Monday, July 29, 2013

Spotlighted Moon

There weren't many participants this week.  Maybe because it was a tough topic, maybe most of us were busy like I was.  There may not have been many moons posted but those that were posted were impressive.  All five participants showed a different aspect to the moon.

I'm intrigued by Ginger's half moon.  What's that phase of the moon called?  I thought waxing or waning gibbous but that's not right. I love the colour and wonder what the atmospheric conditions were that produced that colour. 

 I loved Jama's moon.  At first I thought it looked moody to me,  but now I think it looks sad.  Who remembers being a child and seeing faces (and other much scarier things) in the moon?  I swear I can see a sad face!

Simone's moon peeps playfully from behind the clouds.

I couldn't lift Ranu's beautiful textured looking moon.  But you can see it here:  The clarity is remarkable.

Next week "Detail".  I like topics like that where there is room for different interpretations!

Have a good week, everyone!


Sunday, July 21, 2013

Spotlight photos for local produce and crops

Spotlight photos for local produce and crops.

Folks are out and about enjoying summer so not many entries this week.

Maybe even spending time working in those local produce gardens and crop fields.

I liked Pauline's shot of the turnip field.

I like this  close-up shot as the color of the turnip makes for a great highlight.

Kim's blueberries are very interesting.

The myriad colors of the berries are new to me since I have never seen blue berries growing.

We did do a painting of blueberries in one of my paint classes and I love the shape of them.

Looking forward to next week and learning how to shoot the moon.


Monday, July 15, 2013

Spotlight : Surrounded

This week we had a fair representation of what we are surrounded with in our towns. Cityscapes, country spaces, sky, sea, sand and love.  We didn’t miss a thing but I had a small dilemma. 

When we started out we said, ‘no rules’, and have pretty much stuck to that philosophy.  Maybe this has happened before and I just didn’t snap to it.  This week of our 13 posts 4 were from Cheryl Ann out in Southern California.  There is no rule that this can’t happen but ‘fair’?

_MG_7663 cheryl ann framed shot   desert and beyondHer area is beautiful, her photos apropos to the topic but she submitted from 4 different blogs.  I have to admire her photos and her ambition to maintain so many blogs but it threw me on how to handle the extra posts fairly.  In the end I said ‘what the heck’ most of us post more than one photo on one blog so how is hers different….with 4 photos on 4 blogs?    So into my little file when one photo representing her 4 blogs.  I loved this photo: composition, landscape, color, story to tell and all got + check marks.  Thank you Cheryl Ann.

DSC_9139_by Kara how the cookie crumbles

From Kara; a spontaneous dip in the sea.  For me this was not surrounded by water but by joy in the moment.   Her poem was one of my favorite reads of this week.

abc baby beach close Ann NZ the blue hat.

  And From Ann, I called this the blue hat surrounded by sand.

And two : surrounded by family love.   Thank you Pauline and Peggy.

calf1 pauline calf

DSCF2238 QMM loved ones

Next week ‘crops and produce in your town’

spotlights by Peggy

Thursday, July 11, 2013


I am anticipating some interesting interpretations on this theme! 


Chanticleer Gardens, Wayne, PA

Sunday, July 7, 2013

My Spotlight Choices

The FMTSO topic was Choices.  I make my Spotlight choices pretty much the same way Ginger does. I choose one image, sometimes two, that "speak" to me from each contributor, upload them to a Draft folder and then on Monday revisit each blog to see if I see things the same.  Sometimes, after visiting all the blogs I come to appreciate an aspect of the topic that I hadn't thought about at the start and I might add one or two shots to the folder.  

I then look through the folder and decide on the photos from which I will make my final choice.   This week I had six but, after further thought, finally have two.  I think they are both lovely photos, sharp and clear, nice composition.  And in both instances I'd have great difficulty making a choice. 

I look forward to seeing Jama's presentation every week.  I think Singapore couldn't have a better ambassador, her images really sell her town.  Initially I was drawn to the material shop but, after another quick visit this morning, I've decided on the gift store because when I look at those lovely goods I really can't choose just one I would like to buy.

It often happens that the hardest part is making a choice between one shooter's photos. Just as I had difficulty choosing one of Jama's shots, I also had a tough job choosing between Kerry's peppers (ah, those vibrant colours!) and the kittens.   I think it was the angle of the heads on the three kittens on the left that finally got to me, they seemed to be saying, "Pick me."

My method is far from objective - I ended up with Spotlight photos that hadn't been my first choice the first time I saw them.  I really liked the flowers and food shots but didn't feel that any one outshone the others. 

Next week we'll be surrounded.  By what?

Monday, July 1, 2013

Spotlight photos for Friday, June 28th 2013

Spotlight photos for theme

The sharpness, pun intended, makes this photo a great example of contrasting light and dark.

Pauline's knives.

Jama's pears, as someone commented, appear as a still life painting.
Very creative

Ann's grater is contrast in it's simplicity but
an added element that caught my eye was the white
seen through the grater from the other surface.

 Looks like little notes.
(To me)

Ruth's waterfall from the inside is 
striking and eye catching at first glance.

Cheryl Ann's photo is eyecatching in the fact that the shade is truly dark and the added color does not take over the shape of the wagon.
There are a lot of ways to show dark and light contrast and I found this a little hard but everyone seemed to carry right on.

Great job.