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?

Puppy Time Is Happy Time

My friend Jan has been raising CCI puppies for 18 years. Last week I again enjoyed some puppy time with my granddaughter.

Resistance is futile! I'm adorable.
Resistance is futile! I’m adorable.

Granddaughter enjoys puppy time!
Granddaughter enjoys puppy time!

These 4 Yellow Labs, “Litter D” are 6 weeks old.  Grandmother Keala, Aunt Sheba and Mom Emerald all live here and took turns playing with Dave, Delia, Dennis, and Damian.

Grandmom Keala playing with grandpup
Grandmom Keala playing with grandpup

I grabbed a couple of shots while they each went in their own direction.

Investigating
Investigating

Along with being a  perfect Lab puppy retriever, Alyssa also enjoyed the photo shoot. There is no better way to relax than to play with puppies.

Siblings Play
Siblings Play

Puppies are drawn to sticks
Puppies are drawn to sticks

Is this all I have to play with?
Is this all I have to play with?

One of the boys from Litter D
One of the boys from Litter D

Relaxing in the Pup Cave
Relaxing in the Pup Cave

Jan cradles a 6 week old pup
Jan cradles a 6 week old pup

Settling down for a nap
Settling down for a nap

Sweet Dreaming
Sweet Dreaming

Under or Over? Doesn't matter.
Under or Over? Doesn’t matter.

No Worries!
No Worries!

Next week the D’s are going to their puppy raisers. Jan always has a group picture taken. This is a relatively small litter, but it still took many hands to capture them all looking in the same direction.

Site of puppy photo shoot
Site of puppy photo shoot

Let's look in different directions!
Let’s look in different directions!

Sibling Rivelry
Sibling Rivalry

Let's Chat.
Let’s Chat.

Getting bored.
Getting bored.

There is always one. You said,
There is always one. You said, “Tongues out.”

Enough! I'm out of here.
Enough! I’m out of here.

Where did she go?
Where did she go?

I knew she would be back.
I knew she would be back.

Looking in the same direction.
Looking in the same direction.

Now I'm hungry
Now I’m hungry

Finally we are all ready for our group shot!

Presenting Litter D: Delia, Damien, Dave and Dennis
Presenting Litter D: Delia, Damien, Dave and Dennis

Group photo with all the props.

Litter D ready for our group photo
Litter D ready for our group photo

I remember my first time taking group photo for the S litter of 8 pups. Trouble getting all pups together in one photograph.

Half of Keala's first litter
Half of Keala’s first litter “S”.

Other half of Litter S
Other half of Litter S

I always enjoy combining my favorite things. Puppies and photography!

Exploring the Island of Maui

North of Ka’anapali the road narrows, and ends up as one lane. There are rules to take care of the situation when two vehicles meet: the car heading uphill has the right of passage, and the other car or SUV needs to back up. This gets pretty tricky on these curvy roads along the cliffs. Faith in the driver is a must, and the views are worth it.

Tiny Baby Pineapple. So Cute!
Tiny Baby Pineapple. So Cute!

Kapalua Coast
Kapalua Coast

Powerful waves along the Kapalua Coast
Powerful waves along the Kapalua Coast

Kapalua Coast provides good snorkling opportunities
Kapalua Coast provides good snorkling opportunities

I see a face. Do you?
I see a face. Do you?

Lone Pine Tree
Lone Pine Tree

Stopping along the way I could see tourists snorkeling, and traveling on mopeds. Julia’s, a vendor located along the northern coast is mentioned in my tourbook as a “must see” experience. The best banana bread in the world, coconut candy that is very addictive. I hope I didn’t lose her card because the tourbook is right. I am not fond of coconut, but this dried and sweetened candy is hard to pass up.

Tourists on mopeds. May be a better way to manuever on narrow road.
Tourists on mopeds. May be a better way to manuever on narrow road.

Worth the trip! Coconut candy. Yum!
Worth the trip! Coconut candy. Yum!

Julia has been serving travelers for many years!
Julia has served travelers for many years!

Throughout my travel on the Island I want to include people in my photos. In Lahaina there is a Banyan tree that takes up the entire plaza. Here is a great place to people watch, and I did just that.

Banyan Tree in Lahaina takes up the entire plaza.
Banyan Tree in Lahaina takes up the entire plaza.

Some left their mark on the roots of the Banyan Tree.
Some left their mark on the roots of the Banyan Tree.

Walking along the touristy street I want to see art work created here. I didn’t want any souvenirs made overseas. I saw a turtule made locally, but I passed up the opportunity, and later could not find it. So tee shirts it would be.

Trinket shops for tourists.
Trinket shops for tourists.

Local street artist at work
Local street artist at work

Lahaina
Lahaina

Iao Valley is beautiful and peaceful now, but it is the scene of a violent past.

Approaching the Iao Needle
Approaching the Iao Needle

Going up to get a closer look at the Iao Needle
Going up to get a closer look at the Iao Needle

Higher and higher
Higher and higher

Iao Needle
Iao Needle

Cooling off in Iao Valley
Cooling off in Iao Valley

Luau entertainment provides a look into Hawaiian history and some good images as well.

Royal Lahaina Luau Master of Ceremonies
Royal Lahaina Luau Master of Ceremonies

Royal Lahaina Luau capture on cell.
Royal Lahaina Luau

Luau Entertainers
Luau Entertainers

Entertainers
Entertainers

Entertainer
Entertainer

Don’t know if you can call it street photography if the locale is the beach, but I do.

Enjoying the warm water
Enjoying the warm water

Beautiful Ka'anapali Beach goes on and on
Beautiful Ka’anapali Beach goes on and on

My footprints in the sand!
My footprints in the sand!

Water Shadow. Proof I was in the water!
Water Shadow. Proof I was in the water!

Enjoying the beach. Love the color. Love the clouds.
Enjoying the beach. Love the color. Love the clouds.

A Look at the Beach
A Look at the Beach

A sunset cruise complete with whale sighting ends our vacation.

Sunset Cruise on cattamoran.
Sunset Cruise on catamaran.

 I captured a whale in this photograph. You need to look closely. It's there swimming with some buddies.
I captured a whale in this photograph. You need to look closely. It’s there swimming with some buddies.

Sunset Cruise complete with sunset!
Sunset Cruise complete with sunset!

 

Many ways to get around Maui
Many ways to get around Maui

Always remember to appreciate what you have in life!
Always remember to appreciate what you have in life!

Vacation over, homeward bound!
Vacation over, homeward bound!

Arrive home, and Sacramento happy with my dog Libby!