In the Background: The places that we pass through day after day, or even once in a lifetime, leave in their small way, echoes and traces of themselves upon us. But so often when taking self portraits or pictures of friends, the places themselves become a soft blurred mush of indistinct semi-nothingness, the limelight stolen by our smiling faces. In today’s challenge, let’s turn the tables. Take a picture of yourself or someone else as a shadow, a reflection, or a lesser part of a scene, making the background, or the foreground, the center of attention. Michael Pick - The Daily Post
I am usually the one behind the camera snapping pictures everywhere we go but every once in a while I show up in an unplanned reflection or shadow…
In Ryan’s sunglasses at the beach
Trying to line up the perfect shot of our favorite Bookshop. You can see my final (reflection free) version here - Phoneography Challenge: Neighborhood.
A beach shadow during one of our New Year’s Day walks by the water.
Take a peek at the Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background for more fun photo surprises. What’s in your background?
Today in the Daily Post the photography prompt is Green. I almost posted this iPod picture a few weeks ago but in the end decided the finished image was too green to fit with my other photos. Today it gets a second chance for a moment in the sun.
This is a small view of my back yard in April.
This week Sue’s dictionary has opened to the word FACE and I have two faces to post from a memorable trip to Santa Fe, NM.
This first “face” was a spooky surprise in the rocks during a visit to Bandelier National Monument. We were the only people on the trail at dusk as a thunder-storm rolled in…the perfect setting for a ghost story.
This second face is my son at the end of our vacation after refusing to eat anything but Nachos for an entire week… We are returning to Santa Fe next month and Ryan promises he will try a few new things and eat more than just chips and cheese!
For more fun interpretations of the word FACE please visit Sue and her Word A Week Challenge: Face
This old Maple tree was a beautiful focal point in our front yard until it suddenly (to us) died last year. Yesterday my husband and I spent the afternoon trimming branches and finally cutting down the trunk to clear the space for our new garden plan. I am sorry to see it go but it was time, and I am hopeful our new landscaping plans will be just as interesting and unique.
If you would like to see more Black and White iPhoneography images and/or participate in the weekly challenge please visit Lens and Pen by Sally: iPhoneography Monday.
I want to share a big, belated, public thank you to several wonderful bloggers who have kindly nominated me for the following awards here at WordPress. My blog is only a few months old but I have experienced nothing but encouragement and support from this great community as I work to refine my blogging point of view, tell a few stories and share some favorite photographs. I was never very good at following all of the steps in these kind of letters when I was in school and sadly I don’t think I am going to get any better so this post won’t include my answers to the “write 7-10 things about yourself” questions that accompany these awards but I’m sure some of them will see the light of day in future posts.
SC Surf Butler nominated me for the Sunshine Award, an award for writing positive and inspiring articles and bringing some “sunshine into the lives of others.” SCSB’s blog is full of fun tips and inside scoop about the surfing community in South Orange County, CA and a lot of fun to read while dreaming about sand and sunny beaches.
Linda Arthur Tejara of Living With My Ancestors nominated me for the Liebster Award which is for bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers helping to highlight and promote new blogs. When we newbies need a little boost to reach a broader audience this kind of a nomination feels great and is always welcome. Linda is currently writing a fantastic series about the history of Yellowstone National Park illustrated with postcards from her Father written in the 1930′s.
Jayde Ashe of the Paperbook Blog also nominated me for the Liebster Award. Jayde is a fellow new blogger and this site is devoted to her love of books. Each new review and post sends me looking for my dog-eared list of books to pick up so I can add another promising read to my summer vacation.
Rose of How Do You Say Taco in Spanish nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, a way to create community among bloggers. Rose writes a truly funny blog about her experiences living in Mexico and her love of Coffee (yes, Coffee is a capitalized word here in Seattle). Her series of Tecate commercials are hilarious!
Your views and comments are more than enough encouragement for me but these nominations are a nice surprise and really help me feel welcomed into the community. Thank you!