Friday, April 29, 2011

April 26 Daily Shoot Choice

April 26 Daily Shoot Choice, originally uploaded by NedraI.

Illustrate the word choice in a photograph today.

Hmmm, this summer we'll have a choice of what to take on those nice days-the Model T, the 'vette or perhaps the bikes hanging on the back wall. What would you take?

Sunday, April 24, 2011

April 24 Tulip Bud

April 24 Tulip Bud, originally uploaded by NedraI.

The daffodils and tulips might be blooming at the same time this year.

Daily Shoot Converging Lines

Daily Shoot Converging Lines, originally uploaded by NedraI.

Make a photograph that emphasizes converging lines.

I watched a You Tube video today on making a vignette in Camera Raw so of course I had to give it a try, This is the wheel on our "new" car-a Model T hack taxi. So now instead of overdosing everyone on flower shots I have something new to shoot!

April 23 Daily Shoot Horizon

Daily Shoot Horizon, originally uploaded by NedraI.

Make a photograph that features the horizon.

I took some photos at home today but none showed the horizon so tonight I took a few shots from the van as my husband drove along the arterial at 55 mph. Lots of ducks and geese call this marshland home.

April 23 The Crew

April 23 The Crew, originally uploaded by NedraI.

My husband, on the left, and two good friends that own and love Model Ts. They provided the truck and trailer and help to get our new Model T Hack Taxi home. They'll also be helping to get it up and running. We'll be spending our summer weekends driving around central NY exploring the back roads. I can't wait for the new photo opportunities!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Caramel Colored Cream

Caramel Colored Cream, originally uploaded by NedraI.

This is milk but I liked this color. I realize nothing is really in focus but I still like the shot so decided to include it.

Daily Shoot Motion

Daily Shoot Motion, originally uploaded by NedraI.

Illustrate motion in a photograph today.

Today my new project was trying to capture a drop of water. I read up on it a bit and then started playing. I used plain water, this blue water, cream and cream dyed pink. I got the best captures with the blue water. I was using a turkey baster to drop the water. I wish I had something smaller. I think a cable release would also be handy. Many of the shots were out of focus. Maybe I should have tried a smaller aperture. It wasn't easy to try and shoot and get the water drops right where i had focused the camera. I had a light shining directly on the water/cream from the left and right. The bowl was on a black background but that made it too dark so I set it on a white paper towel instead and that helped. For a first attempt I am pleased with this shot. If you have any suggestions please feel free to pass them along.


Daffodil, originally uploaded by NedraI.

April 17 Daily Shoot Low Key

Daily Shoot Low Key, originally uploaded by NedraI.

Make a low-key photograph today.

I'll admit I wasn't sure what low key meant so I looked it up and did a little reading. Then I ironed up a graduation robe to use as a background, set up the lights in a different way and then starting playing with various objects. This was my favorite. This was a great project for a gloomy day. Make a low-key photograph today.

Joe Mama's Milk

Joe Mama's Milk, originally uploaded by NedraI.

On our way home from looking at the Model T I found a brew pup, Keegan's Ales, thanks to Places on my phone. Mmm good! Love the grain that was a part of the bar counter top.

April 16-Model T

April 16-Model T, originally uploaded by NedraI.

We have friends that have Model Ts and have enjoyed going for rides with them. We decided we would like to join the fun and began looking for our own Model T. Last fall we drove to Chattanooga TN in one weekend to take a look at one! Today we drove to High Falls, NY, a mere 2.5 hour trip. We had seen lots of pictures of it and knew it looked promising. It was love at first sight for my husband. We put down a deposit and now have to figure out how we'll get it home. I'm glad frost season is almost over because my car is about to lose it's spot in the garage for now.

This beauty was in one family for 3 generations. Originally it was used to pick people up at the train station and take them into town. The family that owned it just drove it on their own property and didn't take it out in the rain. They put it out on the road in 1971 (I think) for their daughter's wedding. It's original parts and is in great shape. We are excited to welcome it to our family. We'll be taking it on the road and will have many adventures with it. I bet it will be used in a couple more weddings in the future as well.

April 15 Lake Ostego

April 15 Lake Ostego, originally uploaded by NedraI.

I took a similar shot in the winter. I'll have to return for a summer and fall shot.

Daily Shoot April 15 Lone Goose

Daily Shoot April 15 Lone Goose, originally uploaded by NedraI.

Make a photograph that features repeating patterns.

On my way to work I spotted this lone goose wandering around the corn field. He was pretty well camouflaged so I'm guessing another one was around and I just didn't notice it.

I'd forgotten what the Daily Shoot assignment was for today. I guess this will qualify-the patterns of the corn stalks or the patterns that are barely visible in the feathers.

April 12 Spider

Spider, originally uploaded by NedraI.

As these spiders come out they must be hungry. They climb into the dog's water bowl but then can't get back out. This one would float on this piece of debris from time to time. The bowl is on the enclosed back porch-not inside the house-thank goodness!

April 12 Daily Shoot Texture

April 12 Daily Shoot Texture, originally uploaded by NedraI.

Love the texture on this tiny rhubarb leaf. Now that I look at it here it looks more our of focus than it did in Photoshop. Hmmm. Oh well. :-) This will be ready to eat Father's Day weekend.

April 11 1st Daffodil

1st Daffodil, originally uploaded by NedraI.

The first regular daffodil is just about to make an appearance!

Daily Shoot Wood

Daily Shoot Wood, originally uploaded by NedraI.

Make a photograph the features a subject made of wood today.

I pulled this out of the china cabinet. This is something I've had since I was young. It is stamped on the bottom that it's from Germany but I really don't know the history behind it.

Columbine Leaf Buds

Columbine Leaf Buds, originally uploaded by NedraI.

April 10 Daily Shoot-Central Point of Interest

Make a photograph with a central point of interest today.

I almost missed seeing this tiny beauty today. It is growing in my front garden and I was working in my back garden but luckily I stopped to take some pictures of the crocus and spied this as well. We only had a few drops of rain and I was lucky enough to capture them in this shot.

April 9 Grain

Grain, originally uploaded by NedraI.

A close up taken at the brewery.

April 9 Rohrbach Brewery

Rohrbach Brewery, originally uploaded by NedraI.

This brewery had its grand opening for its downtown location today. We stopped by for a tour and a sample.

April 7 Daily Shoot-Low Contrast

April 7 Daily Shoot-Low Contrast, originally uploaded by NedraI.

Make a low contrast photograph today.

It's the time of year that my photos will begin to be dominated by my garden again! I forgot to check but I'm pretty sure all the snow is out of our yard now! My challenge to is find ways to photograph the same thing in a different way. I was pleased with today's results. I like the little bits of orange pollen.


Cardinal, originally uploaded by NedraI.

Some day I hope to get a good shot of a cardinal. The ones in my neighborhood are shy of the camera. This shot is cropped a lot but I was happy to at least try and get a shot of him. His partner was in the evergreen and i couldn't get a shot of her.

April 6 Daily Shoot Abstract Beads

Daily Shoot Abstract Beads, originally uploaded by NedraI.

Make a photograph of something shiny today.
I put some beads in a tiny glass container for today's shiny shot. This is taken looking at the curved edge of the jar with a macro lens. I like the abstract effect.

April 4 Daily Shoot Unusual Point of View

Make a photograph from an unusual point of view.

It was a cloudy but warm afternoon. The rain had stopped when I got home from work so I spent some time doing the initial cleaning of the front garden. It is looking much better. Before heading in I laid down in the wet grass and tried getting a shot of the crocus by looking up at them. Not a favorite shot but it will do. What looks like water droplets is really sand from the winter roads.

April 2 Electric Car

April 2 Electric Car, originally uploaded by NedraI.

While in Binghamton at a photo workshop I noticed this electric car on our way to lunch.

April 3 First Ride

April 3 First Ride, originally uploaded by NedraI.

Despite the cool temps and the high wind the four of us went for our first bike ride of the season. We did 16 miles. We're all signed up to do the Ride for Missing Children next month. I'm still debating whether I'm up to this task or not. I have to make my final decision by the 15th.

April 3 Crocus

April 3 Crocus, originally uploaded by NedraI.

I was trying to catch the light on the crocus but really waited too long. There was just a spot of light on it.

Daily Shoot Orange

Daily Shoot Orange, originally uploaded by NedraI.

Make a photograph dominated by the color orange today.

Took shots of a few different things from around the house for today's picture. I decided this one best fit the description of "dominated by the color orange."

Daily Shoot Metal

Daily Shoot Metal, originally uploaded by NedraI.

Make a photograph that features metal or a metallic surface today.

Just a quick shot with my phone before heading to bed. I love the look of flower frogs.

Daily Shoot Inside

Daily Shoot Inside, originally uploaded by NedraI.

Make a photograph that illustrates being inside today.

This is inside my classroom.

Daily Shoot Black and White

Daily Shoot Black and White, originally uploaded by NedraI.

Make a black and white photograph and go monochrome today.

March 26 Lobby

March 26 Lobby, originally uploaded by NedraI.

It's not very often that I stay at a 4 star hotel but this was one of those times thanks to I got a good deal for this beautiful downtown Pittsburgh hotel, Omni WiIlliam Penn Hotel. Not only was it a beautiful place with a huge room but the staff was very friendly and encouraged me to take pictures. How can you not love that?

March 26 Decisions, Decisions

March 26 Decisions, Decisions, originally uploaded by NedraI.

We spent some time with family and then my daughter wanted to take me down to "The Strip" in Pittsburgh. We had a very enjoyable afternoon walking around and checking out some of the shops. Our first and last stop was at the Peace Love and Little Doughnuts shop. Here my daughter is deciding what to enjoy first. At the end of the day we bought bacon doughnuts as well as coconut ones to take back to my husband. He said they were great!

Daily Shoot Motion

Daily Shoot Motion, originally uploaded by NedraI.

Make a photograph of something in motion. Use blur to help convey the motion you are capturing.

My nephew in law attends Carnegie Mellon and today we had the opportunity to meet Herb, the robot.

March 25 Cousins

March 25 Cousins, originally uploaded by NedraI.

My daughter on the left and my sister's two girls. We don't see each other too often but thanks to social networking they stay in touch. Here we are at a former church converted to a brew pup/pizza restaurant in Pittsburgh . It was a great place!

Daily Shoot-Happy

Daily Shoot-Happy, originally uploaded by NedraI.

Today, let's illustrate the emotion of being happy. Make a photograph that represents happiness to you.

I actually took this yesterday but I'm going to use it for today's topic. Happiness to me is being with family and I had a nice dose of family other than my own husband and kids this weekend. I had the pleasure of traveling to Pittsburgh to meet up with sister and BIL and both their girls and grandson as well. One of their girls moved to Pittsburgh last year so this was a mini reunion. I picked up my daughter up along the way and we all had a fun weekend. Here my niece from Chicago is having fun with her son. They both look pretty happy. :-)

March 24 Daffodils

March 24 Daffodils, originally uploaded by NedraI.

The American Cancer daffodils arrived today. Since I don't have a window in my classroom I decided I best bring them home. Too bad I can't leave this little bit of sunshine in my car's cup holder! Typically by the time these die out the real thing will be close to blooming in the garden. Despite the snow they are up and I can see buds!

March 20 Daily Shoot-Circle

Daily Shoot-Circle, originally uploaded by NedraI.

Make a photograph that incorporates a circle.

My husband is a collector and often he'll find something he wants to add to his collection but he's not sure if he has it or not. So to help him out I've taken photos of all his beer tappers. Now I'll be able to use my phone and search flckr to see if we have a certain tapper or not and avoid duplications.