Day 255 (12 Sep 2012) Bubbles!!

Today’s photos were fun and simple; simply a glass bowl full of soapy water, bubbles, my macro lens, and the sun shining through the window.  Of course using the straw to blow more/larger bubbles was the highlight 🙂  I may never grow up!  I think I saw something similar at one point on h2o by Joanna’s blog (she does all sorts of great work centered on the team of water).



60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/8, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Bubble Colors)


60 mm, 1/30 sec, f/4, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (White Colors)


60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/8, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Bubble Colors II)


60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/8, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Bubble Bokah)


60 mm, 1/250 sec, f/8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Soapy)


60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/8, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Bubble Colors III)

Note: most of the images are cropped by various amounts.

Day 251 (8 Sep 2012) Snow White, or A Child’s Tale

As you probably know, I try to participate in as many of the photo challenges SeeingSpotsPhotography hosts/co-hosts, as they are fun, and almost always push the envelope of my skills and/or creativity level.  This month’s challenge was “to bring to life an image that represents both details from your favorite childhood tale AND your feeling about that part of the tale.”

After polling friends on Facebook for ideas, I settled on something to do with Snow White.  I picked the scene where the step mother/witch gives Snow the poised apple.  That was always the saddest part of the movie; betrayal by her own family.  These day’s that part is sadly not limited to a fairy tale; thousands of children are betrayed by their own families: violence, abuse, irresponsible decisions, etc.  Even in “good” families children are often neglected by parents who put career/success before family.  I do believe that most parents’ intent is to provide the best childhood for their kids, but never learned from their parents the best methods and are perpetuating the mistakes.  One thing I’m doing, well before I get married and start a family, is reading books about family, raising kids, being a good husband/man, and talking to/observing families I know.  I know I won’t be perfect, but I hope to build upon the many good things I learned from my parents and go forth from there.

Anyway, I didn’t intend to go off on a tangent, but anyway, here are the two images I created today.  I “like” the first one the best for this challenge, but the second is good too.  Which one do you think I should submit?  I’m also open to suggestions on editing these (not gonna reshoot), if you think a different technique could help them.

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I had a different idea, but ended up getting home too late last night after the fair to try the idea I had with my friend, so I did this all solo; tripod, infrared remote, flashlight, and a bit of thread to hold the apple.

Day 244 (1 Sep 2012) Mt. Marcy, ADKs

Back on Sept 1st, 3 friends and I climbed Mt. March, which is one of the ADK’s “46ers” and the tallest peak in the state of New York at 5,344 feet (1,629 m).  It was the second attempt for two of us, who attempted to climb it back in May, when the last several miles of trail were still covered in snow and ice.  This time the trail was dry 🙂

It was a great hike, with some spectacular views from the top, and a great time with friends!  Here are some of my favorite photos from the day:

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Edge of the Path

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Nestled Berries

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Cloud Break over Mt. Marcy

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Marsh Crossing

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View From Mt. Marcy’s Summit

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My Accomplishment

Day 248 (5 Sep 2012) Falling

I’m not sure what the proper verb for the onset of the Fall season, but it’s onsetting!  Some of the leaves here are starting to turn.  Before long all the trees will be displaying beautiful hues of red, yellow, and orange; I can hardly wait!  Last year tropical storm Irene came near the Fall season and disrupted the natural seasonal change; in CT the leaves changed over almost completely within a 4 day period; most of which I was stuck out of town (due to the storm delaying my return flight).  This year I’m not going anywhere till late Sept, so I’m hoping to see the leaves in all their glory!

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60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Color of Fall)

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60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Change Is Coming)

Day 247 (4 Sep 2012) Pinecone

Sunday while hiking I picked up this little guy, I was looking for more, but I was just trying to get down the mountain.  One of my knees started acting up, so my complete focus was on “down”, down to the car.

I still haven’t gotten to processing, or even looking at, the photos from my trip.  Between work and getting some homework done, I just got them downloaded into my computer.  I’ll work on them after Thursday, and hopefully get a few up this week(end).


60 mm, 1/50 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Casting a Shadow)


60 mm, 1/50 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Pinecone)


60 mm, 1/50 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Negative Space)


60 mm, 1/50 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Desaturated Cone)

Day 240 (28 Aug 2012) Day Pond State Park

Do you ever have one of those days where you just don’t feel very creative?  Today was one of those days.  I wasn’t in a funk nor did I have a bad day or anything like that.  I was eager to go shoot (not my most eager ever, but eager enough to venture outside my home), but when I got to the Day Pond State Park in my town of Colchester, CT, I just didn’t “feel” it.  Not like other times, at least.  But I still put my camera on my Blackrapid strap, put my macro lens in my pocket, and just started wandering aimlessly.

My shooting felt a little forced, a little uninspired, and it probably shows.  I’m not sure how to kick myself into a more creative mood, or if this is just part of a natural cycle that tends to show itself when you are shooting (or otherwise engaged in a creative pursuit) every day.  What about you?  Have you experienced this?  Is it normal and I just have to sleep it off or is there something you do to reboot your creative side?

On a completely separate note, this weekend 3 good friends and I will be heading up to the Adirondacks for 4 days of camping including 2 extended hikes 🙂  That is exciting!  Since I’ll be on the trail for 2 days, and camping 3 nights, what kind of photos would you like to see?  I’m going to have to look at some outdoor photography to see what techniques work; I’ve not been satisfied by my trail photos as of yet.

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60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 (Frog)

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18 mm, 1/30 sec, f/11, ISO 100 (Moon Over Day Pond)

Day 238 (26 Aug 2012) That Was Easy!

We’ve all seen that commercial and wished there was an actual ‘easy’ button, but we all know that it’s not reality.

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.
– Marie Curie

Have you noticed that it’s the hard and difficult times in your life that really shape who you are?  That the people we really admire, the ones with character that and wisdom have all had very difficult experiences and have persevered and strived and pushed and not given up until they were through?  I have.  I’ve have my hard times, and I can look back at them and see how they’ve shaped me into who I am today.  I would not trade who I am, and the path I’m currently on, for not having the pain and difficult times I’ve experienced in my own life.

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.
– John F. Kennedy

Thanks for letting me share a little with you 🙂

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60 mm, 0.6 sec, f/10, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Staples)

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60 mm, 2 sec, f/14, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (One Staple)

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60 mm, 1/5 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (A Few Staples)

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60 mm, 0.4 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Scorpion)

Day 235 (23 Aug 2012) Sockets

Well, I spent most of the night (from 7 till 11:30) in my garage, most of that trying to replace an alternator on a friend’s car.  After dealing with the typical rust bolts found on New England cars (due to salting of the roads in the winter), I discovered that the last person to install the alternator (body shop after an accident, maybe?), but in one of the bolts backwards.  Unfortunately this was a long bolt and there is no room to remove it w/o removing the axle.  That was more than I could do so late in the evening, so I had to reassemble everything and send them home un-fixed.  I have to admit that I’m really frustrated at whoever did the work last time.  I don’t mind giving up an evening to help a friend, but when it’s wasted because someone didn’t follow the tech manual, well, lets just say I’m not a happy camper.

I did manage, just barely, to get a few shots of some sockets that were laying on my workbench.  But the only reason I took them is so I would not miss a day on my 365 project.


60 mm, 1/30 sec f/2.8, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (Sockets)
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60 mm, 1/20 sec f/3.5, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (After)

Day 234 (22 Aug 22) Morning Flowers

This morning I grabbed my camera and marco lens to shoot some flowers (aka weeks) growing in my yard as soon as the sun peaked up over the hills.  I was really tempted to spend an hour shooting dew on grass (cause I love the images and it’s fun), but had to work, so I limited it to a couple subjects 🙂  Plus, I’ve shot dew a couple times already 😉  Let me know what you think of these images:


60 mm, 1/160 sec, f/8.0, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (Dandelion)

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60 mm, 1/100 sec, f/8.0, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (Flower and Fly)

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60 mm, 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Clover Flower)

Day 233 (21 Aug 2012) Black Eyed Susan

How to grow Black Eyed Susans: don’t mow your lawn!  Well, thats how these have grown.  I haven’t gotten to the mower in a couple weeks (and almost got to it today, good thing I didn’t!) so these survived long enough to be memorialized forever in my blog 🙂

The last shot is of one flower I’ve shot before.  It sadly is past it’s prime 😦  But it had a good life, brining cheer to me many days as I left my home, and to you when you saw it the first time.

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60 mm, 1/60 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Sisters)

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60 mm, 1/20 sec, f/8.0, ISO 800, 60mm macro lens (Little Sister)

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60 mm, 1/60 sec, f/3.2, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (I Lived A Full Life)

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60 mm, 1/30 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (Waiting For Tomorrow)

Day 232 (20 Aug 2012) Spiral Bound

Remember “back in the day” when we went to school and computers were either nonexistent or only in special classrooms?  Remember back when we took notes on paper instead of typing into our laptop or iPad?  I remember those days, even in college my computer was a desktop and I had a spiral bound notebook for each class or subject.  I especially remember being very excited when they came with perforated pages, esp. since my teachers hated the little ‘tassels’ from tearing out the pages I did my assignment on 🙂

Well, today I was standing in my office debating weather I wanted to try and shoot the night sky/`milky-way from my yard, or venture off to get some more dramatic foreground for a night shot and not really feeling up to leaving my house.  So while the internal debate raged, I was also thinking I needed to start reading my textbooks to be ready for my first day of class this semester.  Thats when I saw the corner of an old, beat up notebook in a stack of binders and other school supplies and thought that it looked rather interesting with the metal spirals and the edges of the pages all dinged up.  What do you think?  Interesting, boring, or just a reminder of days you would rather have not remembered? 🙂

60 mm, 0.6 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Spiral Bound Notebook)


60 mm, 0.6 sec, f/4.5, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Spirals)

60 mm, 0.6 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Corner)


60 mm, 0.5 sec, f/11, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Spiral Bound)

Day 227 (15 Aug 2012) Dragon Tree

For some reason I keep trying to type May or April for the date of my blog; it’s been happening over the past few days.  Am I stuck in a time warp, or is there a wormhole passing over my desk chair?  Anyway. . . .

This morning we had a few thundershowers pass through, with sun in-between.  I noticed my baby Dragon Tree looked pretty cool with the few drops that remained glistening in the sun, so I busted out my macro lens and spent a few moments between meetings shooting.

In case you are wondering why I say “baby” Dragon Tree, well, its because the momma died (I’m not the best with house plants), before I had a chance to dump the pot, two babies sprung up!  Talk about Grace 🙂

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60 mm, 1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Dragon Tree)

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60 mm, 1/150 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Dragon Tree)

Day 222 (9 Aug 2012) Water Drops

Today’s post is inspired by Joanna of H2O by Joanna.  She’s done this kind of shoot before.  I’ve kept the idea on the back burner for a day when I had a lot going on.  I have will be doing a “gallery” showing at a local coffee shop in September jointly with a friend who paints, so we hung out and discussed the the upcoming show and just caught up on life.

For today’s shoot, I set up my camera with my macro lens pointing straight at the water stream from my kitchen faucet.  I set the appetite wide open, and used my seedlight hand held and manually triggered.  My exposure was about 1/2 sec so I could synchronize the flash and shutter easily and not over expose the image.

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60 mm, 1/2 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Dripping Faucet)

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60 mm, 1/2 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (About to Fall)

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60 mm, 0.4 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Outline of a Drip)

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60 mm, 1/2 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (String of Pearls)

Day 219 (6 Aug 2012) The Morning Dew

This morning as after I awoke, I noticed that the lawn was sparkling like a field a diamonds!  I recalled the photos I took a while ago, and how pleased I was with them, so I decided right then and there to grab my camera, macro lens, and my cardboard (It keeps me dry and comfortable when shooing on the ground, esp. after last nights rain 🙂 ).  I cropped most of these to focus on the best elements of the image.

I hope you enjoy these images as much as I do!

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60 mm, 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (My World In A Drop)

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60 mm, 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Dew on Grass)

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60 mm, 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Edge of the Blade)

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60 mm, 1/80 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Morning Dew

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60 mm, 1/1250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Diamond Field)

as an FYI, I cropped most of these to focus on the best elements of the image.  I may experiment with a slightly smaller aperture on the drops next time, might get a shaper image, or more of the drop-world in focus 🙂

Day 216 (3 Aug 2012) Barb Wire

Today during my lunch break I took a short drive because I had this idea to shoot barb wire in my head.  And out here in “the sticks” we have lots of it around 🙂  So I pulled off the side of the road and shot a few sections of a fence.  One one fence post I found this insect that looks like it’s either about to eat lunch or make more insects (not sure if there are male/female differences like in birds); the little one was not struggling, and I couldn’t tell if it was alive or not.  Anyone of you out there know?

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60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/7.1, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (Barb Wire Fence)

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60 mm, 1/80 sec, f/8.0, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (Fence Post)

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60 mm, 1/1000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (3 Strands)

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60 mm, 1/320 sec, f/8.0, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (Bug eat Bug)

Day 215 (2 Aug 2012) Shifting Gears

. . . is something I have not been able to do for a week and a half in my TDI Jetta 😦  I’m in the process of replacing the clutch, flywheel, and other misc parts to get it back to 100%.  For those of you that are car-savy, my throw-out bearing disintegrated!  Not just wore out, but when I separated the transmission from the engine, a bunch of parts fell out: ball bearings, metal pieces, and other stuff.  Because one of the parts that was destroyed was the clutch fork, I had to order more parts to continue.  The first photo is the edge where it has worn agains the clutch housing.

The second photo I took on my way home today.  I had to stop and shoot some photos 🙂

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60 mm, 1/60 sec, f/4.0, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (Clutch Fork)


29 mm, 1/1000 sec, f/9.0, ISO 100 (Sun Rays)

Day 214 (1 Aug 2012) Grilled Corn

Wow, It’s hard to believe that it’s August already!  Where has the year gone?  Summer is almost over 😦  But one of my favorite things to do in the summer is to cook on the grill, and my grilled corn is always asked for at cookouts 🙂

My method of grilling is quite different than that of most people I know.  I actually grill the ears after I husk them.  My secret recipe is this: rub the ear down with butter (the real stuff, not the oil-based stuff that comes in a tub), and sprinkle lightly with Lawry’s Seasoning Salt.  Then I put it on a hot grill, turning till each side is cooked (some kernels start to brown/blacken).  Serve hot!  You can use any seasoning you like: garlic, pepper, curry, etc.  Try it and you will love it!!  Or your money back 🙂

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60 mm, 1/25 sec, f/11, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Grilled Corn)

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60 mm, 1/160 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200, 60mm macro lens (Grilled Corn, up close)


Day 211 (29 July 2012) Somewhere Over the Rainbows . . .

Nope not a typo, Rainbows is correct 🙂  But you say, “Hold on a minute, what about yesterday’s post?  You didn’t post anythingI  Does this mean you broke your streak??”  Nope, I actually shot a LOT yesterday, about 350 images!  I was invited to a studio party, which I’ll tell you more about when I actually post some images.  I will tell you it was a LOT of fun and I didn’t get to sleep till about 2am, so that’s why I didn’t post.

Now, back to today’s post.  Yes, I know Dorothy sang it with a singular rainbow (even though hers was monochrome, lol).  But today I shot more than one, at once!

I was trying to think about what to shoot, so I asked my gf for a suggestion, and she said, “the 5th thing your eyes land on.”  First time it was my monitor, and she clarified and said, “non-electronic.”  Well, sitting on my desk from a small movie project I did was a DVD.  I’ve seen cool photos done w/ CDs and DVDs, so I thought I would try my hand at it.

So, as I was creating rainbows using various lights, I happened to look up and out my window.  God went ahead an one-upped me!  He had made a double rainbow right out my front door!  Talk about awesome!  All I can say is that when God “shows you up”, its bound to be pretty cool 🙂

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18 mm, 1/80 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100 (Double Rainbow)


60 mm, 1.3 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (DVD Rainbow)


60 mm, 1.0 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Light Traces)


60 mm, 2.0 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Crazy Colors)

Day 208 (26 July 2012) Cracked

Ever get in a creative rut?  Can’t think of something to shoot or an idea for a photo to make?  Just check the trash!  Well, if you have some old chicken or fish, you may not want to do that, LOL.  A few days ago I bought some eggs to use for some photography experimentation with light.  I saved a couple of the shells because I knew there would be a day where I needed an interesting subject to shoot.  Today was that day!

I experimented with different orientations, DoFs, number of ‘subjects’, etc.  I did a black & white conversion in Lightroom, because I like the texture and shape (and brown eggs just are not very interesting from a color standpoint).  When I was setting up, the available light I used was the lighting fixture above my dining room table.  The fixture has 3 bulbs which make for multi-shadows, so I unscrewed two of the bulbs to give a simple shadow.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed creating them!

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60 mm, 3.2 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Cracked)


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60 mm, 0.6sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Empty Eggs)

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60 mm, 3.2 sec, f/9.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Cracked Open)

Day 207 (25 July 2012) Fly Away. . .

Today at lunch I was walking around I found a feather: I almost didn’t pick it up, but I’m glad I did 🙂

60 mm, 1/80 sec, f/18, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Feather Silhouette)


60 mm, 1/1600 sec, f/18, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Feather In The Sky)


60 mm, 1/250 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Blue Feather)