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Investing in Photography

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Coins

A couple of days ago, Sabrina Henry had a good post about what tempts us. It allowed me to reflect back on my temptations in this passion of photography. I have purchased several cameras and lens over the years, trying to find what works for me and with the idea the tool will make me better. And, in this digital era the technology is changing so fast, it’s almost impossible to keep up with the latest gear. With money tight, I’m not able to buy the newest lens or camera but must use what I have. So the best investment I can make in my photography is to practice with what I have.

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April 30, 2010 at 12:01 am

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Shadows

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Umbrella Shadows

A walk for exercise and with camera in hand found these shadows from the patio umbrella. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

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April 17, 2010 at 12:01 am

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Kansas City BBQ

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The Porker

We were in Kansas City for the night and we all were thinking BBQ, so we headed to a place called the SmokeBox BBQ Cafe. If you like BBQ I highly recommend it. You can’t go wrong with any of the pork, beef, chicken or the sausage. Get the dinner plate and you’ll find fries, coleslaw, and beans piled next to the meat, up to here.

Kansas City Beers

I’ve had my drinking days and gratefully  no longer indulge but I still enjoy my time out with friends: I spend less money and don’t have hangovers anymore. As we talked about work, motorcycles and golf, I notice the light on the beers and had to take a shot (a photo, silly) of the beer glasses. Hope everyone has a great day!

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April 14, 2010 at 12:01 am

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Is Photography Art?

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Lamp Post Shadow

Yes I know there will always be a debate about this question. My intent is not to start a debate but to share this post by Guy Tal. He presents a good point and I like this statement, “The art is in the image.”

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April 5, 2010 at 12:01 am

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Red and White Stripes

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Red and White Stripes

I’ve been shooting more lately, random stuff, lots of patterns, shapes and colors. Landscapes seem so distant in my past as I walk the paths of parks and pound the pavement of our streets. And of course, always looking for light. This image has a bit of each of them. There is pattern, colors, and backlit light for this flag.

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April 3, 2010 at 12:01 am

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Froze in my Tracks

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Frozen Puddle

Where do our eyes go? When we’re searching for images do we look up or down? Do we search for colors, patterns, subjects? I ask these questions because of todays photo. While driving I noticed the morning sun shinning brightly across the Hoover Reservoir and pulled into one the parking lots to see what I could find. I carefully walked to the waters edge as the ground was soggy from the rain and snow we have been having. I took several images but none of them had any feeling to them. As I stood to walk away I noticed a frozen puddle at my feet. I “froze” in my tracks and had a good chuckle. The image I needed to take was the one at my feet. I was looking up rather than downward. It was another reminder that the images we will take are all around us, we just have to be aware of all that is around us.

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March 30, 2010 at 12:01 am

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Tea Cups

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Tea Cups

Last week, while in Montreal, I tried to visit the  Parc du Mont_Royal but a few snags prevented that. I have another 17 hour layover on this trip but the weather has not cooperated with rain/snow showers and temperatures at 0 degrees Celsius (32 F).  So, this evening, I again roamed around the airport, with camera in hand. We stay at the Montreal Airpot Marriott Hotel, which nice for crew members as we just walk to the hotel rather than a van ride. The hotel lobby, lounge and restaurant are surrounded by windows so the soft diffused light from the overcast skies creates some very nice light. I found these small tea cups along one side of the lounge. My intention is to spend a bit of money this evening as I want to enjoy a nice meal at the restaurant.

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March 23, 2010 at 4:10 pm

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