Hey Good Lookin’

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theme – reflection

Let me introduce you to Little Foot, my daughter’s bearded dragon. I am not a reptile person but I will admit this little guy grew on me. She was only home with him for the weekend but I can’t wait to have them both home for the summer. Little Foot will make a great model for me. He stays where you put him and he doesn’t hardly move. I have already gotten tons of ideas from all the cute instagram animals. (Cute BuBu the chinchilla is a favorite along with a hedgehog I forgot the name of.) I wonder if Little Foot fits into Barbie clothes? Just kidding…but the possibilities are endless. – Diane

Anybody Home?

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theme – lonesome

I’m guessing my dog, Sport, was feeling a little lonely and decided to see if any of the neighbors were around. Poor little guy. – Diane

A Delicious Catch

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theme – delicious

One of the things my family does while on vacation in Topsail NC is they eat what they catch. Throw some crab pots down in the morning and dinner is served in the evening. I am not a fan of this catch it and eat it method. I prefer not to see my meal when it was alive and moving around. When dinner was over and there were a few crabs left, I kidnapped them and gave them their own special photo shoot. I loved the red of their shells and of course now I could pose them without the fear of being pinched by the claws. A little morbid? Probably, but they are so photogenic.  - Diane

The Early Bird

= early morning fishing trip on Topsail 6/22/2012 = first light theme

theme – first light

The early bird catches the worm. The early photographer catches amazing light.

As I was going through my archives to find a suitable photo for this theme, I realized I need to get up earlier and take advantage of that gorgeous golden hour more often. The world seems so peaceful when you are one of the few awake to see the beauty of a sunrise.

This was taken on vacation during an early morning fishing trip.  - Diane

Look What I Found

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theme – look what I found

This little guy was found on a softball field during one of my daughter’s night practices. I’m glad I had my camera with me as the practice was so boring and there wasn’t enough light to read. The frogs were so loud on this particular night that I decided to go on the empty field next to the practice field in search of the noise makers. As you can see, the hunt was successful.

The frog / toad / whatever he technically is blended into the background so I used the technique of turning part of a photo into black and white. I’m sure there is a more technical name for this but I honestly had only done it once before during a Photoshop class. I was able to accomplish this by stumbling around my Elements program and accidentally finding what I needed. (Quick selection tool + invert; definitely not the magnetic lasso thingy) It was another “look what I found” moment.  - Diane

Watching The Sunset

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theme – body of water

I know the theme is body of water, and there is water in this shot but, I love the sky. My daughter and I knew the sunset on this day would be dramatic because of the clouds so we went out to find a spot to sit and watch. This little pond was in front of a housing development her friend lives in. I chose this shot for a water theme because the ducks were in the foreground. Once they figured out we weren’t feeding them, the left and my focus returned to the sky. – Diane

Gray Scale(s)

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theme – shades of gray

For this theme I knew I wanted to submit an actual color photo. It seems a little too easy to just submit a black and white photo and call it shades of gray.  I found this shot of the details of an alligators back. I remember taking it because I loved the texture  and it seemed to create a “path” right up his back. – Diane

Little Dragon

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theme – little things

This little guy landed on our backyard volleyball net. I have taken better / more detailed photos of dragonflies but I like the face on this guy. It reminds me of an evil cartoon character or maybe even the face of the next villain in one of those comic book movies. – Diane

Sport

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theme – pets

This is our dog, Sport. He is a mischievous little guy. He is 8 years old and gets into everything. His favorite pastime is getting q-tips from the bathroom trash can and eating them. Gross! Another favorite of his is to catch frogs. Frogs are poisonous to dogs especially little ones. After we shove the kitchen sprayer down his throat when he gets one, he bounces off the walls. Maybe it’s his form of catnip, who knows. Speaking of cats, he thinks he is a cat. He likes to relax on top of the back of the couch like a cat would. He can even jump like a cat does. We think he may have been a circus dog in an earlier life. Even with all of his quirkiness, he is part of our family and we love him.  - Diane

Just a small note about the photo: It wasn’t a very sharp photo but by using the poster edges filter, I was able to mask some of the blurriness. I’m so glad I was able to save these shot of him and his little mohawk.

Mack

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theme – natural light

This is Mack. I believe he is a 4-year-old blot hound. He belongs to my in-laws.  They are in their 70′s and weren’t looking for a dog but after seeing him on the news, they knew he should be a part of their family. Mack was a rescue dog that was featured on their local news station’s adopt a pet segment. I recently spent 2 weeks on vacation with Mack, and I must say, he cracks me up. He has the personality of Eeyore. He barks twice if he needs to go out or wants food and then sits and waits for you to get it. He spends his day plopping down (with a huge sigh every time) wherever he is (although he prefers the couch or any free chair) and just watches everyone. He is content knowing he is loved. Mack is a great dog. – Diane