MONTHLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – THE CHANGING SEASONS 03

Monthly Photo Challenge:

The Changing Seasons 03

The rules are simple. Every month, each of us posts pictures of the same area where we live that shows the seasons as they change. This month should look more springlike. There is less snow than there was in February. Probably several feet less, but it snowed the day before yesterday, laying down a few new inches of powder.

It seemed so unfair, it being the first day of spring and all. I hope by the next month, I will have pictures of flowers. These were taken over a period of a week.

Perhaps the grass will be green again and the robins will be nesting.

ODD BALL PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 12

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: 2015 Week #12

Odd Ball Photos are the quirky photos we take. Misfits which don’t exactly fit into a category. We all take them. And keep them. There’s something about them we like, because we can’t seem to delete them.

This challenge never has a theme. Anything goes. For each of us, odd balls are unique. Personal. Most important? Have fun!

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desk monitor stuffed dog office

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The third picture is about as odd as any photo in my collection. When I shoot from my bathroom window in the early hours, I don’t have any available surface for the camera bag, other than the floor.

I don’t like putting stuff on the floor. So often, I trip over it and crush something. The bag’s not empty. I’ve taken the camera out, but all the other accessories and odds and ends are still in various pockets and compartments.

So, I put the bag in the sink. It’s safe there while I shoot birds in the forsythia bush or a sunrise through oak trees.

RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE

A PHOTO A WEEK CHALLENGE

DEAD CENTER

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There are plenty of reasons to shoot subjects centered in the frame. Many of them have fur or feathers.

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When you subject is going to fly or run away, you take your shot, however you can grab it.

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Press the shutter the instant your subject’s in focus, sometimes before you are sure you’re in focus … and hope for the best.

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Wildlife — in the wild as opposed to at a zoo or otherwise enclosed — doesn’t wait while you line up your shot. I know from painful experience — speed counts. Until I got over my need for perfection, I missed pretty much everything.

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Seize the moment! He who hesitates gets a great picture of an empty branch.

MUSIC – CEE’S BLACK AND WHITE CHALLENGE

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Music – People, instruments, sheet music, audio devices

As it happens, I have a few things. I stayed with instruments, mainly because I like these three pictures best. But I have choirs, bands, singers, orchestras … and a pile of sheet music. Just in case this challenge comes up again, I’m ready!

My mountain dulcimer

My mountain dulcimer

Cellos at the Boston Pops BW

Basses at the Boston Pops

My music. Look carefully. You'll see my 10-year-old handwriting

My music. Look carefully. You’ll see my 10-year-old handwriting

Native American drum at powow

Native American drum at powwow

FRESH AS FLOWERS

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Every week, my husband brings me fresh flowers. I never know what he will choose, but they are always beautiful.

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These are fresh bouquets, all from the past couple of winter months.

bright pink daisy bouquet

They have cheered me when skies were gray and when the snow was flying.

Pink chrysanthemums bouquet

When the entire world was without color, there were always fresh flowers.

blue daisy bouquet

 

FRESH – WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE

WHAT IS IT? ABSTRACT PHOTOS: FUN FOTO CHALLENGE

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Abstract Photography

What a fun topic! I have a lot of these and I never know what t do with them. Sometimes, it’s purely an accident. Sometimes, I’m playing around with effects. Always interesting, abstracts are, to my mind, bridge photographs — the link from photography to another kind of artistry.