Monday, October 29, 2012

FSO spotlight photos for Water in Motion

Spotlight photos for theme
Water in Motion.

Yes it is not an easy job to choose the spotlight photos.
However, aside from learning techniques by participating in this meme with my photos, helping to pick spotlight photos has taught me a lot also.
I have learned to look at photos in a different way.

Yes I have had blogger troubles too this week and find my brain is akin to  "water in motion" going every which way.


 Pauline's capture of the eye of the wave takes me back to my early art class days.

I like how she zeroed into the eye in this photo as opposed to a shot of the entire wave.

 This photo by Ranu  demonstrates the lesson we had a few weeks ago on spacing. Putting the subject to one side to allow the feeling of moving toward something.
So sorry my reproduction of her photo is not good, I was not allowed to use her submitted photo so had to use the thumbnail.
I will refer you to her link so you won't miss the entire shot.

In this photo Jarielyn writes how she got this dreamy eerie shot at sundown using a slow shutter speed. I bet I try this out sometime.

I am always a sucker for reflections and Jama has a great eye for a spotlight photo

 Dawn Treader's photos of the waterfall were all eye pleasing but the one of the entire length gets my vote.

Next week we will be shooting
Watch for an example from our pros.

Happy Shooting


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012

Spotlight Photos : Where There's Smoke There's Fire

Pauline from The Paddock may not have been able to find the fire, but she sure did a great job of capturing a very colorful fire truck en route to a fire.

Jama from Singapore shared with us some wonderful photographs taken during a ceremony inside a Taoist Temple.

Cheryl Ann caught our attention with her compelling photos of the devastation that other peoples' carelessness can cause.

Thank you everyone for participating and for sharing with us the wonderful photos of the places that you all call home. It is just remarkable that although we come from varied and diverse places, we are fortunate to be able to join together and honor our home towns here on FMTSO.

Please be sure to check back later this week for a preview and a link to this week's theme: Water in Motion.

Until Next Time,


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Steam, Smoke or Fire

Be as creative as you like! 

Living History at Valley Forge National Park, Pennsylvania.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Spotlight Photos ~ Someplace Yummy

Whether it was brightly colored vegetables cooking on Peggy's son's stove,

or a display of desserts from Ann's meal at the Observatory atop the Auckland Sky Tower,

or cupcakes Pauline's little ones helped her bake, there was one common thread this week.

No matter where or what we like to eat, we enjoy it most when we share it with friends or family.

This photo of Jama enjoying a meal with friends nicely captures that feeling.

Thank you all for participating and allowing me the opportunity to learn a bit more about each of you through your photography. Ginger wasn't kidding when she said choosing the Spotlight photos isn't easy!

Please be sure to check back later this week for a preview and link to this week's theme: Steam, Smoke or Fire.

Happy shooting and be careful out there!


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Someplace Yummy

A classic square of Washington Cake
as made by our family bakery in Philadelphia, PA

Link Up Below

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Spotlight photos - Skylines

Rebecca asked the question:
Do you see prairies,  sky scrapers 
or something in between when you view your skyline?

Some of us have been taking part in My Town Shoot outs for quite some time now.  Yet, I am always impressed how you all find yet another aspect of your town each week.  I find looking at my surroundings with a topic in mind really draws my attention to something I might otherwise overlook.  

Thanks to Danielle and Cheryl who have volunteered to be Spotlighters, we are making progress on drawing up a Spotlighter Roster.   Old hands (oops, make that experienced hands) Ginger and Peggy will also be in the saddle occasionally.  That makes 5 of us, so we only need to take a turn once every 5 weeks.  If anyone else would like to step forward, please don't be shy.  I understand any reluctance because I felt it myself for a long time.  I don't know anything about the technical side of photography but know what I like.  And I think having different people choosing the Spotlight photo will add an extra dimension to them.  

Before I move on to my Spotlight photos this week, can I just say in advance that I apologise if my sense of humour ever offends any of you.  I sometime forget that we in the antipodes tend to have a 'different' humour.  Oh, and we spell some words differently, too.  

There were some really terrific skylines this week. 

Monica's wide view of her Swedish home town. 

Jama, as always, showed a number of images that caught my fancy.  In Singapore, all roads and tracks lead to high rises.  

I had a hard time choosing just one of Rebecca's light show skylines:

Barb transported us to the beauty of a desert skyline.

And, to add a continental flavour from her travels, Ginger showed us the great skyline of a palace in Turin.


Thursday, October 4, 2012


Do you see prairies,  sky scrapers 
or something in between when you view your skyline?

Open Air Light Show 
over Philadelphia, PA 
Sept -Oct 2012

Monday, October 1, 2012

Spotlight Photos for Home

Home appears to have been a difficult topic to tackle 
but those who did 
approached it from some creative angles.  

Dawn Treader's Shelter from the Rain caught my eye

Barb shared Sunset from Bird of Paradise 
as she expressed thanks for calling earth her home. 

Danielle's focus was on leaving home with
They Did Not Go For Themselves

Pauline addressed commuting home 
with Traffic Jams of Sheep

In other news... 
Turnout was low this week, 
probably because the subject was a little tough.
But it is as good a time as any to 
invite another blogger or two to join our link-ups!  

We hope to compile a rotating list of volunteers to 
do the spotlight photos. 
If you can help us, 
please leave a message. 

Next topic is 
October 5: Skylines 
Do you see prairies of sky scrapers or something in between when you view your skyline.