The world as I see it — by R C Norman

Archive for May, 2012

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MG Classic


MG Classic

How would you like to get behind the wheel of this MG sports car? The rich, natural wood dashboard caught my eye when strolling around the Farmer’s Market in Deltaville last weekend. The car was in pristine condition and could be yours for only $18,500. I’ve already had my mid-life crisis!
May 26, 2012
Specs: Nikon D7000, 62 mm, F/8, 1/1000, ISO 640


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Quiet Evening


Quiet Evening

This empty dock silhouetted against the soft blue water of Broad Creek at dusk conveys the feeling of a quiet evening with the boats tucked away in their covered slips across the creek. May 29, 2012.
Camera: Nikon D7000, Focal length: 300 mm, Aperture: F/9, Shutter: 1/30, ISO: 800.


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A Golden Moment


A Golden Moment

Sitting on the bridge of my old motor yacht, I have the perfect vantage point to observe life on Broad Creek, a bustling waterway of marinas, boatyards and river homes in Deltaville, Virginia. The creek, which spills into the mouth of the Rappahannock River at its confluence with the Chesapeake Bay, was especially active this past Memorial Day weekend as families flocked to the water. This shot captured a father and daughter kayaking with the family dog, the water-loving Golden Retriever. The sun’s sparkle on the kayaks and water droplets off the paddles added to this “Golden Moment”.
May 29, 2012.  Camera: Nikon D7000, Focal Length: 270 mm, Aperture: F/11, Shutter: 1/8000, ISO: 6400


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Friendly Pig


Friendly Pig

My son has always loved pigs. Don’t really know why. Maybe because they are extremely smart animals, and he’s pretty smart too! Anyway, I found this shot in a stack from 2007 that I thought captured the feeling I have today — excitement! It’s Friday and the start of a three-day holiday weekend. Heading to the rivah with Jenny and Nikon in tote. Farmer’s Market tomorrow, which usually provides some good subject material for photogging. Happy shooting!
Camera specs: Nikon D50, 35 mm, F/8, 1/250


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Speedy


Speedy

Perusing some vacation pics from a couple years ago, I came across this shot of Zachary examining a water bug he found and preserved in a two liter soda bottle. Because of the bug’s swift swimming movements, he affectionately named it “Speedy”. I like this shot because it reminds me of the simple pleasures and delights of youthful curiosity and how I use photography to keep that alive in me when life’s demands come calling. August 5, 2012.
Camera specs: Nikon D50, F/5.6, 1/20


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Merrick Butte


Merrick Butte

Likely one of the most photographed landmarks of the American Southwest is Merrick Butte in Monument Valley, Arizona. As a follow-up to my previous post of the Mustang, I wanted to share another landscape of this beautiful country where such wild horses roam. This region of the U.S. is one of my favorite places, and I had no idea how incredibly colorful it was in my earlier years seeing it in black and white on John Ford films and TV westerns. I made this image in 2006 during a family vacation and have always liked the rich, saturated orange, browns and yellows in contrast with the baby blue Arizona sky. July 25, 2006.
Camera specs: Nikon D50, 55 mm, F/10, 1/320


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Ghosts in the Dust


Ghosts in the Dust

My first car was a 1968 Ford Mustang — a classic by the time I owned it when I was in college. I loved that car and hated to part with it. Years later, while vacationing in the Southwest with my family, I came face-to-face with the source of my first car’s model name. Yes, the wild Mustang. She came out of no where along with a few of her friends while we were driving at a sight-seeing pace near Monument Valley in Arizona. I stopped the car and jumped out with my Nikon D50 and began firing off the shutter.These beautiful, spirited animals circled us and our rental SUV for a few moments and then were gone as quickly as they came — ghosts in the dust. This shot, I thought, captured the grace and splendor of this fine horse and the magical moment it had for me and my family. July 25, 2006. Near Monument Valley, Arizona.
Nikon 55 mm, F/10, 1/250.


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Delfosse Wine Bottles


Delfosse Wine Bottles

On one of our many “wine weekend get-a ways”, Jenny and I visited Delfosse Vineyards in the Hickory Creek Valley on the Monticello Wine Trail. One of the more interesting photos made on that trip was this one that Jenny took with my Canon PowerShot point-and-shoot. She saw a case of empty, dusty wine bottles sitting in the tasting room and snapped this shot. Faber, Virginia. October 30, 2011.
Canon 37 mm, F/2.8, 1/10, ISO 400


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Red Sky at Night


Red Sky at Night

Often times the best light comes “after” the sun dips below the horizon. The sun’s reflection off the clouds creates a soft, warm glow that is even more prominent over water. The silhouetted dock in the foreground gives perspective and helps lead the eye. Albermarle Sound, North Carolina. August 1, 2011.
Nikon 48 mm, F/4.8, 1/60, ISO 720


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Sunset over Albermarle Sound


Sunset over Albermarle Sound

One of the advantages of vacationing on the “sound-side” in the Outer Banks of North Carolina is seeing spectacular sunsets like this one. This was the view from our vacation rental last summer. Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. August 1, 2011.
Nikon 20 mm, F/5.9, 1/200, ISO 80