Feb. Challenge photos

2-13b (Dazzle) Imagine the afterlife

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people, living life in peace.
John Lennon- “Imagine”

The challenge this month was to use manual focus and the song “Imagine” by John Lennon.

I don’t think his ideal world will ever happen among the living, but it could be describing the afterlife.

So with the weather finally above freezing and the sun making a brief appearance today, I headed out to two other states to get some photos of Dazzle and Bear for this challenge. Of course it helps that I live in a “tri-state” area πŸ™‚

I tried a few different places in the Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate, KY before finding the spot in this photo. I also played around with different camera distances from Dazzle. I like this set-up both for it’s composition and because it required a focus setting other than infinity (so it was more of a challenge). When I had him in place and the focus where I wanted it, I told him to stay and tossed one of his toys to get his focus and his ears forward.

2-12b (Bear) Imagine- Freedom from want

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people, sharing all the world.
John Lennon- Imagine”

I visited “Freedom Park” near the Vietnam memorial in Eden Park in Cincinnati to get this shot.
I had a hard time getting the focus just right in the brief amount of time that Bear was willing to stay πŸ™‚ He REALLY wanted to just go sniff and explore. And I would have also liked to adjust the exposure just a bit more, but after a few attempts he was done. I think he was trying for “freedom from oppression: πŸ™‚

Imagine Peace

Another idea I had for the 12 Months for Dogs challenge, but this was the back-up in case I couldn’t find the shot I wanted in the cemetery. This is directly below the World Peace Bell. I made sure I wasn’t here anywhere near the “top of the hour” when the website says it rings. The bell is HUGE and I didn’t want to deafen us or freak out Dazzle πŸ™‚ The flower pots in the photo below are about 2′ high (same height as Dazzle) to give an idea of the scale.

Peace bell- Newport KY

I also recently enjoyed some time at the Spring display at the Krohn Conservatory. Dazzle took time to sniff some flowers, but I had to keep an eye on him because he also wanted to TASTE several of the items! πŸ™‚

Taking time to smell the flowers

More photos of my excursions on my photography blog: http://photogwithoutadog.wordpress.com



Posted February 16, 2013 by dazzlesmom in Uncategorized

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