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Soft as Stone

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set it free.” –Michelangelo

Wow, I’m really overdue in putting up a new blog post! Time has been in too short supply these last few weeks, as I’ve had to choose to focus on some other things. I have a backlog of photos for at least six or seven posts, so I’ll try to get some of those up with some regularity over the next week or so. I’ll start with this one; I hope you like it.

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

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Photographing people, places, pets and ponderings throughout Central Florida.

Street Portraits: Faces of the Homeless

These are the faces of the homeless, condemned to a life of struggle by abandonment or the owner who does not spay or neuter their pet and keep it safely indoors. They live on the streets, searching for a small scrap or morsel to fill their empty stomachs wherever it may be found. Most people think of them as pests, failing to accept their own responsibility for the situation they’ve created and ignored. Most communities offer very inexpensive spay and neuter programs either through local animal services or non-profits; please don’t take on a pet if you can’t afford to care for it properly. And finally, if you are ready to share your life with a forever friend, don’t shop — adopt!

"Mr. Friendly"

“Mr. Friendly”


"Candy"

“Candy”


"Posey"

“Posey”

"Socks"

“Socks”

"Misty"

“Misty”

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Photographing people, places, pets and ponderings
throughout Central Florida.

Something’s Bugging Me

I’m doing something wrong and cannot figure out what it is. Despite a few years of making a serious attempt to photoblog, my efforts fail to garner visits. I’m fortunate if a post gets 20 – 30 views in a 24-hour period. Shares are non-existent and the same few loyal followers (thank you!!) seem to generate the few comments that are posted. I faithfully visit, follow and interact with other photo and non-photo blogs; I tweet; I Pin; I comment; I “like”; I try new things like themed wallpaper giveaways; I reblog other blog posts occasionally and… Nothing. Of course, I’ve considered that it could simply be that my work isn’t appealing, but I question how people reach that conclusion when it isn’t really being seen.

I’m therefore prompted to ask a question of any who read this post, particularly those who are authoring successful blogs — you who get more “likes” in 24 hours then I get views in a week(!):
“What am I missing or doing wrong?”
Your honest feedback, suggestions or advice from your own experience would be most appreciated.

"Yellow Bug", Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/3.5 at 1/4000 sec., 28 mm

“Yellow Bug”, Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/3.5 at 1/4000 sec., 28 mm

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Triangle in Temple

“We become what we behold. We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us.”
― Marshall McLuhan

"Triangle in Temple", Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/5.3 at 1/200 sec., 92 mm

“Triangle in Temple”, Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/5.3 at 1/200 sec., 92 mm

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Revising History

“Half of writing history is hiding the truth.”
― Joss Whedon
, Mutant Enemy

"Revising History", Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/16 at 1/125 sec., 300 mm

“Revising History”, Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/16 at 1/125 sec., 300 mm

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Photographing people, places, pets and ponderings™
throughout Central Florida.

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Today I am sharing the video of my favorite Sarah McLachlan song, which also happens to be one of her oldest. You know; back when she wasn’t quite so depressing to listen to! (Love ya, Sarah!)

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Another Day

The heart doth recognise thee,
Alone, alone! The heart doth smell thee sweet,
Doth view thee fair, doth judge thee most complete,—
Though seeing now those changes that disguise thee.
— Elizabeth Barrett Browning,
A Dead Rose

Today’s photo is one I shot downtown earlier this year, but hadn’t gotten around to editing until just recently. This is one of those cases where I knew exactly how I wanted to process the photo or, rather, how I wanted it to look once it was processed. More precisely still, I had a good idea of what I wanted the photo to communicate, paired with a stanza of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s beautiful, reflective poem, A Dead Rose.

"Another Day", Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/1.8 at 1/6400 sec., 50 mm

“Another Day”, Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/1.8 at 1/6400 sec., 50 mm

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throughout Central Florida.

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Ripples in Time

“How much to learn if we could spend one hour, spend twenty minutes, with the us we will become! How much could we say to the us we were.”
― Richard Bach,
The Bridge Across Forever: A True Love Story

"Ripples in Time", Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/4 at 1/250 sec., 50mm

“Ripples in Time”, Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/4 at 1/250 sec., 50mm

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Photographing people, places, pets and ponderings™
throughout Central Florida.

Many of the photos on my blog are now offered on Etsy.

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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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Photographing people, places, pets and ponderings™
throughout Central Florida.

Many of the photos on my blog are now offered on Etsy.

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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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Photographing people, places, pets and ponderings
throughout Central Florida.

Many of the photos on my blog are now offered on Etsy.

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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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Photographing people, places, pets and ponderings
throughout Central Florida.

Many of the photos on my blog are now offered on Etsy.

If you enjoyed this post, please consider sharing it.