Monday, March 2, 2015

My new camera

In January, I purchased my first SLR camera.  I have always used point and shoot cameras.  Why did I purchase an SLR, because I am studying the Fumdamentals of Photography.  This great DVD and booklet sold by the company Great Courses uses Joel Sartore as the presenter.  Joel is a photographer for National Geographic Magazine.  While you will learn from this course even if you only want to take pictures with a point and shoot, the course is really designed for learning with SLR cameras.

I purchased a Nikon D5200 with a 18-55 variable lens.  I also purchased a 55-300 variable and an exterior flash which can be used in many manners.  Why did I purchase all of this?  Well the holiday specials made it worthwhile than to purchase the zoom lens and the flash at a later date.

Here are four pictures of skaters on Doors Pond around 5:15 PM on Wednesday February 25th.  I had just dropped my wife off at her oil painting class and the lighting is what Joel calls soft light.  I hope you like them.  I was not taking pictures for beauty I was taking the pictures to see how the different lens worked.  I also notice that the pictures on my Picasa file are better that what is copied here.  I am in a new learning curve.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Mighty Merrimack

My wife, Linda, took a photo of the Merrimack River here in Manchester, NH one Sunday morning before all of the recent snow storms began.  She painted a 16 x 20 on canvas with acrylic paints.  It is posted below.  She is currently working on a 4' x 5' canvas which is hanging on one wall of her studio with the same painting.  The larger one she is donating to a local non-profit here in the city.  She does beautiful work.

Monday, February 16, 2015

It Just Doesn't Want to Stop!

Last week I posted, "Enough is Enough Already."  The snow gods weren't listening, and this past weekend we received another 9.5 inches.  Many seacoast communities received twice that much.
Anyway we learn to deal with it and sore backs.  Here are some photos, hoping everyone is keeping warm.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Enough is Enough Already More coming Thursday and the Weekend

This has been one hell of a snowy winter.  Thank God for our snowblower.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

September Sunset in Manchester NH

Last fall the most beautiful sunset we had since we have lived here for 28 years happened.  I couldn't resist not taking some photographs of it.  I believe this photo and others inspired me to think about taking a photography course.  While this gorgeous picture was taken with my great Panasonic point and shoot camera, I have now purchased my first SLR digital camera.  What I am learning in my studies is that I can create my own art with the benefit of my new camera.  Wish me luck!

Monday, January 26, 2015

This blog is going to have a major change.

While I continue to write and publish, I have been studying photography and have become interested in showing the beauty of life and all that is part of it.  New and old passions of my life are coming to the surface, and I wish to express them.  Hopefully you will enjoy some of what I post.  I would appreciate your comments.

Sometimes you will find a book excerpt on this blog, other times pictures, and other times a few paragraphs about life and its blessings.


Robbery in Town

The two lawmen like this town, it is quaint, yet still moving forward.  Todd wonders how long it will be before another saloon moves into town.  He envisions the next one to have dancing girls and those who rent rooms by the hour.

As they walk near Maggie’s and Randy’s general store, they both hear someone stumble in back of the store. 

Todd moves into the alley and Lenny crosses the street to back him up.  They hear someone yell, “Danny wait up, don’t leave me.”

The sound of a horse taking off at a gallup is very evident.  As Todd nears the end of the general store he sees a rider climbing onto his saddle.

“Hold on there, I have questions for you.”

The rider spins his horse around and fires two shots at the sheriff.

Todd takes careful aim and fires once, knocking the rider out of the saddle.

Lenny yells out, “Todd, you okay.”

“Yeah, I’m okay, come back here and help me get this guy to the doc.”

Lenny nears the end of the buildings and looks around before he ventures over to where the wounded man is lying.  “What happened, I hear three shots?”

“Two were his and one was mine.