Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Practice Makes Perfect!!!




Still getting used to the Fuji XT1...






It's very different than my Nikon d700

The mirrorless mechanism is slower...
and I'm not always sure I got the pic...

But then I guess....practice makes perfect!!!



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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Our Little Corner of the World...Easter!!!



There are many ways to celebrate Easter...
...even if it's a few days early!!!


There's hunting for Easter Eggs...


...there's watching a marionette show...
(I think these are the same marionettes that 
Bob Baker used to bring to my elementary school for special occasions!!!)


...but the best thing is the petting zoo!!!


(the tiniest little pig Grandma's ever seen!)


Ahhh...but then there's the baby goat...





Now...what could be better???



Still in a sling and in recovery from surgery but fortunately my new
Fuji XT1 is nice and light so I felt ok taking it...
So now I'm starting to get the hang of it!!!
I definitely haven't figured out all the buttons and whistles yet...
but I'm getting there!!!


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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Our Little Corner of the World...LA Zoo






I don't think I've ever posted this one...

I took this way back when I got my first DSLR...my Nikon d70s.

I'd been taking classes at Tri Community Adult Ed Photography Center in Covina...

Not bad for some of my initial efforts, eh?!!!






Photography has had to take a back seat again...had surgery on my
rotator cuff over a week ago...turned out to be more bicep surgery than rotator cuff...
Soo...I'm a bit immobilized right now...
although the sling holds my hand at just the right angle to be able to do a little something on 
my computer keyboard!!!


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Monday, March 2, 2015

Our Little Corner of the World...Hollywood style!!!




Marilyn lives on!!!




Hanging out at Grauman's Chinese Theater with a photography location class...

(I refuse to call it TCL Chinese Theater...to me it will always and forever be
Grauman's Chinese Theater!!!)

Turns out my best shot was a couple of doors down...

at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum!!!

Brought back memories from high school...

a date...

a jeep...

Madame Tussaud's...

the jeep malfunctioning on the freeway going home...

coasting off the freeway...

being picked up by his parents...

finding out he wasn't supposed to drive the jeep on the freeway!!!

Oh well...just a little high school drama!!

(Pretty rowdy, eh???)


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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Our Little Corner of the World...SoCal!!!




I'm going to be making some blog changes down the line...

Terrace of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library


Probably eliminating MammothLakesDP.blogspot.com...

and updating Photographic Journey...

or not...

we'll see...


In the meantime...

here's a new pic...

no...it's not my Nikon d700 or my Fuji XT1 (which ran out of battery power at this shoot)...

it's my iPhone!!!

Gotta love the iPhone backup!!!

Have you ever been to a Presidential Library?  We've got a couple within decent 
driving distance.  The Ronald Reagan library is in the Simi Valley...
a fascinating look into the world of a president...
There's an exact replica of the Oval room (decorated as Reagan had it...complete with jelly beans!)
there's an Air Force One that you can walk through...(no pictures past the gate though)
there's a Presidential helicopter that you can also walk through...
there's a large piece of the Berlin wall...
and of course, the usual history of the president in pictures and captions...
an interesting morning, and fun photo shoot with the Tri-Community Location Shoot class!!!



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Friday, October 11, 2013

On to Mallorca, Spain...




On the way to Cuevas del Drach,
our bus drove past the Catedral De Palma De Mallorca...


Not bad for a moving bus, eh?!!!



On the way to the Cuevas...we made a compulsory stop at a jewelry shop
featuring the Mallorca pearls!
I was pretty excited until I realized they're manufactured pearls...
Yep...just call me a jewelry snob!!!
Besides...I'm really not the pearl wearing type...
(except for my beautiful black pearl ring TheChief bought for me
in Princeville, Kauai!!!)


Right next door to the pearl shop was a cheesy souvenir shop...
but the real interest for me was this magnificent tree trunk
out front of the store...


The Cuevas del Drach was absolutely breathtaking...
it is one of the largest underground lakes in the world.

Unfortunately, my photos don't do them justice at all...
we really weren't supposed to take any photos at all...
Surreptitiously...I did the hip raise and click move with no flash of course...
but wasn't all that successful...


Upon entering we walked down a pathway to the center of the cave
to a small amphitheater.
When all were seated, the lights went out and small boats came out
from inside the caves...lit with strings of lights.  
In the second boat was a quartet of musicians playing classical music.
The boats circled around continuously playing...at the end of the concert
there was a light show designed to imitate the sunrise over the lake.
Such a lovely experience... 
So sorry I wasn't able to photograph this...
(even though the site information said photos without flash was allowed...
the Cuevas guides were quite adamant that we cease and desist)


When we got back on the ship, we saw a submarine leaving port!!!


Looking down on the port while preparing to sail...




Sunday, July 28, 2013

More of Ajaccio, Corsica!!!




There was still time left when we finished our tour and got back to the port...
Soooo....
We took a walk around the area!


The island was filled with charming architecture...


...charming little streets...


...and lots of boats!!!




Towards the end of our walk, we found ourselves by the 
Citadelle, Ajaccio de Corsica...


...a beautiful structure that promises protection for the shoreline...
The Citadel dates back to 1492, when the town was founded.
Many historians have indicated that young Napoleon used to go and 
watch the changing of the guard.  It is also said that when Napoleon
was fighting to keep control of France, he never managed to take over the Citadel.
It is also said that after his final failed attempt to take it over, 
he and his family were forced into exile to the island of St. Helena.


A couple of Citadel inmates getting their exercise...


More charming architecture...


...charming streets, and little plazas.


 And finally...back to the port...and back on board!!!