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>Supermoon

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Did you see it?  Saturday night’s “supermoon” made its closest encounter to Earth since 1993. It appeared 14% bigger and 30% brighter than usual.   
Below is a photograph of the moon as I saw it on March 19th, through friend’s super telephoto lens.

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>Product Photography: Take Two

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As they say, “practice makes perfect”so that’s what I’m doing. I’m practicing still life photography in anticipation of landing a product photography job.  I’m experimenting with different objects, backgrounds and lighting techniques.
My watch wrapped around a real meteorite rock.
Same shot, different crop.
These chocolate covered pretzels were a home-made Christmas gift from Courtney.  While shooting I went into the kitchen in search of a sweet snack and found them.  I can’t believe I haven’t tried them until today.  They were so good! Were.
Flintstones Gummy Vitamins have been around forever. I remember taking them when I was a kid.  Now I take them again as my toddler refuses to eat them.   I eat one of every color every day.
I sniff baby powder everyday. Unintentionally, of course.
Shoes are fun to photograph.
Two different products that claim to solve one common dog problem: excessive barking. 
One works wonders, the other doesn’t do squat. 
Unfortunately, it’s the more abrasive method that works.

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>Product Photography: First Try

>I’m trying my hand at product photography and this is my very first attempt.  For this purpose, I’ve created a light box out a Pampers carton and regular desk laps.  Then I photographed a few random objects found in the house.  Did some minor post-processing and here are the results …

I think I need a bigger box.

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>Spot the differences

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Can you spot the differences in the two photos below? Can you spot the similarities, is probably a better question.  
The top photo is the edited version of the photo below. Let me just say that no one blackmailed me to do this. But, no one paid me to do it either.  It’s also important to mention that I’m not a big fan of photo manipulation and prefer to keep photos as close to the original as possible. Even small cropping makes me cringe. So what happened here, you ask? Well, what started as wanting to remove a couple of bothersome branches turned into an obsession of cloning out every branch that wasn’t taken up by a bird.  And an hour later, here are the results of my hard labor.  So do you think it was worth my time and effort? I think so.
(Photo taken at Hubbard Park in Meriden)

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>More Snow, Icicles and Tree Branches

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After attending a recent seminar on snow and ice photography I have been eager to put my newly acquired skills to the test.  Luckily, or unluckily (depends on how you look at it) we’ve been having plenty of snow and ice here in the Northeast.  So, here’s another set of chilling photos.  
I promise to heat things up a bit with the next post.
Moon view from my roof.
Icicles drooping down from my deck.
Close-up of icicles outside my window.  
 The left icicle looks like it is … Nah, I won’t go there.
My icy deck furniture.
After today’s snowfall and freezing sleet, I now have an ice skating rink on my deck. 
And to prove just how hard the ice surface is I threw my 5-pound Yorkie on it.
(I’ll not be attempting to test the ice myself.)
And for the last series of photos are the tree branches.
I’m just fascinated by the look of leafless branches against the sky and I think they could make for good wall art.

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>Happy Birthday to Me!

>Taking my new wheels for a late afternoon drive.  Photos taken somewhere in the Rocky Hill Meadows …

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>Solar Rings

>I took  this photo a couple days ago and I’m still trying to figure out how I captured those rings around the sun.  The best explanation I can come up with is INVASION.

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>Roman souvenir

>This is a Roman sculpture of a naked man and woman I picked up once upon a time in Vatican City, Rome.  The street vendor selling this and other sculptures at St Peter’s square wanted $120 for it. In reality it’s probably worth no more than $20, but I really wanted to have it so I offered him $50 and it was mine.  Anyway, it has been decorating my dining room sideboard for few years now and I often catch myself staring at it. 

Today, the sculpture looked especially exquisite as the late evening sunlight shined on it through the screen door, giving it the most beautiful golden tone. Just glorious!

Shot as seen in natural evening light.
(No use of flash, backdrops nor any other props)

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>Fireworks at Stanley Quarter Park

>The city of New Britain sponsored its 16th annual Great American Boom celebration and fireworks show on Sunday at Stanley Quarter Park.

The festival that began at 5 p.m. included many childrens’ activities like the inflatable gladiator duel. The opponenets equiped with helmets and padded pugil sticks try to knock each other off the base.

Crowds gathered at the Stanley Quarter Park patiently waiting for the fireworks to start any minute.

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>Yale Gate

>I sort of just became obsessed with photographing doors, windows, gates, fences and doorknobs.  They each define part of the character of the building they inhabit. A French door photo or bay window photos can show more about a building than a picture of the entire construction.

While walking through the Yale University campus the other day, I became fascinated with the architecture of its historic buildings and especially its doors and gates.  I only had few minutes to stop and photograph this iron gate on the old campus, but I could have easily spent an hour in front of it.  The gate was left accidentally open, inviting me to come inside.  So I did.

Be on the lookout for more architectural elements photography on this blog now that I’m obessed with it and all.

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