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Happy summer all!

It’s here in full swing… and green.  When summer comes to my neighborhood, the world seems to get smaller.  Those big trees I showed you covered in ice from the winter are now a canopy of green surrounding the house in which I only get a glimpse of a sunrise or sunset. It can get a little claustrophobic… sounds a little weird right.

My dream home: A little Craftsman cottage with a big front porch (okay let’s put one on the back while we’re at it), with a view that goes on for miles…

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Okay, so it’s not “little” and definitely not a “Craftsman” but that porch!  On a recent photo outing traipsing through the country side of Lancaster, PA,  I spotted this red something sitting on a hill in the distance and of course had to find it for a closer look, but then I lost sight of it as the road dipped and turned.  The road took us back to the land of traffic lights and shopping centers (which now a days are never out of sight for long), stopped at a light, having pretty much give up on it . . . and there it was!  Part of it was hiding behind a white pole barn and across the street from all things… a shopping center 😦

This is what I love about the photography I do.  I love recreating that very first feeling… what I first imagined this big red house must look like, must have looked like back in it’s prime.  … as if I am sitting on that front porch on a warm summer day.

Enjoy your summer adventures,

Til next time,
Maria

 

N.Y.C.

Just coming off one of those crazy busy weekends… a fundraiser event, which reminds me I have not even uploaded those images yet, on Saturday evening and then up and out early to catch a train to NYC on Sunday.  Sunday’s trip to NYC was more about just taking it all in, including an exhibit at the ICP, lunch at Grand Central Station, and my first trip to B&H, i.e. the photographer’s candy store.  I left my big camera and lenses at home… it got a workout the night before and opted to travel light with just my little Panasonic P&S and my camera phone.

leading lines_Grace bldg NYC NYColorclosed please come againThe city was hopping on a perfect spring day and was anything but closed . . .

Welcome to My Universe

Remember in my last post, I said I was working on something new.  Well, this isn’t it.   It’s still new…for me and I’m just taking a break from my other project.  It’s what I continue to love about this hobby of mine, there’s always another avenue to explore . . .

April’s photo club quest is abstract.  Hmm, architecture can make for some good abstract.  Here’s one from the archives.  abstract_arch   A trip to NY and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Stieglitz, Steichen, and Strand exhibit a couple years back.  But here in the eastern PA, it’s still kind of cold and still very much brown (now that the snow has finally melted) and I’m just not feeling very inspired.  So I decided to keep it indoors and get creative with what I can find in my own home, more specifically the kitchen.  Fruit. . .  might work… pasta, not quite.  Water!  Drops. . .  maybe.  Or how about . . . oil & water.

Round 1:  As you probably already know, 75 no 90 percent of any project is set up.  Figuring out the lighting, setting the stage, etc., etc.,  I needed a little help. You Tube to the rescue for a little how-to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQ5SH_vK7U8.  Simple enough . . .  Supplies:  soda cans (the legs), piece of glass, glass dish/bowl, desk lamp, colorful paper,  tripod & camera.  Easy, right . . . wrong.  Of course I was short one soda can, had no desk lap but did have my handy-dandy shop light, and the only glass container big enough was a pie plate had lots of scratches.   Here’s one my first shots with this rudimentary setup.  abstract_1

What did I learn:  That every imperfection in the glass shows up and [a must] vacuum before you start, especially if you are setting up on the floor. . . dog hair has a way of getting everywhere.

Have a look for yourself . . . abstract_1babstract_1a

But! I did find my inspiration or maybe it just because I’ve been watching Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey lately . . .

Round two:  Off to the craft store to find a clear glass bowl (no scratches) and to the grocery store for more soda cans.  The original and them my crop with a touch of polarization using Nik Color Efex Pro 4.  I’m having fun now!  My universe is expanding with every turn around the bowl, mixing up the oil, or just a slight change in the angle of the light.

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But my universe is far from perfect . . . or maybe it’s just the perfectionist in me. I still have a few more ideas for round 3, as I continue to explore this little universe of mine . . .

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Til next time,
Maria