Bird On A Wire

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SOLITUDE

While waiting for the sun to set and the fireworks to begin, I found this bird perched on the mast of a yacht. Just one solitary bird. I started thinking about how nice and quiet it must be way up there out of the crowd of thousands. He also had one of the best seats in the house for the fireworks and when the show was over, he would be able to just relax or fly away instead of sitting in the traffic for an hour trying to get home. When I snapped this shot, I was jealous of his peaceful solitude. – Diane

 

 

So Soft

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TEXTURE

Sometimes inspiration hits at the strangest times from the strangest places. I spent an entire day trying to capture texture. I tried flowers, shells, fruits (I learned I can make an orange look pretty darn disgusting), a braided rug, animals (both birds and reptiles) but nothing was really working for me. Today I knew I had to try again but wasn’t really in the mood. I passed my dresser on my way to the closet and saw my kissing pigs. They have sat on my dresser for years. (If you don’t know by now, I collect pigs and no, I don’t have a real one. Have you heard the noise they make…) They were just sitting there full of texture, staring at me. Time to dust off (and repair) the light box.  – Diane

Hey Good Lookin’

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REFLECTION

Let me introduce you to Little Foot, my daughter’s bearded dragon. I am not a reptile person but I will admit this little guy grew on me. She was only home with him for the weekend but I can’t wait to have them both home for the summer. Little Foot will make a great model for me. He stays where you put him and he doesn’t hardly move. I have already gotten tons of ideas from all the cute instagram animals. (Cute BuBu the chinchilla is a favorite along with a hedgehog I forgot the name of.) I wonder if Little Foot fits into Barbie clothes? Just kidding…but the possibilities are endless. – Diane

A Delicious Catch

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DELICIOUS

One of the things my family does while on vacation in Topsail NC is they eat what they catch. Throw some crab pots down in the morning and dinner is served in the evening. I am not a fan of this catch it and eat it method. I prefer not to see my meal when it was alive and moving around. When dinner was over and there were a few crabs left, I kidnapped them and gave them their own special photo shoot. I loved the red of their shells and of course now I could pose them without the fear of being pinched by the claws. A little morbid? Probably, but they are so photogenic.  – Diane

Mr. Toad

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WHAT I FOUND

This little guy was found on a softball field during one of my daughter’s night practices. I’m glad I had my camera with me as the practice was so boring and there wasn’t enough light to read. The frogs were so loud on this particular night that I decided to go on the empty field next to the practice field in search of the noise makers. As you can see, the hunt was successful.

The frog / toad / whatever he technically is blended into the background so I used the technique of turning part of a photo into black and white. I’m sure there is a more technical name for this but I honestly had only done it once before during a Photoshop class. I was able to accomplish this by stumbling around my Elements program and accidentally finding what I needed. (Quick selection tool + invert; definitely not the magnetic lasso thingy) It was another “look what I found” moment.  – Diane

Little Dragon

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LITTLE THINGS

This little guy landed on our backyard volleyball net. I have taken better / more detailed photos of dragonflies but I like the face on this guy. It reminds me of an evil cartoon character or maybe even the face of the next villain in one of those comic book movies. – Diane

Sport

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PETS

This is our dog, Sport. He is a mischievous little guy. He is 8 years old and gets into everything. His favorite pastime is getting q-tips from the bathroom trash can and eating them. Gross! Another favorite of his is to catch frogs. Frogs are poisonous to dogs especially little ones. After we shove the kitchen sprayer down his throat when he gets one, he bounces off the walls. Maybe it’s his form of catnip, who knows. Speaking of cats, he thinks he is a cat. He likes to relax on top of the back of the couch like a cat would. He can even jump like a cat does. Even with all of his quirkiness, he is part of our family and we love him.  – Diane

Just a small note about the photo: It wasn’t a very sharp photo but by using the poster edges filter, I was able to mask some of the blurriness. I’m so glad I was able to save these shot of him and his little mohawk.

Mack

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NATURAL LIGHT

This is Mack. I believe he is a 4-year-old blot hound. He belongs to my in-laws.  They weren’t looking for a dog but after seeing him on the news, they knew he should be a part of their family. Mack was a rescue dog that was featured on their local news station’s adopt a pet segment. I recently spent 2 weeks on vacation with Mack, and I must say, he cracks me up. He has the personality of Eeyore. He barks twice if he needs to go out or wants food and then sits and waits for you to get it. He spends his day plopping down (with a huge sigh every time) wherever he is (although he prefers the couch or any free chair) and just watches everyone. He is content knowing he is loved. Mack is a great dog. – Diane