Florida Sandhill Cranes.
These parents with their youngster came swooping into my backyard the other day and slowly made their way around the water line. Although I took about 20 photos, it was this one that caught my eye for this week’s ‘Eye Lines (Where is your subject looking?). As the young one poked around the water, the parents kept their eyes alert to their surroundings. And an added bonus was to capture them all in the same crisscrossed stance!
She is our four year old Australian Cattle Dog mix or a Heeler, as some may say. She is a member of the herding breed and is related to Australia’s famous wild dog, the Dingo. She loves training, learning tricks and always ready for a game of fetch. She’s a bossy, high energy, vocal girl preferring people over other dogs and I’m sure would have preferred to be a solo ‘child’ instead of sharing her space with our Harry, a dachshund, whose temperament is her extreme opposite.
I captured this iPhone image (and edited in Lightroom) of Lucy in a ‘Quiet Moment’ as I took my time to wake up one morning. Yes, she sleeps on the bed and obediently waits for permission to leave it.
This is the look I get as she waits. Each and every morning, as if saying “Ready for a new day, Mom?”
Sunset from my backyard. Lakewood Ranch.
Well ….. here goes! I had doubts when I decided to participate in the 52-Week Challenge. I wasn’t sure I wanted to commit to do a weekly theme post. Back in 2011, I was recently retired and looking for a hobby, so I began a blog. And in order to have good images, I bought my first DSLR, a Nikon 7000. And then a lens, another lens and another lens. You know how that goes. Anyway, I was hooked! I fell in love with photography, capturing moments of the world around me and sharing on my blog. I was posting everyday, had some great followers and enjoying the experience …. until I wasn’t. Creatively, I felt burned out and slowly stopped blogging routinely in 2015.
Two years ago, we moved from Philadelphia to Lakewood Ranch and I joined the Lakewood Ranch Digital Photography Club. It has been a great experience with their monthly meetings, competitions, field trips and photo challenges. Upon upgrading to a new Nikon 810 this year, this 52-Week Photo Challenge will be a useful vehicle for me to sharpen my photo skills as well as learn more about my camera.
Regarding the chosen image for this assignment, it took many many tries to figure out the best settings, light and zoom range. Exposure was 1 second at f/18 handheld.
So, onward and upward! Hope you join me on the journey!
Enjoying my Second Act in life as I explore the world through my camera lens. I have taken up photography late in life, self taught and continue to explore the many tools available to turn an average image into art. Hope you enjoy.
These days I split my time between Maine and Florida photographing landscapes, street scenes and travel adventures.