This week, Cee has us looking for two of anything for her Black & White Photo Challenge. Going through the photo files it wasn’t too difficult to find pairs both in nature and everyday items.
Pairs of shoes at the Stephenson County Historical Museum in Freeport, Illinois.
Two horses waiting to pull a hay wagon at Willow Springs Garden in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Two ducks enjoying a sunny day at Historical Wheeler Farm in Salt Lake City, Utah.
A pair of warriors at the Chinese Lantern Festival in the Missouri Botanical Garden, St Louis.
Two of the elk in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.
For more on Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge go to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Couples, Twins, Two of Anything
Lights! Camera! Action! This week, Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge puts lights in the spotlight. I hadn’t realized how many pictures of lights I had until I went through the photo files looking for suitable images. Here are just a few.
Light stands in Maggie Daley Park in downtown Chicago.
Still in downtown Chicago. Kids enjoying some summer fun at the Crown Fountain in Millennium Park.
A chandelier at the Chicago History Museum.
Traveling north to Door Country in Wisconsin, a close-up of the lighthouse on Cana Island.
Two set pieces including lamps at Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina and Glensheen Mansion in Duluth, Iowa.
Lights on a vintage car at the Joliet Historical Museum in Illinois.
Lights on a terrace at the State Capitol Building in Salt Lake City, Utah.
For more on Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge go to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Lights
This week we’re getting in or out of focus, however the fancy takes us, for the Photo Challenge set by David at The Daily Post. I have a multitude of images that are unintentionally out of focus. I’ve even tried using them for competitions, claiming artistic license, although the judges just weren’t buying it. I do have a number of pictures that, all things considered, are quite sharp. And then there are those that, by some miracle, just seem to have the right balance. It’s sheer luck when this happens as I’m not one to fiddle around making adjustments to the camera when I’m out shooting. Even if I spent time reading the manual that comes with the camera, I’d probably never remember all the technicalities.
I like this shot of a swan at the Chicago Botanic Garden for a couple of reasons. The flowers in the foreground add some color to the picture but also, being slightly out of focus, give the impression that we are hiding behind them watching as the swan goes gliding by. A similar effect can be seen in this image of a moose taking it easy at Snowbird Resort near Salt Lake City in Utah, although who was hiding from whom I’m not sure.
I think the following images benefit from having the background out of focus, allowing us to concentrate more fully on the subject: flowers at the Green Bay Botanical Garden, a young man playing the part of a soldier at the Fort on Mackinac Island and a goldfinch enjoying some sunflower seeds in our garden.
For more on The Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post go to Focus
Things are looking up! At least they are for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week. Once I got started on this one, I couldn’t stop, so I’ve tried to limit myself to just a few of the images that I found in the photo files. We’ll be traveling around quite a bit for this challenge, starting with downtown Chicago.
Looking up at ‘the beehive’ atop the Metropolitan Tower on Michigan Avenue and ‘The Spearman’, one of two bronze statues standing as gatekeeper on Congress Plaza.
Looking up at a chandelier in the State Capitol Building in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Looking up at a rather fierce-looking statue of an eagle, looking down at us at the Lee Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Looking up at the trumpeter atop the Mormon Temple in Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Looking up at George Washington on Mount Rushmore, South Dakota.
Looking up at a giant lantern at the Chinese Lantern Festival in the Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Missouri.
And lastly, looking up at the trees on the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2017/02/28/cees-fun-foto-challenge-looking-up-at-things/
This week, Cee has us looking down at things for her Fun Foto Challenge and there are plenty of those in the photo files. During our visit to Utah we seemed to spend half our time looking down on things. When you’re in the mountains you can’t help it.
The view looking down from the lift at Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah.
Looking down at the glass fountain at the Conference Center in Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Looking down at the beautiful architecture of the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City.
Looking down at the city of St. Louis, Missouri from the top of the Gateway Arch.
Looking down from the fort at the harbor on Mackinac Island, Michigan.
A brave youngster looking down from the top of the slope at the ski jump in Fox River Grove, Illinois.
Looking down at the House of Representatives in the Illinois State Capitol, Springfield.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2017/02/21/cees-fun-foto-challenge-looking-down-at-things/
This week, Cee has us looking for faces in everyday things for her Fun Foto Challenge. Here are a few of the faces that looked out at me from the old photo files.
A unicorn magically appears in a tree trunk at Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg……..
while these vintage cars seem to have taken on personalities of their own at Bluesmobile Cruise Night in Mount Prospect, Illinois.
And a giant face glares out from the rocks at Arches National Park in Utah.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2017/02/14/cees-fun-foto-challenge-things-that-look-like-faces/
The subject for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week is glass and going through the photo files I came across a few items that I thought might work. It’s funny how, when you see the theme for a certain challenge, you wish you’d taken pictures of some things you’d seen that would have been great! Oh well! If only we could see the future as easily as we can see through glass. For more on Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2017/02/09/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-glass-2/
Chihuly artwork at the Visitors Center in Columbus, Indiana.
Too much time on my hands; this was a photographic experiment that I set up on a dreary day just for something to do.
A stained-glass window from the former Ottawa Street Methodist Church which is now part of the Joliet Area Historical Museum.
Glass ceiling at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Glassware on display at The House On The Rock in Spring Green, Wisconsin.
Paperweights on display at The Art Institute in Chicago.