I wasn’t sure what to do for the theme “contrast” and have been thinking about it for a bit. While reviewing my photos from my trip to Western North Carolina last week, I stumbled upon this photo of a spotted moth that might fit the bill. Its black spots/markings are in contrast with its white body. I also adjusted the contrast to the max to make the moth “pop” off the driveway. I was originally photographing the moth to practice Macro photography.
This is my backyard a couple of weeks out of the year when I get to go to our cottage in Western North Carolina, the specific development is called Bear Lake Reserve. It is about even distance between Silva and Cashiers. We typically stay for at least a week and bring our dog. This time around, we thought we would go for the weekend and try out the new direct flights offered by Allegiant Airlines from Sarasota to Asheville. We are one hour southwest of Asheville. All went well so I hope I get to visit more often, although I can’t wait to have both my dogs with me when we drive up at the end of June, it will be my puppy Dozer’s first trip. If I shot a picture of my backyard in Lakewood Ranch, that’s all you would see is a small pool that the dogs have taken over. Once Fall rolls around and the trees lose their leaves, we have a better view of the Smoky mountains.
I spent Saturday – Tuesday at a professional conference in Chicago. I have only been to Chicago one other time, about 20 years ago in the middle of August. I had no memories other than it was too hot to do too much of anything. What an amazing trip this time around! I went on an architectural river cruise and could have kicked myself for being too lazy to bring the “good” camera. The buildings were incredible and so beautiful! The weather was perfect and the tulips planted all through the city were in full bloom. This picture is “straight out of the iPhone.” I did absolutely nothing with the color or lighting.
I took this picture a few weekends ago when the weather was a bit foggy. I like the way the green of the first tree pops out while the trees in the background look very shadowy due to the fog. I amped up the color a bit but did nothing with the lighting.
Just got back from Stormville, NY where I spent Christmas with my sisters celebrating my mom’s 75th birthday on Christmas Eve. We had a white Christmas Eve with the snow disappearing right around lunch time. Before it melted, I took a picture of the road outside my sister’s house. I like the way the road leads my eye to the mail box. I used to have this kind of mailbox growing up and still remember how much I loved to run down and check for holiday mail (cards, gifts, catalogs) in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
My puppy Dozer has finally finished his shots and got a chance to run around off leash at the Country Club East dog park with his brother Bergy.
This palm tree is located at the end of my street. I must confess, I choose it for convenience. I am hoping that the cooler weather expected next week will provide me with more options as we continue the 52 Week Challenge. I prefer to shoot outside so I can get in some brisk walking exercise while I am at it. I am looking forward to trying some of the techniques I am not familiar with as part of the 52 week challenge. Right now, I use a Canon Powershot SX40, I am not sure if it can do a “Zoom Blast” since the lens isn’t removable. I think “Shaped Bokeh” might be a good indoor photo project to work on and may tackle this theme next.