Friday, August 19, 2011

FMTSO: Match It

I absolutely love the theme for this week's Friday My Town Shoot Out.  The idea is to take a photo and match it to one of your favorite quotes.  Well, the hardest part of this challenge was choosing which quote to use because I have so many favorites. I narrowed it down and am only using one photo.  I hope I do the quote justice with this one.  Oh, this photo comes from a small town near Veyo, Utah.  I drove there with a friend of mine on Wednesday and we had a blast exploring several towns.  I haven't had so much fun taking pictures in a very long time.  I laughed a lot too and I felt inspired.  I found lots of good things to show you in the coming days.  Now, without further ado, here is my match it photo and quote.

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To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment. ~Jane Austen

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Friday, August 12, 2011

The other day my friend Deyanira and I went for a drive in search of things that are rusty, rustic and or the color of rust.  As I drove out of the Las Vegas city limits, Deyanira kept her eyes peeled for things that fit our photographic agenda. Both she and I would spot the objects and I would stop the car and we'd get out and snap our cameras.  One of the first things I saw was an old pay phone  Ok, it doesn't quite fit the rustic or rusty category but I suppose it could be considered a relic. I pushed the button on my camera and took a photograph of that old telephone.  I really thought it would be a good idea for this theme but when I uploaded the photos and saw the phone it just seemed like it was a lazy attempt at this theme so bye bye phone.  Next we spotted an old sign for a bar.  It's not rusty or rust colored but it could be kind of rustic even though it's made of fiberglass.  I don't know, you decide.

I realize the Red Rooster sign is a half ass attempt at rustic but still, it's a starting point to get me motivated.
I continued to drive the country roads of Logandale and finally I spotted something in the distance that looked like rust. 
Woo hoo!

Yep, it definitely has accumulated rust.  Too bad I couldn't get closer.  I was zoomed in all the way with my 270 mm lens.  This object is on somebody's private property and I wasn't about to get shot for the sake of this shoot out.

We're on the road again and I see something quite rustic.

It's an outhouse. 
I've taken a photo of this before and I'm pretty sure I have posted it too but this is a fresh photo.

Next we stopped at an old cemetary.  This was by far our most interesting find.

It turns out that most of the headstones have the same family name. 
Leavitt family tree was plentiful in this cemetary.

This was such an interesting walk. 
I noticed that there were many children who didn't make it past the age of four.

What we discovered on our walk through the past is that this is a mormon burial ground which is why we found so many people of the same name.
There was even one headstone that had the husband's name and all five of his wive's listed and which wife came first, second, third and so on.  This man had fifty children.  Can you imagine how high his libido must have been?  Wow.

I like how this head stone has his ocupation listed.  This headstone looks fairly modern.  I think it may have been updated or redone.

The one above has definitely been beaten up by nature.  It could use a revamping before they forget who resides in this spot.  You can't even make out the name.

Wilbur had quite a few children too but this post would go on forever if I listed all of them.

I'm all ready going overboard with the photos.

I'm not sure what I did to get the next photo but It looks really cool and it happened inside the camera.
I did not photoshop it at all or change the color or temperature.

It looks like a double exposure or maybe just a real slow shutter speed with movement.
Anyway this is the guy that had the five wives and fifty children.
Below is what this headstone really looks like.

My friend Deyanira reading about the man with five wives.

That's the end of my tour. I hope this didn't creep you out. 

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

FMTSO: Shooter's Choice

Ah, it's the Friday Town Shoot Out, the one group that keeps me posting even if it is too far in between.  This week's theme is shooter's choice which of course means anything goes.  I took a beginning photography class during the summer and our final exam included hands on photography at the Neon Museum and so I thought I would showcase two images I took on that day.  I composed the two photographs together to make one.  I need lots of practice in Photoshop but this is what I got while playing around this morning. Hope you like it.

I hope to shoot some fresh images soon.

I have been very ill the past couple of weeks and so it's been rough doing anything.

But.......I'm still here and I'm smiling.


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