I’d been there a number of times before but, before this I had never, ever seen turkeys there.
For the most part, I took one of my granddaughters on the road trip to distant place to see the wildlife that lived in the area. There ere cardinals, bluejays, woodpeckers ,chickadees, sparrows, squirrels, chipmunks, and lots of other animals in the place, in that space. After about four or five trips there, seeing all the same wildlife, one day I decided to stay later. This is the first time that e stayed after 4 PM. Then late in the afternoon, there they ere. Seven turkeys trotting out of the woods.
Here’s one. (See picture)
You can go to the same place ten times and still see something different on the eleventh time you go there. That’s all I’m saying.
You can stand there with your hand out. Bring “black oil sunflower seeds”. The birds and other animals eat out of your hand. Don’t leave seeds on the ground and wait until all seeds are consumed. If you leave food or seeds on the ground, you are inviting or feeding mice or other vermin that are not your beautiful birds. Just saying.
Enjoy your stay at the wildlife sanctuary. It is fun, educational and a wonderfully, calming experience.
These are my ‘modern’ pinhole style photographs that I took that day that I attended the course in New York City, New York, United States of America..
So, every single year, there’s a community organization that celebrates “National Pinhole Camera” Day. Small details: They charge you about five dollars and you pre-register for the class. (There’s a picture of some of the class in this slide show — participants all ages, child to adult but children must have an adult present). So in this class, they supply all the materials to make your first pinhole camera. That’s one entire class on one day. Then on another day, you go back to the place to use the camera to take pictures. It’s all very interesting.
Yes, I took the first class and I paid my five dollars. And, indeed, I did create my Pinhole Camera with their supplies. And, as life would have it, something came up and I didn’t go back to the second class (which is totally outdoors- the first class i s indoors).
This is a personal story of my experience on that day, in my city. And hoping you share your experience. Or were you right here in our city that day ?
Ahh, once the heroine escaped and got help for the rest of the family, slowly, very slowly, probably almost microscopically slowly, things began to change for the better. Why slowly? The average person might think that the change was instant. After all, being taken, escaping, getting away from the absurd-abusers, must give one instant change right? Yes, the change was instant. Their living quarters, arrangements changed, the food that they were offered changed, and lots of other things changed —
..though, not all changes would be considered ‘for the better’ to the still-captive Turpin kids. After all, weren’t they still prisoners? Yes.
They have the right focus – they teach the subject that they are being paid to teach. They stick to the topic.
They do not go off on tangents or on rants because of their own personal views.
They leave their personal lives and personal choices out of the conversation in classes.
They respect their students — all of their students, not just the ones that do work for them or that help them out.
They treat everyone equally. That’s right – they treat everyone equally.
They leave politics and political agendas out of the classroom unless the course is about politics or history. They know enough to leave their personal opinions out of the classroom, especially if they know that they can not control their temper around the issue of politics .
They know what they are there – in the classroom- to teach and they stick to that topic.
Basically, we all know the signs of a good teacher, the bottom line is that they teach! They realize they are in the room to teach — not to propagandize and not to push students to agree with them on political issues that they don’t agree on. So, hence, teachers keep your politics out of the room.
Schools and senior centers, and colleges and universities are places of learning, places of connection, places of growth, and places here many human beings from all different backgrounds become connected through conversation, ideas, thoughts, opinions and through personal growth and work towards unity in spirit and unity in the world.
I took this decades ago, and it still remains one of my favorite photographs.
And I didn’t use very expensive equipment. Yes, I know that I can take it to photoshop and make it “perfect’ but that’s a problem since I don’t take pictures in order to produce perfection.
To the contrary, I take photos in order to disregard perfection and to just show what is real.
And, sorry , charlie, photoshop pictures are not real.
Give me the blurred, the simple, the ordinary, the silly messed up photos but give me truth. Give me the truth of the moment. That’s all I need and that’s all I take.
YES, of course , I have used photoshop.
But what I’m saying is seriously, some of my favorite photos are simply that — they are my favorites, without the help of some electronic program. I guess that’s why I do not sell photographs.
It seems that most people that “sell” have to make their pictures perfect.
Leave me out of that one.
I’d like to see the day when I can sell life as it is, photos as they are, as they come out of the camera, without me trying to fix them up to be perfect.
“After the shooting is over” , another page of the book empty library room
Same empty theatre ..vintage , still showing movies and live entertainment today
Empty beach, a tourist beach , no tourists
Portrait of one of my granddaughters
buildings in NYC
From the scrapbook all photos copyrighted
One of my first published photographs (90s)
Things that I remember to do, when I remember to do them.
Before clicking that shutter button, check all four corners of the shot and all the areas around the margins of the photograph. Frame that subject properly , whether in the center or off to the side , paying attention, if you want to do so, to the ‘rule of thirds’.
Look at your picture, through the viewfinder, and ask yourself if the picture is too complicated, too distracting or simply too ‘busy’ to really enjoy.
Consider doing the photograph in a different color, or tone. Sometimes, depending on the subject, place or time, burnt sienna might be more pleasing than regular black and white or even than a color photograph.
Portrait, ? Check the person’s head. There are all too many photographs that are portraits that have a tree or other odd thing sticking out of a person’s head.
Brace yourself! If you are not using a tripod, then brace yourself against something to steady the camera. Or at the least, bring your elbows into your body instead of posing like someone doing the ‘chicken dance’ while taking that picture. This simple thing will eliminate most camera shake.
Consider the ‘angle’ of the photograph. I ‘saw’ a picture once, before I snapped the shutter button, I decided to walk around a bit and really look at the different angles of the would-be picture. See the picture here. This is the best view that I finally decided on .
Consider this — don’t bother with whatever others will think of your photograph. You are taking this picture for yourself and or to express yourself to others, or to remember a particular time, place or day. It really doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks of your picture, of your style or of your photographs. Just keep on keeping on and keep on taking those photographs!
Practice. That’s about it. The more photographs you take, the more experienced you will be. The more mistakes you make, the more ‘best’ photos you will take. Practice, practice but above all, have fun while you are doing this ‘practice’.
Some of these photos are included in a project that I call,
“EMPTY SPACES” .. I took all the photographs, some recently, and some decades ago. All photographs are copyrighted. All rights reserved. No copies without prior written permission.
The first photograph is of an (almost) empty cafe, and what makes the empty cafe a little more interesting is the view of one of my favorite teas.
Below: EMPTY CHAIRS
In memory of those who lost their lives to AIDS. Once a disease empty of hope, now people who have died of AIDS memorialized in a quilt that is larger than seven football fields. A man stands looking at the lost lives, in pictures, in momentoes, in words, surrounding him,
Bus chairs, empty, on a busy day in New York City, USA
Warning sign to passengers, emptying this place , the forbidden zone,
BELOW – – an empty pegboard
My Dad had a few of these in his shop..and on that board were a collection of tools and accessories to tools … pictured here, empty..
(NOTE: ) There are more photographs under this long writing. Look below if you are short on time. I enjoyed a great morning at the Marquetry Society meeting and then went to this library room. I found a cool book on videography, and opened — randomly– to a page. Imagine that? I just pulled the book open and flipped a page and there was this headline to the article, “After the shooting was over….” . I read the title of the reading and I paused… “After the shooting is over….” . My brother used a gun to end his life. I, being different than him, use a camera for all my shooting. But still, this headline got to me; it reached into the emptiness of my heart that still mourned for him…reprocessing the words, ” After the shooting is over” .. I wished he would have thought about that. They say that we shouldn’t think of the future, just be concerned about today. However, in this one case, I just wish he had thought about the future as he made that horrible choice, maybe his last choice, “After the shooting is over….” . After the shooting is over, I gather his pain was relieved, finally. But “after the shooting is over…” , After the shooting is over, the shooter feels no pain but the survivors, the survivors remember the shooter in a very different way than ‘before’ . And as I always say, in everything, give thanks. So I look for the good in this horrible tragedy. The healing part was that he did not send his suicide note to me but sent it to someone else. By not sending the note to me, and by sending it to a ‘distant’ family member, he spared me, and my sons and my daughter and my grandkids, that crashing, ‘initial’ discovery , the grim notification by police, by detectives. Thankfully, we were spared the shock, the initial, immediate shock of the notification. I really have to thank God for that. Those days, approximately eleven days, were a buffer from the shock waves. It took me about eleven days to find out the truth about what happened, to get the details, to find out whether the story was true or not. And while I initially thought the ‘not knowing’ was horrible, I realize , in hindsight , that the “not knowing” right away is what saved my mind from the earth-rocking shock of knowing what happened to him right away. Thank you, dear brother , for sparing me from that grim discovery . Who knows, maybe he did think about what happens, …”after the shooting is over”. …
And the most charming picture in there, in this collection of emptiness, the ray of hope here in the midst of the shadow and darker pictures, is the Cherry Blossom Tree. The Cherry Blossom Tree symbolizes “New Beginnings”. And at this point in time, we own two of these trees, and one of them has started sprouting little trees right after Hurricane Sandy happened.
It is a new beginning, every day is a new beginning!
And every day is YOUR day! So celebrate it.
Let’s CELEBRATE!! Yes, it’s that time of year again; it’s my birthday month!
January is my birthday month and I intend to have a very cool birthday. If everything goes okay, I will be able to find a particular cake that I like and I will bring that home …
And my plan is to celebrate my birthday — all month long — by doing random acts of kindness for some of the people that I meet on my journey around town. Just little acts of kindness, nothing grand, but those little things that are so important. Yes, it’s the little things that are special.
So, I’m planning on a month of little things here and there, and
top it all off with my favorite kind of pie and people !
Photographer debating about what to take a picture of . So, “A selfie” ..
I said, “How about trying this Pickle Popcorn” …:)
beautiful sky always
Very cool kayak …John’s kayak
Photographer… leaving class
Photographer in class
Some photographers are videographers also
The “Perfect” prayer
The Twelve Dollar Tent (off season)
Portrait of one of my granddaughters
Thanks for bringing those great samples! The demonstration was excellent! And it was good to have the samples handy to compare as we went along and created our own pumplkins and gingerbread persons This is the cutsy sample gingerbread person. The supplies needed for this are the paper cut outs, the stickers, the little bow, and a little light. The light goes behind the gingerbread cardboard. Oh, you need a little piece of cord to hang the ornament up somewhere.
Our flags 2016 artfromperry
flower outdoors artfromperry
One of my first published photographs (90s)
infinite hope artfromperry
beautiful artfromperry pictures
Alice Austen house artfromperry
Maple Leaf cookies are great! artfromperry
Decade ago, “Special Show” on television
Art by Bill – Cool wood work!
Unfinished Veneer wood burn piece
THE TURKEYS artfromperry
just a few words paint artfromperry
I took the pictures, and then wrote the article about the pictures “Words Behind the Photographs”
Sometimes that happens.
Smiles and serious faces, a large variety in this collection of photographs, some captions, ask for others. Do you know where these were taken? Do you know any of the people in these photographs? Leave a note, public or private if you recognize anyone.
NOTE: The TWO paintings – watercolor , the vases and the portrait in color are beautiful art pieces by Sue Ehrlich. She painted a very cool portrait of me and then gave it to me. Thanks much. I really like that one.
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