Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Spotlight these photos

These are just a few of my favorites from this week’s shootout.  Great job with the black and white.  I was hoping that I would get suggestions from all the participants of a few favorites but didn’t hear anything from anyone.  So I picked these.  Hey did you know it is hard to pick favorites every week?  Did you have a favorite that I missed – let me know and I’ll do a special spotlight.  Tell me why – composition – clarity – theme -  by seeing your favorite through your eyes we can learn more about photos and photography.

here are my picks -

ANNs sepia bridge
Ann’s bridge across the flats in sepia
Ferry bridge by Jama
The ferry bridge by Jama
Doreen in Michigan
The old covered bridge by Doreen
guitarbridge by Sarah
Guitar bridge by Sarah
Footbridge in snow by Elaine Footbridge in snow (sounds like a poem) by Elaine
to the tree house by JarielynTo the tree house by Jarielyn
Crazy by Manang KimManang Kim

** in most cases these are my titles –

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

March 19 Color – A Special Spotlight

There is no need for an introduction -
fire_by B&B
FIRE! fire fire - by B&B
Green - by Sarah
Green – A Tulip by Sarah
GREEN by Scriptor Senex
GREEN by Scriptor Senex
GREEN by Clare st John
GREEN by Clare st John

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Member Voice - Bridges

March 26th, "bridges":

“When I suggested ‘bridge’ as a theme for one our shoot outs I was originally thinking of the type that spans water. However, the more I thought about it, the more I contemplated the varied meanings of the word. So I hope we’ll have a broad range of photos and that we might see ones that portray most of these definitions:

1 a : a structure carrying a pathway or roadway over a IMG_3124edepression

2 : something resembling a bridge in form or function: as a : the upper bony part of the nose; also : the part of a pair of glasses that rests upon it b : a piece raising the strings of a musical instrument c : the forward part of a ship's superstructure from which the ship is navigated d : the hand as a rest for a billiards or pool cue; also : a device used as a cue rest

It has also been decided that this will be our first assignment to be shot in black and white so have fun and to borrow a phrase from the Irish, fill yer boots!”

Elaine Dale, A Scattering

I hope you all have a great time with this topic – I look forward to all the stories and the photos. GingerV

Saturday, March 20, 2010

In the spotlight – Colors on 3 /19

I am traveling again tomorrow - this time to Florida to spend a few days with my mother and sister in Sarasota City.  I will post some pictures on ‘Flowers’ from there but can’t promise any additional comments.  I have already scheduled a Member Voice for Sunday afternoon and thought that I would spotlight a few photos from this weeks ‘My Town Friday Shoot – out before I fly. 

As of right now there are 24 posts this week,  a really good turnout.  This number includes several new participants so be sure you go by and say ‘hello and welcome’.    This week’s topic seemed to lend itself to special effects and macro shots.  I pulled a few of those because they were spectacular but ended up trying to spotlight photos that included ‘my town’ like themes.  Maybe mid-week (if my brother-in-law lets me use his computer) I will post an extra spotlight and show off some of those very special photos ….  GingerV

Spotlights for March 19, 2010

RED by Sara UK
Red by Sara in the UK
Blue by Jama 
Blue by Jama
claires fall color
Gold – fall colors by Claire
green - the scattering
Green by the Scattering
Yellow (and pink) by Heather
Yellow (and pink) by Heather

i like to write - blue
Blue by ‘I like to Write’

Friday, March 19, 2010

New Banner Time!

Somewhere in there I can see Butler & Bagman running with this title- putting those loose fitting 80's pants on, then dancing back and forth doing their version of "Its Hammer Time", and we will all laugh, because laughing is a good thing, just like colors!

I swipe your photos like a thief in the night, with intentions of using more, but then they do not all fit. I am saddened by not being able to put everyone's photos up, but I know you understand. I also wonder how many of you thought I got to busy and forgot. I like the element of surprise!

Peace & Love to all my Friday Shoot Out member friends!

Chef E
Banner Patrol, and lovin' it...

Sunday, March 14, 2010

A new game to play

I have been thinking about the spotlight photos. It seems that this feature has gotten old - stale. this feature needs YOU. I am asking for nominations from the participants for best photos for both (either or) Rememberance and for Wrought Iron. Which did you like? Which showed the topic at its best? Which was humorous? Nominate a photo to be featured. Email your nomination to and I will pick 5 of your nominations for each week's topic. GingerV

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Members Voice- Wrought Iron by JarieLyn

I apologize for this late 'Members Voice', GingerV is on a trip to the states, and I did not receive JarieLyn's member voice...

So here is an idea of this weeks theme...

Wrought iron is an iron alloy with a very low carbon content, in comparison to steel, and has fibrous inclusions, known as slag. This is what gives it a "grain" resembling wood, which is visible when it is etched or bent to the point of failure. Wrought iron is tough, malleable, ductile and easily welded. Historically, it was known as "commercially pure iron", but now what we know as 'Wrought Iron' is fabricated.

Yard objects, fences, Old World Historic Iron- mostly found on Victorian Period Architecture or guys get so creative, so have fun!

Chef E

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

March 5th- Rememberance

This past summer I got a chance to go to an old family property, and my parents graves; it had been since 04, and I had left Texas that same year. I was ready to make the voyage and document a family tree for my son. I have these photos now to reflect on the ones that moved to the harsh west Texas country for the good of the family. I suspect the women were tough, and I hope to carry that legacy on.

This may be a hard one since a few of us have experienced loss firsthand over the past years.. My daughters birthday was today, so this week just seemed like a good time to give everyone a chance to remember a loved one- mother, father, sister, brother, beloved pets, or all family who stood out in many ways. Also remembering those who have given their lives for us is something we should do on a regular basis, even if we did not get the chance to shake their hand in person.

I know this may not be a 'My Town' kind of shoot out, but even if the photos were taken in the state where your family came from will work for this one.

Thanks everyone for participating each week, and keeping My Town Blogger Team Shoot Outs going!

Elizabeth Akin Stelling
My fathers favorite uncle and aunt (whom I was named after in Breckenridge, Texas, Post Oak Cemetery- I am fifth generation 'Akin' from Ireland)