52 weeks with Carolyn

A Theme Based Photo Blog


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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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Week 46 #Beam Of Light

On a recent trip to photograph Burrowing Owls, our group met up with another member at a local park.  She had been keeping track of a pair of adult owls with their two owlets and we hoped to photograph them too.  Unfortunately they were no where in sight that morning but, I did capture this early morning beam of light just coming through the trees casting its glow onto the foot bridge railing.

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Week 45 #31 Show With Flash/Speedlight

Earlier this spring I took a two day Macro workshop with Mike Matthews and Adam Jones.  Mike is well known for his love of little critters and enjoys providing his students with multiple subjects to photograph.  Adam was in the area and spoke to our Photo club and participated in several workshops with Mike.  Shooting Macro usually requires Macro lenses and using a tripod.  By attaching a ring light flash to your Macro lens, adjusting the shutter speed and ISO settings in the camera, hand held photography opens up a whole new world.  This Baby Green Iguana was so colorful, I really enjoyed photographing him.

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Week 44 #26 Prohibited

We have quite a few squirrels living nearby that constantly climb on our lanai screens.  I have two bird feeders placed strategically far enough away from the screens to prohibit the squirrels from jumping onto the feeders to get into the birdseed.  I also have a metal ring hanging on the pole under the feeders to prohibit them from climbing up the pole to get into the feeders.  Despite my well planned distractions to keep them from getting a free meal, they still try and try again every day over and over to get to the feeders.  They really can be quite entertaining at times to watch.

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Week 42 #45 Underneath

My father had a Hoya plant that originally came from my maternal grandmother.  She passed away in 1963 and my maternal grandfather in 1967.  At one point during that time period we acquired the original plant.  My sister told me she had it at one point but, admits she doesn’t have a green thumb so gave it back to my parents.  For years it sat on a fern stand in the dining room near a window that received southern exposure sun.  Several times I took cuttings from it and they would survive for a little while but, I never could keep them growing.  Shortly after my father passed away in 2012 while home to go through the arduous process of sorting through a lifetime of living, the Hoya plant was still there, not as healthy as it had been in its hey day, but surviving.  I decided to take several cuttings and hoped perhaps this time I would have some success.  We moved to Florida in 2014 and placed it outside.  I knew the plant produced beautiful white star shaped flowers because it has had a few blossoms since we moved here.  This spring I began to notice multiple buds forming on the end of each long tendril of leaves.  It has never produced so many flowers and I am thrilled to finally have this beautiful plant at its peak to remind me of my grandmother and my father.

Since the theme for this week is underneath, the only way you really can enjoy the beauty of the flower is to look at its underside.  I don’t have it hanging but, setting on a table.  Took some gymnastic moves on my part to get the photo.

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Week 41 #40 The Good Old Days

We have a gardenia bush just outside the lanai.  Right now it is blooming and I am enjoying the sweet aromas of its white flowers.  I remember when I was growing up and wore corsages for various events, my mother telling me in “The Good Old Days”, gardenias were the most popular flower for corsages.  They became popular in 1937 when Rod McLellan invented the gardenia corsage.  Not only are they extremely fragrant they also don’t wilt very quickly.  Gardenias are synonymous with love and romance.

I did a little research on Google to check out the history of the gardenia and am quoting what information I discovered.  Gardenias originated in Eastern Asia.   In 1752 a Scottish physician and naturalist Alexander Garden moved to Charleston, South Carolina.  Somehow he became a “pen pal” with an English merchant John Ellis, who also was a good friend of Carolus Linnaeus, a famous Swedish botanist.   Linnaeus had developed the genus-and-species system for scientifically naming and classifying plants.  In 1758, Ellis visited a garden outside London to inspect an evergreen shrub thought to be a jasmine that had fragrant white double blossom flowers.  He and Linnaeus determined it was not jasmine.  Ellis convinced Linnaeus to name the newly discoverd shrub, gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides) after his friend Alexander Garden.  In 1762, the first gardenia in America was planted in Dr. Garden’s garden.

Gardenias are still a popular flower for corsages and weddings, especially in the South.  Plants are found in Asia, Africa, Australia, England, Pacific Islands and the Southern U.S.  They also are popular houseplants.  My bush only is in bloom for less than a month, so I am always thrilled to see the first blossom open.

 

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Week 40 #29 Shot At 9:00 A.M.

First off, I have to admit this photo was not shot exactly at 9:00 A.M. so I guess I’m breaking the rules, but it was shot sometime before 10:00 A.M.!  I intended to get out early one morning and photograph my orchids on the lanai.  My bed was way too cozy that morning so I woke late.  After cleaning up and eating breakfast I was doomed, the clock showed 9:05 A.M.  So I thought, well I could put it off for another day or just go for it, so I did.  I had the morning shoot and then went back out in the afternoon when the light changed.  All and all a productive day and I did like the morning shot of the small orchid resting against the bunny.

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