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 #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.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #198 Light & Shadow

This week, Patti asks me to explore the interplay of light and shadow–at different times of the day, in different seasons, under natural light, in artificial light. She encouraged me to choose whatever conditions I like. I will look at processing some images in black & white.

My film days started at age nine. I had all my photos printed in black & white. In my twenties I started using Kodachrome. My catalog is filled with silhouettes, shadow designs, and backlit images.

Photographers are often left out of family photos. When I realized this I started taking shadow selfies just to show that I was there.

Fall in the Sierras. The grass is all dried up!
The long shadows indicate that I am shooting a field of sunflowers in the afternoon. The sunflowers are saying goodnight.
On the beach in Maui!

Eventually, I started having friends join me.

Long shadows help those who are height challenged.
A happy greeting!
What’s going on? Looks like I have an unexpected guest.

You can see this in the design subject created by shadows.

Am I going up or down?
Afternoon swim practice
Light dancing through the fountain
A story told in the silhouette I captured in the park
Bridgeport Landscape in Monochrome
Bodie Hotel in Monochrome
What kind of creature can be found in the woods?
Does the creature appear more ominous here in black & white?
Has the creature followed me to the vineyard?

These photo challenges allow me to take another look at the images I have captured over the years. I hope you enjoyed the journey in Light and Shadows.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 191 Curves

Ann-Christine thought we would find more examples of curves: funny, beautiful, unusual – roads, paths, art, architecture, animals, plants – anything that interests you. Because, curves are everywhere around us. And she is correct.

Visiting my brother-in-law’s AMPG factory in Indianapolis, Indiana
I liked the way the curve of a concrete table played upon the dark, rocky background
An amusing look at machinery. Do you see what I mean?
I visit many farms in Yolo county. Rusting equipment always capture my imagination
Here is another curvy image.

Nature presents many opportunities to see curves. One of my favorite curves is the “S” curve.

Yolo Bypass Wildlife Refuge taken during wetter times in 2007.
This abandoned behive shows off some curves.
This spectacular maze is found at The Getty, a place I would like to revisit.

Enjoying the coastline curves at Laguna Beach, the rocky coast of Northern California or on the Island of Kauai

Where ever the road may take you.
A rural pathway
A bannister at the Crocker Art Museum
A close look at a piece of art reveals curves.
And finally, this flamingo at the San Diego Zoo has perfected the “S” curve!

Keep looking for curves. It makes for amazing photography. Curves make the world go round.