Lens Artists – The Eyes Have It

I have been known to chase dragonflies around the yard, waiting for them to settle on a spot so I can photograph them. Here are 3 photos of these insects that settled long enough for a decent snap.

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Lens Artists Challenge – Local Vistas

This week Anne of Slow Shutter Speed is hosting the challenge that has us looking locally. The majority of photos that I take are within 60 miles of home. I am a self described backyard photographer. Since we live on the coast, much of what we see and do revolves around water, marshes and swamps.

However I think I will start with the hospital in our closest city, Norfolk, VA where I worked in the clinical laboratory and health care education for many years.

Also in this area is the oldest Catholic church which I attended as a child.

The waterways including the Intracoastal Waterway allow for lots of boating and fishing

Lastly I will leave you with photos of our beautiful beaches

I hope you enjoyed our little corner of the world.


Lens Artists Challenge – Minimalism/Maximalism

This week Sophia is hosting the challenge. The challenge is called Minimalism/Maximalism. It could also be Simplicity/Complexity or Sparce/Full.

This field of yellow flowers caught my eye. I would call this a maximalism photo although it could be considered simple since it is of one subject.

Moving in closer, there is more detail and less distraction in the photo

Even closer, allows for those little surprises

The following mockingbird photos show the min/max examples. I would call this a maximalism photo because the birds are not isolated – however it tells a story. The bottom bird has a little morsel in it’s beak and the top bird is eyeing as if to say “are you going to share that”?

The next one is more of a minimalist bird photo

Cropping can often give a busy photo a more minimalist or less busy look. I tend to use cropping quite a bit. Sometimes I will shoot a photo with the intention to crop and other times – the lens that I have doesn’t have the reach needed. These bluebird photos demonstrate this example.

Thanks Sophia for hosting this week’s challenge. Great topic!!


Lens Artist Challenge – Three of a Kind

This week Ann Christine invites us to share 3 photos that are somehow related. The triptych I am sharing is of dogs we have loved. I had to dig into my film photos for a couple of these. Going clockwise is Rosie (our most recent loss and also called Rosebud), Bumber (our first dog) and Bronco (our #2 dog) . Each of our rescued dogs enriched our lives and gave us unconditional love.

Of course, I’d get in big trouble with Gidget if I didn’t mention her since she is our current fur baby.