Family time on Keuka Lake

This week has been relaxing, spending time with the family on Keuka Lake and catching up with the nieces and nephews I haven’t seen in awhile.  Keuka always provides for some great photo opportunities, and this week was no different.  The campers from Camp Iroquois (the sheriff’s camp) obliged by sailing their brightly colored boats right out in front of the cottage on Wednesday afternoon.

I’ve been busy with shows and contest preparations again.  Wayne County Council for the Arts is my next upcoming show — I dropped off three entries for the Member Show that runs through the end of August.  I also made a run to Syracuse to drop off my entries for the New York State Fair.  I also entered some photos in the Gallery 96 upcoming Street Photography show.  I don’t do a lot of street photography, but had a couple of interesting shots to enter, so we’ll see if they do anything.  It’s a new gallery to me, and a new set of contacts to meet and interact with.

Today I am off for a photo shoot at Genesee Country Village and Museum for Wilder Days.  It sounds like a massive party, and that I should be Ubering instead of driving, doesn’t it?  Au contraire!   This takes me back to being a little girl …. think Little House on the Prairie!  Yes, Wilder, as in Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Can’t wait to see what today holds!  I’ll have pictures later.  For now, I’ll leave you with a few photos from my evening with Mercy Flight at the National Night Out….. are you allowed to have pizza on the helicopter?

A busy summer cultivating creativity

So far, summer of 2018 has been a busy one for me, in a good way.  I’m taking a much needed summer break from teaching and focusing on my creative hobbies.  I’ve been out shooting at Genesee Country Museum again for the Civil War Reenactment, and got some wonderful pictures there.

 

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The battle in the village was quite something to witness from close to the action.  Although there were no bullets, the sights and sounds were very realistic.  At times, it was easy to forget this was a reenactment.

I have taken up another hobby this summer in anticipation of having a booth at the local Palmyra Pirate Weekend (August 11).  I have started making metal stamped jewelry.  I have to say it has turned out to be more fun than I expected, and gives me a totally different creative outlet than my photography!  Coming up with the designs is the most challenging part for me, but it is getting easier.  I’ve even found a way to combine my photography and jewelry making!  Here are a few of my most recent creations.

 

My efforts at entering shows has paid off.  In addition to receiving an Artist Merit award at the Wayne County Council for the Arts show, the same photo has been accepted to a national juried art show in Wisconsin!  I entered that contest on a whim, never thinking I would have something selected!  I am also preparing my entries for the New York State Fair — hopefully I will have some selected for display there.  This has been fun seeing what can happen when I focus on this creative outlet of mine!  I hope this is just the beginning!

 

Creating a Community Through Blogging: A Q&A with Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography

Hmmmm …. would anyone be interested in small photo challenges around themes? I like this idea! I think this might be a fun way to connect.

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By nature, blogging is communal — we write publicly and interact with readers. Some people, like Cee Neuner at Cee’s Photography, have built communities around their sites. Cee hosts weekly photo challenges that not only encourage people to practice their shooting skills — they provide a welcoming space for bloggers around the world to connect. Here, Cee talks about her love for photography and what motivated her to launch challenges on her site.


What is your philosophy around photography?

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I am a visual person, so being behind a camera and looking for beauty and color is in my DNA. I take photos because I enjoy it. The world comes alive. I love looking through my viewfinder: I see life so much clearer than I do without the lens. I am fortunate as I have a natural ability for composition, and that makes taking photos so…

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Busy July

Well, my July seems like it has been very busy, though I feel quite relaxed.  A few days away at Keuka Lake to celebrate my birthday  (yep, I’m a July 4th baby, a real firecracker!).  I celebrated with a lovely pontoon boat cruise on Keuka Lake with Keuka Waterports — I’ve done two pontoon cruises with them and both were great!  We followed the boat ride with a delicious dinner lakeside at Snug Harbor — if you have not been there since they reopened this spring, you should definitely go try it out!

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Today I enjoyed a photo shoot with my Meetup group (Rochester Nature Photography Meetup) at Tinker Nature Park in Henrietta, NY.  It is a wonderful park with several nature trails, a nature center, fairy houses along one trail, beautiful gardens ….  I have driven by this park many times but never stopped before.  I will definitely go back!  Here are a couple of pictures from there today.

Last week, I entered three photos in the Wayne County Council for the Arts “Art Trough the Lens Photo Show”, which is on display through July 28.  I was notified that one of my photos was a winner, but I don’t know which one yet, or exactly what I won.  I will find out at the Artists Reception next Saturday.  This is very exciting for me, as one of my goals for the year was to enter some contests beyond the county fair, and try to place in some of them.  I am delighted to win something in my first show with the council, and plan to enter additional shows with them throughout the year.   My next effort is the New York State Fair, and a couple of online contests for a magazine and a calendar.

Finally, I have a new creative endeavor coming up, something other than photography, that I am hoping will be just as much fun.  No details yet, but hopefully I can post some photos soon of my creative efforts …..

Until next time ….

Mary

Sunset hunting!

I decided to head on up to Lake Ontario to catch the sunset tonight after a meeting in Sodus.  I considered heading to Sodus Point, an excellent spot for sunset viewing.  But for some reason, I decided to head just a bit further west and try a park I had not photographed in before.  B Forman Park in Pultneyville is a great park right along the shore  of Lake Ontario, and the sunset turned out to be incredible.  I’ll share just a couple of the images I captured tonight.  I highly recommend a jaunt out to Pultneyville for a sunset this summer!  You will not be disappointed!

The Weekend was here!

It’s been a busy weekend!  Photography this weekend included my niece’s high school graduation and a trip to Genesee Country Village and Museum for 1812 weekend.  I tried my hand at making lace on Sunday afternoon, but I was most entertained by the children’s militia.  Despite the rainy weather, I still got some nice shots.  Here, the youngest militiaman was a bit reluctant to turn over his weapon at the end of the drill!

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Staying on the cute little boy theme, this two year old did not mind playing dress up in the least.  So precious!

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Sunset the other night was a total bust picture-wise, but it’s always fun to hang out with like-minded friends.  Look for more photo fun this week when we hot the butterfly trail!

And so it begins

Today begins my photography blogging adventure!  My goal is to chronicle some of my photography adventures and share them with friends and followers.  Please let me know what you think, and where you think I should go next!

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I loved the flowers in the gardens at Genesee Country Village and Museum last weekend.  I snapped this just before my first Haggis Tasting!  Yes, during the Celtic Faire weekend, I partook in the haggis tasting, and to my surprise, it wasn’t bad!  Of course, it wasn’t authentic either.

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This sweet gentleman told me about how coming to GCVM reminds him of his childhood, and how relaxing it is.  We talked about how nice it is to see families interacting with each other, and electronics are forgotten for a time.  I enjoyed the few minutes I spent with him.

Hopefully later today I will get some sunset pictures from Cobb’s Hill Park overlooking Rochester.

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