WPC: Out Of This World

I am so horribly late on this. The entire week has run away from me. I had so many great intentions of trying to explore this theme and see what I could make of it. And yet, here I am, with one photo that isn’t even terribly creative. Sigh. Perhaps I will make it a short term goal to explore this theme in my free time.

So… for now… here is my submission for The Daily Posts Weekly Photo Challenge: Out Of This World. It’s something familiar to me, yet looks nothing like what it normally would if you looked at it as a whole.

It’s my bed. And if I am honest, I do not spend nearly enough time in it lately as I would like.

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Butterflies!

“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”
-Sydney J. Harris

I took a trip to Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory this weekend up in South Deerfield, Massachusetts. The past few weeks have been tremendously stressful so I was in need of some “time off”. What a wonderful place this is. They have a lovely little gift shop and a food service area. Then you get to go inside a huge greenhouse type building and there are butterflies flying around all over the place.

It was a tiny bit overwhelming when you first walk in because instinct dictates that you swat at or try to get away from flying insects buzzing by your head. But after a few minutes, you see how absolutely beautiful they all are… and you spend the rest of your stay praying like hell that they will land on you.

Magic Wings is an interesting playground for photographers. So many gorgeous butterflies, beautiful trees and flowers, some water features with koi fish, a parrot, some lizards and a bunch of little quails dashing around in the bushes. We spend over two hours there, and I finally was able to shut down all the work and life noise… and just exist. It was amazing, and sorely needed.

Here are some shots from our trip. If you are ever in that area, it is well worth the price of admission.

 

WPC: A Face In The Crowd

This weeks photo challenge over at The Daily Post is “A Face In The Crowd”

“Create an image that represents being “a face in the crowd.” Explore silhouettes, shadows, orientation, and other ways to mask your subject. As you hide the defining characteristics of your model, notice which traits continue to stand out. Without facial expression, can you tell how someone is feeling? Without color, does your impression of that person change? If portraits aren’t your thing, get even more creative with your use of shadows, reflections, animals, and patterns to represent a sense of anonymity.

Explore the use of anonymity to express both that which is common to all of us and the uniqueness that stands out even when the most obvious parts of us are hidden. Just as all of us can oscillate between conformity and individualism, allow your photo to do the same.

Here are my submissions so far this week. I plan to head out at some point and try to explore the other suggestions beyond the anonymous crowd photos I have here. The reason I chose these photos is because they show a great deal of anonymity, yet all the while you can see how collective the experience is. You cannot distinctly see anyone’s faces or features, but I believe the photos accurately convey the intensity and captivation in the room.

I can’t wait to try and capture the rest of the suggestions. Thanks for checking out my first submissions for the week! Be gentle… I’m a fresh-out-the-box newbie to all of this. Working on it though!

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Obligatory First Post

This blog is currently a work in progress. Welcome to the shitshow!

Currently just filling the site up with content and customizing the look and placement of everything. It’s been a long time since I’ve managed a blog, so my skills are a little rusty.

I’m hoping to have some amazing, knock-your-socks-off photos up soon. I’m really looking forward to getting back into the photo challenges and such online. 2018 has started off a little sideways, and this is a feeble attempt at trying to do something positive for myself that I actually enjoy.

Cheers to that!

WPC: Beloved

This may be a little premature as my blog is not even close to being completed, but I was anxious to participate in some photography challenges online. I decided to jump right in and join in on The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge for January 31, 2018. The theme was “beloved”, and while I felt the urge to post photos of my kitties, I knew there was one other item in the house that is quite precious to me.

image1This coin was given to me by my father before he passed away in 2002 from cancer. It is a Saint Patrick coin – Patron Saint of the Irish. On the back, it reads:

“May your troubles be less, your blessings be more,

and nothing but happiness come through your door.”

This coin is very dear to me, for reasons I am sure you can understand. It has traveled with me through many rough periods of my life. The coin is showing its’ age — the image of Saint Patrick on the front is so worn that you can only make out the silhouette now. But the back – the blessing – still remains crystal clear. Hopefully someday I can pass it along to someone else who will see the value in it, and will keep it as one of their most beloved possessions as I have. It is amazing how something as simple as a coin can help you through some of your toughest days… just by holding it in your hand.

Photo taken on an iPhone 6 camera… nothing fancy. My camera was not readily available to me this morning. Shot in black and white – my favorite. I feel that the B&W really helps the detail of the coin to pop.

I look forward to any comments or likes! Thanks for checking out my very first photo challenge post! Happy to be a part of this.