Francine In Retirement
Seeing Life Through Photography

Mar
24

Jakesprinter in his Sunday Post has challenged us to show some billboards in our posts this week.  Visit his site in the link above to see more.

A billboard (sometimes also called a hoarding in the UK and many other parts of the world) is a large outdoor advertising structure, typically found in high-traffic areas such as alongside busy roads.

Billboards present large advertisements to passing pedestrians and drivers. They are everywhere. They are on buildings, buses, and cars to name a few.

Here are a few I found in Times Square and in Pittsburgh.

TIMES SQUARE BILLBOARDS

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PITTSBURGH BILLBOARDS

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Mar
23

Have you ever taken a photo focusing on one thing and after downloading it found something else in the photo that you didn’t expect.  Such was the case in the photo below.

HOUSE IN A RIM

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I was shooting at a Columbus Day parade last year when a line of antique yellow cabs came along.  I noticed later this house reflected in the wheel of one of the cabs and stretched along the black wheel cover.  The original photo is below.

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For those of you who are antique car buffs, here is the complete car below.

Visit WPC for more reflections.

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Mar
20

TAGGED “K”  -  KINDNESS

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When I first started my blog I wanted to feature the photos I took of life as seen through the lens of my camera.  Those photos would show the good, bad and the ugly side of life.  In past posts I’ve shown you the beauty in God’s creation. The wonders of nature.  The diversity of people and cultures.  The violence killing of our children.  The protest in our streets for change.  The homeless.  The abandoned houses in our cities.  And the end of life in a funeral’s procession.

The simple act of kindness is another matter.  It is a state of being “unruffled and  unflappable.”   Kindness is a behavior that flows from love.  It is, therefore, behavior that is gentle, pure and totally rooted in good and for the good of another person.  Kindness refers to loving behavior that is mellow and gentle.

Kindness is a manner of speaking and acting.  It is an attitude, a quality of behavior that stands firm without forcing others to their knees.

When I sought out advice from a wise old minister about what do you do when you are in doubt, he said “DO THE KIND THING”.  A principle that has served me well so far in life and hopefully as well in the future.  We cannot always control the circumstances in our lives, but we can control our actions towards them.

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So I end this post with a slide show of my favor color for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The Color Purple.

THE COLOR PURPLE

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Mar
16

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“A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.”
― James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

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This post is the beginning to some wonderful things I’ve learned over the past few weeks.  I hope you will return to hear more.

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Mar
15

 PHIPPS CONSERVATORY

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BOTANICAL GARDENS

Visit Where’s My Backpack? for more gardens.

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Mar
15

INSIDE A CLASSIC CAR

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Mar
13

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YOU CAUGHT ME!

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Mar
12

TWO COLORS

FIRE BLOOM

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HUES

SHADES OF GRAY

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“Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.”

Pablo Picasso

Visit Cee’s Photography for more entries to this weeks Fun Foto Challenge.

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Mar
11


CHEERLEADERS IN FLIGHT

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When I attend my grandchildren’s football games, I often switch my photo to the sports mode because I don’t have time to change my settings to capture fast-moving action.  Using the sports mode increases my odds of bringing home what that one brief moment felt like. I find that especially true when photographing my grandson in action on the football field.

Although not football images in this case, the photos I have chosen fit the theme, jump, that I have included for this post.

EAGLE MASCOT PUMPING UP THE CROWD

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Mar
10

WATER PRESSURE

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The fountain at Point State Park is a fun gathering place for families and tourist.  It’s a fun place to sunbathe, dangle your feet in the water, meet up with friends, or simply relax.

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The fountain has two powerful 250-horsepower pumps that drive the column of water into the air, creating a jet two feet in diameter and capable of 200 feet in height.

A third 250-horsepower pump can join the other two to create a wider but lower column of water.

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The three pumps together force a total of 6,000 gallons of water per minute into the air, a pressure roughly equivalent to that of nearly 2,000 home water spigots turned on at full tilt.

The circular basin of the fountain, 200 feet in diameter, collects the 73,000 gallons in the system for recirculation.

Three subordinate peacock-tail pumps of 75-horsepower each, individually push 1,000 gallons of water per minute to create a fan design about the main column.  Information taken from Wikipedia.

An interesting note of trivia is that The Fountain at The Point does not draw its’ water from the three rivers, but from a little known fourth river that flows underneath the fountain.  Read more here.

I took these photos just after the fountain was refurbished and reopened last year.

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