Saturday, September 24, 2011


1. Low Key
It was hard to choose which low key photo to use, so I narrowed it down to two. I love this prompt because it pushed me to learn about Low Key Photography. My 7 month old grandson came up from Indianapolis this week and we took a trip to visit his great-grandma and great aunt. They have a dog who was fascinated with the baby, so I had to catch them on camera.
This second photo is of a spider web adorned with the morning dew or fog. It caught my eye because it looked like beads hanging from the strings.

2. Monochromatic/Analogous Color
We went on a road trip Friday, looking for some good photo opportunities, exploring some small towns in Michigan.  And since it's that time to year to visit the pumpkin patch, we ended up at the Farmer's Market.

3. Circle
I tried to follow the suggestion for a self-portrait for this one, but I liked this photo better. The antique wheel, with its broken spoke, was hanging on the side of an old building and it caught my eye. The shot as was taken in Saugatuck, Michigan.

4. Scarf
I spotted this interesting arrangement in the window of a shop in South Haven, Michigan. The scarf was part of a Halloween display for the small boutique.

5. Phone
I had to get in one more shot of my grandson this week. He was demonstrating that phones are useful for more than just talking.

Ok, one more low key shot....

Sunday, September 18, 2011


1.  Street Photography
We decided to spend Friday afternoon and evening over at the University of Notre Dame campus. I wanted to take some photos and my husband and I thought it would be fun to join in the "day before the game" excitement. This is a shot of the band practicing their run off the field (but on Friday it was a run across a parking lot), and I happened to catch a young spectator trying to imitate the action.

2.  From a Distance
I captured a shot of the famous golden dome "from a distance".  What beautiful architecture!

3.  Sunday
Sunday is the day we go to church, and I couldn't think of a more beautiful church than the Notre Dame Cathedral. 

4.  Liquid 
This is a shot of the lake and the interesting shadows made by the dock and the ripples in the water.

5.  Behind
We ended up hanging around for the pep rally and I caught a shot of the Fighting Irish band from behind.  All the practice paid off for the band and the team, they finally won a game by beating Michigan State. Go Irish!

Saturday, September 10, 2011


1.  Bokeh
A photo of a hummingbird flying in front of my feeder, right as the morning sun was coming up.
2.  Process of Elimination
This is the photo I started with, I thought it was an interesting shot of an Amish horse standing by the back of a store. By process of elimination, I cut out the clutter and focused the shot on the horse's head, the rope and the window (below).

3.  Remember
This photo is a shot of my mother's artist box, actually just as she left it. I lost my mother many years ago, but I remember her painting from this box, often creating a oil portrait of someone, or a still life. It's interesting to note that her wooden palette has a little dab of paint left over from each color that she used...which has left quite an interesting collage of hues.

4.  Statues
A silhouette of a statue in a local park, depicting a saxophone player. Since our city was once known as the "Musical Instrument Capital of the World", many of the statues pick up on that theme.
5.  Flying High
In a nearby town, the American flag was flying high above Main Street, showing the town's patriotism and love for our country.

Sunday, September 4, 2011


1. Stairs
This is the fire escape on the building that houses our local newspaper. I played with the color a little to add some interest.

2. Macro
My favorite fruit!!! Mix with a little yogurt and granola and you have my favorite breakfast!
3. Clouds 
As the sun was rising in the sky one morning this week, the clouds were staying low, covering the lake. It was a very strange view of the dawn, one that we don't see very often.

4. Abstract
Looking through my closet I found some inspiration for this prompt. I photographed some of the abstract patterns I found in clothing, etc., and created a collage.

5. Smile 
I couldn't choose just one, so these are the 4 smiles that bring the most happiness in my 4 grandsons...3-1/2 year old twins, Aaron & Ethan, 9 year old, Drew and 6 month old, Graham.