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Quotes on My Images… What are your favorite quotes that you would like me to use?

As some of you may have seen on my Facebook page, I have started to put quotes on some of my images.   Some of you are thinking that you saw me do this last summer and you are correct!  My plans are to do this more regularly and I would love to use some of your favorite quotes.

You can comment on this blog post, send me an email (photographybychar@gmail.com) or post your favorite quotes on my Facebook page.   We do need to give credit to who said the quote, so please include the name of the author or speaker for your quote.  If you don’t know it, I will do some research and see what I can find.

Here are some that I have created and they will be posted through out this next week on Facebook…

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FB Quote Defending your title twiceComment and leave your favorite thoughts and quotes.  Maybe yours will be used next with one of my favorite photographs and featured on Facebook!

You will also find this post in my blog PHOTOGRAPHS & WORDS.

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Area Talent Shows Were a Delight to Photograph this Past Weekend

Friday night I was at the 2014 Athens Follies, “Remember the Feeling… Enjoy the Fun” and Saturday night I was at the 2014 Cabaret in Tekonsha, “Black Tie Affair, Under the Stars”.  Both productions were student based with assistance from teachers, parents and the community.

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What was the most interesting between the 2  productions though was that the 2014 Athens Follies had mostly singing and choreographed dancing while the 2014 Tekonsha Cabaret was singing and skits or plays with acting.

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Both events were held in their school’s gymnasium with public invited to watch.  Both events had a stage crew, ushers and programs but at Tekonsha the students really did run the show with lighting, music, curtains and communication. While the 2014 Athens Follies is open to all students K-12 the 2014 Tekonsha Cabaret was 7-12 grades.

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I was amazed with the talent at both shows especially with some of the solo artists.  There was range from playing the guitar to saxophone and even a violin!

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Now as a photographer, I will have to admit that the Follies and the Cabaret can be my most challenging events to photograph.  It is completely pitch dark in the gymnasiums with spotlights and stage lights but not controlled by me.  Freezing motion in this type of setting is extremely hard.  However, I always manage to get some good pictures even though I probably drove those sitting next to up the wall with the number of clicks they heard and all of my movement!

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Sharing My New Office

This is my new office and I love it!  I has been a pretty big change for me and our house hold,  but it sure beats working in the living room!

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I now have plenty of storage instead finding places here and there throughout my house to store things!  I have found that garment bags are perfect for backdrops.  Now I just need a table or cabinet for packaging prints.

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I fixed up this old corner cabinet from my father for my camera collection.  I will have to take a little better picture sometime so that you can see all my camera’s!  In the process of taking these pictures I discovered that there has to be a trick to interior photography so that you do not get distorted pictures.  Something that will bug me till I figure it out.

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I didn’t think to take pictures of the room before I started painting but this was my daughter’s bedroom with lime green walls, lavender trim and a pastel sea green/blue closet (she picked the colors out).

I have an open door policy to which everyone loves especially my supervisor.  He loves sleeping in my office and sometimes is takes his job a bit too serious!

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For some of you who kept up on my progress on Facebook, you know that I had a terrible time getting this office finished!  I’m just glad that I made the decision to do this!

One last thing…  I ordered some of my first enlarged prints of my macro nature art.  I can’t wait to get them from the printers and have them framed to hang in my office!

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The Excitement of Overtime at a Rival Basketball Game

The crowd is roaring and you can feel the excitement in the air! The game has ended its 4th quarter but the score is tied… everyone prepares for OVERTIME!

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There is a buzz in throughout the gymnasium… “Who is going to win?” Someone shoots… misses then a rebound… Now someone is at the free throw line.  The crowd comes to a low roar but then as the shot is about to be made there is a frantic cry for a miss!

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The score goes up for one team and then the score goes up for the other team.  There is a break away and a block… the clock is counting down the seconds… and then buzzer goes off.  The score is still tied. OVERTIME once again!

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There is finally a  break through and one team takes a lead.  With the sound of this final and third buzzer Athens wins with a final score of Athens 77 Union City 71.

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It was once again another game for the record books! It was about 4 – 5 years ago that the boys Varsity Basketball Game between Athens and Union City went into multiple overtimes.  The ironic thing is… the game was played at Athens and Union City won the game.  This year the game was played at Union City and Athens won.

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But I remember that game at Athens all too well.  I was not photographing it but instead I was a parent of a Union City Junior Varsity basketball player.  We were watching the Varsity game to support his school team and fellow athletes.  However, a part of me was also supporting the Athens team… you see, I am an Athens Graduate (1986).

It is amazing now going to these games and photographing them.  I’m not rooting for one or the other teams any more… but instead I am thrilled to be a part of documenting such a great rivalry between schools.  Click here to see more photos from last nights game between Athens and Union City.

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Through the Lens Thursday #6: Flower

Today I thought I would try something a little different.

I have subscribed to a host of blogs by Alison Lee who writes the Writing Wishing Blog.  I would highly recommend her to anyone who enjoys reading blogs!

Through the Lens Thursday was started by Greta of GFunkified and I found Writing Wishing Blog.  Every Thursday they post something related to a word with a photograph(s) they have taken.  

Anyways…  when I discovered that the word for Through the Lens Thursday was going to be FLOWER, I decided what a great way to spruce up these winter days in Michigan!

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Some of you may have already seen these flowers on Facebook or on my Website.

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These 2 images are both of Tiger Lilies from my back yard.

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This baby of a flower is a Purple Cone Flower and grows to become a fairly large flower at maturity.

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Not only do I like to take pictures documenting different stages in a flowers life cycle…  I also enjoy playing with my focal point, depth of field and rule of thirds.

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On to the lovely Black Eyed Susan of the bunch!

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Flowers serve as a great tool to not only play with angles, lighting, water droplets but to work on your macro photography…  all things wonderful that come from a mixture of my love for photography and gardening!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Object: Clothes Pins

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This challenge is suppose to encourage you to use an object as your focal point and inspiration!  Composition, focal points and framing can really make the difference in whether an ordinary everyday object could even be interesting to photograph or to even look at.

So I am going to tell you the story about this photo that I am entering for this Week’s Photo Challenge.  I love to hang my laundry outside during the warmer months in Michigan.  As a challenge to myself, I decided to see if I could photograph clothes pins!  To make it a little more interesting, I hung my colorful neoprene lunch bags on the line with the clothes pins.  I was just looking to see if I could make it look interesting enough to capture someone’s eye!  Anyways, I like the photos…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition @ a Basketball Game

FB P DSC_0865Sometimes while photographing a sports game, I will get a little sidetracked and photograph something other than the game!  I usually try to make it something challenging like a juxtaposition which is “the act of placing things side by side, especially for the purpose of comparison or contrast.”

One way I have found to capture a juxtaposition during a basketball game (actually during warm ups) is to capture the basketball as it comes thru the hoop and net.  For me it is more of a comparison of technique, focus, position and timing.  The shear timing alone can be extremely tricky but always such a delight when I capture that perfect moment in time!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

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Martha & Ben are my children and Jake & Maddie belong to my brother, Bill.  This picture was taken towards the end of the summer 2012, in Union City, Michigan for my Mom’s birthday.  She had spent a ton of time over the summer babysitting Jake & Maddie while Martha & Ben were constantly stopping over to visit or to eat!  What an appropriate way to end the summer and give my Mom a birthday present that she definitely did not have!!!!!!

Family Portrait Sessions start at $100.00 with an additional charge of $10.00 for each Family Member beyond 6.  I am a natural light on location photographer who will travel to you within 40/45 miles of Tekonsha, Michigan 49092.  For more information you can visit my Website.  

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Here is the picture from the very top of this post.  Ben is slightly tall and almost didn’t fit within the frame of this photo!

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New Way to Pay for your Prints – Introducing the PayPal Button

I am so excited today to share the New PayPal Button on my website! I am a huge fan of PayPal and I use it whenever it is available.  Now I can offer you this feature on my website!!!!

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No more limiting my customers to Credit or Debit cards….  one click of the button and you can log into your PayPal account and purchase your prints.

If you have not used PayPal before, it is supper simple and easy to set up and account.  Go to PayPal and set up an account.  You have the option to use credit cards or debit cards as your payment option but even better…  you can have PayPal set up to use your checking or savings account for your payment!

That’s right…  You can now pay for your prints with your checking account from my website!!!!!!

No more shuffling around to find your Credit or Debit card to make a purchase!

Char

January Photo Challenge: Favorite Shot of 2013

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There are several portraits that I would call “my favorite” but when I think of a favorite portrait of 2013 this is the one that comes to mind first.  I love the fact that McKenzie was willing to sit in the middle of this downtown Battle Creek side street in white paints.  She was perfectly centered with crisp bright yellow lines with bold fall colors behind her.  Here dark jacket and dark boots…  the subtle but bold and balanced background…  with just a slight breeze to slightly move her hair.

Prior to taking this portrait we had walked about a block to utilize an older brick building.  We had decided to try taking some pictures in the roadway, but being downtown Battle Creek the road adjacent to this one was fairly busy.  McKenzie’s mom was our look out for any traffic that may have decided to come our way.  I was sitting in the middle of the side street towards the other end where I listened for traffic that may wander from the other direction.  What we wanted to be a quick shot wound up taking a few minutes due to traffic.  Several times I had to wait for automobiles to pass or clear the corner in the background.

I will have to admit…  I refer to these types of shots as “Playing in the Road!”  I mean how many times have we been told not to play in the road when we were kids.  It is fun to see the response from both my clients and anyone else attending a portrait session when I ask them, “Do you want to play in the road?”

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