Tuesday, September 9, 2014

BRANDYWINE POLO CLUB




Friday night (9-5-14), we were invited to tailgate at a local polo match with four of our friends.  Polo has been on my bucket list for the past 3 or 4 years.  I love horses and this would be the perfect opportunity to get some great images.  I loaded up the Nikon, a couple of chairs and a pound cake and we were on our way.  Anyone who knows me well knows that I am not a sports person.  But I think I have finally found a sport that I really enjoy.

The match was sparsely attended, which surprised me, as they advertise Twilight Polo which is a bit romanticized, but for the area, I really expected a tailgate crowd with lots of wine flowing. Come on Chester County, where are you?  Isn't this Horse Country, after all?   But it was a great night, none the less.  I had slathered on Skin So Soft so the mosquitos wouldn't be a factor.  I had a fresh battery and a new flash card and I was so ready to shoot some horses.  Not wanting to miss on the action shots, I put the camera in continuous mode and ended up shooting 1,675 images.  Not bad for 3 hours…






The announcer did a great commentary and explained the rules as he went along.




It was a steamy night for the horses.  




I was so surprised to see so many women athletes playing.  




A player can only use the mallet with his right hand, even if he's left handed.  He also must swing in on both the right and left sides of the horse to get his shots.  You have to be a really strong athlete to play this game. Holding on to the horse, the mallet and twisting to your left side, and bending down to reach the ball.  There's some strong core muscles in play, here.



The horses all seemed to be evenly matched size wise.  





From what I understood...Horses are allowed to bump, and probably encouraged, to do so.  But they can't pass in front.  Too dangerous for man and horse.




I love it when horses have all four feet off the ground.  Reminds me of a Carousel horse.





Horses looked extremely well cared for.




How can they even think of swinging that thing with all those horses around.  Surprisingly, no one got hurt.  Well, the ref did get a bloody nose when a horse lifted his head near his face.  But he got right back in the game after the bleeding stopped.  I was glad to see an ambulance off to the side, just in case.




LOVE THIS PONY.

Next time, I'd like to shoot the pre-game show.  

Brandywine Polo Club

http://www.brandywinepolo.com

They have matches on Friday nights and on Sunday afternoons - Isn't there a non-EAGLES Sunday coming up?  Please take the time to go see.  Visit their website for the schedule and the rules.  Pack a picnic lunch or they have a food truck on the premises.  Worth a look.  I think they have four more weeks left in the schedule.  Very easy to find.  Just off the Toughkenamon Exit of Route 1, near Kennett Square.

Polo - The sport of Kings.
I have a new respect for Prince Charles - as a sportsman, that is.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

RACHAEL'S SENIOR PORTRAIT PHOTO SHOOT

RACHAEL'S 

SENIOR PORTRAIT PHOTO SHOOT




Saturday, we picked up Rachael at 9:00 am.  The goal for today was to shoot her senior portraits.  She has been so excited for quite some time.  She'd been planning this session for months.  She asked me if I would shoot them for her.  I was honored that she would trust me with something so important.  I don't, as a rule, shoot people.  I tend to do artsy stuff.   But she told me it would mean so much to her and it would be so special if I did them for her.  How could I say no?

So, off we went, Poppop doing the chauffeuring, and me taking the shots.  We had so much fun.  We started out at Gibraltar Gardens in Wilmington.  It's a wonderfully scenic place with a lily pond and statues and a pavilion.  We got some really great shots there.





THE GREEN DOOR OF GIBRALTAR GARDENS 
(I'M SO GLAD THEY NEVER PAINTED IT)






GIBRALTAR GARDENS LILY POND












SWINGIN' ON THE GARDEN GATE





THAT'S MY FAVORITE SMILE




RACHAEL WITH HER SPECIAL BUDDY




IN THE STATUE GARDEN





PAVILION AT GIBRALTAR GARDENS












After the session at Gibraltor, we went to Hollister's for a new outfit, then to Chili's for lunch before stopping at home for a small rest.  Poppop cut the grass and Rachie and I headed to Aston to Neumann University for some shots, after changing our outfit, of course.




NEUMANN UNIVERSITY 






NEUMANN CIRCLE





SO STUDIOUS...NOT


Then we picked up Poppop and he took us to a waterfall he remembered from his fishing days in Ridley Creek State Park.  WHAT A FIND.




OUR COUNTRY GIRL AT THE CREEK




AND AT THE WATERFALL IN RIDLEY STATE PARK




MY FAV


We rushed to a barn up the street from our house while the light was still good for a few shots.



And finally to our friend's pond in Glen Mills, where we stayed for a soft drink and chatted awhile.  Getting home from our long day around 9 PM.  It's 12:30 AM and I'm still doing post-processing.  What a great day it was.




SPLASHIN' IN THE POND WHERE SHE 
FISHED AS A LITTLE GIRL




THERE WAS A GOOSE TO THE LEFT
WHO KEPT HONKIN' AT US




RELAXIN' ON THE DOCK 
AFTER A LONG DAY AS A SUPER MODEL


We had so much fun that we're going to do another shoot in the fall, when the fall color comes in.  Who knows?  This may become a yearly event.  It got me back out there shooting after a year off.  It felt really good to have that camera in my hands again.

TATA TILL NEXT TIME!



Monday, January 28, 2013

WHITE HAT... HE'S A GOOD GUY!

Hi, Everyone.

I've been on hiatus since July, dealing with some health issues and extreme lack of energy.  I haven't been out shooting since the summer, so I'm itching to do something creative.  I was going through some old images and found some of my husband from 1971.  He had just grown his mustache. We were coursing our Afghan Hounds on a Sunday afternoon with some friends from our Afghan club and one of our dear friends, Harry DeGeorge, a talented photographer,  saw Dick sporting that new mustache and said, "Next week, wear those pants and those boots and I'll bring everything else."

True to  his word,  the next Sunday came and Harry exited his vehicle with shopping bags filled with guns, holsters, shirts hats and by gum, he made Dick a cowboy.  The two of there went out into a field and had a great time.  The results were fabulous black and whites of Cowboy Dick, whose hero happens to be John Wayne.

I've taken the liberty of taking one of Harry's images and superimposing it onto one of my shots from Monument Valley.  Since the original cowboy images were 35mm scanned images and the Monument Valley image was a digital, I added a grain to blend the two images and try to get a feel of the Ole West.  I think it came out pretty good, so I'm sharing.

 I had a 16x20 canvas wrap done of it for a Valentine's Day present for my special guy.


WHITE HAT...HE'S A GOOD GUY!


See... we were always meant to be in Arizona.


Thanks Harry, for your willingness to allow me to use your image.
You're the best.






Until I can get out to shoot again, I will be posting some Photomontage images.  I haven't deserted you all,  just taking a break until I get my energy back.  Hope to be back full strength, soon.  Thanks for hanging in there with me.

Monday, July 9, 2012

The Fourth of July!!

I can't believe the summer is almost half gone!  I took a 10 day vaca from work to regroup and get some things done around the house.  We worked so hard that we decided to reward ourselves and take a drive down to Rock Hall for some crabs.  It was over 100 degrees, but there was a breeze on the water so we sat outside watching the boats glide by.  Oyster, clams and crabs...it doesn't get any better than that.  Well, and a Corona.  'We drove through a wildlife preserve hoping to spot an eagle, and while we did see osprey, no eagles to be found this time.  As we were leaving, I spotted a field of sunflowers.  Wow!  What a treat that was.  It made the whole trip worthwhile.

Enjoy the images and take time to savor these wonderful summer days.


A bad  day on the water will always out weigh the best day at work.


Osprey...why do they always build in unattractive spots?


Reminds me of Beatles tunes for some reason.  
Sunflower Fields forever.


Star Barn...what a picture.



Head Held High



Just Another Pretty Face!!



Thursday, May 10, 2012

Scroll down for IRELAND images... 

f2 sociedad fotográfica
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION ACCEPTANCES 
 ARGENTINA

I just received word that I was awarded 2 Acceptances in the International Competition -
 f2 sociedad fotografica - IN ARGENTINA - OMG, I'm global!!!

This is a PSA (Photographic Society of America) sanctioned event.  I'm very excited about these acceptances.  

Here  are the images that were selected.

In the General Category:


VIEW THROUGH THE CURTAINS


In the Monochrome Category:





NEW YORK CITY DOCK

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

IRELAND - 2012

This past April found us back in Ireland.  We have wanted to return to Ireland for a VERY long time.  Cathy, a friend, was going with her family on a tour with 34 others, mostly friends and relatives.  She asked if we'd like to join them and I jumped on it, even though we wouldn't know anyone else.  We came back with 34 more friends.  Everyone was lovely and welcoming to us.

SATURDAY - DUBLIN

Dick and I left a day earlier because we had seen most everything that the tour was offering before, and we wanted to do some new things.   The most important thing for me, was to visit the Irish National Stud in Kildare about an hour from Dublin on the bus.

So we walked to Temple Bar and find Gallagher's Boxty Pub.  We had a lovely dinner - Oysters fresh from the Irish sea - Smoked salmon with brown bread - Fish & Chips - Rib steak with Colcannon - a Harp and a Murphy's.  After a great dinner we took a taxi to the hotel and crashed.

SUNDAY - DUBLIN


To Kildare


Early next morning (Sunday) we started off for the Irish National Stud in Kildare, and arrived there by noon.  We walked around taking images of the wonderful Irish thoroughbred horses there.

The most wonderful horse, Invincible Spirit with a stud fee of 60,000 Euros ($78,900.00).  And you should see the list of names of his progeny.  Hundreds of them.  The tour guide told us that a middle eastern sheik offered 60 million for him, and they turned it down.  While we were there, a truck pulled up next to his corral with a mare that was coming in to be bred.  You should have seen him perk up and show off for the lady.  He was trotting around in circles by the fence so she could see him.  These guys have the life.  There were just 6 stud horses there, all magnificent. looking specimens.  The others had much lower stud fees (around 11,000 Euros).



INVINCIBLE SPIRIT



They also had a great number of mares with foals.  They were just the cutest.  I must have been a cowboy in another life.  I just love horses.  Never had the opportunity to be near them, but I sure would like to be. Just for the photo ops!!




He's my favorite.  He kept coming to the fence for me.



 
This little guy was just bouncing around the paddock.  

BOING! BOING! BOING!

 

Just hangin' out with Mom



Lunch Time



Mallard on the Lake



My Kind of Horse

After coming back to the hotel, Cathy and the others had arrived and Cathy had left us a note saying they were at Duke's Pub in Dublin for the Literary Pub Crawl, so we quickly hopped in a taxi and met up with the group. the Crawl took us from Duke's to Trinity College and ended in that vicinity.  When it was over, we crawled on our own to O'Neil's Pub, who was known to have great food.  We had Prime Rib with Yorkshire Pudding with a Harp's and a Guinness.  Really good food.  After dinner we hopped back into a cab and made our way to the hotel.  Tomorrow was going to be a lot of walking.

The taxis are great.  They are lined up all over town and when you put you hand in the air, they actually stop!!  Even if they’re on their way home!  All of the drivers were talkers.  They told you all about Dublin and some asked questions.  When I told one of them that we were from Delaware, he broke out in song with “What did Delaware boys, what did Delaware?”  I couldn’t believe that he’d ever heard that one let alone knew the words.  She wore her brand New Jersey, of course.  This was such a fun trip.  The Irish are wonderful folks.
MONDAY - DUBLIN

Bus tour of St. Pat’s Cathedral, Trinity College and the Book of Kells (the Library was the inspiration for the Harry Potter movie).   For some reason, I didn't take any pictures in the Library.  




Windows of St. Patrick's Cathedral





Inside St. Pat's





No clue who he is, but what workmanship.  They don't build 'em like this, anymore.




Walking the streets of Dublin




Shamrocks on the light poles.  It's all in the details!




Details!

Then we walked over to the Jameson Distillery for a tour.  That was a great stop.  I got some really good images and at the end we were given a Jameson and Ginger, a Cranberry and Jameson’s or a Jamison’s on the rocks.  






Chuckie, Pat and Stosh outside Jameson's





The pub inside Jameson's had wonderful Waterford chandeliers. 




Glad I don't have to clean this one.




Then, the famous Jameson's chandelier was hanging in the foyer!!  
(It was taller than I am.)



 
The beautiful copper stills are upstairs.

So I was thinking......





Chandelier on top of stills?  Makes a nice image, doesn't it?




Jameson's


We stopped at the pub and had a couple drinks before dinner at O’Brien’s pub.  Cheeseburger, fries, Yuk.  Walked back to hotel.  Packed and got a wake up call at 6, bags out by 7, on bus by 8:30.  Dinner, Pat Schmitt and John, Flossie and Chuckie, Lisa & John, Dick and me.   We had a great time, laughed our butts off.  So much fun.

TUESDAY - KILLARNEY

Wake up call at 6, bags out by 7, on bus by 8:30...
 Rock of Cashel – very cold and windy when we got there, but the sun came out and we got some great shots.  We had tea in the tea room and a scone.  Then we explored outside the castle.  

 


Rock of Cashel - Under scaffolding...  Repairs in progress



 

So I photographed those parts that weren't under repair.


 


Every castle has to have a turret.





You see these walls all over Ireland.  They're called Famine Walls.  This was the only work available for people during the famine when they couldn't farm because of the diseased potato crops.  They go for miles and miles all around the country.  


I liked the juxtaposition of the new condos int he background and the ancient wall.



Pastoral Scene behind the Rock of Cashel - OK, I know there are at least 2 cows in this picture - hint:  a black one and a tan one.

Behind the Rock of Cashel there is a great pastoral scene going on.  Those are cows lying on the slope in front of the ruins (well, some of them are rocks).  What a treat to find this.

Next, we were on to Blarney.  No kissing of the rock for various reasons...Climb too high...Lay on back and kiss upside down...rumors say that they pee on it...Alas, I shall remain without eloquence.

Blarney Woolen Mills – Sweaters!  YUM!



My only Blarney image.  Too busy shopping.

This stork (?) was fishing in the stream next to Blarney Castle.  We followed him under a bridge to get this shot.  He got luckier that we did.  He had a lovely dinner from the stream.





Killarney  - College Avenue





Dick outside Killarney Towers

 
Then to Killarney Towers Hotel in Killarney.  Buffet Dinner was planned for tonight, and a  traditional Irish pub dinner for tomorrow with Irish dancers.  

We really wanted to go to Gabby’s for seafood, a wonderful French seafood restaurant that we went to on our last trip to Ireland.  It was incredible.  So we decided to skip the buffet.  

Instead, we had oysters, so fresh, grilled lobster to die for, a little potato casserole,  home made hazelnut gelato (in Ireland!!).   Just incredible.  Not cheap, but perfect.  

 
WEDNESDAY - KILLARNEY

On bus by 10:30 for Ring of Kerry home by 4:30.  Ring of Kerry  ( a 3 hour drive) is about 1 hour past my attention span.  Most pictures were taken from a moving bus with dirty windows and lots of reflections.  But it was still nice, for awhile.  Long day.  




The sheep in the meadow.





A 10 pound castle...explanation to follow.




That's a teeny tiny house right in the center.  How do you get there?  
Where do they grocery shop?  Miles from nowhere.




Lovely little farm in the country.




I love the way the famine walls make a patchwork pattern.  





Just some little farmhouses.  Talk about being "out in the sticks"!



Those tiny specks on the lawn are sheep.






Ring of Kerry - Ladies View

 

6:30 bus left for Kate Kearney’s for traditional Irish night.  It was great craic (fun).  Good music and dancing colleens. 
After dinner we stopped at Courtney’s Pub on Plunkett Street in Killarney for a drink. Jameson’s and Ginger, please.    Then we moseyed on up to bed.




Kate Kearney's Cottage Band
A night of Irish music and dancing.




Stosh and Cathy
Thanks for inviting us.  

THURSDAY - LIMERICK

Going to the Cliffs of Moher, today.  The sky was at least clear and blue this time (last time, too foggy to see the cliffs/water, anything.  

On the way we passed Gallway Bay.  How beautiful...



Have you ever gone across the sea to Irleand...Galway Bay


They have certainly upgraded their accommodations at the Cliffs of Moher.  Cafeteria built under a hill.  Quite nice.  There is a 10 pound castle on the edge of a cliff there that I hadn’t known was there because last trip we couldn’t see the cliffs because of the fog.  So that was a nice surprise. 



A 10 pound  Castle.   In the days of Lords and Ladies, a landowner would get a tax reduction if he had a castle on his land.  So people who had lots of land would build a small castle that would cost about 10 pounds to build.  No one would ever live in it, but the tax write off was lovely.  Hence the name 10 pound castle.  You see the all over Ireland, mostly in ruins.  This one was teeming with tourists at the Cliffs of Moher.  Gotta love Photoshop.




Finally...the Cliffs of Moher.  Last time we were there they were missing.  It was so foggy they couldn't be seen.  So even though this was the wrong time of day for shooting in this direction, and the image is hazy, it's still an improvement.


 


Dick and Me at the Cliffs

We traveled through towns with wonderful storefronts – The Matchmaker Pub – in Lisvoondorna – they have a matchmaker festival every year here.




Betting is legal here.  Every town had a bookmaker.


 


KING PUCK




Statue of KING PUCK

 
In the town of Killorglin, in the times of Oliver Cromwell, the "Roundheads" were pillaging villages and they ran into a herd of goats.  The goats dispersed, but the male goat made his way back to the village.  The villagers took this as a sign that they were going to be attacked and took the appropriate steps to save their families and live stock.  In gratitude to the goat, each year a festival is held honoring the goat.  They take a goat, put a crown on his head,  and make him King Puck (Puck is Irish for male goat) for the day.

 



The town of Limerick




PEAT

This is peat from the peat bog.  The Irish used it to heat their homes in the old days.  Now most homes have heat, but they burn it in their fireplaces for the aroma.





Bridge in Killorglin



I could live here.




Or Here!!
As long as it had heat!




Then we went to Rathbaun Farm to see the sheep herding.  Fenton, the owner’s family has lived on Rathbaun for a couple centuries.  He has 88 acres of land.   There is a new dog, a border collie,  who was really good, but not people oriented at all.  A working dog who only had eyes for his master.  The dog lives in the barn with the sheep.  It is not a house pet.  It was lambing season, so we saw lots of lambs, too.





Fenton and his new dog. 





Dick At Rathbaun Farm





This was Fenton's family home.  He has since built a house on the property, elsewere.  The original residence has now become a tea room.  Tea and scones...yum.




The herd, after the herding.



Sheep, sheep and more sheep.  That's Ireland.  

The sheep are used for meat, not wool.  It costs more to shear a sheep than they get for the wool, so the wool sheep are sent to China.  How sad is that?  Irish wool from China.  






Rathbaun was having their roof thatched while we were there.  The young lady doing the work is Mareka.  She is from Holland and was a thatcher there.  She came to Ireland for the work.


Mareka


Nichole


This is Rathbaun Nichole.  She was to go to auction on the Tuesday after we were there.  Nicole is a Connemara pony.  She has quite a lovely personality and really enjoyed all the attention we gave her.





Dick and Nichole





Me and Nichole






 Pat and Nichole




Bunratty Folk Park
We arrived at twilight and it was much too dark for picture taking, but I tried.  It was a great disappointment.


Dick and Me
At the Medieval Feast at Bunratty Castle

 


One of our Medieval Hosts


This was the last stop on our tour.  I didn't get all of the shots I wanted to get and I didn't get to all the places I wanted to get to, but it was a great trip, never the less. 

 And that just means I'll have to go back.