Just the Beginning

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SPRINGTIME

After 2 days of downpours, the sun came out and brought lots of new life with it. I found these lovely buds next to the stairs that lead up to the porch at the beach house. I was actually working on a photography class about moving around your subject to see it from all sides. I have about a dozen shots of these buds but this angle was the best. The white from the stairs took away the annoying backgrounds from the other angles which included hanging wet bathing suits and a picnic table full of towels. It amazes me that such an easy change can really make or break a photo.  – Diane

Rise and Shine

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MORNINGS

Why do fisherman insist on being on the water so early? I don’t think the fish have anywhere else to be during the day. The only good thing about getting up early and going out with the boys to fish is the sunrise. The calm water, the orange sky, the peacefulness of a new day beginning. Ah so relaxing. Then we exit the no wake zone and the fight between man and fish begins. Personally, I cheer for the fish but don’t tell my family that. Swim away little fishy, swim away. – Diane

 

Crabby Carnivores

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THE BODY

One of the rules of vacationing at the beach house with my husband’s family is: dinner is whatever is caught that day. As I tend to be VERY squeamish, I leave the fishing and crabbing up to everyone else. On this particular day, the kids convinced me to check the crab pots with them. I knew there would be some kind of  nasty bait in the pot but when they pulled it up,  I wasn’t expecting a clean skeleton. After getting over my  dizziness, I became fascinated at how those crabs picked the skeleton clean. I loved how white it was against the black cage. The kids rolled their eyes and started regretting inviting me to check the pots as I told them not to touch it until I got my camera. Yes kids, I know you are trying to catch dinner but mommy wants a picture of the creepy fish skeleton first.  – Diane

Sunset on Lake Tahoe

photo Friday theme – body of water

Sunset on Lake Tahoe

Lake Powell

theme – shades of grey

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Anyone who has has ventured in a houseboat around Lake Powell in Page, Arizona KNOWS this is anything but shades of grey. The colors in the sky are reflected in the water and mountains that makes for gorgeous landscape photos. I wanted to try to take one and convert it successfully to black and white. I always admire those that can make a crisp, beautiful black and white print. Although it is not quite where I want it, I feel it has highlights, low lights and all the detailed grey in between. Time to do a little research on this subject. –Kim

PS: It truly was not so easy to convert to black and white. So many photos don’t make the cut and when they do it takes much tweaking to get it right!

 

Lovely Little Blooms

theme – little things
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My Bailey

photo friday theme – pets

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Meet my dog Bailey. She is our second family dog adopted from the Human Society. I remember the girls picking her out from a litter of pups and her riding home in the lap of my daughter while she was looking at me with very intense eyes! I thought we had made a huge mistake, as I had only feared German Shepherd’s growing up.  Bailey has turned out to be such a loyal and loving part of our family. I’m not saying that we didn’t have our share of moments… like when I found her in a pile of feathers from shredding my favorite pillow or chewing on my best shoes! She was a rascal for sure.  Today, she is always by my side or resting nearby. She sounds fierce but loves people, and protects her hilltop!

Sometimes you just get lucky with a shot. It was St. Patrick’s Day and I started fooling around with the scarf. Well she didn’t try to take it off, so I took out the trusty iPhone.  Bailey is “man’s best friend” and so happy to have a beautiful photo of her!

Kim

Dreamy Light

theme – natural light

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I chose a photo from a trip to the Florida Keys. It has lovely natural light on the palm but also just has a dreamy quality about it.

Kim

A Familiar Face

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FAMILIAR FACES

Oh Sport. You really know how to make someone feel guilty. Those sad little puppy dog eyes staring at me, begging me to give some love and attention. Wait a minute… those are Cheeze-Its in that bowl. Is this just a trick to sneak over and eat my snack? Don’t look so innocent. I’m on to you now. By the way mister, you are a dog not a cat, so get off the table for the thousandth time. – Diane

Stranded in Key West

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NEGLECTED

The vacation with my family in Key West, FL was wonderful but photographically, I felt the blahs. After sightseeing for 2 days and taking less than a dozen photos, I knew I needed some inspiration. A little  texting war with Kim (my Photo Friday Friend) seemed to be just the inspiration I was looking for. I jotted down all the Photo Friday Themes I was missing and went on a photo treasure hunt. It was fun and very inspiring. Now I try to keep a list of themes with me for those unexpected uninspired moments.  – Diane

 

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