Fall is on the Ground/Going Abroad

Well it’s been a while for one of my post.   I’ve been too busy studying the books and preparing for my trip abroad to UAE, Abu Dubai.  One of the safer Middle Eastern Areas, or so I hope.

I’m excited for all the photography opportunities even if I have to study at the local University for a few days.  What to see what to  do?  Our class had to compile a presentation of what we want to see and do and two things I picked were riding a camel in the desert and kayaking through the mangroves.  Of course seeing and riding the elevator to the world’d tallest building and attending the Formula 1 Grand Prix is among them.  As the cooler months are in December dressing to cover up will be easier.  As I venture on this 14 hour flight I hate to think about what is happening in other Arab nations.

Oil being a big source of income in dollars, they actually make 6% from the industry today.  Plenty of billionaires who are the minority in their own country.  The locals make up about 5% of the population.  Tourism is a huge source of income and there are plenty of interesting buildings  to see.  Many were build from expat’s poor wages.

All in all I hope it’s a safe trip as I will be writing  a 25 page paper upon my return.




P.S. – I was clearing out my “Junk” folder and skimmed through it and saw some blogs  that I subscribe to.  That explains why I don’t see them in my inbox and will use reader.

-Happy Shooting

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Cherry Blossoms

Ok, so I’m a bit behind in seasonal photographs. I was looking through my catalog of photos and came across these beauties which decorate my back yard for a short time in the spring.
Takes a closer look at the first image and you will see that I’m not the only admirer of this beautiful blossom. It’s sort of like a hidden picture. Why do natural things of beauty seem to have a short life span? Well, this is why photography was invented, to keep the beauty lasting forever.








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Happy Independence Day!

Well it’s been a long time since I posted a page on my blog.  So many things happening here at once, I have sometimes put my favorite things on the back burner so I can get something else done.  Time is the one thing that remains constant and seems forever moving faster as we get older.  Independence day is one day that is usually surrounded with carnivals, festivals, food, family, friends, parades and the American Flag.   May it always represent our freedom as we celebrate.

Here’s a look at my firework experiment, as I like to call it every year since I like to try new methods and don’t get many opportunities to see fireworks .  The tripod helps, but my extremely slow shutter speed from 4-6 seconds and hitting the shutter by hand slowed down the amount of clicks I could do.  Perhaps it’s related to the card speed as well.  I do believe I am getting  better at this firework taking each year.  Enjoy and have a good one.






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Contrasting close ups 

I love to take photographs of flowers and they are mostly when I view them in a flower shop or another retail market.

Click, click, click and I save the best ones.  The staff doesn’t mind or they haven’t said anything to me yet.  My favorite place to take images is by the door at Whole Foods.  Shopping there eats a hole in my pocket so I suppose I pay for my flower photos one way or another.

These contrasting roses are spectacular as I shop with my lenses.


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Change your perspective…

…change your mind.  When we look at something from a different point of view it can change how we perceive things and how we may appreciate them. It doesn’t have to be from an airplane, it could be how you keep an open mind when listening to someone else talk.

New perspectives can give you something new to ponder and teach you something too!

New perspectives are seen from your camera’s lenses and as a photographer we have to strive to seek new ways of seeing the same object or person.  Keep the creativity growing.

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Smiling Back at You

Look, look, look over there, look up, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a huge beautiful colorful smile starting back at me.  Wow, pretty neat.  Although these colors are almost true to what the eyes saw, it was just neat to see this multi-colored image in the sky, only lasting for seconds.


Many of you know that this was not my year for photography.  I did manage to take some great photos, just not enough.  Perhaps this is why we photographers keep shooting –the next one is always the best one.  Next year, I will be across the world shooting in unknown foreign lands, someplace I would have never dreamed of going to.  The trip is offered to the Graduate students at my University.  I’m crossing my fingers, I can go.  This year the students are in China now.  I was too late with all the registration details.  I’m ready this time.  Giving up some things and saving my pennies. The closer I get to being confirmed I will reveal the Country location.  Until then, Happy shooting and Happy Day.

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Magical spheres

These beautiful spheres will brightly light up the lake on the several “illumination” nights planned for the Arboretum park this year. A spectacular sight to see if you buy tickets early enough before they sell out. Went last year and it was definitely a wow factor. Be prepared to dress warm as you walk throughout to path. My fond memories and photos of last year are still with me. 😄 enjoy this holiday cheer as most are happier until they get their credit card statements next year.

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On the road again

Driving home from a wonderful day at the Morton Arboretum where the autumn colors has everyone flocking to see what they can. The sunset view up ahead takes your breath away. More colors to capture of a different nature. The foliage shots to be posted on another post.
This photo doesn’t reveal what the naked eyes can really see.


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Who doesn’t let things slide and lose sight of time? I’m sure that’s most of you. I have had a finished document of my manuscript waiting to prepare professionally, I have let it collect some dust while I continue with my Masters Degree in Leadership with a current course in Global Leadership. It’s an eye opener as I learn valuable facts and lessons from each class.

Meanwhile back at the ranch I struggle to find time for my lifelong dream of publishing this book idea which is on leadership. I worked so hard with my coach to polish it up.

Ideas circulate my head as to my marketing strategies and door to door company sales I propose. With all that said, the bottom line is to just block time off each day and leave procrastination at the door. Wish me luck.


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Seasonal changes from the Mid-west

This is not New England where the vast array of Autumn colors can be seen from the tree dense mountains or in the distance up ahead.  No…this is Central Illinois where the few tree lined streets near me display an artful of colors for your eyes to see for a few short weeks.

Here today, gone tomorrow when the rain washes the leaves away off the branches into the wind and onto my lawn for raking.  Then the leaves are no longer considered a beautiful display, NO. They become an exercise of a job of raking and bagging and raking some more no matter if the leaves fell from your tree or your neighbors. Good thing I do like my neighbors.

Enjoy the captures and the weather if you have temperatures above the 50’s like here.






Photos by Martina  — visit http://www.studio67.us for more.

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