A few weeks ago, I went to Venice to walk the pier and take pictures. The pier was closed! My husband was with me so we went to Sharky’s On the Pier for lunch. Determined to knock off a category for the challenge, I took various shots of the pier from all directions. My favorite of the day turned out to be this shot taken from standing underneath. Using the water as sides, I see trapezoids.
At first, I wasn’t sure what to do for the theme balance, I thought as long as the picture looked good, it was probably balanced. I decided I’d better do a bit of research before I posted anything so I read an article that said the photo is “balanced” if two images equally grab your attention. This photo was taken last month while on vacation in the Smoky mountains. Our community has a unique feature, a golf course high up in the mountains. I do not golf but I rode around in the cart while my husband golfed, camera in hand, hoping to photograph some black bears. The most common place my neighbors see bears is on the golf course. I think this photo shows balance because my eye is drawn to both the golf holes and the mountains equally. We have been vacationing in the NC mountains for the past 10 years and I have only see a bear once, very briefly. My neighbors have captured photos and videos of the bears doing all sorts of things. My favorite was a video of mama bear with her cubs swimming across the lake. She took the lead but dropped back to make sure all her cubs safely got across. The bears also broke into the club house pool bar one night and made an absolute mess with the syrups used for drinks.
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.
I took this picture of a Loggerhead Shrike this morning at a tree in the cul-de-sac at the end of my street. He (?) seems to be looking ahead with confidence that a great day is about to unfold. I know for me, it is off to a glorious start. This Buffalo native has been waiting for a low humidity, comfortable morning for many, many months! I was so happy to be able to walk around the neighborhood with my camera this morning without worrying about passing out from the heat. Birds are my favorite subject to photograph.