Archive | November 2012

Color in the Carolinas: Photos of Charlotte ~

I lived in North Carolina for a few years, off and on, near Jacksonville just off base from the Camp Lejeune Marine Corp Base.  I don’t remember anything being so colorful down there as when I went to Charlotte in April 2010 with my sister-in-law.  I had just really begun to appreciate photography, but pretty much only used it for scrap booking until I discovered blogging a couple of months ago.  So pardon my less-than-stellar pics, as I didn’t think much of composition etc. back then.  I also didn’t think to find out the names of the places where I took my pictures, except they were everywhere around Charlotte.

Pretty wild and colorful sculpture outside a downtown museum in Charlotte, NC.

Pretty wild and colorful sculpture outside a downtown museum in Charlotte, NC.

One of my favorite things to photograph would have to be flowers.  We scheduled our trip down to Charlotte from Syracuse, New York, and Lake Winola, Pennsylvania, just in time for the spring to be sprung as far as florals are concerned.

Pansies

Pansies

Flowering dogwoods

A random entrance to an apartment complex.

A random entrance to an apartment complex.

My sister-in-law was gracious enough to understand my shutterbug afflication, and she took me sightseeing several times over the course of the 4-5 days we were there (for her daughter’s wedding).  She understood the need to do a “quick, pull over!” to get a shot before you have driven by, and she also knew of several places that would accommodate the color addiction I had with regard to photography.

A gorgeous, serene pond sits in the center of a beautiful "strip" mall.

A gorgeous, serene pond sits in the center of a beautiful “strip” mall.

More local beauty in Charlotte, NC

More pansies displayed in beautiful ceramic (?) urns.

More pansies displayed in beautiful ceramic (?) urns.

This fellow held his ground despite how close I got!  (heron)

This fellow held his ground despite how close I got! (Great Blue heron)

The color here caught my eye, hence my camera.

 Sweet

Sweet

                                                                                                                                                                     

Isabell

Isabell

Last, but certainly not least, pics of my two nieces as they enjoy the huge lollipops that I brought them just for fun.  Once again, it’s all about the color ~ ok, well maybe not ALL ~ the girls are pretty darn cute in their own right! 

Hope you’ve enjoyed my colorful trip through Charlotte.

 

Advertisements

Cee’s Challenge: Ups & Downs of Outdoors

I had a hard time finding something for the challenge as I go to work in the semi-darkness and come home in pitch black darkness.  That leaves little time to take photos in optimal light.

Terpening Trucking Company

Terpening Trucking Company

So I followed this local Terpening truck to work this morning, and actually began taking photos on a major highway in rush hour traffic to get this shot!  And it’s not even that good!  But you can see the ladder that’s used to climb up and down onto that tanker.  Terpening delivers petroleum based fuels and is based out of Syracuse, NY.

Local construction

Local construction

I work in downtown Syracuse, NY, and this construction of the next best Marriott Inn right near the Creek Walk and Armory Square catches my eye every morning as I pass right by it.  I, personally, am afraid of heights… but these guys climb up on their scaffolding and these bucket thingys for a living.

Marriott under construction

Marriott under construction

I took the above photo from my car waiting for a light to change in traffic, so the picture isn’t too great, but the content is there.

Thanks, Cee, looking forward to next week’s challenge!

Share Your World Week 48

Guess I’m a little bit behind, having just come across this today.

  1. What feeds your enthusiasm for life?  Giving.  I get an immense feeling of satisfaction and peace when I can give something of myself to others.  Usually it’s something personal, like a quilt that I’ve made, but I’m also enjoying photography and enjoy putting my photos out there for others to enjoy.
  2. If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction? It would def be a sci-fi/drama.  I LOVE science fiction, and my life has been very dramatic in the past… though less so in the past few years.
  3. If you were to perform in the circus, what would you do?  I’m afraid of heights, so that’s out of the question!  I love animals, so I’d love to do something with regard to wild animals… particularly the big cats.
  4. You are given $500 and the chance to exchange it for one of two envelopes. One envelope contains $5,000 and one contains $50. Do you make the trade? Why or why not?  I would take the chance.  Considering that fact that I would be given ANYTHING is a blessing, whether it’s $50, $500 or $5,000.  I’m not greedy.  Whatever the amount, most of it would go to others in need anyway.  I would appreciate whatever the amount I could walk away with.

Share Your World Week 47

I just discovered this awesome blog of Cee’s http://ceeslifephotographyblog.wordpress.com/share-your-world-introduction/  and thought I’d add in my two cents on a weekly basis.  Having just come across this Share Your World concept, I’m beginning in Week #47.

  1. Would you accept $10,000 to shave your head and continue your normal activities without a hat or wig while not explaining the reason for your haircut?     Yes, I would absolutely shave my head.  Not so much for the money, but because I’m curious as to how it would grow back in.  I’m nutsy enough that no one would probably think it THAT odd of me.
  2. Which of the following restrictions could you best tolerate:  leaving your country permanently, or never leaving the state or area in which you live now?  I could not leave my country (USA) permanently.  As much as I dislike New York State, I could live with never leaving it, since it’s where I grew up.  It’s my home.
  3. If you had to spend one weekend alone in a single store but could remove nothing, which store would you pick?  Probably a sporting goods store like Gander Mountain.  I’m not a huge sports fan, so this store would hold very little that was tempting to me.  Yet it would hold some interesting things to ponder and look at while I was there.
  4. If you could have a servant come to your house every day for one hour, what would you have them do?   I’d have them clean all the things that I can’t reach, or my least favorite cleaning jobs like dusting and cleaning the kitchen. 

Exploring Photography ~

Okay, I’m totally new to photography… at least, putting my photos “out there” for others to admire and/or criticize.  But since I found that I can incorporate my three favorite things ~ quilting, blogging and photography ~ I’m having quite a bit of fun with it.  I don’t have a professional camera, but my Finepix S700 Fuijifilm digital that my husband bought me for Christmas two years ago, does me fine.  I’m just now reading the instructions on advanced photography in the manual.  I never really took an interest before… just “point and shoot” was my motto.

Then I got into this blogging on WordPress.  I’m still working on fine-tuning the insertion of photos and stuff.  Maybe I need to upgrade to the paid version if I’m going to be doing this for awhile.  And someone told me there’s a “WordPress for Dummy’s” out there.  I should’ve expected that.

My “over processed” grey tabby cat, “Doug”. He tolerates me being this close for a photograph … um … never.

I use Ipiccy.com for my touch-ups.  Photoshop is just too complicated and timely for my amateur needs.  Ipiccy takes over where Picnik used to be.  It’s pretty simple, free and can do many enhancements that will make your photos look more professional than they otherwise would.  I am particularly a fan of “vignette”.

Sumi, my Siamese, is not impressed with my wanting to take her photo.

 I took the above photo of my 13 year old Siamese cat, Sumi, then messed with it in iPiccy to make it look like a cross-stitch project.  Sumi has her usual “leave me alone” non-chalant look on her face as she sits on the back of “her chair”.  Again, I used the vignette on her.  I don’t know what it is about that option, maybe just the way it “frames” the photo, but I really like it.  I’m learning about the “Rule of Thirds” ( http://viewsinfinitum.com/2010/02/19/power-of-three/) from Scott Thomas’ Views Infinitum blog, and have been actively trying to incorporate that into my photos.  I admit I’m having a hard time.  I did try the “Rule of Thirds” in my photo of the black horse above… did I hit or  miss?  My camera, I discovered, even has a grid that I can use for just this purpose.  Isn’t modern photography amazing?

I took this during a walk through our woods back before the snow started to fly and the temps were warmer.

I’ve been perusing several other blogs that seem to specialize in photography, and they all are fascinating.  Many with exceptional photos that leave me wondering “How do they DO that?” !  It is these photo-blogs that inspire and encourage me.  I get ideas, I get instruction (“Rule of Thirds”) and I am encouraged to put things out there even though I am not a professional, or even an amateur… but barely a beginner, and loving it!  I’m only in it for “the share” and enjoyment, not the competition.  So I hope you enjoy my little contributions to the great, wide expanse of the photography world.