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Photo 101: Triumph & Contrast

Here is the elemental triumph – a successful hunt.  Triumph for the heron, disaster for the fish.

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Photo 101: Edge & Alignment

It was a cloudy and overcast day.  A large blue heron was perched on the “edge” of the roof line.  I was two stories below, so he or she showed no fear, and I was able to take all the pictures that I wanted while he preened.  Here are two  that I believe demonstrate today’s theme. “edge”.

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DSC_0164 (3)Note:  The roof is peaked.  While I straightened the photos a bit, I did not make the lines flat, because then the bird looked crooked.

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Photo 101: Glass, Squared

It all started innocently enough, I bought a raffle ticket at the local library.  Hey, it’s a good cause and I tend to be lucky about winning small prizes.  I won that day too…a beautiful stained glass panel.  I was hooked and now am a “collector”.  Here is a shot of the piece that started it all, along with a couple of others that are favorites.  Each piece that I have is not only pretty in its own right, but also holds a story or memory that is precious to me.

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The panel that started it all.
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Built in stained glass window at our home on Tybee.
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Hubby bought this for me at a craft fair.
Independence Day favorite
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Photo 101: Treasure & Close-up

This is perhaps my favorite assignment, so far.  Too often I can be a pessimist and focus on the negatives.  This assignment made me look at the positive and all the treasures in my life.    I live in a great place and time.  I am relatively healthy.  I have freedom and resources to live the way I want.  I can be quirky and weird or I can be straight-laced or conservative.  If you don’t like what I am doing, that’s okay, I can still do it.  I have my family and my friends to enjoy life with me and they make it all worthwhile.  Here are some photos of my treasures from just the last twenty-four hours.  As photo art, they may not be prize-worthy, but they remind me of just a fraction of the treasures I have in my life.

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Photo 101: Scale & Observation

I have been living on Tybee over three years now and I am still fascinated by the massive size of the container ships that go up the river.  This is a photo taken yesterday afternoon of a container ship as it rounded a point on the island.  The ship is fairly close to the shore.  To determine scale look at the people on the beach (aka the tiny dots).  You can also look at each of the containers on the ship and recognize that they are semi truck trailers.

DSC_0179 (2)Here is an older close up of a container ship with a tug boat in front of it.  Perhaps it is even better to determine scale.  You can see the tug’s captain if you look closely in the window.


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Photo 101: Moment & Motion

We have a bird feeder in our backyard which is very popular with the local and migrating feathered critters.  We did have a bird bath which the birds really liked, until the “unfortunate incident” with the homeowner association’s lawn care company.  But I digress…here is my motion capture:  Two cardinals were enjoying a brief snack a few days ago.   Bird in motion.

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Photo 101: Architecture & Monochrome

I have been promising myself to get into Savannah to take some pictures of buildings, cemeteries and squares, unfortunately it hasn’t happened yet.  Given that the last two weeks temperatures have stalled in the 90’s, it is not likely to happen soon.  So I dug through my photo archives for this assignment.  Hubby and I went to Disney World for our 10th anniversary.  In Epcot, I took a few “architecture” photos.  Here’s one in living color and in monochrome.  See What you think. (I though of using a shot of the Tower of Terror, but figured this one was more appropriate. )


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