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I never saw it

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Window

This image came up unexpected. By that I mean I did not see this or envision it. What caught my attention was the late afternoon light. We had rain and overcast skies all day until late afternoon when the clouds broke and the sun came out casting long shadows. I saw the light against the bulding and grabbed my camera. I honestly did not see the window until I looked through the view finder and then it was all I could see. I moved around placing it in various positions in the frame while keeping my reflection out of the window. I also expected to convert it to black and white but I do like the subtle soft hues instead. I settled on this one and ran it through Topaz Adjust. I never saw it coming.

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April 27, 2010 at 12:01 am

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Still on the road

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Union Street Tavern

We’re on day 2 of our trip and overnighting in Hartford, Connecticut. With bright sunny skies and some extra time on our overnight we agreed to go exploring. The van took us to the older part of Windsor, CT. where we grabbed a bite to eat and acted like tourists, walking the streets. Our late lunch was at a place called the Union Street Tavern. The  tavern is converted from the double-bay Union Street firehouse. I shot this image of the empty bar just as we were leaving.

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April 15, 2010 at 7:08 am

Hotel Lobby

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Hotel Lobby

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April 9, 2010 at 12:01 am

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Noon Shadows

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Noon Shadows

It’s not about moving pixels, it’s about pictures that move us. – John Weiss

It feels good knowing how often I look for light. It tells me I’ve grown as a photographer, no longer just shooting but looking for images which stir me inside. Not everyone will like this image or others I will take but that does not matter to me. This image is for me. I saw the light, the shadows and then took the steps to create an image that is appealing to my eye. in fact, I took several images until I got the one I wanted. When the opportunity arises, I will shoot it again. And, I’ll share it on this blog, just in case someone else may enjoy it.  Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

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March 28, 2010 at 12:01 am

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Group Gathering

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Montreal Airport

More images from my wanderings around the airport.

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March 24, 2010 at 12:01 am

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Airport Seating

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Airpot Seating

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March 22, 2010 at 12:01 am

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… keep moving our feet.

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The Blue Wall"

“The camera’s not a camera, really. It’s an open door we need to walk through.  It’s up to us to keep moving our feet.” Joe McNally

Joe McNally’s post about photographers being “strange” is true. He pins me to the wall when he talks about photographers “staring at strange stuff”. I plead guilty to that and probably hits a chord with anyone reading his blog or even this blog. Case in point is the wall outside of a restaurant/bar called the Boathouse in Myrtle Beach. I had gone over for lunch before we flew out later in the afternoon. After devouring a shrimp BLT sandwich and fries, something I’d never had before, I walked out the door and noticed the painted wall of the building. It looked like a fresh paint job and I had to have a photo. I took a half dozen shots, adjusting my position by moving forward and backwards, stepping to the side, trying different crops until I felt I got what I wanted. Probably took no more than 1-2 minutes of time. Turning around I found myself staring at a car wanting to park right where I was doing my photographers dance routine. I can hear it now, “I don’t know Martha, looks like he’s shooting a wall. Strange!” I gave them a sheepish smile, waved, put the lens cap back on and got out of their way.

Whether we’re strange or not, we must keep moving our feet. 🙂

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February 16, 2010 at 12:01 am