Project 52 – Week 16 – Places & Spaces

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Bonnie

Spring has sprung in Buffalo, NY and I am out and about occupying open outdoor spaces and places, soaking up the sun and sights.  Delaware Park is beginning to bustle with runners, walkers, roller bladders and bikers.  I love sharing this space with this eclectic group of people.  And the best part, it’s always sure to be a great day with so many smiling faces greeting me in the early morning hours. Heading into late April, the trees are beginning to bloom and I could not resist taking a photo of this Cornelian Cherry Dogwood.  The yellow blossoms are one of the first to appear in spring and they are a beautiful sight to behold.

Taken with my iphone in early morning sun and edited it snapseed and qbro.

“Nature is so powerful, so strong. Capturing its essence is not easy – your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. It takes you to a place within yourself.”~Annie Leibovitz

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Alex

We found a little pale blue speckled broken eggshell at the foot of one of the oak trees in front of our house yesterday.  High up above there is a nest perched between two of the tree branches.  In this place, once a space, you can now hear the chirping of tiny baby birds, watched over by their parents who guard them, feed them, and take care of them.  This afternoon, as I listened to them singing outside my study window, I thought it would be perfect if I could try and capture this new family with my camera. To the left of the adult bird in the image, you can just about make out the fluffy white feathers of one of the babies, and the flash of a yellow open beak, as they have just received a tasty morsel.  Truly a lovely reminder that Spring is here!

I took this photograph at 2:30 in the afternoon, using my Canon DSLR and my 70-200mm f/2.8 lens.  My aperture was set at f/4.5, my ISO at 250, and my shutter speed at 1/60.  Post processing in Lightroom 4, I cropped the image, increased the contrast and clarity, and then adjusted the greens and yellows.

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