The Different Perspectives of a Surprised Exuberant Squirrel

While I believe Becky has in mind using different apertures, focusing, and distance to show how one can achieve different perspectives in photography, I thought I would approach it from a lighter perspective for my first square of this month’s challenge. This friendly, exuberant, (and surprised) urban squirrel was observing me from four different perspectives!*

#1 Uh oh! Caught in the act!

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#2 I’m really not so sure about this…..

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#3 Maybe it’s safe…….. I’ll try it out.

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#4 Oh, you seem to be friendly, and your dog does too, so…. TA-DA. Here I am in all my exuberance, complete with tail!

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*I don’t normally do this, and I think it’s technically against the rules, but I got carried away and combined….. four challenges. My own exuberance got the better of me.

Colors and Letters: July 3 – Starts with the letter E

Lense-Artists Photo Challenge – Surprise

Photo a Week – Squirrel!

Becky’s Squares – The Art of Perspective

Interiors

The interior of the construction of an 18 story condo building.

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Floors 5-9

What could be in the interior of this fairy hole?

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This was taken from the inside of the infusion unit where I receive my gamma globulin treatments every there weeks. I noticed that some steam was coming out of the pipe on the roof across the street.

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The infusion unit’s view

I found the sunlight hitting the raw 2x4s inside the black iron gate to be stunning.

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Sunlight hitting 2x4s inside gate

Posted belatedly for Debbie’s One Word Sunday – Interior

Sunshine’s Macro Monday

A Liquid Amber Tree’s Seed Pod.

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©Hannah Keene 2020

The intricacy of these seed pods have always amazed me. They are, however, treacherous once they have opened and released their seeds. They can roll under your foot and make you fall (several once caused my husband to badly sprain his ankle). They can (and have) pierced my dog’s paws and caused an infection. They are even difficult to sweep up because there’s so many of them that it’s hard not to slip during the process. But oh my goodness, their intricate structure is absolutely beautiful!

Posted for Irene’s Sunshine’s Macro Monday.

Tree Blossoms

Though I didn’t know it at the time, I took advantage of an Olympus promotion at our local Looking Glass Photo and Camera just two days before before the Shelter In Place order came through for our seven counties here in the Bay Area of Northern California. I walked out of the store having upgraded my OM-D 5 Mark II for an OM-D 1 Mark III, as well as upgrading two of my lenses to the better built Pro category. I had gone into the store the day before the promotion so I could handle the newly released 0M-D 1 Mark III and test it out. That evening a close friend had encouraged me to take the plunge mainly because the OM-D 1 III was so much easier to hold and handle with my worsening inflammatory arthritic hands. But she also encouraged me because I spend a huge amount of my limited energy day doing photography in one way or another. It’s what I do. It’s what gets me up in the morning on a physically challenging day. Most of all, it’s because photography is one of the things that gives me immense joy.

I have thanked my friend, Anne, a million times. Even with the Shelter In Place order, I am able to take some photographs whilst taking the necessary walk with my dog each day (wearing a mask and keeping 6 feet away from other dog walkers). And I am absolutely amazed at the difference in the quality of the photos from the upgraded camera and lenses. AMAZED. It is giving me joy each and every day. And one of the great things about photography right now is that much of the work occurs in the editing afterwards. Which of course, needs to be done inside. It seems to be to be the perfect solution.

Most of the photos I have been posting have of course been older ones, taken with the older equipment before the Stay At Home order, or taken quickly on the fly with my phone. But here is one that I took today with the new camera and lenses. I was thrilled to have been able to capture the ethereal nature of the blossoms.

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Posted for CitySonnet’s Colors and Letters: April 28: Misty Rose.