Wednesday, December 17, 2014

right place, right time

right place, right time

December 17, 2014


This week's challenge selection is right place, right time by Tom (Fishing Guy).  Check out my pals for their interpretations on this theme: Fishing Guy, Katney, Imac, Lew, and Christine Anne.

I like the idea of this theme, but I might be posting something different from my headbanging mates. Initially, I was thinking along the lines of a subject cleverly placed or something randomly "lucky," but anything that I had in my archives along those lines was already used for unexpected photo result and/or forced perspective.

When taking portraits, I rarely just shoot from the hip. I try to be deliberate about "making" pictures--as opposed to "taking" pictures. That requires careful attention to the background or setting (right place) and being ready to press the shutter for a good facial expression (right time). With that in mind, I hope you enjoy this week's series. And just for fun... I'll post them in Black & White.

The header was being in the right place at the right time to see Mother Goose lead her fluffy goslings away from the nest.

She happened to be standing between a large painting and the serving hatch. It looks like a portrait studio.


Baptism pics can be tricky, especially since I do not want to be a distraction.


The toy bounced, and this bird balanced it on its neck for a few seconds before the ball went to one side.


These ladies had the giggles while I was trying to make a nice publicity portrait.


Now this one WAS shot from the hip. I did a no-look shot at waist level while she showed off.


This little darling has my heart... even when she's clowning for my camera.


He puts up with so much from me. I love his expression!



Wednesday, December 10, 2014

it's cold out there

it's cold out there

December 10, 2014


This week's challenge selection is it's cold out there by Kathy.  Check out my pals for their interpretations on this theme: Fishing Guy, Katney, Imac, Lew, and Christine Anne.

Today's header is sitting at a traffic light on a slick icy road. The cold sometimes has a way of penetrating the parka and settling into your bones. (teeth chattering)


Anyone care for a bicycle ride on this lovely day?


Not cold enough? This guy will bring more cold to you.


Home is where the frost is.


Longing for the warmer days when we could play hoops in the driveway.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Christmas is coming!

Christmas is coming

December 3, 2014


This week's challenge selection is Christmas is coming by Lew.  Check out my pals for their interpretations on this theme: Fishing Guy, Katney, Imac, Lew, and Christine Anne.

Lots to see with this theme! Some were taken over the weekend on a trip to Oklahoma to visit my daughter's family. It was unseasonably warm outside with gusty winds. Then we drove 12 hours back up to frigid temps. In a very little time we saw a very big difference!! The header is a picture of a little Christmas tree made out of tiny presents. It's in front of a big Christmas tree, and I focused so the big tree's lights came out blurry.

Christmas candies!


I like the textures and sharp tiny details in this pic.


Giant ornaments in Oklahoma City's downtown area.


From left to right... my family. ;-)


This elf was the size of a person. Use the picture book behind as a reference.


Tchaikovsky's mouse king.


Santa's elves were among us!


Miniature Christmas train.


Hop aboard the Polar Express!


The ornament is big. My son-in-law's reflection is little.


Tiny Christmas village.


Santa's little lady and my two grandies.


Gazing straight up at the center of the atrium.


Note the size of the person at the bottom left for comparison.