52 weeks with Carolyn

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Week 30 #15 Looking Up

In week 28 I wrote about the Powel Crosley Jr. estate, “Seagate” in Sarasota Fl..  My image that week of a windowscape was taken in the Ship room, a circular wooden paneled room that includes a wooden ceiling with a hand painted Compass.  Looking up from the center of the room I captured its beauty.  I enjoyed having a little fun in post processing adding a circular star vignette.




Week 29 #38 Street Scenes

Somehow my post deleted my picture and information.  It was there since I posted it on Friday but, gone today. New one for me.  This street scene photo was taken in Ybor City at one of eleven stops the streetcars take on a 2.3 mile trip from Ybor City to downtown Tampa. Streetcar use began in 1892 and discontinued service in 1946.  They returned in 2002 to promote tourism and provide and economical means of transportation.  There are 8 Birney replica streetcars which can hold 88 passengers and now provide the luxury of air conditioning.






Week 28 # 51 Windowscapes

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This week I joined my neighbor and a few of her friends at The Powel Crosley Jr. estate “Seagate” on Sarasota Bay built in 1930.  Royal Teas held in February and March raise funds to help maintain the estate.  The estate was purchased by the Manatee County Commission in 1991 to preserve its historic nature.  The entire estate sits on 16.5 bayfront acres and is a popular spot for weddings, parties and business meetings through out the year.  I thought it would be a fun place for my photography club to gather for a field trip but, was told the rates ran from $3,200 to $5,200 a day!  Lets see average field trip attendance is 30 so cost would be per person $106 to $173. Not going to happen!

Powel Crosley Jr. was quite the entrepreneur. To name only a few of his career accomplishments he started an automobile accessory company, manufactured phonographs, radios, operated station WLW in Cincinnati, Ohio which became the most powerful radio station ever operated in the United States.  He helped launch the careers of numerous performers of that time. He owned the Cincinnati Reds at one time and we owe our gratitude to him for develping lighting for night time games.  And for us photography nuts he helped develop the 35mm camera!

Since I only had to pay $35 to attend the tea, I was glad I brought my camera and decided to shoot as many photos as I could before my neighbor drug me out of there.  This windowscape photo was taken in the second floor circular Ship room.  It is the only room in the  house with wooden floors and walls. The ceiling has a compass painted directly in the center.  The metal scroll work and lights surround the room.  This view faces the bay.






Week 27 #8 Breaking The Rule Of Thirds

The rule of thirds is one of the first things a photographer learns when taking a beginning photography class.  When done properly it does produce a balanced and interesting shot that is pleasing to the eye.  When applying the rule of thirds while taking a photo, imagine a grid of 9 squares, like the tic tac toe game.  Newer cameras have this setting to take the guess work out of composing to automatically help you. When composing your photo through the view finder you focus your subject either on the left one third of the photo or the right one third of the photo with the lines being your guide.  When viewing a photo studies have shown our eyes naturally go to either of the intersecting points rather than in the center of the shot.

Now that you have the basic understanding of the rule of thirds, like many things Rules Are Meant To Be Broken!!  I took this photo on a recent field trip with my photo club at Ybor City, in Tampa FL.  Wandering through the streets several of us spotted some fun street art behind some buildings in the alley.  I thought this was a perfect example of Breaking The Rule Of Thirds, centering the red chair under the art with the other chairs along the sides.