End of Year Recap: Goodbye 2019

Here we are at the end of another year!  I am always amazed how fast it goes.  Looking back it’s been an interesting year with ups and downs but in the end I’m smiling and overall happy.  Thanks 2019 you have been a good year but it’s time for you to go.  Hello 2020, be…

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Week 50 & 51: Patterns & Food

As part of the 52 week photography challenge.  After this only 1 more to go! Week 50:  Composition:  Patterns “Patterns/Repetition are another well known compositional rule, but have you ever tried to use it in Macro Photography? Well now you can!” While hiking I came across this lovely pattern lying on the forest floor.  A…

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Whirlwind Trip to NYC + Photo Challenges

November was an eventful month.  With the NaNoWriMo challenge, a quick trip to NYC, Thanksgiving, and Shane’s 50th, it was a whirlwind in itself. I plan to write about this year’s NaNoWriMo experience in a later post.  This post is dedicated to our whirlwind trip to New York City.  It all started with a car. …

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Week 45 & 46: Musical & 7 Deadly Sins

From the 52-week photography challenge. Week 45:  Musical Inspiration: Musical “Music is part of the soul, so let it inspire you this week.” This tiny drumset sits atop one of our shelves.  I’m not the drummer in the family, that’s Shane.  Actually, when it comes to musical talent, I’m best listening to it or singing…

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Photography Challenge: Week 43 & 44

Week 43:  Story Telling: Film Noir “Film Noir is a dark and moody type of photography well suited to storytelling. So tell us a story using Film Noir.” This tree was actually a brillant orange color but after a little editing magic it has a dark moody feel to it. Week 44:  Composition: Viewpoint “Changing…

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52-Week Photo Challenge: Weeks 41 & 42

Week 41 Composition: Color Theory “Color Theory is a huge part of composition that most photographers don’t explore. So it is time to explore it. Use Color Grading to create an image that looks like it is a still from a movie.” I was unsure of what to do for this challenge.  After a little…

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Week 40: Modern Convenience

Week 40 of the 52-week photogaphy challenge:  Story Telling: Modern Convenience “What modern convenience of 2019 can you not live without? Create an image that looks like an advertisement for your favorite Modern Convenience.” I love my Think Pad.  It is the modern convenience I cannot live without.  Well that and the internet.  I use both…

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52- Week Photo Challenge Week 39: The Elements

Week 39:  Inspiration:  The Elements “Earth, Fire, Wind, Rain, and Spirit. Find inspiration in the elements of our world.” This quiet spot in our forest offers 4 of the 5 elements.  Earth, rain, wind, and spirit. Earth – plenty of soil and trees. Rain – adds to this small creek.  This time of year it’s…

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52-Week Photo Challenge: Weeks 34-38

I missed a month’s worth of the 52-week photography challenge while updating my website.  (Time well spent, you can see the post about the changes here.)  Yesterday, during my photo walk in our forest, I managed to capture some of the weeks I missed.  Here they are weeks 34-38.  The last one is obviously not…

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Week 31-33 of the Photography Challenge

Playing catch-up with the 52-week photography challenge. Week 31:  Friends & Family Story Telling: Friends and Family “Telling the story of someone you know well is sometimes the hardest story to tell.” This little Kubota tractor belonged to our beloved neighbor and friend David Otto.  Sadly, he passed this past January.  Yet his memory lives…

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