Monday, August 14, 2017

aug 14 Sayonnara


Jerusalem - Michelle, Milt, Peyton, Mike, tony, Joani, Carol, Elaine, and Jim chimed in. . .



"Sayonnara"




Always a truly exciting shoot - King Richard's Faire! Adding to the fun was free admission and my new mirrorless camera!!! I was fortunate to be shooting along another Fujifilm owner who provided tips along the way. I was not about to get creative so I used the second slot in the camera as the back-up (this would prove to be my downfall later) and kept it on Aperture Priority. I had ample batteries (one in the camera and two others in my bag).

The setting was colorful with lots of activities go on all around me. This young lady was walking about with a bright red parasol which reflected through and onto her.

As is with all of the "actors" at the Faire, she was willing to stop and pose.

So, what happened? You'll have to wait until next week's blog to find out!

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? 

    city is broken up into two distinct areas—Old City (also called Medina”), which houses the souks (or market area) and Modern City, which houses the commercial quarter (GuĂ©liz) and residential area (l’Hivernage) of the city.

often called the “Red City”, it requires sun protection and headgear all year long—even during winter. There are great summer events that you should not miss like its Arts Festival and Imilchil Marriage Feast.

should do here is the Maroc-Expe Rando Quad. Riding a quad bike or better yet, driving it on your own makes a great way to tour the city.

something more relaxed and low key, you should attend the La Maison Arabe Cooking Class Workshops.


Djemma El Fna, is the ancient square that lies at the heart of this city, and acts as a gathering point for locals, street performers—such as dancers, musicians, and snake charmers—as well as street food vendors.


A Word to the Wise. . .



Silence is often misinterpreted 
but never misquoted. 
            ~ unknown     

Murphy's Laws. . .

Ducharme's Precept:


Opportunity always knocks 
at the least opportune moment. . .



It's Cartoon Time. . .


Monday, August 7, 2017

Shoot Twenty-one - Simes House II



Lisbon - well done Milt, Tony, Joani, Carol, Michelle, Jim, and Elaine!!



"Simes Ghost of Present"




Back in the Simes House for a little photo fun! With little or no traffic on the upper level and low light, I had the perfect setting for some long exposures. Experimentation is the key here so having a digital camera was critical. I could look at my results and immediately know if I had the desired effect.

All it took was a twenty-second exposure with me standing there for about half of that time. About the fourth or fifth try and I got what I wanted. I did attempt to do this in other rooms but this one came out the best.


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 city is held sacred by people of three faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It is also referred to as the city of gold.

The Old City walls have been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

The Old City is also home to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

For the Muslims, the Noble Sanctuary (the same site as the Har Habayit) is extremely sacred.

the national museum, the largest museum in the country contains the ‘shrine of the book’, home to the Dead Sea scrolls.

This holy city is the capital city, and also its largest city in the country.


Gimme clue: the Western Wall and the Har Habayit are the two most important sites of Judaism. The Western Wall was built 2,000 years ago.




A Word to the Wise. . .

Wisdom is to live in the present, 
plan for the future 
and profit from the past.      

                      ~ unknown


Murphy's Laws. . .

Borstelmann's Rule:

If everything seems to be coming your way, 
you're probably in the wrong lane!



It's Cartoon Time. . .


Monday, July 31, 2017

Shoot Twenty-one - Simes House



Boston - checking in we had Elaine (and family), Jim, Tony, Peyton, Michelle, Mike, and Jeff the W. And, Joani who is back from an eight state, 5400 miles trip!!
(thanks for the kind comments as well)



"Simes Still Life"




Another photo group with whom I have spent considerable time is the Plymouth Meet-up. Although not an actual camera club, they do provide photo opportunities and interesting guest speakers.

The Simes House has had quite the run since it was built in 1863. Beginning as a home, it transformed into an inn, a girls' summer camp and back into its original purpose, a home. In 2017, it will make one more major change as it becomes the area's community meeting space, retail office, and affordable housing.

The day before it started this major renovation a handful of photographers were allowed access to the multi-level domicile. With trusty tripod in tow, I spent almost two hours on all three floors. This set-up in the living room kept asking to be shot - so I did!


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 westernmost capital of the European mainland

the Monsanto Forest Park occupying 10 km is located in the city. The park is one of the biggest there is in Europe.

this vibrant city has a very temperate Mediterranean climate, one of the nicest climates on the European continent with a lot of sunshine.

the months of May to September are the best for many tourists because the skies are generally clear and blue with little to no rain.

some of the popular museums being the National Museum of Ancient Art and the National Museum of Costume and Fashion.

want a taste of the modern life, the Bairro Alto is the heart of the city’s nightlife.



A Word to the Wise. . .

Economy is the wealth of the poor and 
the wisdom of the rich.      
                        ~ French Proverb


Murphy's Laws. . .

Parson's Laws:


If you break a cup or plate, 
it will not be the one 
that was already chipped or cracked.


It's Cartoon Time. . .


Monday, July 24, 2017

No Shoot - Johnny's Legacy



St. Petersburg, Russia
As Michelle, Jim, Mike, Elaine, and Peyton knew!


"Dot T-shirts!"




At this time last year - late July - I was planning my younger Brother's final arrangements. When we cleaned out his apartment, we came across several t-shirts which summed up Johnny's life - he was a "Dot Rat!" and proud of it.

Sometime after the ashes were either buried in Raynham or scattered around Ronan Park, one of his friends petitioned the Red Sox to honor him. Sam (no relation) Kennedy sent this touching response:


This week's "Wise Saying" summed up Johnny's life as we were quite taken back by the number of friends who came to pay their respects. Even today, his Facebook page is kept "alive" by them!


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? 

one of the oldest cities in the United States, it was founded in 1630

the twenty-third most populous city in the U. S. 

upon U.S. independence from Great Britain, the city continued to be an important port and manufacturing hub, as well as a center for education and culture. 

Its rich history attracts many tourists, with Faneuil Hall alone drawing over 20 million visitors per year.

Its many firsts include the United States' first public school (1635), first subway system (1897), and first public park (1634).

The area's many colleges and universities make it an international center of higher education, including law, business, medicine, engineering and business. 

Households in the city claim the highest average rate of  philanthropy in the United States.


Still don’t know - it was the scene of several key events of the American Revolution, such as a Massacre, and a Tea Party. (C'mon, Faneuil Hall didn't give it away??)


Murphy's Laws. . .


Malek's Law:

Any simple idea will be worded 

in the most complicated way!


And, this. . . 



A Word to the Wise. . .


"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. 

It's the life in your years." 


~ Abraham Lincoln  


Rest in peace, Little Brother. . . 

  

Monday, July 17, 2017

Shoot Twenty - WB Football



Warsaw - I inadvertently left Carol off the Cairo list last week. Mea culpa. . . As for the Warsaw Connection - Michelle, Elaine, Mike, Jim, Carol, and Milt.



"West Bridgewater Football"




After two years of playing its home games away - the West Bridgewater Wildcats finally got to enjoy a "home" game at home! I made an effort to be there for this special occasion. I was also interested in seeing if there would be any issues with the field's location. You see, one of the sidelines borders busy Route 106! I was wondering about balls kicked into the street and the possible damage they could do to unsuspecting motorists. Happy to report this situation never arose.

But I did have some options: 
no kicking off but instead passing it off
no punting so you need to go for it on 4th down
build a dome over it 
*** (most of those attending likes option 3).


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 largest city in its country.

the name of this city has been changed twice.

was also called the ‘Venice of North’ (yes, another one claiming that title).
  
the most important attraction in the city is Winter Palace or the Hermitage Museum. The Winter Palace is a huge complex, also comprising of the Museum. The exhibits featured in the Museum number over 3,000,000 and have been sourced from nearly all over the world. The only way you can do justice to this enormous Museum is by taking a guided tour.

The Peter and Paul Fortress is also a famous place to visit. Although called a fortress, it is actually the final resting ground of most leaders of the past.

the Alexander Nevsky Monastery is named after and dedicated to the spiritual protector of the city. The monastery includes several other places to see, such as the Trinity Cathedral and Church of Annunciation.


Church of the Savior on the Blood is said to be the most beautiful church in the city. Built of beautiful mosaic and stonework.


A Word to the Wise. . .

In bad things be slow; 
        in good things be fast.      
                                                 ~ Afghan Proverb


Murphy's Laws. . .

Law of Future Results:


Nothing ever comes out as planned.


It's Cartoon Time. . .