Friday, July 30, 2010

Favorite Photo Friday: Getting Up at First Light

For my favorite shot for this week's Favorite Friday,
I'm choosing this one. I took it about a month ago,
but it brings back SO many memories
of Venice, a place I went back to in June
after having experienced it first
many years ago
with the love of my life.

There's a story here,
one that has nothing to do with my current single-ness.
It does relate, however, to my current affair with my Nikon.

 I'm not the world's biggest fan of getting up before sunrise.

When the light began to seep in around the edges
of the shutters at my windows in a faint blue-gray,
I thought I could cheat and snap a few shots leaning
 out my 4th story window so I could stay
in my nightie and wake up only a little, 
just enough to point and shoot a couple of times
and then go back to bed and sleep til 9 or so.

Spirit had other ideas.

When I saw the light, the stillness of the water,
the cloud formations, 
the mere handful of people moving along the canals. 
a totally unpeopled Rialto Bridge,
well. . . . 

I quickly pulled on clothes and headed out.
No tripod.
Just me and the Nikon with an 18 - 200 mm lens
and a wide angle (Tamron, 18 - 24 mm)

Though I'm only showing this one,
I think I took some of my best photos ever
 during that splendid hour of silence.

For this one, here's the technical info.
Nikon D5000 without flash
digital cam focal length 19 mm
"film speed" set at auto (268 ISO)
aperture f/5
shutter speed 1/160 second
white balance set for sunshine

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Thursday Challenge: Blue

The Thursday Theme challenge is Blue.
I can do that.

How do you like your blue?

full of boats
bobbing birds
slightly potted

Take your pick. 

( This montage combines my photos and snippets of my art.)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Lens Day Wednesday: Unique

Never before had I seen
a bird choreographing
a new ballet.
I have titled his new production
"Against the Wind."

Without question. 

Dance on!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Ruby Tuesday: Madonna and Child

A banner stretched against a wall of bricks
adjacent to Santa Maria della Salute.

Non-traditional madonna and child.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Mosaic Monday: Abydos

Such an incredible place
full of resonant energies 
pulsing from past to present


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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Sepia Saturday: A Real-Life Spy

Not that I'm endorsing spying, you understand,
but somehow I think of spying in wartime
as a guy thing.

So it was intriguing to find these old images
of Belle Boyd, Confederate Spy,
in the Library of Congress Photo Collection
(images from the Brady-Handy Studio in
Washington, D.C.).

She gathered intelligence for the South
from her father's hotel in Front Royal, Virginia.
Her information proved so valuable
 to General "Stonewall" Jackson
during the campaign in the Shenandoah Valley
that he commissioned her as a Captain
and aide-de-camp on his staff.

She was eventually betrayed by her lover
in summer 1862 and imprisoned for a month
in the Old Capitol Prison in Washington, D.C.
She was then part of a prisoner exchange
and was released.

She, undaunted, continued her spy career.
She was arrested again in June 1863.
She was released from prison on December 1, 1863
suffering from typhoid and went to Europe
to regain her health.

While in England, she had a career on the stage
and when she came back to the U.S.,
she had a go at the speaking circuit.
She died in Wisconsin in 1900
while on a speaking tour.

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click HERE.

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Favorite Photo Friday: Stone Circle

Looking through my stash of photos,
I found this one

"Stones at Carrowmore" © 2007 Meri Arnett-Kremian

a favorite because it shows the stone circle
at Carrowmore, a sacred place
in the landscape of Ireland,
a place where the veil is thin
and Spirit is palpably ever-present.

Taken with a Nikon D200
shutter speed 1/250th of a second
ISO 100 - no flash
max aperture 4.8
focal length 90 mm

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Photo Friday Challenge: Sky High

The theme this week is SKY HIGH.
I thought of this shot

taken with my new wide-angle lens
in portrait orientation
in San Marco Square in Venice
just a bit after daybreak
when the only
people stirring
had tripods and cameras.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Thursday Challenge: Hot

The theme is HOT.
George Clooney comes to mind.

But let's get real.

Here's heat you can use.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ruby Tuesday: Red Mandala

These geometric mandala designs
resonate with a place deep in my being.

"Heart Medicine" © 2010 Meri Arnett-Kremian

I don't know why.
I just know they do.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Mosaic Monday: Green

With all the environmental damage
done to the Gulf of Mexico
and the coastal areas,
I've been thinking a lot about
what I can do to be more green.
So I thought that was a great theme
for this post.

What can you do to honor Mother Earth?

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go visit Mary at Dear Little Red House
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on my sidebar.)

Friday, July 16, 2010

Favorite Photo Friday: Portrait

My favorite photo  taken this week is this portrait
 of a young man who'll be a freshman in high school this fall.
He's at that age when sometimes he's an angel
and sometimes, well. . . .

In other words,
your typical teen.

This was taken with a Nikon D5000,
ambient light in a dim parking garage
on auto ISO (1600) 
70 mm focal length
aperture at f/11
exposure time 1/50th of a second
white balance set for shade.

If I were doing it again,
I'd set the ISO at 200
and then alter my settings
and shoot at about 1/20th of a second
in ambient light
so the photos weren't so grainy,
but I actually had forgotten
that I had set the camera on auto ISO.

I'll have a chance to reshoot on Monday
when I take portraits of his older brother.
I just hope that graffiti artists
don't paint over this great background by then.

To see other Favorite Friday Photos,
click on the button at the right.
Or maybe, just maybe, you'd like to play along.

I'm also posting a
"Best Posts of the Week" entry
but it's one from my other blog.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Thursday Challenge: Palm (and Weather, too)

Blue sky.
Palm trees overhead.

The muffled sound of the waves
shhhhushing as they lap against the soft sand.
The sounds of ice cubes clinking against glass.
The click-click of feet walking in flip-flops.
The rustle of pages turning, one by one,
as books are devoured next to the pool. 

A breeze blowing off the Pacific
cools my skin as the sun bakes it.

A little slice of heaven. 
Especially when it's shared with friends.

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There are some amazing pieces of writing.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Lens Day Wednesday: History

Since I suggested "history" as a topic
for this week's LensDay Wednesday,
I just had to play along.

I've talked about the Farm Security Administration's
collection of photos taken during the Great Depression.
FSA hired amazing photographers
to document the hardships faced by Americans
during this historic era, particularly those in rural areas.

Some of these photographers are not well-enough known.
One of these is Marjory Collins (1912 - 1985).

Project Occupant in Trailer Camp for African Americans
tending his Victory Garden - photo by Marjory Collins

I didn't find readily available biographical 
information about her online,
 so I'll have to let the photos speak for themselves. 

Little girl saving Sunday paper for paper drive
during World War Two - photo by Marjory Collins

These photos all come from the Library of Congress
photo collection and are in the public domain. 

Monday, July 12, 2010

Ruby Tuesday: Red Tablecloths

Sit a spell.
Have a frothy cappucino
and as you sip,

admire the colors
all around you. 

Or if it's too hot for cappucino,
walk up the street a bit
and buy a big bowl of gelato.

I chose Bailey's gelato. 

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Mosaic Monday: Around Venice

My trip to Venice
was worth the over-used and cranky knee,
getting soaking wet in the downpour two days in a row,
and feeling like the new kid on the block
when it comes to camera technology.

And though I didn't do much of it,
it's a fantasy land for ladies who love to shop.
Gentlemen, too.

Anyone want to sign up for a shopping tour
of Venice? I'll be happy to lead it.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Thursday Challenge: Sports

I've posted this on my Tacoma photo blog
but it's one of my favorites
and fits nicely with the sports theme.

Take me out to the ball game!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

LensDay Wednesday: Texture

How's this for texture?

"Closed Opening" © 2010 Meri Arnett-Kremian

Venetian brick.
Weathered shutters.
Ancient metal hinges.

Ruby Tuesday: Starbursts

Are you tired of firework displays?

Of great big flowers of light
filling the sky?

I didn't think so.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Mosaic Monday: Old Fashioned Fourth of July

On July 4, 1776, a fledgling United States Congress
declared that the time had come for the thirteen colonies
to sever their bonds with England and become
an independent, sovereign nation.
Of course we know that, having said it,
our Founding Fathers were not finished.

The crown was not about to walk away
 from its investment.
And so a war for freedom was fought and won
by revolutionary colonial forces.

The document that threw down the gauntlet,
our Declaration of Independence,
is preserved for posterity
at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

Americans celebrate this historic event annually
with fireworks, cookouts, Naturalization Ceremonies,
and parades in towns and cities.

Happy Birthday, U.S.A.

I hope the sun shines 

on your parade.