When the Moon and Planets Come Together!

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I hope tonight I will have more time to play with my settings!  Last night I was out with a friend and as we were leaving the restaurant our other friend pointed out this awesome sight!

I was trying not to speed home so I could break out the camera, clean off the dust and capture a few shots before it disappeared behind the hill!  It has been awhile once again maybe this will snap me out of my photography slump!

I hope everyone has a wonderful day or night where ever you may be on this amazing planet!

An Eye In The Sky, much more appealing than the other eyes in the sky.

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The Moon… who can resist, not I.   Still playing and learning in both the Manual Mode of my camera and Photoshop.  It is pretty amazing when you set your mind to something how much easier it gets each day! If I can do this anyone can!!!

What I saw and what I could capture with the camera alone are two different things.  So the bulk of the photo is one picture and the Moon is another.  In Photoshop I opened both photos and took the moon from one shot, that had the surface detail of the moon and used the quick select tool, that I learned about from (Photofocus) and moved it to the photo that had the star burst moon and combined them to get this one picture!

Hope you like it!

Bird Invasion!

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I was sitting at the computer enjoying some of your posts, when I heard quite a racket!  I look out the window and on the power lines just outside the window… tons of birds!

I of course wanted to take a picture of them all.  But, I opened the shade and away they went.  I had my 50mm lens on the camera and the birds landed a bit farther away than I had hoped in the tree of a neighbor up the road.

So I had to zoom in and crop in Photoshop.  To give you an idea of how many there were I took a photo of the tree without any birds.  I missed out on them all huddled together in flight moving all at once this way and that before they landed.  That is a pretty cool sight to see unless you have a fear of birds and then, well, that would suck! HAHA.

It looks like we might be getting a little snow Yay!!!!

They Are Human (not “The Dog”) HAHA!

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Oh, these kiddos are just too much fun!  On my way home with my friends kids in the backseat how else do you pass the time when Mom gets caught chatting with an old acquaintance at a gas station.  You ask if they can cross their eyes.  Then you ask if they can open their eyes wide and cross their eyes… yes they can!  The littlest one is trying use his fingers to cross his!  HaHa!!!

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One more for giggles!!!! And Peace Out!

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Just A Sliver

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Another clear and cold night, Moon time!!!  I hope everyone tries to get pictures of the Moon and doesn’t give up!  Early on in my photography I gave up so easy, Auto just doesn’t cut it.  This Manual Mode is A.W.E.S.O.M.E.  I have said this before but I just want others to know when you think it isn’t possible don’t give up!!! Seriously missed out on the Moon for years and now I am Moon crazy!

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I was trying to get a nice clear shot of the crescent with the whole circle of the Moon showing but this was as close and as clean as I got.  The more I look at it the more I like it!

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And from far, far away! And through the tree.

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As Close As I Can…

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Manual Mode, 1/125, F4.5, ISO 200, 24mm

I was hoping to catch the train coming at me while I was on the tracks… but considering I am a wife and mother of two teenagers, I thought it best to keep a safe distance.

I have something in mind for another photo.  As the train went by it had an engine going in reverse in the right conditions and at the right angle I can have it look like it is coming at me without the bad timing possibility!

I had fun in Photoshop converting it to BW and playing with some other things such as the blur tool, the history brush and I may have used the diffused glow filter one of my favorites!

Happy New Year to all of you already in 2014 I still have a few hours yet of 2013!!!

Room With A View.

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The Dog has found a new place to hang out while I blog and surf Facebook.  I would say it is a far cry better than where he usually likes to be.  That would be draped across my lap or even sitting like he is in the second photo… on my lap.  My mistake, when he was a puppy I would let him lie on my lap while I was working on the computer.  He does not realize, he out grew my lap years ago.

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Photo Info M, 1/60, F1.8, ISO 200, 50mm

My husband revamped the office while on our Christmas and New Year break. It is much roomier with more storage,  what woman doesn’t like that? I often think Oh no, what is he thinking when he tells me about his projects.  I should know by now after 16 years of marriage he knows what he is doing and 99% of the time, the results are great!