Sunday, December 30, 2012

The last Spotlight of the Year

Another year of Friday My Town Shoot Outs has rolled around. 

 It was good to see Heather back for this post.  Hope you can join us again next year, Heather. I've always been a huge fan of your photography.  

I couldn't find a common theme for this week's Spotlight so here are my random choices.
 Heather giving thanks for an unexpected gift:

I liked Dawn Treader's reminder of how technology is changing, 
not only how we read, but also how we photograph our gifts.  

 Peggy took us for a little walk down her memory lane to a long ago gift that still amuses:

I hope you all had the sort of Christmas you love and enjoy.  Here comes 2013 - may it bring what you desire.   I look forward to the ongoing weekly challenge of FMTSO and the pleasure of belonging to a great goup of bloggers.

Happy New Year to you all!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Spotlight photos for Rain

It is very hard to pick out the spotlight photos as every one has at least one that is worthy of being in the spotlight.
For this special time of year I have selected one from each entry to spotlight.
There is much talent and a special bond any time a group of folks come together every week and it is as if we really get to know each other.
Folks come and go at different times and I have also added a photo from GingerV to bring our group closer even.


The Wild Blue Yonder

 I like this shot. It reminds me how out in the clear the smell of rain on it's way has a mystical, magical sense.


 Look Out Below

Yes B&B this counts. Any aspect of rain counts. 
This is a pretty good indication something is gonna pour down. 

Artful Diva

No Method to the Madness

I can feel the life giving properties of these rain drops.

Dawn Treader

The Tin Man is Forever Rusted at the Fishing Hole

I love this shot. Perfectly positioned as we were taught in spacing.


A Touch of Blue

I love the touch of blue in this photo adding a distraction from the gloomy scene.


 Rain Drops Keep Falling on my Head

A lot of skill went into this shot. 
Perfect shape of the raindrops takes perfect timing.


Warm and Cozy in My Castle 

This photo gives me a feeling of being safe and secure watching nature do it's thing.


Coming to Life

This lovely Petunia from the spring, with the raindrops fresh on the leaves, reminds me that spring will return and the winter will leave after months of underground tending of our world.   

and last but not least


Expressions in a Puddle

Thank you Rebecca for all your work in guiding us in our photography endeavers.

I hope no one minds that I gave each photo a title.
That is what I saw and/or felt when I looked at each entry. 


One step is all it takes
one foot then the next
one foot then the next
one step is all it takes.

Our first step and our last
one foot then the next
takes us where we want to go
one step is all it takes.

One step backwards doesn't count
one step forward is what it's about
one step then the next
takes us where we want to go.

Life melted down
is about one step, then the next
taking us where we want to go
one step is all it takes.
GingerV, Nov. 10, 2012
We miss you 

Look forward to another wonderful year of
Friday Shoot My Town.


Monday, December 17, 2012

FMTSO Spotlight: Favorite Holidays

If you follow my blog, Unconventional Photography, you will note that I have had a difficult time getting in the holiday spirit. It is not that I am a Bah Hum Bug, Christmas has always been my most favorite holiday. I just haven't been able to find the 'Ho Ho Ho' in the holidays this year.

That is until I viewed the photos from all of the FMTSO participants! Wow. Christmas won out as the number one holiday and the fun photos really got me in the holiday spirit.

I really had fun traveling to New York with Loredana from Blogging Away and enjoying all the twinkling lights and Christmas festivities.

I really got a jolly giggle from Artful Diva's contribution. Celebrating Christmas, Florida style.

And who would not want to spend some time this holiday season in Dawn's kitchen stuffing ourselves with her fabulous Lucia buns.

To wrap up the holidays, and ignite in me the holiday spirit, Peggy showed us a glimpse of what Christmas is all about....being with the ones we love.

Thank you everyone for participating and for sharing with us photos of your favorite holiday. It is remarkable that although we come from varied and diverse places, we are fortunate to be able to join together and celebrate our favorite days here on FMTSO.

Please be sure to check back later this week for a preview and a link to this week's theme: Rainy...share with us your rainy days.

Until Next time....God Bless Everyone.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Your Favorite Holiday

Tell us about your favorite holiday to celebrate.
What are the traditions associated with the holiday?

This photo is from a US Independence Day celebration on July 6, 2012. 
Independence Day is July 4 but these fireworks were on the 6th. 
It is also the day my daughter was proposed to. 
She is getting married Dec. 24th.  :)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Shooting at Night

We have an upcoming theme on photographing our towns at night. 
I was going to write a tutorial for you...
but then I found this 7 minute video.

1. Move your settings off automatic to manual 
2. Turn off your fon camera flash
2. Choose a large aperture opening to capture more light.
(Sometimes I break this rule in order to create star bursts 
from the lights.  You need to offset this with a longer shutter speed.) 
3. Use your self timer or a cable to trigger the shutter. 
4. Steady your camera. (Tripod) 
5. Use longer exposures to allow more light in. 

Here is a link for more tips from this video.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Spotlight Photos: Friends

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead.
Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow.
Just walk beside me and be my friend.
~ Albert Camus

"What would you do if I sang out of tune,
Would you stand up and walk out on me?
Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song
And I'll try not to sing out of key."

"Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends . . ."

Pauline's adorable granddaughter Georgia.

"I get high with a little help from my friends . . ."

Mark's old friend Ley.

"Gonna try with a little help from my friends . . ."

Peggy's teacher and dear friend Ima Weed [a pseudonym perhaps?].

Thank you all for participating this week!

{Special thanks to John Lennon and Paul McCartney for the words and Joe Cocker for bringing them to life.}

See y'all next week when you post your interpretations of Rainy ~ umbrellas, rain boots, raincoats, rain on the window, or whatever piques your imaginations.


Friday, December 7, 2012

A Friend

Introduce us to a friend...

Meet Pascal...
I met her through a mutual friend. 
Pascal has had me take photos of her children every six months 
for their birthdays. 
This year she also had me photograph them 
making Christmas cookies. 
She has become a friend as we 
have gotten to know each other better. 
she taught my daughter and me 
how she makes delicious gingerbread cookies. 
I am glad to be considered her friend. 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Spotlights - Faces

Looking for faces that aren't really faces! I thought that was a fun topic.   For the spotlight photos I've chosen the ones I thought must have been the hardest to spot in the first place.  It's one thing to see something when you know what you're looking for, a different matter to let the imagination see what's not really there.


I would never have seen the faces here in Jama's wooden whatevers (as Mark called them).  They fascinate me at the same time as they scare me a little.


Would I have noticed the almost goldfishey face of this flower?  Doubt it.  But Jidhu Jose did.

And Kim's so aptly titled Trick or treat - I had such a grin when I spotted this cute little pixie/elf/gremlin  face.

Mark took seeing something that's not really there to a new level - there really isn't anything there.  Great to have you and your wacky humour back, Mark.

This week?  Introduce a friend.   Have to go away and think about that one for a while.