Monthly Archives: September 2016

When you least expect it . . . hard work pays off

Barred Owl

Barred Owl

09.30.2016

So I was at work and one of the guys came in from the plant and asked if I had my camera with me. It’s very rare that I don’t. He said there’s a owl in the building. Of course I ran right out to photograph it. According to my research this is a barred owl. I think it’s beautiful – the eyes are incredible.

I wasn’t planning to photograph an owl but I was prepared. You never know when something may present itself, an opportunity to take advantage.

I’m sorry I haven’t posted forĀ a while. I started school – an online course (you’re never too old to learn new things)! So my photography has taken a back seat. I recently renewed the website here to keep the domain going. I love photograph and enjoy sharing it and I will try to do so as much as possible. My favorite time of year is has startedĀ and I can’t wait to get out there shooting the fall colors!

Some people say I’m lucky / fortunate because I get some great shots. They don’t see how many hours I’ve practiced, that I lug my camera everywhere just in case, and the lessons I’ve learned missing many shots before I finally got it right. I’m not lucky. I’m prepared. I put myself in the right places. And I work hard. That’s what makes me good!

~ melissa michelle

Play Fair . . . .

PlayFair - Toronto Canada

PlayFair – Toronto Canada

09.13.2016

Here’s another tall ship from the festival this past weekend in Erie, PA. This is called PlayFair from Toronto Canada. It’s the sister ship to Pathfinder which I’ll post a photo of soon. Both vessels were christened by Queen Elizabeth II.

I had a great time taking these photos. I hope you’re enjoying them. I lucked out picking a great location, thanks to a co-worker who told me about the spot!

Life is so busy right now. I’ll try to post another photo soon. Stay tuned! Thanks for hanging in there with me!

~ melissa michelle

Tall Ships

US Brig Niagara

US Brig Niagara

El Galeon

El Galeon

09.11.2016

Last Thursday I braved three downpours, one of which was a thunderstorm, in order to capture photos of the tall ships festival. Here are two that I took time to process. There are more and I’ll get to them soon.

The US Brig Niagara moors in Erie, PA which is my hometown. I get to see it quite often in my travels along the Bayfront when she’s in town. The second photo is of the ship called El Galeon from Spain. She travels the world to educate people about Spanish maritime history. It’s a reconstruction of a 16th century ship. It sure was a treat to watch her sail.

Although I was disappointed that the ships couldn’t be in full sail given the high winds, it was still magnificent to see them sail.

Enjoy the photos. As always you can see more photos on my Facebook page Photo Life Journal. Thanks for visiting my page! And make it an awesome week!

~ melissa michelle

Waterfalls

Sabbaday Falls, NH

Sabbaday Falls, NH

09.06.2016

Just a quick note to let you know i’m still here. Here’s another water fall photo from New Hampshire – this one of Sabbaday Falls, the water coming down the flume.

More photos to come later in week – Erie is celebrating a tall ships festival that I hope to photograph and share ships in full sail.

Make it a great week!

~ melissa michelle