Monday, September 01, 2014

Day 1 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days

I've decided to take part in Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge and since today is going to be a busy day for us, I got started bright & early this morning with a quick little bunny...

Day 1 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days.

This one's got cotton candy in honor of my trip to the state fair today!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

52-Week Photo Challenge

Hello, my fellow creative photographers!

As you know, last week was the final week in my 52-Week Photo Challenge, but I promised you a nice pin-able graphic for your reference. Please feel free to pass this on, share it with friends & family, spread it far & wide!

52-Week Photo Challenge List
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Also, the flickr group will remain open to any and all who wish to post their photos or questions or comments; so feel free to share there as well!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

52-Week Photo Challenge: Week 52

Hello, my fellow creative photographers!

Welcome to the FINAL week in my 52-Week Photo Challenge!

Can you believe we made it this far? I can't! Hooray!

By this time next Sunday, I'll try to have a list of all the challenges in a nice image format for you all to pin or share however...

So on to this week's challenge! It's NIGHT!

Wait for the sun to set and get creative with your camera! OR find another way to interpret the challenge!

Here's mine:
Night falls.
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Since I've been using my tablet, I couldn't do some of the *really* creative ideas I had, but I love how I was able to edit this and upload it right from the Nexus! The reflection of the sky on the way was so pretty; getting the flowers in the shot was the only hard part!

So how about you? How will you interpret this challenge?

Saturday, August 16, 2014

52-Week Photo Challenge: Week 51

Hello, my fellow creative photographers!

Welcome to another week in my 52-Week Photo Challenge!

Can you believe there is only one more week after this one!? I can't. I didn't think I'd make, but woo-hoo!

Anyway, on to this week's challenge! It's EIGHT

Make EIGHT the focal point of your photo or have EIGHT be the overall theme in your photo. A street sign, address numbers, or maybe a group of EIGHT items...?

Here's mine:
Eight
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Nope, neither of them turned 8, but together there were 8 candles on the cake! (Benji turned 5, and Kuromi turned 3!) And there was approximately 8 seconds too much singing for Benji! XD

Friday, August 15, 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014

52-Week Photo Challenge: Week 50

Hello, my fellow creative photographers!

Welcome to another week in my 52-Week Photo Challenge!

Can you believe we're almost through? I can't believe it's been so long!

This week's challenge is COLORFUL!

Find some color around you and capture it in all it's glory!

Here's mine:
Colorful
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Some sweet treats from my co-workers, a juicy red plum and a teeny Mounds bar. So much red in this shot!

How about you? What's colorful where you are?

Saturday, August 02, 2014

52-Week Photo Challenge: Week 49

Hello, my fellow creative photographers!

Welcome to another week in my 52-Week Photo Challenge!

This week's challenge is SNACK!

Capture your snacks this week in a creative way. Macro, preparation, enjoying it...

Here's mine:
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Popcorn is by far my favorite snack! Has been since I was little girl and my grandma would pop it in a pan on the stove and top it with real melted butter and a sprinkle of salt.

How about you? What's snacks are you eating this week? And don't forget to leave some challenge suggestions!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

52-Week Photo Challenge: Week 48

Hello, my fellow creative photographers!

Welcome to another week in my 52-Week Photo Challenge!

This week's challenge is: SEVEN

Take a look around you for things to represent SEVEN, a street sign, address numbers, or maybe a group of seven items...?

Here's mine:
7
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I'll admit that I spent more than just one week trying to get a photo for this challenge. It was not easy! I had resigned myself to finding a nice sign or interesting number or something similar, but when I saw the seagulls lining up along the roof yesterday, I thought they would be perfect! If only there were 7 of them!

It took a while for them to rearrange themselves enough times before there were 7 all lined up along the peak, but I am so glad I waited patiently and ignore the weird looks from passers-by. ^_^

Don't forget that I'm still looking for your suggestions for challenge topics!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

52-Week Photo Challenge: Week 47

Hello, my fellow creative photographers!

Welcome to another week in my 52-Week Photo Challenge!

Before we get to this week's challenge, I'd like to solicit your help with some upcoming topics! I've got ideas but I'm kind of blasé about them and I thought YOUR ideas might be better than mine... Leave a comment here or facebook or wherever you're comfortable, and let me know your ideas for photo challenges!

But hurry! There's only a few more weeks left! ^o^

On to this week's challenge! It's PURPLE

Find some purple around you - flowers, fruits, whatever you find - and capture it in a creative way.

Here's mine:
Purple Echinacea & Bumble Bee
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Lately I've been having fun playing around with all the preset options that my tablet's photo apps have installed, and these purple echinacea flowers were just so pretty. The bees were a bonus!

How about you? What's purple can you find? And don't forget to leave some challenge suggestions!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

52-Week Photo Challenge: Week 46

Hello, my fellow creative photographers!

Welcome to another week in my 52-Week Photo Challenge!

This week's challenge is: BLACK

Like with our other color challenges, look for something black and find a creative way to photograph or edit it.

I often find that when I try to capture someone wearing black, using the auto settings, that my camera over-exposes when I attempt to focus on the dark and the rest of the image is blown out. To compensate for this, I focus on the face or another lighter area, press the shutter button part way, then re-frame my image.

In case what I just wrote looked like Greek to you, check out these links for some more info & advice:Here's mine:
Black: Rainy Day
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Lia wanted to do some Gothic Lolita photos, and she had planned the umbrella, so it really didn't matter that it just happened to be raining when she was ready! This was my favorite of the shoot. Click through to flickr to see a few other shots & edits and even some outtakes!

Monday, July 07, 2014

52-Week Photo Challenge: Week 45

Hello, my fellow creative photographers!

Welcome to another week in my 52-Week Photo Challenge!

This week's challenge is: WATER

The earth is covered with about 75% water. Without it we can not survive. Too much causes phenomenal damage. But in just the right amounts, it is a joy. From rain showers to mud puddles, sprinklers to swimming pools, rivers to lakes to the ocean, find some water around you and capture it in a creative way!

Here's mine:
Water
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Onondaga Lake in Central NY. The view here is from Onondaga Lake Park in Liverpool, not far from Syracuse. The wind was non-stop and it eventually rained, but at this moment, the sun peeked through the clouds and set the white caps to sparkling.

What water can you find? Share it with me!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

52-Week Photo Challenge: Week 44

Hello, my fellow creative photographers!

Welcome to another week in my 52-Week Photo Challenge!

This week's challenge is: FLAT

Take a look around you, and find some flat things. Think of some creative ways to capture it in your photos.

Here's mine:
Flat
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I lucked out and just happened to visit Rudy's at sunset when the lake was unbelievably calm. I love this quick shot I took with my tablet!

Monday, June 23, 2014

52-Week Photo Challenge: Week 43

Hello, my fellow creative photographers!

Welcome to another week in my 52-Week Photo Challenge!

This week's challenge is: FUN!

No, really. That's the challenge. Go find some FUN and capture it with your camera!

Here's mine:

Fun!
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Yup, I know it's all grainy & out of focus. Yup, I know I saturated the heck out of it (and then flicker added even more, yay). But guess what.

~ I was having fun.

~ And everyone there was having fun.

~ And editing the photo was fun.

And that is what -- not just this prompt is about, but the whole 52-Week Photo Challenge! So let's have some fun!

Take some pictures and share *your* FUN!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

52-Week Photo Challenge: Week 42

Hello, my fellow creative photographers!

Welcome to another week in my 52-Week Photo Challenge!

This week's challenge is: OVAL

This week take some time to find the OVALS around you. Make an oval the focal point, the frame, or perhaps a repeating element...

Here's mine:
Oval
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I've posted a few others in the comments on Flickr; feel free to comment if you like another better! I love your critiques!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

52-Week Photo Challenge: Week 41

Hello, my fellow creative photographers!

Welcome to another week in my 52-Week Photo Challenge!

Bet you thought I would never post this week's challenge! Well, sometimes life just takes over and there's no time for posting to the internet, but I sure did take some pics this last week!

This week's challenge is another number one; it's: SIX

Sometime during this week, take some photos centering around the number SIX. Perhaps a photo of a hexagon, or a still life of 6 fruits, or maybe the number 6 itself! Show me how *you* interpret the prompt.

Here's mine:
Family 4 Yrs Later 06-08-14
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Four years ago our family took some photos for our very first trip to the We Shine Conference and loved it so much we had a canvas printed with it for our living room wall. With this being the final year of We Shine in its current form, we decided to recreate the photo. Weather & timing weren't entirely conducive, but we got a few great shots.

This one is the one that most closely resembles our original photo, which you can see in the comments if you click through to flickr, and I've also added my favorite from the bunch there too!

Sunday, June 01, 2014

52-Week Photo Challenge: Week 40

Hello, my fellow creative photographers!

Welcome to another week in my 52-Week Photo Challenge!

This week's challenge is another color one! This time it's: BLUE

Sometime during this week, take some photos focusing on BLUE: the sky, a body of water, someone's eyes, or maybe a single blue flower in a field of yellow ones.

Here's mine:
blue
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I am so glad the weather is finally conducive to taking walks along the shore! What can you find that's BLUE near you?

Saturday, May 24, 2014

52-Week Photo Challenge: Week 39

Hello, my fellow creative photographers!

Welcome to another week in my 52-Week Photo Challenge!

This week's challenge is a tasty one; it's: DESSERT

Sometime during this week, take some photos centering around dessert. Perhaps preparing it, or a nice food shot...

Here's mine:
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I've posted a few others in the comments on Flickr; feel free to comment if you like another better! I love your critiques!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

52-Week Photo Challenge: Week 38

Hello, my fellow creative photographers!

Welcome to another week in my 52-Week Photo Challenge!

This week's challenge is one I've had to delay due to a surprising lack of subject matter! (Not complaining!)

This week's challenge is: INSECT

Find some 6-legged creatures to capture with your camera. I know some folks have a fear of all-things-buggy, but some insects can be quite beautiful!

My photo is of a Painted Lady Butterfly:
Painted Lady
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A week or so ago we got some caterpillars at work for the kids to watch turn into butterflies. I got to be the one who showed them the class -- as well as transfer their chrysalids to the butterfly tent & keep them fed for the past few days -- and the kids were fascinated by them! Sadly the weather was uncooperative on Friday when they should have been released (DOWNPOUR!); so they got to come home with me this weekend and were released in the blooming strawberry fields of my backyard this afternoon! ^_^