Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Nostalgia

This week Tina has asked us to share some nostalgia.

My father was in the Air Force and stationed in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Signal Mountain where in 1956 he met my mother at the local drive-in.  They married the following year and shortly after, mom was pregnant with me.  While she was pregnant,  dad was transferred to Alaska and mom stayed with her parents in Chattanooga until he returned.   

Over the years, we moved from station to station – always in the southeast though and we were able to visit my grandparents once or twice a year.  While there, Poppa would take us to the playground with a stop at the corner drugstore for candy.  Most afternoons were spent waiting on the ice cream truck.  Poppa would buy us our fovorite despite Granny’s warnings not to ruin our suppers.   

We would also go to the local attractions – Ruby Falls, Rock City, ride the Incline and visit the Civil War battlefields.

 

A few months ago, Mom and I visited her sister who still lives in Chattanooga in the family home.  It was a trip down Memory Lane.  We returned to Rock City and Ruby Falls and rode on the Incline too.  

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We also rode the Missionary Local Civil War era train…

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and visited the old train station.  It’s now a hotel but the lobby still retains the character of the old train station.

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Unfortunately, the playground was closed for renovation.  The old corner drugstore is gone as is the drive-in where my parents met and the ice cream truck no longer appears.

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Abstract

This week Patti has asked that we go “abstract” so our viewers can use their imagination.

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My photos this week are of Christmas lights at Brookgreen Gardens.  Each year Brookgreen presents “Night of a Thousand Candles”.  The paths throughout the sculpture gardens are lined with candles and lights as well as carolers and there’s even a bagpipe group that strolls throughout the gardens.  There are entertainment tents with choirs and bands, a characterization of Scrooge and a presentation of the Gullah language.

Because there are candles in the fountain pools as well as the reflection from the lights in the pools, it’s hard to tell where the actual lights end and the reflections begin.

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The sculptures are surrounded  by lights also.  The Fountain of the Muses is my favorite spot in the gardens and I believe the lights here are the most awe inspiring.  The lights are placed above but they reflect into the pool below so that it looks as if the pool is a bottomless abyss.  

Needless to say, I already have my tickets for opening night.

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Cold

This week Tina has asked us to share our photos of “cold”.  Living in the south, our cold days are usually few and mild compared to our northern states.  Every few years, we’ll get a light dusting of snow and everything shuts down.  We neither know how or have the equipment to drive in the snow.

These photos were taken during our last snow “storm” in January 2018.

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I was determined to capture the snow – who knows if or when I’d get the opportunity again.

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It was so cold I could only manage about 15 or 20 minutes at a time.  I’d come in, warm up and go back out again. 

It took five days for the snow to melt so I’m quite happy if the snow and cold skip us this year.  I am, after all, a beach girl.

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Waiting

This week Amy has given us the word “waiting” as our prompt.  No one likes to wait but sometimes we are forced to – a doctor’s visit, airline flight, etc.  Per a Timex survey, we spend 20 minutes a day waiting on a bus or train, 32 minutes at a doctor’s office, 28 minutes going through security for a flight and most importantly, waiting 21 minutes for a significant other to get ready.  Luckily that’s not an every day experience.

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The shorebirds I watch at Huntington Beach State Park have to be the most patient birds on the planet.  They stay fixed in one position for what seems like an eternity waiting for a fish to go by,

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Can you imagine holding this position until you see dinner go by?  My knees, back and neck were hurting as I waited for them to attempt a catch!  

Unfortunately, they miss more than they catch so it’s back to the waiting game.

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So when I have to wait now, I think of the shorebirds and it doesn’t seem too bad.

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Photography in Pearls – Lens-Artists: Creepy

This week, Ann-Christine has asked us to share something creepy.  I had a hard time finding anything creepy in my recent photos and had to go back to 2017 to find photos for this post.  

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I am not an early riser so I couldn’t believe it when I signed up for a sunrise excursion  to Boneyard Beach in Awendaw.  My best friend who is also a photographer convinced me to go.  It meant a 2AM wakeup to get to the rendezvous point.  But it turned out to be a great day with lots of good photos to show for it.

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So much so that I convinced my daughter (also a photography who is also not a morning person) to go.  Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate and we had an overcast sunrise and it extremely cold.  (I can’t convince her to go again!)

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Boneyard Beach is on Bull Island which is 7 miles of undeveloped land.  It’s accessible by ferry only.  Because of tides and erosions, the forest on Bull Island is now water stranded and the beach is full of driftwood and dead trees.  

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You have to admit that with the rain, cold temperature and overcast sky that at least on this day Boneyard Beach looks very creepy.

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Monochrome

This week Patti has asked us to post in monochrome.

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I don’t understand why some people think that monochrome/black and white is dull and boring.  It often picks us nuances that would otherwise be unseen.

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As an example, I never saw the clouds in the beach photo above until I converted it to black and white.

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It was an overcast day when I took this photo so it was no surprise that it came out of the camera very blah.  Converting the photo to black and white brought out the clouds and the birds in the foreground.

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Bright, colorful flowers are always beautiful and can cheer anyone up but I get just as many comments on these coneflowers in black and white that I display at art shows.

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Sometimes, I convert a photo to black and white just because I can.  This is a photo of the Murrells Inlet pier taken on another overcast day.  The color photo below is more true to the subject that day but the black and white is much more dramatic.

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Seeing Double

This week Tina has asked us to see double.

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I just read my grandson the story of Noah’s Ark (3 times in a row because he liked it so much) so I decided to use photos taken at the zoo for this post.

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I was surprised to see how many of the photos were “doubles”.

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Layered

This week Amy has asked us to show layers in our photos.

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On a recent trip to Charleston, we stopped at our favorite place to eat and afterward went over to Shem Creek so I could get some sunset photos.  

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The sky was layered in colors from pinks and purples to yellows and oranges.

This last photo was posted last week for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Lines but I’m showing it again for its layered colors.  It was taken in a moving car and through a dirty windshield so I’m really, really happy with it.  

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You can also find my first children’s book at Amazon here:  https://www.amazon.com/When-Gigi-Comes-Visit-Lambert/dp/1733420606/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=when+gigi+comes+to+visit&qid=1571928401&sr=8-1

Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Candid

This week Ann-Christine has asked us to share some candid shots.  

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I don’t take a lot of photos of people…unless it’s my grandson.  And I can never take enough of him.

But I did go through the archives and found some others to share – 

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Fun at the 8th Street Fountain in Augusta, GA ….

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Waiting for the ferry from St Thomas to St John…

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Riding the waves from Hurricane Dorian….

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And last but not least, a photo of the baboons at Riverbanks Zoo.  His eyes say more than words ever could!

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Fill the Frame

How to frame the shot is one of the most important decisions a photographer makes in getting a perfect capture.  This week Patti has asked us to “fill the frame”.  For those unfamiliar with the phrase, it means to get in close so that your subject fills the frame.  Filling the frame is a very powerful tool in a photographer’s toolbelt.

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Sometimes I fill the frame when editing the photo and I’ll crop it to get the shot I want.  The balloon above and the three below are examples of cropping to fill the frame.

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These next photos are examples of filling the frame when the photo is initially taken.  It makes for a more dramatic photo. 

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Of course, any time I take out my macro, it’s a fill the frame day!

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