52 weeks with Carolyn

A Theme Based Photo Blog


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Week 5 #1 A Part of Me

One of my most favorite flowers are daisies. When Jay and I got married 43 years ago, daisies were prevelent in many forms at our wedding. The wedding cake had hundreds of handmade daisies, draped on the cake, I wore a headband of fresh daisies attached to my veil, and finally we had two large wicker baskets filled with wild daisies I picked the morning of our wedding from a field nearby my parents home, placed near the altar of the church. Over the years, Jay has always requested daisies to be included in what ever floral arrangement he gives me for our anniversary.

On our recent trip to Alaska I took numerous shots of the gorgeous flowers and of course my favorite, daisies. I chose a simple shot of some daisies and decided to add a little of my artistic flare to it with some fun post processing.

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ISO 160 Focal distance 57mm Aperture f/5 Shutter speed 1/100

Both of my grandmothers were very artistic, one painted, made all of her clothes as did the other who also quilted, grew beautiful prize winning roses and taught ceramic classes for years. I like to think my artistic talents are a part of me because of their love for the beauty that surrounded them. I wish my grandmothers could see how far I’ve come with enjoying the beauty that surrounds me.

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Week 4 #3 Before/After

I spent the weekend at a photography workshop in Jupiter Beach, FL. with 12 other photographers. Our locations to shoot were at Coral Cove Park and Blowing Rock Preserve. The Anastasia limestone outcropping, of over a mile, is the largest of its type in the state running along a barrier island near Jupiter Beach. One of our objectives was to learn how to shoot in the Aperture Priority setting, adjusting the ISO and F Stop, slowing down the shutter to freeze the incoming or outgoing waves on the rocks, to produce a creamy texture. We met 2 mornings at sunrise and 2 evenings at sunset. My images below were taken the first evening. Both images are in raw form with no editing.

The settings for the first or before image are:
ISO 250 Focal distance 17mm Aperture f/13 Shutter speed 1/30 second

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The settings for the second or after image are:
ISO 100 Focal distance 17mm Aperture f/25 1/3 second

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I have many hours ahead of me to work through the processing of my photos and the weekend was very tiring, getting up at 5 in the morning and staying up late for the sunset shots, but I am so happy I was able to participate. I learned a lot, made new friends and enjoyed seeing another beautiful place in Florida.


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Week 3 #52 Yellow

Many of the schools in the area are preparing for school to start next week. I remember how excited I was as child getting ready for that first day of school. I lived in a small town and saw most of my friends throughout the summer vacation at the pool or playground but, I could hardly wait to see who my new teacher was and what friends would be in my class. Mom would take me to the local JC Penny’s to buy a couple of new dresses, no pants in those days, and to Eitmans for new shoes. Our school supply list was much simpler than the children of today, a couple #2 pencils, a Big Chief notepad, ruler, and a new box of crayons. Oh how fun it was to open that new box on the first day, and carefully pull out a brand new crayon. They were so perfect and belonged only to me, no sharing like the box at home. The yellow crayon always stood out in that simple box of 12, its the brightest and cheeriest of them all. I couldn’t resist buying multiple boxes to put together this shot.

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ISO 1600 Focal length 73mm Aperture f/16 Shutter speed 1/2


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Week 2 #39 Rainy Day

After several weeks of rain we had a nice repreive part of this week and boy the warm sunshine felt heavenly but, alas back to rain today. A week ago Sunday we had a very gloomy day with several heavy downpours resulting in over 2 inches of rain. During one of the downpours I set my camera and tripod up to shoot a white flower bouquet I had put together. Fresh flowers every week are a real treat for me, plus they give me something to practice shooting, especially on a rainy day. I took several close up shots with my Macro lens but, switched to my 16-300mm lens to capture this image. During the post processing I decided to play around with some of the presets in a new program I downloaded called Smart Photo Editor. Clicking through the various presets was lots of fun and when the light rain setting came up it was a no brainer on how my shot was going to be processed. So what does one do on a rainy day? Shoot a photo indoors that looks like it was taken outside on a “Rainy Day”.

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ISO 3200 Focal length 24mm Aperture f/16 Shutter speed 1/2


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Week 1 #30 Mouthwatering

This is my first post for the next 52 Week Theme Challenge. I am just as excited about this upcoming year as I was last year. We had friends over for dinner last night and I made a large bowl of fresh cut fruit. I pulled out the leftovers for lunch and thought, ah theres a theme for that. Fresh fruit just makes your mouth water at least it does mine! Living here in Florida we are blessed to have abundant fresh fruit all year round. Now to get this posted so I can dig into the bowl of fresh fruit!

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ISO 3200 Focal length 44mm Aperture f/5.6 Shutter speed 1/6