Sunday, June 28, 2015

Moving On

The Tea Cup photos are no more. Over the years, I've captured dozens of birds perched on the rim of a fancy (and sometimes not so fancy) cup & saucer. I tried to locate a photo of the first tea cup feeder that I received as a gift. No luck. It was a pretty accent to the garden and the birds seemed to like them so my husband built many more over the years from cups and saucers that had been packed away in boxes in the basement. I'm sure the squirrels were always stealing the seeds, but it became more obvious to me when two feeders were positioned in front of my office window; all the better to grab a photo and I did... many times. Then... the squirrels seemed to take over and as fast as I filled them, the cups were empty. And the only photo ops were the ass-end of a rodent with his head buried in the cup. I used Google to find something to keep them away and found a solution that worked for a while... Vaseline & cayenne pepper slathered on the pole. The squirrels couldn't get a grip and they disliked the pepper. The birds weren't affected because they landed directly onto the cup/saucer. This worked for quite a while.  Then... the squirrels began jumping. From the sidewalk to the cup... not touching the pole at all. Not one to give up easily (it's a trait that causes me much anguish at times), I bought a longer/taller pole. Tried it yesterday and as I was unable to pound it far enough into the soil, it tipped over as thieves tried to get to the top... I give up. No more tea cup feeders. It was fun while it lasted.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Fathers Day

My Dad. As I've written here before, he died when I was young - 16.  And he was young - 43. I can't remember his voice but I can remember riding from the funeral to the cemetery and wishing I could be anywhere or anyone else. He died in Florida but was buried in upstate New York, where we were from. I assume his coffin was transported by train, but I don't remember any of those details. 

He loved living in Florida, although he died within a couple of years after moving there; just months after we had moved into a brand new home. 

I miss him.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Testing, Testing

The LOOK3 festival was a good test of my new camera bag. I intentionally bought a bag that was just big enough for my camera. I already have enough bags that are big enough to hold camera, lenses, and the kitchen sink. Although at times I struggled  to put my camera back into the bag while walking, it passed. There's no room for anything but the essentials,  but that was what I wanted. The clasp was stubborn a few times but I think I can live with it once I have more miles on it.

Now... my badge. I don't know why I wrote "F. White" instead of "Faye", which is what I wrote the last three times I attended LOOK3... Let me over think this for a while.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Photo Heaven

This must be it. Immersed in the photographic visions of artists from around the globe. The diversity of projects has my mind racing and I always come away inspired and refreshed... photographically.  :)

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Road Show

Getting ready to go to the LOOK3 Festival this week in Charlottesville, VA. I'm taking one camera and one lens. I'm quite happy with both the Fuji X-T1 and the 18-135 lens. I might add a macro lens later, but it's not critical at the moment. When I return, I need to purchase a quick release plate, but again, it's not urgent. Better to have it when I need it though, so it's the next item on my list.

The LOOK3 Festival has a "Your Space" exhibition where you can bring a photo file and Canon USA will make a complimentary print to add to the exhibition. The first time I attended, I chose this photo (bottom).

It was hung again the following year - to my surprise and glee. :)

 I'm kind of at a loss as to which photo to take this year.