Lens-Artists Challenge – Patterns

This week Ann-Christine has given us the prompt of patterns.  My choices this week all come courtesy of Mother Nature.

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The tide was going out as we got to the beach and we set up shop directly behind a small tide pool.  The tide pool was a favorite gathering place as small children played in it, the balls from a bocche game ended up in it and the birds came to check it out also.  

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I had watched this seagull for quite some time as he tried and failed to catch dinner.  So I was just as excited to see him catch his meal as I was to capture the shot.

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This gull was afraid to get his wings wet.  He would venture out into the surf but immediately turn around as the next wave came in so I’m not quite sure how he expected to eat that night.  But the pattern and colors under his wings are beautiful.

You can see responses from other bloggers here:  https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2018/08/11/lens-artists-photo-challenge-patterns

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Time to Relax

Amy at shareandconnect.wordpress.com gives us this week’s prompt – “time to relax”.

Between working 50 – 60 hours a week, blogging, taking classes and running to doctors appointments, I have little time to just sit and relax.  But despite that, living at the beach makes it simple for me to follow Amy’s suggestion.  

The beach is less than a mile from home and work so it’s easy to grab my camera and pop over to the beach for a quick walk before heading home.  And with the soft light at that time of day, I always get a beautiful, calming shot.

And on the weekends, hubby and I get the chairs, umbrella and towels together and we sit at the water’s edge for a couple of hours.  Watching the tide come in and roll out, seeing the children playing in the surf and watching the sun setting is the best prescription for what ails you.

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Here’s my original picture…

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and here’s my edited version after last week’s Photoshop class.

To see entries from other bloggers, please click here: https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/

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

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge – Cooling

Our prompt this week from Ann-Christine is “cooling”.  And since it was a beautiful beach weekend all we needed to keep cool was an umbrella and a chair.

Out For A Swim

Children in the Water

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You can find out more about the weekly challenge here:      https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/

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

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge – Wonder

I’ve been participating in the WordPress Photo Challenges for over two years and was very disappointed to hear that WordPress was no longer going to host the weekly challenge.  The challenges provided an opportunity for bloggers and photographers to discover each other and share our work.  And I’ve picked up lots of tips and ideas for new projects.     

Luckily, four wonderful bloggers – photographer/artists – have taken up the “challenge” so to speak and will take turns hosting the challenge each week.  They are –

Week 1 – Patti of https://pilotfishblog.com/
Week 2 – Ann-Christine aka Leya of https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/
Week 3 – Amy of https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/
Week 4 – Tina of https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/

This week, Patti has given us the prompt “wonder”.  We’ve been asked to create a post that captures a moment, a feeling, a place, a person—that fills us with wonder.

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The beach is that place for me.  I visit at least three or four days a week.  Sometimes hubby and I spend the day under the umbrella with sandwiches and watermelon for lunch and sometimes I walk alone.  Sometimes, it’s the clouds and the sky that capture my attention.  Sometimes it’s the birds and some days it’s the children playing in the sand and surf.  

A Girl and Her Kite

Regardless of the circumstances, each visit I leave calm, relaxed and uplifted, filled with wonder at the day spent at the beach.

Walking the Beach

To see responses from other bloggers, click here:  https://pilotfishblog.com/2018/07/07/lens-artists-weekly-photo-challenge-wonder/

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

Evening Walk on the Beach

It seems like it’s been forever since I’ve had an opportunity to walk the beach but I managed to get away yesterday evening for a little while.  It’s been hot and humid but the breeze off the ocean felt wonderful.  

There was a family on the beach flying kites.  Well, at least one of them was.  The other two weren’t having much luck keeping theirs in the air.

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For Extra Credit #4 – Oil Painting

So my Photoshop class is going great and this week we learned to fix images.  We took an old photograph that was cracked and torn and made it whole again.  It’s really cool stuff!

I’ve been taking old photos and playing with them using some of the new tricks learned in class.  My favorite thing I’ve learned so far is painting on photographs.  Here’s a photo I took of some birds in the surf several months ago along with the painted image.  The difference is pretty subtle but the painted image has more of a calming effect than the original picture.  

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Original photo

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Painted image

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

Photo Challenge – Liquid

This week we are asked to share a photo of liquid in whatever state, shape or color we find it.  Since I live at the beach, you know my choice would include the ocean.

During my beach walk last night, I came across two men out walking their four dogs.  This one got most of my attention because of its distinctive color and markings but also because of its unbounded joy in the surf.  He dashed in and out,

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jumped up and down

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and gave me the biggest and sweetest grin!  This is a happy dog!

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To see responses from other bloggers, please click here: Liquid

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

Photo Challenge – Unlikely

This week we are asked to share a photo of something unpredictable.

Beautiful Beach Weather

It’s unlikely a visit to the beach today would disappoint.

To see responses from other bloggers, please click here: Unlikely

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

Photo Challenge – Lines

This week we are asked to share a photo of a composition dominated by lines.

Beach Lines

Beach Lines

To see responses from other bloggers, please click here: Lines

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

Photo Challenge – Rise/Set

This week we are asked to share a vibrant picture of our favorite sunrise or sunset.

Sunrise on Boneyard Beach

Sunrise on Boneyard Beach – definitely worth the early morning wake-up call.

To see responses from other bloggers, please click here: Rise/Set

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