Week 7 … Theme # 19, Geometric Shapes

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Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, FL

Yesterday, I joined some friends to view the Clyde Butcher exhibit at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg.  I most recently became aware of Butcher’s black and white nature scenes of Florida and instantly loved his work.  Some call him the ‘Florida Ansel Adams’ and I agree.   Butcher was approached by the folks at the Salvador Dali Museum to capture the rugged coastline of Dali’s homeland.  Butcher spent 10 days in Spain in Dali’s childhood village of Cadaques, the Cap de Creus, Port Lligat and other parts of the Catalonian region.  The results are striking with many 8-foot panoramas.

I couldn’t wait to get outside to capture the building’s beautiful design.  It all ended up being a perfect theme for the ‘Geometric Shapes‘ assignment!  I loved the reflections on the outside glass of trees and clouds and if you look closely, you can see the gift shop that lies behind.

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Week 6 … Theme # 17, Twilight

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Tromsø, Norway.

This beautiful, modern, graceful bridge joins the city of Tromsø, Norway, with numerous other islands.  Built in 1960, the Tromsø Bridge was the first cantilever bridge to be built in Norway and is typical of Norwegian bridges built high enough to allow big ships to pass under it, like the one I was on when I captured these images.  It was dusk and most folks had left the deck.  I remained and happened to spot this photographer capturing some last shots.  I loved the contrast of his red jacket with the blue twilight.

The surrounding mountains and ocean setting all made for some spectacular photos.

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Week 5 … Theme # 6, Forsaken

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Northeast Harbor, Mount Desert, Maine

On a recent visit to Acadia, I had hopes of capturing some beautiful images of this stunning national treasure that lies on the coast of Maine.  But the weather had other ideas, and our two days there were primarily encased in fog.  No matter, though, because fog delivers its own beauty.  I came across this scene when we were exploring several of the small towns in the area and immediately cried out “Stop!” to my hubby.  He pulled over and I trekked across a field to this lovely, quiet scene.  I enjoy capturing images and scenes that evoke some emotion within myself and this scene did just that.  These two solo boats seemed lost and abandoned wrapped within the fog.  It evoked a feeling of forsaken within me.  Maybe it does that for you as well.

Week 4 … #3 Fill the Frame

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As I was walking the dogs the other evening, I happened upon this tree with most of its leaves gathered at its base.  It made for a perfect ‘Fill the Frame’ image with my iPhone X and edited in apps DistressedFX and Snapseed.
As I looked up, I noticed a few leaves refusing to give up their post, high above me on barren branches, which prompted this little prose:
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Fall beckons and yet a few leaf soldiers remain,
unheeding and unyielding,
to the inevitable path of their destiny, and yet
I wonder …
if I were to come back as a tree
would a sweet finch light upon my waving branches
and comfort me with song
as my golden forces
fall in silence
with unquestioned
fate.
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Week 3 … #31 Eye Lines

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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!

Week 2 … #2 Quiet Moment

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Meet Lucy.

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?”

 

Week 1 #1 Zoom Burst

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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!