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Winter Window Shopping

March 14, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

My wife and I love to window shop and not because it's less costly than grabbing that shopping cart and pursuing goodies in the aisles.  It's just fun for us, but during the winter, it can be a little cold out on the street so I hope your time in today's post gives you some of that warmth we often need during this colder time of the year.

 

Here are the three images on display today and after you've snuggled up with one or more, you can read on to learn a little secret about each one.

Streams of ColorStreams of ColorImage Title: Streams of Color (All Star)

It's a lamp...really. At the
Capistrano SurfSide Inn in California, I saw a light fixture in the hallway on our floor. Getting up close I found I could isolate a number of different patterns within the whole making for some intriguing and beautiful images.

Voting Results: I had thoroughly enjoyed taking images of the hotel lamp but had little hope of this shot being well received in the Abstract Photography challenge. When it started getting lots of votes and enabled me to earn my first All Star ranking, it had a tremendous impact on my life as a photographer. Not only did it validate my ‘talent’ but it also awakened me to an area of photographic art that I now look for in many everyday things.

Abstract Photography: Vote Total - 61% / Challenge Results
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Beauty by DesignBeauty by DesignTaken in the gardens near the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco, this image has been cropped significantly from the original. I wanted to focus on the people enjoying the floral gardens in different ways so I eliminated some of the foreground and a lot from the left side of the shot.

Voting Results: The Gardens Challenge is the second contest “Beauty by Design” has been entered in and voting has been strong in both. The image has been my top vote getter during the first few days of ‘Gardens’ and ended up tied for second among my eight entries in ‘Man and Nature.’ By the way, there was a different voting process during the Man and Nature challenge which is why the votes are so different in the two challenges.

Gardens: 119 Votes (through the first 3 days) / Man and Nature: 7

Gardens:
Challenge Results / Facebook Album
Man and Nature: Challenge Results / Facebook Album / Online Store
Lounge Chair for TwoLounge Chair for TwoThese two beauties were captured lounging in a butterfly exhibit at the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco.

Vote Total: The Perfect Duo - 31%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Streams of Color: This image, and three others, helped me reach 9th place in an Abstract Photography online photo challenge with over 1,600 competitors.  Many of these other photographers were serious amateurs or professionals and the voting was done only by the competitors, so this was not something where I got lots of friends to vote me into the top level.  But that's not the secret you didn't know.  When I heard about the challenge, I not only, didn't understand what an 'abstract' photograph looked like, but I KNEW there weren't any in my portfolio.  I can't remember exactly how it happened but I finally found four that I thought 'might' be appropriate and entered the contest.  The rest, as they say, is history.

 

Beauty by Design: This is a beautiful park close to where we lived for over 31 years.  What makes it unique to me, is the small amount of people we saw during the different times we visited.  This image was taken during the Summer of 2013 and we hardly saw more than a few people at a time, even though my research indicates over 13 million people visit each year.  Maybe they weren't attracted to this pretty location in...wait for the big reveal...San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

 

Lounge Chair for Two: California has huge migrations of monarch butterflies but this image wasn't captured there.  Four states, according to a site I visited, have selected the monarch as their state insect.  And of the four, Alabama, Idaho, Illinois, and Texas, I've only been to two and didn't capture this shot in either location.  So now the secret will be revealed...the state that calls the 9-Spotted Lady Beetle their state insect and not the Monarch, was the place this image of two monarchs on a flower became mine...New York.

Thanks SO much for stopping by today...hope you enjoyed what you saw.


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