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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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Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 800, 1/1600 sec.

One day, before a thunderstorm, my husband and I were taking a ride and noted that the sky was, at that moment, my favorite color sky. In an unimaginative tone, he said, “Gray?”.

Most definitely not gray. I see something much more beautiful and multi-dimensional than gray.

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Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 800, 1/1250 sec.

I love the contrast between the sky and the green grass. I love the color combination so much, it has become the inspiration for our upcoming kitchen remodel color scheme.

 

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Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 800, 1/1600 sec.

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Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 400, 1/1250 sec.

I also love the way this color and its various shades translate into HDR.

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Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 400, 1/1000 sec.

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Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec.

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Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 400, 1/405 sec.

The other day, my son found this guy behind the garage door. Always welcome. . .except in the tomato patch.

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Canon Powershot, F/3.4, ISO 400, 1/1010 sec.

This HDR expresses how I feel about those who take time to read my blog 🙂

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Canon Powershot, F/3.4, ISO 400, 1/202 sec.

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Canon Powershot, F/4, ISO 400, 1/50 sec.

Lastly, a couple of HDR shots of nature’s gifts.

Hope everyone is having a great summer.

Originally posted on my gardening blog. Photography readers might find this interesting as well.

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If you are looking for a great statement piece for an indoor or outdoor space, try this thrifty DIY. I started with an engineer print of one of my photographs. I uploaded the photo to Photojojo, and a week later, I received this large black and white version of my picture printed on plain paper. I mounted the image onto a 3’X3′ piece of plywood by applying a thick coat of Mod Podge to the board, pasting the image to the surface and then applying several more coats of Mod Podge on top. The image puckered slightly, which is normal. However, puckering can be minimized by taking your time and applying thin coats. Once it was completely dry, I trimmed off the excess paper and sanded the edges of the plywood with coarse sandpaper. I painted the edge of mine with black paint to make it look…

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