Category Archives: Photography

Travel theme: Work

As I mentioned before, I’m not all that comfortable photographing people…I feel like I’m invading their privacy… so the pictures I’ve gathered for Ailsa‘s chosen theme of work were taken rather surreptitiously. Because I try to snap the shutter before I’m noticed, my people shots usually lack composition, don’t take advantage of available lighting, and often show blurry evidence of my rush to lower the lens. You’ll be able to find more professional-looking work photos by heading over to Where’s my backpack?


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Posted by on February 23, 2014 in Challenges, Photography



Three-picture stories

Today’s prompt over at The Daily Post is photography-oriented, and totally captured my interest because it finally gives a name (and a sense of legitimacy) to something I already do. The topic is three-picture stories, and Daily Post contributor Michelle W. explains it like this:


In simple and completely unhelpful terms, it’s a story told through three related images. (You’re welcome.)

Not just any three images, though — three related images designed to create a more complete sense of your subject than a single picture. Together, they capture both visuals and feel:


This is the big picture — where are we? For this shot, step back from the subject and put it in context. Think wide-angle.


This shot starts to get at what it’s like to be in the place you’re shooting by showing subjects interacting. Often, this means people connecting with one another — talking, involved in an activity together, or just looking at the same thing — but it doesn’t need to be. Inanimate items and scenery elements can interact, too (as we’ll see below).


The third image completes the scene by zeroing in on a detail, something you might not notice (or even be able to see) in the broader photos.

I do this. All. The. Time. Only I wasn’t doing it intentionally or even consciously. It’s only when I go back and look through the hundreds of photos I’ve taken when the hubby and I’ve been someplace cool like the Grand Canyon, or Uluwatu Temple in Bali, or the local fish pond that I notice my focus has gradually shifted from sweeping views to intimate details. I’ll share one example that happened completely by accident (click on any photo to see the full-size version).

In the coming weeks, I’ll post more three-picture stories from my archives. But I’ll also concentrate on intentionally capturing new stories, paying attention to the composition and interactions within each photo. I love photography with a purpose!


Posted by on February 19, 2014 in Photography, The Daily Post Prompt



Travel theme: Dry

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Really, the most fitting photo I could have posted for Ailsa‘s dry challenge would have been a close-up of my winter-weary hands, but I decided that would just be too gross. Instead, I sifted through the archives, wading through thousands of drizzly, soggy, drippy, sodden, drenched, and saturated shots for these few arid offerings.

Visit Where’s my backpack? for more desiccated images.

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Posted by on February 2, 2014 in Challenges, Photography



Travel theme: Wood

Ailsa’s wood theme this week was a tough one for me…not because I never photograph wood, but because I do it so often. I had hundreds of pictures to sift through because I have a love affair with wood, from tree stumps to shipwrecks to antique furniture to hand-carved architectural details.

You can travel over to Ailsa’s blog Where’s My Backpack? to check out some other wood-themed photos.

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Posted by on January 27, 2014 in Challenges, Photography



Travel theme: Illuminated

I have a lot to learn about nighttime photography, so I don’t have a lot of great photos for Ailsa’s challenge this week. I decided that illuminated didn’t necessarily have to mean nighttime, so I threw in one shot with the sun streaming through the window for good measure. 🙂

Check out others’ interpretations of Illuminated at Where’s my backpack?

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Posted by on January 14, 2014 in Challenges, Photography



Ice, Ice, Baby

It is cold here in Virginia, as it has been throughout much of the country for much of the week. Taking advantage of the fact that the mercury actually rose out of the 20s a few hours after sunrise, I ventured out this morning for a walk around the lake. It’s frozen. All the way across, although not nearly solid enough for skating. Some curious youngsters had chucked pencil box-sized rocks out there to test the ice’s strength, and none of them broke through the surface. A flock of about 50 Canada geese were sliding around out in the center of the lake, honking in disapproval at their inability to get their feet wet (I wish I had seen them land there…and try to take off again). As I walked along the dam, I noticed some very cool, but unexplainable ice formations shrouding the winter-dead vegetation:



Posted by on January 9, 2014 in Observations, Photography, True Life


Travel theme: Birds

100_5359When Ailsa revealed that this week’s photography theme was birds, I quickly got my ducks in a row and put together the following gallery.

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Posted by on December 29, 2013 in Challenges, Photography