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Yellowstone 2008
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Florence Renaissance Faire 2013
A few shots from Sunday afternoon, 27 Oct. 2013
albums: 2
Huntsville Botanical Garden
Various albums of trips to the garden
albums: 4
Diane Desporte Dance Academy
Recitals
subfolders: 2
Kimberly's Quinceañera- 18 Feb. 2017
Mass, park shots and banquet hall
albums: 13
R.L. Topp, 2011-2017
 
2017-06-06 Botanical Garden
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R.L. Topp, 2011-2017
 
2017-01-31 Ave Maria Grotto in Cullman, AL

The Ave Maria Grotto contains a collection of miniature sculptures and buildings, mostly recreations of real structures, but some whimsical, from fairy tales, etc. Since I shot in January, the site was still cluttered with fall leaves, and the various water features were dry or dirty. Looking at the images as I processed them, I could see it would be a monumental work just to clean out all the leaves (but I hope someone does it from time to time!). Also, if you're a picture-straightener like me, the shots in this collection are likely to set off your worst neuroses. Although I worked to correct rotation and keystoning (angular distortion of parallel lines, as viewed through a lens), it was clear that not all the small structures were perfectly upright and square in the first place! ...and it would be a miracle to find them so. Anyway, enjoy if you can, and if you want to learn more, check online, like here, for instance: http://www.avemariagrotto.com/content/history

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R.L. Topp, 2011-2017
 
2017-01-31 Cullman, AL Covered Bridge
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R.L. Topp, 2011-2017
 
2014-11-10 Memphis Zoo
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R.L. Topp, 2011-2017
 
Green Mountain 2014
Nov 8, 2014

The annual battle to do justice to beauty beyond my capabilities...

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R.L. Topp, 2011-2017
 
Ornaments and Decorations
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R.L. Topp, 2011-2017
 
2013-06-08 Happy Together Tour Hard Rock Casino

Gary Lewis, Mark Lindsay, Gary Puckett, Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night), Flo and Eddie (The Turtles)- taken at Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi, MS with OM-D EM-5 and 12-50 kit lens, all shot at ISO 5000, handheld. .ORF files were processed in Light Room 4.4, typically with luminance noise reduction between 24 and 36. Selective sharpening was applied to well-illuminated areas to bring back detail. I was pleased and impressed with what I could accomplish using an f/6.3 lens under these conditions. One day maybe I'll have enough bread to afford the 12-35/2.8 and 35-100/2.8, but in the meantime, I'm getting by quite well.

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R.L. Topp, 2011-2017
 
2012-05-25 Daikin Festival

The Daikin Festival takes place annually at the Decatur, Al fairground. This is my second time to visit there, and I went armed with the D300, 17-50/2.8 and D700, 70-200/2.8.

Aside from general shots of the crowd, pictures are roughly from three main groups: the dance bands/audience/dancers; the festival dancers/bandstand/drummers and dance leaders on the stage; and the balloons.

I shot from about 6:30 until 9:00 p.m., managing to put away two barbecue sandwiches and some Pepsis as well.

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R.L. Topp, 2011-2017
 
2012-05-26 Balloons
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R.L. Topp, 2011-2017
 
Barber Motorsports Museum
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