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“The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness ” Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Earth from Above

Just another shot . . . with only six more days to go. 

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“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”  Charles Caleb Colton 

I love this shot.  

We got Ella all dressed up to go around to the neighbors delivering Christmas goodies.  When we got back from charming everyone completely, I had to get a few shots of her all dressed up.  She was fine at first, but then wanted my nice expensive camera to play with.  I found my little point and shoot for her instead . . . and this is the result!  

Not only is this a DNA shot, but she is completely imitating what I am doing as I am shooting her!  Every time she pressed the button to take another picture, she would look at the screen and say “Perfect!”

How much more adorable can you get than that???  

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“There is no abstract art.  You must always start with something.  Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.”  Pablo Picasso

We bought a GoProHero 2 just before we came to Hawaii, thinking that it would be a great toy to have in the water when we are snorkeling.   We took it out of the box to pack it for the trip, but otherwise knew nothing about using it.  There actually is quite a process to go through preparing to use it the first time . . . which involves connecting to the Internet and updating it’s software and setting up the wi-fi back pack on it so we can use the iPad or iPhone to control it . . . which of course involved finding the app and downloading it and figuring out how to make it work with the camera . . . all in all quite the process but so cool that we can take pics and video with it thru the iPhone/iPad.  Technology is getting so insane . . .

After all that we were ready for a soak in the hot tub!  By then it was 8pm-ish so we took the little guy with us just to see what we came up with.  I put the camera under water and aimed it at us. This shot is the result.  Kinda cool eh?  Of course it’s no where near the amazing shots I’ve been seeing people post on-line . . . but kinda cool none-the-less.  

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“Ultimately photography is about who you are. It’s the truth in relation to yourself. And seeking truth becomes a habit.” – Leonard Freed

We arose at 3:30 this morning to catch the sunrise in the Valley of Fire – about an hour drive from the house we rented in Vegas.  It was pretty spectacular, as we shot in the dark at first – learning how to do light trails as MTM drove his car down the park road towards our bank of tripods all set with slow shutter speeds.  As the sun started to peek over the horizon, we all scattered in our different directions to capture the beauty.  This shot below was taken well after the sun was up in an area of gorgeous red-rock formations.  

I detest early mornings, but this trip was so well worth the effort of getting up before dawn!  

I would do it again in a heartbeat . . . 

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“There is one friend in the life of each of us who seems not a separate person, however dear and beloved, but an expansion, an interpretation, of one’s self, the very meaning of one’s soul.”  Edith Wharton

My “bestie” and I headed off this morning to do some “shooting” out at a local Regional Park.  I’ve never ventured out there before, and was curious.  There’s a big reservoir that is apparently quite busy in the summer with swimmers and boaters.  We saw quite a few fisherman today . . . one with a good catch.  

It was a very gorgeous day, though a bit on the cool side especially in the shade.  Regardless, we enjoyed the relaxed morning just hanging out together taking pictures of whatever took our fancy.  I set up this shot where we were actually standing in the crook of a tree that is just off the bank with the lake in the background.  I rested my camera on a picnic table that was just a few feet away, and set the timer to shoot off 3 photos.  I’m not really happy with my hair in this, and I didn’t like the color in the original, so I used Nik Silver Efex Pro to convert to B&W.  

And . . . I just like hanging out with this guy.

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“I think children learn from example.  I don’t believe in raising them in an authoritative atmosphere.”  Kent McCord

I did a photo shoot with my Grand Daughter this morning.  She is going to be Shirley Temple for Halloween.  My Daughter had this completely adorable red and white polka dot dress made just for the occasion.  She’s an incredibly curious almost-2-year-old – so after doing a few different shots with her – I decided to get some shots of her “interacting” with one of my camera’s.  I ended up putting it on the Gorillapod as I was afraid she was going to drop it.  As expected, she was fascinated – especially when I put it on timer mode and had it shooting in 6-shot increments every time the shutter button was depressed.  I love the intent expression on her face in this one.  

I love seeing life with a whole new perception – through the eyes of my Grandkids.  Being a Mom was amazing and I was quite involved and active with my kids growing up.  However, there is a whole other dimension to experiencing life through the eyes of a Grandchild.    

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“Language screens reality as a filter on a camera lens screens light waves”  Unknown

Oops!! I dropped my camera lens first on the tile floor in my kitchen today!  Ouch!  All I can say is . . . thank goodness for protective lens filters . . .

I guess the morale of this story is always make sure you are wearing protection!

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Mug Shot: Noun, Slang

1. Also called head shot. an identifying photograph of a suspect or criminal, often one of a set showing a frontal view, a profile view, and a view of the back of the head.

2. Any closeup photograph of someone’s face.

One of my 365’ers posted a link to this really cool site that turns a picture of yourself in to a mug shot that looks like someone from the 1800’s.    It’s called Mugshot Yourself.   You can upload an existing photo of yourself, or use your computer’s camera.  I used my computer’s camera and decided this profile was pretty neat.  My daughter says it’s very creepy!  I’ve gotten quite varying reactions from everyone . . . and all think it’s quite hilarious.  It’s been a lot of fun to do this as other’s in the 365 jump on board.  We’re quite the motley bunch . . . !

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“I have a punishing workout regimen.  Every day I do 3 minutes on a treadmill, then I lie down, drink a glass of vodka and smoke a cigarette.”  Anthony Hopkins

Well, I don’t drink, or smoke . . . so I guess that leaves the treadmill and a lie down!  Since I’m not great at napping . . . guess I’ll just give this workout a good go of it!  I’ve been slack on my workouts of late . . . and it just feels so good to be getting back on track.  I’m pumped.  I’m motivated.  

I guess that’s why it felt right to process this in Lightroom – I put it together in the Print module, then processed the saved jpeg with Trey Ratcliff’s “HDR in Lightroom: On Drugs”.  I’m loving his presets!

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“For a long time I was looking for my perfect equilibrium, my mojo. And now I think I’m getting there: I’ve found my customer, my silhouette, my cut.”  Alexander McQueen

I decided to play around with spot metering on my D800E.  The light coming in from this window was so  bright and with the colors of the foliage outside the window – I just thought it was so pretty.  I’m surprised at how dark it turned out . . . considering it is bright daylight outside.  

I am so loving this discovery process, as I work through different tutorials and learning tools.  A few years ago I thought I really wanted to get in to the whole area of digital design and digital scrapbooking.  Through this 365 project, I have discovered that my real passion lies in photography.  Specifically documenting the lives of my kids and grandkids and other family members, as well as close-up and macro photography.  

I clearly remember using my little Brownie film camera when I was in high school.  I was in 11th grade, and it was my first experience with photography.  The dark room was a bit intimidating, but I was absolutely fascinated!  And I remember being fascinated by textures and patterns in close-up photography.  I loved the abstract in every day life.  But . . . then I graduated,  married, had kids . . . life happened and all that was put to the side.  Over the years I certainly enjoyed taking candid shots of my family with that little Brownie.  Boy, was I excited the first time I lay hands on a digital camera!  I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.  I’ve gone through a few of those over the years  . . . all the while documenting life but not following my real passion and developing myself as a Photographer.  In the last two years, I’ve jumped the great divide from being a Point & Shoot Photographer, to a bonafide Digital SLR Photographer who knows how to shoot in something other than Program Mode. It has been, and continues to be, a huge learning curve . . . and I’m loving every moment of it.  

Like the quote says . . . I’ve found my mojo!!  

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