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The thought occurred to me earlier today that every one of us has a picture or twenty that we are really proud of. So lets share and so as to not overwhelm the boards with albums and stifle the 1000 words try to limit your favorite to two daily.

Some alterations are fine (like color correction or cropping) , but try to keep Photoshop to the minimum. This is a thread for just you and what you caught in front of your lens.


It's funny but I don't tend to take many photos of people. My preferred subjects are landscapes, nature and architecture.

I was looking through my photo library today and updating my desktop walpaper folder with things that caught my eye and both of these photos stood out because the composition was so similar as well as the foreground subject. Funnily enough I also took them in similar circumstances because I was a passenger in a vehicle for both. I've tried to upload 1080 X 1920 version of these because I feel both are better when enlarged.

This first one was taken at Cannes in '07 when I was able to attend the festival to help a friend sell his short film.





The second photo was taken on Highway 1 somewhere between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz.

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HA! I'm the opposite of you Tim, in that I usually do prefer to take pictures of people, or at least pictures which have people in them. I get bummed out when someone I know has gone somewhere cool and all their photos are of buildings and landscapes with no peeps in them. Or, worst of all, photos of food with no peeps in them.

 

But I do snap a landscape once in a while. I'm a complete amateur when it comes to photography, and especially colour correction (as in, I've never even tried it) so these shots are all just shot in the hope that I can capture some idea of some strking or beautiful thing I've come across.

 

 

This first is part of a farm near Golden Bay, at the top of New Zealand's South island (our forefathers were super creative namers). It's not quite golden hour but I liked the typically NZ autumn low angled light (it was April this year) and I love ramshackle buildings.

 

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This next was taken during the same trip, I think the next day, and features not only ramshackle buildings, but some ramshackle boats. But what got me to pull over and shoot it was the way the early morning light fell across the beach and land but had not yet spread itself across the bare estuary bed and I loved the contrast.

 

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Back in time more than a decade or so I took this one of my younger brother hamming it up during band practice (that's a guitar strap over his shoulder). I don't usually like Dutch-angling business but I must've been in the mood for it this day. I don't know why the colours are like they are. It feels kind of Instagrammy in an age when Instagram wasn't even a twinkle in a coder's eye.

 

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At the same band practice I took this shot of our drummer, a large maori chap who also just happens to be the person who first started calling me "Bucho". Again I like the colours without knowing why they are the way they are.

 

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A couple of years ago I was driving Interstate 5 which is a road that is pretty much a straight shot from the Sacramento to Los Angeles. 400+ miles of road that goes through California's central valley which is the main agricultural region of the state and almond orchards make up quite a bit of the journey. Nothing much to look at in summer, but in February and March when everything is in bloom it is breathtaking. I pulled over at one exit and wandered through one of these almond orchards to get this shot.





Now for something completely different. One of my hobbys is visiting theme parks and I love to bring my camera with me because I think the modern roller-coaster is not only fun but one of the most beautiful pieces of architecture that exists today. This is a shot of the Voyage roller-coaster at Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana. I just find all the crossing lines being cut through by the twist in the track makes an arresting image.



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That almond orchard is pretty as all get out but it's the coaster that has won my heart.

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I was walking along a trail that runs along Pittsburgh's South Side when I saw this sculpture.

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I've since I was a little kid, I've been fascinated by dinosaurs. I was happy when I finally saw the resigned Dinosaur Hall at Carnegie Museum.

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Two from the my father in laws farm that I'm kind of proud of.  Mostly because I suck at taking photos...

 

 

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My wife is the picture hound in our family and she is pretty good at it. I might post some of her's later.

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I really like everything posted so far. I'm particularly digging the water reflections in river Ken Savage.

And Bucho that second photo is amazing. The dark mud shown by low tide of the bay creates this interesting separation in the photo, like the beach is between the sky at night and the sky at day.

Chaz's your T-rex is great. I wish I had a museum like that near me. Throughout my childhood i was that obsessed with dinosaurs, but never got the chance to go see any of the exhibits. The closest was California Academy of the Sciences, but that went only back as far as the stone age and I moved away before they did their huge remodel. Now of course their website's front page puts their new T-Rex front and center.


I caught a lot of really beautiful stuff in Cannes, but I really like this one. When enlarged the paint and finish on the buildings in the alleyway makes it look almost like brush strokes and if it weren't for those two people walking down the stairs I think could be blamed for putting a filter on it in Photoshop.



This next one was taken while waiting in line for the jeep Safari tour of the San Diego Wild Animal park. I thought it was hilarious that they put a stripped out Land Rover in with the lions. It wouldn't be hard to imagine that the lions are sunning themselves after filling their bellies with an unfortunate person that took a wrong turn in the parking lot.

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A few photos I took at the state fair this year of my friends.

 

 
 
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Of myself at a friend's birthday:

 

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Hiking with a friend:

 

 
 
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Hiking with a friend:

 
 
 

 

Holy shit, you're friends with Terrence Malick?

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I AM MALICK.

 

(edit: oh god, I have so many photos...)

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(oh god, I have so many photos...)

 

Interior monologue.

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I was happy when I finally saw the resigned Dinosaur Hall at Carnegie Museum.

 

Is "resigned" in the context of dinosaurs a synonym for "extinct"?

 

 

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Two from the my father in laws farm that I'm kind of proud of.

 

That looks so much like parts of NZ it's uncanny. Is that Wales Ken?

 

 

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I caught a lot of really beautiful stuff in Cannes, but I really like this one.

 

First, I fear for the deer-like animal in the background of the lions pic.

 

Second, these are the kinds of architecture shots I like a lot. Either ramshackle buildings or non-ramshackle buildings which have been built to fit an odd geometrical environment. I tend to prefer buildings which show some sense of adaptation or improvisation - which aquiesce in some way to their environment - than those which are grand statements of power. Those buildings feel that much more human to me. Often they will be on hillsides and/or occur as a result of not a lot of civil engineering planning or forethought, like you see in the layout of a city such as Rome. This one of yours in Cannes is a bit of both, and the stucco textures do so much to bring it to life.

 

Having said all that I do like a nice castle too.

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oh god, I have so many photos...

 

 

HA! As soon as I saw this thread you were the first sumbitch I thought of. I thought, "Well Bucho, you better post some stuff before Nooj gets here, because once he gets here he's going to make you look like the hopelessly amateur amateur you are."

 

Love your work.

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Ben and I, last October, before the rain...

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What the hell?  It's not upside down on my desktop.

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What the hell?  It's not upside down on my desktop.

 

 

I was going to ask if this was upside down because it's from a trip to China, but luckily I didn't because that would have been a joke even more terrible than my usual terrible jokes.

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OK, these aren't my photos (my brother in law took them, but he's not a chewer.  Glenn Mclelland.  He's currently off taking photos of South America) but I love the lighting and scenes in them.  There also the only ones I have on my desktop.  I do have some of my photos that I love, will get them off USB and upload accordingly.


Anyway all these are taken at the Levin pool, a place where we spend a fair amount of time.  My girls love swimming, I do to, and it's a great way to spend a Saturday morning as a family.

 

I absolutely love the lighting and the reflectivity of the water in this shot.  I also love the sheer look of joy on Hazel's face.

 

 

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Again, lighting.  Love the reflections on the ceiling.  This is Olivia learning to "bomb" and I love the great style she's got going on!

 

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I was happy when I finally saw the resigned Dinosaur Hall at Carnegie Museum.

 

Is "resigned" in the context of dinosaurs a synonym for "extinct"?

 

 

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Originally Posted by Ken Savage View Post

Two from the my father in laws farm that I'm kind of proud of.

 

That looks so much like parts of NZ it's uncanny. Is that Wales Ken?

 

 

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I caught a lot of really beautiful stuff in Cannes, but I really like this one.

 

First, I fear for the deer-like animal in the background of the lions pic.

 

Second, these are the kinds of architecture shots I like a lot. Either ramshackle buildings or non-ramshackle buildings which have been built to fit an odd geometrical environment. I tend to prefer buildings which show some sense of adaptation or improvisation - which aquiesce in some way to their environment - than those which are grand statements of power. Those buildings feel that much more human to me. Often they will be on hillsides and/or occur as a result of not a lot of civil engineering planning or forethought, like you see in the layout of a city such as Rome. This one of yours in Cannes is a bit of both, and the stucco textures do so much to bring it to life.

 

Having said all that I do like a nice castle too.

 

Sure is Bucho, South Wales, just past Cardiff.

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Some great photos in this thread.  Nice work, everyone.

 

I'll check out my files at home and see if I have anything worth adding.

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Sure is Bucho, South Wales, just past Cardiff.

 

I've got some great photos of the hills surrounding Abergavenny, and also Pen-y-fan.

 

 

 

And....after the rain, on the other side of the Golden Gate bridge, in Ape country...

 

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Huhh??  Any tech wizards want to help me out??

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And Bucho that second photo is amazing. The dark mud shown by low tide of the bay creates this interesting separation in the photo, like the beach is between the sky at night and the sky at day.

 

I've always been a sucker for that kind of thing, sunrise or sunset shots that aren't of the actual sunrise or sunset but of the light said sunthing casts on the lands. The simple idea that people at slightly different geographical points are experiencing either pre or post sunthing at the same moment tickles me because I'm a simple man. In the same vein these two are morning shots from the scaffold of a house I was working on in the Auckland suburb of Remuera in 2006.

 

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Great thread so far.

 

Just one request: Bored Daily, please don't post your best pics here.

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Huhh??  Any tech wizards want to help me out??

My best guess is that you flipped these around in an adobe program or Preview on a mac and didn't save over the originals. I tend to use iPhoto to wrangle and organize all my pictures and it automatically saves those types of changes as well as preserving the originals. I then export them to a different folder at reduced sizes to make uploading quicker.

Oh and mcnooj83, I am not worthy.

This is the best photo I think I ever took and I sure you'll be able to top it easily.




This is again along Highway 5 in the spring, a Hawk atop a boulder in a field of wildflowers.
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This is again along Highway 5 in the spring, a Hawk atop a boulder in a field of wildflowers.

 

That is magical.

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Bluelou that's really bizarre your shots are upside-down, wish I was some help on that one. Some rad stuff in here. I especially like that almond orchard pic and Nooj's Malick shot.

 

I'll start with a couple high-contrast black n whites...

 

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"Escape Plan", taken in Chicago.

 

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"Open Tunnel", taken in Seattle.

It's not at it's most obvious here, but I'm kind of a nut for symmetry at times. My favorite things to shoot are buildings and women, but I do a lot of nature stuff as well. Partially because people around here will actually buy prints of that stuff, but also because people are totally obsessed with sunsets and flowers. I'll post something colorful next time. Maybe.

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Tim, that hawk shot is awesome.

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My best guess is that you flipped these around in an adobe program or Preview on a mac and didn't save over the originals. I tend to use iPhoto to wrangle and organize all my pictures and it automatically saves those types of changes as well as preserving the originals. I then export them to a different folder at reduced sizes to make uploading quicker.
Oh and mcnooj83, I am not worthy.
This is the best photo I think I ever took and I sure you'll be able to top it easily.

This is again along Highway 5 in the spring, a Hawk atop a boulder in a field of wildflowers.

 

My new wallpaper.  This is amazing.

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Is "resigned" in the context of dinosaurs a synonym for "extinct"?

 

 

 

I forget when, but the dinosaur exhibit was redone to reflect current theories on dinosaurs. For instance, the T Rex was standing with his tail on the ground.

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Great Sand Dunes, Colorado

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Here's a few:

 

Disneyworld, 2011:

 

 

Maui, 2007:

 

 

Cozumel, 2010:

 

Canada, 2009:

 

Downtown Minneapolis, 2011

 

Outside my house, a few years ago:

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Another one from Maui, 2007:

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Final batch, for now.

 

Oahu, 2007:

 

 

Cozumel, 2010:

 

Outside of my house, a few years ago:

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I forget when, but the dinosaur exhibit was redone to reflect current theories on dinosaurs. For instance, the T Rex was standing with his tail on the ground.

 

That's cool Chaz, I was just making a terrible wordplay joke because you wrote "resigned" instead of "redesigned".

 

 

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"Escape Plan", taken in Chicago.

 

I like this shot because it conveys a sort of vertigo even though it's taken from the ground. The vertical lines on the left - I presume the bottoms of panels on another bulding - feel just slightly out of place and disorienting.

 

 

 

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I like these two the best of yours JB because they show off a pretty sky but it's in concert with other distinctive foreground subjects. I don't know if that makes any sense. The one with the boats is cool too.

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Wow!  Some really amazing pictures in this thread.  I like to photograph as well.  These are probably some of the best ones I've managed to eek out with my limited skills.

 


 

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My best guess is that you flipped these around in an adobe program or Preview on a mac and didn't save over the originals. I tend to use iPhoto to wrangle and organize all my pictures and it automatically saves those types of changes as well as preserving the originals. I then export them to a different folder at reduced sizes to make uploading quicker.
Oh and mcnooj83, I am not worthy.
This is the best photo I think I ever took and I sure you'll be able to top it easily.

This is again along Highway 5 in the spring, a Hawk atop a boulder in a field of wildflowers.

 

If these were roses, and there was thumping great black tower in the middle, that's how I picture the location of the Dark Tower.  Beautiful, beautiful shot Tim.

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I SEE NOBODY LIKES THE PHOTO I TOOK OF MYSELF.

 

You will all pay.

 

Don't think you won't pay...

 

... when I sic the SOUL SITHSTAS upon you!!!

 

 
 
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Yours are very cool YT. Is this LA?

 

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Doubtful Sound, South Island NZ.  Taken on my honeymoon, TWELVE freaking years ago.  You have to really mission it to get to Doubtful. Milford is the more popular one (by tourist numbers) but Doubtful is stunning.  I believe the worlds only temperate rainforest.  Sodding sandflies are BASTARDS though.

 

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and this one is coming up for seven years old now.  Just moved to NZ, had child.  Went to Kaitoke National Park north of Wellington and snapped this.  I love the depth of greenery in it, which is one of my fave things about the NZ landscape.  

 

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Bucho I meant redesigned. I really should proof read more.

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It's great to see so many photos when signing back into the bards after my 6 hour LA traffic hell of drive to my relative's house.

Judas I too am a real sucker for sunsets. I especially need to get back to Maui soon.

Good to see some black and whites Nexus-7. I like the vanishing point theme of the two you chose, one vertical and one horizontal.

YT, I must have 700 picture on my computer of a bright blurred mass that I am ashamed to say are my pictures of the moon. I just can't get a hang of it. Your limited skills are more than mine.

mcnooj82, I really like how you place you subjects in the frame. I always agonize over who should be where and wonder if i should zoom out more or will doing that just make them look diminished by the background. I envy your candid ability.

Andy that last photo is so joyful. The light and the greenery seems to be all in celebration of your child.


Now that I'm on a fairly new laptop I don't have much to dig through because I tend to dump down most of my cards onto the desktop I have at home, but i do have a few on this computer that I think are good enough to share.

Both of these are extreme closeups and were taken when I visited New Orleans in May of this year. I also for these used my little Canon powershot's "vivid" mode because I feel sometimes an exaggeration of color adds an element of surreality or maybe the better term is expressionism. A general sense of intensified emotions that isn't quite real world, but captures the heightened feeling of the moment.

This is a blossom of an artichoke plant.




This one of the few horse hitching posts left on Bourbon St. and I loved how all the layers of paint and glitter hinted at all the Mardi Gras/es* it had witnessed.




*I have no idea how to pluralize Mardi Gras.
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Bucho I meant redesigned. I really should proof read more.

 

But then what would I joke about?

 

 

Meanwhile, in more of a wannabe photojournalistic mode, this is a picture of the house I lived in for the last 3 months I was in Brazil during 2008. It's an unremarkable building, save for the fact that at the equinoxes the tide of the river would rise so far that it flooded the island we lived on to a depth of 2 or 3 feet every day twice a day for three or four days. It's not exactly Nat Geo quality but what I like most about this photo is capturing that slice-of-life aspect to it.

 

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What I like about this next one is the old-fashioned posed nature of it, although I don't know exactly what aspect of the poses makes it feel old-fashioned to me. I like the visual variety of us people. How each of us has our hands on a different thing. How the geometry of the shot is set by the fact that one sits on a stool and one on the deck and two remain standing. One of us is shirted. One of us is white. Mostly what I like about though it is that the dude holding my guitar is my best amigo Eder and his massive grin makes me happy. I must've sat the camera on a box and set the timer to take this one.

 

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This next one I love partly because it accidentally has some depth-of-field (it's shot on a cheap camera so the out-of-focus background is just dumb luck on my part) but mostly because it features the first wild tarantula I ever saw. Before travelling to The Amazon I was arachnophobic and, aside from the language, the thing which weighed most heavily on my mind was knowing I would be living among these guys. I can't say my arachnophobia was ever "cured" but I did learn to live around them and even to find them somewhat adorable when they would stroll around slowly like this one is. Part of learning to live around them was learning never to startle them because then they don't move slowly anymore, and when they move fast they're terrifying.

 

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Maybe my favourite non-organic thing in the Amazon was the boats, and especially the tugboats. I like the background light in this shot but mostly I like the boats and dockside buildings of the city of Belem, a short 20 minute ride from the island I lived on. A lot of working with a cheap camera is working out how to give the image some depth without the benefit of fancypants lenses. I think I got a little of it here by shooting from a height/angle which put the hulls of the boats against a river background and the white upper decks of the boats against the darker midground of the buldings. I also noticed that using some zoom helps, although I'm not technically-minded enough to know why.

 

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God damn I love these boats. This one, from the lower angle, shows off the ridiculously cool fact that these are small-ish vessels but they're 3 and 4 "stories" high. This is so that when they're pushing a fully loaded barge from behind (hawt) they can see over the top of the load.

 

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Lastly, here's a "borboleta" sunning itself somewhere hopefully safe from my somewhat hefty 8-legged neighbours. Again I got some accidental depth-of-field, this time I think because I was using full zoom.

 

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Some color! (going to try to embed from my DeviantArt this time, so this may fail miserably*)

 

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"Keep on Shinin", taken in New Mexico.

 

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"Passion Flower II", taken in my friend's garden here in Virginia.



*that didn't work.

 

post #45 of 171
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Judas I too am a real sucker for sunsets. I especially need to get back to Maui soon.

 

I have other really solid pictures (sunsets and otherwise) but either I'm in them or my wife is in them.  I'm kinda hesitant to post those.

 

To everyone: there's some real talent in here.  I'm very impressed!

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Yours are very cool YT. Is this LA?

 

 

Thanks.  I think your pics are incredible too.  This pic is LA taken from the Griffith Park Observatory on the night before the "Supermoon."

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I am not a photographer. But I'm pleased to be here and soak it all in. Some great shots here.
 

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Downtown Pittsburgh as seen from Mt Washington.

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post #49 of 171
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I really loved Pittsburg when I was there in '07, the city was so much more green than I expected.

This next photo I cannot claim responsibility for. I got a new camera and let my roommate fool around with it for awhile. when I got it back this was one of the photos on the memory card.

Who knew an electric kettle could look so... so... brave.



Is anyone else thinking that an animated appliance movie is in need of a sequel with a new lead?
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post #50 of 171

Some awesome shots here guys.

 

Trying to avoid the great one my wife has taken as I think that might be cheating.  I'm kind of proud of this one though...

 

 

 

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Ruby one of our cats, looking like she wants to take over the world...

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