Monday, June 19, 2017

Shoot Sixteen - Plymouth Lobstah Crawl

Miami - heard from Milt, Jim, Joani, Peyton, Mike, Michelle, and Carol.

On a more personal note - big day for me as I should be in the midst of having my hip replaced by the time you read this. Sorry, no photo highlights!

"Plymouth Lobster Crawl"

I'm sure you have seen other objects featured in various parts of the country. Generally, local businesses will contract an artist to capture their establishment in the sculpture caricature.

I have seen cowboy boots in Cheyenne, globes on the Boston Common, Adirondack chairs in Ontario, cows in Montpelier, submarines in Groton, CT, and others.

Well, Plymouth - America's Hometown - settled on lobstahs, that would be lobsters to the rest of the world. My wife and I tried to find as many of the twenty-plus that were situated around the town. One had been vandalized and was removed; another was stolen; and three others we never found!

Above are nine of my favorites! Who are they, you asked?

Top row: Rocky, Childhood Memories and Sea Horse

Middle: Miss Claw-dia, Welcome, and Louie
Bottom row: Rasta Pasta, Brewster, and Claws Monet

(gotta love the creativity in the name game!!!)

Where in the World?

Better get out the atlas as this year I will be featuring some of the more famous cities of the world! Here are some interesting facts about one of them. Just what city would I be visiting? 

fourteen small islands make up this capital city.

is known to have the largest Royal Palace in Europe. The city also has a large number of museums.

the Skargarden fascinates one and all. It comprises of an astounding 24,000 islands, islets, and rocks. This archipelago is indeed, one of the most beautiful in the world. If you want a closer look, you can take one of the several ferry lines that will give you a tour of the archipelago.

the Gamla Stan is also of immense interest. Known as the Old Town, it is located right in the heart of the city.

a ticket to the Royal Palace will give you access to the Royal Apartments, the Treasury, the Tre Kronor Museum, and Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities.

part of the Nordic Sea Hotel, the Absolut Ice Bar maintains a degree of minus five throughout the year. If that is not exciting enough for you, then the fact that drinks here are served in glass-sized hollow ice cubes will definitely blow you away. The bar table is made of a clear ice block, while the tables and chairs inside are made of ice harvested from the River Torne!

A Word to the Wise. . .

"People grow through experience 
if they meet life honestly and courageously. 
This is how character is built." 

~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Murphy's Laws. . .

Farnsdick's Corollary:

After things have gone from bad to worse, 
the cycle will repeat itself!

It's Cartoon Time. . .

Monday, June 12, 2017

Shoot Fifteen - Marshfield Fair

Dublin as was the guess for most of you (I will not name names): Michelle, Elaine, Tony M., Carol, Peyton, Joani, Jim, Mike Di., and Milt.

"Peppermint Twist"

Still at the Marshfield Fair with a group of other photographers - actually, I am working the fair solo as all of others disappeared! Well, I have always wanted to try to capture a spinning Ferris wheel at night - so what better place than here and now?

I set my tripod up directly in line with the middle of the wheel. It is odd how a tripod can intimidate the fair-goers. Many walked around my vantage point; others asked who I worked for; while a few stopped and waited for the image to appear. 

The only disappointing thing was a row of lights that were out which caused a gap in the shot. I was hoping the attendant would get up there and fix that but, no.

Well, another item off my life list!

Where in the World?

Better get out the atlas as this year I will be featuring some of the more famous cities of the world! Here are some interesting facts about one of them. Just what city would I be visiting? 

a seaport city with its metro area is the eighth-most populous and fourth-largest urban area in its country

 a population of around 5.5 million

was ranked as the richest city in the country, and the world's fifth-richest city in terms of purchasing power. 

nicknamed the "Capital of Latin America"  and is the largest city with a Cuban-American  plurality.

has the third tallest skyline in the country with over 300 high-rises! 

One of the country’s major tourism hubs in the country, and number thirteen in the world

This should help to clinch it: Its port is known as the "Cruise Capital of the World", has been the number one cruise passenger port in the world.

A Word to the Wise. . .

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize 
how close they were to success 
when they gave up." 

         ~ Thomas A. Edison    

Murphy's Laws. . .

Army Law:

If it moves, salute it; 
if it doesn't move, pick it up; 
if you can't pick it up, paint it.

It's Cartoon Time. . .

Monday, June 5, 2017

Shoot Fifteen - Marshfield Fair

Were you thinking the Big Apple??? Of course you were!!!
Right, Milt, Jim, Michelle, Carol, Elaine, Peyton, Tony M., Joani, and Mike Di.?

"Concentration. . ."

Still at the Fair. . . talk about fixated - look at this youngster! He was determined to take home the prize despite going up against a couple of his elders. I think he's played this before or has one of these at home because he easily beat out the competition.

Where in the World?

Better get out the atlas as this year I will be featuring some of the more famous cities of the world! Here are some interesting facts about one of them. Just what city would I be visiting? 

ranslated it means the “Town of the Hurdled Ford,” and the best way to see it is on foot!

situated near the River Liffey

though the city traces its origins to the First Century BC, the city is said to be established by the Norse in about 841 BC.

the city is known for its beautiful architecture, most of it dating back to the 17th century.

home to the famous creator of Dracula, Bram Stoker. You can go through a chilling description of Stoker’s life at the Bram Stoker’s Museum.

If you can’t get enough of this historical city, then go to Kilmainham Gaol. This is the place where prisoners of the 1916 Easter Rising were executed.

Grafton Street is the most famous shopping street here. You can visit the Powerscourt Centre, a shopping centre set inside a restored 18th century town house.

No brainer clue: home to literary giants such as George Bernard Shaw, W.B.Yeats, Jonathan Swift, Samuel Beckett, and Oscar Wilde. Visiting the city’s Writers’ Museum is a must for all bookworms.

A Word to the Wise. . .

"Each person must live their life 
as a model for others."
~ Rosa Parks    

Murphy's Laws. . .

Dingle's Law:

When someone drops something, 
everybody will kick it around 
instead of picking it up!

It's Cartoon Time. . .

Monday, May 29, 2017

Shoot Fifteen - Marshfield Fair

Toronto - as Jim, Tony, Mike, Elaine, Joani, Milt, and Peyton figured out!

"Demo Derby Time!"

It was late August of 2016 when several of us decided to shoot the Marshfield Fair at night for Shoot Fifteen. We got over there early enough to get some late afternoon captures of the Demolition Derby. For some reason I went off on my own and left Jeff the W to feign for himself. Well he wound up in the press box overlooking the entire demo pit while I was scurrying around to find a vantage point.

Lesson learned, Jeff knows how to get things done!

This was another image where I wanted to have some fun with the post-processing. I was leaning toward a comic book look and I think I got it.

Where in the World?

Better get out the atlas as this year I will be featuring some of the more famous cities of the world! Here are some interesting facts about one of them. Just what city would I be visiting? 

is the most populous city in its country.

A global power city as it exerts a significant impact upon commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment.

is an important center for international diplomacy and has been described as the cultural and financial capital of the world.

home to the headquarters of the U. N. 

as many as 800 languages are spoken here

city traces its origin to its 1624 founding  as a trading post by colonists of the Dutch Republic

for five years this city served as its nation’s capital.

city plays host to three of the world's ten most visited tourist attractions in 2013

Several sources have ranked it as the most photographed city in the world.

over 120 colleges and universities are located in this city

the names of many of the city's bridges, tapered skyscrapers, and parks are known around the world

Sorry, no helpful hints for this one!

A Word to the Wise. . .

"Don't take life too seriously. 
You'll never get out of it alive." 

                    ~ Elbert Hubbard    

Murphy's Laws. . .

Barrett's Laws of Driving:

You can get ANYWHERE in ten minutes 
if you go fast enough.

The vehicle in front of you 
is traveling slower than you are!

It's Cartoon Time. . .

Monday, May 22, 2017

Shoot Fourteen - MIT at Night III

Copenhagen, not so easy, eh? Heard from Mike Di, Jim, Milt, Peyton, Elaine, Doris, Carol, Michelle, and Tony. also, long time follower but first-time responded, Lisa Daria!

"MIT Stairwell"

Finishing up Shoot Fourteen with this slightly lit stairwell next to the Stata Center. Not sure why I took this in the first place - perhaps, it was the angle I had or the interesting glow from that end of the building. I'm not even sure what the function of this structure was - dorm? library? labs?

Where in the World?

Better get out the atlas as this year I will be featuring some of the more famous cities of the world! Here are some interesting facts about one of them. Just what city would I be visiting? 

the largest city in the country

it is said to be one of the most multicultural cities in the world.

It is not just the financial center of its country, but also a major economic center of the world.

The city is famous for the Royal Museum. This marvelous museum was built in the year 1910 and is adorned with brilliant statues of people and various events of the city and houses the largest totem pole in the world. This totem pole is over 100 years old.

the eight islands of the city together have about 568 acres of parkland. Of the parklands in this city, the one that stands out is Watt’s Island as only pedestrians are allowed on the streets of this island.

You may also visit the Casa Loma. A picture of European elegance and charm, the Casa Loma was home to financier Sir Henry Pellatt. This castle is a veritable maze, with its secret passages, towers, stables, and even a tunnel measuring 800ft. The castle has a beautiful 5-acre garden, which is open to the public from May to October.

the residents of this city not only love their pets, but also take them very seriously. Called PawsWayPet Discovery Center is dedicated only to dogs and cats. This center is one of a kind. The Center strives to promote pet-keeping in the city, while also making people aware of their duties as a responsible pet-owner. PawsWay even has a coffee shop inside its complex where the owners and their pets can eat and drink together.

What about this: city even promotes a major league baseball team and it is NOT in the U. S.

Murphy's Laws. . .

Law of New College Dorms:

If they build it, 
you will pay.

A Word to the Wise. . .

"He who has a why to live 

can bear almost any how."

~ Nietzsche

It's Cartoon Time. . .