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.
I have discovered a new photographer to follow, Arnaud Montagard. The article was called
Arnaud Montagard's photographs of an American road trip look like Edward Hopper paintings
I have found this photographer on the website Creative Boom. The photos look so much like Edward Hopper but in photographic form.
I can't get out that much right now, but I found some of my photos that are much like these photos. It is fun to see past images of places I have traveled, but I look forward to future adventures when it is safe. These are a few photos I found in my archive. It was great to look for them and rediscover them. They are a bit Edward Hooper in a way. What do you think?
Exploring via Google Earth!
I love to read articles about other photographers. I stumbled upon this article.
"A photographer who spent years capturing photos of the small towns and remote destinations
using Google Street " on BusinessInsider.com
I had not thought about using Google Earth to see far-flung places, and gathering screen captures from sites like a Mongolia village. Since we are all staying home, I thought, why not try it.
These are a few pics
I do need to practice honing into exciting places, but this is my results from my first experiment. Photos from Mongolia (Bottom) Croatia (middle), and Tunis (top)
Close up world of plants. I just bought a new wide angle macro lens for my Samsung 9. I purchased the Anazalea Lens from Amazon. There are a lot of choices, but I like that this one is a combination of the two lens, and a case to carry it in. the case protects it from my clumsiness.
These are taken at the Endicott Community Greenhouse which carries vegetables, flowers and cactus. It is amazing how close you can be to the details of the flowers with a macro lens. You notice things about your subject that you had never noticed before.
Have a great Memorial day weekend!
I have been walking just about everyday, even in rain. It is a great stress reliever and I have been watching spring unfold over the last few months. It is a fun way to see nature change, and do a little photographing. Who would have thought I would find so many beautiful things
Every walk in a cemetery? Brookdale Cemetary is close to where my Mom lives and makes it easy to do a social distance walk. Not much traffic! It was a kind of sunny day that means close-ups of statues work better and are more attractive. The issue with taking a photo with your phone is you sometimes have too much light in the picture or a rainbow effect. Most of the time, it is not wanted, but in this case, the rainbow effect works in the photo.
Which one do you like best the color photo or black and white?
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Kerry Hawkins Art