Friday, May 25, 2018

View from the Queen Mary...





"Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends...
The mind can never break off from the journey."
Pat Conroy


The Long Beach cityscape from the Queen Mary!

Fooling around trying to get a pic of the city lights through the 
porthole...not an easy task!
Between the inside lights reflections on the porthole window...
to trying to get the city lights in focus instead of the porthole!
All hand held...should have been a tripod and long exposure...
and should have done a little focus trickery so that both
the porthole and cityscape was in focus...
ahhh well...
It is what it is!


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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Struttin'





"Indeed, an engineer designing a structure is not
unlike an artist painting one.
Both start with nothing but talent,
experience and inspiration.
The fresh piece of paper on the drawing board
is as blank as the newly stretched piece of canvas."
Henry Petroski



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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Up, Up, in the Air!!!





"I have often said that the lure of flying
is the lure of beauty."
Amelia Earhart


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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Black and White Abstraction...





"There is no abstract art.
You must always start with something.
Afterward you can remove all traces of reality."
Pablo Picasso

A twist on one of the ones below!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Abstractions...



"Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot see physically with his eyes...
Abstract art enables the artist to perceive beyond the tangible, 
to extract the infinite out of the finite.
It is the emancipation of the mind.  
It is an exploration into unknown areas."
Arshile Gorky


Sometimes...it's just plain fun to play with your photos...
Out of focus?  Play with the angle...
...and the color...and the grain...
and voila!


Patterns, repetition, muted colors...
...then...


...explorations in Black and White.


A crop here...a crop there...a bit of grain.


Lots of crop...lots of grain...and push that color!!!


Find that right angle...pop the color...
...remove the white spot or leave it in?


Explore the angles and curves...more color please!


Another angle...more curves...and OH!  That color!!!

Our road trip began in Atlanta, Georgia, 
at the Marriott Marquis hotel, downtown.
Last June, we were in Atlanta for the 2017 Rotary International Convention.  And being good Rotarians...we went to the bar where all the action was.  Lots of fun people...good drinks...
and an interesting atmosphere...very modern and fun lighting.
Looking up...my mind started seeing my surroundings
in photographic terms.
Yep...had to go get my camera.
Two or three excursions with the camera and a bunch of fun hours post processing...and these were my results!
I thought it might be fun to share a bit of my process...
...one of my most fun photo projects of late!!!





Saturday, January 27, 2018

Making a Photograph...





"You don't take a photograph,
you make it."
Ansel Adams

I recently got a new iPhone 8+.
My friend has a new iPhone 10 and is enamoured
with the camera.  She kept telling me what a great
camera it is and that my iPhone 8 has the same camera.
So...we're walking in our nearby botanical gardens,
and I'm playing with my phone camera.  She shows 
me how to do her favorite..."portrait mode".
I just happen to accidentally put the camera
on Portrait mode, Stage Light Mono....
And voila!!!

OK...I'm a die hard Nikon user 
...and now... 
I'm pretty impressed with my iPhone!!!


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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wine Country in Texas???



Driftwood wine tasting...
spoke my language!


Driftwood Texas...who knew it's the wine country of Texas?!!!

On our way to the Salt Lick...the "best Barbecue in Texas"...
we stopped off at the Driftwood winery...
...and found the sign that speaks my language!!!
Add to that...a couple of nice bottles of wine to take with us 
to the Salt Lick!

The Driftwood winery has a lovely outdoor area where you 
can take a glass of wine...or a bottle or two out
to sip while enjoying the view!


Then on to the Salt Lick!!!



Barbecue is serious business in Texas!!!
(BTW...there were 9 of us...and many more of these platters!!!)


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