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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:35 AM
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Maestro's 2006 retrospective (56K ultra beware)
Well I couldn't decide on which 12 pictures to use so I used more. Sorry.

January saw me trying out some Depth of Field shots, but other than that, I really didn't take too many pictures.


February was a bit better. However, it was slow again. I did snap this nice photo of my daughter. She will show up again this year.


March picks up a bit..I turned to nature plus I tried my first cityscape photo.


Buds and Bugs


Dallas, Texas as seen from across the Trinity River looking from the Oak Cliff area of Dallas.


April saw me again taking mostly nature shots. Here is a nice shot of an onion plant.


May was very slow. Nonetheless I took this picture of some Black-eyed Susans from our garden.


June was about the kids...






July was a good month.

First the family went to Austin to show the kids the Capitol. Here are two from the inside of the Capitol.
The seats of the Senate chamber


The 8lb hinges on all the doors in the Capitol Building


The sparrows were very active in July as well.


Some were even having youngins


Butterflies were everywhere. This is gulf fritillary.


August didn't see much happening but I did take these shots of the cattle out back and my rusty fence post.

Artsy-fartsy shot of the rusting fence post out back.


Angus cow to go with artsy-fartsy shot.


September saw the hummingbirds return to Maestro's backyard!




October had me playing with my macro lens.




November was all about family.








December was a good month since I got my first hawk in flight pics and some other good shots.


Can't forget Christmas and kids.






I am a very fortunate person. Looking back on 2006 made me realize this. Sure, I've got problems, but it could be a whole heckuva lot worse. Here is hoping 2007 is even better!
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LeftCoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:57 AM
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1. Nice shots!
I'm looking forward to spring so I can try out my macro lens as well!

I'm having such a great time taking pictures with my new camera, I'm sure I'll have tons for next year's retrospective. :)
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 11:06 AM
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4. Thanks LC
I can't wait to see what you put together next year. BTW, this is a good point to tell you about a disease among photographers, hobbyists and professionals alike. It's called lens lust. Once you buy one new lens, you can't stop. It's horrible. I've bought three just this year!
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Eurobabe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:59 AM
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2. Very nice mix of family and nature!
You daughter is adorable, very photogenic! :hi:
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 11:05 AM
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3. Thanks 48percenter
I love taking pics of my kids and I am really starting to like the nature photography as well.
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jhain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 11:28 AM
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5. glad you couldn't decide on an even dozen
Buds and Bugs is amazing...soft and organic yet sharp and angular all at once.

I adore the toothless grin shot! Always astounding how quickly those gaps fill in- good timing on that one!
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F.Gordon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:07 PM
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6. I don't see any Cat photos?
:rofl:

A very unique and personal perspective. I seriously hope you are making prints of the family and kids... and everything else.
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 05:45 PM
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8. While on safari
this year at the local zoo, I captured this cat.



Thanks for the comments and yes I am most definitely making prints via Smugmug!
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:14 PM
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7. These are all very nice
but I've always loved the pictures of your kids. They are SO CUTE.
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JeffR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 07:37 PM
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9. Great variety here, Maestro
Hard to pick a favorite, but that Senate chamber pic really appeals to my eye.

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regnaD kciN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 03:59 AM
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10. No kidding...!
This was a case of "love the photos, hate the dial-up" -- it actually took so long, the connection timed-out and disconnected me once.

The macros are great, the Senate photo is a classic, and I'm especially drawn to your artsy-fartsy cow. ;-)

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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 11:10 AM
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12. Sorry RegnaD kciN, but
I am glad it was worth the wait to you. :hi:
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WannaJumpMyScooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 11:02 AM
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11. Eight pound hinges?
Good thing Mexico is there to keep Tejas propped up, else it would sink into the ocean with all that weight.
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 11:34 AM
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13. I'm not kidding. Every door in the building is like that.
You can see more of the Capitol here: http://maestros.smugmug.com/gallery/1688163

Seeing the pictures just makes me know how much we need to get rid of the repukes down there in Austin.
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WannaJumpMyScooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 01:36 PM
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14. I have traveled in Tejas
I am not surprised at all
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