Archive for September, 2016

Photo Friday: A Worthy Organization

September 30, 2016

Out of all the organizations in this country, nothing teaches responsibility, and work ethics, to children better than the 4H club. (That’s my opinion anyways.)

This week was the Cumberland County Fair, with its rides, harness racing, and of course lots of farm animals.  Next to the judging tent we came across a group of 4H kids grooming their sheep for the judges, and I got today’s picture during this time.

The look on the girl’s face, while grooming the sheep, is what 4H is all about.  You could tell she loved what she was doing.

If you want to see more of what I took at the fair you can go to  https://www.facebook.com/allen.bradford.3

ccf-a-girl-and-her-sheep

First Look Photo: Surf’s Up

September 28, 2016

This week I went to Higgins Beach, the only true surfing beach in this area.  There wasn’t much activity, but there were a couple of surfers.  This guy was walking with his surf board and the way his hair caught the sea breeze caught my attention.

surfs-up

Photo Friday: Heart of the Sun

September 23, 2016

There are  many artists who share their vision of beauty in canvas stone and music.  These forms of art are creative, and can be extremely beautiful, but no piece of art can compare to the beauty nature brings us.

Our job as nature photographers is not to create the art.  It is our job to show others the beauty that most people miss, by training our minds to focus on nature, and to be willing to go where most people would never go.  To make it even simpler, nature photographers have to look at a forest, and bring out the raccoon sitting in a tree.

Today’s photo is not a raccoon.  I saw a sunflower the other day, and while it was very striking, I was more drawn in by pattern in the middle of it, so that is what I brought to this picture.

heart-of-the-sun

First Look Photo: They do Sleep

September 21, 2016

Out of all the things that most people never see, including baby pigeons and foxes that climb trees, I’ve seen most of them, but the one thing I never expected to see I saw, and captured this week.

Today is a shot of a bumble bee sleeping, which gave me the opportunity to get several shots without the bee moving.  How could I pass up the opportunity.

sleeping-bumble-bee

Photo Friday: School Assignment

September 16, 2016

I recently did an assignment for school.  The only instructions I received was use a wine glass, and some clear liquid.  It was a lighting assignment, and it was to light it so it brings out the translucent liquid.

After setting up the lights, I realized it looked more like a print ad for Canada dry.  The words would say “The soft drink with a touch of class.”

Now here’s the shot.

wine-glass-1

First Look Photo: Seeing Blue

September 14, 2016

Every year, around the beginning of Fall, the blue herons gather in different areas before heading south. This year, we were blessed with 4 herons congregating in Mill Cove.  They are the largest wading bird, and very beautiful, so I got a few shots, like today’s shot.

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Photo Friday: No Egrets

September 9, 2016

If I were to have any regrets about my photography, it would be not having my camera at a great photo moment.  To be honest, those times have happened in the past.

Today’s shot was one I was definitely ready for.  I was on my way home, from work, when I saw a snowy egret hunting for fish.  I loved the way the ripples in the water’s current played around its feet.

snowy-egret

First Look Photo: Let’s Pray

September 7, 2016

I kind of like making my Wednesday photos a little light hearted, and at times cute.  Today it’s a little of both.

This chipmunk was watching me closely as I took this picture.  The way it sits suggests it was praying I would go away.

let-us-pray

Photo Friday: Stellar Location

September 2, 2016

This week’s picture was taken in the only place I could think of without city lights.  There was no moon,   and the sky was clear, so if I would catch a good photograph it was the night to do it.

If you look closely, you could make the Milky Way out, but it wasn’t the bright part.

closer to milky way