Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Spots and Dots

Our prompt this week is to have fun showing off our dots and spots.

One of my favorite hobbies now is writing children’s books for my grandchildren. I’ve given them as Christmas gifts and I’ve listed them on Amazon too. I’m having so much fun doing them and while it would be nice if I made a little money when a book sells, I really don’t care because I’m having fun! FYI, I can’t draw at all but using Adobe Illustrator, I can actually draw now. Isn’t technology wonderful?

I’ve just finished my fifth book. Four are on Amazon now, the fifth is in printing and I’m working on the sixth. The title is Carter Goes to the Aquarium. It started with a visit to the aquarium with my youngest grandson who was 4 years old. I take photographs the entire visit and I use them as a starter for my illustrations.

There are over 33,000 different types of fish in the world and I think we saw some of the most beautiful. Their colors are so vibrant and varied, it’s astounding and some are so unusual, I couldn’t help but wonder what in the world??? The photos below are examples.

And if you look at them long enough, you notice that they are watching you too. Seriously, this one stayed close to me and I felt like he was giving me the evil eye.

Below is an image from the new book. If you’d like to check out the book when finished, follow me for an announcement.

If you’d like info on my current books, you can find them on Amazon.

When Gigi Comes to Visit – https://www.amazon.com/When-Gigi-Comes-Visit-Lambert/dp/1733420606/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=when+Gigi+comes+to+visit+book&qid=1621471782&sr=8-1

Annabelle Dances – https://www.amazon.com/Annabelle-Dances-Gina-Lambert/dp/1733420649/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=annabelle+dances+by+gina+lambert&qid=1621472077&sr=8-1

A Boy Named Mickey – https://www.amazon.com/Boy-Named-Mickey-Gina-Lambert/dp/1733420665/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=a+boy+named+mickey&qid=1621472242&sr=8-2

Carter Goes To Space – https://www.amazon.com/Carter-Goes-Space-Gina-Lambert/dp/1733420673/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=carter+goes+to+space+by+gina+lambert&qid=1621472341&sr=8-1

You can find responses from other bloggers here: https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2021/05/15/lens-artists-photo-challenge-148-spots-and-dots/

Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Favorite Images of 2020

This week our challenge is to share our favorite images of 2020. Unfortunately, I didn’t have as many to pick from as in previous years. I only had 4,700 images this year compared to over 20,000 in 2019. And from reading posts from other bloggers, we all had the same issue. Covid 19 and the lockdown prevented vacations and other activities that would have resulted in many more photos.

These first photos were taken in our yard. We have several bird nests around the property but this was the first time I’d gotten a photo of the mockingbirds feeding. The osprey managed to catch a squirrel for dinner in our yard and didn’t seem too happy that I was taking photos.

It should come as no surprise that the majority of my 4,768 photos was of this little guy. He spent some time with us and we managed a trip to the beach once the beach lockdown was over. This is the top of my list for most favorite picture for 2020. I even had a personalized cover made for my cell phone so I get to carry him around all day.

So to keep from going completely bonkers with nothing to do, I’ve taken a couple of online classes through Skillshare and Udemy to learn how to draw on my laptop using Adobe Illustrator. The first picture below was inspired by a trip to the aquarium while the second was a class project. They are short lessons, I’ve learned a lot and I totally recommend Skillshare and/or Udemy. It’s a wonderful creative replacement when I can’t use my camera.

You can see responses from other bloggers here: https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/2021/01/02/lens-artists-challenge-129-favorite-images-of-2020/

You can find more of my photography here: photographyinpearls.photoshelter.com

Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Precious Memories

This week Amy has challenged us with the prompt “precious memories”.

My youngest grandchild lives four hours away and I try to visit at least once a month. We have so much fun together building towers with his legos, playing with his cars, trucks and trains and having marathon reading sessions.

We always take silly selfies too. We stick our tongues out, scrunch up our faces and tickle each other to get the silliest picture possible. It’s tough getting good pictures when you’re being silly and squirming and tickling and smooching so it requires lots of reshoots. Life can be tough.

Several times a week (at least) I take time to scroll through the photos on my phone and I always laugh when seeing these. They bring back the precious memories of that day and this special little boy.

This last photo includes my grandson’s favorite stuffed animal named Moosie. Including him in our selfies caused some issues getting all of us in the shot but was definitely worth it.

You can find responses from other bloggers here: https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2020/12/12/76171/

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists – Simplicity

This week Patti has asked us to share our photos representing “simplicity”.

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For some health reasons, this is my first post of 2020.  I’m unable to drive so I’ve not been able to get out with my camera.  You don’t realize how much you rely on a vehicle until that privilege is gone.  

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But my grandson is with us this week so I have lots of opportunities to use my camera.  He’s four years old now and so inquisitive.  Granddaddy has been working in the yard and Carter has been helping all week.  He even gave Carter a mound of dirt to play in.

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Funny thing though – Carter didn’t understand the concept of playing in the dirt.  He was hesitant to sit in it and kept brushing the dirt off each time he stood up.  It took a little explaining that it was ok to get dirty.

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So that brings my story back to simplicity.  This generation doesn’t come outside to play.  They have cell phones, computers, gaming equipment and large TVs they watch inside.  They’ve never felt grass on their bare feet or squished mud between their toes – they have fancy and expensive tennis shows now that they can’t get dirty (unless it’s organized sports).

 

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We didn’t have any of these things.  We had nothing more complicated than Barbie, bicycles and board games.  While I don’t remember playing in the dirt – I did and still have an aversion to getting dirty – I do remember congregating at the playground with all the neighborhood kids.  

But we didn’t have two parents working outside the home either.  Drugs, mass shootings, terrorism or coronavirus were unheard of when I was young.  Life is much different now.

So as I’m sitting on the steps watching my grandson, I’m so happy he’s here and that we could give him this simpler day.

You can see responses from other bloggers here: https://pilotfishblog.com/2020/04/04/lens-artists-photo-challenge-91-simplicity/

You can see more of my photography here:  photographyinpearls.photoshelter.com

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.

You can see responses from other bloggers here: https://wordpress.com/tag/lens-artists

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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?

You can see responses from other bloggers here: https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2018/12/29/lens-artists-photo-challenge-26-photographic-review-of-2018/

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Window

This week we are asked to share our favorite window whether it’s because the window itself fascinates us or because someone or something in front of the window attracts our attention.

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For me, it’s who is standing in front of the window that gets my attention – my grandson who is now 2 1/2 years old.  In this first picture he had just turned 2.  He will stand in front of the window for ages watching the cars go by or looking for the deer in the vacant lot across the street.  Often he is joined by his dog Hollie and his Gigi (that’s me) who loves catching his reflection in the window.  If he sees someone putting their shoes on, he will run to grab his shoes as he knows the odds are high that he will be able to go outside too.

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In these pictures, he was entertaining himself while watching dad cut the grass.  Too cute – right?

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To see responses from other bloggers, please click here:   https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2018/10/06/lens-artists-photo-challenge-14-windows/

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Lens-Artists – Soft

This week, Tina is hosting the challenge and she has asked us to show our interpretation of soft.  Many thoughts came to mind but I was just back from a visit with my oldest and her family and already missing the hugs and kisses from my youngest grandson.  

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He’s almost 2 1/2 now and much more interested in showing me his cars, trucks and tricycle than snuggling and cuddling – although we still snuggle close together in the rocking chair when reading – and thank goodness, he loves to read!

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So for now, I’ll try to get in as much snuggling time as possible and cherish the memories as he grows up.

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For Tina’s post, click here: https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/

You can see more of my photography here: photographyinpearls.photoshelter.com

Photo Challenge – Smile

This week we are asked to share something that always makes us smile.

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This little guy came for a visit and I smiled non-stop!

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Photo Challenge – I’d Rather Be…

This week we are asked to share what we would rather be doing right now…

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I’d rather be walking the beach…

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I’d rather be taking photos…

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But most of all, I’d rather be reading with this little guy.

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