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dsc00009What to do when the skies are gray, dark, and gloomy? Find an old cemetery, that’s what.

Today, we found a gem, Wheatland Rural Cemetery. Very well maintained, and filled with history.

Veteran’s graves were marked serving in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and the Civil war. We felt honored to walk through the hallowed grounds. And as always when we visit a cemetery, we gained new appreciation for life.

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Baby, it’s cold outside. And that’s hell for us outdoor photographers. The frigid cold is tough on the body and equipment. There’s not much to photograph, except white on white. Even the wildlife is hunkered down.

But, fortunately there’s always tons of work to do inside, like catalog photos, edit, and sharpen techniques by studying. But, if you want to keep the creative juices flowing, there’s plenty to shoot inside, too.

Dream up still life photos from prized possessions sitting around the house, super market plants, or deals from the dollar store.

Last winter, my husband and I challenged each other. With a set dollar amount, we went on a spree at an antique shop. Came home and set up the tabletop studio. We even surprised ourselves with our creations.

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dscn4685The New Year is when we reflect, organize, and set goals. It’s also a great time to back up photos and documents.

I’ve learned the hard way. Because of computer problems, I’ve lost many irreplaceable photos. And it’s heartbreaking. Now, I use a portable drive for storage and peace of mind.

So, as we start this New Year, take care to preserve precious memories.

 

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You know what I love about holiday photos? Everything!

They don’t have to be perfect, after all it’s the moment that you’re capturing. A child too enthralled with a toy to stare into the camera or a smidgen of eggnog on a face, nothing can ruin a holiday image. It’s memories being chronicled.

Often, too late in life we realize time is fleeting and life is so precious. So, take every opportunity to photograph and don’t agonize over the details. Be thankful of the memories….

I know I am very thankful.

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I feel truly blessed to be living in Western New York. From rural landscapes to city scenery, a variety of wildlife, and the four seasons, this area is a photographer’s dream.

Each of the four seasons provide unique photo opportunities. And the bitter harsh winters are no exception. There is nothing more breathtaking than fresh fallen snow. With skies of brilliant blue or gray clouds, one can capture the pure essence of cold.

So don’t let these frosty moments pass you by. Bundle up and enjoy.

 

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Life can be hard. Most of the time, and that includes photography, we take things too serious. We worry about composition or exposure. We stress about deadlines and commitments. Sometimes, we just need to lighten up and go for the fun, easy shots.

For me, the perfect fun subject is ducks. Ducks are comical creatures. They provide multiple poses, swimming, preening, and waddling. From drab brown to bright blue wings, the variations seem endless.

And the best part—they always make you smile.

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