At the 4H Fair

I usually go to the fair every year. It occurs in August and today was a particularly perfect day, sunny but not too hot. There is always good opportunities for photos at the fair since there are a lot of animals and it is pretty easy to find a cute one. So I share a couple of photos here. One of a young cow who is really super cute and another of a harmonica player who was performing in the afternoon.

Bubba 4 months old

Bubba 4 months old

Harmonica guy performing at the fair

Harmonica guy performing at the fair

Dogs again

Sometimes I babysit for my son’s dogs, there are five of them. So I get the chance to take a lot of dog photos. Most of them are pretty hum-drum but once in a while I find one that i like very much. The earlier Memphis one was nice, but I really like this Daisy photo. Lighting was good and she was cooperating with posing.

Daisy in her bed

Daisy in her bed

Dog Photos-Looking up

One of my favorite subjects is a dog. They always have great faces sometimes more expressive than other times. It is a good thing when taking dog photos that you take a lot of shots, even one after the other because their expressions constantly change and it is always better to capture the one a little different than the same thing over and over. If you are patient, there will be one that is more pleasing than the others. An example is below. Memphis was just hanging out, but I caught him with his eyes looking up for a moment and that is what we have here. Looks better than the rank and file photo.

Looking Up

Looking Up

Bees and summertime

It is always hard to take a good shot of a bee and a flower because rather than just taking the bee on the flower, I think it is generally better to catch the bee coming or going so it is at least partially in flight. So I found one that I think is not too bad and I post it here. A nice flower and a nice bee.

Ready to leave

Ready to leave

New Hope Car Show

This show is always a good one and they have a variety of cars. The worse thing about visiting local shows is that the cars seem repetitive so it is great to see things that are different and it gives me the opportunity to take different shots. Of course it is always fun to take the people at the car show as well. So here is a woman who is an owner of one of the vehicles. I thought she had a nice hat.

Car show patron

Sunday in New York City

I try to get into the city on Sundays, the traffic is light, parking is free and there are usually good things to find to take photos of. I visited Eataly, a place to eat and buy food and it is full of great photo-taking opportunities. They seem to enjoy people taking photos inside their space, some places of course don’t like it when you photograph their retail store, maybe they are concerned you are trying to steal their proprietary layout or something. But Eataly is photo friendly. Anyway, here I share a photo of their impressive Espresso maker. I can’t imagine what it costs.

Espresso

A Dog's Life in hot weather

In this kind of super hot weather in the Northeast, dogs tend to just hang out in the house since it is unpleasant for them to lay out in 95 degree heat for too long. So, during their relaxing inside I get the chance to take a lot of photos of them. Of course, I always take a lot of photos of our dogs, so it is hard to necessarily find one that is different or especially liked. Well, this weekend I did take one that I really like a lot so I share it here. Steve is a “multi-poo” or some kind of mixture and always looks cute, but he just got groomed so a little bit nicer than usual.

Relaxing in his bed

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In order to get better at anything, it is important to keep practicing. I think that is especially true in photography. Somebody said that you will be better at photography after you take about 10,000 photos. And maybe then you will start to see things better. It is a take off on the theory that it takes 10,000 hours to learn anything.

So, I try to take photos everyday. Sometimes I don’t find things that really are inspiring to take a shot of so I just make my own thing to shoot. So today I took a shot of some berries in a dish. Actually I liked how it turned out and to pat myself on the back, I thought I did a good job and it is worth sharing.

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