Wordy Wednesday #445 “On the Road to Key West”
Jun07

Wordy Wednesday #445 “On the Road to Key West”

“Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure, only death can stop it.”— Ernest Hemingway Cayo Hueso is the original Spanish name for the island of Key West. It literally means “bone cay” or a low island or reef. It is said that the island was littered with the remains of prior native inhabitants, who used the isle as a communal graveyard. Key West is on the dividing line between the Atlantic...

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Celebrating Memorial Day 2017
May29

Celebrating Memorial Day 2017

Since many people who read this blog do not live in the United States, I wanted to give today’s post a brief introduction: Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May and until 1882 it was known as Decoration Day. The holiday started after the Civil War as a way to commemorate fallen Union soldiers. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who died in all wars. On Memorial Day the flag is...

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Wordy Wednesday #443: “Homage to Vincent”
May24

Wordy Wednesday #443: “Homage to Vincent”

“Now I understand, what you tried to say to me and how you suffered for your sanity”—Don McLean Van Gogh’s Sunflowers (Tournesols) are the subject of two series of still life paintings. The earlier series, executed in Paris in 1887, depicts the flowers lying on the ground, while the second set, executed a year later in Arles, shows bouquets of sunflowers in a vase. In the artist’s mind both sets were linked by the...

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Wordy Wednesday #441: “ Palm after Seven Mile Bridge”
May10

Wordy Wednesday #441: “ Palm after Seven Mile Bridge”

The Seven Mile Bridge is a famous bridge in the Florida Keys, located in Monroe County. It connects Knight’s Key, part of the city of Marathon, Florida. in the Middle Keys to Little Duck Key in the Lower Keys. Among the longest bridges in existence when it was built, it is part of the Overseas Highway in the Keys, which is part of the 2,369-mile U.S. Route 1. There are really two bridges in this location. The modern bridge is...

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Wordy Wednesday 440: “Mary & R2D2”
May03

Wordy Wednesday 440: “Mary & R2D2”

“R-Two, the message says, ‘help me Obi-Wan, you’re my only hope.’” —Mary Farace Tomorrow is Star Wars Day. May 4, celebrates the Star Wars films created by George Lucas. (Disney had purchased Lucasfilm including the rights to Star Wars in late 2012.)  This informal holiday was initially observed by fans of the movies and observance of spread quickly through media and grassroots celebrations. The date was chosen for the easy pun...

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Working with Props & Backgrounds
Apr28

Working with Props & Backgrounds

“I take photographs with love, so I try to make them art objects. But I make them for myself first and foremost – that is important”— Jacques-Henri Lartigue They may not be the subject of the portrait but the right prop and background will not only enhance a photograph, they can improve your image with your clients. But you need to light it appropriately. In a portrait of a child sitting on a Victorian bench in a environment...

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The Wood Effect in Infrared Photography
Mar30

The Wood Effect in Infrared Photography

Here in Colorado, spring is seemingly just around the corner and while it’s snowing on the day that I wrote this, the deciduous trees here on Daisy Hill are just starting to burst forth with greenery. That means that infrared season is just around the corner too. Photography is all about lighting but where infrared photography is concerned you’re capturing images with invisible light, which is why comparisons to...

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