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4
Feb

Owning the Dream

I began taking photography seriously about six years ago, when I purchased my first Canon Rebel.

I had no idea what I was doing – didn’t know the first thing about the technical aspect of photography, but always loved the art and creativity of it.  And, photography makes me incredibly happy.  I love to venture out, camera in hand, and shoot everything and anything that interests me – especially wildlife.

About two years ago I decided to that life was too short and I was going to spend my time focusing (pun intended) on making my photography career happen.

I got hired with the Teddy Bear Portraits division of Nationwide Studios, out of Tennessee.  They provided me with a studio set-up that is top of the line (lights, backdrops, props, camera, etc.), and I travel to private schools and preschools in South Florida, shooting professional portraits.  Teddy Bear Portraits does incredible work: http://www.teddybearportraits.com

The thing about photography?  It’s complex – there’s a lot to learn and getting a handle on the technical aspect of using the camera is not easy, but I’m getting there and learning new things every time I pick up my camera.

I love photographing people and kids – but my passion – my favorite things to photograph are landscapes and wildlife – I love being outdoors with the birds and the bugs!

You can see more of my photography here:  Andrea O’Connell Photography (on SmugMug)  and here:  Andrea O’Connell Photography

Anyway, I’m working really hard at photography – to make the dream happen.  The truth is, times are tough, but I’m owning the dream and going for it 100%.

So, that’s what I’ve been up to.

Here are a few of my recent captures:

Roseate Spoonbill

The beautiful Roseate Spoonbill

 

Snowy Egret

The Snowy Egret

 

Swamp Hen

The Swamphen, aka, Gallinule

 

Old Florida

An old Florida home

 

The Fair

At the South Florida State Fair

 

Drawing a Sweet Boy

Capturing the Sweet Smile

 

I See You!

The Brown Pelican

 

Loving Anhinga Couple

Tender Anhinga couple on their nest

 

Sunset at the Wetlands

Sunset over Green Cay Wetlands

 

Fire in the Sky

The sunset through the trees at Green Cay Wetlands

 

Sunset on the Boardwalk

Fiery sunset on the boardwalk at the Green Cay Wetlands

A slideshow:

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21
Jul

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

As usual, I’m busier than a bee.  But, I do want to post a picture of this week’s photo challenge.  The word is “Inside.”

Hope and Honey Bee, by Andrea O'Connell

13
Jul
By Andrea O'Connell, 2012

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming!

The weekly photo challenge for this week is “Dreaming.” Read more

17
Jun

Weekly Photo Challenge: Close

This week the photo challenge word is close.  I’ve chosen to use “close” as in close-up, or macro photography.  I shot this last week:

This is my cat, Beau.  I love his eyes!  He’s jet-black with white whiskers!  When I can get him to sit still or wake up, he’s a good subject:

Photo by Andrea O’Connell, 2012

17
Jun

Weekly Photo Challenge One Week Late: Friendship

I just realized I used the Macaws for another photo challenge!  Here’s the one I was going to use originally, anyway:  My niece and her friend seeing how their friendship necklace fits together:

The weekly photo challenge from two weeks ago was to post a photo that speaks about friendship.  I chose these two Macaws.  They are big buddies and have such fun together…. Such lovely birds, too.

17
Jun

I’m still here!

I know, I know…. It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve popped in to blog – I even missed the last two Weekly Photo Challenges…. Horrors!  I plan to do those momentarily.

I’m having this battle with myself about taking time to blog.  I feel guilty taking the time when I have so much work to do….  I’m working from home now – doing Instructional Design consulting.  Yeap.  I took the plunge to work for myself!

I’m working on a website and two business blogs right now – it’s a huge task.  I have them all set to go as far as how they look and feel, but still developing the content, which is the major task.

I haven’t been following the Casey Anthony goings-on, but have heard that a movie, based on Jeff Ashton’s book,  is in the works.  Good for him!  I’m glad he’s doing so well.

I heard through the grapevine that Jose Baez has a book out, or has one coming out – I’m not sure which it is.  I’d venture to say few people will want to read it.  What can Jose Baez say other than “I told ya’ so!” (Which no one in their right mind believed was possible at the time.)

It still floors me.  We all thought, no way can such an inexperienced trial lawyer win that case!   Hah!  He did it.  We all wore eggs on our face after that, big time.

I’m amazed that the Casey Anthony story continues to generate news!  It’s so crazy!  I get Google-Alerts on the topic of Casey Anthony and it never fails that EVERY day, somewhere – someone is talking about something related to that trial.  It seems to be a foregone conclusion that little Miss Beautiful Life is going to have a perpetual OJ Simpson-like reputation for life.

Well, life goes on, doesn’t it? It doesn’t change much, but it goes on!

Here’s a little gift from me:

4
Jun
A Wave Crashing.  Photo by Andrea O'Connell 2012

Weekly Photo Challenge: Today

The weekly photo challenge word is was “today.”

Lately my “today’s” have been sans camera in favor of the computer and work-projects.

I shot these photos on a today that happened last month!

There’s a “today” certainty and strength in nature, especially in the sea…. it flows through every today …. the waves, so much like music…

Anyway, I love a today with ocean in it.

Click on an image to enlarge it.

25
May

weekly photo challenge: Summer

The weekly photo challenge word is “Summer”.

Holding the string, at the other end of this kite are a couple of boys and their Dad.  The kids were thrilled when the kite caught the wind and really took off.  It was a beautiful sight; and seemed the epitome of summer.

(Click to enlarge.)

Photo by Andrea O’Connell

19
May
A Butterfly Holds A Child's Hand.  Photo by Andrea O'Connell

Weekly Photo Challenge: Hands

The word this week is: Hands. Read more

19
May

Weekly Photo Challenge: Blue

I know, I know…. The “Blue” challenge was last week… suffice it to say, that blue week was a busy one for me – though not at all blue.  On the contrary, it was a lovely week because half of it I spent soaking in the sights and sounds of the blue sea.

I met this woman in blue on the beach.  She was staying in the same hotel I was in.

(I don’t know how to spell her name, but it sounds like Iah.)

She’s from Somalia and was so friendly, with a great smile even though I didn’t capture it fully in this photo, unfortunately.

Anyway, she saw me taking photographs and asked if I’d come across a key she’d lost – her hotel key.  I hadn’t but I offered to help her look for it until I saw how she was looking – picking up the seaweed, shaking it and shuffling the sand that the seaweed had been sitting on.

I’ve seen too many creatures in the seaweed to get too close.  So, I found a stick and helped.

We never found her key, but we chatted a bit.  She asked me to take a picture of her with a handful of seaweed.  I said sure (later I captured more photos of her scooping through the weeds that I was too wimpy to touch).

She asked if she could have copies of the picture and so I gave her my email address to contact me,. but she never has. Maybe she’ll see this post…

A Friend in Blue. Photo by Andrea O’Connell

Man-O-War creature sitting in the seaweed.  They about kill the human unfortunate enough to touch one.  I was stung as a kid – horrendous pain.

Man-Oh-Man-Oh-Man-O-War. Photo by Andrea O’Connell

Here she is using her hands to dig through seaweed with who-knows-what kinds of horrible creatures in it.

Somewhere In There is a Lost Hotel Key. Photo by Andrea O’Connell

And here’s the beautiful blue of the sea in its glory.
I’m blue now….. missing this beach.

So Blue and Inviting! Photo by Andrea O’Connell

15
May
pink in the sky

I love the sunrise

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4
May

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused

The word for this week’s Photo Challenge is “unfocused.”  Certainly an easy one for me as I have many photos that fall into that unsightly category. :)

I’m like a photography hoarder, I keep the even the blurry and goofy pictures!

This pretty fella, the bright Peacock, moved just as I clicked.

 

The second photo is the effect of theatrical lighting on aluminum scaffolding.  Not only is it blurry, it’s also distorted! Two features for the price of one with that photo!

30
Apr
Canon file 019

Weekly Photo Challenge: Together

Last week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge was to post something that says “together.”

Well, I’m a bit late with this – haven’t had my act together!

Here are two colorful Macaws who are having such fun together.  These kids are hilarious when they’re together!  They seem to love each other, but they fight like cats and dogs, too!

Here are two lovely butterflies doing what butterflies do when they’re together.

20
Apr
Clouds Chasing the Sun.  Photo by Andrea O'Connell

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun

The challenge this week is to capture the sun!  I usually battle with the sun when developing images…. When there’s too much sun-glare it can wreak havoc on an image.   So, it’s nice, for a change, to have an occasion to relish the sun!

A Roseate Spoonbill sun dance:

Sun Dancing. Photo by Andrea O’Connell

Clouds chasing the sun:

Clouds Chasing the Sun. Photo by Andrea O’Connell


An orange flower drinks in the sun:

Drinking in the Sun. Photo by Andrea O’Connell

13
Apr
Art on Miami Apartment Building

Weekly Photo Challenge: Two Subjects…

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge asks us to illustrate two subjects in a photo.

This was the first photo I thought of….  I really love that this image is so unexpected!  It’s such an odd thing to see as you drive the turnpike in Miami.

I captured this through the window of a car – about three weeks ago.  I was a passenger in the car and happened to have my camera in my lap when I saw this out of nowhere!   I nearly missed it, too.  Fortunately I got the shot on the first try.

And, the sky that day was really that blue!

In a sense, there are three subjects in this photo: The artwork, the building, and the bluer-than-blue sky.

I don’t know why this whimsical piece of art is on this apartment building, which is about 15 stories high, but it’s clearly been put there purposely.  Maybe a tenant placed it there?

I don’t know if it’s even still hanging on the building.

I think it resembles the work of artist Romero Brito, the Brazilian pop-artist, who makes Miami his home.  But, he generally signs his work.

So, it’s a mystery – a whimsical and beautiful mystery!

Somewhere in Miami this colorful artwork is happily hanging on the side of an apartment building! Photo by Andrea O’Connell, 2012

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