Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Creativity

Ann-Christine has asked us to show our creativity in this week’s post.

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I started working in Adobe Illustrator a couple of months ago and I’m so excited about all the things it lets me do.  I’m doing some graphic design and to practice my drawing skills (which were non-existent before starting Illustrator), I’m taking older photos and reworking them in Lightroom, Photoshop and Illustrator.  Hubby calls it my expensive coloring book.

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The handsome man above is my dad.  The photo was taken at a family event about 10 years ago.  I don’t know which family member took it but I am so grateful they did.

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The drawing below is from my most absolute favorite photo in the world.  I love reading to my grandchildren and my daughter always takes a picture of my grandson snuggled in my lap while I read to him.

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So hubby may be right about the expensive coloring book but I’m having fun and that’s all that matters.

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists – Delicious

This week Patti has asked us to share what “delicious” means to us.

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Several years ago, I started a food blog – Mom Asked Me For a Recipe!  I’m not a great cook but I was experimenting with new recipes and wanted to share.  But you can’t have a great food blog if you don’t have great food pictures and my photos were…well let’s just say they were bad and leave it at that.  

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So I took a photography class and then another and then another and the rest is history.  Unfortunately I had to put “Mom” on the back burner about a year ago but surprisingly it still gets a couple of “likes” each week on Facebook.

Beef Lasagna

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Grilled Peaches and Ice Cream

So if these pictures have your mouth watering, head over to Mom Asked Me For A Recipe! for the recipe.

Caribbean Jerk Chicken

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Esther’s Mac and Cheese

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Photo Challenge : Lens-Artists “Different”

This week Tina has challenged us to present something different than our usual photos.  My usual photos are everything connected to this beautiful place I live – the beach, the flowers (something is blooming all throughout the year), the art at Brookgreen Gardens and the beautiful and temperamental birds of the Lowcountry and other varieties that pass through on their yearly migration.  So I was having a difficult time deciding what to post.

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Until today.  My oldest daughter and her family are here visiting and we took my 3-year-old grandson to the aquarium.  It’s been at least 10 years since I’d been and I had forgotten all of the beautiful colors.

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And the fish are so fast!  A flick of their tail and off they go totaling messing up my shot.  These aren’t the best photos but they are a beautiful reminder of the fantastic day we had at the aquarium.

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists – Hello April

So it’s been awhile since I have posted – too many things going on and not enough time – but I was determined to post this weekend.  And Amy’s topic this week is definitely a fun one.

I’ve already gotten tons of pictures of  flowers the past week or so – reds, yellow, pinks and blues – that it was a little hard to decide which pictures to post but I finally decided to share these beautiful “Lady Bank” roses.

Several years ago my father had this huge Lady Bank shrub that totally claimed ownership of one side of his fence.  He gave hubby a cutting who then planted it right outside our back door.  I thought we lost it when Hurricane Matthew came through several years ago but it has come back beautifully and gets bigger and bigger each year.

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There are so many different clusters of blooms and no two are identical.  Since they are located at the entrance of our breezeway, they move constantly so it takes patience – and sometimes a sweater!- to get the perfect shot.  

 

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I’ve Got a New Toy

Several months ago I took an online Adobe Illustrator course and I’m totally hooked.

I’ve never been able to draw unless you count stick figures so it’s amazing to me what Illustrator can do.

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Photo Challenge : Lens-Artists – Shadows

Tina’s prompt for us this week is “shadows”.

During a recent trip to Charleston, I had a couple of hours in between appointments and as luck would have it, it was a beautiful warm, spring-like day so I took a drive over to one of the parks for a walk in the sunshine.

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This photo is my favorite from that day.

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Photo Challenge: Lens-Artists – Curves

This week Tina has asked us to show our curves.  

When entering the city of Conway, South Carolina from Highway 501, you travel over the Memorial Bridge.  It’s absolutely gorgeous and stately.  It was built in 1937 and was designated as a memorial to the Horry County citizens that served in America’s wars.  It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.

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Last October the area was hard hit by Hurricane Florence and the area at the foot of the bridge had massive flooding from the Waccamaw River and much of the area was closed off.  

Now the bridge is closed for several months for construction.  It’s getting a new road surface and a nip and a tuck to the curbs and railings.  

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They don’t make them like this any more.

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Photographic Review

To wrap up 2018, we are asked to share our favorite pictures from this past year.  All my pictures are special to me so it was hard to pick out just a few. 

For this post, I picked out pictures where I learned something new or tried some new editing in Photoshop.  That’s my grandson standing on a leaf with a dragonfly for Amy’s prompt of “small is beautiful”.  The black and white photo is a statute in Brookgreen Gardens called the Cycle of Life by Paul Howard Manship.  It’s my oldest daughter’s favorite and I think I have photographed it for her a hundred times at different times of day, seasons, etc.  It was taken for Cee’s Black and White Challenge “sculpture”.  

The four folks sitting on the edge of America is from Amy’s prompt of “time to relax”.  I shared the original photo as well as this edit.  I think I took every beach photo from this past summer and used Photoshop to edit each one this way – I know, I got carried away.  But I did put them all together in an album and you can see them here: http://www.blurb.com/b/8953828-beach-etchings 

The father and daughter on the beach is from a response to a prompt “face in the crowd”.  We were asked to share a face but it had to be masked and yet still tell a story.  I got these shots one evening over a year ago while taking a walk on the beach and then did some editing for the post.  I wish that I had gotten the father’s contact info – it would be a wonderful memory for both the father and daughter.

The last photo is from our rare snowstorm back in January for the prompt “growth”.  Work was closed for a couple of days and I spent most of that time getting photos.  It was so bony chilling cold that I could only stay out for a few minutes at a time.  But it was worth it – I love the bokeh and softness in this one.

So these are my favorites.  Are they yours?

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Photo Challenge: Lens-Artists – Splash

This week Patti has asked us to share the magical quality of water.

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Brookgreen Gardens is a sculpture garden down the road in Murrells Inlet.  Many of the pieces are in fountains so I decided to use these in my post.  We have a family membership (only $100) which allows us to visit as many times as we want during the year – and considering how many times I visit, it’s a fantastic bargain for me.

This sculpture was done by Anna Hyatt Huntington as are many of the pieces in the gardens.  A former rice plantation, Mrs Huntington and her husband, Archer Huntington purchased the property and it was Mrs Huntington’s vision that built the gardens.  

The Fighting Stallions piece is located at the entrance of the gardens.  This view is of the back of the piece as it’s rather difficult to take a photo of the front due to the traffic conditions.

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The Fountain of the Muses by Carl Milles is my absolute favorite.  The figures represent the arts – architecture, music, poetry, sculpture and painting.  It’s so peaceful and beautiful and the sound of the tiny splashes of water are soothing.

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The picture above was taken a couple of years ago during the Night of a Thousand Candles.  The reflection of the lights above into the pool gives it the feel of a bottomless abyss.  This year’s event starts next week and I’m excited to see what they do this year.  

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The Tortoise Fountain is by Janet Scudder.  It’s in a small, quiet section named “Anne’s Garden”.

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Another favorite of mine is Diana by Augustus Saint-Gaudens.  It adjoins The Fountain of the Muses.  I often sit on the wall and watch the reactions of others as they walk by.  The plantings are changed out regularly and I’ve gotten a lot of my butterfly and bee captures here also. 

I often post pictures of the gardens so check back often to see more.

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Doors

This week Tina has given us the topic of “doors” as our challenge.
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I love looking at old abandoned buildings.  I always wonder at the stories those walls could tell if only they could talk.  They fascinate me so I won’t hesitate to stop and grab my camera when I see one on my many trips. Luckily, my passengers have become used to this and don’t mind the many stops.

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You have to turn off the main roads though and drive through some small towns.  Unfortunately some of the small towns are almost completely abandoned and it’s sad to see.  Other small towns have found ways to revitalize and businesses are flourishing.  But those aren’t as fascinating to me.

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