A love of sunsets, my pups & my marina home is the essential subject of this video slideshow. The first dog silhouette is of Boeing, my Australian Shepherd who passed away a few years ago. An array of marina photos and sunsets follows. The one bridge pictured within is the Richmond San Rafael bridge with Mt Tamalpais in the background. The bridge is not visible from the harbour but a great sunset just the same. The last two dog-sunset-sihouettes are of my current family members, Zulu (a 4yo catahoula) and then Sky (a 6yo Australian shepherd). The slideshow ends with a couple of stunning moonrises! The background music is “Oh! Mio Babbino Caro” sung by Gianni Schicchi. I’m not really an opera music listener but this piece of music inspired me to get the photos together and there is always the option to turn your sound off if the music doesn’t suit you. Overall the slideshow is for me to remember special moments and images from the last several months and if they suit your taste you will enjoy as well.
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” ― Maya Angelou What a saying and how true. The breaths that take our breath away are those individually special moments. For me it is things like sunsets and the way the same scenery can look so different each day as the sun sets and illuminates the surroundings with that very special sunset light.
Cee’s Share your week challenge – When was the last time you sat on a park or garden bench for more than ten minutes? Describe the occasion. Our marina has a couple of chairs on the end of the levy and I frequently sit there in the morning reading a book (via kindle) in the morning but more often I love watching the sunsets from this vantage point and it is no problem to spend 20-30 minutes minimum..so the occasion is, as frequently as possible! I have noticed that as much as I love Day Light Savings time -I have been kind of missing the sunsets since they come later and before I know it! Would you ever be interested in observing a surgery or do you turn away when the nurse brings out the needle? I have assisted in some surgery stuff for my dog- but overall not interested. I do watch if I’m getting an injection -I think more to convince myself that I can rather than wanting or liking to look. Where’s your favorite place to take out-of-town guests? It used to be the Metreon in San Francisco. There was a really cool virtual bowling alley. Overall depending on the guests -if they are people who enjoy the outdoors then it is Muir Woods and Crissy Field / Golden Gate Bridge. If you had an unlimited shopping spree at only one store, which one would you choose? Why? Home Depot! Always have a million projects -would probably just bring the store home :)
Today, share an image that creates a sense of mystery. A lone mitten on the sidewalk. A trail leading off into the distance. Your dog’s deep brown eyes. Intrigue us with uncertainty. Today’s Tip: To stretch yourself, manipulate the light available to you to create a particular effect — use it to cast shadows and highlights to create a moody image. Work with natural light, or find an artificial light source like the stage lights above. The direction of light has a big impact on your photos. Things lit from the front have few shadows, and are evenly lit. When the light comes from the side, shadows and highlights are introduced, creating more texture and complexity. Lighting from behind throws things into sharp relief, silhouetting your subject.
OK I have 2 photos to share for day 3, photo101. One is geese in the water with a vertical and horizontal exposure. This image is kinda more about Photoshop I guess. I converted the vertical image to black and white and then painted colour, the blue, back in some of the water. The horizontal photo is the actual colour of everything and then the background is comprised of an image made from the outline of the geese. Overall I was working more with Photoshop with this image. I was trying to emphasize the water in the vertical shot by making it the only thing in colour in the photo. The photo below is all about the reflection in the water, then a focus on the tree surrounded by the sunset.
Day 1 of Photo101 -another excursion into attempts to blog daily only this time with photos! Today’s assignment: What does home look like or mean to you? Share an image in a new post. When I think of Home I think of it representing the acronym, Harmony Of Mind Expresed. There is a saying, home is where the heart is! For me, home represents beauty, harmony, peace and love. Living in a community of friends, surrounded by the beauty of the ocean, nature and the most incredible sunsets. I am so grateful to have this harmony as a part of my life ….