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My Uncle Ben told me the secret to being a good photographer was to take lots and lots of pictures, then only share the best ones.  So every day I  try to share one great photo.  That isn’t as easy as it sounds.

When I travel, I take so many I love, and I want to share them all.  This project has taught me to edit and find the one image which really captures the essence of what I am seeing and feeling rather than 20 which become tedious to the viewer.

When I am home, I get caught up in the daily grind.  It is sometimes hard to stop and take a few pictures. Knowing I need a picture for the blog forces me to look at the world a little differently.  I always stop and think, would that be a good picture?

Taking lessons with Paul D’Andrea, I learned to apply basic techniques, to make great effects happen deliberately. He taught me to bring my point of view into each photos.  So this is my point of view.

 

 

The Flowers of Versailles

The palace at Versailles is stunning, but it was the gardens which stole my heart. The original grounds are actually larger than Central Park, though today much of that is public land. The area that remains is filled with fountains and flowers. Lots and lots of...

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The Louvre

We have traveled all over Europe, but there is nothing quite like the Louvre. Stretching along the Seine it seems to go on for ever. And as you walk inside, browsing art from the ages, it seems even larger....

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Monet’s Garden

One of my favorite painters is Monet. I have always loved his perspective of outdoor scenes. His flowers and water Lillie's are so inspiring. This photo from the water Lily pond makes it is easy to see where his inspiration came...

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Feeding Time

At Eagle Creek Park there is a bird sanctuary.  It is incredibly peaceful to watch the birds fly back and forth Stopping long enough to eat before they take flight again. This fellow was quite persistent, trying to get a kernel or two from the feeder before he was...

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Yellow Flower Pink Center

Tired of walking the same paths through local neighborhoods, Andy and I headed to Eagle Creek Park. We were probably a few weeks late to lots of beautiful flowers, but there were still some, like this amazing yellow flower with a pink center. I have no idea what type...

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Late Summer at the Lake

Eagle Creek Park is much larger than you might think, especially if you decide to walk the trails.  Wandering for almost three hours in the park, we saw the lake from many angles.  This was one of my favorite views.  The picture was taken about an hour before...

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Birds of Eagle Creek Park

Large on a Saturday afternoon we headed to Eagle Creek Park. We wandered the trails and ended up at the bird sanctuary. It was challenging to snap a photo as the birds seemed to be in continual motion. This is one of my...

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Last Bits of Summer

Wandering around the grounds of the Monon Center on a sunny later summer afternoon gave me a chance to get lost on a few paths, and take a few beautiful images, like this one.  The colors were glorious, no retouching was required....

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In the Rain at IU

It was a rainy day on the IU campus (which is just beautiful by the way) and I caught this shot of my daughter and my brother walking away. I loved the contrast of their colorful umbrellas against the green all...

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At the Golden Hour

There is something about the last rays of sunshine at the end of the day.  Photographers call it the golden hour, because of the way the light bathes everything in a soft golden light.  People and flowers just look better, this time of day. That was absolutely true as...

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Lily Pads

In the center of the IU campus is a lily pond unlike any I had seen before. The pads completely covered the water and the lilies rose high above the pads. It had just rained and the water was collecting in little puddles on the...

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