Nikon D80, 50mm, 1/80 sec at f/1.8, ISO 200

Hi everyone! For my very first photo for my very first photography blog posting, I chose this photo I called “Olive Boat.” I picked this photo for my first blog posting because I wanted to start from the beginning. “Olive Boat” reminds me of the time, place, and the feeling of being in a new neighborhood, new friends and a new chapter in my life. This photo was taken in June 2009. It was the first dinner at our friends and neighbor Alex and Amy. They have a wonderful home and a great patio where this photo was taken. I took this photo during dinner while we were gathered around the table munching on some olives. I love this photo because it reminds me of our friends Amy and Alex (who lives in Michigan now) and the feeling/sense of friendship and community. To give you a little bit of a background we just moved in to a new building in Harlem and this was one of the first gathering we had in the new neighborhood. I love the way the photo came out. I like that only 1 or 2 olives are in focus and the rest of the picture are sort of blurred or out of focus. I love the way the color of the olive boat compliments the green olives. I am amazed at the detail I was able to get out of the wooden table. The light of the picture I thought was great, this was taken late afternoon close to sunset. I had some dirt on my sensor and had to do some spot removal on the photo but besides that I did not develop/edit the photo in any major way. I hope you like/enjoy the photo as much I do. Stay tune for the the next photo coming soon!!!

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