Monday, September 30, 2013

Daily Photo Theme - #MountainMonday

Here's a recent photo for #MountainMonday featuring our own Mount Monadnock.

This shot requires an explanation, stay tuned to blog.poltrack.net for answers

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Last full day of summer 2013

A few photos from Washburn's Windy Hill Orchard in Mason, NH. They were taken on the last full day of summer. They were doing a brisk business giving hayrides and selling apple crisp and caramel apples.

Pumpkins on the lawn

Pie size

Unbelievable crop this year, pick your own
Same for peaches earlier in late August

Perfect



Leading line theme

I avoid these, always get lost

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Daily Photo Theme - #SculptureSunday

Some of Gerry Friedman's metal sculptures on display at their studio Torch and Palette in New Ipswich, NH. Once again the studio will participate in the Fall Foliage Art Studio  Tour to be held on Columbus Day weekend, Oct 12th and Oct 13th from 10am to 5pm.

Gerry Friedman - metal sculpture
D.M. LeBris - encaustic painting, printmaking and jewelry

Everyone in town has seen this guy hanging from a tree

One of my favorite outside pieces

Gerry at work


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Daily PhotoTheme - #CATURDAY!

Our cat Paris reminded me that Saturday is Caturday by nudging my hand and purring at 3 AM. I'm featuring some more photos from my daughter that should took of her cat Breck (named for Breckenridge CO). Breck is a beautiful Bengal male and a very handsome guy.

Breck

Breck and "Piggy" a stuffed friend

Cat in a box


Friday, September 20, 2013

Daily Photo Theme - Food Friday (Guest Photographer)

When I created this blog, I did so as a vehicle to share my own photos. That seems a bit self serving especially when I have some really talented (photo composition) kids and family members.

I'm old school, carrying around a 3 pound digital SLR, however lately it has been a Mirrorless Olympus micro 4/3 camera with removable lens. My kids however have mobile phones always in their hands. I lament they don't post the photos on a site other than Facebook, but that is is the way it is.

I am amazed at the quality of the photos, and I've decided to feature some of them on this blog. I've made minimal edits to the shots, mostly adjusting exposure and some cropping to level horizons but mostly the photos are unaltered.

I decided to relate them to the daily photo themes when it matched. It's hard to judge dates and locations since Facebook strips that information off for their own nefarious reasons.

My daughter lives in Boston, which is treasure for photographers and we'll start with her photos taken with an iPhone4S

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How great it is to have a plate of oysters on ice with lemon and sauce
Boston, MA
Photo Credit - Emily Poltrack

Daily Photo Theme - Floral Friday

Stonecrop is a staple fall flower with pink flowers. For fun I rendered it with saturated colors for #FloralFriday.

Autumn Joy Sedum - 2011

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Daily Photo Theme - Stairs Thursday

The Dune loop trail at Parker National Wildlife Refuge provided plenty of opportunity to photograph some interesting stairs. One of the more elaborate boardwalks I have seen. My picks for Thursday's photo theme #StairsThursday.

Down we go

Tolkien comes to mind

Highest point on dune. Heather and beach plums galore

Twist and turn

12mm lens gets this just right

Into the light

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Daily Photo Theme - Grass Tuesday

The marsh boardwalk trail at Parker National Wildlife Refuge, great location for the photo theme #GrassTuesday. What is missing is the sound of the wind blowing through the rushes. This is a great location. I chose this photo for my Facebook title page.

Marsh Boardwalk

Friday, September 13, 2013

Daily Photo Theme - Floral Friday

Happy muggy Friday, a few flower photos for #FloralFriday.

Kousa Dogwood

Hydrangea

I think this is a May Apple flower

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Daily Photo Theme - Stairs Thursday

Boardwalk along the Dune Loop at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Seems appropriate for the Thursday photo theme #StairsThursday.

Going Down

Seems like something out of Tokien

Highest point on the trail. A dune with a 360 degree view and a spotting scope. Didn't see any birds though.

Descending into the depths

Enjoying this 12mm lens (24mm  in film terms)

Going up



Sunday, September 8, 2013

Sunday's Daily Photo Theme - Street Food Sunday

Tying this into "street food" is a bit of a stretch, but when Peterborough had a Puppet Parade, I went for lunch and found something other than the usual fare of hot dogs, hamburgers and pizza. Something that is healthy and tasty. Paella!

I wish I had a photo of the vendors selling Monkey Meat on a stick in Olongapo City, PI. THAT is street food.

Jorge's Paella

Daily Photo Theme - Door Sunday

I have no idea where I took this shot. Another plus for digital photography, with date stamping and GPS information. However it does fill the requirements for the daily photo theme #DoorSunday.

From a scanned slide, go figure:

Watch that first step

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Daily Photo Themes for Saturday

A collection of the themes for this Saturday

Bench Saturday, Caturday, Shroomshot Saturday, Social Saturday, Unsharp Saturday

One of the most popular themes on G+ is #Caturday.
Paris hanging out in my office. She disappeared completely yesterday in a successful attempt to avoid
going to the vet.

Rustic bench spotted at the Peterborough Farmer's Market. Not very comfortable!
Photo theme #BenchSaturday

Three toadstools for #ShroomshotSaturday. Just coming into our Fungus season.

One theme I have yet to explore is #SocialSaturday which is described on their G+ page.
Quoting it below for the non- G+ crowd.

The Philosophy
Social awareness is our ability to accurately pick up on emotions in other people and understand what is really going on. Empathy and understanding are most fundamental in it: thinking about the other persons' needs, feelings and perceptions before our own point of view. But researches tell us we're not very good at this any more. Furthermore, too many people want everyone else to conform to their particular ways without understanding others and without acknowledging others' concerns and issues. Social issues are issues which relate to people's personal lives and interactions. Being socially aware helps people take others' situation and needs into account as much as possible. It allows us to adopt some internal stuff to lead to stronger connections in our relations with others. As we improve social awareness we also improve our experience of life. Photography  as a phenomenal art form allowing us to share our experiences, thoughts and emotions with others can be used to help inspire for more social awareness as we can record moments and document scenes of social issues that helps us feel a connection with other human beings in meaningful ways which might not have been possible otherwise. By participating in +Social Saturday Photography Theme Page, you'll have the opportunity to explore socially impressive works of great photographers on your stream. It will make a difference and we will grow both as people as well as photographers.


Part of the antique technology that will be on display at the NEW Appleton Academy museum.
I chose this shot for #UnsharpSaturday .


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Daily Photo Theme - Window Wednesday

Went on a tour of mansions in Memphis Tennessee. I was going for training in Avionics at the Naval Air Station located in the town of Millington. The Navy barracks were not quite as nice as this.
This is a 44 year old scanned slide

Monday, September 2, 2013

Daily Photo Theme - Sign Sunday

Yikes Jaws!

We saw the double flags

Great cemetery

I have photos. rubbings are old school

Clever 

Yes!

I hate ticks

Swam anyway and lived to blog about it

Pill shaped sign

How official

Welcome and beware!

More scary Chatham stuff

Cool animals

Old sign, still relevant

Retro