It was fun attending this year’s calendar release celebration especially since my name and photo were included. I won for the month of October in the 2017 calendar and received 6 free copies of the printing. Individual prints of each month’s entry were framed with the photographer’s name displayed next to it. This is an annual event so I look forward to next year’s contest.
There were tables loaded full of “finger foods” available to the winning photographers and their guests. Name tags were made for the photographers with their winning entries printed right on the tag, a nice touch. It was interesting and fun to get the opportunity to chat with all the winners. Photos were taken of the group holding their framed entries. Each winner received 6 of the printed calendars for each winning entry. Two of the photographers had more than one winning month.
The contest used a blind selection process so that the judges had no way of knowing who took which entry. I was happy to have been chosen for the coveted October shot as there were many submissions for the most colorful month in New England.
October Winning Entry by Bob Mielke
I took a short drive right at sunrise to get a couple of donuts and a cup of coffee. We’re talking 7:15, rush hour. I looked along the side of the road at the dam in Uxbridge that runs across the Mumford River. ow! I had to get home quickly to grab my camera gear. Sunrises in October can be breathtaking at times. That was my reaction this morning. Everything was perfect, the sky, the golden hour of light at sunrise and of course, the trees. Enjoy!
So yesterday was a full, rewarding day for me, taking portraits of my church’s staff at the church. This was a planned event so everyone was looking their best.
Now, the toughest question: Where do we shoot the pictures? It was an overcast foggy day outside so that’s where I suggested we go. The staff were all shaking their heads in disbelief. I explained it was the absolute best place to do the deed because an overcast sky guarantees even, pleasant lighting. Had the sun been out the light would have been harsh, casting dark shadows across their faces. It’s a photographer thing, something I teach my students on the first or second lesson. It’s all about the light!
I couldn’t wait to process the pictures when I returned home. I was right about the light being perfect outside. We walked completely around the church and its grounds before I spotted the location for the closeups, the front entrance of the church. There were giant wooden doors that would provide a contrasting background for the head and shoulders portraits requested. I eliminated all distracting elements in post processing and kept the changes throughout the individual images. I think they’re going to like the results! I’ll be presenting them to the Pastor and Sadie, the church’s indispensable secretary. I’m going there tomorrow morning for men’s bible study as well as senior coffee & donuts.
From my observation the church waits way too long to get new pictures taken. The church’s latest directory is around 5 years old. Folks have changed the way they look in a big way. Babies have been born, hairstyles change. I’ll leave it up to the pastor should he want more recent shots taken each year.
I moved to Uxbridge, MA on October 03, 2015. Other than my landlords, the Armstrongs, the first person I met in Massachusetts was Raymond “Al” Ericsson. I was exploring Uxbridge and came across the Crown & Eagle Apartments, an old mill converted to apartments here in town. Ray, who lives at these apartments, was pushing his wheelchair down the sidewalk where I was photographic the beautiful grounds of the Crown & Eagle Apartments. he stopped and we chatted for a while before moving on to our next destination.
I bumped into Ray again at the Uxbridge Senior Center. There he was known as “Al”. Turns out Al is a regular there, taking advantage of their great lunch program. I went to the senior center for my first 6 months in Uxbridge, taking a hiatus for a few months before returning as a regular myself. Al is still there, sitting at the men’s table every day for lunch. He catches a ride to and from the center on their shuttle bus. I haven’t utilized that free service yet but the members of my senior government housing project, Calumet Court, do. This Winter I may join them on the shuttle bus to avoid the messy snow conditions here.
I’ve taken a number of pictures of Al in the past year since he’s such a popular member at the Senior Center. We cater to his needs as best we can. I look forward to seeing his smiling face every day.
Share Your World – 2016 Week 42
If you wanted to de-clutter where you live, what room / space would you start with? (And why, if you’re feel like admitting to it.) – Actually I live in a one room apartment measuring 10’x20′ with a room divider rather than a wall. I’m forced to keep my tiny home clean or it clutters up really fast.
If you want to remember something important, how do you do it (sticky note on the fridge, string around your finger, etc.), and does it work? I’m a computer geek so I use “PostIt software on both my Nexus 7 tablet and iMac desktop. It works great to remember people’s names as well as where I parked in big garages and lots.
If you could create a one room retreat just for yourself, what would be the most important sense to emphasize: sight (bright natural light, dim light, etc.), hearing (silence, music, fountain, etc.), smell (candles, incense, etc), touch (wood, stone, soft fabrics, etc.), or taste (herbal tea, fresh fruit, etc.)? Being a photographer it’s all about the light. I love natural window light.
If you could interview one of your great-great-great grandparents, who would it be (if you know their name) and what would you ask? – I guess it would be my grandfather who saw me at birth. He travelled from Germany just to see me. I’d love to get to know him and talk about his life in war torn Germany.
Which shot do you like better?
More photos from my safari through Uxbridge in the middle of October 2016. The leaves are intense this year, with more reds and orange colors than last year. I don’t know how long it will last but I’m out there.🙂
I finally came home, grabbed my camera stuff and hit the road shooting the Autumn color locally. I feared that if I waited any longer I’d miss it. I don’t think it’s at its peak yet locally but the areas I’m most interested in are brilliant. Here are a few from today. I literally had to desaturate the intense colors to make them more believable. That’s why I turned around and hurried back home to grab my cameras. Poor me! LOL
Remembering Autumn in Oregon!
One of my senior housing community friends, Joni, put in a request for pictures of trains that i’ve photographed in my travels. No problem! I just need to dig in my archives and put together a small collect to put here this morning. Since Joni lives just down the sidewalk from me I can easily get her the photographic files should she want to enlarge and print these to hang on her walls. As a rule I don’t sell photographs anymore so I’ll be happy to help her out.