52 weeks with Carolyn

A Theme Based Photo Blog


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Week 11 #28 My First Visit To a Rowing Competition

In Sarasota, Florida, Nathan Benderson Parks, history began with the construction of Interstate 75 back in 1968-70.  Dirt removed to help build the Interstate left over a 400 acre lake.  Today the 600 acre park offers residents a 3 mile bike/walking trail around the lake, a playground, picnic area, fishing and a first class venue for Rowing Competitions.  In late September over 900 rowers from 69 countries arrived to participate in the 2017 World Rowing Championships.  I spent several hours with a friend one afternoon for “My First Visit To a Rowing Competition”.

I was impressed with this world class event and witnessed one race right after another. The award ceremonies were similar to the Olympics with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals complete with the playing of the winning competitors national anthem.

The winner of this male single event blew away all of the competitors crossing the finish line with ease.

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Week 7 #Seasonal Showers/Inclement Weather

Hurricane Irma hit Florida with a bang last weekend.  Lives were lost, many are still without power and sadly no house to go home to.  My heart is aching for my fellow Floridians for the loss and pain so many of them are going through.  I feel so fortunate that my home and neighbors only experienced minor tree damage.  The skies are crystal blue now with a scattering of clouds picture perfect, it’s so hard to believe only days ago we were all hunkered down while Irma unleashed her fury.

While driving in my development I found a very large oak tree blown over from the high winds.  Sadly a perfect photo op to fulfill the Seasonal Showers/Inclement Weather theme.

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Week 6 #Documentary

As I write this, millions of  Floridians are preparing for Hurricane Irma to make up its mind what path of unprecedented destruction it will make.  I spent an hour at the grocery store stocking up with ice and other supplies yesterday and several hours today looking for batteries and drinking water.  This is my first hurricane experience and I find it difficult to know who to pray for!  I don’t want it to harm my community but I certainly don’t wish it to harm others.  I drove above Interstate 75 this afternoon, to fulfill the “documentary” theme, and witnessed the line of evacuees heading north.  It appeared they were averaging 30 to 40 miles an hour.  They are in for a long drive to safety.

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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 36 #27 Quaint and Quirky

My daughter and her family have been here this week for Spring Break from the cold in Minnesota.  Yesterday we headed to the Mote Marine Aquarium and an early dinner at a favorite spot on Anna Maria Island.  Along our route I spotted this man riding his motorcycle with this quaint and quirky helmet on.  To me its not so quaint but, it definitely is one of quirkiest things I have seen.   I’m sure its a dead coyote or fox skin, hopefully not from road kill!

I took the photo with my phone and it wasn’t the clearest photo I have ever taken, so I decided to play around with an artistic filter in Smart Photo Editor.

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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.

 

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