Wednesday, February 28, 2018

2018 365 Photo Challenge {February}

February 1 - Heart

February 2 - Shadows  
Today was groundhog day, so when I planned this, I thought shadows would be a suiting topic

February 3 - Shot From Above
Was running late on taking my photo, so I took a photo of my "Saturday uniform" from above.  There aren't many Saturdays that I'm not in my shorelines and my comfy jeans...Played around with some off camera flash since it was getting dark.

February 4 - Something you collect
I collect roosters and this is my favorite.  Got it a while back while at El Conquistador in Puerto Rico.

February 5 - Nutella
Why Nutella?  Well the first and only time I have ever eaten it was in Paris...the city of Love, so I figured this was also very suiting for the month of love.  I tried multiple shots or real Nutella at the grocery store, but didn't like any of them, so I "cheated" and used peanut butter and did a little editing to make it not look like peanut butter;)  When I created this challenge, I didn't choose any topics to expect to spend extra money to get these things, but to think out of the box and be creative with what was around in my daily environment.

February 6 - Backyard
I went in search of something to take some macro shots of, but it had just rained the day before so the backyard, past the grass was still very I couldn't make it where I wanted to without getting muddy, so I found this tree with the hole from the woodpeckers and the fungi on it interesting.

February 7 - Light
Well I headed to Pizza Hut for lunch and sat my phone down...then I decided I would post the challenge and when I opened up Facebook, my camera was on and I saw this light and peeling ceiling.  I was also in the photo...yikes, so I bowed out and tried for the perfect composition of this light.  I am pretty happy with the way it turned out, I was just praying nothing fell in my pizza!

February 8 - Camera
Took a photo of my Pentax K1000 through another lens opened wide up sitting on the counter in front for the camera. 

February 9 - Action
Well life got real today!  Work has been very hectic working on multiple projects.  My team pulled together to get some important things done, so while on  my lunch break I went to pick up some cookies as a thank you.  While leaving the shopping center, there were multiple cars moving.  So I just sat in my spot and told my friend that was with me that I was going to sit right there while those cars did what they were going to do.  So as soon as two cars around me moved, I proceeded to back out...granted I have sensors and a back up camera and they both failed me as I didn't see the other car that was also waiting on the other two cars to move.  We backed into each other.  I think she was going way too fast, but the police officer couldn't prove anything, so we both went on our way.  This is the damage to my poor van...the other lady's Traverse drove away unscathed.  

February 10 - Umbrella
Life has its way of falling into place.  Today was not a good day either.  I accidentally left my camera bag half way unzipped leaving the wedding today and my camera tumbled out onto the today (my end of month blogging day), said camera is repaired and back in 100% working order.  I also ended up buying a new camera too, since I have another wedding in 3 days and wasn't sure how long the repair would take.  This shot I did take with the camera I had just dropped with the macro lens...could tell focus was a little off, but hey it was raining and todays challenge was umbrella, so I had to get the shot and the trusty iPhone just wouldn't do!

February 11 - Spilled Milk
Was going to photograph some milk drops, but couldn't get my off camera flash to cooperate, so I resorted to milk pouring over my favorite cereal that I typically eat for my evening snack.

February 12 - Cheesy
This photo was actually taken on the 10th, but since my camera got mailed off to repair today, I figured it would be ok to use it.  This was the last point of the championship can see the down ref's arm calling the point and Isabel "cheesing" in the background.  There is so much emotion and story in this photo.  I love it.

February 13 - Candy
OK, so nows the time to bear with me;)  The next few days are iPhone shots and I really need to work on my iPhone photo this challenged me more than you'd expect.

February 14 - Love
I used my macro lens for my iPhone to get this shot of the flowers that my hubby got me for my Valentines present.

February 15 - Together
Well this is it, this is our together.  Many nights a week and weekends are spent together with these ladies, our Striker's Volleyball Family.

February 16 - Emotion
Got the new camera (D750), so thank goodness I have options now and am not stuck with the iPhone.  Took this of Baylee's team.  Thought there was great emotion in it.

February 17 - Relax
The girls in between matches.  Snapped this one with my iPhone...loved the sisterly love in this photo and couldn't waste anytime getting out the camera because I didn't know how long this sweet moment would last.

February 18 - Wine
Today was National Wine Day and of course I'm sick and on antibiotics, so I couldn't even enjoy a glass of wine.  I resorted to taking a photo of a wine bottle with my candelabra that I bought at my favorite little winery in San Diego, Bernardo Winery.

February 19 - Presidents
Well macro lens is still in repair, so I used my macro lens on my iPhone to get this shot.  Picked a penny that was from my birth year.

February 20 - Taco Tuesday
We take Taco night very seriously in this house!  In fact when we built our house, we put in two dishwashers because taco night is so dish intensive that we never wanted to have to worry about them again.  I make whole pinto beans in the crock pot all day, save some whole, refry the rest.  Then its mexican rice and ground beef and all the toppings (white cheese, yellow cheese, lettuce, tomato, green onions, cilantro, sour cream and taco sauce).  Also make crispy and soft shells...I bet you're thinking this is way over board...well I told you, we take this very seriously.  We all have our taco preferences and this is one night, I make sure everyone is happy.  This is my version of the Double Decker taco.

February 21 - Handwriting
This is Baylee's beautiful handwriting.  They were from earlier in the month, because when I told her I was going to photograph it, she had to pick the prettiest page of notes she had!

February 22 - Pets
One of our beauties.  Macro lens is back and working perfectly...Took this one of Luna and converted to B&W.

February 23 - Patterns
Couldn't find any interesting patterns and was feeling well not so creative so snapped this one while at the doctor's office today with the iPhone.

February 24 - Something I made
Hand painted this sign, made and stained the frame and put it all together all on  my own.  Very proud of my work.  Hubby had to help me hang it, but besides that, I did this one all on my own.

February 25 - Window Light
Couldn't manage a decent shot with these cats today, so my daughter came to the rescue and held Mintsy by the window.  Got this reflection in her eyes of the blinds and the sun shining on her face though the window.  

February 26 - Fairy Tale
OK, so today stumped once again...went outside to try to get a creative shot of the clouds to loosely interpret into something fairy tale"ish".  Then I looked out back and thought, this is our this is my interpretation of a fairy tale.  Isn't Shrek a fairy tale?  He has a swamp too!

February 27 - Strawberry
Well for those of you that don't know I was born and raised in the Winter Strawberry capital of the world, Plant City, Florida.  This Strawberry came from Plant its not just any Strawberry.  It tells about me and my beginnings.

February 28 - Flowers
Went to the grocery store and was going to pick up some flowers to photograph, but none of them spoke to me.  I felt like I have photographed every option that my grocer has to offer...then to end the month perfect, I pull into the driveway and what is blooming in my front yard?  This beautiful iris; I planted these bulbs two years ago and although the leafy part has multiplied through the few years, they have never bloomed before.  Seeing this with the rain drops was just icing on the cake.

Now on to March and praise the Lord I don't have to spell February again until next year...that word is my nemesis...The spelling tricks me up all the now on to an easier spelled month:)

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Monday, January 29, 2018

2018 365 Photo Challenge {January}

This year I started a 2018 365 Photo Challenge...I was going to blog each day, but I think that would be way too many posts, so I decided to wait until the end of each month and then post for the entire month at once!  So here is my January challenges!!

January 1 - New Years Celebration
We had a bon fire and light painted with sparklers, then headed to downtown Perry to go to the Buzzard Drop.

January 2 - Moon
This photo started with the small moon and then I tried a photoshop action to make it shimmer.  I just got my Mac back up and running and just started edited on my Mac again.  Low and behold, there was a setting wrong in photoshop that was causing issues (I didn't figure this out until the next day) when the action didn't complete, I got an image, well that I wasn't too proud of, so I started turning off layers and this larger moon was hiding in the layers.  So I call this a happy accident.  I will never be able to I rolled with it.

January 3 - Resolutions
I was going to take a photo to symbolize a resolution, but instead figured I would use my hand lettering to write a neat list and then photograph it.

January 4 - Entry
I went out to the cemetery in Perry to photograph the arch at the Entry simply because I see it a lot and thought it was beautiful, however, when I parked I also found this little entry gate to a section of the cemetery and I thought it photographed better than the arch, so this was my choice for the day.

January 5 - Hot Drink
OK, OK, so I hate coffee.  That is a strong word, but I really cannot stand the taste, not even in desserts...and I love dessert.  But my hubby does love his morning cappuccino, so I photographed his cappuccino brewing.  I am a sucker for action...even if it is only coffee dripping down.

January 6 - Sunrise
This photograph of the sunrise was taken in my backyard.  I love to get the burst affect.

January 7 - Street
I am a sucker for the burst affect (as mentioned above) I headed to downtown Perry to photograph the downtown street and lights.  I got a few weird stares for being out with my tripod in the middle of the street, but I'm OK with that.

January 8 - Sunset
I went to Houston Lake to take this photo.  I took 5 photos, layered them and tone mapped it in Photomatix to create this HDR image.

January 9 - Lunch
I ate lunch at McCalls on Commercial Circle in Warner Robins and got a ham and swiss.  Lets just say breaking out my huge camera and positioning my sandwich just right got a few more stares...I guess folks just aren't used to seeing people take photos on cameras other than cell phones especially of hum drum subjects.  

January 10 - Animal
This is one of our cats, Mintsy.  She is our fat cat, so she puts up less of a fight to sit still and let me photograph her...Our other two cats, are more agile and like to run off when they see me with the camera.

January 11 - Nighttime
So today, I was completely lazy...did not want to go outside.  I don't have screens on my windows, so I opened it up, set up the tripod and camera and shot blindly in the dark.  This was a 30 second exposure and surprisingly, there was a fog over the lake.  The fog was not apparent to the naked eye, however my camera did catch it.

January 12 - Boots
Once again, crazy looks, for laying on the floor at work and taking a photo of Lt's boots.  I served in the Air Force and currently work for the Air Force as a civil servant, so I decided Lt's boots represented me and my world.  I originally photoshopped out the cubicles in the background, but then  left them to tell the story of my work environment.

January 13 - Sky
Another lazy day...once I got home, I did not want to go anywhere, so the sky through the trees was as good as it was going to get.  

January 14 - Self Portrait
Taking a self portrait on your DSLR is more tricky than you would think.  I am a sucker for a good selfie, but when you have to set up the tripod and try to figure out how to get focus to lock on your face, its a little challenging.  This is my first attempt at a self portrait on my camera.  I will try to be more creative next go around.

January 15 - Something you wore today
I love all things feathers and fringe, so I took a photo of the earrings I wore today.

January 16 - Signage
I had a great plan for a sign that I have been passing multiple days, but I had a photo shoot this evening and didn't make it to the sign before dark, and normally I would just take a long exposure and make it is not in the nicest part of town, so I didn't feel safe to go there alone at night.  So I resorted to the sign I have at all my entries to remind everyone no shoes allowed in the house.  For anyone that knows me, knows this is near and dear to my heart.

January 17 - Hands
Another day, that I had grand plans for my photo, but is snowed today.  A crazy rare middle Georgia snow, so I wanted to record this part of the day, so I simply took a photo of me holding some snow.

January 18 - Eyes
This is Luna and yes I manage to capture her sitting still.  She is still a kitten so is very curious about the camera.  I was able to quickly get this photo of her eyes.

January 19 - Vintage
This is a photo of my great grandmother's handkerchief.

January 20 - Perfume
Another grand plan, that I practiced and just couldn't execute properly, so just a simple photo of one of my favorite scents was all I came up with today.

January 21 - Numbers
Here is a photo from our first volleyball tournament of the season.  This is my daughter's team getting coached up by my other half (aka coach).

January 22 - Out of focus
Today was the day of the government shutdown.  We reported into work and were expecting to get a furlough letter to go home without pay.  This is a photo in my cube that is out of focus to represent the unknown of what was to come of my day.  However soon after this photo, our management notified us that there was still finding for our positions, so we got to stay at work.

January 23 - Motion
This is a photo of my daughter at volleyball practice tonight.  Lighting in the gym is horrible, so I just embraced the grain and covered to black and white to try to hide the grain as much as possible.

January 24 - Hobby
Not only do I like to create images with my camera, I also like to paint.  I put my brushes in an old pickle jar and put the flash behind the jar.  I played around for a while, but this was the first photo I took in the series and liked the mystery of mysterious can a pickle jar of paint brushes be??

January 25 - Something sweet
Tomorrow is one of my good friend's birthday, so I took her to lunch and Smallcakes to get a cupcake to celebrate.  

January 26 - Monochromatic
This is the water tower that I park next to everyday at work.  It seemed to be an interesting enough subject for my monochrome photo for today.

January 27 - Fuzzy socks
Today, as on most Saturdays we were at a volleyball tournament.  Well we traveled up the night before...and of course I forgot the fuzzy socks. The gym was really cold, so I did have a blanket in the although I have no fuzzy socks, I do have a fuzzy blanket over my feet and had to show the girls warming up in the background as well.

January 28 - To Do List
So while making up the challenge, I guess I didn't pay much attention to the fact that today was Sunday and who writes a To Do List on Sundays?  Not me, but this week, I had to complete the I made a simple list on my notes page of my phone and took a photo.

January 29 - Gold
I had plenty of gold colored things to fact I did photograph many of them, but this one told the most about  me.  I love to hand letter signs and these are a few of my favorite paint pens.

January 30 - Cutlery
Another thing I enjoy is cooking, so I photographed some spices on spoons.  Not the exact look I was going for, but hey at this point, I can't believe I have stuck with these photographs everyday.  It really helps to have a group of almost 500 people following me on Facebook to keep me motivated to stick to the challenge!

January 31 - Lit from Behind
This is simply a lemon slice that I put a flashlight behind and took a photo.

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2018 365 Photo Challenge {February}