Weekly Photography Challenge: Afloat

17 Apr

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These frog eggs were found afloat in a pond while we were exploring in Camas, Washington. She took them out to show me.

Finding frog eggs floating in ponds is a favorite spring pastime, although I don’t usually recommend we pull them out. It is fun to return to the same pond to see if we can find tadpoles and then to watch as the tadpoles grow legs and develop into frogs.

You can join the weekly photography challenge too at the WordPress post a day.

Photography is part of my lifestyle and helps me record moments in time, but I also don’t always want to carry around my nice camera so I have been finding myself taking a lot more photographs with my phone. I do not have a super nice phone, but I have found a pretty decent and free photo editing app called snapseed. This photograph and the last two posts that are from my self imposed black and white photography challenge were all edited with that app. :-)

Black and White Photography Challenge: Week 2

16 Apr

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These succulents are spreading rapidly in the rocky area outside my house. I brought one little tiny one up from my mom’s garden a few years ago. They had planted themselves in her yard so I figured they should do okay in mine.

I was correct. They are a great addition to the garden, turning that area from rocks for practicality to a little show case of succulents.

I think I have also photographed these succulents every year, but I don’t think I have ever posted them in black and white before.

This year I used my phone to photograph these little plants and then used a photography editing app on my phone to make them black and white and do any adjustments to them so they would be ready for week 2 of 8 of this mini photography challenge.

I hope you will join me in the challenge, and post a link back here so I know you are and can visit your posts. :-)

Click here to see week one of the series.

Black and White Photography Challenge: Week 1

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I have been noticing recently that I don’t do a lot of photography in black and white. I find that most of the time when I turn a photograph into black and white I like it better in color so I revert back to the color version.

I decided I need to challenge myself to choose a few photographs to share in black and white, so over the next 8 weeks I want to challenge myself and you to share one black and white photograph a week.
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Feel free to come follow along and to link back to each weekly post with your share for that week this will automatically add your post into the comments of my post. I am tagging this 8weekblackandwhite and 8weekphotochallenge so add that to your post as well.

I hope to see lots of black and white photograph in the following weeks so I can grow myself in this area. :-)

Weekly Photography Challenge: Blur

7 Apr

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The weekly photography challenge this will is blur. This photograph was taken in Salem, Oregon at the Camas Lily field at Bush Pasture Park.

We went to Salem for a quick Easter dinner on Sunday and arrived a few minutes to early so we stopped at this park for a few minutes to kill time. The field are in full bloom right now.

I only took photographs with my phone camera this year and I uploaded most of them to Instagram, however I saved this one for here. It really reminds me of Easter with the Easter baskets filled with grass and colored eggs.

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Photography Challenge: Ephemeral

30 Mar

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Every year since I can remember (minus my years in college) I have gone to the Wooden Shoe Tulip field in the spring.

When I was a kid this was just a trip to see the flowers, it was a field and not much else. My mom took photographs, I most likely sat there somewhat bored.

Now the farm has almost a carnival feel to it, there are enough things there that it is hard to pull the kids away to even see the tulips.

It is still a family tradition to go and see the ephemeral spring tulip blooms although the feel of it has changed drastically over the years.

If you happen to live in Oregon it is a must do family spring time event. Woodburn is about 30 minutes south of Portland and the farm is another few miles, but if you go on the weekend and it is sunny be prepared for a long line of cars waiting to park. We waited probably 20 minutes and my Mom ended up getting out of the car and walking with the kids the rest of the way.

What are your families spring time traditions?

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Weekly Photography Challenge: Fresh

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Spring is upon us here in SW Washington and Portland, Oregon. We had been enjoying weeks of sunny warm weather during January and February so flowers have been coming up and blooming in abundance. The funny things is as soon as spring actually hit the it has rained almost everyday.

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Last week I shared some photographs from a quick trip down to Salem, Oregon. We went down to see the cherry trees that were in full bloom and were greeted by rain showers. The fresh rain was a lot of fun for my kids to stomp their rain boots in, but we did spend only a short time out in it. Although it was rainy it was actually fun to see many people out with their umbrellas walking around the cherry trees.
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A Wall of Cherry Blossoms

20 Mar

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Salem Oregon Gold Man with Cherry BlossomsLast weekend the kids and I made the trip to Salem, Oregon to see the cherry blossoms (and of course Grandma). The cherry blossoms at the capitol were in full bloom and at their peak. So despite the heavy rain we got out our umbrellas and enjoyed them for a bit before heading to the Children’s Museum to be inside.

I think these three photographs of the cherry blossoms show both the theme for last week’s photography challenge of wall and for the first day of spring. They create such a thick canopy of blooms that in certain areas it looks like there is a wall of them in front of you.

I leave you with this quote about spring that perfectly fits my photographer sentiment.

“The front door to springtime is a photographers best friends.” Terri Guillemets

 

Orange Photograph Collection: WP Challenge 2

12 Mar photograph of an orange poppy with grey background

Here is a collection of orange photographs from my site over the years. I had fun going back and seeing what I had taken photographs of that featured orange. It was amazing to me how many photographs I had that were dominated by the color orange.

There are photographs from all over the country also: Portland, Neskowin, & Salem, Oregon, Camas & Vancouver, Washington, Maine, and New York.

The photographs include portraits, events, sunsets, landscapes, and of course flowers. :-)

I hope you enjoy looking back at my collection of orange photographs from the past as much as I did. Have a good week!

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Weekly Photography Challenge: Orange

9 Mar

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Macrophotography of plum blossom

The photography challenge that WordPress chose this week was orange. I decided on using these two photographs that I think have orange as a nice bright wow point. While orange is not the main focus of the photograph in either case, I think the orange creates a lot of interest.

I took both of these photographs using my macro filters. I have really been enjoying the flowers and sunshine that the Portland, Oregon and SW Washington area has been experiencing. Hopefully I will get to keep getting outside with my camera. :)

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Weekly Photography Challenge: Reward

3 Mar

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I took this photograph of my cutie checking out this daffodil she planted last fall. This was a part of a school wide garden project that has rewarded the kids and parents by blooming already.

I took this week’s photograph on my phone and used a new photo editing app called Snapseed to make adjustments. I have yet to decide if I like the application a whole lot, but it is fun to play with.

You can check out more of my weekly photography challenge entries in the tab above and if you want to join the challenge you can sign up to get challenge notice at WordPress post a day.

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