Bright-Eyed and Bushy-Tailed

It’s decision time, so let’s get this ball rolling.

There’s no time to be acting like a scaredy cat,

to be looking like what the cat dragged in,

to be fighting like cats and dogs,

to be playing a game of cat and mouse,

or to be allowing a cat to have our tongues.

It’s time to decide,

while we’re bright-eyed and bushy-tailed,

and to pounce on change.

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“Bright-Eyed and Bushy-Tailed”

Fruta

Hunched over at the waist with a stuffed wool blanket tied to her back,

she moved slowly, yet gracefully, down the cobblestone road in Ollantaytambo, Peru.

She ran her hand along a stone building to stabilize herself and looked my way.

She smiled and pointed to her back, and said, “fruta.”

She had a load of fruit on her back.

She graciously allowed me to photograph her,

and when I look at this image, I think, such beautiful sweetness,

just like fruta.

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“Fruta”

Lost in Transfixing

My favorite two of Di Fruschia’s Ten Quick Tips for Better Landscape Photography:

8.     Foreground Element:  If you study my images you will obviously see that I am a big fan of strong foregrounds. I feel that it pulls the viewer right into the shot and create a great sense of depth. Please Note: This is what I personally prefer and it is always up to you to develop your own vision and creations. See what moves you and go that direction.

10.  Have fun and  Enjoy Last but not least, HAVE FUN. Don’t do it if you don’t feel like it, don’t do it to impress others or to get praises Do it for you and for the feeling it procures. If you are in total harmony with yourself, you will subconsciously render that feeling of happiness, peace and joy into your photographs and be eventually recognized for that. 

In my own work, I’ve found that my best [personal favorite] images happen

when I shut out the noise around me and move toward

what I’d like to keep alive

without all the voices inside my head telling me

all the reasons why or why not…

My personal best comes when I become transfixed in a vision,

use my mind and equipment as best I can to capture the vision,

and as with this shot, walk away and be told that I’m quite the vision

— with my pant legs covered in burrs —

A casualty of being lost in transfixing!

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 “Lost in Transfixing”

That’s Where You’ll Find Me

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“That’s Where You’ll Find Me”

I shot this image of “Devil’s Throat,” Iguazu Falls, the Brazilian side, while traveling for 5 weeks in South America with my daughter. My daughter made our itinerary and led me to this magnificent scene. Drenched, our equipment and bodies, we negotiated the catwalk, through blowing mist from the powerful falls, and arrived to double rainbows. I shot the image with a “wet” Canon 5D Mark II, in RAW and JPEG, slight crop and processing, original format, with Adobe Lightroom.