Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Artificial Light

Our challenge this week is to share photos of artificial light. Ann-Christine’s choice of a prompt was chosen as she realized that we in the Northern Hemisphere are moving away from the sun and would need more artificial light soon. I went searching in my files and found several ideas but settled on photos of the artificial lights at the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Broadway at the Beach. And then I decided to present them in black and white.

The board walk is at the heart of the downtown area and is lit up most of the year. The sky wheel is a big attraction at the boardwalk. After 10 years of service, it was dismantled in January and sent for renovations and upgrades. It should be ready for the 2022 tourist season. It’s over 200 feet high and enclosed with glass which makes it a great spot for photography.

The three photos above and the one below were taken at Broadway at the Beach. It was December, wet and chilly. I only saw a few people out but the ferris wheel was still running.

In the photo below, you can see what the locals call “the upside down house”. Rumor has it that this building was once a top-secret laboratory located in the Bermuda Triangle. An experiment didn’t go as planned, lifted the building and carried it to Myrtle Beach where it landed upside down. I’ve also heard that it was a hurricane that brought it here. It’s a science/entertainment site and the little ones will enjoy it. We took our oldest grandson there years ago and the other three will be old enough and tall enough soon for a visit there.

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: It’s All About the Light

Lighting is probably the most important element of a good photograph. As photographers, we learn the best time of day for the best lighting and we also learn to manipulate it. Our manipulations can be dramatic or subtle. Today I’ve chosen subtle.

What can be better than a walk through Brookgreen Gardens at the height of Spring? Our grandson was visiting over his spring break from school and a walk through their zoo was a perfect excuse to enjoy the weather.

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Spring

So this week our challenge is to get outside and take some photos of Spring. Yay! With warm weather now outside and being fully vaccinated, I needed no further encouragement to grab my camera and head out to Brookgreen Gardens.

The colors were absolutely beautiful and although there were some empty beds, the air was filled with the perfume of the flowers.

I stopped at the outside kitchen to take a break and grab some water and a cookie (chocolate chip – delicious!) and watched these little birds stroll back and forth looking for crumbs.

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Geometry

Our prompt this week is geometry – a course I barely passed in high school. The shapes themselves are beautiful but figuring out the formula to measure, etc just wasn’t interesting to me.

I originally pulled out photos of bridges, piers and flowers, etc to share but my brain did a complete 180 degree turn on me. Because of some health issues and the pandemic, I haven’t been able to get out to take photographs. I’ve been reading a lot (My mom and aunt like the same kinds of books I do so we pass them back and forth.) and taking a couple of online classes to learn how to draw – something I’ve always wanted to do. Well, I still can’t draw by hand but drawing with the computer is going much better.

Aren’t these the coolest things? The computer figures it all out for you once you learn what values to input.

Once you learn how to make the shapes, you can learn how to make patterns from them. My grandson, who is now 5, has about a thousand little cars which were the inspiration for the pattern on the right. You have to be very careful walking through his room or take a chance of stepping on one and taking a fall.

And last is a project done for a watercolor class. Happy Easter!

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Cee’s Black and White – Any Kind of Seating

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – White or Cream Colors

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Found in the Neighborhood

Since most of us are under mandates to stay at home, Ann-Christine has given us the prompt of “found in the neighborhood” for this week’s challenge.

This past May, my four-year-old grandson came for a visit and we took him to the zoo at Brookgreen Gardens. I’ve visited the zoo numerous times but have only been able to spot the otters once or twice. And I’ve never been able to get good photos.

From the water viewing window, we watched about a dozen or so otters chasing each other around – in and out of the water, up and down a swing and around the rocks stopping occasionally for a brief pause in the action.

Until one would take a nip at the others and the game would start all over again.

We walked over to the outside viewing area and there were dozens of otters chasing each other there also. My grandson loved watching the otters and I was extremely happy that I got some good photos.

So lesson learned. Otters have their babies in late winter or early spring. They are helpless for the first month or so and begin swimming around two months. By four months, they are able to swim and dive to catch their own food.

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: The Sun Will Come Up Tomorrow

Our prompt this week is “the sun will come up tomorrow”.

And it’s a good thing that the sun does show up every morning too. We get many benefits from sunshine. The sun improves your sleep, reduces stress and helps maintain your bones. It also helps to control depression and can even help you maintain your weight Unfortunately that only works if you get your sunshine in the early morning. I’m not a morning person so I can’t vouch for that statement.

These ladies at Brookgreen Gardens know the benefits of sunlight and they don’t need to worry about sunscreen either.

The piece above is one of my favorites at Brookgreen Gardens. It’s a sculpture of Mikhail Baryshnikov by Greg Wyatt. It’s magical – his leap and his arms outstretched to touch the sun. He looks suspended in midair.

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: One Single Flower

Cee is guest hosting this week and she has challenged us to show one single flower.  So I went looking through my files trying to narrow my choices down.

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I decided to share photos with either a bee or butterfly on the flower.  I love good flower photos but there is something especially fascinating to me about capturing a bee or butterfly during their “pollen” rounds.  

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Unfortunately, my winged friends move so quickly so it’s not always easy to get a clear photo.  But I persist.  Once I followed a bee around and around a camellia shrub 3 or 4 times until I got a photo I was happy with. 

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Butterflies are harder to track through.  Bees are methodical going from one flower to the next one over so you can anticipate their path.  Butterflies flit from one flower to the other randomly – it’s more hit and miss.   

But I keep trying – once I even got a dragonfly!

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists- Delicate Colors

This week our theme is “delicate colors”.  

Because of the Coronavirus, the daycare for my four year old grandson is closed so Granddaddy and I have been playing Bingo, Candyland and Chutes and Ladders.  We’ve been to the beach, ridden bikes, gone for walks and read what seems like countless books during afternoon rest time and at bedtime. (Wouldn’t change it for anything!)

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Yesterday we went to Ripley’s Aquarium.  We got there early to avoid any crowd and to  maintain social distancing .  Luckily, there were only about 20 other people there – a nice change from our visit last year when a school field trip was in process.

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The colors may not look delicate but the colors are due to the lighting in the tank.  The jellyfish are actually virtually transparent and invisible to the eye. 

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They are also deadly.  A sting can cause mild to severe pain and sometimes death.  So as mesmerizing as I find these creatures, I do not want to meet them in the ocean.  A glass partition is fine with me.

Hubby likes this last photo so much that he wants to hang it over the fireplace.  I haven’t made up my mind yet.  What do you think?DSC_4640

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