Meet and Greet Weekend @ DBDO: 2/12/16

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It’s the Meet and Greet weekend at Dream Big!!  There are a few simple rules that will help make this MnG the most incredible networking experience:

  1. Leave a link to your page or post in the comments of this post.
  2. Reblog this post.  It helps you, it helps me, it helps everyone!  So don’t be selfish, hit the reblog button.
  3. Edit your reblog post and add tags.
  4. Feel free to leave your link multiple times!  It is okay to update your link for more exposure every day if you want.  It is up to you!

  5. Share this post on social media.  Many of my non-blogger friends love that I put the Meet n Greet on Facebook and Twitter because they find new blogs to follow.

Now that all the rules have been clearly explained get out there and Meet n Greet your butts off!

See ya on Monday!!

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Searching for Tranquility

A bit of an eye twister

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Searching for tranquility

This image is one that I captured about 3-1/2 years ago during a walk through the gardens of Gillette Castle in East Haddam, CT, which is a great site to visit year round.  My eye was caught by the multitudinousness of the water lilies; to a degree, I found the view of this pond slightly less than tranquil, which gave me the idea of creating this image, where the eye will never rest.

I am curious to find out how you perceive this image… let me know!

Technical Details

Shot with a Canon 5D MkII using a 24-105 L lens.  I pushed the shutter speed to about 1/3 second to be able to get the zoom blur at this level.  As the camera was handheld, the tricky part was to ensure that something would stay still.

Winter Morning Solitude

Winter’s kind embrace

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Winter Morning Solitude

Winter is one of my favorite seasons, as it has this great ability to reduce the color palette of the world around us.  Additionally, winter tends to quiet the environment, in which we find ourselves, particularly during or shortly after a fresh snow.

Thus, Winter is a great enabler for getting landscapes that are stark with a sense of being alone, no world intruding upon our moment in the space-time continuum.  Such a moment I captured this week in this image.  A Sun that is highly filtered by the gray sky, a grouping of trees and an expanse of snow covered field with a single set of tracks.

Dogstar Thursday – vol. 3

Making a splash again…

After featuring agility competition photos in the first two installments of this series, I’d like to present something a little different and very near and dear to my heart.

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Darwin having fun!

In June 2011, I was photographing an agility competition in New Lebanon, NY, on what was a very hot day.  One of the nice features near the park where the competition was held, was a shallow stream; I had taken a look at it during the day to get an idea of what the light would do later in the afternoon, because I had an idea.

Our oldest Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Darwin, was well into his 10th year at that time (he is almost 14-1/2 now), and his competition time was coming to an end, as we don’t want to push our dogs past what is good for them.  One thing that Darwin always liked to do was have fun (he’s a bit crankier these days, which is just fine), and he loves water.  So, my idea was to get some action shots of Darwin running through the stream toward me.

Luckily, this stream has a small drop-off of about 1 foot, which helped me position my camera just above Darwin’s eye level.  After a couple of trial runs to get the feel for it, I zeroed in on getting shots like this one, where you can see Darwin’s fun, as he is coming right at you!

Technical Details

This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D MkIII, using a 70-200 F2.8L lens.    Despite the sunlight, I kept the ISO at 400, so that I could get a shutter speed of 1/400 second at f/8.0, which provides enough depth of field get that smile and some good splash.

Hope you enjoy this one!

Three Line Tales – Week 2

Chrossing the chasm

Three Line Tales hosted by Sonya, week two
photo by Michael Hull – click here for the full res version
Crossing the chasm is
A risky business at best.
Should I stay or go?

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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 Two for detailed instructions.

Sunshine Blogger Award – David Muñiz

I humbly accept this award (smiles)

David Muñiz of Chape Personal Trainer nominated me for this amazing award!  Thank you very much, David, as I am truly honored.  Go check out David’s blog, Chape Personal Trainer, for lots of inspiration, detailed explanation of exercises, playlist, meal plans and overall good cheer!

Sunshine Award

Are you following David’s blog yet?

What are you waiting for?

Award Rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Answer the questions from your nominator.
3. Nominate eleven other bloggers and give them eleven questions.

Questions for me:

  1. Favourite subject at school?
    Physics.  This is what I studied in college, as I knew it would be my major before I entered college.
  2. What 3 words describe you best?
    Intelligent, creative and driven, although the latter can sometimes take a detour.
  3. What is your favourite quote?
    The root of suffering is attachment.  This simple statement holds much wisdom and truth!
  4. Why did you start blogging?
    Share my photography with people and learn more about them and from them.  It’s a community experience that makes this fun!
  5. What aspect of blogging do you love the most?
    The interaction with fellow bloggers, who have taught me much and are a fun crowd!
  6. What do you feel is the most important takeaway for your readers (from your blog)?
    Look around yourself, appreciate what you see and enjoy it!
  7. What’s your favourite hobby (aside from blogging!)?
    Photography, as some of my readers might be aware 🙂
  8. Who is your dream dinner party guest (whether they are still alive or not)?
    Paramahansa Yogananda, who everyone can learn from.
  9. Where is your happy place?
    In meditation, as I float through levels of consciousness.
  10. How do you handle a stressful day?
    Play some guitar to relax and enjoy the moment.
  11. What was one of the most unusual experiences you’ve encountered?
    The first time that my spirit left my body during meditation.  It was a beautiful moment of extreme peace.

My Sunshine Nominees:

  1. Running Mountain Mama
  2. The Caffeinated Writer
  3. Flotsam and Jetsam
  4. Butterfly Sand
  5. Third Time Lucky!
  6. Ramblings of a Writer
  7. MUMSUMSUM
  8. JustBlueDutch
  9. Fleeting Muse
  10. Instamatic Gratification
  11. LisaPomerantzster: Are we there yet?

My questions for you:

  1. What is your best childhood memory?
  2. What is your favorite music?
  3. Where is your happy place?
  4. What was one of the most defining moments in your life?
  5. What do you like to achieve with your blog?
  6. What aspect of blogging do you love the most?
  7. If you could witness any event in the past or future, what would it be?
  8. What does a perfect day look like to you?
  9. What is your favourite quote?
  10. What is your favorite genre of fiction?
  11. What’s your ultimate vacation spot?

Hope you enjoy this!

Wednesday Wonderment – pt 3

New and old engineering marvels

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Falkirk Wheel in action

Today, a departure from the past couple of Wednesday Wonderment posts; this time, the amazing subject are two feats of human engineering near the town of Falkirk in Scotland.

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Falkirk Wheel from below.

The first is the Falkirk Wheel, which is a rotating boat lift connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal, which have an elevation difference of 35 meters (appr. 115 feet).  Prior to the construction of this marvel, ships were required to go through a system of 11 locks, which could take as much as a day to traverse.

The wheel raises boats by 24 meters, after which they still need to go through 2 locks for the remaining 11 meters.  The lock operates on Archimedes’ principle, which states that the upward buoyant force on an object (i.e. boat) equals the mass of the water that is displaced.  This means that when a boat enters the moving part of the lock, its mass plus the mass of the water is equal to the mass of the when the boat was not in the lock.  In a nutshell both sides of the arm are always balanced.

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Wheel with boat

 

The Falkirk Wheel is the only lock of its kind in the world; it was opened in 2002.

The other engineering marvel is ancient!  It is the Antonine Wall, a turf fortification on stone foundations across the Central Belt of Scotland, between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde.

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Antonine Wall

Unlike the Falkirk Wheel, it doesn’t stand out in the landscape, but rather blends in pretty well due to its weather state.  This lesser known of the two great walls in Great Britain was started at the order of Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius in CE 142, and took around 12 years to complete.  Its key function was to provide a fortification to help repel the Caledonians.

The wall had 16 forts with smaller fortlets between them; the soldiers who built the wall placed slabs to commemorate the construction and their struggles with the Caledonians, twenty of which still survive.

The section of the wall in this photo is in walking distance from the Falkirk Wheel.  I hope you enjoy these travel photos!