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Photography: Liberty Humane Society Picture Story

For some weekend fun, I wanted to share my final project for photography class. We had to tell a picture story. I chose to do my project on Liberty Humane Society in Jersey City, NJ. Animal welfare is a cause close to my heart, and I have had rescue cats since I was in second grade.

I used to volunteer at LHS, but stopped going because it made me so sad to see all those animals in need of good homes. LHS is not the cheeriest place, but the staff and volunteers do everything possible on behalf of the animals.

It took a long time, and it was hard for me to share this. I don’t know why. The pics are OK, although my photography has evolved since March, when these were taken. And I have since been introduced to Adobe Lightroom digital photography software. (Lightroom, BTW, is the greatest invention since lip liner.)

Maybe I was reluctant to post this because I adopted two female cats, Mesa and Pashmina, from LHS, and I am still grieving Pashmina’s death last August. Or maybe it’s that I feel strongly about rescue, and wanted to do the story justice.

But anyway, here it is. I had so much fun putting it together. Enjoy!

LHS is located in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ.

LHS exists in what was once a municipal garage.

A closeup of the mural on the building.

Volunteers are so important. A walk in the sun can make a shelter dog’s day.

The cattery is up a flight of stairs in what must have been the garage office.

Appropriate tortitude!

The kennel in located in the former garage motor pool.

Outdoor dog runs

Seriously?! Are you going to say no to that face?

Many animals = tons of laundry

Adoptions = Happy Tails

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Check out the Q1 highlights here.

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Photography: Essence of My Neighborhood, Up & Out and Sweet

I’ve posted here before about my photography assignment, The Essence of My Neighborhood, focusing on the park and hospital. Other hot spots in our hood include the local blow out bar, Up & Out, and cupcake emporium, Sweet. They are always packed! As promised, here are some pics.

Walking east on 4th Street, at 4th and Garden, a.k.a. the corner of yummy and heaven!

How delicious do these scones look?

The chocolate icing on these cupcakes is ah-mazing!

If you continue walking east on Fourth, you reach the corner of Fourth and Bloomfield, and the Up & Out Blow Out Bar.

Up & Out always has the best signs!

They do the bounciest blowouts!

The place smells like Moroccoanoil products! So fabulous!

And there you have some more highlights (and lowlights and balayage) of my neighborhood! Tell me, what are the busiest spots in your neighborhood? Where do you like to hang out? Share your favorite local places in the comments!

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter.

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Photography: NYC Field Trip

For a little weekend fun, I put together a post of my favorite shots from my photography class field trip to NYC last Sunday. We got an early start at about 8 am, and took the PATH to the World Trade Center so we could take pictures in The Oculus and the new Westfield World Trade Center shopping mall.

The Oculus at the World Trade Center.

One World Trade Center, as seen through a window in The Oculus.

Then we walked up Broadway in Chelsea, and stopped so we could practice capturing the blur of a moving object.

Panning blur shot of the ubiquitous NYC yellow cab.

The next stop was Columbus Park. On the way, I snapped this interesting-looking building.

This building looks like Jenga.

We finally arrived at the park. It’s actually a pretty big place with ping pong tables, basketball courts, and a few soccer fields.

A spirited ping pong game was in progress…

You could cut the excitement with a knife…

There was action on the basketball court, too.

I took my camera over to the soccer field. GOOOAAALLL!

From Columbus Park we moved on to Chinatown.

Chinatown is a particularly photogenic part of Manhattan.

I wonder if their noodles are any good? I love Asian noodle dishes…

Chinatown has a lot of these little alleyways…

So there you have the highlights. At least on my camera roll. After Chinatown, I took the PATH back to Hoboken with the instructor and another student. By that time, it was after 11 am, and I wanted to upload my pictures to my computer.

I plan go back and shoot just in Chinatown. I have a feeling these shots just scratched the surface.

Tell me about the most photogenic neighborhood where you live. Let’s talk photo inspiration in the comments!

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter.

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Photography: Everyday Eyecandy Project 52

Remember how I said I was doing the Everyday Eyecandy Project 52 over on Instagram and Facebook? And that I’d post about my progress about once every quarter? Well, Q1 is in the books, my friends! So here are a few of my favorites.

The beginning is a great place to start. The prompt for week 1 was Me at the Beginning.

The prompt for week 6 was black and white. I love these old posts in front of the turn-of-the-century brownstones in Hoboken!

The beautiful rich colors in this photo…

…make it a good black and white photo.

The prompt for week 11 was portrait. I call this “tortitude.” I took this picture in the LHS cattery for my photography class final project.

“Bokeh” was the prompt for week 12. Bokeh is an Instagram word for limited depth of field. See how the tulip in the foreground is in focus, but the flowers in the background are fuzzy?

What can I tell you? Flowers make for great bokeh pictures…

Hope you enjoyed my favorites (so far). And can you believe it? Today was my final photography class! I’ll share some more picture stories I did for class over the next few weeks, including my final project about our local animal shelter.

Tell me. What do you like to photograph? Family? Animals? Landscapes? Let’s talk subject matter in the comments!

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’m thinking I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Wish me luck!

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Photography: The Essence of My Neighborhood

Remember when I mentioned my photography class had to do a photo essay called The Essence of My Neighborhood? Since yesterday was a snow day here in N.J., I thought I’d share it here. I added a few bonus pics, too. The things you’ll do when you’re stuck inside with nothing to binge watch…

I live across the street from the city hospital.

Our local bike sharing program is called Hudson Bike Share. These are at the entrance to the hospital.

The ambulance bay. It’s a hospital, people!

Catty corner to the hospital is Church Square Park.

Long view of the park’s band shell. Musicians come and play here in warmer weather. On the left you can see the park’s dog run.

Owners relax while their dogs run off leash. Go dogs go!

The dog run regulars break for refreshments.

The park has a playground, so kids have fun, too!

The park is called Church Square Park because it’s across the street from, wait for it, Our Lady of Grace Church.

The sweetest little old guy runs this hot dog cart at the entrance to the park. He wouldn’t let me take his picture, but no tour of my neighborhood is complete without a picture of the cart.

Well, that completes our tour. Ten pictures. And I have more: probably enough for another post or two! Can you believe we could only have seven photos in our slideshow?!

So tell me. What things define the essence of your neighborhood? Let’s talk hometowns  in the comments!

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’m thinking I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Wish me luck!

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Photography: Storytelling

In photography class, we are starting to talk about storytelling: using photographs to tell, wait for it, a story! (Think: the photo essays in Life magazine back in the day.) Last week, the teacher gave us several prompts, and we had to take pictures inspired by these prompts. Kind of like the Everyday Eyecandy challenges I’ve mentioned. So, for weekend fun, I wanted to share my photos with you.

I Can See for Miles and Miles

What I love about this picture is you can see the shadow of the railing on the girl’s jeans. I would love to try this prompt on the beach on the Jersey Shore.

This was shot on Pier C in Hoboken with my Sony a6000 f/16; SS 1/80; ISO 100

 

Betcha Can’t Eat Just One!

This prompt was my favorite. It gave me an excuse to buy vanilla cupcake M&Ms at Target. You need these in your life, my friends.

Vanilla cupcake M&Ms f/5; SS 1/160; ISO 500

 

Ch-ch-ch-changes

The exterior of Liberty Humane Society, our local animal shelter. I lost my sweet girl, Pashmina, to a brain tumor in August. Nightmare. I am thinking of adopting again this spring, to honor her life. I also want her companion, Mesa, to have a new buddy. Change is a good thing!

LHS Exterior f/9; SS 1/200; ISO 200

f/9; SS 1/200; ISO 125

f/9; SS 1/80; ISO 200

R.I.P. Pashmina. Wasn’t she beautiful?

For next week, we have to create a 7-photo essay called The Essence of My Neighborhood. I already have a few ideas! This should be interesting… (Don’t worry. I’ll post my pics!)

Tell me. What photos would you take inspired by the above prompts? Don’t be shy. Share in the comments!

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’m thinking I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Wish me luck!

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Photography: Dusk Photo Shoot

The weather this past weekend was unseasonably warm for New Jersey. Since I had to take a picture at dusk for my photography class, I decided to take advantage of the balmy evening to shoot along the Hoboken waterfront. It was great! Everyone was out walking around and I saw others taking pictures, too.

I shot with my Sony a6000 mirrorless camera in manual mode, f5.6 and ISO 800. The assignment was to find the right shutter speed (SS).

The Empire State Building. SS 1/50

One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower). SS 1/250

Another of the Empire State Building, before it was lit up for the evening. SS !/500

The Hoboken Train Terminal. SS 1/500

It took me a while to get down to the Hoboken waterfront at dusk. (Next thing I want to try is taking photos there at dawn. Wish me luck. Ha, ha!)

Tell me. When is your favorite time of the day to take pictures?

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’m thinking I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Wish me luck!

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Photography: Pics from Week 2

Two photography classes down, eight more to go. Demarchelier, watch out! This week’s lesson was about the elements of composition: pattern, perspective, and scale.

Diminishing scale. See how the telephone poles appear to be getting smaller and smaller?

Linear perspective. The shadows from the railing seem to converge in the distance, giving the photo depth.

Frame within a frame. The reflection in the glass in this little lending library on my street gives the photo depth and visual interest. It also became an inadvertent self portrait!

We had to take a picture of something with a pattern to it. I thought the leaves of this grate were pretty interesting.

I love the pattern the shadow of this railing makes on the stairs.

Here is the same set of stairs, from the opposite direction. The shadows lead you right to the green door.

I’m curious. What makes a photograph interesting to you? What makes you pause and study it, rather than just turn the page, or move on the next picture? Let’s talk eye-catching photos in the comments!

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’m thinking I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Wish me luck!

Be sure to subscribe to Fabulous Forever using the form on the top right of the homepage, and use the social sharing buttons below the form to follow me on social media. Here’s my Twitter and Instagram. I’m on Snapchat at clobuono. And don’t forget to like the Fabulous Forever Facebook page!

Photography: Pics From Week 1

I’m two photography classes in, and so far, so good. I thought I’d share a few of my photos from week 1 that the teacher seemed to like. The lesson was about light and the visual interest it can add to a photograph.

This gazebo is in a park along the Hudson River. This photo is an example of back lighting, with the light behind the subject. By throwing shadows towards the viewer, back light gives a photo depth.

These flags surround a monument in the same park. In this photo, the light comes on the subject from the side. Side light reveals the textures in a photo.

I love the quirky details of the old iron railings in Hoboken. This photo was taken on a cloudy day, and is an example of cool, diffuse light. See how soft the shadows are? They are almost nonexistent.

This is just a bonus pic, but he’s cute, so I’ll throw him in too.

I made a friend one day…

TBH, I wan never really into taking pictures until a little more than a year ago, when I started taking them for my blog. Then I realized how much I loved taking photos on my phone, and wanted to take it to the next level. Are you into photography? How did you get started?

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’m thinking I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Wish me luck!

Be sure to subscribe to Fabulous Forever using the form on the top right of the homepage, and use the social sharing buttons below the form to follow me on social media. Here’s my Twitter and Instagram. I’m on Snapchat at clobuono. And don’t forget to like the Fabulous Forever Facebook page!

Photography: The Everyday Eyecandy 25 Days of Christmas Photo-a-Day Challenge

This month, I took the 25 Days of Christmas Photo a Day Challenge on Instagram, courtesy of blogger and shutterbug extraordinaire LaShawn Wiltz of Everyday Eyecandy. I thought it might be fun to share some of my more successful efforts.

I caught the lights reflecting off the river in this shot.

Pier 1 has such pretty ornaments. Glitter everywhere, though. Sort of a pet peeve of mine.

The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center is my favorite New York City holiday tradition. Nothing, repeat nothing, is cuter than little girls in Christmas dresses twirling like ballerinas in the theater lobby.

The 2016 LoBuono family tree. Papa Bear got a good one this year!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BOa5Q67g8td/?taken-by=clobuono

My family went out to eat on Christmas Eve. The restaurant was decorated for the holidays. It looked like Christmas exploded in there.

I got a camera and photography classes for Christmas, so more photos to come in 2017! Now I just need to learn how to actually use my new camera….

What are your favorite holiday memories and traditions? Share (and pics too!) in the comments below!

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