f/11 and risk having some of the dock out of focus.  I had to take several shots and check the focus by zooming in on my LCD screen. When a 30 second exposure was still too dark, I went to bulb mode so I could hold the trigger down for as long as I needed.  I used my other camera as a timer to help me time the shots.  For a 60 second exposure I held the trigger down while firing two 30 second exposures on my other camera.  This was probably supposed to be a 40 second exposure but I held the trigger three seconds too long.  Bulb mode is never an exact science.  Lastly, I started out shooting at 17mm, which really stretched the dock into the horizon and squashed the clouds.  I've been pushing myself to stop shooting exclusively at 17mm and it paid off this time.  Switching to 40mm compressed the frame by making the clouds appear closer and taller, and I think it created a more dramatic photo.    I really like the long exposure effect on the water and I have been longing to try this technique on a dock since we went to Andaman Islands India back in early January.    Daily photo: July 9, 2012, taken July 5, 2012
Monday, June 24, 2013   "MONDAY BLUES"  “The best color in the whole world, is the one that looks good on you!” ~  Coco Chanel    SOOC, uncropped, flash fired   "I think a number of us agree that Mondays are the most difficult transition. Although it has the same number of hours as the rest of the days, our internal clocks naturally operate on a day that is longer than 24 hours. It seems that it takes ages to get Monday over. We just had two glorious days off free from stress and doing stuff we love to do. Now we are back at work facing piles of tasks that meeting deadlines, list of appointments or some difficult unsolved tasks that we don’t really feel like doing."   "Hey, come on… No matter we like it or not, we still have to get things done and to get the day over. Let's take some of the control back and make ourselves feel good by doing small things that can redirect your focus, such as share with your colleague about the fun you have over the weekend, reading some jokes, positive quotes or watch a short fun video. Let's fill up the Monday Blues with some colours." ~ Reprinted texts from http://www.123Greetings.com  Here's the final test shot of one of my favorite necklaces taken with the new 35mm lens. I placed one of my crinkled blouses underneath as a backdrop.  Don't get the blues and "sweat the small stuff" regarding comments being posted prior to the "Starter Comment." I don't mind at all.  Have a beautiful "blue" Monday!  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken 6/22/2013)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
08OCT2012  Milling Around  Dell's Mill aka Clark's Mill with some Fall foliage all lit up in the morning sun......Great place, scenic area with lots of barns to shoot as well.  Image won First Place in the "Travel Category" n4c.us in October 2012, submitted through the Omaha Camera Club.  Comments are welcome, lots of Wisconsin images to upload....have a great day!  Dan, sorry we didn't know you lived there....great area.
Bayview Sunrise, Bayview TX    I think it's a good thing that I'm not going to be living this close to the bay when we move TX, otherwise I'd probably spend all my time on the docks.  I really love seascape photography when I get a chance to do it.  I really like how the long exposure effect smoothes out the water and of course the sunrise reflection.    This is a two exposure HDR and the exposure times are 8 and 15 seconds.  I use Photomatix Pro, version 4.1.3, but thanks to Art's question yesterday have now updated to 4.2.3.  In Photomatix I use tonemapping.  See my post yesterday for more info an links to Trey's HDR tutorial.  Yesterday I also provided links to a new lighting show with Joel Grimes on Framed Network called Lit up, check out  episode seven.  Lastly, Creative Live is broadcasting live and FREE all weekend.  The workshop is titled "Sales Sales Sales," taught by photo business guru Tamara Lackey.  I have seen Tamara's previous workshops on Creative Live and she really knows business.  Creative Live broadcasts replays all night long so you have two chances (or three if you stay up really late) to catch it.      Daily photo: July 21, 2012, taken July 5, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012  "THE PHOENIX"   "Hold fast to your dreams, for without them life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." ~ Langston Hughes   SOOC........a different twist, but nevertheless, here's my contribution to fellow SmugMugger L. Perry Fuqua's "Earth Day" Challenge.   Of course, the colors were the initial attraction to this work of art.  This photo was taken as we were walking through the airport to await the boarding of our flight for home from Phoenix, AZ to Houston, TX. Unfortunately, I didn't get the artist name.  DISCLAIMER: The following views are not my personal views, opinions, or beliefs. The texts are included as background, informational purposes only. A card was given to me by a young man who was standing in the store after I snapped this picture. The following texts were written on it. Coincidentally, when I uploaded the Arizona photos and started putting the dates on them, this one just so happened to fall on today. With that said........  "The Phoenix" is associated with triumph over adversity, and that which rises out of ashes. It is symbolic of hope, purity, faith, eternity, and light. The Phoenix not only represents immortality but also an individual who stands apart from the rest, a person of rare qualities."  Additionally, "Only one Phoenix exists at a time. When the mystical bird felt its death was near, it would rebuild a nest of aromatic twigs in which it burned from the heat of its own body. The Phoenix would be consumed by the flames and then would resurrect from the ashes. The Phoenix's flight has been said to represent the capacity to leave the world and its problems behind, flying toward the sun in clear pure skies." ~ Reprinted texts from the card  Thanks for your comments on the collectible "Salt and Pepper Shakers" that landed in the #1 spot yesterday.  Have a beautiful and blessed Sunday.  Sky Harbor International Airport Phoenix, AZ  ***#1 photo of the day and all-time***  (photo taken 12/31/2011)  My Homepage: http://www.Godschild.smugmug.com
January 7, 2012  This shot was taken just after sundown somewhere along the Mississippi coast of the Gulf of Mexico.  We had stopped to walk on the beautiful white-sand beaches and take some photos.  Just as we left, we stopped at a nearby marina to put gas in the car and I couldn't resist taking this photo.  Frame added in Picnik.  I hope you enjoy this tranquil setting captured in this photo - it's going to be one of my favorites from our recent vacation.  Check it out in X3 for all the color, reflections and details.  Thanks for your comments!!!  Have a fabulous weekend!!!  Linda
Autumn Symphony #3......  I went out fog hunting yesterday and came home with this instead....and 124 others! The creek had trees over-hanging and every time the breeze blew,  more drops would fall off the leaves and onto the water. The swampy looking bubbles are actually the water droplets, in varying stages of hitting the water's surface. The color is the foliage in the background. The original shot is very similar to this with the exception of luminance.  The younger generation (my kids and all their friends) really like it. I'm kinda fond of it, too.
Boats on the Velikaya River bank. (6.11.2011)  Sorry I didn't have time to comment yesterday. Hope everyone has a relaxing weekend.
Inside the TicToc Diner - The TicToc Diner in Lake City, CO, is one of only a few surviving diners called Valentine Diners, which were ordered from a catalog.  Today was the day when I could have gotten the shot of a lifetime, but didn't.  After our father's day breakfast at I-Hop, we decided to take a drive over to the Woodland Park area in our old restored 1975 Porsche 911.  Apparently, everyone else in Colorado Springs had the same idea because traffic was incredibly heavy, although moving along at a fast clip.  We're tooling along at about sixty miles an hour and I have my camera in my hand, when out of the corner of my eye I see these big brown shapes.  I swivel my head to look and realize I'm looking at two large brown bears....eating on grass or some other plant.  They looked incredibly cute and rolly polly.  There was no shoulder on which to stop and the traffic was so thick that it was impossible to stop.  I was sick about it.  By the time we got back around, they were gone.  Oh, well, c'est la vie!
Sunlight - I had to wait that the sun settle a bit before shooting this one. I wanted the tree to glow. Cheers - JY
The morning flyout of snow geese at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in NM.  This is actually a tiny proportion of the snow geese that were part of the main flyout.  When that happens, the sky is pretty much covered totally with birds.  There are some shots of that in my "Birds" gallery.  They're not as interesting as photos, but they are pretty interesting in terms of understanding the flyout event.  I was amazed by your response to my shot of the cookware with the reflections.  Some of you wondered where I was, since I didn't show up much in the reflections.  I was off a bit to the side.  Unfortunately, that nice cookware is not mine.  I took the shot at Williams Sonoma.  Hope your week started well and that you have a great day!
Happy Valentine's Day!!!!    POTD February 14, 2011 - Best viewed in X2    This classic Ford truck is really red, but I was experimenting with PP - just playing around really.  But I kind of liked this effect.  I particularly liked the reflections of the Mustang in the side, the grass in the wheels and the understated color of this beauty.    Best viewed in x large to see the fine detail.    Here's the 'original' shot straight out of the camera:   http://lgood.smugmug.com/gallery/12442807_L6QVo/#1187288707_Bu2oA    Thanks for all you kind comments this week.  Have a good one!!!!    Best regards.,  Linda
Old lady at sunrise
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