Sunday, August 27, 2017

SURPRISE!!

Another from my "FACES" book. The story behind this image is that my wife and I had recently relocated closer to our children. Since we were situated about halfway between the two families, we invited everyone to our house for Thanksgiving dinner.
I was letting one of my granddaughters play with one of my Nikon D2H bodies with a Nikkor 1,8/85mm on it. At one point, I decided to show her a little more about the camera's capabilities and turned on the high speed shutter. I then focused on my oldest granddaughter and hit the shutter. The D2H sounded like a machine gun as it fired off a short sequence. The image below was my granddaughter's reaction. As I went looking for a quote to use with the book, I found this one by Aristotle.

"The secret to humor is surprise." - Aristotle



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Friday, August 25, 2017

Another FACE

This is another from my series of images from the book "FACES". I got this image while doing a shoot at a local beach shop that the newspaper was doing an article on. I asked the owner if she knew any local talent that would model some swimsuits in exchange for photos that she could use. As it turned out, she had an employee, Melissa, that would be willing to model several suits. Melissa was super and we had a lot of fun shooting at various places throughout the store while she modeled several different suits.
When I ran across this image of her, I thought I might be able to find a suitable quote to go with it. This is what I found:

"A girl in a bikini is like having a loaded gun on your coffee table. There's nothing wrong with them, but it's hard to stop thinking about." - Garrison Keillor


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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Blast from the Past

Being as it is Tues of the fourth week, my wife had her writers' club meeting today. I, as usual, tagged along and went up on  the town square to try and find some images. As I neared the square, I saw this gorgeous little VW Beetle parked. Even from the distance, I could tell the car had been lowered which gave it an aggressive stance. The car had a set of aftermarket wheels that looked pretty nice and the interior looked spotless. I took several shots of the car from various angles but could not get the shot I really wanted from the front of the car because of a shadow from a lightpole. So I went roaming around the square as I waited for the shadow to move off the car. In the end, I finally got some cloud cover and I was able to get the image I wanted.
Just as I finished taking the shot, a guy approached me smiling and talking about the car. He was, of course, the owner. He had recently purchased the Beetle from its second owner and the car had only 61,000 miles on it. He said he has all the original documentation that the car had on it when it was first sold. The engine had been upgraded with a big bore kit but was stock otherwise and was still running the original carburetor. He also said the interior was all original including the original carpeting.
It was fun talking with someone about the old Beetles. The first car I ever owned was a 1963 pea green Beetle that I bought in 1969 at the age of 21.
 

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

A winning entry?

Something I have not done often is enter various contests. Mainly just because I do not feel my images will mean anything to anyone other than myself.
But, lately, I have been wanting to showcase my images somewhere, anywhere, so I have started making submissions to various galleries and contests to see if I can get lucky and have my images catch someone's eye.
With that thought in mind, I have made a submission of 10 images to Photo District News's Exposure Award contest (http://RichardOwen.exposureaward.com/1) in hopes of maybe getting some minor recognition. The images are based on my "Pairs on the Square" theme that I have been working on since 2013.
If you click on the link, it will bring up my submission in a new page. Besides the top award, there is an award called the Vox Populi Award which is based on votes from viewers. If you think my images are worthy, I would appreciate your vote. The lead image is one I call "Pair of Pairs".  It is one that I have shown on my blog before and I thought it would be a good lead.


Narrowing down the submission to just 10 images based on the "Pairs" theme was tough. At the beginning of the edit process, I first selected what I thought were 20 of the best images. Then I had to decide on how best to approach the theme. Do I just select images with two people in it or do I select a variety of images to show the extent of the theme. In the end, I decided a variety of images showing people, inanimate objects or, in one case, pets would work best. Anyway, I would appreciate your vote if you feel the images are worthy.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The bartender

My wife and I used to frequent a local restaurant and would always sit at the bar. The night I got this shot of Patrick while he was working the bar one night. When I went looking for a quote to go with his look, I found this one"

"The hard part about being a bartender is figuring out who is drunk and who is just stupid."
Richard Braunstein


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Sunday, August 13, 2017

CAUGHT!!

I have been remiss in posting to this blog since returning from a birthday cruise for my wife. But here is the next one from my "FACES" book. I had been at a local book fair and walked out to this scene. As I brought the camera up to my eye, the gentleman glanced up at me as I squeezed the shutter button. I found this quote to place alongside the photo:

"What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it." - J. D. Salinger


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