Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #141 Geometry

In this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #141:  Geometry Patti invites me to share images that feature geometric shapes.  I am having so much fun looking through my library of images, and trying to remember the correct geometry names.

I photograph hearts in nature! I see hearts everywhere. Do you?

Hearts decorate our lives.

Circles around me in Bodie California.

Curves are interesting to follow.

Resting Flamingo
This garden in aMazing. Getty Center in Los Angeles

Yosemite National Park and Mirror Lake provided me with this image.

Reflection on Mirror Lake complete this quadrangle.

I enjoyed looking through my archive to find some geometry terms. I hope that when you are out and about you look a little bit deeper and see some shapes also.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #137 Soft

My next Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is Soft. Anne-Christine asks what does the word Soft mean to you? Is it something that you touch? Is it the undefined notion that is the opposite of hard? Is it the contrast to sharp from a photographer’s point of view? This is not so simple a concept.

My first thought was that of a baby. We want everything about this new being to be soft. Soft blankets, soft toys, soft skin, soft colors, and soft sounds Nothing hard, or harsh. We want the world around us to be soft and welcoming.

The soft touch of father and son.

Only a week later, my Charlie joined the world. We follow his first developing steps on a webcam.

Charlie arrives home at 7 weeks.
His fluffy soft fur needs tending to. Every evening we bond over grooming

Nature softens the world around me.

Light falling softly on this lotus flower
The dandelion flower pod beakens us to spread its seeds with one soft blow.

My most favorite photographic technique is shooting with a large aperture setting. This narrow depth of field clarifies the subject. This blurred background is called the bokeh. I pay particular attention to this when deciding to purchase a lens for my Fuji x system.

My featured photograph is that of clouds. Soft, fluffy and white. What do you see? When you hear the work “Soft” what comes to mind?

How fast they grow, how time goes by.

I don’t always have enough time to grab that perfect shot when it comes to family photographs. I really don’t know why. When I got married photographs were mostly taken when we went places, or during noted events. When I started my family I remember getting a simple Kodak camera. We took one roll of film, and returned the camera because I didn’t like the results.  My next camera was a point and shoot Fuji and I was satisfied with the pictures. I paid attention to the limitations of the camera and usually shot in natural light.  I kept the subject simple and focused on my family. With my family I am part of the interaction, and I take mostly snapshots.  But I try to keep my wits about me and focus on keeping the photo sessions short and fun for all.

1604_11_Lucas_1699
Smiling, happy baby

1604_11_Lucas_1670
Getting ready to throw his ball

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Happy four month old

1604_11_Lucas_1650
Not another photograph. Ema put away the camera.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Two happy brothers

Needs of the baby changes so quickly.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Eli doesn’t quite know why the sad face. Probably ready to eat!

And a few more weeks and Lucas is flipping over, and holding himself up for a 5 month pose.

_DSC2479
Lucas can flip himself over!

_DSC2474
5 month old and holding steady

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Eli tries to fit into Papa’s hat

1605_05_IsaacBday_2372
Alyssa taking care of Lucas

Looking at all these photos I am reminded that my pets are needing some camera time. Got to get to it.

The move to my Nikon N80 film camera, and then to digital DSLR has taken my focus away from documenting family exclusively. When I pick up my camera I use it to explore my surroundings. I use it to help me relax. I use it to connect with other photographers. I use it to share my thoughts. My perspective is one of observer. I try to create artistic renditions of the world around me.

So what do I do with all the images that I take?  My Facebook friends, my Flickr site, and emails replace the family album. There is still something special about looking through albums, but some of my albums are falling apart. Never got into the family photos on the walls. Now I  scrapbook with a focus on both family, and documenting my photo journey. A Photo’s Worth is another outlet for me. What do you do with your photographs?

The following still life, landscapes, and animal images are a sample of what now hangs in my room.  I am collecting more photos every week. Feels great!

1110_30_KitchenStillLife_030
Nicki’s Silver

1303_28_DaffodilHill_121
Wash Day Company

0903_19_SanFranciscoClass_003
Sea Gull Stands Guard

1104_20_SacZoo_017
Peeking

1506_27_MonoLake_-7
Mono Lake at Sunset

With my Camera Totin’ Tuesday group and growing grandchildren I will soon have another group of photographs to share on my wall, with my friends, and with fellow enjoyers of all things photographic.

 

 

 

 

Goin’ to the zoo, zoo, zoo

Camera Totin’ Tuesday met at the Sacramento Zoo last month, and right away we each decided to become members. Now I can visit often and get to know the animals.

The morning is the best time to capture active big cats.

1603_08_SacZoo_0192
Male Cub

1603_08_SacZoo_0197
Male Cub with Attitude

1603_08_SacZoo_0203
Female Cub

After the kids play, Mama Lion takes the stage.

1604_29_SacZoo_2141
Mama Lion

Next the Snow Leopard catches my attention.

1604_05_SacZoo_1427
Snow Leopard paws

1604_29_SacZoo_2189
Snow Leopard

The giraffe are curious and I like this expression

1604_29_SacZoo_2119
Giraffe is happy to see you

Zebras are found next to the giraffes.

1604_29_SacZoo_2128
Stripes and more stripes

1603_08_SacZoo_0269
Red River Hog knows little hoglets are on the way!

1605_03_HistoricCemetery_2330
Three hoglets napping. Make room for one more hoglet.

Chimpanzees always look like they have much on their mind.

1603_08_SacZoo_0224
Contemplation

1603_08_SacZoo_0236
Chilling’

1605_03_HistoricCemetery_2327
Orangutan in a bush

1605_03_HistoricCemetery_2353
Orangutan catching a few zzz’s

1605_03_HistoricCemetery_2326
Wolf’s Guernon

1604_05_SacZoo_1451
Mallard Looking At You

Once before I captured a flamingo in this pose. It is printed and hanging in my room.

1603_08_SacZoo_0334
Flamingo peeking

I expect that I will get well aquainted with the Sacramento Zoo, understand the nature of the animals and get better photographs.  See you soon.