In photography, the golden hour is the period of daytime shortly after sunrise or before sunset, during which daylight is redder and softer than when the Sun is higher in the sky.
The period of time right before sunrise and shortly after sunset is called the "magic hour," especially by cinematographers.   During this time the brightness of the sky matches the brightness of streetlights, signs, car headlights and lit windows. Also, during this period of time there are no sharp shadows because the sun has set (or hasn't risen). The magic hour is actually closer to twenty or thirty minutes. - Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_hour_(photography)
Alpacas are the cutest animals, ever according to me. I couldn't get enough of them at the Island Alpaca Company on Martha's Vineyard. There bobble type furry heads just made me smile. There was even a 10-day old baby. I convinced my husband that we should go to. Well, I would have gone without him anyway. This trip really made my day, and Jeff loved them too. They are also very photogenic, I brought along my Nikon 7200 and my Tokina Macro lens.
This is from their website:
Island Alpaca Company of Martha's Vineyard began in 2004 with the purchase of 19 acres of land and an antique post-and-beam barn that once stood in Export PA. Over the next two years, the barn was assembled, pastures were cleared, and fencing installed. The original purchase of eight alpacas in 2004 had grown to a starter herd of 31, which moved into the barn in 2006. Today, Island Alpaca has a select herd of over 50 colorful Huacaya alpaca.
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Do you ever feel like our world is on fire or at least smoldering?
COVID, the election, social media, Fires out west, and whatever else is going on.
I miss the February and March 2020. It was not because of the weather—New England kind of stinks in those months. But I miss seeing family and friends, go to concerts, eating out, and generally do all the things we always do. But, alas, the world is different now for better or worse.
When I am able to I do go out and photograph. Now that the weather is more temperate, I am back to walking in my neighborhood. I had been taking my community for granted in away, not noticing the little things.
I like knowing who has a friendly dog I can pet, seeing the same families on their bikes or walking. I also like seeing suburban nature change over time. These walks let me think and make me feel happy. You probably have seen some of my flower photos on my Facebook page Kerry Hawkin Art.
I am grateful for the familiarity in this uncertain time. What makes you thankful?
Finally, the air is getting cooler and I am out taking more walks around my neighborhood and at the Endicott Community Gardens. Sunflowers are winding down but there is still a lot oof color out there.
Dahlias are my favorite September flower. Big and bright. The can grow very tall. I havent had much luch growing them but some of my fellow gradeners have. I am grateful for that.
I don't always know what a flower is but love there beauty even weeds. well not as much for weeds. Below are photos I have taken over the last few weeks.
Do you love to try new creative things?
I have been having fun with digital collage. I love to experiment, and I have found many outstanding elements on the Heritage Type company and Canva.com. I sometimes use the features, but some of my creations also incorporate photos I have taken. I was inspired by the artists on the Behance website. I love all the inspiration on this platform. I have been combining my love of tiny things and nature. You can catch more creation on my @Tinyfur Instagram. I think canva.com is excellent for simple collages, and photoshop is great for more complicated images. More complicated images have many more layers and taking out parts of an image. I hope to keep going with my creations.
What have you been doing creatively?
There has been a lot going on, and not much is going on. We did manage a short getaway, which was much needed. The news every day doesn't seem to get better. I have a draw full of masks, and we have had multiple heatwaves. I am praying someday for central air conditioning. But I digress! I have been taking lots of photos of our vacation and my two trips into Boston. I have to post a few pics here.
We tried our meal at a restaurant but outside. We had some great Mexican food on the patio of El Centro in Dedham. Dedham Square is in full restaurant mode with loads of outdoor seating. Maybe they will have outdoor patios every summer. The outdoor spaces are fun to watch the world go by. It felt funny going back to a restaurant but enjoyable as well.
I have also been watching my eight-year-old nephew, Brody. He loves drawing and Ninja Turtles. Sometimes, he can see a bit hard to entertain. It doesn't help; only a few places are open—more Chalk drawings in my future. I can brush up on my drawing skills.
I have been taking many nature photos on my walks when it isn't too sticky out. Trying a bit of doodling as well. I used to do illustrations and want to get back in the practice of drawing fun characters. What have you been doing to be creative?
The Dedham Farmer's Market starts tomorrow on the First Church Green in Dedham 2-6pm. That means lots of fresh food for me and lots of fun photo ops. I take photos for the market and post them on Instagram for the Dedham Square Circle. It is one of my funnest feeds. I just love see and supporting the Farmers, artists, food makers and more. WE will be social distancing and will have new rules. Look for pic on the Dedham Farmer's Market Instagram
In a sense, things seem the same. Spring still happened, and I still have a garden at the Endicott Community Greenhouse, I always take photos and see people social distancing. But this is so different. No museums are open, summer events are canceled. I want to go on a road trip, but where do I get something to eat or even go to the bathroom. Just surreal!
I am trying to keep creative. I have experimented with a few things like cooking pasta with my husband, Origami, and doing Puzzles. The least rewarding them seems to be the puzzle. It seems to be taking forever, and the cats will just lay right down in the middle of it. I get a few pieces placed, and I get excited, and then I hit a wall. Never sure if I should go on. The only thing is the cats will miss it.
What has frustrated you most when taking up something new?
Borderland State Park is a history and nature preserve with public recreational features in Easton and Sharon, Massachusetts. The state park encompasses 1,843 acres surrounding the Ames Mansion, built-in 1910.
This park is so beautiful, and I used to visit it a lifetime ago. When my friend and fellow photographer, Dennis Stein, asked me to photograph with him, I was game. I hadn't
I brought a traditional Nikon SLR and my 360 camera, and of course, my Samsung Phone. The above photos are taken with a Nikon D7200.
Dennis brought a Leica Film Camera, Polaroid Camera with black and white instant film, and a pinhole camera. That is a lot of cameras for one trip, but it was fun to see what we both photographed. Although we both look for cool shapes in nature. I am more of a foliage and flower person.
This park has such pretty trails. It was great to revisit them. I have wanted to go to Boston to take pics but still have to plan that out. This was a pleasant diversion. Getting outside always makes me feel better. It hasn't been easy these days. I will be posting more soon.
Kerry Hawkins Art