Sunday, February 27, 2011

Spotlight Photos for From the Hip!! and Member Voice for The Letter S!

As I was looking around at all the "shooters" posts, I am noticing the perspective of the shots. I really rather like it!! I think I will try shooting more from mid height. This theme has given me an idea for another theme. What do you all think of "What my toes see", shooting ground level. 

 Anyway, on to the "spotlight photos" in no particular order. 




 Peggy QMM


 The next two photos are fantastic shots from the hip but also show what Rebecca was talking about in her last photography post.

"A tip for improving the composition of your photos
is to think about the lines created within the image.
Lines in your photo have a way of leading the viewer's eye through the photo.
As you compose your photo, try to look for these lines
and use them to your advantage."


This coming Friday our theme is "The Letter S". What in your town starts with the letter S? I just opened the dictionary to the S and I see squash, squall, spring, sporty, spot........... turning the page .............. sucker, sublime, slowpoke, slurp, slum, saxophone, scale, satisfy. You get the idea. I use the dictionary quite a bit. 


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Double Takes with Rebecca: Leading Lines

A tip for improving the composition of your photos
is to think about the lines created within the image.
Lines in your photo have a way of leading the viewer's eye through the photo.
As you compose your photo, try to look for these lines
and use them to your advantage.

You can use lines to draw the viewer into a photo
which Mark did with the photo below.
Your eye just flows along the curvy road
and into your imagination.

Here Ann's photo guides your eye along to the walk
and to the city in the distance.

And where does Kerry's photo draw your eye?
Right to the top of that tree!

You can use lines to help the viewer's eye through the photo
and you can use them to guide the eye to the subject.

When you are taking a photo, you also want to watch for lines
that pull the eye away from the intended subject.
Try to reposition yourself to avoid doing  this.

Below I was hoping to use the
angle of the cemetery stones to pull your eye to the chapel.

Improving the composition of your photos
is the least expensive way to improve your photography!

Remember these other tips too:

Monday, February 21, 2011

Spotlight Photos for Twisted, Curly, Contorted, Wound Spirally

Very fun to see each week how everyone sees the theme. So amazing to see the twists, spirals, curls, and contortion we pass by everyday, that we probably overlook, that our shooters captured.


Sue - CTG




Mark's jumbled mess of wires. one we can all relate to!

be sure to check out the two previous posts. member voice and "In The Limelight". 

 HAPPY SHOOTING and see you all Friday!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Member Voice for February 25 - From The Hip!!

From the Hip! That's right. Taken from the hip. Walk through a store or park or main street with your camera on your hip, shooting away! 

You can shoot high........ you can shoot low. You won't know! Or just shoot ahead of you as you walk. Maybe once in a while, shoot behind you. 

I did this while walking main street yesterday and it was tons of fun. (I am easily amused) I had no idea what I was taking shots of either. Just held my camera down in front of me as I walked along snapping away.

Here is a pic to share.

I like this shot because the people are straight but everything else is tilted. How is that possible? lol It was a very windy day yesterday so you can see their hair being blown about also. 


Also be sure to check out our latest "In The Limelight" guest interview. 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

~ In The Limelight ~

This month our "In The Limelight" interview is with Lena. You can visit her at Spiritsoflena or findingelsewhere. A gal of many talents!


When did the photo bug bite you?

I have always loved photography. I remember using an old camera with no film in it as a kid and just snapping shots of things I found interesting.

What was your first camera and what do you use now?

I don't remember what my first camera was. I use a Sony Digital camera and am saving up to upgrade at some point.

What is on your equipment wish list?

A new camera!

Where do you look for inspiration? A favorite photographer?

Everything is inspiration to me. I love any kind of art; anything that captures something provocative. In terms of photography, I love candid shots of people. I also love photography that captures the beauty of nature.

What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

People and nature.

What aspect of your photography are you working on? Trying to improve?

My technical knowledge. This is the area where I am the weakest in terms of knowing about a camera's settings, knowing how to balance light and angle, etc. I have learned more about these things from being part of the Friday Shoot Out from people who have shared their knowledge. I am very thankful to people that share this knowledge!


Blogging since    

February 2009

Why did you start blogging?

I love to write and be creative.
I find blogging to be an easy way to share my creativity and also to connect with other creative people.

Is there a story behind the name of your blog?

Lena is a nickname I've had since childhood.

What does blogging mean to you now?

It's a great way to connect with people and a platform to share ideas.

What advice would you give to a new blogger?

Do it for fun and connect with other bloggers. If you like to write, you will find it to be a rewarding experience!

Do you have a favorite time of the day to write posts?

Whenever I can find time! Usually in the evenings.

Have you set any goal about your blog? Anything you want to achieve with it?

I'd love to earn a partial living with it. I love to be creative and what greater thing is there than to make a living by doing what I love! If that goal is not achieved, though, I will still blog because I enjoy the venue and expressing my ideas.

What are you favorite places to visit on the web that aren’t blogs?

poetry websites, flickr, email

Guest Interview Questions

From Elaine Dale:

Who has influenced you the most in your life?

Wow, too many people have influenced me to pick just one!

From Mark:

What is the most difficult struggle you have had with something you didn't like about yourself and how did you overcome it?

I have had a difficult time with anxiety in the past. I have used many techniques and have found meditation to be extremely helpful.


What would you like to teach others?

creative writing; mindfulness

Which adjectives best describe you?

ideally, creative and kind.

How has your life been different than what you have imagined?

I never thought I would be divorced (does anyone?) I also did not expect that some day I would be somebody's stepmother, which I will become in June.

Do you have any special talents; such as singing, dancing, playing a musical instrument?

I write; the level of my talent is subjective!

How would you like to be remembered?

As someone who was kind and compassionate.

What are your basic stats that you would like to share?

I am 36, live in South Jersey, and am about to be married in six months.

If you could interview anyone from your life living or dead, but not a celebrity, who would it be and why?

Either of my grandmothers or grandfathers to learn about them as people and learn more about my family history. When I was a kid, I did not think of them in the same way I do now.

Favorite saying or quotation:
(or any comment you would like to make)

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
Viktor E. Frankl

Thank you Lena for a great interview!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Spotlight Photos "Frame Your Photo" and Member Voice for Twisted, Curly, Contorted

Getting a little behind here once again! This Friday our theme is Twisted. Curly. Contorted. Wound Spirally. I really don't know what to say about this topic. Maybe ropes, braids, chains. The meaning of contorted is - to twist, bend, or draw out of shape; distort.

Have fun with this one. Soon the weather will be nicer and I will be able to get out with my camera. I am missing it! I actually can see grass in my yard. Overnight, just like getting 18 inches of snow, it has begun to melt. And the days are getting longer in daylight so I have time after work maybe to get out. 
 On with the "Spotlight Photos" for Frame Your Photo.






Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Spotlight Photos "What I Collect"

I want to thank Sue, CTG, for suggesting this great theme. I think everyone had fun with it. And it was also a good way to know each other better and see what makes us tick. I do have a few collections that are still packed away in boxes in the basement. Haven't unpacked them since the move, nor have a place to put them ........ yet........ 

Camella's the beach and water

Sue, CTG, head vases

JarieLyn's vintage postcards

Pauline's shells

QMM's wall vases

Thank you all for the great suggestions for the new "Friday My Town Shoot Out Scavenger Hunts". Wow! Say that 10 times fast.

The theme for this Friday is "Frame Your Photo". See you then!


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Need Suggestions...........

Our weekly Friday Shoot Out theme for yesterday is "What I Collect". While visiting Gayla's post, she had shown photos of a Scavenger Hunt her photo club went on. 

In her words:

 I also have collected a few photos this last weekend.  The Camera club had a Scavenger Hunt on Saturday they gave us ten words we had to go out and find pictures of.  We had to  have and empty memory card to start with.  You had to turn in only those ten pictures on the card with no doctoring from your computer just as is right from the camera. You could take lots of pictures but you had to delete them and choose one for each word at the end. We had to turn them in at 6:00 pm. So JarieLyn and I teemed up together.  We went down to the strip. We park at the Lexor and walk clear down to the Venetian than walk all the way back on the other side going in and out of the Casinos along the way to find  the photos we needed.  It toke us all day. We did stop to have lunch. This is the second time we have done this and both times I a lot of fun.  Maybe sometime the MFTSO will have some kind of theme or game like this to do. I'll suggest it.

 Sounds like a great idea to me. I would like to have a Friday Shoot Out Scavenger Hunt on occasion. 

Suggested guide lines;
*straight out of the camera, no editing
*one photo per word
*three words for each hunt
* add a fourth photo if you can find all three hunt words in one (or just post this one photo)
* hunt area includes your town, surrounding areas, surrounding countryside

Does this sound like something you all would be interested in doing? If so, what I need from all of you are "three word" suggestions for the hunts. (please leave suggestions in the comments) Keep in mind we all don't live in large cities. Also if you have any more suggestions for guide lines for the hunts please feel free to share them. 

I will add the first "Friday My Town Shoot Out Scavenger Hunt" for April 8th, as we have theme scheduled until then.


Friday, February 4, 2011

Member Voice for February 11 - Frame Your Photo!

Back on December 29th, Rebecca posted her monthly photo tip/lessons, Double Takes With Rebecca and this post was "Frame Your Photo". Mark commented that it would make a good theme for a future shoot out. 

Check it out for the theme on February 11th.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Spotlight Photos The Letter F!

 First, welcome back to Gigi.

This was fabulously fun and fascinating seeing all the "F" choices. Here are the spotlight photos in no particular order. 

Mark's frightful flying upside down - The Blue Angels

 QMM football player, better known as "The Beast" her grandson

Dawn's frost fringe.....

Pauline's fantastic fern

Sarah's frozen bubbles

See you all Friday! The theme is What I Collect by Sue, CTG. You can read her Member Voice in the previous post.