When we arrived, Erika suggested taking a photo of the place empty and then later after it filled up. Sounded like a good idea to me.
So here is what The Lakes Fourth of July celebration looked like Sunday night- June 29th.
Preparing the fireworks across the lake
Flags and crowd reflection
Parade of teenagers
The smell of gunpowder lingered in the humid air
During the fireworks- Michael on the right looks up at the sky filled with fireworks
Lots of teenagers in clumps, enjoying the festivities
Today my sister and I visited our Aunt Rhea. We had a nice visit, looked at our grandmother’s photo album together, and ate lunch with tapioca for dessert.
Next to her couch were her colorful glass marbles from Murano (a puzzle you are to jump in a straight line- NOT Chinese Checkers)
The light was coming in through her window. I shot this with my phone.
On the way home from school the light on this wall caught my eye so I pulled over to the curb.
I looked across the street and tried to determine what was making the reflection but I couldn’t discern what caused it.
This was the view opposite the light patterns.
Tonight I was camping out in my 5 year old granddaughter’s room, lying on a mat on the floor.
I looked up and saw the ceiling fan.
I remembered a youtube demo of light writing. Have been working on light writing at school with the students and thought I’d experiment.
Maura said the fan made her too cold so it was not a lengthy experiment. Not as many variations as I would have liked to try. I think it would work well with regular glow sticks. She liked the way the photos looked, though. Crazy Grandma.
Photo- light graph – write
You need a darkened room.
Set your camera on bulb setting ( or long exposure)
A tripod would have been useful. I just braced it so it’s soft focus.
I used a Flashing/Glowing White Lighting Stick and tried three different settings.
You need some tape (that won’t damage the paddle) to attach the light source to a ceiling fan blade.
Here are the Light Write Experiment results
Here is one I did at school with LED Christmas Lights, trying to make and intentional circle shape.
Michael’s Lego man stands in the red light from the sun and he photographs it with my phone.
I got my camera to catch him photographing the scene.
One thing that occurs in the family is the grandchildren try their hand at photography, too. One of Michael’s photos from the iPhone!
I follow a blogger from South Africa at Sonel’s Corner and you may have read some of her lovely comments on my blog. She hosted Flat Ruthie and introduced FR to the Vervet Monkeys . You can see what a Vervet Monkey looks like at Sonel’s Corner blog post on B and W weekly challenge of Nature here.
She’s started a black and white challenge and I’ve been thinking about participating but kept missing the deadline. The Black and White Weekly Photo Challenge theme this week is TOYS. Here I am in Ohio, visiting the grandchildren and there are plenty of toys.
I shot these toys today specifically for Sonel’s challenge.
Then I converted them into black and white in Aperture and am posting a few from today’s effort. Shot with Canon 5D -50mm 1.2 L series lens. I used the cable remote to avoid camera shake.
My DIL Erika’s Grandmother Marion (Marlene’s mother) crocheted this doll dress, bonnet and undergarments for this doll I took down from the high shelf in Anna’s room.
Caught the afternoon light on her through the dining room window. I asked Erika if she had a name and she said no. Crocheted doll clothes were “in”.
Mark(from Aunt Bobbie) and Erika’s Teddy Bears. Mark’s Brownie on the left and Erika’s Teddy on the right. Presently residing in their daughter Anna’s room on the high shelf, not getting any “play time”.
This little doll was given to Anna in 2003 by my dear friend G. Anna’s first doll. Maura popped into the photo shoot. She is also in charge of tending this dolly now. I knit the old cotton dishcloth pattern extra large for a dolly blanket. They drape so nicely.
Found the missing puzzle piece today. Ooops, the puzzle was discarded a long time ago. (this one shot with the iPhone) Always liked those knob puzzles.
Thanks to Sonel’s Corner for the Black and White inspiration.
Thanks to everyone who sent birthday greetings. Nothing like announcing “Hey, it’s my birthday” publicly and then being the recipient of such lovely wishes.
Rain kept us from going to see fireworks Thursday night. Anna had her Pap light a sparkler or two and she tired to enjoy them in the rain in the front yard.
For the second day in a row I took the photos from the porch. It was totally dark.
The first photo was taken without a flash but there was some light from the house and the sparkler.
The second was taken with hand-held off-camera flash. Thought i would experiment as I read about it but never really tried it. I avoid using the flash as much as possible but wanted to experiment for some different dramatic lighting effects. Thanks Anna you were most cooperative.
The cord I bought about 9 years ago and never really used. I will try it again when I have some more willing subjects.
you can see the raindrops
Not too dramatic lighting but a few visible raindrops.
Experimenting with light and hand held off camera flash
Anna in motion. With flash.
Plugged in and sitting on top of the piano at Mark and Erika’s house.
And I found myself watching it for a long time, the sparkles rising and falling, catching the light. Now photographing it was a challenge.
Too much light and the sparkles disappeared.
I was fascinated by the glittery colors inside floating and glimmering. This is the best I could capture it. I thought it was a lot of fun.
This week’s challenge is delicate. I held up this tiny crystal swan to catch the light from the dining room chandelier.
As I entered the building I looked back.
Saw the reflection of dawn in the high school windows. Lifted my phone up and shot the scene.
While in the middle of a friend’s photo shoot of vintage clothing, her mother’s long haired dachshund started following my watch reflection and chased it all around. I’ve never seen a dog exhibit this behavior. Trying to capture it was spontaneous and difficult as the watch was on my left wrist and the camera in my right hand. No chance to focus. It was just happening. Stop action seemed the best way to try and show the motion. Min Pin Tigger makes a cameo appearance.Wish I had a real video to show it better.
Driving back from Murrysville I saw the lights on the porch at Clayton, the home of Henry Clay Frick. Evergreen swags dangling from the portico. Drove around the block to come back and use the driver’s side window as my makeshift tripod. Lots of photos in the dark lately, it’s dark so early! Wednesday night Steve and I ate dinner a Grant Avenue Bar & Grill and when I pulled down the alley I saw the Candy Cane/ Snowflake house. Scroll down to see the Millvale House.
Waiting for Steve to pick me up in the turnaround, I saw the pattern on the concrete. I had just viewed Waiting for Superman. I was in a good discussion group after the film. You can read an editorial piece by Tony Norman from the Post-Gazette my friend V told me about. Lots to think about. There wasn’t much in it that was hopeful or positive, especially when it comes to public education. In fact , it was downright depressing to me.There are a ton of reviews at Rotten Tomatoes if you want to see the splats, too…. But getting back to the patterns of light and shadow on the sidewalk while I was waiting for Steve….
You notice the light on the object and how it’s reflected off the object, too. This is the photo just before yesterday’s post- “real time” and yet the approach to the top, ready to drop, looked like a stronger moment. I put myself on assignment, studying the movement, the mood and the composition- all in a few blinks. I liked this one for the light.
from the Croatian travel archives Summer 2008
The Allegheny River to the right, flowing under the bridges. And leaking onto the road. This section of road has been in several movies filmed in Pittsburgh. Sunday night so not much traffic. Hopped out at the end of 7th Street Bridge. Caught the roadsigns’ reflection.