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Day 24: Kinston

I still have a few photos left from our trip to the BBQ festival last weekend so I decided I should bore everyone with more photos from Kinston.

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A museum for the CSS Neuse, a Confederate ship from the civil war, was allowing people in for free. Of course we had to check it out. Apparently the Confederates scuttled it because they didn’t want the Union Army to get their hands on it after they lost the city. It never traveled more than a mile from where it was built. They set it on fire in the Neuse River and that is where it remained for almost a century. In the 60’s it was found and the recovery process began. Eventually 15,000 artifacts were recovered.

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All that remained was the bottom.

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I was surprised that the wood looked as good as it did after being underwater for almost 100 years.

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This is what the top half would have looked like.

And the final image is just a candid shot of an artist at the festival working with a piece of wood.

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As always, thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

Day 19: Fashion

I was challenged to complete the 3 day quote challenge by the blog Tippy Tales so here is day one. I thought the quote was perfect for today’s photo.

I don’t do fashion, I am fashon” – Coco Chanel

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Day 13: The Broad

I took this photo of The Broad a museum under construction in downtown Los Angeles last August. I love the architecture of the building but I hadn’t done anything with the photo yet. I processed it in black and white and color but I am not sure which one I like more. I will leave that decision up to you all. Taken with a Canon T5 and Canon 18-55mm kit lens and processed in Adobe Lightroom.

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Day 7: Macro Euro

This photo was taken using the Fotodiox reverse ring. This adapter allows you to take the 18-55mm kit lens and use it as a macro lens by mounting it on the camera body backwards. By doing this you lose auto focus, image stability and information from the lens in the photo metadata but the the end result is some very cool images.

The depth of field is super shallow and getting a clean shot takes a little bit of work. The best results I have seen using this adapter are from individuals who have taken many shots and merged them during processing. The reverse ring cost a only a couple of bucks so if you have a lens with a 58mm filter thread it is a cheap alternative for getting into macro.¬†The other options¬†include extension tubes and a full on macro lens. The extension tubes are affordable but can’t compete with the 9 dollar price tag of the reverse ring and even the cheapest macro lenses start around $100.

The image here is a single shot the using the reverse ring or an Irish Euro coin. Editing was completed in Adobe Lightroom. As usual this was shot on my 7d mkii and the lens was the 18-55mm Canon lens that comes with the rebel DSLR kits.

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Day 5: Dance!

Nancy and I went to the Azalea Festival in Wilmington on Sunday and stumbled upon this stage where groups were performing cultural dances. Here are two photos I took while a group performed a traditional dance from Mexico. Ignore all the clutter in the photos. There was really no way to get a clean shot.

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