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The ‘atmospheric’ style…

When the Tampa Theatre was built in 1926, the movie studios controlled the production, distribution, and venues where their movies were played.  John Eberson was the most sought after movie house designer of the times, and he pioneered the ‘atmospheric’ style, of which it was said that the Tampa Theatre was his favorite design.  Movie goers were to be transported, for several hours at least, to exotic courtyards, under moonlight skies complete with stars.  The theater survived the  Great Depression and WW2, but by the 70s it took a monumental effort to rescue this theater from becoming a parking lot.  Today the Tampa Theatre is on the National Register of Historic Places, and hosts more than 600 events each year.  Tours are held several times a month and the one I attended today was quite informative and entertaining.  And I learned that a silent film is scheduled to be shown on June 2nd, complete with a live orchestra.  There aren’t many people with the skills to play the Wurlitzer Theatre Organ, and we were treated to a few tunes played for us today.

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Even with the new camera the size of the spaces in the theater were a challenge to photograph.  Even in the theater itself it’s hard to get far enough away to see it all in your viewer with the balconies overhead.  The starry, starry sky effect is quite lovely, and the photos don’t do it justice.  This was a fun way to spend a rainy day.  Thanks to the photographer friend who suggested this as a photo op.  I looked it up this morning and found I had just enough time to get myself there for the tour.  Must have been meant to be!

P. S. Love the new camera!

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Baseball and fireworks…

Last week the photo group went to opening day of the Clearwater Threshers baseball team.  They were playing the Dunedin Bluejays, and it turned out to be a very enjoyable evening.  During the ballgame the photo to get is the ball on the bat for the hitters, and the ball just leaving the fingertips of the pitchers.  I got neither, I tried though.  I had 477 photos, none of which even came close.  More practice is in order.  But all was not lost, the other photo op of the evening was the post-game fireworks.  That was a little more successful, thanks to advice from the group.  A 10 second shutter speed, I’d never have come up with that on my own.  You couldn’t see what you were getting on the camera, you were flying blind.  I will go again since this photo op comes up a few times during baseball season.  Senior price of admittance is $6, lots of fun for just a little money.

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Wandering in Dunedin…

I had taken plenty pictures of the sunset, and it was fading anyhow, so I started wandering, drawn by the lights of the various shops just up ahead.  I have tail light trails in the photo above, and the ghost of a car that I ought to remove but will drive myself nuts trying.  I prefer to wonder who was in that car, and where they were going.  I hope they had as much fun as I did that night.  3-24oldbaycafe3-24gotlobstahIt started with the Old Bay Cafe, and then Got Lobstah?  Unfortunately I didn’t get to try a lobster roll, my cousin says they have the best ones he’s had outside of Massachusetts.  And I continued on from there.  I love that they honor our veterans in Dunedin.  I know a couple of heros, something I’m sure that they would deny, but they are though…3-24defendingfreedom3-24dunedin3-24baskinrobbinsAll I can say about this one is that I clearly need to consider perspective when I’m taking pictures.  Blame the parked cars and close quarters.  Maybe the shop itself was crooked because when I try to level one thing then something else is off…3-24dunedin2

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Fire in the sky…

The trouble with coming home with a LOT of bracketed photos for HDR is that by the time you have been concentrating on them for a while they look dull unless they are intense!  So forgive me if they are assaulting your eyeballs please, because after spending all morning on them I’m not about to start over.  I wonder which of our hosts, Eddie or Bob, sold their soul to the devil to arrange for such a spectacular sunset for this photo shoot.  By the time we got to Dunedin and had assembled and then walked to the pier the sunset was up and running.  Eddie told all of us to post our photos on the meet up group site, and then I heard him say that he had never gotten as much criticism as he got after he began to post HDR photos.  So thanks in advance Eddie!


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Night photo walk…

I went out for the sunrise this morning, but I was still under the influence of the night photo walk that I did last night.  I was having such a good time last night that it was a shame to cut it short, but the guilt over leaving the dogs too long got to me.  Plus I had to go home and download a new program, Easy HDR, in order to process the photos in HDR (High Dynamic Range) as I had seen them on the photo group’s Facebook page.  Well, maybe I didn’t have to, but using that program was going to be a whole lot easier than trying to figure it out by myself in Lightroom.  So this morning instead of being happy to see the sun come up, I was lamenting the end of the darkness because I wanted to get a photo of the bait shop adjacent to the Hammond Creek bridge to use as an HDR photo.  And I couldn’t resist the Great Blue Heron (two-footed again), as he walked on top of the wall but looked like he was walking on the sunrise itself.

baitshackhdr.jpgAnd more from the walk in Tarpon Springs last night.  I swore I wouldn’t use the presets in the program, but it’s hard to resist instant gratification …

getaguru2storefrongnightstrongIMG_6742_3_4_easyHDR-dramatic-dark23-8sunsetboatsredboatHellasAnd just so you know, the guys from the group marched over and asked the PTB at Hella’s to turn on the lights on the soldier out front.  And they did!

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This is a test…

If you are seeing this post it means it rained like crazy and I couldn’t get out for photos, or I fell asleep in the recliner, or maybe I had a hot date.  But I wouldn’t bet money on that last one.  No, it was pouring, but happily I had just recently gotten on the roof of the lanai with a leaf blower and de-leafed the gutters! But I remembered my idea to take one photo and put it through it’s paces in all my various photo apps on the iPad.  I started with the featured photo above, and here’s where it went.

In Distressed Effects I liked every single one I tried.  All I did was open the photo and clicked the various effects buttons and it came up with these.  There are adjustments within the app that I haven’t learned, but it gives you an idea of what’s possible.  If you hover over each photo it will tell you the date, DE for Distressed Effects, and the effect for that photo.  I think it would be worth learning more about that app, practice makes perfect and all that.



Next I tried the Reflect app, but it was a terrible photo to use for that app.  I do like adding reflections, I’ve played with that before, but not with this photo.  But within the app is an fx button, and using that I dragged in a desert sun and then tried a few other things which I can’t say that I remember.  It’s a really good app, just not so much for this photo.1-6reflectfxNow for the Prisma app.  I’ve never tried this app and not liked the results, but again this wasn’t the right photo for it.  So the idea of taking a single photo and using it in multiple apps probably wasn’t the greatest idea.  See, this is why I like living with dogs, I ran the idea past them and they thought it was a great idea. But then they think all my ideas are terrific.  Don’t tell them otherwise.



Wait, I forgot about Superimpose.  This was easy to use, and again, there is a lot more you can do.  I need to play with this app some more.  But this is just the bird photo and one of my moon photos, with the opacity adjusted.  There are tutorials within the app, and probably on You Tube also.  What else is there to do when you are hunkered down waiting for better weather?1-6superimpose

Why not try iColorama? Another one I’ve played with before.



PIP Camera too!



Yes, I cheated and included a couple of photos that were better suited to the PIP app.  I’m sorry, I couldn’t help myself.  And as long as I’m breaking my own premise for this post I’ll include several more photos done in iColorama.  I had to work to find the kaleidoscope-type effects I’ve played with before.  I found a nice hibiscus photo in my stash, and started with ‘form’ in the top group of adjustments, then tried effects from there.  Another fun app to play with…



Sometimes a rainy day isn’t such a bad thing…