Three Line Tales – week 6

Reality need not apply!


TLT week six - people at Tate Modern
photo by Samuel Zeller – click here for full res version

Bodies politic,
Factitious for mass appeal.
Decepticon’s rule.

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Thank you to Sonya of Only 100 Words for coming up with Three Line Tales.

The TLT rules are simple:

  • Take a look at the photo prompt and write three lines to go with it.
  • Your lines can be poetry, micro-fiction, micro non-fiction or just a really long caption – everything goes as long as it’s three lines long.
  • A link back to this post would be nice (it’ll make me feel obliged to swing by yours to read your three lines, and some of your readers might want to join in, too – the more, the merrier, right?).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales – it’ll make it easier for others to find it in the Reader.
  • Read other participants’ lines.

Please check Sonya’s post Three Line Tales – Week Six for detailed instructions.

Wednesday Wonderment – pt 7

Blossoming just for you

Nature is full of amazing and beautiful displays, many of which are taken for granted.  Go into any grocery store or super market and apples abound; how many of us take a moment to appreciate how this apple started?

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Apple’s True Beauty

About five years ago, I decided to follow the development of an apple orchard, which was close to my daily commute throughout the year.  It’s one of those fun projects that keep one’s interest in photography keen, and taking a walk through an apple orchard in the morning is a great way of invigorating the senses for the day that lies ahead.

This shot is from early May, when the blooms were fully developed, just before the wither and start developing into tasty, crisp New England apples.  With the beautiful light, it was just amazing to look more closely at these trees and their wondrous adornment!

Hope you enjoy this moment of wonder and think about it, when you bite into your next apple.

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II and a 24-105 f/4L lens (with circular polarizing filter).  Settings were  f/10 at 1/400 second with ISO 200.

7-Day Nature Photo Challenge – Day 5

Canada Geese, all in a row!

I was nominated by a fellow blogger, Project Relish, for a 7-Day Nature Photo Challenge.

So for the next week, let’s see, if I can come up with some interesting nature images and pass the challenge onto some of my fellow bloggers.

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Geese on the Quinapoxet

This image goes back almost 12 years, but is one that I still like after all these years.  Of course, the Canada Geese are the main actors in this image, but there’s a bit more to it…

First of all, this was a lovely Autumn day, and I had been tooling around doing a bit of photography, when, all of a sudden, a thought struck my mind that the light would be perfect at the Quinapoxet river in West Boylston, not far from home.  I made it over to the bridge where the river flows into Wachusett reservoir in no time, only to find that I wasn’t the only person with this idea: a number of photographers had taken position on the bridge with nice tripods pointing down the river.

Not easily deterred, I decided to take a different approach and went down to the edge of the river, so that I would shoot from a very shallow angle.  My camera was about 1 foot off the ground during the sequence that I shot to capture these geese.  The shallow angle and whisper of a breeze produced this magnificent reflection of color.  Standing on the bridge would not have resulted in this image.

Also, I discovered that posing geese is not easy, as no amount of brainwaves caused them to line up until this shot, where they are all distinct.  It took more than thirty shots to get this particular one.

 

Technical Details

This image was taken with a Canon EOS 10D and 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lens.  Exposure settings were f/6.7 at 1/60 second at ISO 400.

The Rules

Post a #naturephoto every day and nominate another blogger for this challenge.

Nomination

The challenge of nominating a fellow blogger…  Holly’s OCA Blog has lots of great information on photography, as well as very cool images; you should definitely check out this talented person’s blog!  If she accepts this challenge, I look forward to the results!

7-Day Nature Photo Challenge – Day 4

Water everywhere!

I was nominated by a fellow blogger, Project Relish, for a 7-Day Nature Photo Challenge.

So for the next week, let’s see, if I can come up with some interesting nature images and pass the challenge onto some of my fellow bloggers.

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Guggins Brook

This photo is the result of my curiosity.  All over Massachusetts, many towns have their own conservation areas, which usually are buffer zones to keep development in check.  Often, these areas are wetlands that are a habitat for many native species, which would otherwise be driven into urban areas with little chance of survival.

Although one can search the internet and find many of these areas with some amount of description, it’s often hard to tell what they will be like and if they are worth the drive over.  The other approach is to notice the (usually) small signs that indicate a conservation area, pull over and start exploring them.

My discovery of Guggins Brook came from my curiosity about what lay behind this sign, which caused me to pull into the small parking area one day on my way to work.  As it had been a wet early April, I was greeted by lots of water and trees just beginning to recover from Winter’s regime.

The short hike through this land was refreshing and had several pleasing vistas, such as this simply composed patch of trees in the wetlands.

Technical Details

This image was captured with my trusty Canon EOS 5D Mk II and 24-105 f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were f/16 at 1/250 second at ISO 400.

The Rules

Post a #naturephoto every day and nominate another blogger for this challenge.

Nomination

The challenge of nominating a fellow blogger…  AgathaO‘s blog provides a wonderful view into the world, as seen by her, which is particularly interesting, as she tends to observe what many of us might miss.  If she accepts this challenge, I certainly will look forward to the results!

Monday’s Food Fix – Margaritas!

Salt or sugar?

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Mmmm…Margaritas!

Hold on for a moment, you say! Margaritas aren’t food!  I beg to differ with you, as a margarita without salt on the rim and some lime, just is not a complete margarita.

So, on this Monday, please enjoy yourself a margarita on me!

Have a wonderful day!

Technical Details

This image was lit in my studio with a single strobe in a softbox, and a reflector to reduce the shadow a bit.  The ice is fake… in a comfortable studio, ice just melts way too fast!

Winter’s Beauty – pt 3

Cool morning beauty

Another entry in the short series on Winter’s Beauty, as tomorrow’s temperature might be positively Spring-like!

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Winter on Rocky Pond

This image goes back to 2010, as I decided to take a little detour during my daily commute.  The sky was doing beautiful things, and it came to me that there might be an opportunity at Rocky Pond in Boylston, MA, to get something worth shooting.

Luckily, I had my tripod with me, as I wound up shooting a series of 5 shots around a mid-level exposure to combine them into this HDR image.  This allowed me to get the drama in the clouds clearly translated into the image.

I hope that you enjoy this cold shot!

Technical Details

Shot with a Canon EOS 1D Mk III and a EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens.  The middle exposure settings were 1/30 second at f/22 at 160 ISO, and 4 additional shots were taken at -2, -1, +1 and +2 EV (Exposure Value).  The images were processed in Photomatix Pro.

7-Day Nature Photo Challenge – Day 3

Canis lupus walks with us

I was nominated by a fellow blogger, Project Relish, for a 7-Day Nature Photo Challenge.

So for the next week, let’s see, if I can come up with some interesting nature images and pass the challenge onto some of my fellow bloggers.

 

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Denahee, our Ambassador

Today’s image is from a wonderful experience that I had in 2010, when I had the privilege of walking with a wolf, Denahee.  This was at an education-oriented wolf sanctuary not far from home.

Denahee walked with us through the woods and would wander off on her own from time to time, but always come right back to our group.  At one point during the walk, she walked up beside me and leaned into me, which was an amazing moment of bonding.

This image was taken at about eye-height for Denahee, from a distance of approximately 5 feet.  You can see that she is listening to the photographer in background.

Technical Details

This image was captured with my trusty Canon EOS 5D Mk II and 24-105 f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were f/6.3 at 1/160 second at ISO 1250.

The Rules

Post a #naturephoto every day and nominate another blogger for this challenge.

Nomination

The challenge of nominating a fellow blogger…  Michael of mlambertsphotography has a beautifully organized photography blog, which is well worth checking out!  If Michael accepts the challenge, I look forward to the results!