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Egg-mergenency Room

Life has taken another turn as I feared it might.  Baby Girl has been on Hospital Bed Rest since Thursday (yesterday). So, I stayed over there to help with #1 Grandson getting him to and from school, helping with homework, baths, etc. I’ll be spending the next two to two and a half weeks over there helping out.

The plan is still hoping Baby Girl can stay well enough to keep our Littlest in the womb until the 28th of this month. Should her blood pressure, and the protein in her urine continue to rise I’m sure they’ll induce her labor sooner.  We’re keeping our fingers crossed and praying Preeclampsia doesn’t strike her again! Baby L is doing very well through all this thankfully!

While over at her house I won’t have access to my images and typing on my Kindle and cell phone isn’t always great so, I’m putting blogging on hold for a bit, but I’ll do my best to keep up with you all.

I hope the next time I post it will be with great news. 😃🍼👶

Nikon D700| Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D| SunDisk Digital Film| PS CS6

Monochrome Madness 2 52/52 Close Up

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This is the last post for Monochrome Madness 2 as well as the completion of my one year commitment to participate in it. It’s been a lot of fun, and at times challenging. I’ve learned a lot about what images work in Black and White better than others.

This week is also our Theme Week which is Close-up.  The last 3 annual Imaging Projects I’ve done I’ve completed the project with an image made with one of my Mascots, and I didn’t want to break the streak .

Here’s Woody wishing Monochrome Madness 2, and all its participants a “Happy 2nd Anniversary!”  Congratulations everyone for completing the year!

Monochrome Madness 2 52/52 Happy 2nd Anniversary!

Thank you Leanne for hosting this fun annual imaging project this past year. I appreciate all the work you do to make it happen!

To see all the images posted for this week’s MM2 challenge click here.

Nikon Df| Nikkor 105mm micro| Delkin Digital Film| Tripod| PS CC 2015 & On 1 Photo 10

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Top 10 2015 Images

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Last week I shared with you the Top 10 Images that received the most  views over on my flickr site today I’m going to share with you My Personal favorite images from 2015. Most of these I posted on the blog, so you’ll probably recognize them or feel a sense of Deja-vu. 🙂

I selected these images based on emotions, technical merit, or because I met a personal goal. I got my picks  down to 36 then spent a couple of days whittling those down to just 10. It’s so hard! I have an emotional attachment to all of them. 🙂

Without further ado…My Personal Top 10 Images of 2015:

1)Running in Rain Puddles.  He’s just awesome, and brings me so much joy. I love being a Grandma!!

Running in Puddles

2) Milky Way over Mt Shasta- This was an Epic night spent with Dear Friends. I hope we are able to get together to shoot here again this year.Milky Way over Mount Shasta CA, USA

3) Total Lunar Eclipse over the Palace of Fine Arts San Francisco- This was another epic night. There was weeks of planning, chasing the Moon across town from one location to this one, working the camera to get the shots all the while hoping it would all come together in post production.  It’s pretty great when it does. Totality-Lunar Eclipse over The Palace of Fine Arts San Francisc

4) Cooper’s Hawk- I think.  There are a few  images in this selection that I haven’t shared before. More times than I care to admit I find I lack the confidence that a certain image I love will be well received, or what happens to me quite a lot is that I’m not crazy about the images when I first upload them after a shoot so, I let them marinate awhile. When I return to them months or years later I find I like them a whole lot more.

This Hawk in the reeds in Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge is an image I really like, but thought it might be too pedestrian to post back in January 2015 when I photographed it.  I love its face, the clarity of the eye, the natural environment, and the fact that I was able to make the image before it flew away.

Cooper's Hawk

5) Northern Flicker-Male – Another image never shown before today. This bird has been a nemesis of mine for years! They too are flighty.

I’d read reports of him being spotted in a neighborhood not from me in Jan/Feb. 2015, so one day a friend and I went looking for him. We found him deep in the shadows of this tree.  Once I got it uploaded and did some post production work to open up the shadows I was happy with the image, and feel like I can say it’s not my nemesis anymore.  They’re such beautiful birds.

Northern Flicker

6) Salsify macro- This was an image I photographed for my Project 52/2015 using my LensBaby Composer Pro wit the macro adapters. I love my LensBaby System and that creamy background. Salsify

7) Still-life “Why fit in when you were born to stand out.” Dr. Seuss

This one makes the cut because I got the lighting, and composition that I wanted to make right.

P52 29 of 52 "Why fit in when you were born to stand out?" ~Dr.

8) Orange Crowned Warbler.   I haven’t seen this little bird too often and photographing them is so hard; they’re small, and are so fidgety you have to be quick. This particular morning I set up my rig by a seep that was drawing in birds from the area for a drink.  Patience when birding is essential. It paid off this morning. I waited 30 minutes or so for this bird to come to the seep. This is the best image I’ve made of this species.

Orange Crowned Warbler

9) Great Egret-  Another bird image I’ve never before shared.  I love the colors, and how clear its eye is.

Great Egret

10)Sunrise cresting San Francisco Skyline from Kirby Cove. It was worth the mile hike back up for this image. Being there was awesome.

Sunrise over San Francisco CA

These are my favorites from 2015.  Thank you for being so supportive, and letting me share my images with you. I look forward to seeing your images, reading your poems, thoughts, and seeing the places you travel from  my arm-chair this year.

Happy and Healthy 2016 Everyone!

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Happy New Year!

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Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2016!

Happy New Year!

Nikon D700| Nikkor 35mm@ f8| 1/20 sec| ISO 200| SB60| Manual Priority| Hand-held

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Monchrome Madness 2 17/52 Knives

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Copyright © 2015 Deborah M. Zajac. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

It’s Theme Week over on Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness 2. The Theme was “something with the letter K”. I chose a couple of things to photograph and liked this image the best to submit for the challenge.

A little history about these knives. I inherited this Oneida Community Silver-plate from my maternal Grandmother. It went to my Mom first then she gave it to me close to 20 yrs. ago. The pattern is called “Noblese”. The knives themselves are called New French Hollow.
I’ve had to add teaspoons, and a fork to the set, and when I’m shopping at antique stores, flea markets, or garage sales I keep my eyes open for this pattern.

I use them for special luncheons, teas. I’m planning to pass the set to my daughter sometime in the future.

Monochrome Madness 2 17 of 52  Knives

I developed this in Photoshop CS6 then jumped over to Silver Efex Pro 2 for the antique plate and vignette.

Nikon Df| AF-D Nikkor 105mm @ f/8| 1/200s| ISO 100| SB910 camera left high bounced off ceiling @ 1/4pwr, triggered via Nikon SU800

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” Death twitches my ear; Live, he says…I’m coming.” Virgil

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" Death twitches my ear; Live, he says...I'm coming." Virgil

Happy and Safe Halloween!

Nikon Df| AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8| Tripod| Hoodman STEEL Ultra High Speed Digital Film|

Nik Color Efex Pro & CS6

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