Posts Tagged ‘maine’

Photo Friday: It’s About the Food

June 16, 2017

I love festivals, especially those featuring local restaurants.  The Noonan Family Ranch from Maine has prepared some delectable lamb shish kebabs for the Old Port Festival.

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First Look Photo: Winding Down, and Up

April 19, 2017

As I start the last photo assignment for the professional course at New York Institute of Photography, I am happy to note that this is not the end of my education, but the beginning.

My career in the photo industry is about to begin, maybe not today, but soon, and I know the need for continued education will be a key to my growth as a photographer, and eventual success of all I dream my career can be.

With that, here is today’s photo from my last assignment, there are going to be two more, but I haven’t taken them yet.

First Look Photo: The Odd Duck

March 22, 2017

I found this white duck among other ducks yesterday.  I thought it was just another type of duck, but the closer I looked at the markings, especially on the head, and after looking at my book, I realized it was a white female mallard duck.  It’s a rare sighting to be sure, but albinos happen in most species, and it’s still fun to see.

The Odd Duck

First Look Photo: Riding in Traffic

February 15, 2017

I took this picture Tuesday after the big storm.

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First Look Photo: Got Milk?

February 8, 2017

I took today’s photo for a school assignment.  The idea was to Make the bottle, and glass stand out from the background.  The phrase that came to mind, when I saw the assignment, was “A touch of class in a glass.”

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Photo Friday: Homeless

January 20, 2017

I was watching an interview with a famous photographer, and something he said just clicked with me.  “Our purpose as photographers is not to change the world, but to draw attention to it.”  How can those with the ability to make effective changes in the world ever make those changes without knowing where the problem is.  Whether you’re a nature photographer, or a photojournalist in a war zone, you are out in the world inspiring others into action to make a better world.

Now, that’s enough of the soap box speech.  On to today’s photograph.  Recently, while out on the streets of Portland, I noticed a woman sitting on the sidewalk, holding a sign about being homeless.  People were walking around her, trying to avoid eye contact.  In this shot, I chose not to show her face so I can show the background, and to give it an “any city” feel.  This is a scene that is played out in every city across the country, and in the rest of the world.  I would go so far as to say this is a timeless problem.

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First Look Photo: Indivisible

January 18, 2017

I don’t subscribe to any political parties, and I like to hear both sides of any argument before I make my mind up on any issue, but I do enjoy any opportunity to take photographs.

This past Sunday was a rally about stopping the repeal of Obama care, and I attended the Portland Maine rally.  There were speakers, such as Chellie Pingri;  Our congressional representative.  We also had our senator, and a local business man who talked about his wonderful experience with Obama care. I’m not going to bore you with any more political junk, as this is not a political blog.

I’m all about the picture, and letting the image speak for itself.  Out of 63 images I took at the event, only 9 stood out.  Out of those 9 today’s image best portrayed the mood, and message of the day.  I made it black and white to remove all the distracting colors going on around her.

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First Look Photo: Winter Tourists

January 11, 2017

I was on a street photography walk, yesterday, and was asked to take a photo of two girls from New York.  They were visiting Portland for a few days, and wanted a picture of both of them.  When I saw a painting on the wall, of a nice mountain scene.  I asked to take their picture, and used the painting.  Instead of a city picture, it looked like they were getting ready to ski.

Out of all the shots I took, I like this the best.

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Photo Friday: Coffee Man

January 6, 2017

Last Wednesday I spent some time downtown, looking for a photo to take for school.  While down there I spent some time doing street photography.  I was trying to work on my story telling with pictures, and I think the last photo I took, while waiting for the bus, does it the best.

I used a window in the bus stop as a framing device, of an older homeless man who spends his day sitting in the same entryway, in a wheelchair, with a sleeping bag covering his legs.  While sitting there, people will bring him coffee, to help, which is why he has coffee cups lined up next to him.  I especially how the coffee cups helped tell the story of this man.

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Photo Friday: City Lights

December 9, 2016

In this challenge, I wanted to photograph city lights in a different way.  Most of the photographs I see has a pretty solid skyline, so I thought I would break that up with the mostly dark condos in the middle ground.  I included the condo with all the lights on to add a little balance to the overall image.

Keeping in mind these challenges are not all about the camera, this shot was taken on my little point and shoot, while on a trip to the grocery store.city-lights