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Practicing Portraits on the Front Porch

The grandkids came out to the porch, one at a time, and let me photograph them. Willingly.

I told them I was practicing. The ambient light was nice as it was late in the day, after supper.

They look to be enjoying their vacation at Grandma’s house.

They didn’t mind  helping me check out my replacement 24-70mm lens.  We went over to the playground afterwards since the rain stopped and the sun appeared.

I’m photographing a wedding on Saturday and wanted to get the feel of the weight of the lens.  It’s lighter than the 70-200mm of course, but heavier than the 50mm I’ve had on this particular camera.  This is my favorite lens. It was a year ago, almost to the day, that my lens fell and broke into smithereens.

Maura Clare

Maura

 

 

Jack

Jack

 

 

MichaelMichael

Playing in a tub of water

Jack playing with his sub in a container of water on the front porch. I liked the light on the shirt wrinkles.

 

 


St. Mary of the Mount- Grandview Avenue- Pittsburgh PA

When we were walking around the Three Rivers Arts Festival, I looked up and saw this church on the top of Mount Washington.

The lighting really stands out.

Here are several views to give the perspective.  St. Mary of the Mount

St. Mary's on the Mount

 

 

 

 

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St. Mary's on the Mount 4

 

 


Outhouse Roofs and a Threatening Sky (plus plural of roof?)

Drama where you find it.

Rule one. Get out of car to compose better shot.

Oops.

Such a great light and I was lazy.  Sitting in the driver’s seat.  Had to turn around because Larimer Avenue was in the process of being blocked off for some kind of light up night festivity last Saturday afternoon.

 

Why oh why did I not get out and take more than these two shots?  The white on these roofs was so nice.

and in case you are wondering rooves is obsolete  I thought about it.       Plural of roof. Like hoof.  Hooves.  But rooves is now deemed obsolete.

 

outhouse roofs

The white on the roofs of these outhouses caught my eye. And the sky.  And the eerie wind blowing as if some storm was brewing close by.

 

 

outhouses and a threateneing skyOh yes, there was a very interesting tree blowing in the wind.


Mark and His Grandmother- Natural Light or Flash?

Last Saturday at the First Communion party, Mark wanted to recreate a photo he found from a little book I made him years ago.  The original was photographed in 1976!

He was sitting on his paternal Grandmother’s lap in a rocking chair in the original.

I took the pose with available light first and then with the flash.  Here are the two different versions.  I see more light his their eyes in the flash version yet am drawn to the available light.

Either way, Mark was very happy his grandmother flew in from Kansas City to help celebrate Michael’s special day.

with GrandmanitaMark and Grandmanita in 1976 and 2014

 

mark and his grandmother


Ice Crystals on the Window in Morning – Solar Light on Snow at Night

Crystals on a Window in the MorningHere is the view from my bedroom window.

Although the sun was shining, the thermometer dipped enough to cause schools to be closed today.  In fact, they were calling it Arctic Blast.  We weren’t in as bad shape as Atlanta, though.  What a mess.

 

Lemon Cheesecake

A friend picked me up, drove me down the hill  to Park Bruges Café where I ordered the Lemon Cheesecake for dessert, serious comfort food.  We used to work together but don’t see each other often so it was fun catching up. You can see how the sunlight streamed into the window where we sat.

 

 

Forty years ago my sister gave me a set of Farberware Pans. They have seen a LOT of use.

Mary’s  coming to visit for the weekend and I was trying to get the dark burned- on grease off the bottom of the pan. I only noticed it as it hung on the rack, thinking about how she keeps her Revere Pans’ copper so shiny as it hangs over her stove in NYC.  I solved the problem of not being able to get it all off.   Tried some internet remedy with vinegar but it didn’t quite work so this is what I did so the bottom didn’t show.  What I should post  is a photograph of the bottom so you could be horrified but the idea is to camouflage the undesirable pan bottom.

Farberware pan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solar Light on SnowDropped off a birthday gift for a friend and then I was over at the neighbors and on my way home, I noticed their solar lamp’s rays radiating on the snow.

It was quite dramatic.

iPhone captures today.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light

I like the title of the challenge in this time of year when the days are growing shorter.  We’re asked to show the light source in our photos.

Just today I saw a box with a HAPPY LIGHT for sale, to ward off the season’s darkness and the impact it can have on your mood.

At school I teach about the different sources of light, manmade and natural.  There are so many different types of light.

Here are some examples of photos showing a variety of light sources.

 

backyard moonlightMoonlight in Ohio Backyard

 

 

 

bonfire

 

Bonfire in Virginia

 

St. Patrick Candles

 

 

Candles at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

 

 

St. Rocco Fireworks

 

Fireworks at Saint Rocco’s Festival   Pittsburgh PA

 

Pocorn neon

Popcorn Neon at Kennywood Amusement Park

 

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Birthday candles- Laura covering the boys mouth so they don’t help blow them out!

 

 

angel lightErika’s Angel Lava Lamp last Christmas

 

 

 

wedding lanternsWedding Lanterns Somerset PA

 

 

 

sparklersJack July Fourth with Sparklers


Night Light on the Holocaust Sculpture “Keeping Tabs”

I was wondering what I’d post following the dedication post  of the Gary and Nancy Tuckfelt Holocaust Sculpture from yesterday.  Thank you for the thoughtful comments and for sharing it with those who were unable to attend.

And then the artist Elena Hiatt Houlihan called me Monday night to say she’d taken photographs of Keeping Tabs at night with a borrowed tripod.

She said to me, “You have to see it at night.  The light is beautiful.”

I was half asleep-

but after we hung up, I pulled jeans over my pjs,  threw on a coat and grabbed a hat.  I drove up Beechwood Boulevard to photograph the sculpture even though Elena had already left.   It was 10 PM.

My tripod was at school in my classroom so I took up a Swifter with a flat top pole to steady my camera.

No moonlight to help the effort.

As I got out of the car, I  saw the light reflecting off the six million pop tabs encased in the glass blocks. All was quiet.  It was moving.

I was all alone until a single figure arrived and entered the sculpture for a  time.

I tried a number of settings, shutter speeds, aperture and white balance, trying to get the best quality shot I could, given lack of tripod or remote cable.   It was in the low 40’s and I was wishing I had my tripod.  Night photography takes practice.

This post seems to complete yesterday’s photographic essay.  Good idea, Elena.

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keeping tabs at night 3

 

 

 

and then too much light, blown out- but autumn colors in the surrounding trees

 

keeping tabs at night 4

keeping tabs at night


Photo on the Wall Illuminated by Window Light

After school, I was sitting on the sofa, sipping a cup of tea
The sun must have come from behind a cloud as all of a sudden the photograph on the wall lit up!
(Okanogan WA- After the Wedding)

Captured with the iPhone

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Homecoming Heels Study

Atop the closed bleachers.  In a darkened gym

On the table amidst the plates that held the pizza.

I was taking a shot and then the cell phone lit up with a text.  As if responding to the lens…..

Killer shoes.  No kidding.

So many of them taken off and placed high on top of the bleacher ledge.  Shoes on bleachers

 

 

 

High Heels on a table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold High Heels

 

 

 

Shoes and corsage

 

 

 

 

and without the flash

Silver High Heels


Grove City Magnificent Tree

When you read tree I hope you didn’t start to snore z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z

After the football game, Steve said "Look at that tree!"

After the football game, Steve said “Look at that tree!”

 

And then as we walked to the car I said, “Steve, that is the same tree, backlit from the stadium lights!”

 

 

tree from front

Tried to find out the use of the building online with no result. Steve saw a sign that said
Mineral Hall?

 

I needed Frank Relle of Frank Relle Photography  in New Orleans to instruct me how to light up the building at night,  He is a master of night photography.

 

But it was a magnificent tree.

 

 

 

 

 


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