Sunday, December 19, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
I like surprises that make me smile inside — out-of-the-blue moments that give a boost to dry routine. Like a sudden burst of warm sunshine on a blustery afternoon, an unexpected hug from a giggling toddler, or an old friend standing at my door with a loaf of warm bread and two plates. Simple blessings that lift me up.~Missy Buchanan
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Thanksgiving morning I was busy working and had been in a room with the drapes closed. When I walked into my living room…that has windows all across the front…I was astonished to see a blazing red sky; the whole room was enveloped in an intensely bright red glow. Such a dazzling sight I’ve never seen!
Knowing the magical moment was about to slip away, I dashed upstairs and grabbed my camera out of its bag.
I knew there was not a moment to waste. Forgetting about a tripod…or even a jacket…I hurried outside. Much to my dismay, the fire in the sky had already subsided. In fact, in just the 30 seconds it took to shoot half-dozen images, the dramatic color in the sky disappeared completely.
This photo (color is much more vibrant on my computer) was shot hand-held on Aperture Priority (F8.0, 1/30) and is straight from the camera (no computer manipulation of color). It’s a scene I’ve posted before, but the only one available to me on a moment’s notice!
My friend, Leslie, spotted the fire in the sky Thanksgiving morning as well…and she did a great job of capturing that magical moment. You can see for yourself at: http://www.zezeesview.blogspot.com/
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
“Sunday driver!” we’d shout in fun at the slowpoke car in front of us.
Growing up, the term “road rage” hadn’t been invented yet. So when we kids were bouncing along in the back seat (that was before seat belts!) while Daddy drove and Mommy sat beside him, holding the baby in her lap (before mandatory car seats, too!)…we’d simply giggle and yell “Sunday driver!” as Daddy sped by the poky car ahead of us.
Ah, one more sweet memory…and yet another “Bits ‘n Pieces” of my life!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
My friend is a wonderful photographer, and he continually amazes me with the images he produces from the inside of his car. While we all know that texting while driving is illegal, nobody ever told Steve he couldn’t shoot while cruising down the highway!
Yesterday as my husband and I were running errands, the sun peeked out from behind the clouds, revealing a beautiful autumn morning. I thought of my friend and tried emulating his technique. While I can’t claim his fame…these were, after all, shot from the passenger side of the vehicle…they were taken as we traveled down the highway at 50 m.p.h.
Steve…these are for you! J
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
A few weeks ago I was walking along Main Street, when this big truck came roaring down the street. As it slowed to make a turn, I grabbed this shot. Not my best work, but it IS colorful.
Which brings me to my point. “A Splash of Color” was my intended post for today. Not a splash of color from a truck, but a splash of color from flowers.
So what happened? Your guess is as good as mine!
Over the course of a few frustrating hours, numerous attempts were made to upload the flower image. However, each endeavor resulted in something called “Internal Error.”
Hmmm. Sounds nasty, doesn’t it? I wondered if it meant my internal or its internal. Things were getting just a bit too personal.
I finally surrendered and grabbed this shot instead…and it worked. Go figure.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
A good book on your shelf is a friend that turns its back on you and remains a friend. ~Author Unknown
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Last week my husband and I were out for a drive and stopped at a red light. Just before the light turned green, I realized I was sitting in front of a photo op. Luckily, my camera was plopped on my lap, ready to shoot. I quickly fired off a shot…there was no time to compose…and hoped for the best.
I think I was lucky!
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Thank you so much for helping me photograph Connie’s retirement party last night. I really appreciate your support!
We must have looked professional, because one partygoer asked if we were partners, and another asked if we do weddings! J
I love the image you posted, and can’t wait to see the rest of your photos!
Now here are a few of mine…
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Photography serves at least two important functions: it not only preserves our memories, but it also provides a visual documentation of our history.
A few days ago, members of my photo group spent a couple of hours at the County Archives, poring over old photographs for our exciting new project, Main Streets of Montgomery County.
Image #75 depicts the NW corner of Main and Center Streets in Fonda, circa 1926.
Friday, July 9, 2010
In photography, bokeh is the blur, or the aesthetic quality of the blur, in out-of-focus areas of an image, or "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bokeh)
This was my first attempt at bokeh, and I found it to be incredibly difficult and challenging. Nevertheless, I gave it a shot!
Thanks for the assignment, Linda. It was certainly a learning experience I won’t soon forget! “If at first you don’t succeed…try, try again!”
And I will.