Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Photo Dump

“You don't stop having fun because you get old; you get old because you stop having fun.”
- Unknown -

There are many soul-soothing, emotion-evoking reasons why I enjoy photography, but the most important and simple one of all is that it’s enjoyable. There are plenty of responsibilities in life to keep us busy, but we should always find time to play and have fun. Photography is my way of doing that.

Below is a collection of photos I've taken while out having fun.

You know the summer is coming to an end when the beautiful robins start heading south.

One of the animals featured at the Kingston Sheep Dog Trials; an annual festival in my city.
I'll write more about this event in the future.

Sometimes you just can't fit it all into your mouth no matter how much you want to.

Always take your camera along. You just never know what - or who - you'll run across.

After sunset in Lake Ontario Park.

What are you so peeved about, Mr. Grackle?

The kitty with the doe eyes never gets the blame.

Pretty in purple.

Lily pad fiesta!

There is beauty to be found in abandoned buildings.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a nice Tuesday, everyone!

42 comments:

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    1. Pretty amazing, isn't it? Would you believe that it's a wax figure? Yup...

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  2. Wonderful picture of the grackle. Every time I make eye contact with a bird like that, I'm reminded to be glad their dinosaur heyday has passed and they don't still rule the earth.

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  3. I believe all photographs are mementoes of different moments...Perhaps a camera doesn't take a photograph, it's your eyes. I liked the second one the most. Best wishes....Chirasree

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    1. You are SO right. It's your eyes that take the photos. The camera is just a tool.

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  4. oh they are magnificent indeed, wow girl

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  5. That's the cutest chipmunk shot! Thanks for showing me beauty in an abandoned building.

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  6. Mr.Grackle and those eyes! Great composition Martha!

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    1. Grackles have such an intense look. They make for great images.

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  7. How beautiful! I especially love your bird pictures. That quote is so true. It actually reminded me of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odES2rm1Q1A

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    1. The Twilight Zone! I love that show. And Rod Sterling's voice was such a perfect fit for it.

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  8. Great photos! Love the bitchy grackle and the "I'm-so-innocent" kitty. And my, the Joker gets around, doesn't he?

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    1. He sure does get around. Made his way up to Niagara Falls for a vacation. It's pretty hard not to be noticed, though...what with all that makeup and stuff :)

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  9. good morning, Martha... great morning wake up photogrpahy .... love those kitty eyes...

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  10. Martha, I loved every one!
    Wonderful, wonderful captures!!!!!
    Thanks for sharing :)

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  11. You've shown us some interesting things. You did play well and probably got yourself in another world by making these photos.

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    1. It truly does become another world. Sometimes we need to get away from it all and just have fun.

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  12. Would love to know the story behind The Joker!

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  13. really beautiful collection...I agree with you...

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  14. Hi Martha, I know a while back you had posted about the camera your husband had gotten you. Would you mind sharing what kind it is. I am thinking of looking into buying a camera next fall and I'm starting to ask folks which kind they have and why they like it. Would you mind letting me know that really quick if you have time? I love these photos. We are certainly heading in to fall. The geese have been flying over the house in huge V's for days now and I don't hear the robins very often anymore. Beautiful photos!

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    1. I would be happy to share the information with you. I have two cameras. One is a DSLR and the other is a point and shoot. My DSLR is a Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18MP. It's not a high end camera, but I only do photography as a hobby, so it's more than enough for my needs. I really like all the features it offers and it's reasonably priced. But if you're considering this type of model, you might want to look at a more recent model like Canon EOS Rebel T5i 18MP. Same style, just newer.

      My point and shoot is the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS. This is a fantastic compact camera. It takes amazing photos, and it has an incredible zoom. I am extremely pleased with this model, and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a small but pocket-sized camera.

      Both cameras produce great images, and each one is useful in its own way. There are many more good cameras out there. Ask for opinions, and take your time when you shop around. I also suggest speaking to camera sales people in stores that know what they are talking about. Not just the ones selling, but the ones that understand something about photography. I decided on the point and shoot I have after speaking with a guy at a local store. He loved photography and knew exactly what he was talking about. After speaking with him and his suggestion for this camera, I did some research about it online and found out that it was a great choice. I bought it. The guy I spoke to wasn't just trying to make commission; he was very passionate about photography. And how can I be so sure? Well, for one thing, I never bought the camera from him, so he never made a sale with me.

      So, take your time, look around, and find something that works for you. Good luck!

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  15. All such amazing captures Martha -- so colorful and I love the variety!

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    1. Thanks, Nancy! You certainly know the joy taking photos brings you.

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  16. Your photos bring such LIFE to the images. I love them.

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  17. I can see a huge change in photography since I last stopped by. You are really come along. Great photos!

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    1. Thanks, WebDebris. Practice, practice, practice... I've been doing a lot of that. And I still have so far to go. But I'm having a lot of fun in the meantime.

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  18. Hey Martha! Great quote! Great photos ~ that little chipmunk was adorable! Photography is one of the great joys in my life! I was very interested in your camera comment ~ thanks for posting it. I got a new Canon Power Shot SX50 HS which is great for things that don't move fast, but I still find the viewfinder on the left disconcerting and have trouble finding birds on the fly.. I'm going to look into the SX260 HS and maybe get that too. I almost bought it in the spring instead of the SX50. Digital photography has unleashed so much creativity for nonprofessional photographers ~ and editing on a computer is way easier than working in a darkroom! Can't wait to see more of your photos!

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    1. I checked out the SX50 and the SX500; both of them interested me very much. I decided on the SX260 because it not only takes amazing images, but it is also much smaller. I can slip it into my purse or in a pocket. Very handy for those days that you don't want to lug around a large camera.

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  19. What a neat combination of photos, and yet, they all work together. Good stuff.

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