CS #484 - Blue

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Welcome to CS #483 - Blue

This CS officially starts at midnight tonight and runs until midnight next Thursday

The theme is Blue

It could be something blue, like a big beautiful sky,
Or something that gives you the blues and almost makes you cry.
Maybe some good 'ol country music like blue-grass,
Or a simple piece of blue glass.

OK - there is a good reason why I don't work for Hallmark :rolleyes:
The last time I wrote a poem was in 8th grade English and that's been a very, very long time ago.

Standard rules:

  • Your own photos
  • Family friendly
  • Photos have to be taken during the time of the theme.
  • Have fun
I'm curious how everyone will interpret this theme.


Here are a couple of mine to start off with that I created today.

Blue Goblets with Creamer
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Chevron Glass Pieces
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Wonderful theme James and great examples. Thanks for hosting us this week. WOW! Blue! I can see a great number of options right now. I even have a blue Nikon somewhere.
 
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Let me take a moment to remind everyone of the rules for the Collective Shoots. Most are followed pretty well. Please pay particular attention to the dates you images are created and posting now more than 3 images per post. BUT post as often as you like. Thanks.

:)Rules & Other Useful Stuff to Know::)
• CS host volunteers choose the theme and post that theme on Thursday, the week of their CS hosting .
Note to hosts: Let us know your chosen theme ahead of time we'll post it on the calendar, and participants can then plan ahead for their shooting.
• Participants will shoot pictures representing the theme (“Whatever the host has chosen”) for that week.
• Posted images must be shot from 12:01am Thursday thru midnight the following Wednesday.
• All members of the Nikon Café are welcome to participate.
• Be courteous & respectful of others when commenting on images.
• The CS is non-competitive and there are no "places" or "prizes." No fees, no special registration or statements from participants.
• Themes and posted images must be rated "E" for everyone -- no obscenity, pornography, violent content, etc.
• Participants must post their own images and respect the intellectual property of others.
• Post as often as you like. But please limit each post to three images.
• Please limit each image to a maximum of 800 pixels per height/width.
And last but not least, HAVE FUN!!

WE NEED HOSTS! So please, please send Art, aka (ArtO) a message, to set up a week to host the theme of your choice. We'd love to have you! It's fun, and by volunteering, you help keep the Collective Shoot going.
 
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Welcome to CS #483 - Blue

This CS officially starts at midnight tonight and runs until midnight next Thursday

The theme is Blue

It could be something blue, like a big beautiful sky,
Or something that gives you the blues and almost makes you cry.
Maybe some good 'ol country music like blue-grass,
Or a simple piece of blue glass.

OK - there is a good reason why I don't work for Hallmark :rolleyes:
The last time I wrote a poem was in 8th grade English and that's been a very, very long time ago.

Standard rules:

  • Your own photos
  • Family friendly
  • Photos have to be taken during the time of the theme.
  • Have fun
I'm curious how everyone will interpret this theme.


Here are a couple of mine to start off with that I created today.

Blue Goblets with Creamer
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Chevron Glass Pieces
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Interesting theme, and very nice examples James.
 
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Ordinarily, I might have made some selective color balance corrections to the shadow areas, but this is what my camera saw this morning (while we still had plenty of blue sky).


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Great way to get us all thinking. That is a wonderful photograph and a beautiful flower. You selective focus and framing are superb.
Thanks Art. That's just about the only colour in my garden right now apart from white (snowdrops) and brown (mud!).

Cool shot! The contrast between the yellow and blue is spectacular.
Thank you Paul. They've actually been out for a while now. James' topic is probably just in time!
 
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Ordinarily, I might have made some selective color balance corrections to the shadow areas, but this is what my camera saw this morning (while we still had plenty of blue sky).


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Plenty of trails to follow there Bob. Nice shot. Looks peaceful.
 
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The colors are great. Like the composition as well.
Ordinarily, I might have made some selective color balance corrections to the shadow areas, but this is what my camera saw this morning (while we still had plenty of blue sky).


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The light shad of blue on the shadows looks nice. The trail gives the eye a path to follow.
 
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Ordinarily, I might have made some selective color balance corrections to the shadow areas, but this is what my camera saw this morning (while we still had plenty of blue sky).


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Pretty scene Bob. I always had trouble shooting that kind of scene without getting an overall blue tint. You've done nicely here.
 
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Ordinarily, I might have made some selective color balance corrections to the shadow areas, but this is what my camera saw this morning (while we still had plenty of blue sky).


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Good inspiration, Bob. But that blue-white stuff looks awfully familiar up here in Massachusetts.
 
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Fortunately the weather was warm, the cloud was thin and a walk was in order to get some pictures.

Larry

1. Warming hut on the skating trail on the Red River.
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2. Warming hut detail; upstream
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3. Detail #2; downstream
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Ordinarily, I might have made some selective color balance corrections to the shadow areas, but this is what my camera saw this morning (while we still had plenty of blue sky).


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More proof that snow is never white!

Larry
 
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Thanks, James, for getting us off to a good start with some beautiful photography!

When I saw the subject of this shoot, I immediately turned blue. The reason? I had just the previous Saturday evening attended a wonderful jazz concert featuring the Steve Davis Sextet, honoring the father of the modern jazz trombone, J.J. Johnson. To give you a flavor, here is Steve soloing on "JJ's Blues":

Steve Davis Blowing
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Nikon D600, Nikkor 200mm f/4 AI, 1/200s f/4.0 at 200.0mm iso280

But that of course was on February 13, and couldn't count, which is why I was blue. So what to do?

For the answer I turned to my trusty decades old record collection and sought out a rare recording of Louis Armstrong and the All-Stars playing a set of older jazz standards which included the well-known "Jelly Roll Blues" by Jelly Roll Morton. It was the fourth track of side two of the record:

In focus: Track 4: "Jelly Roll Blues"
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Nikon D600 ,Vivitar (Kiron) 105mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/160s f/2.8 at 105mm iso1000

Here is the cartridge and needle just starting Track 4:

Playing Track 4: "Jelly Roll Blues"
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Nikon D600 ,Vivitar (Kiron) 105mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/160s f/2.8 at 105mm iso400

As I said above, this is an old recording from the dawn of the stereo era. It came as part of a promotional boxed set by E. J. Korvette (remember them ... the original big box store?) The box contained three records, and promoted the launch of the then-new Audio Fidelity label. One disk was by the Dukes of Dixieland (forgettable). The second was of Louis playing with the Dukes (it has it's moments due to Louis.) The third was this recording of Louis and his All-Stars (one of his best bands ever) playing old jazz and blues standards that they had never played before this session. They worked out the arrangements and recorded the entire record in one day-long session. They obviously had a ball doing it, and if you like traditional jazz there is none better (and I was raised on it).

Incidentally, the label shot was done in available light, with the record laying flat. The cartridge shot was done using a SB400 flash bounced off the ceiling to provide diffused lighting. Both were shot using my Vivitar 105mm macro lens, with a Manfrotto monopod for extra steadying.

There! I am no longer singing the blues!
 
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