Monochrome Mondays

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Learning to Wink

Do you remember how old you were when you began to try and wink?  Somehow we all learn how at one point in our lives, my grandson is sure trying hard.





I know its not Monday but, I have been following a blogger from Australia who has a weekly themed mono challenge published on Thursdays, her time, Wednesdays ours.  This weeks theme is Shadows.  I am excited to have this be my first photo to be included in her blog.  I am still learning all the ins and outs of blogging and I’m not sure how to add her link to my blog so you can find her at

Two weeks ago I posted a photo of The Innovation, Science & Technology building on the campus of Florida Polytechnic University.  As I noted it is an architectural photographers dream providing multiple angles and great shadows.




Florida Polytechnic University

Near Lakeland Florida, just off Interstate 4 west of Orlando, lies Florida Polytechnic University.  The largest and most magnificent space ship styled structure was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.  The Innovation, Science & Technology building (IST) was completed in 2014 mainly constructed from cement, steel, glass and aluminum with wood accents scattered through the inside.  The $60 million, 160,00 square foot building is an architectural photographers dream.  This shot was taken south of the building which is surrounded by water that leads to five more bodies of water, with walkways dividing them.



Eagle Eye

I am in the market to purchase a telephoto lens. I rented a Canon 100-400mm lens last spring, which I loved using, when I went on a birding boat trip with several friends.  This time around I decided to rent a Tamron 150-600mm.  The first thing I realized is the Tamron is way too long and heavy to hand hold, so mounting on a tripod was a must.  I’ve taken it out three times over the weekend and have realized its not for me.  I tried numerous settings and for the life of me could not get tack sharp photos.  Maybe its user error or my camera and the lens were just not syncing up properly, anyway I’m glad I’m only out $100 instead of $1400.  The Canon 100-400mm is looking more appealing all the time.

I decided to play around with one image in mono, still not tack sharp but it will do.




I smoked for a short time in my teens, peer pressure plays a huge role in what we do when we are younger.  My father smoked for years, free cigarettes to all the GI’s during WW2 got him hooked.  He eventually moved on to a pipe, thinking it safer, but he still inhaled.   Mid way through his 80’s he gave it up, wasn’t long after that he was diagnosed with COPD.   It was difficult to watch him suffer those last few years.  Have to admit when I do smell pipe smoke it brings back wonderful memories of my father.  Now some smokers have moved on to Vaping, thinking it is safer and for those around them.  I don’t buy it, still nicotine despite its level of concentration.