Primarily portraits of people I know or with whom I cross paths. The primary reason to photograph them, is that I like them. They are interesting. They have nice smiles. They have lives with hopes and dreams. They are...Just People.
OK, this isn't a portrait. I know. It's my blog. I can change from time to time if I want.
This is one of my first attempts at High Density Resolution (HDR) imagery.
You take a photograph with your camera set to take three images with one press of the shutter. Each of the images are different in terms of the color balance (the correct term is "bracketing") Using HDR software, you blend the three images and, in theory, take the best of all three.
This was taken at sunrise. I did a little editing with the software just to see what it looked like.
I rather like it. But, I am not sure how it works for portraits. I will need to find out!
First, to those whom I communicated with as to the timing of future posts, my apologies. I have delayed all scheduled posts for a couple of days to account for the holiday and personal issues.
Now, for the Thanksgiving post.
As we look at our lives, there are obvious things for which we can be thankful. They include family, friends, food, health, etc. All are important. All are priceless.
But now and then, it is important to be thankful for the mundane; for the ordinary.
Meet Little J and his father.
The conversation went like this:
My daughter: "Honey, will you please check Little J? I think he has a messy diaper."
There is nothing more to be said after that.
Be thankful for what you have. While it could be better. It could be worse. Keep your balance. Keep your compass. Take care of yourselves. Love those about you, near and far. And, be kind and gentle to one another. We can be pretty fragile.
Little J was hospitalized this last week. He was a very sick little man. He is home now and feeling better. But, we are watching him closely.
Be thankful for what you have. It can all change in an instant.
I had the opportunity to be in Nashville for work. It just happened to be the Race for the Cure weekend right outside my hotel. So, I got up early, avoiding anything that remotely looked like work, grabbed my camera and went for a walk.
Meet Lea and Lisa!
Cool hats and warm, kind hearts!
Having local law enforcement on site is always nice!
Meet Steve, Tommy, and Allen!
I think they were a bit supicious about having their photos taken. But, I managed to convince them it was safe after I explained the whole blog thing.
On a side note: one of the issues about taking "group" photos is the dead space between the individuals heads. OK...I know that sounds funny. But, if you look at the top most photo, you will see that both of the individuals have their heads slightly tipped toward one another. This reduces the "space" between them and makes for a better photo.
This was as close as the police officers were going to get. When I started, they were about 1 foot apart from one another. They were gracious enough to crowd together for the shot! I really wanted them to get a bit closer. It was a little funny. And, they were amused with it, too.
My thanks to you all! And, as I told the officers, it really won't hurt. REALLY!
I had the chance to wander down the Promenade in Santa Monica for a few hours one day recently. If you haven't been there, it is a street closed to traffic. Crowded with shoppers and street entertainers, it can be very fun to just walk and observe.
Since I like hats, I had to get a photo. He was supporting a street musician. He was proud of his friend. And, his friend was doing just fine.
I took the Big D to the local corn maze and watched as he ran through the hay bales. It occurred to me that he was meeting and overcoming challenges of his world. I left him alone. He did just fine.
Which way to go?
Think outside the box! You don't need to color between the lines! Go UP!
JUMP that huge canyon!
I could feel his joy at RUNNING. I suspect this is the feeling people get when flying, riding a motorcycle, free diving, jumping out of airplanes. It starts young and needs to be encouraged. It helps us grow.
Of course, a rest is important, too.
Well done, Big D. Well done! I believe you will be fine.
Many friends know that my daughter's mother-in-law has been fighting a battle with lung cancer. She lost her battle early Friday morning, at home.
This is not a great photo of Mary. I wanted to get a photo of her last weekend when I had the chance to visit. But, she was suffering greatly by then and I did not want to add to the stress.
I had to crop this image out of a much larger family photo and lost some of the clarity. But, it does convey a bit of the joy Mary brought to her family and to those of us who were fortunate to know her and her kindness and generocity. Her home was the focus of wonderful family gatherings filled with laughter, music, and wine.
In her final days, the family moved a hospital bed into her living room where she should see the backyard and grandkids playing.
We will all miss you, Mary. Thank you for your kindness.
The three women below were all sharing a table having a wonderful time. I was actually sitting just behind them and kept smiling at how the interacted and how much fun they were having.
They are not, in fact, sisters. I sort of missed the exact connection of how they knew one another. But, they had a remarkable story of courage and hope. One lost her husband not long ago. The other is a breast cancer survivor. And, I know there was something about a kidney donation with the third. Well, I BELIEVE that is right.
Regardless, the women were charming, gracious, and filled with hope.
This group was listening to the band and having a wonderful time. I finally had to approach them and ask if they were related, work associates, or just friends.
Meet Julie and friends!
I tried to get everyone's names. But, I know I wasn't successful. Julie is in front. And, I believe Dave is in the white shirt. Fred is between Julie and Dave. Just behind Julie is Jim. And, Paul is the very distinquished looking gentleman on the left. I could, of course, be wrong.
I believe I am missing the names of the woman in the upper left and the gentleman in the upper right. If someone would send me an email validating the names, in order, I will update this post!
Here is another shot of the two I believe whose names I am missing:
But, this group was wonderful. They were having so much fun. I had to smile when I observed them.
Thanks all! Julie, that's a fine posse you have there!
I have women friends and we talk about business trips and sitting in a bar, alone, having a drink. Men do this all the time. I've done it. It gets me out of the hotel room and around other people. Even if I don't talk to anyone, the social experience is important.
Most of my women friends will not do this. If they are at a hotel, they get a drink and bring it back to their room.
I noticed her sitting alone and assumed she was waiting for someone. So, I interrupted her and asked whether I could sit next to her for a few photos of other people. I wanted to get the photos before her other party came and took the chair I needed!
She graciously let me sit and get the shots. Once I got those photos, I turned and thanked her. This was the look she had. So, I HAD to ask to take her photo, as well.
She was, in fact, alone. "Confidence". I liked it. I was trying to figure out what drew me to her portrait. And, I think that was it. Confidence. She wanted to get out and listen to the band and have some great sushi. So, she did. Well done! We briefly chatted and she was grace and polish personified.
My guitar teacher mentioned the band was playing again at their regular local gig. I really like going there to hear the band and to visit with the restaurant patrons.
Meet Hannah and George!
They were relaxing and listening to the band. They had just finished their shifts working at the restaurant and were meeting friends. Hannah didn't think she photographed well. I beg to disagree. I think they both look great.
I have been going to the same dentist for a long time. And, with one exception, I believe this specific hygientist has always been the first smiling face I see when I get in that chair.
She has a wonderful sense of humor that cracks me up. And, I must admit, she knows what she is doing! It's all business but with a bit of a gentle touch! Not bad when you consider she has all those sharp impliments in your mouth!
Thanks MB. I always leave with a smile, showing off my clean teeth!