#SundayStills: The Pros and Cons of #Silence


Living in today’s society, I find it very hard to experience silence.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #233: A One Lens Walk


Happy Sunday! Anne from Slow Shutter Speed is the lovely hostess for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge and she has chosen a fun topic – One Lens Walk.

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CMMC: January Pick a Topic


Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge

#SundayStills: Monthly Color Challenge: #Gray and #White


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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #232: Looking Back


Happy Sunday! Sofia from Photographias is leading this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge and the topic of “Looking Back” was chosen.

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CMMC: January Amber Color


Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge

#SundayStills: Taking the #Plunge in Overcoming Fear


Over the weekend, I took a big leap in the first step to overcome my newly-developed fear of claustrophobia.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #231: Favorite Images of 2022


Happy 2023! John from Journey with Johnbo is leading off 2023’s first Lens-Artist Photo Challenge, reflecting on our favorite photos from 2022.

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#SundayStills: Reflection on 2022 (Part 2)


I thought about linking this week’s SundayStills with the post I published on December 30 but then I suddenly there was an entire portion I completely forgot happened in 2022 – the garden.

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Vintage Car
Wheel and Sunrise
City View

CMMC: December Alphabet – V or W at the Beginning


Caption (from top to bottom):

  • Vintage Car
  • Wheel and Sunrise
  • City view

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge

CFFC: Holiday Colors #WordlessWednesday


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Merry Christmas! #SilentSunday


CMMC: December Pick a Topic


Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge

CFFC: Salt White Color #WordlessWednesday


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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #230: Last Chance


For the final Lens-Artists Photo Challenge of 2022, Tina from Travels and Trifles is asking us to share the photos from 2022 that did not make it onto any of the Lens-Artists Challenges, an honorable-mention-sort-of-thing.

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CMMC: December Violet or White


Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge

CFFC: Pear Green Colors #WordlessWednesday


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#SundayStills: Monthly Color Challenge: #Cobalt Blue


I woke up yesterday morning to a strange sky. The front of my house was bathed in sunshine while the back of my house was this very dark blue sky.

Correction: it wasn’t the sky that was this dark blue, it was the clouds.

We had a storm warning, you see. We’re supposed to get around 5-6 inches of snow between Sunday night and Tuesday morning. We shall see about that.

I ran back up to my room, grabbed the camera, changed to the 18-400 mm lens and rushed back down. It was less than a minute, tops but the sky was no longer this dark intense purplish blue. Instead, it was a lighter, still darker shade of blue. Still, I panned the camera around looking for a composition and found one with my neighbor’s aspen trees. The sun was shining on the white branches at that moment.

I actually had to look it up how dark is the color cobalt blue. The color reminded me of the times when I would use a CPL (Circular Polarizer Lens) filter on my camera and all the skies in the picture would be an unnatural shade of blue. Cobalt blue was that color.

I no longer use any filter on my camera, except maybe a ND (neutral-density) filter when I shoot long-exposures. The screwing on and off the filter is quite bothersome in my opinion as it not only takes time but each time when I tried to take the lens filter off, my anxious mind would begin playing out the worst scenarios.

So I’d say, “screw it,” I don’t need filters.

This was one of my favorite photos taken in Niagara Falls, by the way. I have been practicing my sun-star photography when I can. I read somewhere about sun-star photography can tell how many (blades?) is in a lens.

I remember that morning, just walking along the path, checking every few seconds to minutes, hoping the sun would just rise above the clouds, even just for a few seconds because I wanted to photograph the full sun, not just half of the sun with a cloud beneath.

At last, the sun had risen above the clouds. I set the camera to the lowest f-stop and clicked. I wanted to click another one but by the time I checked the photo and tried to focus again, a cloud has once again covered the bottom half of the sun. I was glad I got one though.

#SundayStills

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #229: “Perfect” Pattern


Anne Christine from Leya is hosting this week’s Lens-Artists Challenge and she is challenging us to to search for somewhat (a relative term) perfect patterns whether in nature or in everyday objects.

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CMMC: December Close Up – 2022 Favorites


As we are approaching the end of yet another year, I thought it would be fitting to share some of my 2022 favorite close-ups. Please enjoy.

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CFFC: Apple Red Colors #WordlessWednesday


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#SundayStills: Home #Town


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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #228: Diagonals


Patti is the host for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge and she is challenging everyone to look at diagonal lines.

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