Archives for the month of: August, 2012

On April 27, 2006, 49 people were killed when Comair Flight 5191 crashed at Bluegrass Airport in Lexington, KY. Today, this sculpture of 49 birds representing each of the victims, stands as a memorial in the University of Kentucky’s Arboretum.

The pieces are made of a magnesium aluminum alloy and welded together to form a flock of birds taking flight. Even if you are not familiar with the story behind the artwork, the piece if breathtaking.

It is located in the middle of the arboretum’s rose garden on a platform that is inscribed with the victims’ names.

From across the rose garden fence, the birds appear to be flying out of the garden.

All these pictures were shot on a very sunny day with polarizing filter attached to my lens. They were shot at F22 on AV setting, 200 ISO, using a Canon Rebel.

Have fun with your camera 🙂


These images were taken at the justice center in downtown Lexington, KY. Everyone knows how proud we are of our horses. This sculpture has trailing vines planted at its base which are beginning to grow up the sides. I think it is a good tribute to the beautiful animal.

It was very sunny and I had the polorizing filter mounted on my lens. The filter brought out the texture of the piece.

Keep having fun 🙂


One of my favorite things to photograph is other people’s art. I have a deep appreciation for all types of art, but of course, visual art holds a special place in my heart.

Three-dimensional art is my favorite to photograph. This sculpture is at the University of Kentucky’s Arboretum. I was lucky to catch a bird using it as a perch.

This one is in the water garden of the arboretum.

This group of naked children beneath a beautiful lamppost are in downtown Lexington, KY.

These children are in Lexington’s Gratz Park.

All of these were shot on a sunny day with a Canon Rebel. I set the F-stop at various lengths depending on whether I wanted the background in focus. I like to incorporate buildings with my sculpture photos to add scale and help identify their locations. I had the white balance set on cloudy, even though it was sunny, because I like for landscapes to have a warmer look.

Have fun 🙂

On the first day of school, these photos are a reminder of the fun we had this summer.

Have fun 🙂

I have to admit, as a primarily landscape and architectural photographer, I have always been a little lens shy with my telephoto.  I started out as a film photographer many years ago and telephoto lenses tended to produce grainy, unflattering images. My husband got a telephoto for my digital camera for me as a gift a couple of years ago and I carry it with me everywhere, but never seem to find the appropriate situation to put it on my camera.

One day while sitting on my porch swing, I noticed a blue jay that kept leaving and coming back to the same post. I decided to fetch my camera and zoom lens and return to the swing to see what I could see.

Wow! Why hadn’t I used this thing more often. In addition to moving you closer to the subject, the telephoto gives the subject a nice frame of blurred background and blurs things in the foreground so they are not noticable. These are all things that I already knew about telephoto lenses, but as I said earlier, I had avoided using them with film.

When you turn the Fstop up very high, the lens produced a different look. I read about the effect. It is called stacking and it occurs when your photo has several layers of subjects. It makes it look as if the buildings on a vast hillside are right on top of one another, almost like a diorama.

These were all shot on my Canon Rebel with a Tamron 70-300 mm lens.

Old dogs apparently can learn new tricks after all.

Have fun with your camera (all the parts) 🙂

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