Monday, August 30, 2010

Spotlight Photos from "Shooters Choice"

I don't know about all of you, but I liked seeing everyone's posts for "Shooters Choice". Gave everyone a chance to just to go wild and make up their own theme. 

 Spotlight Photos in no particular order:
Lena's ice. very cool and refreshing. we are having unusually high temps and humidity so this looks very inviting to me!

Kate from Kansas. isn't she cute?

psychelyn with the story of Ivan theTerrible

Sarah. have you ever seen such a thing? clothes for sheep......

 This weeks theme is Graffiti by GingerV. See previous post for her member voice. 
  For any new shooters, if you are not on the member list on the sidebar and would like to be, send me an email. (include how you would like you name to appear and location)

As always..........HAPPY SHOOTING!!


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Member Voice for Graffiti by GingerV Sept. 3rd

We are doing the member voice a week early so don't get confused. This is for September 3 chosen by GingerV. 


In her words:

A few weeks back we had Public Art as the Friday My Town topic.  There is formal public art: fountains, statues, freeway overpasses embossed with the state flag or the cities football team logo or ‘legal’ art as it is called.  How does graffiti or illegal art fit into the scheme of  things?  Is it different in every city, or in the country in which we live?  Or is there an international, across all borders, aspect to all this stuff that seems to cover all vertical spaces in our cities?  Has you town managed to miss this outcry – this need to express oneself in a most public way.  I would like to see what others have, sometimes hidden, in their towns.  I would like to know how your town tries to keep public spaces clean of ‘graffiti’ or do they encourage this ‘art’ form.  Ginger VanStaveren, Rio de Janeiro

Also check our side bar of Future Topics At A Glance for the running list.

Happy Shooting!!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Spotlight Photos for August 20 - "What Am I?"

I want to give special thanks to everyone that took part in this shoot out. To me, it was so much fun reading all the guesses ......... and then seeing what is really is!! I had fun on my post reading all the guesses and just chuckling. 
 Here we go in no particular order.

Gayla    ??

reflection of the piano keys and rose

Jama ??

the fruit Mangoesteen. it is a work of art!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Theme for August 27th - "Shooters Choice" and chit chat

The theme for August 27th is ....... your choice!!

What would you like us to see or know about your town. What is special, unusual, unique, stunning, vibrant, black and white, sepia tones, macro, bokeh. Use it all!! Show your creative side. Tell us a story of your town.

 ~ other news and chit chat ~
I will be trying my best to have the "voices of members" the week before the shoot out of that topic. It does make more sense to give you more time to get your shots and an early reminder. I make a list of the future topics and put them in my pocket when I go out with my camera. (I am so forgetful!) That way if I see something pertaining to one of the themes I am all set.

This month I posted a couple of very important posts. "In The Limelight" was posted August 11th - Ann was our guest interview; and "The Beginning" was posted August 17th, as written by Patty. I thank Patty for sharing all that she could remember from the beginning of this wonderful fun blog. Coming soon "Who Were the Dirty Dozen?"

If you are new here and would like to be added to the member list on the side bar, send me your info. Or if you have changed your blog name or something and need it updated, let me know. 

As always, if you have any suggestions for future themes send them to me also. 

I am having a lot of fun seeing everyone's guesses at the this weeks theme "What Am I?" What a hoot!! I am thinking we may all be surprised when we check back on Sunday to see the whole picture..........

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Friday My Town Shoot Out ~ The Beginning ~

Do you ever wonder how all this got started? Straight from Patty, here is her story.

As a photographer for a newspaper, I saw a lot of photo-ops on my way to and from assignments. I also had a lot of out-takes, so I thought I would share some of the beauty of Crisfield with the world. Jan 11, 2009, I posted my first photo on Blogger.

Reggie Girl first visited my blog on February 5, when she responded to a post on Gordon's in Crisfield. Her first comments to me:

"Wow.....I felt like I was at Gordon's with you today Crisfield Maryland. Please tell Flea and Mr. "Cheeseburger" I send greetings from Georgia. I just relocated back South from the D.C. area. I have been to Gordon's. Fantastic food!!

Your picture's are amazing. If I come back up that way, will you take me and my hubby for lunch there? Not kidding.

I have to follow your BLOG now."

 Being from Georgia, I had to kid Reggie Girl (in emails) about her living in Georgia, especially since she left the area to move there. Reggie Girl was a self-promoter of her town, just as I was a self-promoter of my town. We had some funny email conversations that no one ever read.

Sometime in February 2009, Reggie sent me a package of preserves. We had talked about a contest in emails showing off our towns in photos, and Reggie Girl also challenged me to a preserve-making contest. I immediately gave her the prize, because I can't cook. I told her I was posting ten random signs on Feb. 28, 2009 and invited her to join me. She did. Then we talked about doing another photo-filled contest between the two of us. Churches or people? We decided  to do churches the following week, and invited others to join us, so we could enjoy virtual walks around their towns.

I can't remember what date I told Reggie Girl we should take turns picking subjects. I did not think it was fair that I picked everything, so we eventually took turns. Once we started to pick up "members" (Reggie Girl referred to us a "Gang" - I liked that), I suggested to her that we let other people take turns picking subjects. How to do that was a problem. I think we went by the alphabet first, then someone with a name that started with the letter "B" would jump in when we were on "C's", and we would wonder what to do. Finally, one of us suggested  (I can't remember which one) that we put all the names in a hat and every other week one of us would draw a name. That got to be confusing, too.)

To add to that, both RG and myself would get tons of emails from people wanting to know the rules. It took time to explain that there were no rules, really. Only keep the theme about your town, make sure the photos were posted in time for Friday. And of course, in the beginning, we posted ten photos, but soon realized that was too much. One photo was enough it you did it right.

 We still had problems with people understanding the no-rules rules. For instance, some people would pick subjects that had nothing to do with their towns and some people would pick subjects that were too difficult for everyone. For instance, everyone has a flag or two flying around their town, but not everyone has an aquarium. I started the Friday Shoot-Out blog so people could get a little info about what we did and how we did it. The extra blog became more work for both of us. And it was hard to make everyone happy.

It may had been the stress of the blog, or other things, but on Friday June 12, 2009, one of our members picked the letter "M" for an assignment. Reggie Girl, who had always stayed in touch with me, posted this:

Friday, June 12, 2009

Friday Shoot-Outs - The Letter M
I am still unable to post any of my pictures to Blogger right now.

In lieu of pictures I am posting my favorite poem that starts with the letter "M". I hope that you will find as much meaning to this beautiful poem as I do.


I have to live with myself, and so
I want to be fit for myself to know.
I want to be able, as days go by,
Always to look myself straight in the eye.
I don't want to stand with the setting sun,
And hate myself for things I have done.

I don't want to keep on a closet shelf
A lot of secrets about myself,
And fool myself, as I come and go,
Into thinking that nobody else will know
The kind of a man I really am;
I don't want to dress up myself in sham.

I want to go out with my head erect,
I want to deserve all men's respect;
But here in the struggle for fame and self
I want to be able to like myself
I don't want to look at myself and know
That I'm bluster and bluff, an empty show.

I can never hide myself from me;
I see what others may never see.
I know what others may never know,
I never can fool myself, and so,
Whatever happens, I want to be
Self-respecting and conscience free.
By: Edgar A. Guest

Wishing everyone a beautiful weekend filled with love, joy and laughter and......."

I knew something was wrong when she posted this. I never got an email or a phone call from her. That was the end of her. No one ever heard from again. She faded away without a word of explanation.

Anyway, Gordon took her place for awhile - he has since left. Then ChefE and GingerV took over. Jen helped for awhile, and now we are down to Doreen and Sarah. The original idea of the FSO was to show off our towns, to make a postcards for everyone, so that they would want to visit our towns. That was a simple little thing between two people who were just happy to share what we could about our towns.

Oh, BTW, I coined the contest, the "My Town Shoot-Out" on March 3, 2009 post, and invited people to join us in our church shoot-out. Reggie Girl also invited people to join us.

Here is the text from my March 3, post:

"All you shutter bugs, and professionals out there: Remember, Friday is "church photo day." Reggie Girl and I are shooting different subjects each week in our 'My Town Shoot-Out'  (do you like that Reggie Girl?).

This week, the subject is churches. I try to post around ten photos, Reggie Girl likes to outdo me, but you can shoot just a couple if you don't have a lot of time, or churches, in your area.

I have received a few emails from other bloggers who wanted to participate...everyone is welcome. The following week, we are doing people.
It is nice to be able to take a virtual stroll through other people's home towns.

Basir, it would be great if you could join us, too.

And I know that Barry can dig out some photos!

See Ya'll in church on Friday!"

Notice Barry was one of our first shooters. Basir never joined in. He is a photographer in Afghanistan, so I think he has more important things to do, but every once in awhile I hear from him.

The very first shooters, at least the ones that are still with us today, are Barry, GingerV, Butler and Bagman. Every once in awhile J9 jumps in.

So What is Patty Up To Now?

As for me, the newspaper lost one of their photographers, and they did not replace them. My work doubled last year. I was so beat on most days, if I had to take a photo I did not want to take, it was like work, so I bowed out. I had hoped to return when I retired, but I did such a good job promoting "My town" that I was recently made the official Photographer Laureate by the Chamber and City. Now I spend all my time working for free. And we have a lot of events around here! But I don't have to take names and I don't have deadlines. It keeps me shooting, too. And if I did not shoot for something important, I would be nothing more than a causal photographer taking pictures of trees and "stuff". I am a reorder of life, and I can't put that away. Oh, and I give many of my photos to a competitor paper for free - just the ones I take for the Chamber, so there is not a lot of work there. Here, we all know each other, so I make the editor gets names.

Anyway, I freely pass my crown on to anyone who wishes to wear it. I hope that the FSO grows. No, it no longer has to be about anything except what the administrators wish it to be about. So go forward, grow, and have fun. But don't let it burn you out.

One day, I am going to surprise everyone and make a FSO post.

I gotta run, I am sooo late.

But I am retired. aren't I? Heehe.


To visit Patty's blogs:

Sunday, August 15, 2010

"Spotlight Photos" for August 13 - Roads and Pathways and "What Am I?"

Thanks to Lena for the topic for this week. So much fun as always. Roads and paths can take us to work, on a spiritual journey or where ever our mind may go. Thank you to everyone that participated.



 Jama's night scene

NanU, who says she can see Barry and Lindsay walking this pathway


The theme for August 20th is "What Am I?" 
 One, two or three mysterious photos of something in your town. Something that will not be readily recognized. We shall all have fun guessing what it may be. And I am suggesting that you schedule on your blog the whole picture of the "What Am I?" on Sunday.  (so we all can check back and see if we guessed right!) I know this theme is different than what we have ever done. Hoping it will be something new and fresh and get us out there shooting and thinking.

Happy Shooting!!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

"In The Limelight"

Ann is our guest interview for the month of August. Visit her part of the world at My Thoughts, Stories and Articles


When did the photo bug bite you?
When I was a toddler in Borneo, my dad went to England. I was 5 when he came back with a camera which looked very sophisticated to me. Later when my eldest sister joined her school's photography club, he took out the camera. The most impressive thing he said was, surprising, after all these years, the film was still ok. That was when the bug nibbled me, There were 6 of us, and we took turns taking B & W photos of ourselves. As an adult, I took photos of my children. Lots and lots of them. I finally succumbed when I started blogging in November 2008.

What was your first camera and what do you use now?
I can't remember that first camera. I now used Canon 530.
Have you ever taken any photography courses? 
At 15, I joined my school's photography club, but I wasn't a good student.
What inspires you to turn on the camera, the gotta have it shot?
It depends, some if I think will make a good blog story. Some special events.
What is on your equipment wish list?
I like those cameras that allow me to take nice views, closeups of birds or animals.  You know, those with a long lens. LOL

Have you missed an awesome shot because you didn’t have your camera with you?
 Plenty. Sometimes I forget the camera, other times I forget to charge the batteries. Just three days ago, I was walking by myself, and saw a rainbow which was narrow, and I could take both ends of the rainbow. But alas, my camera was at home with a flat battery. Walking is the best way to take good photos.


Blogging since ……Nov 2008

Why did you start blogging?
Actually, I resisted blogging. I was into writing, but getting no where with publishers. Friends suggested that I post my writing on a blog. I had the misconception that bloggers were shameless, screaming," Read me, Read me."
Eventually, my eldest daughter set up my first blog, and soon I was converted. I apologize to all bloggers. 
Is there a story behind the name of your blog?
No, as my daughter set up the blog, she knew I had lots of stories to post, and I had a lot of opinions and thoughts.

What does blogging mean to you now?
Now, it means having lots of friends from all over the world, sharing my thoughts with like minded people, I am passionate about the environment, and my personal vehicle to share my encouragement to bereaved parents because I had that experience.

What advice would you give to a new blogger?
Write and post what you like. After  this is your blog. There is no editors to delete your work. However, be prepared to receive comments if you write extreme ideas.
One advice I got from a senior friend, this apply to my life as  well as to blogging. If you can't say any thing good, don't say it. This applies to commenting other blogs.
In my circle of bloggers, perhaps from the nature of my blogs, which appeal to like minded people, my fellow bloggers are very polite.
I have read some other blogs, and the comments can be very vicious. NOT NICE.

Do you have a favorite time of the day to write posts?
On week days, around 4 O'clock after I come back from work after a cup of tea. The last thing before I go to bed especially if I write "meaty" post.

Have you set any goal about your blog? Anything you want to achieve with it?
No, it naturally progress. I take my camera and any thing interesting may happen.

Question from Redlan:

What's the satisfying compliment someone told you about your blog or post?
When blogger comment that they agree with you, or tell you that they learn from you.
Can you take a look outside and describe the view at this moment?
It is raining, but the sun is peeking through the clouds.


If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
I have been to USA when I was younger, just to New York, Washington DC and California. Now that I have so many blogger friends in USA, I would like to take a long slow trip and visit all of USA.
What would you like to teach others?
To take the first step to make friends.
Which adjectives best describe you?
Have people to agree that I am caring and friendly

What is happiness to you?
To have a happy family, and that they love you.

What are your basic stats that you would like to share?
Born In British Borneo, at 20 went to Windsor Ontario Canada, came to New Zealand in 1978, went to Singapore for 16 years, and finally back to New Zealand in 2006.
Married with 4 kids, my 3rd died when he was a baby, this is why I am passionate to bereaved parents,
Is a teacher of ESOL, English of Speakers of other languages. This allows me to be with children and adults from all cultures.
Besides blogging or photography, what is your favorite thing to do? 
I used to do Charity for the Deaf in Kenya. But now, blogging has taken over.

 Favorite saying or quotation: (or any comment you would like to make)
Robert Frost: Two roads meet, and I took the one less traveled by,
Don't feel that you have to conform. Follow your heart.

Monday, August 9, 2010

"Spotlight Photos" for August 6 - Smells

I was so surprised at how I could "smell" every photo. I must admit at first I was a little skeptical. Thank you NanU for such a great topic!! One thing I am noticing about our FSO is it is helping me to think outside the box. 
In each image I can smell many different smells, not just the main subject of the photo. 






Kerry from Oregon

Awesome posts from everyone. This week "Roads and Pathways" by Lena. (see previous post for her member voice)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

"Member Voice" for August 13th - Roads and Pathways

Our theme for August 13th is "Roads and Pathways" by Lena aka SOL. And I just realized it is Friday the 13th! That only counts if you are superstitious I guess.....

In Lena's words:

"Roads and pathways can vary greatly from place to place.  They are a great way to really highlight one's town or city.  Also, roads and pathways have metaphorical value.  So much of life is a journey and we are always "on the road" to something.  Additionally, there is the mystery of what is at the end of that road or pathway; what is next.   Also, I Iove perspective shots and have seen some amazing ones from FSO members, so I look forward to seeing more!!"

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Chit Chat ..........

The suggestion was brought up to make a book out of all our posts and comments to them for Barry's Tribute. (see last post here and comments) I have to admit I don't know the first thing about doing a project like that and do not have the time for it. If any one would like to attempt it please let us all know and if there is a cost, etc. 
And just a reminder, if you have a favorite for "Spotlight Photos" send me your suggestions. And, don't you just love the word and? And if you have any suggestions for "Themes" for shoot outs, please send them also!!

Lake Michigan yesterday. the waves were so much fun to watch and listen to.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Barry's Tribute and Member Voice for August 6 - ~ Smells ~

The Tribute to Barry was beautiful and perfect. No "Spotlight" anything this week. Barry touched us all, no matter how long we knew him. He had such an openness way about him and made us all feel special. Barry is loved by many and will be missed.

  Sara made this comment under the Mr. McLinky site:
"I have been reading through the blogs and they are amazing. Wouldn't it be lovely if we could somehow put them all together, make a book and give it to Linda x"

Do any of our crafty FMT Shooters have software that could do that? Or does anyone have any ideas on how to accomplish this?

  On to the "Member Voice" for August 6 - Smells by NanU.
 In her words:
For the Taste and Smells theme, I was originally thinking just Smells. Food smells like barbeque and the bakery down the street bring in the Taste aspect, but also other smells: fresh-cut grass, asphalt being laid down, low tide, dumpsters, clean laundry, a loved one's perfume. There are so many things that make up part of our environment and add their particular scent to it without our really noticing. What makes your town smell like home?
(the theme was originally posted as taste and smells, now changed to just smells as suggested)