Week 4 – # 26 Light and Airy

26 - Light & Airy-2


Again playing with different lighting, I was trying to light the flower and to create the shadow that looked more like a tree shadow.  The light has to be bright enough and high enough but not too high or too bright to make the shadow fall apart.  Of course, I had to rig a wire to hold the flower and that had to be erased. I then took this into Topaz Adjust to give the photo an overall light salmon colored tinge.

The starkness of the single flower and the shadow  is what drew me to try to photograph this.  The petals give the light and airy feel in the  shadow with the different  layers of light bleeding through.

It’s raining  (again) and what better than to play with my camera and determine what kind of lighting to get my desired effects.

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 2 – # 35 Photojournalism

35 photojournalism 1The first ever Manasota Indian Festival was held on Saturday, August 10th at the Bradenton area Convention Center in Palmetto.   The festival included cultural information on India, including the different religions, education, and family information.  There were plenty of shopping opportunities for jewelry, clothing, saris, music, movies and of course food. There was even a table setup for getting a Henna painting.  The hall was decorated with panels that were hand made.

The festival was hosted by the Gujarati Association of Manasota and the Indian American Association of Manatee and Sarasota. It commemorated India’s Independence Day, which is Aug. 15.

A program was setup on a central stage, that showed a journey across India with dance and stories, with a background of photographs of the areas in India.  The program included two sessions to allow people to attend either one to make sure everyone was able to experience the festival.

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Week 52 – #7 Shadows

Shadows-2Wow. This is the last entry in the first 52 week themed photo challenge – 2012 to 2013 Themes.   I tried to think of things to use for Shadows.  I have lots of ideas but most of them require setup or prep time.  I will still work on those as I think they have potential for great photographs.  In the meantime, I saw this little wire cup and with a tea light and the shadow patterns it creates that I loved.  This was taken at f4, iso 100, 3 seconds, manual exposure.  I then pushed the vibrance and saturation to get the yellow to orangish color.

Don’t forget this isn’t the end – a whole new challenge starts on August 1st with the new 2013-2014 Themes.  I will be reaching for new ideas for whatever themes the ladies present to us. So continue to follow  this and come along for the ride. My camera has another trip to the Canon rehab center coming up shortly as it is not working as it should.  I might be a week behind in starting the new challenge.
Thank you for joining me on the 2012 – 2013 photo challenge, I hope I kept you interested and provided you with some interesting photographs.

So now with a short inhale and a very gentle puff and the candle is out on the 2012 – 2013 challenge.

Week 48 – #30 You Say Black, I Say

You Say Black, I Say Black and White.  Here is my submission for this theme – It is the Sagitta in port in Saint Marten with the Alexander Von Humboldt II from Bremerhaven anchored off in the distance.  I little Black and White treatment on this with some antiquing to get the effect.  I think she is just a beautiful ship ( but I am not impartial). Sagitta in Port

Week 45 – #39 Red

Dennis ColletiThe theme RED  left me with a lot of things that to me seemed red, but when I got close to them, flowers and the like, they seemed more orangey than red.

Fortunately for me, a new company opened us in our building in which I found this wonderfully RED race car.  When I first saw it, it was in pieces but it was not too long before it was all together and ready for the owner – Dennis Colletti.  I put this together to show off his car.  Good Luck to him in his racing.
I am updating this post as I found out the owner’s name is Colletti not Colleti.  So much for taking the information from the car.  I also wanted to give a Thank you to John.  John’s business is Rehab Engineering who was working on the car and gave me the access to do the photography.  John does fabrication, steel/aluminum, setups and parts.  He just moved his business to this location on 63rd Ave in Bradenton and if you are interested in getting this type of work – give him a call  941-527-5050.

Week 30 – # A3 Leading Lines

There are lots of photos of the Ringling Causeway in Sarasota, FL, and I have those as well.   I was looking for something different.  By walking to the causeway itself and walk on the outside the railing you get a whole new perspective of the causeway.
The wind was blowing which caused the palm fronds to move which was perfect as I didn’t want them as a distraction as I went for a longer exposure to pull the colors of twilight.

Ringling Causeway Bridge Overlook