In late October a group of photo buddies took at trip to Chattanooga TN. We decided to take a side trip to Maggie Valley NC and from there we made plans to visit the Biltmore estate. Tickets were purchased ahead of time so the date could not be changed. In case you are not familiar with the Biltmore it has a fascinating history. It is a 250-room French Renaissance chateau which originally encompassed 125,000 acres. Today the estate grounds consist of 8000 acres with various buildings and both formal and informal gardens. The trees were just starting to turn and our group was very excited about photographing some of the gardens and the beginning of leaf change. Mother Nature had other plans. The weather that day was torrential rains and high winds. The gardens and surrounding grounds were flooded. Walking between buildings presented a challenge and we finally gave in to buying $4.00 ponchos in an attempt to keep us dry as well as our equipment. The weather sure put a damper on our visit but at the very end of the day, the sun finally appeared and gave us an opportunity to have a lasting memory photo. This was my first visit to the Biltmore and I hope to return in nicer weather to take advantage of the manicured gardens and surrounding areas.
I will readily admit when I saw the challenge “Diptych/Triptych I had to look up the meaning. I found the following: “A triptych is a picture in three parts. The triptych is a very popular format in the arts for a range of reasons and they’re designed to be displayed together as a single piece.” Triptychs normally share a common theme and are displayed together. This morning I went for a walk on Siesta Key Beach with my camera and my Triptych theme came to me. My common theme was the letter ‘S’ and I shot the Sky, Sea, and Sand (including seaweed)! I found a photoshop video on how to uniquely display the triptych so I followed it closely and this is the result. It was time consuming to put together but definitely fun to do.
In the past one could have accused me of being a spur of the moment shopper but in my later years, that can hardly describe me. We have been downsizing for the past 8 years and are finally in a nicely sized condo with just the things that I feel are essential. Maybe that isn’t entirely accurate when it comes to photography equipment – one can never have enough of those items! Recently I was on a photography trip with some friends and a few of us decided that we just HAD to have the Lens Baby Velvet 85mm. We had them shipped overnight to where we were staying. Once I returned home, I wasn’t sure about my spontaneous purchase but after the LB and I spend this afternoon together I think it’s here to stay. After I processed this image, I decided that it would be perfect for this weeks challenge; The Color Purple.