When ever I travel, whether it be vacation or a major road trip Im always excited to get some new shots. This past week our family traveled to Fort Leonard Wood to see my sister in law graduate from the Army MP.  So as we drove I had great opportunities to snap some from the car, some on the go and some on land. We drove through St.Louis and it was my first time seeing the Archway! From the distance and in passing it's pretty cool, but when you are standing right underneath , it's presence is powerful! Here is what I captured:
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Landmarks. Every city has them. Here in the Roanoke Valley of Virginia we have many that have grounded our city. They bring character and even something to look forward to when visiting or just passing through as you travel. My Roanoke Landmarks Series is a work in progress and I  hope to add these to my shop ( that is currently getting worked on). I want you to have your very own unique Roanoke Landmark print from the Studiokathome print shop. I'd love feedback on what you might want to see, like famous eateries, museumes, and hotspots in the RV that would be considered a landmark. Just leave me a comment on here or on my Facebook Page( see side bar). Thanks! Hope to hear from you soon!

 
     I'd like to take into my photographic mind for a minute. I like to find a striking image in the details of a big picture. Take for example this picture below:
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We were on a vacation in Michigan one winter. It must have been a mild winter because there wasn't any snow yet on the ground. Well, we had passed this blue barn maybe twice on our way to and from my in-laws place when we were out and about. The third time I made my husband pull over on the side of the road so I could investigate and snap a few shots. You might have passed by too, but what caught my eye was that bright orange window surrounded by this contrasting blue! It really was perfect! You can certainly find an image out of something ordinary. It's waiting there for you to discover!
     Here is another shot I took at our Fair we have right around 4th of July. I knew I could round up some shots there. I took some with my regular DSLR and soon found myself shooting in TTV.  I then took that orginal image, duplicated, cropped and converted it to a sepia tone with my computer. Once it was converted it took on a whole new personality with the dirt and grime from my ttv camera. When I had it at the framer's she asked, " When were you there?" I said,"where?" she then said, "Paris".  I was quite flattered and I quietly mentioned it was the farris wheel from the fair in town. She was amazed!
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So, I hope this encourages you to go out find that unexpected image. What you pass by everyday could be your next award winning image!
 
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     So let's say you are on vacation in Charleston,SC. I picked that city because it's a city full of culture and you can walk everywhere to explore the hidden alley ways that lead to courtyards, massive churches and streets lined with shops.  You get ready to go site seeing around town. Some of you may just grab your shoot and point camera which take up hardly any space in a purse or bag. Others have those big, bulky DSLR cameras. Who wants to carry around multiple bags! A purse, a camera bag, shopping bags, just too many bags!  I'm one of those who has one of those bulky DSLR cameras. I always wish I had a stylish purse that could be both a protective camera bag and be a purse at the same time.  And finally, someone had an Epiphanie! 
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So I made a  purchase of an Argus 75, You know one of those cameras back in the late 40's that many people used to capture life. Now days many hold them as collectables and are found in antique shops,yardsales,estate sales and a grand array of them on Ebay! The reason for my purchase was to try a new photographic technique I came across, called Ttv; through the viewfinder photography . It's apparently been around for quite awhile. If you like the rustic, dirty, nostalgic look of phototgraphy ,this may wet your whistle. Im at both specturms of phototgraphy. Love to get up close and see the sharp detail in a photograph , yet drawn toward the gritty look of an old photograph. You need to make a "contraption" as they call it, to block out light and to fit your Digital SLR camera down into, t take a picture of the glass viewfinder atop of the old box camera.
 Here are a few of my very first shots in TtV:

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