Sunday, November 23, 2014

11/23 New Sunset spot

New Sunset Spot
11/23 Give Thanks for Unfamiliar Places
New / Curious / Unknown

Today's prompt was a traveling prompt and I traveled just down Route 1 to get this shot across the river this evening. During the day there was haze in the sky with the potential for thunderstorms in the afternoon. Once it was close to sunset, I knew that I would be able to get an interesting sunset shot. The haze was high in the sky and once the sun went below that cloud bank, there wasn't much color. At least I found another spot for photography.

It was a warm day and with the possibility of rain, I took another day off from golfing. I did a little bit of shopping and finally washed the car. Then I put together our Christmas card to get the shutterfly discount which ends tonight. Every year that I look back at my pictures, I am never satisfied with what I have. But at least I have all the boys together!

I took more than one picture this evening of the sunset because of the lighting and used a couple of different presets in lightroom. It can be fun and I like this last free preset collection that I got from Eric Kim Street Photography Blog. It's a website that I need to visit often for more inspiration and ideas for my own photography.
With extra grain

Eric Kim Lomo preset

Saturday, November 22, 2014

11/22 Dramatic Skies

Dramatic Sunset Skies
11/22 Give Thanks for Dramatic Skies
Breathtaking / Striking / Impressive

River Sunrise - But not today!
No, your eyes are not deceiving you, I posted this picture in the post about the number 4 earlier this week. I had great intentions to get a beach sunrise photo since my husband had to be at the airport by 6:30 and even though I would have missed the actual sunrise, I thought I would have gotten some dramatic skies. However, today was a misty, gray day here in Florida and there wasn't even a sunset shot to be had which meant I had to pick a shot taken earlier this week. The prompt was for a phone shot and luckily I had this one already and cropped it from a square to a 2x3 print. I was happy to use it, because I like the birds on the top of the fence, the cart path through the photo and the dramatic cloud formations. 

We have had beautiful sunrises which I have a front row seat through our large porch window, but it figures that the one day where the prompt is for dramatic, I get gray. I didn't get out once I came back from the airport and food shopping.  After doing a little bit of housework including some reorganizing of drawers/shelves, I got caught up on some of my favorite tv shows that I have missed including The Good Wife and Newsroom while knitting a dishcloth.  Luckily, I can watch HBO shows on the iPad where I watched Newsroom, by far one of my all time favorite series. The acting is excellent and the story lines are timely. I am sad that it is in the last season! Then I was switching between two football games, Iowa lost and UNH moves on in the playoffs by beating Maine before I finally ate a quick supper of a yogurt smoothie with frozen pineapple, banana, orange juice and vanilla yogurt. A light meal only because I bought some Pepperidge Farm cookies which may or may not make till tomorrow…

Cocoa Beach
I was "tagged" by my friend Sandy on Facebook in a Black and White photo challenge which means five days of posting a black and white photo on Facebook and challenging others. This morning when I was getting caught up with the blog, I also went ahead and got my photos ready for the next five days. When picking the pictures, I tried to pick those that had good contrasts and textures. I do like how they came out. Which one do you like and why? ( You can post anon below) And anytime you want to see the pictures larger, you just have to click on the picture. 

St. Augustine Waterfront

Beach Walk
Surfer by the Pier ( Thank you K for paying the Buck to go out on the pier….)

Thanksgiving Vegetables

11/21 The Unpredictable

Sunflare on the Golf Course
11/ 21 Give Thanks for the Unpredictable
Random / Erratic / Surprising

Today's prompt was looking for a sun flare and I used this picture from last week. The weather this week has been cloudy and cool after our storm on Tuesday, no sun flares. 

Today we golfed non-stop, 7 AM tee time for 18, lunch at home and then back to the course at 1 PM for another 18. After the last 18 it was 3:40 PM and we had just enough time to golf another 9, but this time my husband and I golfed a best ball scramble to get done before it was dark. We did use a cart all day, which was a good break after being on our feet the whole day before at Disney.  My husband golfed his best and my score was respectable. On our scramble, we ended up 6 over which we attributed to being rushed by the daylight. I did bring my camera along for the afternoon golf and even though there were no sun flares, I did get a couple of good shots. You can never predict what you will see on the golf course for birds and animals. 

Osprey in flight (aka killing bird…)

Just checking us out

Too cold to be out, but has his eye out for us

11/20 Partners in the Happiest Place

In the Happiest Place?
11/20 Give Thanks for Companions
Animals / Friends / Partners

We used our last passes for Disney on Thursday of this week. The temperature was suppose to be in the seventies but it seemed to be barely in the sixties. I was taking the obligatory picture of my husband in front of the castle when another tourist offered to take our picture. The picture came out good and check, it's done. We joke about families visiting  Disney since the flights we take to Orlando have plenty of young families going and after our visit, we decided that we were glad to not have a toddler or baby with us. How relaxing of a vacation can that be? We decided that a child needs to be able to read so they can enjoy and remember. Considering it was November, there were a lot of kids and strollers everywhere. By four it wasn't the happiest place in the world for many of the guests when  exhaustion had set in. There were fireworks in Epcot at 9 pm, but we left by 7 pm because we were cold and tired. My favorite part of the day was the dolphin training demonstration in Epcot and Marc enjoyed the rides. He especially liked being the first in line at Space mountain when we happened to be there at the right time when the ride re-opened. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

#4 - Of Course It's all about the Golf

11/19 # 4 of 27 holes today
Give Thanks for the Number 4
Aperture / GPA / Street

I could have included a picture of my 4 hybrid club since I was finally able to hit it today. These numbers under 18 seem kind of easy when I am golfing! Today since we walked all 27 holes, I did not have the DSLR with me and relied on my iPhone for today's picture. The picture to the left is our route on the golf course and I like that it is mostly straight, not too much military golf going on. 

We did did not start golfing until after 12 pm because of the weather. As it was, I was over dressed and took off a layer after the first hole. The wind was more of a factor than the temperature, and we walked the last nine because it is just warmer than being in a cart. We walked the Lakes course twice and then walked the River at the end. I wasn't sure if we would finish before dark since we started the last nine after 3:30 PM. For me, it was a great afternoon of golf, I think my husband would have liked a better putting day. The shot of me is after I hit my drive into a sand bunker and then used my 4 hybrid to get it on the green.  I may not be the most stylish golfer out there, but I had a great time!
We had an audience on the last hole!

11/14 to 11/18 Thankful to be Caught up!!!!

Thankful for the Quiet Times
11/14 Give Thanks for Quiet Times
Solitude / Relax / Quiet Spot

My quiet spot here with a book and cozy afghan. This morning I comfortably read a book and contemplated taking a nap until I realized that I had too many things to do today. (After I had already golfed 18 holes of course) I shot quite a few of the same scene focusing on different elements and ended up using the above photo taken with the 100 mm macro lens. I liked the combination of textures with the table, couch, afghan and pillows along with the cup of coffee and book that set the scene. The text was added with PSE10, I had the time to play with photos finally!

Pelican Landing
11/15 Give Thanks for the Beauty of Nature
Animals / Natural / Alive

Posting a picture like this makes me think of what I would be able to get for an animal shot in NH this week. Last Friday on the boat ride, I caught this shot just as the pelican landed and shook off the water. The pelican is graceful as it flies along the waves, but what a klutzy dive when they go in for a fish. When my friend K was here, the pelicans were her favorite birds and she was on the watch constantly for her favorite birds. 

Today on the golf course, I once again hit a ball within 10 feet of a sunning alligator. With the iPhone, I couldn't get close for the shot and wasn't happy with the photo. You can tell it's an alligator, but there too many shadows. 

Pelican with lightroom post processing using Eric Kim Porta Punch preset

Homemade Soup
11/16 Give Thanks for Home Cooking
Homemade / Family Recipe / From Scratch

I made this Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla soup in the crockpot last week and when my friend was here, it was good to come home after a busy day to a home cooked meal. I knew that my husband would like this recipe and made sure to save a batch of it for when he was here. We enjoyed it today after 36 holes of golf. It is a soup that I will make again and it is now pinned in my soup board on Pinterest. After a month of traveling, he is happy to have home cooked meals and we loved the pulled chicken that a friend, D sent home with me after a dinner eaten at her home here in Florida. Everyone is getting ready for holidays at home and cleaning out their refrigerators. The pulled chicken was also a crock pot recipe using a mccormick seasoning package, it made a great hot sandwich. Now I am on the lookout here for a small crockpot similar to what I have at home for leftovers. 

Baby Raccoons Missing their Mom
11/17 Give Thanks for Comfort
Cozy / Warmth / Content

I could be reaching for this prompt on the shot above, but it was a warm day yesterday and the 4 babies were lounging under a bush near the pool. The suggestion for this prompt was all about taking pictures of soup or soup cans, really? That was so yesterday for me and I decided that this shot of the baby raccoons needed to be in my Capturemy365 collection. Today the weather turned in the afternoon, and we were lucky to finish 36 holes of golf as we saw lightning in the distance while on the last hole and  the rain started when we were in the parking lot.
The 4 baby raccoons were seen the day before and luckily nobody here fed them and when there was no sight of their mother, neighbors worked on taking care of the babies. I know that the golf course has been trapping raccoons because of the damage they cause on the greens and one of the neighbors had their boat cushions torn apart so who knows where the mother ended up. When I saw them on Sunday, I googled the county wild life services and forwarded the link to a neighbor. Another neighbor ended up catching them with a blanket, gloves and cat carrier and all were brought safely to a wildlife animal hospital. I am thankful that we are in a community where people care about animals. It's a fine line when you know that the animals are going through the dumpsters at night, but when they are this close to the water they are going to become somebody's dinner. 

A few dolphin shots from this weekend, if you look closely at the top right picture, this dolphin is playing with his food. They were jumping but every time I went out with my camera, they would stop.

The End of the Stormy Weather
11/18 Give Thanks for The Final Stages
The End / Latest / Conclude

Today I got caught up with all the blog posts for the Captureyour365 photos that I took from 10/26 to today. The prompt for today was fitting and sure, I didn't know what the picture would be until we went out in the afternoon for a ride. This prompt suggestion was appropriate for me today, Prompts are meant to guide you, challenge you, and to get you to pick up the camera no matter what you shoot!" 

I did not bring my big camera but had the iPhone along with me to get this shot. When we were driving north on the main road, I could see the skies to the west and took a left. At the end of this street, I captured the end of the storm at the end of the day. With my DSLR, I would have been able to get the beams of light from the clouds, but I am happy with the composition of this shot. Compared to other parts of the country, I know that the weather here can't really be considered cold, however for Florida, 52 degrees with a wind chill to the 40s is very cold. It was a good day to stay inside and get caught up with my photography. 
It was also a good afternoon to stop by the local brewery and enjoy some Cocoa beach micro brews. Nice to have a laid back day!