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An Embarrassing Photograph

Posted in Photography by Bridget Casas on September 15, 2009
 
Canon 20D, Raw, f4.0, 1/320, ISO 400, Nik Low Key Filter
Canon 20D, Raw, f4.0, 1/320, ISO 400, Nik Low Key Filter

This photo shows what happens to a car when it sits in a garage for close to ten years! Not a very pretty site! This is not something I am proud of.  I took this photo as we were dropping off the car at the upholsterer. This is the second time we have gotten the car reupholstered. That shows you how long we have had it. Actually, we got it when it was just a few months old.  

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Is This a Hawk?

Posted in Huntington Beach, Photography by Bridget Casas on September 15, 2009
Canon 20D, Raw, f4.0, 1/800, ISO400, Imageomic Noise Filter, Levels Adj.

Canon 20D, Raw, f4.0, 1/800, ISO400, Imageomic Noise Filter, Levels

Willie was outside in the back yard and came running in the house saying, “Grab your camera and come outside! There is a hawk on top of the telephone pole!” Well, I grabbed my camera, but my wide angle lens was on the camera! I had to shoot as fast as I could! I took a few photos and Willie went into the house to get the telephoto lens. Of course, it flew away by then. I had to crop this quite a bit so it is a small image. Please forgive me but I wanted to show it to you. It is hard to be ready for what ever will come along! I do the best I can!

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An Older MG

Posted in Photography by Bridget Casas on September 13, 2009

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When we were at the shop on Friday, this 1950ish MG was there being worked on. Isn’t it a good looking vehicle? I remember when I was learning to drive, my father almost bought one for me.  Maybe that is why I bought my own years later!  There are always great cars there to photograph. I had to increase the ISO to 400 to get enough light on my sensor to shoot inside. I also had to use different shutter speeds to compensate.

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1969 MGB

Posted in Personal, Photography by Bridget Casas on September 11, 2009
Canon 20D, Raw, 1/400, ISO 100, 21mm, Nik Pro Conrast Filter

Canon 20D, Raw, f4.0, 1/400, ISO 100, 21mm, Nik Pro Conrast Filter

We finally picked up the MGB today. I think it looks great! I took this photograph at the shop before we took off to take it to the upholsterer. So far, it has been a year and a half, and we are not finished yet. This has been a big project. We do have photos along the way, through the different stages of the project.

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Blowing in the Summer Breeze

Posted in Huntington Beach, Personal by Bridget Casas on September 10, 2009
Canon 20D, Raw, f4.0, 1/400, ISO 100 55 mm, Nik Film Effect Velvia 100 Filter

Canon 20D, Raw, f4.0, 1/400, ISO 100 55 mm, Nik Film Effect Velvia 100 Filter

Willie and I were outside with the dogs this afternoon in the backyard. I looked over at this large “bush” of basil growing next to a pot of geraniums. The sun was shining from the back and the breeze was blowing the flowers. It reminded me of wheat in a field blowing in a field. I hope you can get an idea of what I saw from this image. I took several and this was the one that was the closest to what I saw.

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Happy Anniversary!

Posted in Huntington Beach, Photography by Bridget Casas on September 10, 2009
Canon 20D, Raw, f10.0, 1/60, ISO 800, 31mm, Nik Pro Contrast filter

Canon 20D, Raw, f10.0, 1/60, ISO 800, 31mm, Nik Pro Contrast filter

I gave this post that name because today is our anniversary! We went for a little walk and came across this tree at the park. There is a lot of moss and some strange cuts on it. Plus it looks like it could be a space alien with those long tendrils coming out at you. No wonder Donnan barked at it!

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My World Wide Moment Photograph

Posted in Huntington Beach, Photography by Bridget Casas on September 8, 2009
Canon 20D, f10.0, 1/320/ ISO 800, 31 mm, Nik Contrast Color Range Filter with a Levels Adj. and Noise Reduction

Canon 20D, f10.0, 1/320/ ISO 800, 31 mm, Nik Contrast Color Range Filter with a Levels Adj. and Noise Reduction

Today was the day for the WorldWide Moment. Willie and I went to Central Park late this afternoon to take our photographs at exactly 5:09 P.M PDT. Since the concept is to promote world peace, I thought the peacefulness of the park and people having a good time is a good representation. I am showing part of the library, a young man lying on the grass reading a book, a couple sitting on a bench talking, another couple walking, getting exercise and a man riding his bike. I think this photo shows what I wanted to present. Did any of you participate in the WorldWide Moment?

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An Antique Image of a Rose

Posted in Huntington Beach, Photography by Bridget Casas on September 7, 2009
Canon 20D, f5.6, 1/160, Nik Silver Efex Antique Plate II Filter with Curves and Levels adjustments
Canon 20D, f5.6, 1/160, Nik Silver Efex Antique Plate II Filter with Curves and Levels adjustments

 This is an image of a rose I took that is blooming in my front yard. I love the effect the filter I used gave it. As I said the other day, I love these filters and the black and white effects they produce. I will be doing much more of it and sharing the images with you here.

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At the Barbecue

Posted in Family, Huntington Beach, Personal, Photography by Bridget Casas on September 7, 2009

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Today was Larry and Shelley’s Labor Day barbecue. Here is a shot from one angle of their back yard. It was great seeing old friends and making a few new ones. The hamburgers were great, along with the salads and all the other good stuff people brought. There were a lot of people there. What was good is that it was not a late night. We were home before 10:00 P.M.

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Round Two

Posted in Family, Huntington Beach, Photography by Bridget Casas on September 5, 2009

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This is the start of year two of one photo a day. Things will be changing on my weblog soon. I am hoping to have it all ready by the end of next week. Willie told me about these roses this afternoon in our front yard. He said I should go take a look. Well, I did and I liked what I saw. I seem to be on a black and white kick right now. I got some new filters called Efex Silver and there are a lot of options with buttons and whistles to play with. I have barely scratched the surface of the possibilities!

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Posted in Family, Huntington Beach, Personal, Photography by Bridget Casas on September 4, 2009

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This is the final day of my goal to post one photo a day for a year. I did it and I am very proud of myself. I feel a little lost right now, what do I do? Larry said go to two photos per day, but that is not going to happen! As I am writing this, I have no idea what photo I will post today. So if there is a photo here, we will all be surprised! I was thinking of doing a self portrait, but no, that will not happen either. This is my Kyla and Donnan on the day they met. It was love at first site.

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Radio Flyer

Posted in Huntington Beach, Photography by Bridget Casas on September 3, 2009

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I saw this and thought it would make a great photo for the weblog. I believe I was right! I really like the black and white. It shows all the texture and the vignette around the edges looks good too. I didn’t really do any planning to take this photo – sometimes those are the best, the spontaneous ones. Please let me know what you think of it!

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Tried to Take a Photo of Six Toddlers!

Posted in Family, Photography by Bridget Casas on September 2, 2009

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I guess I am a glutton for punishment! Have you ever tried to take a photo of six toddlers at one time? They all run off in six different directions for six different reasons. This was the most challenging moment. The parents really tried to get them all together, but it just would not work! At least all six are in this image, along with one mother. I believe it is impossible for six toddlers to sit in a row, look up at me, smile, and let me take their photo!

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A Very Odd Tree (or is it a bush)?

Posted in Photography by Bridget Casas on September 1, 2009

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I took this photo of this very strange tree at Marina Vista Park in Long Beach. I am very curious about how it grew like this. It is very much alive and has a lot of leaves from two or three areas. I have no idea what it is and I am getting tired of writing those words, as I am sure you are tired of reading them! I would appreciate some help. There were several trees shaped like this, but this was the most unusual one. Has a flower on it – can you see it?

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