Sunday, February 28, 2010

Day Nine February 28, 2010

This looked for all the world to me like a steer coming out of the pool. If you click on the picture you get an enlarged view which reveals the shine and texture of the wood that can not be seen in this smaller version. So, is my imagination run too wild? hmmmmm...
This is promising to be a spring like sunny day and the beginning of it was wonderful. The sun was facing me and to my right making this a bit difficult not to get the wrong light. Then there was the camera. This was shot with a Panasonic point and shoot with no eye piece (I'm sure there is a technical term for that which I will eventually learn). With the bright sun it was pretty hard to see the shot in the LCD screen. It does have a 10x optical zoom but eventually I'll trade it in for something I like better. I think a person should always have a pocket camera: the smaller and more powerful the better.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Day Eight February 27, 2010

There was an unexpected break in the weather this morning so I went down to the marina and captured this photo of Mt Rainier. Actually it rained the whole time I was there. It was so quiet there and barely any activity. I love this mountain (who doesn't) and what I like about this picture of it is the stark contrast between what is in light and what is in shadow coupled with it being partially obscured by clouds. It looms over the marina as if during sunrises it could cover the boats with its shadow.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Day Seven February 26, 2010

Drizzling rain today but the light can make for good pictures. This one I took because it looked like a pony laying down or a unicorn missing its horn. The photo doesn't seem to me to be so obvious as it did on site. I love the way the kelp and seaweed drapes on the driftwood to create the illusion. It could also be a seahorse laying on its stomach in the sand: you know, the dragon seahorse. Do you notice her yellow eye?

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Day six February 25, 2010

I wanted to stop at a particular place but there turns out to be only one entrance. So on to plan B (too complicated to turn around, I'll save it for another day). This is one of the few plants that grow and bloom in my yard. It will have to do for now until the wisteria blooms the first time. I love these little white bells with their woody stems and deep green leaves. Maybe one of the reasons I like it is because it refuses to give up on me.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Day Five February 24, 2010

Last night I went dancing and here is my dance partner who has an excellent technique for dressing dance shoes. The idea was to get him to relax and be natural like I'd been reading in Chirs Orwig's book. I like catching people when they don't know I'm shooting but of course Larry knew so it was up to me to keep him from posing. I think he actually looks like he might be explaining his technique to me. I think I'd like it better if it weren't straight on. But it is a study to add to this collection that may prove worthwhile later on.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Day Four February 23, 2010

Ok I give up. The photo will have to get posted tomorrow. I tried an experiment. It was raining lightly but steadily when I got in my car. I looked through the windshield and thought, "Gee, that looks neat. I wonder if I can capture it with the camera." Now mind you I used a high end point and shoot almost an SLR but it focused on the tree every time. I'll have to try the SLR and see what happens when you focus on the windshield. Meanwhile, here is the experiment.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Day Three February 22, 2010

Even I have to admit this
photo is wimpy but I had
a notion that since it was
too dark to go outside this
might be dubbed
as a Family Photo. The good
thing about this picture, I hope,
is that it will encourage me to
remember to take my shot
during the day from now on!!!!
What will tomorrow bring?
Hmmmm...this is beginning
to feel like a real responsibility
not to just fill up space.
One bit of good news it appears
one of my photos may have magically
appeared where I wanted it to without
my help.
It is still a mystery to me. Will ha
ve to go looking for a better place to
blog then maybe just move the whole
thing or
start over. After today a start
over doesn't sound like such a
bad idea! heeehehee

Day Two February 21, 2010

Day Two Photo Retention Pond

On the way to a meeting with photographers I noticed how great the colors were on the plants at the retention pond just west of the Narrows Bridge.
The photography group is a professional group with a mix of professionals and wannabes (that's me!). This may well be a great opportunity for me to learn a lot!
I'm not sure about this pictures for today but it was, as it turned out, to be the best considering what there was to work with.

Day One February 20, 2010

This blog will be A Photo a Day because it will be just like vitamins: take at least one a day. The idea comes from a book Visual Poetry by Chris Orwig. At first I was just going to do this entry with pictures to start tomorrow. The thought was it's late and there is nothing to photograph here. Then I remembered something Orwig wrote and decided of course there was plenty of interest here to capture. One of the great photographers he quoted said he personally had to take photographs everyday because if he didn't it felt like something was missing from his life. Out of that came the idea for this blog. Hopefully by dedicating myself to at least a photo a day for a year I'll become a better photographer. It may be no one will find this but if they do, I hope they will leave some comment about what the posted photo made them think of or about.
I have to confess I don't know what I'm doing. The first entry is a photo of a photo of my mother when she graduated from high school in a small farming town in the midwest. Her life was a surprise to her; hopefully this blog will be full of surprises for me and anyone who reads it.