Monday, March 20, 2017

Shoot Nine - Plymouth at Night II

Did you get it - Lima? Carol, Mariann, Peyton, Elaine, Joani, and Doris all checked in this week!

"Nightie Night. . ."

This was one of the storefronts in downtown Plymouth. Lighting was a challenge. First of all there were reflections from the street lights and occasional passing headlights. Then there was the lack of light from the display window.

After much trial and error, I settled on an eight second exposure (yes, on a tripod). But I wasn't done yet. Another thirty minutes in post-processing helped me to get what I was looking for! 

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 second most populous city in its country

is known for its mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity, sprawling metropolis, and as a major center of the country’s entertainment industry.

The city was officially founded on September 4, 1781, by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve.  It became a part of Mexico  in 1821 following the Mexican War of Independence. 

is a global city with a diverse economy in entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, sports, technology, education, medicine and research. It has been ranked 6th in the Global Cities Index and 9th in the Global Economic Power Index

The city is home to renowned institutions covering a broad range of professional and cultural fields, and is one of the most substantial economic engines within the country.

it hosted the Summer Olympic Games twice and is bidding to host a third time soon.

This will do it: this city leads the world in the creation of television productions and recorded music; it is also one of the leaders in motion picture production.

A Word to the Wise. . .

"Wonder is the beginning of wisdom." 

~ Greek Proverb          

Murphy's Laws. . .

Boyle's Other Law:

The first pull on the cord 
 sends the drapes in the wrong direction!

It's Cartoon Time. . .

Monday, March 13, 2017

Shoot Nine - Plymouth at Night

Mais oui, Montreal! Elaine, Carol, Mariann, Peyton, Jim, Michelle, Joani, Mike, and Doris all knew it was the city to the north!

"Traffic at the Rock!"

I belong to two camera clubs and two photographic meet-up groups. I find the meet-ups offer unique photo ops and most of them are within an hour's drive from home.

On this night we met in America's hometown, Plymouth, MA! The group started in the downtown area as we shot the store windows and the architecture of the town.

After twenty minutes the group of twenty had split up into smaller wandering bands of tripod-toting photo buffs.

Eventually I found myself on the hill opposite Plymouth Rock. Since it was well after sunset, the surrounding area was devoid of people. I thought this was a good time to focus on the passing vehicles and long exposures. The red streaks are the tail lights of passing motorists.

For those of you who have never experienced seeing Plymouth Rock - it can be viewed in a pit just beyond those tall columns!

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? 

this world class city is located right on the coast of the Pacific, and is one of the largest desert towns of the world.

It is a city of contrasts. There are shanty towns that mark it being a third world country, but there are also modern skyscrapers, resorts, colonial mansions and shopping malls.

When visiting this capital city, make sure to stop by the following sights and attractions:
Blue Hill – It is the oldest public space in the city

The Cathedral – built in January 18, 1535, the cathedral was originally a modest temple built by Jeronimo de Loayza.

Plaza de AchoServed as the city’s main bull ring. Many celebrations are held here each year, including the famous Lord of Miracles Festival in October.

El Malecon – the City Walk offers a scenic boardwalk, brightly colored mosaic floors and spectacular views of the bay.

One more clue if you remember your world history – an area named after one of its famous residents - Plaza Bolivar.  

A Word to the Wise. . .

"Change is the law of life. 

And those who look only to the past or present 

are certain to miss the future." 

~ John F. Kennedy

Murphy's Laws. . .

Travel Axiom:

He travels fastest who travels alone... 
but he hasn't anything to do when he gets there!

It's Cartoon Time. . .

Monday, March 6, 2017

Shoot Eight - Holy Cross Golf Tournament

It was London, as if you didn't know. . . Elaine, Peyton, Mariann, Carol, Milt, Mike, Joani, Michelle, and Jim.

"On the Putting Green"

Another fund raiser is the golf tournament run by Holy Cross Church in Easton. I was asked by the pastor to bring my camera for some photos for the parish's website.

My first encounter at the golf club was the putting green where young and old tried their techniques to get the little round ball into the little round hole. At times I'm sure they felt the hole had shrunken!

I liked Bill's determination - he did sink all of these. Just not sure how well he fared on the fairways. But I am sure he had fun!

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! I will offer some interesting facts about one of them. Just which city am I describing?

Life is indeed a celebration here with year-round festivals rejoicing over one or the other aspect of this great city.

You can start your incredible journey of this city by going back in time. The Old City is dotted with historical buildings from the 17-19th century.

If you want more insight into its history take a trip to the Pointe-à-Callière Museum - permanent displays and rotating exhibits in this Museum tell the story of the city’s past – right from the treasures found from excavations in this city to its first settlers.

Visit Downtown where you can view of the city’s skyline, various churches and museums, as well as educational centers such as the McGill University by walking along this area

Still not sure? How about a place such as the L’Oratoire St.-Joseph du Mont-Royal will only heighten that sentiment. It is built on the site of a chapel that once stood deep inside the woods. A holy place, it is revered by all the residents of this cityl.

A Word to the Wise. . .

"We make a living by what we get, 
but we make a life by what we give." 

~ Winston Churchill

Murphy's Laws. . .

Brinks's Theorem:

No armored car loaded with bags of money 
ever turned over and spilled its load in the street, 
in a good neighborhood!

It's Cartoon Time. . .

Monday, February 27, 2017

Shoot Seven - Family Walk

It was Capetown. . . Doo Dah! Doo Dah!! Someone, who will go nameless went with Camp Town! However, the rest of you came up with Cape Town - Mariann, Elaine, Carol, Michelle, Milt, Mike, Joani, and a welcome back to Gulchin!

"You Go, Girl!"

It's only June and I am already at my seventh photo op of 2016! 

Each year on the Saturday before Father's Day, My Brother's Keeper holds it annual Family Walk. It is one of their major fundraisers as well as a fun day!

Hundreds of families - three and four generations deep - come out for the two mile stroll though Easton. It starts on the grounds of MBK and winds through Stonehill's campus and parts of the Sheep Pasture before returning to Stonehill

After the walk all participants are greeted by amusement rides, entertainment, food and friendly conversations!

Above you will see MBK staffer, Jules, trying her technique on the Raging Bull. I admire her courage and determination as it would have been a guaranteed ride in the ambulance if I tried it.

Jules got high points for her style and courage  but scored low in duration time on the mechanical ride!

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! I will offer some interesting facts about one of them. Just which city am I describing?

another largest city and capital of its country.  

Romans founded the city two thousand years ago

Harrods is the city’s most popular department store and it offers a fantastic shopping experience for visitors.

Theater lovers will enjoy visiting West End Theater District where all kinds of plays, musicals and other performances can be seen.

Still stuck? Harrod's should have clinched it but how about it is one of the most visited city on the continent due to its many famous attractions like Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the House of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral. One of the newest attractions to experience is the Eye, and it gives visitors wonderful panoramic views of the city.

A Word to the Wise. . .

"There is more to life than increasing its speed.

~ Mahatma Gandhi    

Murphy's Laws. . .

Ashleigh's First Law:

If you can't learn to do it well, 
you should learn to enjoy doing it badly!

It's Cartoon Time. . .

Monday, February 20, 2017

Shoot Six - Art Gallery Complex

Prague was a tough one! But, not too tough for Elaine, Carol, Michelle, Mariann, Milt, Joani, and Jim!

"365 Paintings!"

The Art Complex in Duxbury wanted to feature my daughter's passion, or at least part of it. Lisa has been painting and blogging about her daily paintings since May of 2009 - some twenty-eight hundred paintings! Every day (holidays included) she produces a small (usually 6" x 6") painting. When it is dried she scans and posts it on her blog. Many of these have been purchased off the blog and are adorning the walls of homes and offices worldwide!

Her daily ritual has drawn the attention of many. Because of this she has been the featured artist at numerous art studios across the country and even in Italy!

The curator for the Art Complex asked to exhibit an entire year of her still life paintings. So, what you see above is three hundred sixty-six paintings from May of 2015 to April of 2016!

It was quite an impressive display of her talent. Yes, you should notice the sense of pride from her Dad!

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? 

this city is the most popular tourist destination on the continent.

it is the most populous city in the country.

is known for the natural setting of the floral kingdom, its harbour and other known landmarks like the Cape Point and Table Mountain.

Table Bay owes its early development to the Dutch East India Company, which was a supply station for the Dutch ships that were sailing to Eastern Africa, Far East and India.

People like this place because of its good climate, well-developed structure and natural setting.

You should also include on your tour the places that make it possible for this city to be known for its cultural attractions like the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the Cape Flats among many other places.

Bonus clue: The city was originally created as the first European outpost on the Castle of Good Hope. This has become a cultural hub as well as the economic post of the Cape Colony.

Word to the Wise. . .

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, '
What are you doing for others?

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Murphy's Laws. . .

Cooper's Law of Possibility:

If it happens,
 it must be possible.

It's Cartoon Time. . .