Week 2/ Winter
For the Project 52 curated by +Giuseppe Basile is a photo that really shows winter in my area. The Bald Eagles come to nest for the winter. We usually don't get much snow and the skies are just blah as is the landscape with the brown trees and brown grass. I had a hard time finding eagles and saw only 2 for sure. This one was pretty far away from me so had to use a fairly big zoom. He flew off when I tried to get closer. Hope you enjoy.
Week 12 - Planes, Trains, & Automobiles
This weeks photo was taken along a piece of Americana, the Pennsylvania Turnpike and fits in with the automobile part of the theme and in history, the railroad part as well. The first section opened in 1940. It originally started as a railroad line but they never finished it and it sat dormant for years until they decided to use it for automobiles. It originally was designed like the German Autobann. For the first year it had no speed limit after which it was first set at 7omph and is currently65mph for a good share of it. The tunnels were all started when it was being developed as a railroad but finished when being developed for the Turnpike. This is the last tunnel going east before you reach Carlisle, PA. Hope you enjoy.
Week 4 Theme = up
For +Project52-2012 with the theme of up, this is a shot of one of my favorite trees in my yard. It's a Sycamore and it has really nice bark and, in the summer, huge leaves on it. It's about the tallest tree in my yard as well. Hope you enjoy.
Week 5 - Eyes
Hope you enjoy my take on the theme for Week 5 of Eyes. This is for +Project52-2012
Week 6 - Signs
I thought a lot about what I wanted to do for the theme this week, do I want to use a standard sign shot (which is going to be my photo of the day) or do an interpretation? I finally decided to go with an interpretation. So for +Project52-2012 this is a sign that I am not as young as I would like to be any longer. Can't do all the things I used to do because my body gives me signs like this. <SIGH> Hope you enjoy.
Week 7 - Shadows
For this week, since it's Valentines Day coming up shortly, I decided to go with this for +Project52-2012. Hope you enjoy it.
Week 8 - Other photographers
For the +Project52-2012 theme of "Other Photographers* this week I thought I would feature my husband. He just won't give up film and come over to the light side of digital photography completely. :-) Here he is using a 1905 Seneca Stereo camera complete with wooden tripod, bellows and sheet film holder. This camera puts 2 images onto that sheet of film for a stereo pair. The old style 3D.
He's just getting involved in Google + as well and just today posted an example of his stereo work if you'd like to check it out +Darren Gunderson .
Hope you enjoy the photo!
Week 9 - In the Workplace
For +Project52-2012, in my life where I make money to do fun photography things, I am a Food Service Director for a school district. We were fortunate enough to have a central kitchen built for us almost 2 years ago now. This is one of our bakery ovens where we can put whole stack carts of our home made whole grain rolls in and it will automatically rotate them around so they bake evenly. Usually it would be me standing in the oven in the winter to get warm when my office is cold but this is our stock person Kevin modeling for me. We don't usually wear chef hats, he thought it would be fun. He was a great sport, thanks Kevin! Hope you enjoy the photo!
Week 10 - Depth of Field
For my depth of field example I was shooting emerging daffodils yesterday using macro extension tubes. With macro photos Depth of Field is illustrated well as they usually are focusing very up close so the background becomes very blurred out. Hope you enjoy it!
Week 11 - Spring
I had posted a similar photo earlier this week. This one was taken yesterday. The first signs of spring in my yard are what are normally considered weeds. Through macro photography I have seen what they look like up close and even a weed has lots of beauty. This whole flower is only about 3/4 inch in diameter but when viewed up close has all these lovely dainty flowers on it. So I hope you enjoy this herald of Spring.
Week 13 - Playing With Light
I took this photo this week at Ricketts Glen State Park in Pennsylvania. While shooting the many waterfalls in the park to get the effect I wanted in the water I had to shoot a longer exposure. To not over expose the photo due to this I used a Neutral Density filter. I think this was really playing with light as I had to be careful not to over expose or under expose to get an evenly balanced photo. Hope you enjoy it. This is Ganoga Falls, a 94 foot drop.
Week 14 - Night
I took several night photos and tried some star ones that I wasn't happy with. I need to practice taking long exposure star shots. Anyway, I decided to go with this. These tulips had closed up for the evening and I shot them against the night sky with a flash. Hope you enjoy it.
Week 15 - Easter
Happy Easter everyone! Found these two rabbits hanging out in the tulips today! Hope you all are having a great day and enjoy the photo!
Week 16 - Technology
For this week's theme I thought I would contrast old and new. On the left is a 1940s era wire recorder and on the right is my new Ipod Classic. Amazing how things have changed in not that long a period of time in how we record and listen to things. The size is much better too, that wire recorder is heavy! Hope you enjoy the photo!
Week 17 - The Kitchen
I decided to contrast a kitchen of the past and one of today. The old style kitchen had a lot of grinders by hand, like the meat grinder on the right and the fruit press up above. My kitchen today has my staples of my coffee pot, blender for my morning fruit smoothie and the stove and oven which I use just about every day. Hope you enjoy my take on the theme!
Week 18 - Symmetry
I took this photo of a branch of a plant this week to show how nature has natural symmetry in it. There are a lot of different plants and trees with symmetrical branches and leaves on them. Hope you enjoy my example!
Week 19 - Sky
A bit late with my photo this week. I was hoping for a more current opportunity to take a photo. We have had cloudy skies but they have been rather flat and grey and not lovely colors or puffy cotton balls. So this photo I shot last Tuesday morning, May 1, 2012 as I was going into work of a rather lovely sunrise. Hope you enjoy it!
Week 20 - Contrasting Colors
I'm a bit late with my entry for this week. Couldn't decide what I wanted to use for the theme but finally settled on this. I liked the red and green of this Hibiscus in bloom against the grass that I took yesterday. Works well for Macro Monday since I am posting today too. :-) Hope you enjoy the photo!
Week 21 - Mostly White
Posting my weekly photo a bit late. Had a hard time deciding what I wanted to use. I finally settled on these "mostly white" flowers. These are wildflowers called Daisy Fleabanes. Each bloom is only about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch. They got their name because settlers on the prairies used to think they warded off fleas in their home. Hope you enjoy the photo!
Almost missed the deadline for this week. I am not much for being in the photo, I like to take photos of other things. This photo combines two of the things I enjoy a lot, trains and photography. We were running 12" scale trains today with some friends and I decided to do my self portrait in the shiny jacket of the locomotive. Hope you like my take on the theme!
Week 23 - Straight Out of the Camera
Last night I was on Konza Prairie and I had a few shots that were fairly nice SOOC. I decided on this one because it may be something you haven't normally seen before. These are blooms of Catclaw Sensitive Briar. It's a very cool plant found on the prairie. If you run your finger along it's leaflets when they are open, they will close up. You can watch them close. It's really neat to witness. This has not had anything done to it, not even cropped, just re-sized. Hope you enjoy the photo!
Week 24 - Architecture
I shot various things in our downtown for this week's theme. We do have some interesting buildings. I finally decided on this one. Back in the early 1900s when these buildings were built, there were not many trees in Kansas. Trees were usually found along streams where the seeds washed down. Trees that you see today not along a stream were planted by settlers as they came to the area. Limestone, however, was very plentiful, so that's what a lot of the buildings from the early days were built from. This building has both, a bit of wood and then the mostly stone structure. I've always been partial to bay windows as well. I love the ornate style they used back in those days too.
Hope you enjoy the photo and the tiny bit of Kansas history. :-)
Week 25 - Love
Posting this late as I was out of town and then forgot to get it ready when I got back. For my version of the theme I decided to do a fun shot. My husband LOVES steam traction engines, sometimes more than me I think. :-) Anyway, got this shot this weekend of him hugging the engine that he works on. He was smiling a lot because some people were wondering just what he was doing. Hope you enjoy the shot!
Week 26 - Water
Oh my, I almost forgot to post this for the theme this week. Tsk tsk. Anyway, we haven't had much in the way of water here. We had not quite 2 inches of rain over 4 weeks ago, and then another 2 last week and that's been it. The ground is very cracked and the grass doesn't grow much which is a plus. :-) As you can see the sand bars are becoming prominent in the river as well. So my photo is actually showing the lack of water. BTW, this is one river, it looks like it splits but it is just the sandbar in front of the bridge I am standing on.
Week 27 - Red, White & Blue
Hi everyone, posting this a week late, sorry! I was on vacation this past week and forgot to get it up before I left. I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone came up with for the theme. This is a shot of part of my holiday tree in my office. People call it a Christmas tree which kind of annoys me but.... Anyway, I had it decorated for the 4th. Hope you enjoy the shot. I put a couple of effects on it. Hope you all had a great 4th as well!
Week 28 - My Hometown
This old schoolhouse is right near where I live, in fact I mow the grass for the area. It's part of the Geary County Historical Society of which I am a board member. This school house was in use for quite a while and I have talked to people who actually attended there. The street I live on is named after it as well. It's a nice bit of history from the town I live in. Hope you enjoy it.
Week 29 - Summer
Well...ooops! With all my traveling I am late with posting last week's photo. This type of scene always says summer to me. Softball and major league baseball as well. I used to play softball back in the day. I could hit fairly well, was never a good runner though and now the knees are crap. <SIGH> Still fun to watch though. Hope you enjoy the shot!
Week 30 - S Curve
My take on this week's theme might be a bit different, I kind of hope so anyway. I caught a shot of this goose bathing and his head and body made a kind of S curve. I also liked the water action around his head in this shot. Hope you enjoy the shot as well!
Week 31 - Silhouettes
So for my silhouette shot this week I was able to get this 12 Spotted skimmer above me on a spent lily stalk. I would have liked to have gotten him more in the blue sky area but after I took this shot and moved to try that he had enough and left. Ah well. :-) Hope you enjoy it.
Week 32 - Animals
I don't know why I am late with this. I've had the shot for a few days now and then totally forgot to post it. I've always loved horses and we have some people that own a couple of beautiful ones not too far from where we live. This lovely one even came up and posed so beautifully for me so had to be my shot for the theme this week! Hope you enjoy the photo!
Week 33 - texture
I am late with this. Tsk tsk. I have even had the shot for a while and keep forgetting to post it. This is an example of some very prickly texture. :-) Hope you enjoy the shot but don't get too close.