While walking down a wooded path we had never before traveled, we came upon a clearing where a family of deer were enjoying a sunset meal in the grassy field. Of course they scattered before I could even get my camera raised.

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Now that I know they are there, I will be sneakier the next time we go back. πŸ™‚

Light painting, or light drawing, is a photographic technique in which exposures are made by moving a hand-held light source while taking a long exposure photograph, either to illuminate a subject or to shine a point of light directly at the camera, or by moving the camera itself during exposure.

My daughters and I had fun experimenting with light painting recently. They used a small flash light to create these designs. We happen to catch my pup in the first one. πŸ™‚

I was sitting in my living room when I heard this little guy chirping outside on the front porch.  He was perched a top a pillow on the rocker.  I sneakily snapped these images through the window, so as not to scare him away.

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This is my first participation in Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness.Β  I went to the zooΒ yesterday with my daughter and her friend, and snapped these photos with my phone.Β  We got to “pet” and feed the stingrays, which was exciting.Β  The penguins were sleepy,Β but the birds were active in their sanctuary. It was a fun day!

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Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority,
it is time to pause and REFLECT. –Mark Twain

April One Photo Focus

Stacy Fischer hosts One Photo Focus each month where a photographer provides a photo for us to edit as we wish. This month Cee Neuner provided the following photograph, and what follows that is my transformation of her original work.

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I thought Cee took a lovely photo of a beautiful old barn, however, I wanted to get rid of those distracting power lines, so I did! Then I thought the sky could use a little drama, so I used one of my own photos to bring some dark clouds in, making the scene ominous which is typical during Midwestern USA tornado season. Finally, I felt like the photo needed a breathing element to it, so I found and added a stock photo of a horse. He kind of seems to be looking at the barn like, “Hey, get me in there. A storm’s a brewin’!”

I hope you enjoyed this before and after photo transformation. Thanks to Stacy for hosting and to Cee for the use of her photo.

Here’s a group of photos from our trip to the farm last weekend. The first guy was Huuuungry! The last guy, too. πŸ™‚

What is this bird called? I loved photographing them on the beaches of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico last week.

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Daisy is my first subject to shoot with my new “portrait” lens. She did a great job posing for me!

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