Thursday, August 17, 2017

What You Put Into Words

                               Their words come from their place
                                Read them
                                Ingest them
                                Don't feel as though they are yours to live with

"Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking"                         Steve Jobs


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Breathe In

 Breathe Out



Saturday, August 12, 2017

A Celebration

Got my hubby to go away for a few days to the coast of Maine with a few friends to celebrate his 60th birthday.

It first started with a conversation "you should go to that B & B in Ogunquit....."  Honestly, I was thinking to myself "well that's more of a gift to myself than to Jim".  But when I presented it to him he was onboard with the idea.  He wasn't looking for a big "hoopla" to mark his 60th year - but rather a quiet, laid back gathering.

We boogie boarded at the beach, ate, played cards, ate, walked along the shore, ate....
you get the picture!

On our second night we sailed out of Perkins Cove on the Silverlining.  A 42' sloop that has been lovingly restored by her Captain Jack Gordon.

There was nary a wind out on the water that evening and the sunset was hindered by the incoming clouds.  But still it was a delightfully calm and cool ride.  Our captain saw a whale in the distance and pointed it out to us..... we kept watch but he must have surfaced further down the coast.

Once again I'm reminded that the simple things in our lives give us great pleasure and fill our sails.



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A Night at the Whiskey Barrel

Saw that the Gin Blossoms were coming to the Whiskey Barrel for a one night show.  I found myself searching online to see what time they would take the stage.  I came across 98.3 LNH's post on Facebook for tickets to the show ~ sent a quick message to put myself in the running and I won two! 

Fabulous night with friends gathered around the stage 
~ thanks 98.3 LNH ~!



Monday, August 7, 2017

Golf Speak at the Practice Range

             "Did you get a good one Dad?"
                             "Yup, pretty good"



Saturday, August 5, 2017

Traditions ~ Telling Stories

Afternoon cruise onboard the MV Sophie C
The Sophie C delivers mail to island residents
on Lake Winnipesaukee 

Captain Reed negotiates in and out of our designated ports
 Yes, the arrival horn is loud
 Ready to dock with youngsters lined up to come aboard for ice cream
 Mail delivery Island style
 Positioning for the long standing tradition of jumping from the pilings
 Anticipation of fun moments with friends

Ready, set ...JUMP!



Thursday, August 3, 2017

Where You Stand Is Important

First day of our week long workshop with Sam Abell at Maine Media.

We talked about starting with the back layer, keeping a strong foreground and having our subject doing something interesting within the frame.

This dog obviously got that memo!

We had so much fun on the breakwater that first day.
Many conversations ensued throughout our week from this first adventure.
This photograph will always bring a sweet memory from our time spent together.
It's one of the few frames I took with "clean" rocks!



Get Up Early ~ Embrace the Fog

Get up early

What makes you happy

Embrace the fog

Find your own road

"Bad days make for great photographs"
                     Sam Abell
Life can't always be a "sunny" day.



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Room Service at the Penthouse Suite

Three new baby robins 



Sharing within the Photographic Life

ARRIVING                                Monhegan Island, Maine

For this photo I worked on practicing what Sam Abell taught us during the first day of our workshop.  
Compose the picture Sammy and wait - is going through my mind.  
The excitement of not knowing how the hand off would take place was certainly part of the fun.  
I feel what worked was the young man with the pole was framed within the boat.  
The pole didn't touch the back layer and was at a similar angle to the shoreline.  
The pilings balanced the photo and gave it a foreground.  
The gent on land was positioned well and the moment of him "grabbing" the pole tells the story.  
I managed to keep my camera level within the composition - which is something I struggle with.   I am absolutely one who shifts with what's happening as I see it through my lens.  
I need to work on that.

This will be one of the photos that will go into our "Moving Forward in Photography" book.  A compilation of photographs from Sam's students during our week together in Maine.  I'm so looking forward to continuing down the road with this group and look forward to our journeys that lie ahead.