I saw a woman, about my age, working here in the sand when I first got to the beach. As I was leaving I saw this is what she had created. I believe the big "snow" ball on the right is an invitation to add to it ourselves. In a Reggio Emilia preschool classroom, this might be considered a provocation. The whole beach would be, actually.
I have a thing for pelicans. They are such unlikely-looking creatures but very good at what they do.
Every time a pelican moves, it completely changes shape.
I particularly admire this pose. It looks like yoga.
I got curious about a possible pelican pose. This King Pigeon pose is the closest I could find.
Here's another handsome bloke. He was waiting for the fisherman, just off camera, to catch him some lunch.
Most people don't realize that in addition to flying, swooping down and catching fish right out of the water, and stealing a fisherman's catch - pelicans are really good dancers. I believe they were doing the Dougie.
I thought this random sea bird shot turned out well. Well, well-ish.
Every time I'm on the beach I can't believe I'm on the beach. It's one of the only places in the world I can be and not feel like I should probably be doing something more important somewhere else.
This is future me. I must be having such a great time. There are some great snacks in that bag, for sure.
This is the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Naples. I like this shot, but I can only imagine how much better it would be if the top of the tower was in shot mirroring the top of the fountain. Now I have to go back and do it again.
I read recently that the duck is considered the funniest of all the animals. These ducks were really yukking it up that day.
Here is Tony enjoying the lines and curves of the Ritz's garden.
Tony is enjoying my lines and curves while taking this photo on the Ritz's couch.
It's nice that they let bees into the Ritz.
Tony on the Lamar. I think Steven took this photo.
Here, the Handsomes solve tech troubles on the Lamar.
Speaking of handsome, Tony and I went kayaking through the channel to the beach.
Best. Date. Ever!
This gray crane was all alone, looking for lunch in the mangroves. We should have told him about the vittles trailer in parking lot 4.
I like this shot, but I also like to imagine it if I had captured his entire reflection.
Finally, this hawk caught a sheepshead fish right next to our kayaks. This was the best photo I could get. Steven explained that I would need several more thousands of dollars of camera equipment to get a good shot of a bird in flight. That made me feel better.
Winston and Dixie and I went out for one more walk in the snow before the Arctic cold and winds arrived. I experimented with my snow scene settings.
This is Dixie, the shy and elusive Karelian Bear Dog. She looks great in snow.
This is Tony with Dixie. Tony looks good in a Lands' End squall parka in the snow.
Winston is hard to find in the snow except when he gets really dirty. Unlike his primitive Siberian housemate, snow sticks to Winston.
Oh, but he's so cute, though.
Inside, away from all that snow, Shaggy the corn snake goes exploring. I like the composition and the texture detail - and hearing people shriek.
I have a pink Christmas tree in my front window. While cuddled up and reading with Winston today I noticed that the whole room was bathed in pink light. The pink tree does give off a radioactive glow but this light was coming from the sunset. I tried to capture both.
I got a camera for Christmas :)
It's a real camera (as opposed to the camera on my Android), a Canon PowerShot G16. I have been practicing my photography skills for 6 days. I'm blogging so I can look back and see how much I have improved. Here are my best photos by day.
12.25.2013 - Tony, the gifter.
I'm using Lightroom editing software. My friend Steve introduced me to post-crop
vignetting. It's easy to go too far with that, I know. But I kind of dig it, you know? And as a different Steve once said, "If you can't overindulge, what's the point?"
I also dig the perspective of the following poster.
I quite like vignetting in some situations, and if used properly with a gentle hand it can help draw the eye into an image. I would be less concerned about what other photographers like and focus more on what you like, so keep appyling vignetting if you feel it suits the image. :-) "Egglington" - Whirlpool.net.au forum poster.
So. There. You. Go. That seems like a very Montessori approach to vignetting and most other situations I may encounter as I slog my way into enjoyable amateur photography.
12.25.2013 - My mom frying 4 pounds of oysters.
12.25.2013 - My dad.
I'm comfortable admitting that I have no clue what I'm doing. For example, it took me 5 days to find my way out of auto mode.
12.27.2013 - Senior photo shoot.
This was fun.
12.27.2013 - The elevator.
Roxi tries to stay warm between locations. I like the symmetry and the way the reflections suggest movement.
12.27.2013 - Portrait in the alley.
It was really cold and windy in that alley. Tony graciously offered his body as a windscreen. I had no idea where to begin editing this. I could have begun by composing a better shot.
12.29.2013 - Birthday dinner.
Getting better. The money and card are in focus (mostly) and the people in the background are soft. I love the story this photo tells. And the person telling it.
12.29.2013 - The family.
This is the first time I used Lightroom to "photoshop" a photo. I didn't make a copy of the original but the following photo was snapped immediately after and shows what I removed.
It's an improvement.
One big challenge I face is my utter lack of objectivity. I can't be objective about the quality of the following photo, for example, because it's my dog.
12.29.2013 - Winston
Good photo? I've got no idea. He's just so stinkin' cute. And the winter afternoon natural light doesn't hurt.
Tony is letting me borrow his flat-screen monitor and my photos look bright and lovely when I view them there. But when I view them on my laptop screen, they look so very dark. That's just one more thing I have to figure out.
12.30.2013 - Tiny Santa and friends.
12/30/2013 - Tiny Santa on my desk.
Somebody's been experimenting with depth of field!
12.30.2013 - Edmonton Oilers hat. An outdoor DOF experiment.
I'm beginning to understand f-stops, shutter speed and ISO.
I found ExposureGuide.com today and it's been very helpful. They posted this awesome graphic of how ISO, shutter speed, and f-stops work. It's perfect for those of us who thrive on visuals.
12.30.2013 - The gargoyle.
He's so awesome he scares me. The best thus far.