Thou Shalt Not Covet

I encountered this beauty when I had picked up supper at Torchy’s. I’m told it’s an MGA, ca 1962. The light was just right, but it had awful surroundings. The picture above is the best I could do editing with Snapseed and Photoshop Express on my smartphone. If it were really important, I’d take it onto my desktop computer and isolate the car with Photoshop. Below is the original image.

Indian Blanket

Indian Blanket

A friend asked, “What did you take the picture with?” 

I told him, “This, like almost all of my photos these days, was taken with my smartphone (Google Nexus 6P, using the “A Better Camera” app). My phone doesn’t really focus reliably at closer distances, so I put it on manual focus and shoot several shots as I move in and out of the distance I know to be approximately correct. Once I get home, I pick the sharpest and edit, usually with Snapseed. I’m thinking of buying a reversing ring and using one of my old Nikkor prime lenses on my DSLR to achieve better macro shots. Mainly, though, I’m just shooting while walking, so I don’t want to burden myself with lots of equipment!”

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Photo taken at: White Rock Lake Bike & Hiking Trail

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Red-Shouldered Hawk (please excuse the blur)

Red-Shouldered Hawk (please excuse the blur)

On a balmy day, in the month of May, around White Rock Lake I was walking. Suddenly this hawk came flying right at me. I think it must not have noticed me until just before it turned sideways, flared, and pounced on the lizard that was sunning on a Pecan tree just 15 feet from where I stood. I may have distracted Mamma Hawk just enough to foil its attempt to grab food for chicks in the nest that I have been watching. Sorry, Mrs. Hawk.

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The pedestrian’s antipode

The pedestrian’s antipode

PEDESTRIAN is that which pertains to someone merely walking about, often boring or unremarkable. A second-rate artist might call his company “Pedestrian Graphics.”

ANTIPODE refers to the direct opposite of something else.

[pardon a thought not fully-formed]: Life is best when this pedestrian is framing the work of true artists. As a bench provides relief to the weary walker, so discovering and framing art produced by one friend or Another refreshes my beauty-seeking soul. [getting there]

Redeemer’s Eggstravaganza 2019

Click the image below to view the animation of a photosphere shot with a Ricoh Theta. Note: the video is hosted on another platform, so clicking the image will open that other location in a new tab or window.

A beautiful day for our church Eggstravaganza. Thank you, Raikes family, for your hospitality!

A beautiful day for our church Eggstravaganza. Thank you, Raikes family, for your hospitality! And thank you God for a beautiful day and the hope of a beautiful forever.

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