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My husband and I went on a trip to New York City last summer and I had to get this shot. This angle, iconic for the area, has been used as a backdrop for movies and fashion shoots. No wonder! In case you haven’t noticed, that’s the Empire State Building in the oval at the bottom of the bridge.

The neighborhood is called DUMBO, an acronym for Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass. There were a lot of people there waiting to take this shot, which required standing in the middle of the street. I made sure my settings were correct, waiting about 20 minutes for there to be no traffic if photographers in the way then took my turn. It was worth the wait.

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I love smart phone camera apps. They are like toys for me. A new one I want to share is Waterlogue, which alters your photos to resemble watercolor paintings.

Here is a photo I took of Louisville, Kentucky with my phone.

This is the altered photo from Waterlogue.

Of course, one of the drawbacks to using smartphone apps is that they cannot be enlarged very much without losing resolution. I have found that about 8×10 is as large as I can go with these.

I love the way the app brings out the colors in this photo.

Full disclosure: I do not receive any payment for my endorsement of this app.

I admit I have not done a lot of infant photography. It has not been an area that I have really advertised in the past. However, that is sure to change with the arrival of my first grandchild. She is so beautiful and the pictures I took at the hospital in natural light by the window really show her gorgeous complexion.

There are sure to be more posts that include this cutie in the future. I hope to get back to blogging now that my schedule has opened up a bit. Please let me know if there is any thing to do with photography you would like to read about. Post in the comments below.

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Its not unusual to see a rainbow in the spring in Kentucky. However, in the fall, they are kinda rare. A couple weeks ago, following a brief rain, I noticed the brightest rainbow I had seen in a while. As I was snapping pictures, the rainbow multiplied.

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Suddenly there were two rainbows. I can’t tell you the last time I saw a double rainbow. I quickly ran to the other side of the house to capture the other end of the rainbow.

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Luckily, I made it just in time. What a blessing! Thank you, Lord.

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A great place to spend a Friday or Saturday afternoon is the Cynthiana-Harrison County Museum, right in my hometown. I am proud to say that I played a very small part in making this museum happen when I was a reporter/photographer for the local newspaper years ago. I remember many interviews and photos of the blossoming project. I decided to share the museum with my sister, who was visiting from out-of-town.

The photo above is of a matte-board replica of Cynthiana around 1900.

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The craftmanship of this model is spectacular.

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There are so many great things that have either been donated or loaned to the museum. The objects are from every era of the county.

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No tribute to the history of Harrison County would be complete without some tobacco, the crop that sustained this town for many years.

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This dollhouse, which is visible from the street, is remarkable.

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There is also a replica of Harrison County High School, my alma mater.

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I love vintage toys.

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You can definitely say the museum has a lot of fans. Har. Har.

For more information about the museum, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/cynthiana.harrison.county.museum

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For my son’s 16th birthday, we went to King’s Island in  Cincinnati, Ohio. I didn’t want to take my good camera because I didn’t want to keep up with it all day on rides and risk water or shock damage. Luckily, smartphone technology allows me to take some pretty good shots with my Motorola Moto X. Photos that I take on my smartphone and I-pad automatically upload to Dropbox, so when I got home, I was able to pull the pictures from King’s Island off Dropbox and edit them in Photoshop. If you are not using Dropbox, it’s pretty awesome. You should be.

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Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F/5.6, 1/794 sec.

We took a trip to the Kentucky Speedway this year for the running of the Quaker State 400. This was my second trip to the race.

 

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Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F/5.6, 1/513 sec.

I decided to shoot some HDR of crowd gathered outside the speedway. The three shots were so fast that there was hardly any movement of the people.

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Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F/5.6, 1/800 sec.

This sand sculpture was a tribute to Jeff Gordon, who is racing his last year.

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Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F/5.6, 1/640 sec.

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Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F/5.6, 1/500 sec.

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Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F/5.6, 1/320 sec.

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Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F/5.6, 1/160 sec.

Of course, there are always retired cars on display.

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Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F/5.6, 1/400 sec.

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Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F/5.6, 1/800 sec.

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Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F/6.3, 1/1600 sec.

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Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F/5.6, 1/1600 sec.

There was a great fly-over.

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Canon Rebel, ISO 1600, F/5.6, 1/50 sec.

Being a night race made it difficult to take pictures of the cars when they were in front of me with the equipment I had with me. The ISO on my Rebel only goes to 1600 and the zoom lens I was using only opens to F/5.6 when zoomed. Therefore 1/50 sec. shutter speed was the fastest I could achieve. These cars were traveling at 200 m.p.h. A 1/50 sec. shutter speed would not capture them. I kinda like the way this shot turned out, despite my limitations.

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Canon Rebel, ISO 1600, F/5.6, 1/50 sec.

The race concluded with fireworks. In case you are interested – Kyle Busch won. My son was happy. He’s a Busch fan.

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Canon Rebel, F/5.6, ISO 100, 1/250 sec.

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Canon Rebel, F/5.6, ISO 100, 1/250 sec.

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