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: 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: 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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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/

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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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Regular Random – Five Minutes with a Puzzle

The rules are to choose a subject or a scene and spend five minutes photographing it at different angles, lighting etc without interfering with the subject.

Desley Jane hosts this challenge and you can find her here: https://musingsofafrequentflyingscientist.com/2017/10/01/five-minutes-with-closed-tulips/

What could be more fun than puzzles with my grandson?  We “oinked”, “woofed”, “clucked” and “neighed” all weekend with some “choo choos” and “vroom, vrooms” thrown in too.

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Photo Challenge – Surprise

This week we are asked to share a surprise as seen through our lens.

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Our youngest grandson and his mom are visiting us this week and I have spent countless hours following him around trying to get the perfect shots.  Just when I think I’ve got the perfect photo, he turns around – or crawls away – or waves bye – or claps and all I’ve captured is a blur.

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The only time he stays still is when he looks out the window so I’ve got some beautiful photos of his back.  The surprise is that I love these photos just as much as the ones where I can see his face with all his expressions.

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How could you resist the curl in his hair?

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I love the way the light surrounds him.

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Forlorn Branch

My grandson and I went on a walk along the beach today and of course, I was taking multiple shots of everything.  We passed this tree branch and my grandson wondered why I didn’t take a picture of it.

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I had passed it thinking it would be a dull picture but his comment made me stop and wonder how this branch ended up on this stretch of beach. 

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So I took a second look…

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And then a third…

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A Musician in the Family

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A Musician in the Family

My grandson, 16 years old, gave me a private concert on the back porch this weekend.  He plays guitar, ukulele, piano and sings.  He brought me to tears when he sang one of my favorite songs “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen and again when he played a song he had written.  He is so talented!