Samantha

“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
People, more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others.”
― Sam Levenson

“Samantha”, Nikon D800, ISO 100, f/5.6 at 1/125th sec., 145mm

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Concrete Contrast

“Progress is measured by the speed at which we destroy the conditions that sustain life.”
― George Monbiot

“Concrete Contrast”, Nikon D800, ISO 100, f/7.1 at 1/400th sec., 70mm

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Church Street Station

Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.”
― Jane Austen,
Pride and Prejudice

“Church Street Station”, Nikon D700, ISO 200, f/8 at 1/100th sec., 50mm

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Across Perspectives

“Beauty is no quality in things themselves: It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them; and each mind perceives a different beauty.”
― David Hume, Of the Standard of Taste and Other Essays

“Untitled”, Nikon D700, ISO 200, f/2.8 at 1/100th sec., 50mm

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The Amplified Age

“The way I wrestle five-year-olds makes me think if I were ever attacked by a pack of midgets, I’d be OK.” ― Jarod Kintz, $3.33

Photographing children is one of my favorite — though often most challenging — assignments. Sometimes my objective is to photograph a child that refuses to acknowledge I’m even present. Other times, I encounter a child with an instant and natural rapport with the camera. I especially like taking photographs of children that leave them looking like children rather than artificially making them look more grown up than they are. For this portrait, I decided to use filters and textures to soften it up and to get a different, somewhat stylized look. I hope his mother likes it, for you know what they say: “If Mom’s happy, everybody’s happy.”

Untitled, Nikon D800, ISO 100, f/3.2 at 1/125th sec., 200mm

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In the Silent Garden

“We went down into the silent garden. Dawn is the time when nothing breathes, the hour of silence. Everything is transfixed, only the light moves.”
― Leonora Carrington

“Basking in the Silent Garden”, Nikon D700, ISO 200, f/2.8 at 1/320th sec., 190mm

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Princess Leia, is that You?

“This is a war we know how to win. Keep fighting until you can no longer fight, then exhaust the enemy chasing you, and turn and fight some more. Keep fighting. I promise you, we will prevail.” ―Leia Organa Solo, to the citizens of Coruscant

When I first saw this grave ornament from a distance in Orlando’s Greenwood Cemetery, there was a subconscious flicker of recognition and a fraction of a second of mental processing that went something like this:
“Who is that? She’s got bun-like things on each side of her head… which means it could only be… Princess Leia? What Star Wars uber-fanatic is buried here? Oh… it’s flowers.”

"Leia in Waiting",  Nikon D700, ISO 200, f/5.0 at 1/1000th sec., 122mm

“Leia in Waiting”, Nikon D700, ISO 200, f/5.0 at 1/1000th sec., 122mm

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A Path to Ponder

“Explore your untamed dreams and you just might find a unique place where a confluence of paths lead towards your destiny.”
― Kathy Goodhew,
Confluence

“Paths to Ponder”, Nikon D700, ISO 200, f/2.8 at 1/100th sec., 70mm

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