A PHOTO A WEEK CHALLENGE – WIDE ANGLE

A Photo a Week Challenge: WIDE ANGLE

In this post, we feature pictures taken with my widest angle lens.

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As it happens, my widest angle lens is 24 mm, which is the focal length at which these pictures were taken.

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They have all been cropped slightly. All of them needed leveling, you see. I tend to drop my right hand when shooting.

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Some newer cameras — my Q7, for example — have levels in the viewfinder. It’s a big help to those of us who don’t realize they are shooting tilted.

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I use a wide-angle most often, for landscapes. Otherwise, I use it instead of a macro lens because I don’t actually have a macro lens. Yet. Most wide-angle lenses will shoot pretty close.

A MOTHER’S WALTZ: A COLLABORATION OF SWO8 & SERENDIPITY

Mother’s Day is May 10th

 April 23, 2015 by swo8

FROM swo8: Mother’s Day is May 10th and the great American author and photographer (blush), Marilyn Armstrong and I have worked on another collaboration. To commemorate this day, we have created a photographic montage of families together. It includes eight generations of my family and three of Marilyn and Garry Armstrong’s families.

The song is bittersweet because to be a mother, is indeed bittersweet. Our children bring us our greatest joys and our greatest sorrows. The first couple in the video are my great-grandparents. My great-grandmother died in childbirth leaving 3 babies and a husband.

When my great-grandfather remarried the children were sent off to their aunt to be raised. The aunt is the lady sitting by the fire-place. The first photo of children is of my grandmother and her twin sisters. My grandmother being the oldest would have missed her mother the most. In spite of her early losses she became an extraordinary person and had a huge influence on me and my thinking.

To be a mother has got to be one of the most difficult endeavours to under take in one’s life. We are given this helpless creature for a short period of time to nourish, educate and inspire before they disappear into the ether of adulthood.

As a tribute to mother’s everywhere we dedicate this song, “Mother’s Waltz” by swo8 Blues Jazz and Marilyn Armstrong. 


FROM Serendipity: It has arrived. The melody of A Mother’s Waltz echoes in my mind. I feel as if it is something I remember hearing my mother sing a long time ago … but of course, it is brand new from swo8 Blues Jazz

The pictures of my family include my mother, me, much younger and my son as a toddler. Pictures of Garry’s family include his mother and father’s wedding, Garry’s dad back from WWII with little Garry on his knee. Garry’s mom as a young woman.

The pictures are family heirlooms that evoke strong and sometimes conflicted feelings.

Music by swo8 … with pictures from Leslie Martel (swo8) and Marilyn Armstrong. Memories in music for all mothers everywhere.


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FOREVER WALKING BY SWO8 BLUES JAZZ

I’VE GOT THE WINTER BLUES – SWO8 BLUES JAZZ

THE FINAL TOLLING OF THE WELL

Dave-The-Well-Guy and his crew finished the well. They bolted a steel cap on top, leveled the walk from the driveway to the fence, then poured cement. The damp concrete still has its wood frame. It should be dry today. We can remove the wood and get on with the rest of the work we need to do.

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Our picket fence was damaged by the winter. Broken pickets need replacement. Maybe hinges too. After which, a bit of cleanup and we will have a front walk. Imagine! We can come and go through the front door, saving a whole flight of stairs.

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I was going to pay Dave. I was feeling guilty. He had completed  85% of the work last autumn. We have water.

Garry countered, pointing out Dave-The-Well-Guy is not someone you pay before the job is finished. Garry figured if we paid him, it would be the last we’d ever see of him. The project would remain  permanently “almost done.”

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Owen was restless about fixing the fence and other warm weather tasks. I hoped Dave-The-Well-Guy would get to it. I hate nagging. He had called and assured me we weren’t forgotten. But that was it. No “Dave-The-Well-Guy sighting” followed.

I called Monday and said “If you want to get paid, finish the job.”

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He explained winter had caught him off-guard. I reminded him it hadn’t snowed until January 27th. He said he was waiting for the ground to thaw. I pointed out the daffodils are blooming.

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The truck arrived an hour later. It promptly rained. They had to stop, but came back yesterday. The well was finished by dinnertime.

Finally.

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SLASH AND BURN: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. — Robert Hanlon

JUNK YARD – CEE’S ODDBALL PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 15

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: 2015 Week 15

These are the photos we take that don’t quite fit into a category. Usually, they are leftovers from illustrations. Or they may be pictures I have taken around the house because some object seem to want their picture taken. Ketchup bottles and salt shakers whisper to me.

72-Junkyard_30These are the first pictures I ever took  knowing I would use them for this challenge.  Now, they have a home in Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge.

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The event? A trip to the junkyard. We needed tires for the yellow car. A rainy day. Lots of mud. Rusting cars and smashed cars. Pieces of cars. I couldn’t go into the yard. I was not wearing the right shoes. You can’t go into a junkyard without sturdy, closed shoes — and shouldn’t.

I got some interesting shots from the entrance, driveway, and shop area. Now, they have a home in Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenges.