Week 3 – #39 The Garage

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From Heritage Village in Largo, FL, here is The Garage. These are two working vehicles.  They take them out and drive them during the cooler months.  The first is, I believe, a Model T Ford car and this one is a truck.  Notice the J C Higgins water bag on the front of the car, so they would have water for the radiator.   Heritage Village is right next to the Florida Botanical Garden in Largo.

Week 39 – #13 Downtown in BW

Los Angeles – from 3rd Street overpass.

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I left the red lights for effect.

Los Angeles from the Griffin Observatory.

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Here is the full panorama – from the Griffin Observatory.

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And a BIG Thank you to Becky for driving me all over the LA Basin to get these images.  With good friends like her, who needs a taxi.    Merci Buckets Becky.

Week 42 – #34 Patterns

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This apartment building in Tampa, with the balconies is my entry for patterns.  Between the balconies and the vertical supports there is the repeating patterns.

And I could not just skip the wonderful Florida Polytechnic University for patterns. There were so many that I could have chosen for this, but I like the pattern in the ceiling for this blog entry.34 Patterns-4


Week 15 – #41 Single Color on Black and White

41 - Single Color on Black and White

For this theme, I picked one of the most colorful decorated buildings in Ybor City, FL, the Columbia Restaurant Building.  This is actually the end of the building where the cigar store is located.  The restaurant is to the left, and I had wanted a photo of their doorway, but there were numerous people standing there getting their photos taken, including a wedding party.  The ornate tile have blue, green, orange, yellow and white to name just a few of the colors,  decorates the the front of the building offset with the white poles and lattice work.  The sign is red, yellow and blue. So I selected the Red from the sign and the cigar wrapper logo and Columbia sign in the windows.  To make this easier, I used channels to select the red channel and used it as a mask so I did not include all the oranges in letting the color come through.

Week 47 – # 36 Pretty Baby


36 - Pretty BabyI know someone else had already posted a sandhill crane for Pretty Baby and I had hoped to get some other critters for the subject, but that was not to be.  It still is a pretty baby.   As it was, my little chick was nearing the end as you can see the grey was already starting.  I converted the photo to black and white and then just let the color of the chick and the parents red head crests to stay.

In doing a little research, once the egg is laid, it is incubated for 30 days until it hatches.  The chicks reach independence in 9 to 10 months and will only stay with their parents for about 2 months prior to  the parents having another brood. After leaving their parents they flock together with other juveniles.


Week 3 – #13 Hearts

13  hearts  - my precious


With a number of themes this year, I can see that I will be borrowing from Bill Mills and doing some two-fers and doing a theme more than once.

I had a completely different idea for hearts until I thought about one of my favorite books.  I love the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.   For the few of you who do not know the story, the ring is a integral part of the story.  It even is called – My Precious.   The love of the ring – or actually more the desire of the ring rules the actions of the characters.   So here is my version – of “My Precious.”

I enjoy trying new things with my camera as you have seen from a few of my posts, and this one is no different.  First, I wanted the book on an angle, and that caused working a bit harder to get the shadow.  I worked on getting the shadow to be cast in just the right angle to create the heart. This required controlling the amount of light as well as the direction and height of the light in respect to the book and ring.  I used a rheostat to control the amount of light.  I went back and forth as to whether I should let the words on the page to be readable, but the whole understanding of the photo would be lost without knowing the book, but I did not like when the book title on the opposite page showed as well, so I had to find a capture that had the word Ring in it or something that would help identify the book.  Also due to the type of bulb I used, I changed the white balance to tungsten to eliminate the discoloration of the pages in the book.


Week 1 – #39 Shallow Depth of Field

39 shallow depth of fieldI am going to start out this new season of themes with one that is a reproduction of a 1930’s photograph.  In this, I am demonstrating the fading of the LifeSaver on the candy as it gets further from the camera.  Notice the lifesaver in front lower right is sort of in focus but the next two front facing lifesavers on the right are the focus point.  I am using lighting that is coming from the camera’s right instead of using a flash on top of the camera – throwing the unique shadows – copying the candies shape.

To give credit – this is a copy of one of Ruth Bernhard photos


Ruth Bernhard was born on October 14, 1905 in Werder, Germany, near Berlin. Daughter of the legendary graphic artist and type designer Lucian Bernhard, Ruth moved from her native Germany to New York at the age of twenty-one. There, her…artistic life blossomed among the designers and artists of the new modernist movement who inhabited the vibrant cultural center that was New York in the thirties. A 1935 encounter in California with photographer Edward Weston led to her passion for photography as an artistic medium, and thus began her unending commitment to the making of exquisitely perfected photographs. The first image she made after meeting Weston, “Creation, 1936”, a hand cradling a doll’s head, remains her favorite. “When I am working on a still life,” she later explained, “it might be days before I make an exposure, and then it will be only one negative.”

Ruth’s photography began appearing in print in the early 1930s, and in the June 1939 issue of U.S. Camera, she was “the American Aces” cover story. By that time, she had produced work on many subjects: children, shells, animals, dolls, still lifes, and nudes. Ruth’s first photograph of the nude was in 1934, but she did not begin concentrating on the genre until the 1950s and 60s. Bernhard worked for decades in a male-dominated field before her own achievements were appreciated. At a time when women were rarely acknowledged in photography, Ruth carved out her own trademark style.

During her lifetime she had more than 200 exhibitions around the world and innumerable books have reproduced her images. Since 1996, her works have become part of the permanent archive of Princeton University.

Ruth Bernhard died on December 18, 2006 at her home in San Francisco, California.

Each time I make a photograph I celebrate the life I love and the beauty I know and the happiness I have experienced. All my photographs are made like that ~ responding to my intuition… After all these years, I am still motivated by the radiance that light creates when it transforms an object into something magical. What the eye sees is an illusion of what is real. The black-and-white image is yet another transformation. What exactly exists, we may never know.” ~Ruth Bernhard