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Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist

This week’s challenge asks us to share a “minimalist” image, one with “a large portion of negative space, a fairly monochromatic color palette with good contrast, and an interesting subject that is able to stand on its own to capture the interest of the viewer.”

That’s a tall order!

Here are two shots from last February and (hopefully!) they hit the mark.

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After a few minutes, the ladies above joined their friend in the water:

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Photography is a funny thing: I was aiming for Maggie on her paddleboard (teeny-tiny figure back/center of first photo; nearly off frame in the second) but the three women became the focal point instead!

Sometimes the subject you shoot isn’t the subject you get, but I think it worked out perfectly for this challenge!

Until next time…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art (Requiem for a Dream)

This week’s challenge asks us to share a photo to illustrate the cover of a movie, cd, or book.   For several days I plowed through every image on my hard drive but nothing inspired me. Then ten minutes ago, a light bulb moment: I DO have a picture that illustrates an award winning movie from the year 2000 AND ties in with key components of my blog.

First the photo, then the explanation/description.

Requiem for a Dream (2000) is a psychological drama that explores the mental states of people suffering drug addiction. When they use, a door opens briefly into a world where everything is colorful and bright; but then it closes and everything is worn, rusty and miserable.  Having been through this struggle, I can vouch for the movie’s portrayal, and I love how the photo informs it

Now at first glance you may not notice (I didn’t!) the small green “running man exit sign”. How great is its inclusion for the cover art?  Sure, there’s a way out, but it’s barely visible in the upper right corner of an addict’s mind.

This photo was taken last month from inside The Orangery at Kew Gardens and I feel fortunate to have it!  Two days prior, I sat alone in Turnham Green and wept at being drug and methadone free thousands of miles from home. In a way, this image is a souvenir of my past as well as a trip I thought I’d NEVER take.   I’m glad I could share it as cover art.

Until next time…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs

This week’s photo challenge asks us to share images of signs, and since taking pictures of unexpected/oddball signage is one of my oldest habits (seriously!!) I have plenty to share. 🙂

The three “gallery” photos are from Chiswick, Paris and Brighton, respectively; the fourth/bottom shot was taken today on the access road to Tracking Station Beach. (Note: Hover your mouse on the individual pics to see their captions)

Ordinarily I hate misspellings, but there was something serendipitous about two Estas driving behind this guy!  Gave us quite a chuckle on our way to the beach:

Until next time…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime (in Paris)

While we were in Chiswick/London last week, we took the Eurostar to Paris. We arrived in the Bastille district just before nighttime.

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Our Airbnb was around the corner on tiny Rue de Lappe; As we checked in, Maggie leant out the bedroom window to catch the activity below:

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Great Party Street in the Bastille. So Fun!

Next we hit Corcoran’s Irish Pub for a bit of dinner.

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By the time we left the pub it was completely dark, perfect for viewing the Eiffel Tower in illuminated glory. 🙂

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Can you believe this GREAT pic came from my Samsung Gs3!! Best phonecam ever!

The lines were short, so we rode the elevators to the summit observation deck. WOW!  There’s Versailles!

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The Seine looked beautiful, too.

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Nighttime in La Ville-Lumière was pretty damn incredible!  All photos (except Rue De Lappe) taken with Samsung Galaxy S3.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Zigzag

This week’s photo challenge asks us to share a story with jagged lines: mine begins with a zigzag of waves along Humiston Beach.

Zigzag surf line at Humiston Beach, 8/2/14

Zigzag surf line at Humiston Beach, 8/2/14

We’ve had so much rain this summer and precious few good/long beach days! The next two pictures show the zigzag advance of threatening clouds. Strong winds off the Atlantic held them shy of our position but beachgoers a few miles north weren’t so lucky: note the sheet of rain falling behind the lifeguard umbrella:

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Off to the south it wasn’t much better: more zigzags rolling in. 😮

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At the exact time Maggie and I were tanning and snacking ;),  Ivana was running the bridge from the mainland. She snapped a fantastic shot of an Osprey with zigzag wings!

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It’s so nice when the weather cooperates, isn’t it?

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Until next time….

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

Nothing says Summer Lovin’ like a hot, steamy night with an electric storm on the horizon.

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Mcwilliams Boat Ramp, Vero Beach, 7/26/14

I snapped these pics at the McWilliams Park Boat Ramp while waiting for my friend Ivana to start her first ever road race…at age 70!

Shortly after her son died (unexpectedly) last December, Ivana began walking 3-4x per week to manage her sadness and stress levels.  Before too long, walking turned to jogging and the goal became training hard enough to compete in a marathon by 2015. Go Ivana! 🙂

Last night’s run was a family event to benefit the Vero Beach High School Cross Country team. Participants included kids as young as 6, and men well into their 80s, but Ivana was the sole entrant in the Women ages 70-75 category. 🙂

After a brief lightning delay, the starting gun and cheerleaders kicked things off:

32mins later, Ivana crossed the finish line with a time that marked her personal best. I wish I’d gotten clearer pictures, but dusk was rapidly falling.

The event finished with a traditional Summer lovin’ menu of Southern Pulled Pork, cole slaw and watermelon. Yum!20140726_200915

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PS:  Did it irk anyone else that WP left the “g” off the end of loving?  Arrrggghhhh!  I cringed every time I had to type that hokey spelling!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Between

Yesterday I noticed two blooming plants with characteristics that worked for this week’s challenge.  First, a Phalaenopsis (unknown origin) protruding between the Peace lilies along my back fence.

Second, an Aechmea fasciata I shared when it began spiking.  Two weeks later, the pyramidal head has lengthened and small violet-to-red flowers sprout between  pink bracts.

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Until next time….