Grasping Onto Love

When love comes your way, grasp onto it. Nurture it and it will nurture you. Love is the source of life, the framework of God’s creation. Without love, there is only selfishness, Self-ishness. The paradox of love is that you hang on by letting go; love not built on trust is nothing more than control.

“What God has joined together let no man tear asunder”,
Unnecessary words when love brings endless wonder.

"Hand in Hand", Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/10 at 1/80 sec., 300mm

“Hand in Hand”, Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/10 at 1/80 sec., 300mm

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Lady Plays the Blues

“You hear lots of notes, don’t you? Some have a major sound. Some have a minor sound. But there’s not one blue note among all these black and white keys. The real blues, the soul of the sound, comes from the spaces in-between.”
— David Mutti Clark,
Professor Brown Shoes Teaches the Blues

When you play the blues you’re not “tickling the ivories”, but either clinging to them for hope or striking them in vengeance.

"Lady Plays The Blues", Nikon D800, ISO 500, f/5.6 at 1/160 sec., 190mm

“Lady Plays the Blues”, Nikon D800, ISO 500, f/5.6 at 1/160 sec., 190mm

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The Language of the Eyes

“The eyes have one language everywhere.”
— George Herbert

As a photographer, I enjoy studying people’s faces. Sometimes you meet people who have a natural brightness — a spark, if you will — behind their eyes. Theirs are the faces I especially love to photograph in hope of capturing some aspect of that quality. Ahlam has those eyes: beautiful, clear, deep, soft yet simultaneously bright. I hope she will enjoy her photo as much as I enjoyed making it.

"Ahlam", Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/11 at 1/100 sec., 190mm

“Ahlam”, Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/11 at 1/100 sec., 190mm

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You Are My Sunshine

You are my Sunshine
My only sunshine
You make me happy
When skies are grey
You’ll never know, dear,
How much I love you
Death can’t take my Sunshine away.

Remembering my husband, James Cantrell, on this 1st anniversary of losing him to cancer.

"James" [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 100, f/2.0 at 1/5000 sec., 50 mm

“James” [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 100, f/2.0 at 1/5000 sec., 50 mm

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Just Married

“Marriage is the golden ring in a chain whose
beginning is a glance and whose ending is Eternity.”
~ Kahlil Gibran ~

I had the pleasure of photographing my first wedding over the weekend and it was a beautiful celebration of unity, love and friendship. I have to admit I got pretty excited when I learned the newlyweds really like B&W. :-) I wish them heartfelt congratulations and much joy on the road of life they will walk together, hand in hand.

"Unity", Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/10 at 1/80sec., 85mm

“Unity”, Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/10 at 1/80sec., 85mm

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Soothing Shadows

“There are some things your mind has been hiding from you.”
― Obert Skye,
Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo

I captured this photo at the same time I got the one used in my post on August 18th. The onset of the rising sun is more pronounced here, as are the hues and tones I exploited in post production. I hope you enjoy these soothing shadows.

"Soothing Shadows", Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/13 at 1/80sec., 28mm

“Soothing Shadows”, Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/13 at 1/80sec., 28mm

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A Doorway in Time

“One day we awaken and this was the dream, and everything that we have lost in this dream will be restored. This is what I hear in my own dreams. But then I awaken to the days of our loss and the nights of our regrets: having nothing to repent, nothing to look forward to.”
— Carl Minie

"A Doorway in Time", Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/16 at 1/125 sec., 180mm

“A Doorway in Time”, Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/16 at 1/125 sec., 180mm

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Bejeweled

“The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant.”
— Salvador Dali

Today, something bright; next, another black and white.

"Bejeweled", Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/8 at 1/150 sec., 180mm

“Bejeweled”, Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/8 at 1/150 sec., 180mm

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Time Passing

“Time passes by, memory stays
Torturing silently, rest of our days…”
― Aanchal Negi

"Time Passing", Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/14 at 1/60 sec., 44mm

“Time Passing”, Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/14 at 1/60 sec., 44mm

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Buddha Reflecting

“…for you know that soft is stronger than hard, water stronger than rock, love stronger than force.”
― Hermann Hesse,
Siddhartha

Here is the final photo — and the only one not in B&W — I will be sharing this week from my walk around the Wat Florida Dhammaram monastery in Kissimmee. This Buddha figure is one of two that are positioned in front of the Uposoth (“Observance Day Hall”), the main temple structure on the property. I hope you have enjoyed this series of photos as much as I enjoyed making them.

"Buddha", Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/11 at 1/80 sec., 135mm

“Buddha”, Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/11 at 1/80 sec., 135mm

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