Don’t leave home without it…

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Beautiful fall day.  Decided to quit work early and head to a pumpkin patch with my daughter.  Of course we picked one where the drive was a as much a part of the outting…to soak up all that autumn goodness.  Getting out the door was another thing and in my hurry, guess what I forgot.   Yup, my camera…   A few minutes into the ride, still frazzled,  going back wasn’t an option.   And with that my daughter said “maybe that’s a good thing.”  Translation: Whew… I won’t have to wait around while you spend (excessive) minutes taking pictures of a pumpkin…  But doesn’t it figure, we had the pumpkin patch to ourselves,

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there was little to no wind and the flower patch was in all its glory not to mention the fall colors in the hills.  And if that wasn’t enough…a beautiful heron was feeding in the canal, perfectly content having us around to watch…

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and me without my camera.  Oh but wait… I did have a camera, obviously.  Do I have photos that are show stoppers… probably not.  But! I captured a few beautiful moments on a beautiful fall afternoon spent with my daughter.  Happy Fall All!

Until next time,
Maria

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Ch-ch-ch-changes

Change is in the air…  Time to get while the getting is still good.
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It’s been blustery and cold here today and I’m guessing there are only a few more days, maybe a week or so (she says optimistically), of the beautiful fall color we had this year.   Here’s a few more of my favorite fall finds
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I’m not the only one that loves fall around here

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and you just never know what you might find . . . with a little imagination 😉

Til next time,
Maria

 

Fantastic Finds

 

HAPPY FALL!smiling-faces

Fall is full of them … fantastic finds. W-Va-Crackle

On one of the first days of fall, I set out on a “Back to Basics” outing at a nearby farmer’s market. Right away, I was greeted with a handful of challenges, such as really bright sunlight, people milling about everywhere, and a bit of my own hesitation. The hesitation…knowing vendors are there to try to sell you something and thinking they don’t want you blocking their stall trying to get “the shot.” Campbells-kids

One way I probably could have avoided feeling like I was getting in the way, shoot with a zoom lens.  But, it was just me and the 50 mm, and so I made a photo exercise out of it. Turns out, vendors (at least the ones I came across) were happy to have me mill about with my camera and strike up a conversation. . . whether it be about W. Va crackle glass or an old typewriter from the 1920’s (I sure hope it is still there the next time I go back).

And of course, it was not very hard to find all the colors of fall . . .
happy-fall-pumpkins . . . scattered here and there throughout the market.

white-impressions Oh, remember that W. Va crackle glass I mentioned… sunflower-studywell, this crackled little yellow treasure was my one and only fantastic find of the day that actually came home with me 🙂

Til next time,
Maria

 

Accidental-like

Another club Photo Quest due, and as usual, I had waited until the last minute.  I nice chilly, breezy, fall day, I headed out on the fly to a local college campus.  I meandered about a bit, took some shots.  I left not feeling overly inspired…but satisfied that at least I got the task off my to-do list.  Not something you expect a photographer to say…huh?  It’s been busy, busy, busy lately, so my camera (other than for my iPhone) has been a bit idle…  In hindsight, I’m actually grateful to have an “assignment” to help break the rut.

Anyway…
So I did my first run through.  My lack of enthusiasm had shown up in my images too, although I found a reflection shot I liked at the pond.

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When I zoomed in to get a closer look at some of the details, I really liked the lines and how the composition filled the screen, and especially the window, squiggly lines and all … so I kept it. mdreyer_BC-1-after

Feeling a little more optimistic and that I just needed to look a little harder, I went back to my images.  Tried again with some of the buildings, but they just weren’t stacking up to the one above, at least not for this assignment.  I also had a shot of a squirrel sitting in a tree ~ I haven’t given up on him either ~ but since it’s not the best of exposed shots and was quickly turning into an exercise in frustration to bring the little guy out of the shadows, I moved on.  Remember, I waited until the last minute on this assignment.

Next up, another shot in the shadows, which actually was my second shot of the day, a fence-lined walk by the pond.  What I saw when I was taking the picture were lots of pretty fall colors, nice lines, a good composition.  So to say I was a disappointed when I first viewed the original image would be a vast understatement…  mdreyer_BC-2-before

But!!!! And this is a very important point to remember … at least I hadn’t overexposed the shot (like in did in my very first shot of the day).  To see what I truly had,  I messed around with the sliders in LR, discovering these red dots…bigger than dots really… going across the image.  Look closely, do you see them in the photo above?.  After a few minutes of trying to figure out what they were and how I was going to clone them out, I realized I not only had to KEEP these red dots, which were actually leaves floating on a breeze up the path, but I NEEDED to figure out a way to accentuate them. mdreyer_BC-2-after A couple actions and a turn or two in Topaz Adjust, my photo came to life! 🙂

“I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or if we’re all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it’s both.”
~ Forrest Gump ~

Boo ‘tiful

Even though Halloween is not a true “holiday” (i.e. a day off from work) and what with no costumes to make or candy to confiscate, it is a day that puts an exclamation point on the best season of all (well, at least my favorite)…Fall! From now until next March or maybe even April/May, the landscape will go gray.  Maybe if we’re lucky at some point there will be some coating of white… but mostly just gray.  So until then, I will enjoy every last little bit of color that clings on…
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The above photos were taken with my iphone and processed with Snapseed and a wonderful little App, by from the same talented woman that brought us Distressed Textures, called DistressedFX (♥!)

Halloween is veritably a fitting finale to Fall and in in keeping
with the SPIRIT of the day,
here’s 
Witching Everyone A Frightfully Delightful ...

inviting(above) Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia PA
 
The great pumpkin{above – texture courtesy of Lenabem-Anna}

happy halloween 2013{above – texture courtesy of Kerstin Frank}

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Til next time,
Maria