Synopsis Of Photography 101 March 2015

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Triumph

piercing cold decay              
triumphantly emerging
vigor springs forth fresh

liquid moves fluid
freed from frozen slumber deep
awaiting spring's green

Copyright ©2015 Terry Boswell

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I took these photographs earlier today walking in my yard and down the road. A few flurries fell, but most of the snow has gone liquid and a few green sprouts have pushed up. The triumph of spring has begun!

This my response to the last prompt for Photography 101, “triumph.”

Through A Blue Glass Bottle

This is my response to the Photography 101 prompt, “glass.”

I started with four bottles on my kitchen windowsill. I noticed that I could see the trees in my yard through the bottle on the right.

I took these photographs from inside my home looking outside into the light with the camera lens pointed through the blue glass bottle.

Playing With Scale

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This is my response to the Photography 101 prompt, “scale.”

It’s also my first time submitting an entry to Cee’s Oddball Photo Challenge. The criteria for the challenge is the definition of the word oddball…

Oddball: Noun – person or thing that is atypical, bizarre, eccentric, or nonconforming. Adjective – whimsically free-spirited; eccentric; atypical.

I think this little character, odd as he is, fits the bill 🙂 

I can’t remember exactly when or where, but I found him a number of years ago in the dirt… or was it in fallen leaves… maybe I was gardening… I can only definitively remember catching a glimpse of metal that seemed to be something. I picked it up, cleaned it off, and discovered this guy under the grime.  He wasn’t rusted which makes me think perhaps he’s made of silver.

He’s donning a broad-rimmed fringed hat, which I absolutely love, and carrying a fish in one hand and a basket in the other. I wonder if he’s a representation of some folkloric figure. If anyone knows, please post a comment. 🙂

I had a lot of fun choosing the environment and point of view to make this odd little fellow seem taller than his full two inch (five centimeter) height! Click here to see where he usually lives.

A Day Of Memorable Moments

This post is in response to the Photography 101 prompt “moment.” I had intended to post it Friday and include only this first photo, which I took a few days ago, of a fun moment of motion captured in my backyard. I sat down at the computer, edited the photo a bit and uploaded it.

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That’s as far as I got before I became distracted with the activity outside my kitchen door.

My neighbor’s chickens wandered over to peck under the bird feeders. Then a squirrel joined the party and began going through his gymnastic maneuvers to steal lunch from the feeder.

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Neither of these things is an unusual sight in my backyard. What made it unusual was that even though it was the first day of spring, there was a steady picturesque snow falling.

How many more opportunities this year would I have to look out my door and see this scene highlighted by large fluffy flakes drifting down? Probably none, so of course I grabbed my camera.

I took some photos, did some work, and then began to process a few of the photos, but new and beautiful moments kept presenting themselves in my peripheral vision.

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Time after time I found myself wandering to the door to take pictures. Throughout the afternoon I was constantly distracted by the activity outside. It just kept getting better.

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When the deer wandered up to the feeder I was ecstatic. This is something I only get to see every now and then since they usually raid the feeder in the dark of night.

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The  falling snow made it all the better.

I quickly corralled the dogs in the other room so they wouldn’t scare the deer by jumping at the glass door, and gave my son, who was about to walk outside, strict orders to stay put until I was done capturing the visitors with my camera. I was extremely pleased to get a few nice shots before an unknown something caused the pair to bolt.

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Not long after, the red winged blackbirds showed up along with the grackles.

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Grackles are scary, wary birds.

Now you see them…

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…now you almost don’t! It’s amazing how the sparrow and cardinal are completely unperturbed by the sudden explosion of grackle wings that turned those three birds into vague black blurs.

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Varieties of birds sighted throughout the day included the cardinal, purple finch, goldfinch, downy woodpecker, blue jay, chickadee, sparrow, tufted titmouse, grackle, red winged black bird, morning dove, junco, cow bird, starling, and of course, chicken! Missing was the nuthatch, red bellied woodpecker and northern flicker which I sometimes see.

I’m very fortunate to have this show of splendor outside my kitchen door, and for that, I’m most grateful!

Click an image below to start a slide show of all the photos I’ve included from that snowy first day of spring.

 

Sears Kit Home

This post is in response to the Photography 101 prompt “architecture.”
Which do you prefer – black and white or color?

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Early in the twentieth century you could order most all the essentials for modern living from the extremely popular Sears, Roebuck and Company Catalogue. It was like the Amazon.com of 1910. From the catalogue, you could order clothing, livestock, sporting goods, sewing supplies, appliances, medicinal remedies and more… even Kit Homes.

A Kit Home came with plans for assembly along with most of the materials needed to build a house. I took these photos of a Sears Kit home, in Sugar Loaf, NY. If I’m not mistaken, this one is model number 118 which was eventually called The Clyde. It was first offered in the Sears, Roebuck Catalogue in 1908.

I found a photo of a catalogue page offering this model here.

I also found a couple of blog posts about this particular model on oklahomahousesbymail.com, and on searshomes.org.

In my opinion, the Sears Kit Homes were the forerunners of modern prefabricated structures and Ikea furniture!