52 weeks with Carolyn

A Theme Based Photo Blog


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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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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 43 #43 Tools Of The Trade

My photography club several weeks ago took a field trip to Tarpon Springs, FL.  Tarpon Springs became famous in the late 1800’s as the hub for harvesting Sponges from the gulf waters off the coast.  Many Greek citizens immigrated to the area to work on the ships. Tarpon Springs is now home to one of the largest Greek communities in the United States.  We didn’t realize the day we chose to visit,  happened to coincide with their once monthly Greek Festival.  We had hoped to have a beautiful sunset along the pier waters that evening but, alas Mother Nature wasn’t at her finest.  Instead we concentrated on the multiple festive scenes around us.  Greek musicians provided us with continual background music while we wandered the streets.  I captured this man with his “Tool Of The Trade”, a beautiful Bouzouki.

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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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