Archive for June, 2013

I hope to take more photos tomorrow, but for now these are a couple more from the other day…this one was taken looking in the opposite direction from the ducks.  Off Silver Beach

waterfront.2.2013I love flowers and always make sure I’ve them in the house…I usually choose purples and white, while not my usual choice, these caught my eye…

flowers.2.2013

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converted and not…

I’ve recently converted a number of color photos to black & white…when the shot works I find it very appealing.
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below is from the same beach as the duck family the other day…there were 4 different families in the area, the one on the shore I’ve already posted, this one family…the other two sets were too far away to take photo…moma.babies.3.2013


Most of us aren’t a fan of Dandelions, myself included, but they do look pretty and delicate just before they get blown all over…dandelion.2013this lovely flower is one from a bush in my next door neighbors front yard…I don’t think it is as sharp as it could be due to the fact it was swaying a bit in the breeze when I was taking the photo…I couldn’t resist!

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my first photos…

Some of you will know I’ve not been happy with my 18mm-50mm lens that came with my camera, I felt limited with it…I’ve thought about this for a few months as I wasn’t sure what I wanted or even if I needed a new lens.  This one was suggested as a starting point, something I could build from…it is a Nikon AF 50mm f/1.8D, it wasn’t expensive, but I’ve read many positive reviews, it also comes highly recommended by a blogging friend…it is supposed to be a great lens in spite of the cost.   I’ve only taken a few shots with it so I’m not sure what I’m doing with it yet…time will tell!

ducks.moma.babies.2013I was about 10 feet away from this mom and her chicks, she didn’t seem to be afraid of me,but she didn’t want me too close…as I inched closer she kept walking away, with one eye on me at all times…

tree.mushrooms.2013I like the texture on tree trunks, when I saw this one with the mushrooms growing I decided to see how much detail I could pick up…


completely different

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more clouds and water…

these photos were taken on different days, but you will be able tell that from looking at the sky…

The Chief Commanda Restaurant

chief.commanda.clouds.2013The Chief Commanda ll on its way back to the dock…this was de-colorized slightly

chie.commanda.straightened.211.2013 this next one I originally took because I wanted a shot of the duck, but I ended up liking the reflections and movement in the water…

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a different perspective…

usually I go down to the waterfront to take photos, but today I was driving by from one street over and decided to walk to the top of a berm that is in front of this area to see if I could capture a different perspective of this particular spot…

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buzzing around!

I was at the waterfront the other day and came upon this pretty pink flowered bush…I’m not up on my flowers so I don’t know what it is called…but the closer I got the more Bees I noticed…so I tried to get a few shots.   I have to say these fellows don’t stay in on position for more than a couple of seconds, it was very difficult to get photos…I’m sure the people walking by where wondering what I was doing?  these are three different Bees at three different bushes…in case you were wondering!

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angry clouds…

I have to admit I’ve a major weakness for dark, moody, angry looking clouds…I don’t want any storm to accompany them, I only want to watch the clouds.  I stopped along the waterfront earlier today as we had such clouds rolling around in the sky, no storm, just fabulous clouds!  It is amazing to watch them change before your very eyes…mesmerizing!   I’ve not done anything to these photos…this is how the clouds looked…I may try HDR, on these photos another day… for for now this is it.

clouds.2.2013when I see the lake this calm with clouds like this I always think, “the calm before the storm”  I’ll let you know…clouds.5.2013clouds.4.2013


more…

another shot of Cincinnati as we are driving through…I not sure why there were so many usable shots going through Cincinnati, but I’m happy there are!  I liked this one with the trains against the skyline…Cincinnati.2013

This one is gong through Atlanta…I don’t have much that is usable as there are so many over passes going through downtown Atlanta…this isn’t great either but thought the skyline through the underpass was a different perspective…
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churches…

A few weeks ago it was a gorgeous sunny day, after a meeting I decided to walk around to see what might catch my eye…churches…the first one I’ve shown a couple of shots of before…Pro Cathedral of the Assumption…this is a beautiful, older, stately church, but I’ve not figured out how to show it at its best yet…

pro.cathederal.2013Holy Name of Jesus…another stately church, the stone work is amazing!

Holy Name church.2013this last one is St. Andrews, it is smaller, and not as old as the other two…I tried to clone out the wire going across the photo, but the sky is so strange I spent a great deal of time on it but it never looked right, there was always a line, all be it blue, across the sky.  I thought it look better with the wire as is…

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simplicity!

clouds are a favorite thing of mine…especially when they are heavy and moody!
Cocoa Beachhdr.clouds.cocoa.beach..2013different night, but same location, Cocoa Beach.
end.of.cocoa.beach.pier.2013Jellico Mountain, Tennessee
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