Timing is everything on fireworks photography

This is a favorite shot from last year, where you can see the faint haze of a huge firework streaking through the darkness, and two small fireworks, like stars.
They are not really small. They are just new, caught at the first second of life, just about to explode and fill the sky with their light.

Timing is everything on fireworks photography. This is a favorite shot from last year, where you can see the faint haze of a huge firework streaking through the darkness, and two small fireworks, like stars.
They are not really small. They are just new, caught at the first second of life, just about to explode and fill the sky with their light.

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For #joinindaily hosted by +Johnny Wills

For #joinindaily hosted by +Johnny Wills
Today's theme: It has two wheels

Amsterdam, August 2011
There are so many bikes in Amsterdam. An old city, it wasn't designed for automobile traffic. Taxi rides are adventuresome. It is not uncommon for taxis to drive on the sidewalks. As a pedestrian, I encountered all kinds of folks whirring past on all sorts of contraptions. Mostly bikes. It was a bit alarming at times, especially since I am usually looking for photo opps instead of looking where I am going.
Of all the bikes I saw, this one was least likely to run me down in the street.

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Today’s theme: It has two wheels

Amsterdam, August 2011
There are so many bikes in Amsterdam. An old city, it wasn’t designed for automobile traffic. Taxi rides are adventuresome. It is not uncommon for taxis to drive on the sidewalks. As a pedestrian, I encountered all kinds of folks whirring past on all sorts of contraptions. Mostly bikes. It was a bit alarming at times, especially since I am usually

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Todays theme "Street Art/Tagging!"

January, 2014, near the old Kingshighway Bridge and skate park. When they tore down the bridge and remade it, they blocked access to this beautifully graffitied warehouse area and train car. I imagine you can still get there, but I haven't figured out how.

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Todays theme “Street Art/Tagging!”

January, 2014, near the old Kingshighway Bridge and skate park. When they tore down the bridge and remade it, they blocked access to this beautifully graffitied warehouse area and train car. I imagine you can still get there, but I haven’t figured out how.

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Today's theme: Brilliant Orange (Not sunrise or sets)

Just on the way out the door today, I thought, "I'd really love to share that tulip photo from Sunday. I should check Johnny's theme.
I am in luck 🙂 It's a perfect fit.
I am always amazed when that happens.

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Today’s theme: Brilliant Orange (Not sunrise or sets)

Just on the way out the door today, I thought, “I’d really love to share that tulip photo from Sunday. I should check Johnny’s theme.
I am in luck 🙂 It’s a perfect fit.
I am always amazed when that happens.

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The final category for this round of the G+ Photo Scavenger Hunt is "Ends"….

The final category for this round of the G+ Photo Scavenger Hunt is "Ends". My shot for Ends was the first one I thought of. I didn't know if I'd do any this round. I didn't do any last round. I hadn't picked up my camera in months. And then I found those big beige printer cables for my '93 computer, and I thought, "Those are interesting Ends. Nothing looks like that any more." And that was a picture I really wanted to take.

Sometimes, life gets to a lull and suddenly the most mundane items from the past start to look appealing. Vintage cans and old floppy disks remind us of how close and yet how out of reach those days really are.

But I could put that old computer together again. Maybe even find out what's on that old floppy disk. And maybe, for a moment, I'd feel like a teen again.
…Maybe that was the thought in my deeper mind as I looked at those cords and said "Yes" to their ends.

After that, I started putting aside every stray cord I found. Funny thing was, I kept putting them aside in different places, and now I keep finding them, like Easter Eggs.

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My entry for the "PASTEL" category of the 22nd Round of the G+ Photography…

My entry for the "PASTEL" category of the 22nd Round of the G+ Photography Scavenger Hunt.

By now, you may have noticed that all of my entries are set against a plain white background. There is a reason for this. I was in a hurry.

I wasn't sure if I'd do any shots at all. Then I had one idea, then another… and it was great to have something fun to think about over such a dreary winter. Once I set up the table, backdrop, and lights, it was fairly easy to go from one image to the next. I think I did my 5 images in 5 evenings, using only what I had around the house. And I've had a lot of fun, even though I didn't have a lot of time.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank +William Banik. A little over 2 years ago, I posted a photo of a sculpture I had made, using the backdrop I always used: fabric. I've spent my life around fabric. My mom made draperies. I worked in fashion. If you want to do something, do it with fabric. Alas, my fabric backdrops looked wrinkly and awful because I never took the time to iron them. Then, +William Banik kindly shared a better way. Instead of using fabric, use a piece of white poster board or presentation board like you get from Michaels.

That was a game-changing piece of advice for me. It is much faster, easier, and yields beautiful results. Thank you, William, for helping me to create better photographs, even when I'm in a hurry 🙂

My entry for the “PASTEL” category of the 22nd Round of the G+ Photography Scavenger Hunt.

By now, you may have noticed that all of my entries are set against a plain white background. There is a reason for this. I was in a hurry.

I wasn’t sure if I’d do any shots at all. Then I had one idea, then another… and it was great to have something fun to think about over such a dreary winter. Once I set up the table, backdrop, and lights, it was

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For the "FATE" category of the 22nd Round of the G+ Photography Scavenger…

For the "FATE" category of the 22nd Round of the G+ Photography Scavenger Hunt.

This is a still life representation of the 3 Fates of Greek mythology. Clotho spun the “thread” of a human's life, Lachesis measured it, thus measuring the life, and Atropos cut the thread, symbolizing that person's death.

The purple material here is wool roving, with a bit of acrylic added in for sparkle. The tool is a drop spindle which is used to hand spin yarn. Much of the job of spinning the yarn comes from separating it from the roving and forming it by hand before it ever reaches the spinner. As such, Clotho's part of the process takes place on the far side of the spinner's disk. I used the spinner's shaft to represent the measurement of the yarn, and the "stork scissors" seemed a perfect tool for Atropos.

Honestly, this was a last-minute idea, after spending several days contemplating a paper or report card with a big red "F" and an 8 of Diamonds laid just so that you'd see "F8". But that didn't sound especially interesting. And then I remembered I had this wool and spindle from a Maker Fair years ago. Being a lover of textiles, I just had to check out that booth, and the girl did such an awesome demonstration, I felt it was well worth the $12 I spent on the wool and spindle. I thought I'd never do anything with it. But I did this.

For the “FATE” category of the 22nd Round of the G+ Photography Scavenger Hunt.

This is a still life representation of the 3 Fates of Greek mythology. Clotho spun the “thread” of a human’s life, Lachesis measured it, thus measuring the life, and Atropos cut the thread, symbolizing that person’s death.

The purple material here is wool roving, with a bit of acrylic added in for sparkle. The tool is a drop spindle which is used to hand spin yarn.

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My entry for the "NUTS" category of the 22nd Round of the G+ Photography…

My entry for the "NUTS" category of the 22nd Round of the G+ Photography Scavenger Hunt.
I'd originally had an idea of putting a couple of nuts in a big container of screws. It made sense to me at the time, but it never looked right in execution, no matter how many different nuts I tried.
Then, I mocked up this idea using some random stuff from my desk, and I liked it. Yeah, it's quirky and it doesn't make any sense, but that qualifies as "nuts" to me.

My entry for the “NUTS” category of the 22nd Round of the G+ Photography Scavenger Hunt.
I’d originally had an idea of putting a couple of nuts in a big container of screws. It made sense to me at the time, but it never looked right in execution, no matter how many different nuts I tried.
Then, I mocked up this idea using some random stuff from my desk, and I liked it. Yeah, it’s quirky and it doesn’t make any sense, but that qualifies as “nuts”

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The 22nd Round of the G+ Photography Scavenger Hunt has begun, and this is my entry…

The 22nd Round of the G+ Photography Scavenger Hunt has begun, and this is my entry from Day 1, the "VINTAGE" category.

These are Vacuum Tubes, also known as Thermionic Valves, which were used in television sets in the 50s and 60s. To be sure, this technology had far more applications, but I can barely explain what they did in the TVs.

I found one while waiting around for my fiancee in a little, funky electronics store. It was a dingy place, and I'd heard the owner tended to chat about killing. I figured that was probably an exaggeration, but sure enough, I overheard him talking to a customer about the desire to kill. I decided to stay out of sight, and that's how I found the vacuum tube section. I thought they would make for some cool macro photos, and they did. I posted one a few minutes ago.

So I got more tubes. This time, from Ebay. The folks on Ebay tend to keep their bloodlust to themselves. Usually.

The 22nd Round of the G+ Photography Scavenger Hunt has begun, and this is my entry from Day 1, the “VINTAGE” category.

These are Vacuum Tubes, also known as Thermionic Valves, which were used in television sets in the 50s and 60s. To be sure, this technology had far more applications, but I can barely explain what they did in the TVs.

I found one while waiting around for my fiancee in a little, funky electronics store. It was a dingy place,

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