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IMG_4815While redoing my Zenfolio site, I found a folder of some of my photos of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico from our trip last spring that I had forgotten about. I continues to amaze me how  easy it is to bring out the striking colors with little effort. This little town reminded so much of Tuscany because ever time I turned a corner, there seemed to be a photo opportunity.

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scottgipson_conrad-8235IMG_3720My friend Conrad owns a piece of property on top of Chalk Mountain near Glen Rose, Tx that in every respect, looks like a scene from Tuscany. Conrad is a well known desinger who’s house looks like a Tuscan villa repeat with marble pillars and ornate gardens. Last year I brought my grnaddaugher here for her Senior pictures (color photo) and last week was there at night so I set up the tripod in the same place to get a sense of what a night shot would look like. Actually, I was waiting for the moon rise only to find out it would be way past my bedtime so I settled for the BNW above. We can see the Milky Way from here but there was too much light from the city. The specs in the top photo are actually stars and do look like specs on the lens.  Now that fall is here and the air is clear, I will work on the moonrise and Milky Way soon.

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scottgipson_Jean-8154The light in the fall is the most wonderful time for photographers. Crisp and clear with no humidity in the air allows me to work with different views and possess. Here, my friend Jean is walking along the site of the pond and with no wind, the reflection is wonderful. I do believe that black and white images convey and lovely tone of the photo and brings outs the true image I was looking for.

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It was a dark and raining night on the 13th in Winnsboro, TX at the local High School football game and to top it off, it was Homecoming night. In trying to photograph this evening, I found an interesting contrast between the periods of rain and light bouncing off of the instruments. I though converting them to B+W would be the best effect to use.

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litleleague_scottgipsonAttending my grandson’s Little League ball game last night, it was way to easy spot to the kids who were “distracted”. I remember all to well my time in Little League and the Coach always calling out for us to “pay attention” which I heard a lot of last night. These boys were lined up at second base for practice prior to the game and as you can see, they were all “paying attention”.

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OGjoqUC0SjKor%jJ3mmtAASomeone I was traveling with this week made a comment on the increased amount of dogs we are seeing at airports these days. So we get on the Portland to DFW flight and what do I get to sit next to but a rather interesting looking dog with a “snort”! I was able to sneak a couple of photos while the owner was asleep and this is the best one. Talk about happy to alive and in the lap of a very attentive owner. BTW, the tongue was always sticking out, even when snorting!

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WtqHMTe4T0+EFwu0sNgk2QWhile traveling through Oregon, we stopped at Multnomah Falls which is one of the “go to” places you really have to visit along the Columbia Gorge. It was a warm day and the ice cream cones people were eating looked great, and standing in line, I spotted this Tip Jar. At least they were honest in what they would spend the extra money on but I almost told Dannielle that she could get a puppy at the local shelter for next to nothing!

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portland18_mural_sml_scottgipsonWalking recently in downtown Portland, I came across some wall art on an old building. Some of this artwork is really quite well done and very imaginative and I thought this one was worth taking a picture of. #portlandoregon #buildingart

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Late last night we were walking along the road under the Astoria Bridge and I spotted a lone Pelican on an old pilling but did not have my long lens. Up early this morning I was surprised to see the Pelican was still there, but when I finally got it in focus, I found is was metal art!!! #Astoria

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white_horse1-scottgipsonSeveral years ago, I stated a theme of photographing white horses. At that time, we seemed to have a lot of hight colored horses around and they tended to be more photogenic.  In this case, this is an Arabian who is actually a grey but looks white from a distance. I recently though that converting these photos to Black and White may look interesting and from what I can tell, they seem to take on a different “look” of the horse. Let me know what you think.

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