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I am still taking the photography course with NYIP and gaining more confidence working in manual mode..  I took this photo the other day and I think it came out pretty good.

Settings:  Sony a65-SLTV, 60mm, OFC set 128 and 64 (not sure for this image), 1/200, F/7.1, 800 ISO.

Is there anything that I could have done differently to improve on this image?

 

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A Calvin Klein Model and Shelly

We were stuck in the house yesterday morning as it was raining here in New Jersey.  While cleaning the kitchen I noticed a turtle out the window.  So needless to say I had to photograph it.  Before I go get my camera I showed Arai and he is also on the same page as me and said “we need to take a picture of it”. He is truly becoming a “mini me”.

I was in my PJ’s and slippers and  Arai only had on his boxes and t-shirt.  He hurried up and got his umbrella and his mothers flip-flops and came running outside with me.

Could he be the next model for Calvin Klein?

 

We took loads of pictures of the cute little turtle and Arai decided to name him/her Shelly.

 

Arai worried that Shelly would get hit by a car.  I debated on keeping it as a pet but decided against it.  This is a wild animal and probably would die in a short while if it were to suddenly be confined.  So Shelly is still wild and free and alive.  He was still out this morning.

 

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Rainbow Colors

Let’s Just Blow Bubbles

SOMETIMES . . .
Let’s just blow bubbles,
For no good reason
Let’s just blow bubbles,
Laugh a little, watch them disappear
Not even wonder where.
Smile and touch the rainbow colors
Watch them float in the air.
No reason why–
No goals, no structure.

SOMETIMES . . .
Let’s just
blow bubbles.

~Ruth Reardon

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Things That Make you Say “HMMM…”

Driving down this little side street by my home I came across this toilet.  Someone must have actually dumped it there instead of it falling off a truck.  I say this because it was just sitting upright just to the side of the road.

What have you seen on the side of the street that makes you say “hmmm….”?

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Bonus:  Check out Arsenio Hall on things that make you go hmmm..

Shadows and Kids

Kids and bikes go hand in hand in almost any kind of weather.  This was taken just after christmas.  Arai and his cousin Vanessa playing with their new bikes.

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Entered for this weeks photo challenge, shadows.

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A Photographer in the Making

This little angel here had a bad day at school today.  He did not get his way so he made sure no one else did either.  After dealing with his mother and a few moments in time out.  He asked if he can take some pictures.  I started to say no because of the behavior today but decided to see what he can do.

The first image is one I took while showing him how to keep one eye open so he can look in the viewfinder.   The rest are all his.

Do we have a budding photographer here?

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Keeping one eye open

 

He gave me instructions on how to pose.  He told me to do some of the same things that I say to him.

 

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Let Go My Lego!

Today I treated Arai to a set of Legos.  He has been having some rough days in daycare where he does not want to listen.  He prefers to do his own thing when he wants to do it regardless of what the teachers say.  So I tried to give him a little bribe so off to Walmart I went to find something special.  I know that he loves to build things so I got him a Legos a set.  This set has 583 pieces.

It kept him and Caila busy for 4 hours working to assemble the pieces.  I should have bought this a long time ago!  Another set is on his Christmas list.

Here are a few things that they built.

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Arai with his castle that he designed all by himself! Such the proud young man.

 

This set included pieces to make these special projects.

Caila enjoyed herself as much as Arai did, she even said that she wanted a set for herself.

 

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It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Saturday I went to Shady Brook Farms Holiday Light Show with my daughter Erica, niece Caila, and nephews Carlito and Cameron.  This was my first visit and the kids loved it especially Cameron.  He was so excited to see the Dora and Boots, Sponge Bob and Patrick, and other characters.

Most of the pictures of the actual “christmas” lights came out really blurry .

So if you are in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and even Delaware, I recommend that you go. You drive in your car at a leisurely pace to view all the lights and when that is done you can park your car and go to the shop and visit Santa Claus or take a hayride.

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Boys and Their Toys

Today Robert and his friend came down to ride their 4×4’s in the trails by my house.  It just so happened that Arai was home and was finally able to get that long-awaited ride.

 

Got the riding face on

Got the riding face on

 

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A Drive By Shooting

Today on my way to Germantown, PA (a section of Philadelphia) to see a my cousin Bill’s one man show Billosophy:Life-Circus-Death.  I had planned on taking plenty of pictures of the show but my silly self left the battery for my camera home still in the charger.

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His show will be going on next weekend as well so he arranged for me to take behind the scene pictures.  So sometimes when things are going wrong it actually works in your favor.

On the ride there I was fortunate to be a passenger.  I am never the passenger always the designated driver.

Taking of advantage of this I started clicking away at everything with my cell.  The pictures are not great by any means but they will give you a glimpse of what Philadelphia has to offer besides the obvious.

Philly is famous for a lot of things.  One of them is Mural and Graffiti Art.  This is something that I like to look at while there.  Here is just a small sampling of the art on Broad Street.

To see more of Art that Philadelphia has to offer check out Mural Art.

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