“The Bird” I spent all week hoping for better weather & a sky full of stars, I even drove hours in the middle of the night to try & capture the perfect shot this week, but nature didn't cooperate. One night I started at one of my favorite locations - the Choptank Lighthouse & started to take some photos on a pitch black night. The lighthouse reflected well on a fairly calm river, but it just wasn't doing anything for me. Then I moved my position just slightly & captured this
“An Ant's View” This week brought Tropical Storm Isaias right over us & provided the new experience of seeing people paddle board & kayak through our town, which I did document in photos. I also tried photographing the sunset clouds with a telescopic lens making the clouds seem like their own planets. The photo I chose this week is what I'm calling "an ant's view."
On my way to swim the day after the storm there was this solitary little mushroom in the grass. It was so small
“Water Equals Life” So we all know we're all made of water, but sometimes I feel some of us are considerably more connected to it for life. Water is life for many in my area. Water is livelihood. Everyday the watermen, generation after generation head out in their boats at 4am to make their living from the water around us. Our economy, our families, our food depend on this water. It's a hard living and in many ways our watermen are a dying breed like the farmers on the land a
“Hard to Distinguish” On an early morning walk, on a very humid day, after one of the worst thunderstorms I've ever gone through here, there was this indistinguishable trash floating on the creek. It isn't bright in color, there's not a lot of contrast between it & the water, but it was there & it made me sad. With every rain storm there is trash that appears in the creek & I wonder why we can't do better in picking up after ourselves. So this picture shows the beauty - not o
“Just One ” Just one photo taken for this week's challenge and just one ant to add an element to the flower. I love these day lilies that are planted around the neighborhood and I love to watch the ants work in and around them. Nature is great, and quite entertaining. #details #daylily #nicolebeusharris #ndbhphotography #mdcd1 #ant
“Whimsy ” I really should read the challenges at the beginning of the week, because I was struggling for ideas and subject matter. On Friday I found a friend who agreed to edit my photo for me. I actually sent Michelle 5 photos and she sent me edits of 3 of them. I struggled to choose this week's submission - it was this one or the edit of a waterman's boat that was docked at sunset. Normally I'd go for the boat and honestly I loved her edit so much, I may print it and displa
“Original Squared ” This week I did double the original work for the challenge. First I decided I would create my own artwork in complementary colors and then I photographed it. My first thought was to just highlight two colors, but then I really thought about doing primary and secondary colors in a modern, mid-century style. So that's my final piece. #ComplementaryColors #primarycolors #secondarycolors #midcenturymodern #ndbhphotography #nicolebeusharris
“Backlit ” I love my orchids and taking photos of them, but I've never tried anything but daylight with them. In this photo I'm holding the flashlight (the only source of light in the photo) slightly below the flower and shining the light from the backside. I love the "angel" figure that pops in this photo. #flashlight #orchids #flowerphotography #nicolebeusharris #ndbhphotography
“The Natural Background” How can one compete for the perfect background when this is the natural competition? This lighthouse is often photographed on its own or used as a background for wedding parties & other events. I've even used it as the background for a client's food product, but this week the lighthouse had its own spectacular background almost every night. I took this Monday night from the outer seawall, with some rough water behind me. This was my second walk out to
“And Dog Makes Three (and then some)...” This photo is my son's hand, my hand, & our dog's paw. Our dog actually came with my marriage almost 3 years ago - my son & I had always had cats before that & other than the cats it had been just my son & I as a family for 14.5 years. Even before I got married, Reagan the dog had spent weekends with my son & me when the family was gone. He was really the soft bridge into the 'blendedness' that we now call our family. A family of 2 com
“What's a dance without music?” Can you dance without music? I say you cannot because I'd submit that even without music playing - dancers have some song in their head. This portable Victrola is a 1920s model and it's the first "portable" model. Can you imagine the freedom that people felt when they went from always needing a musician to having a Victrola in their home, to being able to take their music with them to the beach or summer camp? It must have been an amazing trans
“The Long Pier Metaphor” The calm water and blue sky surrounded the pier tonight. Such a serene place to sit or walk. The boards are a little uneven, but isn't that part of life - there's always some unevenness or bumps to navigate. It's early enough in the year that the mosquitoes aren't out in force, but you kind of know they're coming later. That's another metaphor for life - there's always some nagging force or pesky situation/person that will crop up and ruin a good time
“Mirror Image Symmetry?” These glasses are a great analogy for life's perspective about "what you see is what you get" & how that's not always the truth. Glasses are symmetrical, right? But are your eyes really the same in all the measurements? Mine aren't. These lenses are different although not discernible to someone looking at them. So "what you see is what you get" doesn't apply here. The next time someone says that phrase - know there's always something you don't see. Sy
Imagining the Tree Gone Two factors went into my photo - 1. My love of Magritte. 2. My new raised flower bed. This is combining 2 photos I took of the front of my house - 1. Closer to the road so the tree hides the path & the front door. 2. Just on the other side of the tree so the path & door was visible. I merged the two in Photoshop to imagine the view from the street if the tree wasn't there, but in a very Magritte inspired fashion.
Here's the backstory: I have wanted a
"Blue Jay Bobbing" This was a rare week for me because I only took 18 photos all week - that's including work photos. This is my single shot of the blue jay on one of my afternoon walks. I tried to line up several shots of him in the grass, but every time I was almost ready, he would jump or fly a couple feet away. He also flew up and down the block a few times and I had to stand in one place waiting for him to land where I could see him. Working with a live object is always
“Freedom of Religion” A lot of talk this week about freedom of religion with the shut downs and stay at home orders currently happening. Felt this was an appropriate photo to share. The cross is from Italy and made with ash from Mt. Edna which I feel is significant to today. It seems we are burning our country to the ground and will need to rise from the ashes once again. Whether it is people not listening to one another or the government suppressing small business owners and
“High Key, High Blossoms!” As soon as I read this week's challenge, I knew what I wanted to capture - the height of the spring tree blossoms! What's prettier than the blossoms on a tree? Not much in the spring. Between my apple, pear, and dogwood trees this week, there's plenty of blossoms to choose, so I chose the dogwood. Let's face it, I want every pear or apple that might grow in my orchard this year, so there was no real choice since I wanted the high key photography as
Surprise Takeoff So this week's photo was a complete surprise for me. I was out for my daily walk with my husband and the dog, and I was taking photos along the way. At the end of the walk there was a single duck paddling by itself in the shallow end of the creek. As I was snapping photos, he turned towards me and took off. I amazingly caught him and the water trail he left in one of my quick photos. So that's how I got this week's challenge photo. Not my usual planning, nor
"The End" is near! What does the paper see as the typebar comes speeding towards it? Is it death by a thousand punches or a beatification of its plain existence? I suppose that depends on the typist... are they writing a letter, a great novel, or will the sheet of paper be crumpled & thrown away?
There's a lot we could compare between plain paper being used in a typewriter & our own existence. We all start out plain & our daily lives stamp out a story - good or bad. Sometime
“ I spy... an eye, an S, a dragon, or... ” Walking across my yard I happened upon this tree root which I've never noted before. The beauty of the curves, the colors, the holes, and the other organic material grabbed my attention this time. I spy an eye at the top of the S curve, is it a dragon or a tadpole "stuck" in the wood. Looking at this root reminded me of watching the clouds go by as a child and describing what each cloud would look like and how they would change. So w