Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #210 Picking Favorites

This week Sarah (Travel with me) asks me to share three of what I consider to be among my best shots. This exercise really tests my ability to be self-critical. Pick out three (just three!) that stand out as particular favorites. I need to choose three from different genres: macro, wildlife, street, landscape, architecture, or portraiture.

Genre: Still Life

My inspiration for this photograph started in my photography class. I needed to create a photo with the theme of kitchen. Items from my mother-in-law were recently sent to us. I placed these tarnished serving pieces on a piece of glass and watched for shadows. Pleased with the result. I entered this photo in an online contest and was selected as the week’s photo.

Kitchen Utensils

Genre: Landscape

I met with a group of local photographers in downtown Sacramento. At first, a scavenger hunt was the goal, but after looking around Old Sac, I went to the Tower Bridge. After watching the dry lightning strikes I listened and began to anticipate the next bolt of lightning. Got it!

Lightning Striking

Genre: Telling a Story/Street

This carousel or Merry-Go-Round was taken at a local shopping mall. I wanted to capture movement. In doing so, I created the story of the boy and his horse actually escaping from the ride.

Merry-Go-Round Escape

Genre: Nature

The feature banner image of the Peeking Flamingo was taken at the Sacramento Zoo. When I showed this image to my college professor she like it so much that she asked if she could use it as a class example. Made me feel good.

Selecting just three is a tough call. I ended up picking some images that I have hanging in my home. I hope that you enjoyed this post. Let me know which one is your favorite.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #209 Surreal

This week Tracy challenged me to present my photographs representing the surreal

When I retired from teaching I enrolled in many local community college classes here in Sacramento to improve my Adobe software knowledge and improve my digital photography. At that time Photoshop CS2 had just been released, and I had just upgraded from Photoshop 5. Class assignments helped push me out of my comfort zone. I found some examples of surrealism from my work at that time.

Colorized Sunflower
I titled this collage, ”Communication”
I used a Topaz filter to create this image.
Titled ”Time Flies” gives a nod to Salvador Dali

I visited a Salvador Dali exhibition in Monterey a couple of years back.

Fungi always seem a bit surreal to me.
Another capture in nature with a surreal feeling
A captured reflection near the Space Needle in Seattle.
Movement from a taffy-making machine
Came across this in the Gold Country many years ago.
Don’t remember where and never saw it again.

I’ll end this surreal journey with my interpretation of three words – flaming, expanding and door.

Flaming Door Expanding

I hope you enjoyed this look at my surreal photographs. Is time feeling a bit surreal for you, it is for me!

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #208

This week’s guest contributor Solander challenges me to see my interpretation of summer vibes. He wants me to make you envy and wish to be with me while I enjoy my summer and my favorite summer activities! I will share my summer vibes with my images. Click here to see Solander’s summer vibes.

I have stopped counting how many 100º days we have had here in Sacramento, Ca. I remember back a number of years when my two oldest grandchildren were on the Sunrise Sharks! That summer they lived with me and swimming was our life. Swim practice all week, and swim meets all Saturday!

Swim team practice
Splash pad fun!

My father used to say, “I scream, you scream we all scream for Ice Cream.”

Does this photo quench your thirst?

I attended many festivals and fairs over the years. Covid and the increased heat have put a crimp in my attendance.

Dixon Fair
Kite Festival in Berkeley

Chalk it up occurs every year. Maybe it will cool down, and I can enjoy all this creativity.

Wide open walls started in 2016. When it cools down I plan to go downtown and see the new additions.

Many years ago the Rennaisance Faire was held at Fair Oaks Park.

The California State Fair has been moved to July, and it is way too hot to attend this year. The fair used to end on Labor Day in September. Nights were cooling down, and I have to admit, I was younger. But I do love to photograph fair food!

Summer means getting out and enjoying food, fun, and festivals. But not so much with the very high temperatures. For August, I am thinking cool!

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #207 Seeing Double

 Jez invites the hunt for reflections with a fantastic collection of great photo examples. Visit his post HERE.

Be it mirrors, still water, or glass I always look for reflections when I am out with my camera. For this challenge, I limited myself to some of the over 900 reflection images I have taken.

Taken many years ago with my first Nikon D70 at Mirror Lake in Yosemite National Park.

Mirror Lake in Yosemite
Another view of Mirror Lake was taken in late April about 14 years ago.
Taken in Seattle with my Nikon D70
Beautiful Sedona, Arizona

I last visited New York City in 2014 during a snow storm in February. We had tickets to visit in March 2020 but canceled just as Covid got serious and N.Y.C. closed down. Good thing!

Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City
Another view from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Which one do you like?

The rest of my images were taken closer to home in Northern California.

Lone duck in setting sun
Flamingo from the Sacramento Zoo
This is what I will call “Seeing Multiples”

Hope you enjoyed all of my doubles.