This theme was a challenge for me. I do not have much experience “setting up” pictures. My photography hobby is focused on nature, more along the lines of “let me grab the camera and see what the birds are doing.” What I love about this challenge is learning so much about all the different areas I can explore and the techniques I can try when I get more time.
I have been drinking coffee since I was twelve. I’m half Italian and love nothing better than sitting down with a good book and a cappuccino. When I don’t have the time to froth up milk, my “go to” grocery store brand of coffee is Melitta. Melitta’s North American headquarters are actually right here in Clearwater, FL. Melitta uses an extra fine grinding method which, in my opinion, makes a terrific cup of coffee. You get a very flavorful cup without having to use an extra amount. For this picture, I used the iPhone 10 in portrait mode and put studio lighting over the can of coffee to highlight the brand in the photo.
I took this picture at the end of May while staying at the Long Boat Key Club and Resort. For my Sky Overlay challenge, I added a moon from my own collection of moon photos. It was my first time trying to do a sky overlay. I watched a few YouTube videos and tried to follow the tips of fellow bloggers but still had trouble getting the box around the moon to go away. I finally gave up and adjusted the opacity as a way to blend the photos.
I took this photo about a month ago while visiting the Riverhouse restaurant in Palmetto. For my “full edit” I adjusted the color, lighting, brilliance (just to name what I remember for sure) then applied the “Oil Painting” filter in Photoshop.
I spent the weekend at the Long Boat Key Resort, a special treat for my mother who was visiting from Buffalo. I had my camera with me to capture sunsets at the beach but was disappointed with most of them. At one point, I left the beach and took a walk on the “wild side” otherwise known as the lagoon and managed to capture what I believe to be a juvenile Night-Heron snacking on a turtle.
When I first saw the theme “Water Drop”, I thought “Oh, that will be an easy one, when I get to our vacation cottage in Western North Carolina, I’ll submit a picture of one of the beautiful waterfalls that the area in known for.” After reading some of the other bloggers posts and seeing what they have done, I soon realized that this is called a “challenge” for a reason and I had some work to do. I Googled “water drop photography” and all sorts of amazing images showed up. Luckily, my neighbor recently gifted me with a Sony DSLR -A 300, it is an older model but I have been having some fun with it. I thought before I get out the tripod, eyedropper and food coloring, let me see what I can do with a dripping faucet. Viola! I am happy I got a shot of the drop hitting the puddle in the sink. I think I am going to consider this challenge met and move on. While I found the images of water drop photography very impressive, I do not think it is my thing. I will stick to birds and nature :).
I took this picture today while taking a walk after lunch at Marina Jacks. I immediately thought of the Golden Ratio spiral. I tried to put the Golden Ratio overlay on the picture in Lightroom but could not get the overlays to cycle through for me. I ended up drawing the spiral and holding it over the picture.
I took this photo a few weeks ago after dinner at the Lodge clubhouse in Country Club East.