Redo Lesson Street Photography

27 06 2015

I decided to redo the lesson on Street Photography. We were in Massachusetts the week of that lesson and I didn’t have time to hang out and get true street photos. Today we went up to Wake Forest to check out the new food truck in Raleigh – the Cousin’s Maine Lobster truck. They have been around for a month or so, but we waited for them to show up somewhere where the lines wouldn’t be too long. We waited for about 30 minutes in line and then ate our food in White Street Brewing who was hosting the food truck.

I chose to redo Street Photography because the one I submitted that week really wasn't truly street photography. Today we went up to Wake Forest to try the Cousin's Lobster Food Truck fare. They are fairly new in the food truck scene in the Triangle. They are a franchise and got there start on Shark Tank. The wait wasn't too bad and the food pretty good. Not the same as getting your lobster right off the boat in New England, where we grew up but we don't eat much lobster in NC. White Street Brewery hosted the truck for the afternoon.  Wake Forest was home to Wake Forest University, which is now in Winston-Salem. The campus in Wake Forest is now home to the Southern Baptist Seminary. The town is getting ready for the 4th of July. Check out my blog for pictures of our lunch: https://needlepointernc.wordpress.com/

I had the lobster tacos and Kevin had the Maine lobster roll. I tried the clam chowder, which was your basic clam chowder but a little overpriced.

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Elements

20 06 2015

Some weeks you win, some weeks not so much. Took a lot of bad shots this week! I wanted to convey Air/Wind this week for the Elements theme. I have done water and earth enough. So, I brought the fan outside and some ribbons and then eventually a little American Flag. Here is the best shot I could come up with:

I wanted to convey wind in my photo this week. I thought I would bring our fan outside and attach ribbons to the fan and get some photos of the ribbons blowing in the wind. Fail. I took many photos and just couldn't get what I wanted. It is summer in NC and it has been near 100 this week with high humidity. Usually we spend time inside with the cool AC.  After failing with the ribbons, I brought out my little American Flag. Turned the fan toward the tree and the flag. I used Perfect Effect Photo Suite to add more motion blur to the left side and used Lightroom to add a Vignette. Maybe one day I will try the ribbons again but it won't be until Fall. Check out my blog at: https://needlepointernc.wordpress.com/

I took a class with Linda Schmidt a few years ago on the Quilt University Web site. The class was called Elements. I made Fire, Water, and Wind. Never started Earth. Learned all kinds of mixed media techniques. Here are the pieces that I made:

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Stuck in Place

13 06 2015

Take your tripod outside and place it in a random spot or pick a spot. Shoot for at least one hour from that spot. You can take the camera off the tripod but do not roam. I put the tripod at the bottom of the front steps. It was already nearing 90 degrees and the humidity is high. It is June in North Carolina so not unusual weather. But not the kind of weather to be outside. I managed to get enough good shots. The camera was not secured to the tripod and hit the brick steps. Both batteries were not charged. Got my other camera and got some more decent shots. Here is my class submission for this week:

It is 10 AM and it is already close to 90 degress and the humidity is high. Hard to spend too much time moving around. My camera was not secure on the tripod and fell onto the brick steps. Both batteries were out of juice so I switched to my other camera. Finally just sat down on the front stoop and finished taking photos. If I was smart, I would have stayed in the house and photographed my sewing/craft/computer room. My location shot shows the front of our house. The tripod was set at the base of the front stairs. The Cheshire Cat planter sits on the front stairs empty most of the time. I used some Lightroom presets to bring out the red and add texture to the planter. The peak of our house is set against a pretty blue sky. But don't let that blue sky make you think that it would be nice to be outside. It is June in NC. The echinacea are started to bloom. I removed all of the color except orange. This variety is a salmon color.

Other photos from the front yard:

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Panning in Pullen Park

6 06 2015

It was a warm but not humid day in Raleigh, so I headed out to Pullen Park to see if I could get a good panning shot in the carousel. I took a lot of photos and got 4 that were decent. Two in the carousel and 2 of the train that runs around the park. Not my favorite technique. Maybe need more practice! Here is the best shot of the day:

It was a perfect day to go to Pullen Park in Raleigh. Sunny and low humidity. I took a lot of photos in the carousel, outside watcing the paddle boaters, and of the train. Got 4 photos that were not bad. I hard technique to master. I chose this photo because the carousel horse was in pretty good focus and the other riders and carousel animals were a blur. I really like the one I took of the train (check out my blog at https://needlepointernc.wordpress.com/. I used Lightroom presets to bring out the texture of the horse and lighten the background a bit. I bought the GPS unit for my Canon camera. I do a lot of photography for Find A Grave and don't always have the plot information. You can click on the GPS data and see a live view on Google Maps. 35°46'45

The train photo isn’t as sharp, but I liked it enough to post.

It was a perfect day to go to Pullen Park in Raleigh. Sunny and low humidity. I took a lot of photos in the carousel, outside watcing the paddle boaters, and of the train. Got 4 photos that were not bad. I hard technique to master.  I really like the one I took of the train (check out my blog at https://needlepointernc.wordpress.com/. I used Lightroom presets to isolate the red.

Opie and Andie were enjoying the sun as were the ducks and the geese:

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