52 weeks with Carolyn

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Week 2 #21 Hot and Steamy

Humidity in Florida this time of year is a given.  I dream of days gone by living in Iowa when we would have a cool front move through for a few days and I could throw open the windows to air out the house.  I don’t think I have had the windows and doors open to welcome cooler humid free days since February.  Moisture accumulates on the windows and doors almost every evening, it burns off during the day and returns again at night.  Easily entertained,  I decided to return to my childish ways and draw a heart on our “Hot and Steamy” windows.

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Week 1 #37 Senior Hands

Today marks the first week of my next 52 Week Photo Challenge.  If you are interested in reading what themes lie ahead click on the Themes 2017-2018 found at the top of the page.

These “Senior Hands” belong to my friend Esther.  She is a soft spoken, modest but spunky 90+ years young woman who moved to Florida from Connecticut 3 years ago.  Esther and I have become friends by way of a Women’s Bible Study at my church and as a member of a Women’s Book Group I host once a month.  I will never forget the day a group of us were getting to know each other and when asked, Esther said “she really didn’t have that exciting of a life”.  None of us believed her and upon questioned her further, she finally said “Well, I was what you call a “Rosie the Riveter” during the war.  Really? Not an exciting life??   She went on to tell us that her husband served in WW2 and flew B-17 Bombers based out of England to Europe.  Esther felt the call along with approximately 19 million women to serve our country during the war by working in factories and shipyards. These women became known as the cultural iconic “Rosie the Riveters”.  Esther worked in a Chevrolet Car Plant in New Jersey, that was converted to produce Navy F6F-5 Hellcat Fighter Planes.  12,275 planes were produced and at peak production came off the assembly lines at one an hour.  After the war she completed studies at Colombia to become a Medical Coder in hospitals.  She raised 3 daughters, and has lovingly held 3 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren with these amazing hands.

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Week 52 # A3 Old Photographic Effect

This is my final post for the 2016-2017 52 Week Photo Challenge.  I really enjoy this challenge because it keeps me constantly looking for new photo opportunities.  For my final photo I chose to enhance one I took on a recent trip to Minneapolis with an “Old Photographic Effect”.  The Stone Arch Bridge in downtown Minneapolis crosses over the Mississippi River near Saint Anthony Falls, the only natural water fall on the 2,320 mile long river.  The bridge was built in 1883 by James J. Hill for the Great Northern Railway.  Today the bridge has been transformed into a major pedestrian and bicycle thoroughfare.  This photo shows an isolated area of the bridge with a smaller foot bridge that leads to a pathway along the river.

Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog every week.  My next post will be the beginning of another year full of more interesting and fun themes.

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Week 50 #A6 Stripes

Following up from my post last week that was taken at the Florida Polytechnic University at Lakeland FL. I have a photo that was taken inside the amazing building.  The inside has a very modern look of white walls, bright colorful furniture and wood accents.  The library is located on the second floor and before entering on both ends you will find this unique shaped accented striped wood wall.

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Week 49 #A4 Photographer’s Choice

A few weeks ago my photography group took a field trip to visit Florida Polytechnic University, near Lakeland FL.  The campus was designed by architect Santiago Calatrava and opened for classes in August, 2014.  The university’s Innovation, Science and Technology Building is an amazing ultra modern structure, an architectural photographers dream.  We were lucky to visit on a Saturday when classes were not in session which allowed our group to photograph the outside and inside the building.

When we arrived I was able to capture this shot with great reflections in one of the three man made ponds before the wind picked up later that morning.

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Week 48 #49 Where the President Meets the Sky

My husband and I recently took a road trip from Minneapolis to South Dakota with our final destination to be the Black Hills National Forest.  Located within, lies the iconic sculptured Mount Rushmore.  The four faces of our past presidents; George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, tower over the landscape below at an amazing 5,500 feet above sea level.  The original concept for the sculpture came from a South Dakota Historian Dave Robinson in 1923.  A few years later the  American artist and sculptor Gutzon Borglum designed and began construction of the monument in 1927.  Mr. Borglum died in early 1941 and his son took the reins to oversee the project.  Initially each President was to be depicted from head to waist but, due to lack of funding the project was concluded in October of 1941 leaving the monument as we see it today.

Three of our Presidents are carved on the left side leaving Abraham Lincoln off to the right side all alone.  He has always been my favorite President of our Nations historical past.  Choosing to photograph him alone up there where he meets the sky seemed very appropriate.

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Week 47 #13 Infrared

Infrared photography has started to become very popular.  Trees and grass in color photos turn white almost resembling snow.  I have a friend who converted an older camera to Infrared and she has produced some really interesting photos.  Since I don’t have an Infrared camera, for this theme I found the how to steps online to achieve Infrared in Photoshop.  First of all, this is a HUGE step forward for me to follow directions of any kind about using Photoshop.  I have been to several workshops, had friends sit with me and show me different things,  I bought one of Scott Kelby’s Photoshop books after attending one of his workshops but, I have never left my comfort zone to try doing any type of processing besides the basic stuff.  So I am giving myself a big pat on the back for finally trying something new on my own!

Below, I have included the original photo taken in downtown Sarasota.  I really liked the vines on the building and they were just beginning to show some signs of green leaves.  Also, I left the few palm fronds on the top right side of the photo to help add a little interest when the photo was processed.  The second photo is the final product.  I preferred the image converted into B&W.

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