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National Cemetery – Soft Shadows

Shadows do so much for us. Often we work to minimize their effect because cameras can’t look into shadows the way our eyes can. Our time in the National Cemetery became a good lesson for us. Take away the shadows and we lose so much of the character of the place.  If my photo does its job, shadows define character. And then Dee’s soft shadows do the real work of a cemetery shoot evoking mood and emotion.

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Ten for Tony

My morning project has been selecting ten images for critique at my workshop up in the Smokies next week. So, of course, I wind up selecting an image taken in the early morning up in the mountains – and one with water.

Weather is not looking good but who cares. I get to hang out with a jazz musician turned very artsy tartsy photographer. Last I checked with him three had signed up. It has a max participation of five. So, bring on the mountains. Stretch me out. Need to be more creative.

Dee wanders off on her own and then she does her workshop in St. Michaels, MD in June while I knock about. Not too shabby.

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Saturday Night Fever

 

Come to the Fair. It’s Saturday night. It’s family night. It’s date night. It’s the last night to play and play we did. While the world pigged out on rides & food, we got to delve into visual goodies – camera settings. All sorts of buttons to push and dials to twirl. Sometimes to deliberately slow down the shutter. Sometimes also moving the camera during exposure. And, as with Dee’s abstract, slow the shutter and move the camera while doing in-camera multiple exposure. Fever.

For workers it was a different story. Last groups to load. Last stuffed animal to hand out. Last chance to have a financially successful run and then, for some, the real work is underway today as they break down the show and move on to the next fair site.

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LARC Arriving

Big boy arriving. No lark this one. That aint no tweetie bird. Weighs 260,000 pounds and is being delivered by a barged 500 ton crane.

Turns out to be a big white elephant painted olive drab with Home Depot outdoor paint. You see the barge company sold it for $7,500 after taking out the engines. The new owner has ambitions of restoring it and the taking it down to Crescent Lake and therein lies a looney tunes story. The barge company folks tell us this LARC will sort of move in water and needs hard surfaces. The lake is barely deeper than this puppy’s draft and one wonders just how hard it is. Let’s imagine this behemoth trying to chug along with its wheels barely touching the bottom and barely griping the bottom and maybe just spinning up mud. First our wide eyed dreamer needs to repower it and all sorts of other restoration stuff. It has air conditioning units. He will need  those working because I do believe that, if he ever gets in the water, he will be sitting out there for a long time.

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Come to the Fair

Nice morning this morning. The piers beside us are empty so I have nothing to add interest to the foreground so I just shot and enjoyed because that’s what I do even when I have no purpose. And then the water looked abstractly interesting and then a plane from Orlando flew up into the sun and then the sun rose and the day is underway.

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The Day Is Underway

Nice morning this morning. The piers beside us are empty so I have nothing to add interest to the foreground so I just shot and enjoyed because that’s what I do even when I have no purpose. And then the water looked abstractly interesting and then a plane from Orlando flew up into the sun and then the sun rose and the day is underway.

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