Week 31 – #27 Musical

27 Musical

Here is my interpretation of the theme musical.  All those many years ago, I used be pretty good at woodwind instruments, being in the band and orchestra.  Lots of memories from days gone by with old friends.
Not having been played since way back when and still in my closet growing tarnish is my silver flute.  Not as straight as it used to be, but then again – neither am I.


Week 30 – #12 Fences and or Rails

12 Fences and or Rails (1 of 3)


Feet Up –

12 Fences and or Rails (2 of 3)


Hands Up – or Film it12 Fences and or Rails (3 of 3)

I selected the rails from the Montu ride at Busch Gardens Tampa for this theme.  These huge rails hold the thrill seekers as they catapult around a track that sends them into loops, dives and curves.  No longer do you just sit in a seat with a simple lap bar. Current day coasters take many forms starting with the traditional seating but with shoulder harnesses and  some that suspend the riders so their feet are free and others suspend the riders in a horizontal position (aka Superman position).  The feeling of weightlessness is one I used to enjoy.  I look upon these rides and miss those days, but these rides only give me headaches now so –  the Thrill is Gone.
Notice the guy in the back seat in the last photo has his little camera and he is filming the ride.

Week 29 – # 42 Skyline Panorama

42 Skyline Panorama

For this theme, along with others, I chose Sarasota.  I didn’t go the night of the Lakewood Ranch Camera Club as it was so overcast with a chance of rain, but the following evening when it was supposed to clear up in the late afternoon with Diane and Sue.  As you can see, it didn’t.  We did get sunset shots as the sky did open to the west.  This was taken about 40 minutes before the moon was to rise and right after sunset with the sky still covered with clouds that lent a more dramatic sky.  I used Topaz Glow to add some drama to the highlights in the building, and finished it with topaz adjust to add the winter colorization, which brought up the blues and greens.  The wind was blowing so hard, that even with my heavy tripod, I needed to use my body to try to block the wind.