A GOOD FRIEND DID SOMETHING UNEXPECTED!

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Picture above is the car that died in the crash with the Angus Steer, thankfully I was alright.

This weekend a good friend did something very unexpected this weekend for me, something I will admit that I never thought of. I knew about programs like Kick Starter, but did not know about Go Fund Me. Franklin Kleckner of Charlottesville,Virginia started a Go Fund Me account for me. He had asked me if he could take my picture, sure I said, well the only thing that would make the picture look better would have been a paper bag. Now I know why I like taking pictures of flowers, they always look beautiful! LOL

In January I had an unfortunate accident where I ran over an Angus Steer laying in the right lane of Rt 29 South about 1/4 mile from the Airport Road stop light. Well the car was totaled, as anyone may have guessed I was driving a 1988 Mercury Grand Marquis (only 27 years old). You can read the post I made about it here. The Car Crash & The Red Angus Steer ,

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I do not have the way nor the means to go out and buy a used car, so for the past 3 months I have had a good set of friends willing to shuttle me to Harrisonburg, about 20 miles from where I live for doctor appointments and groceries etc. I can tell you how much I appreciate the kindness of these people for doing this, but how much I miss the independence of doing it all myself. Franklin knew that it would take several years for me to save enough money to be able to buy a reliable car, unfortunately the Grand Marquis was anything but reliable, breaking down every couple of months. (but when it did run it got me there) never was certain it would get me back but it did get me there. Smile 

Really all that I can say is Thank You Franklin for know about this and trying to make it possible to return to an independent life once again.

Anyone wanting to see the page Franklin started for me can do so by clicking on this link. Go Fund Me / Hit A Cow

I cannot say THANK YOU ENOUGH, to anyone feeling led to help, I am not good at asking for help from others. In this instance I think Franklin knew this and saw that it would take me a very long time on my own to save. Again Thanks To and Anyone that feels led to help!

CLOSE UP PHOTOGRAPHY SUNDAY

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Note: All photographs can be enlarged by clicking on them.

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What a beautiful day this has been, cool this morning and warm this afternoon! For me this unplanned adventure in photography happened quite by accident, walking past the freezer where I usually have my photography things set up (ie, black and white tri fold foam core presentation boards) upon passing by a rock that has been a rock that my grandmother found in the garden one day, she cleaned it up and low and behold my mother kept it as I have kept it.

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I wondered to myself I wonder what it would look like, up close, as I had all three extension tubes on the camera and the tripods sitting there so I started taking pictures, one thing led to another and well I had taken pictures of all sorts of things. This was also good practice as I have not set the camera back to auto focus since turning it to manual, aperture and shutter priority, and just playing with all the settings and buttons.

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I had also cleaned out my rabbits foot fern this morning and went to throw away all the dead fronds, and something said don’t throw those away see what you can do with them so I did. Even a simple small watercolor painting I did in 2004 has many interesting things to reveal. (first six pictures of this post)

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Of course with my violas going nuts in the containers I just have to find them in photography while they are here during these cooler days. Nasturtiums sprouting, I will admit they are interesting from the day they break from the ground, and Bellis the little red perennial daisy always has something to show.

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You would be surprised how the grain of ordinary wood shows up in photography. A simple dried onion skin, can surprise you. The lighting in the kitchen is not always the best, as I need to get a couple of cheap goose neck lamps to set on the freezer when I take pictures. However I did discover while playing around with the camera in Live View, that sometimes the darkest picture that you can barely make out will reveal a beautiful thing if you press the shutter button.

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Ordinary things often overlooked can reveal interesting shapes a plain old broom, blue ceramic lid to a ceramic jar, even a green glass orange juicer, can reveal hidden secrets in graceful lines and curves.

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PHOTOGRAPHY-LEARNING WHAT ALL A DSLR CAN DO!

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IMG_2715All I can really say is WOW, I had no idea a DSLR camera could do all that it can do! Once I got over the fear of pressing buttons, fearing that I would permanently screw something up and found that when I turned a knob that it would NOT set the camera to Auto Self Destruct in 20 seconds, things went much better!

 

 

IMG_2727So far I can tell you I have no clue as to what I am doing, though learning bits here and there, now You Tube videos make much more sense as I know now what they are referring to (kind of).  Also for the first time I found a video that showed exactly what the difference in shooting in Jpeg vs RAW is all about and why people shoot in RAW.

Raw vs JPEG: Real-world photography examples, advantages and disadvantages

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0j8QMmglvw

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PHOTOGRAPHY-BREAKING OUT OF AUTO FOCUS

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There seems to a a fear of getting things wrong and breaking away from Auto Focus in photography, by doing so it opens or can open you up to another whole and different world. That being said though it is one of the hardest things for me to do, and from reading I must not be alone.

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Personally I believe for myself it all comes from growing up in the “Film Era” when you had to buy your film then pay to have it processed, in most cases for my self I could afford to buy the film then not afford to have it processed and visa versa, so you left the camera on auto focus so that you never or hardly ever took the risk of screwing something up and paying for it!

Now with digital photography you buy your camera, guess what there is no film to buy anymore! Also no processing! Wow, so one would think that immediately you would press the buttons, turn the knobs, click click click and oops BIG BOO BOO, oh well better luck next time lets learn from our mistakes and move on!! Ha Ha Ha, what a joke, if only!

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I have now had my nice Canon Rebel T5i for 3 years this summer. Just now for some reason a turning point in my life I guess, just decided I was going to turn that knob to Aperture Priority and move forward, what is the worst that could happen? Well the camera did NOT explode, it actually took some pictures! Can you believe that! Did I really know what I was doing? HECK NO! Do I remember what I did yes, will I do it again? YES, Has it taken away the fear of failure, to some degree yes!  Now the thing to figure out and REMEMBER is all those on screen menus

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Here I have to tell you, I have had encouragement from some really nice photographers all encouraging me to do this for some time and wish to Thank Them now.

STACY P. FISCHER

Washington, DC

A wonderful photographer and subscriber to my blog, you can find Stacy’s photography on her website. I love going to her website. I always learn so much.

 STACY P. FISCHER VISUAL VENTURING – Website

VISUAL VENTURING – FACE BOOK

 

LAURA MACKY PHOTOGRAPHY

San Francisco, California

I actually found Laura’s website by reading Leanne’s blog and website, I like Laura’s because I see different place in California through her lens, places that I will never get to see in my life.

LAURA MACKY PHOTOGRAPHY – Website

LAURA MACKY PHOTOGRAPHY – Blog

 

LEANNE COLE PHOTOGRAPHY

Melbourne, Australia

LEANNE COLE PHOTOGRAPHY – Website

LEANNE’S FACE BOOK PAGE

Leanne’s website I get to see so many different places in Australia, you know if I never get to California, I certainly never will get to Australia!

I have learned so much about Black & White, Monochrome photography through them and their posts, which one day I would love to try to do.

TODD MERICA

Elkton, Virginia

FROM MY HAND PHOTOGRAPHY  – Website

FROM MY HAND PHOTOGRAPHY FACE BOOK PAGE

Todd is great friend and wonderful to talk with, and the only local photographer I know that I actually get to talk to in real time once in a while.

KEITH ALAN SPROUSE

Charlottesville, Virginia

Keith is a great guy to talk to about photography, sadly I don’t get to talk to him as much as I would like.

KEITH ALAN SPROUSE – Website

KEITH ALAN SPROUSE PHOTOGRAPHY – FACE BOOK