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Unfocused

Deliberately unfocused.

Yes, I do love blur!

I think this was a boat.

Let’s just say it’s an abstract. . .

SPLASH

Newport Beach wave action

 

Petroglyph- or Urban Decay?

The side of this building reminded me of petroglyphs, which we see a lot here in Arizona.

Find Your Muse

This month’s challenge for my photography club is street photography. I’m missing the meeting, because of our trip to Alaska, but I have made some effort to do some street photos over the last few months.  I hung out across the street from this shop, because I liked the words on the window- I just had to wait for someone cool to come along.

Because this image is for my blog and not for the club, I didn’t go for the typical black and white street photography look. This was edited in Topaz Impression- just for fun.

The Old Man and The Sea

And here he is again!

And is it just me or is there a giant turtle in the foreground?

Two Men

I think there are two men in this photo.

  1. The guy taking pictures from the rocks and . . .
  2. Can you see the profile on the cliff???

Don’t Look Back

When we were walking along the beach at Laguna, we came upon what I think was an engagement shoot. The young woman remained on the beach as the photographer headed past our group for the next set up. I took the opportunity to take a few shots thinking I could use them for some sort of image. I ended up lengthening her dress and moving her arms (she was cold and had her arms loosely folded across her chest) to make a more pleasing image. I’m not sure what she was looking back at, but I am thinking this has potential as the cover of a romantic mystery! 😉

And speaking of romance . . .today is our 47th anniversary! Happy Anniversary to us!

Lone Surfer

This shot was taken at Laguna Beach during our last trip to see our grandbaby. We had just finished lunch, and I looked outside and saw this one solitary young man in the waves.

Bookish

I have been a collector of old school books most of my adult life- nothing valuable. When I was home raising kids and wasn’t teaching at that point, I bought old primers and readers at garage sales. Later, when I went back to teaching, I collected old readers that were being discarded and replaced by newer series. So I still have quite a few.  I still love them and decided to photograph a stack today. After shooting several different arrangements, I stacked them the way that we teachers told kids NEVER to stack books! Maybe I am becoming a rule breaker in my old age!

Red, White, and Blue

I hadn’t taken my traditional flag photo for today- so we went down this afternoon to Courthouse Square after the crowds had dispersed. Here’s a shot of the gazebo decorated in red, white, and blue.

Happy Fourth of July!

Blue Trees

I was housebound for almost three weeks with a tenacious virus, and am glad to say that I seem to have recovered finally. I haven’t been out with my camera since our Holbrook trip, and as a result, have been pulling photos from the archives to edit and post here, the exception being the sunflowers and chair photos from last week. Next week, we will be in Alaska- and finally I will have some opportunities for photography!

When I’m sick, I tend only seem to have enough energy for Words With Friends and photo editing apps on my iPhone. Below is one of my favorite recent iPhone creations. I took the photo out the car window as we were approaching Prescott on the trip back from Southern California in March and then edited it last week on my phone. I cropped it heavily and layered it with several textures, playing with blend modes until it looked the way I wanted. I added one more texture to the trees in Photoshop- and voila!

 

Door to Nowhere

I was just saying to my friend, Debbie that I don’t think anyone could ever accuse me of having a photographic **style**!  She kindly suggested my style is eclectic, which might be a nice way of saying it’s all over the place. . .

Anyway, when I like a photo, I, more often than not, edit it several different ways- as evidenced by this shot of a door in the Masonic building in Flagstaff. I hope it is nailed shut, because it is several stories up and there is no balcony!

Last one. . .

This image went into Photoshop for some textures. And here ends my week of sunflowers!

A different style

I’m a fan of sunflowers in black and white. I added some split toning to the shadows in this one.

Sam

 

Just one

Another version with just one sunflower