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Shooting with friends…

Our photography group was incredibly active before covid, and we have now begun to schedule photo walks while we pray for them not to be rained out. After I joined I attended all the classes and photowalks that I could manage, and that has been a blessing to me with the new friends I have made. So last night we set out to St. Pete for the night photo walk extra early, to beat the traffic. This despite some very ominous skies in just the direction we were headed. We parked two hours early, and just then we heard a crack of thunder just over head. But, amazingly, the storm didn’t materialize and the clouds blew inland. And quite a few other photo-walk starved members showed up for a fun evening.

We met near the St. Pete Pier and rode the free trolley to the end of the pier to grab a light dinner and kill some time before the shoot.
The fisherman on the left has caught a shark a day since last April, or so said the trolley drivers. The fisherman knew that they were talking about him so he came over and got out his phone to show us photos of his prize catches.
This is our spot to meet the group. Silly me, I touched the ‘papers’ on the bench since I thought they had gotten all wet in the short rain that we did have… but they were part of the sculpture.
And then we walked along the busy downtown streets, peeking into doorways, and at fun store fronts, as well as busy bars and restaurants.
I will confess that I was hot and sweaty, and struggling with an extra heavy tripod that I have no intention of borrowing again. My fellow photographers were shooting up at buildings, and squatting on their heels to get the angles they were looking for. I was barely keeping up, and when I got a chance to shoot I didn’t even set up the tripod, I just used it as a monopod and I was sure I wouldn’t get any usable shots at all. That I did came as a huge surprise to me.
I almost skipped shooting this doorway but my friend told me to take the shot and he’d wait with me.
This was my last shot and my favorite. We were returning to the car about a half hour after sunset and I liked this view. Another shot taken on the run, I think I’m loving my new camera.

The group stopped at one of the bars we had walked past and all had a drink together. Or maybe two even. I think I wasn’t the only one to be happy to be out shooting in a group again. And to think of the months of nice weather we have ahead of us, and all the places we might go, makes me happy.

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Waiting for sunrise, again…

She sat on a swing on the playground. It was a half hour until sunrise and there was a faint tinge of pink at the horizon, enough to encourage her to stay put despite the distant thunder, and the big, fat mosquito that she swatted on her neck. She wanted to use her new camera to take pictures, but thought that without a tripod it was probably futile in the dim light. So she used her phone, wanting the wide angle to capture more of the sky. She took a few pictures, but mostly she waited…

Peeking out the dining room window there hadn’t seemed to be any color in the sky to the east. She was glad she came out.
The lights on this lanai are new. She wondered if the lights were new, or maybe there were new people in the house..
As she waited more of the sky turned pink, and the ducks began to announce themselves.
Dark clouds seemed to be taking over though.
Finally the color came up, and the rain never fell, a good morning.

The feature photo and the last photo are from the new Canon R7 with the 18-150mm lens.

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Let’s dance…

“Put on your red shoes and dance the blues,”

Just thinking about looking at my pictures from last night had David Bowie in my head all day. As with most of the music of my youth I can sing the song but have no clue in the world who sang it, I looked it up.

It really was a no brainer. Friday night at Krate, with live music, this time from the 70s and 80s. Music and dancing for photo ops, plus the timing would include the sunset, and even if a storm blew in there would always be the food. I opted for the same thing I got last time, a frozen sangria and the Southwest egg rolls from Blush.

See the nice blurred background? I can thank my new ‘nifty 50’ lens for that. It was the only lens I brought to force myself to use it. And this was probably the only picture I took that really took advantage of it’s capabilities.
The class we are currently taking requires homework. I thought I might get portraits at this event, but I couldn’t very well ask this adorable little cutie and her mom to move somewhere else, somewhere without a trash can front and center in the picture. I took a lot of pictures of her, but they never moved to a better location.
A lot of cropping got me to this image. I loved the position of her feet.
These little girls presented the same problems. So cute though.
Dad walked this little guy right in front of me, Cropped this one like crazy too, but it’s a portrait anyhow.
But this is supposed to be about dancing, and this lady was dancing even before everyone was invited to dance. I had to walk around her to find a better background than the cars in the parking lot.
This couple deservedly won the dance contest.
But this lady and her granddaughter (?) stole the show for me. I wish she had on the red shoes that the song calls for, but a red bow in her hair will have to do.
How sweet is that little girl? She was surrounded by people so my ability to get a photo was limited. I don’t know that I saw those eyes until I checked the shots in the camera. I think grannie might have embarrassed her a bit.
The sunset was blooming nicely.
Lots of sky to see.
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Hitting the road, continued…

Day two had us waking up to news of the flooding and storms in the Midwest, and I wasn’t so sure that we wouldn’t have to drive right through that weather. We did, but only for a short time and then we seemed to be skirting it as we continued. The weather on day three was great, and we reached our destination just in time to enjoy our first bowl of clam chowder in Plymouth, MA. Two tired people walked out of the restaurant and into some beautiful sunset color, and there we were without our cameras, but the best camera is the one you have with you and we are never without our iPhones. Looking at the photos in the iPad this morning and I was amazed. I hope they look as nice to you.

Boats and water, which we see all the time in Florida, but somehow it just screams New England.
I’ve forgotten if the ship is the Mayflower 2, but you see it’s masts breaking the horizon line.
Oh my, tired as we were I knew we had to enjoy this view for a little while.
I liked this little bridge.
Boats were returning to the launching area, but others were just being put into the water also.
Such pretty clouds.
And finally it was time to get some rest.
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Location, location, location…

If you like to shop my friend’s location is the place for you with it’s multiple, and very nice, shopping centers within a few miles. But I have lamented the lack of a great spot for the sunrise and/or sunset, based on the fact that I want to see all the way to the horizon line, and having some water for reflections seemed to me to be a must. But I will admit that going out the door for 10 minutes total, shooting a few pictures, and then having my feet up and ready to watch TV in no time flat has it’s advantages.

Looks a bit like a tornado…
I appreciate being able to shoot down this street where I can see a bit more sky.