My favourite shots of the last year - for the book
Winter Break Pictures
Just some stuff I took over Winter Break. I went Eagle watching with my besties in Grafton, IL. It was COLD. 1 degree at 5am then warmed up to 7 degrees around 9 am... Pictures were taken with a rented Nikon Sigma 50-500mm lens. No tripod (didn't have mine and couldn't afford to rent) yes I held it by the lens. When I got back to California, I spent the weekend with my boyfriend, and we went to Venice Beach. I took 700 pictures in those two days, and had about 20 that were pro quality (pretty good yeah??). While there, I used my trusty, beloved 50mm f/1.8
My Best Shots for 2009
Hi every one:
It"s been over a year now and it's time to enjoy Photographica again with more of my photos. I checked photographica almost every day. I was unable to get out and see the outside world. Wow, I was impressed with the improvement some of you made. I hope I can also improve on my photos as well. I had taken several photos before I became ill. Hope you all enjoy them. Comments are all welcome. Olderthandirt.
Up Up And Away
A year in Review
Before it's too late, I'll put the rest of my snow pictures on stand-by and do a quick 2009 review... and for a a review of my time at photographica, check out my 500th post made back in September :-)
Since I've been moderating our best of 2009 challenge, I didn't enter but I did decide to pick my "best" shot. While trying to figure out what to "enter" I found myself with a shot for each category. I was impressed with my diversity this year, even though all I could remember taking were macro shots of the garden....
So if I could have entered in each category, these are what I would have picked:
Macro (runner-up, my pick for best was in the macro category)
Thanks for a wonderful 2009 and here's to an even better 2010!
Best of 2009
It was pretty tough narrowing the shots down to just a handful, almost as tough as it was to narrow it down to one, but I finally managed to do it by tossing everything that wasn't taken in Arizona. What's left are these:
Grand Canyon Sunset - this is the shot I finally selected as my best - it was shot last summer at sunset following a rainstorm.
Agua Caliente - this is a warm-water, spring-fed lake on the east side of Tucson, not far from where Paul McCartney used to live.
Antelope Canyon - this was shot last summer in Upper Antelope Canyon just outside Page - I love this place and heartily recommend the photo tour there.
Cereus - this night blooming cereus lives in my backyard and blooms one night per year - this was this year's.
San Xavier - this was taken at the historic Spanish mission a little south of Tucson.
Catalinas - this is my favorite view in the Santa Catalina mountains north of Tucson.
A Friendly Competition
A friendly competition...
for some 35 years now, i have always done what my husband, james, was interested in. things like motorcycling, remote camping, scuba diving, playing guitar, etc. i even got tattoos because he did.
i didn't really have any hobbies of my own until i got my canon and really started getting into my photography.
a few months ago, we were heatedly debating on whether to attend the same old festival ...in the same old place ...with the same old folks ...for the same old umpteenth time.
i remember, at the time, firmly voicing my opinion, lamenting..."how come we always gotta do what you wanna do?" "why we don't do somethin' i wanna do?"
he answered..."well, just what do you like to do?"
"i like to take pictures!" i said. "you've got a camera, (a cute little sony point and shoot) lets' go on a photo expedition together."
well, that went over big!
so, i thought the idea was mute and forgot about it.
it's been really cold here in central texas over the past few days and all the ponds and water holes in the area are iced over. that's very unusual for here.
because of the weather, we had been cooped up for days and cabin fever finally set in on us.
out of the blue last night, my hubby suggested a quick early morning trip to summers' mill to see if the dam froze or there was any ice, and then we'd go to the mexican restaurant in town for a sunday morning plate of authentic homemade migas and fresh flour tortillas.
i thought "wow?"
the mill IS one of my favorite places to shoot. it's always pretty and i've shot it in all seasons and water levels. never with ice, though. plus, breakfast out? what a deal!
we were actually up and out bright and early this morning. it was still 27* outside, but, i didn't care. i was flabbergasted and overjoyed that we were actually doing something together that i was interested in. i couldn't let him know how pleased i was, so, i just smiled quietly on the inside.
of course, as always we jibbed and jabbed each other in a friendly competition to see who could get THE shot.
there wasn't as much ice as i thought there would be, but, we were not dissappointed. we each got a few good shots.
now the problem is, i can't decide who got THE shot?
but, i think for many more reasons than the photos, these are both, now, my all time favorite photos of summers' mill.
Celebration in the Wild, Wild East
There always seems to be something to celebrate in Romania. Or at least the Romanians always seem to be celebrating something. Me? I celebrate the good fortune of being an American ex-pat with an apartment above most of the rest of the blocs with a 240 degree sweeping view of most of the city. And at a bargain "crisis" price.
Oh, that small glowing thing on the left? That's the humongous "People's Palace" built by the former dictator as his version of a pyramid. He was shot at Christmas in 1989. The building? It is the 2nd biggest building on the planet. Only the Pentagon is bigger. You can see it from space. And from the windows of my balcony. Hooray.
I never did find out what the Romanians were celebrating.
From my Bucharest Balcony. Yipee.
For the Love of Iris's and Roses...
I've always loved taking photo's of Flowers, these I believe are some of my better ones... Hope you all enjoy them as much as I did taking them...
My favorite part of the holidays is seeing my cousins and their children, and watching the kids play together. These were taken on Thanksgiving (2009) on my new Canon T1i, which was purchased at the beginning of November.
Open Wide Uncle
Bi-Weekly Challenge - For Our Book
A trip down memory lane.
Always stretch yourself. I was trying to capture something invisible, in this case heat waves, I failed flame
One thing I haven't done for awhile, is to take pictures of the sunrise I just can't get motivated. (Ok, I'd rather sleep in!)
Flowers and rubber ducks, what more could I want? Flower-Graphica will not die
Another, seasonal, favorite subject eagle soaring
~ For Our Book ~
Two words: ~ Thank you ~
I have been visiting this site since late 2004 and have been a member since June 27, 2005..(wow.. has it really been that long.. ? )
I personally want to thank several members of this site for taking me under their wings, instructing , informing , and enlightening me to some crucial elements in photography. I truely believe that without their assistance, I would have not advanced in taking better images than I had been previously. Obviously, there's so much more to learn, but stilll....thank you.
Thank you Any Moose Hero for teaching me about megapixels, focusing sensors, when to shoot shoot a RAW versus JPEG, just to name a few.
Thank you Surferguy for encouraging me with your kind words and reminding me to adjust my ISO when outdoors as apposed to indoors. Since we both have the same Canon20D, I look up to you as a mentor, and you images inspire me to challenge myself. I fail to believe that I will ever take photos as wonderful as yours, and that is why I am encouraged...to do better.
Thank you Blizzard for being there at a drop of a hat to assist me in deleting stories, altering images, and helping with site issues.
Thank you Brandy for being so understanding.....
There are so many at this site that have assisted me over the years. Even though I havent been around alot lately, it is the people here and this learning site that has re-sparked my love for photography. Thank you all....
....Having said that, let me now show you some of what I feel is my best work.
TURBO AKA Robert
For Our Book Challenge
Well, better late than never. Here are a couple of my favorites from 2009. I can only hope they live up to the quality of photo's I've had the pleasure of viewing here these last few years. This is truly an awesome forum for amateur photographers and I have learned much. Thank you for letting me be a part of it. River St..JPG , WINDOWS , DSC 0001 , 014
Like SG Said
SG made me think...."hey, what shots have I taken that I would want to be part of the book?" Here are a few of my shots that I really enjoyed taking and came out the way I actually pictured they would.
and the shot that took me HOURS to set up....and this was taken with a point & shoot Sony Mavica piece of crap camera....but it will always be my favorite just because it took me so long to get it just right...