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color, day 21 nablopomo


Color, color everywhere I looked today. Some shots were contrived, some spur of the moment.

I finally am getting the hang of bokeh style shots, although I am still not sure I am pronouncing it correctly. But I don’t really give a rat’s ass at this point as long as I continue to improve.

Taking photos is always a challenge. Like a batter stepping up to the plate, you never know if you will hit, or miss.

Today was a hit for me. I stepped up to the plate, and captured the shots I set out to create.

hummingbird feeder, BOKEH style

Then, as I was wrapping up and preparing to publish this, Wretch showed me her selfie for Red Nose Day.  And suddenly I realized that color can be a trigger for other things than just taking photos.  Red Nose Day supports awareness of children living in poverty, and started in the UK in 1988 to raise awareness of poverty-stricken children living in the UK and Africa, and has spread to the USA this year.

So color can carry significant messages for us. Red, for Red Nose Day

Wretch does Red Nose Day

Pink…for breast cancer awareness…
Don’t forget those mammograms ladies. 

…color me optimistic… ~cath 
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day 19: vintage treasures

Seems a good night to sit back and think about family, memories and smile as I look at the photos I took for today’s prompt over at NaBloPoMo.
I took a look at Instagram at the #NaBloPoMo photos posted (I am still red with embarrassment at my failure at the #bokeh prompt a few days ago). App obsessed me figured I would take a photo, then vintage it up and post it. Then I noticed that people were posting some very meaningful photos of vintage things. I realized it was time to get away from app edits, or at least edit something that was TRULY vintage. I looked around the room. The only vintage thing I saw was Stevie Wonder, and I don’t think he would have appreciated my humor at posting a pic of him with the hashtag vintage. So I sat down and pondered. I was thinking when my gaze swung around to my corner china cabinet, which is not filled with china because I am a simple girl at heart. It is loaded with things given to me over the years, and also my Grammy and Mum’s #Franciscan ware dishes. The reason I love those dishes is because every meal I ate as a child was from either Mum’s set, or Grammy’s set of apple dishes. So I leaned in, shot the coffee pot (or is it s carafe?) and then of course, being me, edited it with the Camera+ app and am posting it.

You see, for me, vintage doesn’t mean old. It means loved. Treasured. And those are the most precious, priceless things of all.

…life is to be treasured… ~cath 
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contrast, day 18

I look at each day’s blog prompt at NaBloPoMo and wonder if I can find something suitable.  Today it is contrast.
 I spent several hours tonight in an online rapid review for the wound care course I took.  To prepare me for my certification exams.  That I haven’t studied for because right now, at this moment, I have bigger fish to fry.  So my life is a big study in contrast at this point.  And here is the photo I chose to portray that contrast with:

the swan

This is my study in contrast. Do you have any contrasts in your life?  I have an abundance right now. But somehow, I can focus on that swan, and it all levels out.

…life is whatever you make it… ~cath
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day 13: bokeh

Ok, I spent more time reading about people arguing how to pronounce “bokeh” than I did learning how to shoot this style of photography. Then I realized I was running out of time so I downloaded an iPhone app and cheated my way to my version of a bokeh shot. So take it any way you like, since I’ve been up since 3AM and am looking at the back of my eyelids trying to post this before I doze off.

Bokeh is a photo that is partly blurry, the background part. The more circular the lights or colors in the background are, the better. I think. My photo ended up looking like a cut out pasted on a blurred background, but, oh well. I’m finished. 
Have a great day or night, and remember every day is brand new. Isn’t that exciting? 
Addendum: another shot at bokeh. This is one I will have to work on…(sigh)
My sister’s bougainvillea, and her photo, with my editing, using Tadaa, a great app to use…

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far…day 12

NaBloPoMo day 12: FAR
Don’t focus on what is in front of your eyes…look afar. See what lies in the distance. Is it the bend in the road, the railing end on a fence? Chase it as far as you can see.
My eyesight is so poor that many times I am shooting almost blind. I can see major objects, but detail escapes me until I edit. Many times I edit with my glasses off and my face one inch from the screen, so that I can try to see all the details. But I chose to leave these captures a bit out of focus, to capture the essence of distance. The road leads to my home, the fence is a neighbor’s fence. The more photos I take, the more I realize there is no place like home. Really.

…life is full of new places to explore… ~cath
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I’ve always thought 2 was my lucky number, but I’ve come to believe it is the number 3.  My sisters and I make three, I have three children, and things often seem to happen in threes.  Which begins to make me sound superstitious, and I am not.  So I will just finish right here with the prompt for NaBloPoMo day 10: THREE.

I shot this photo after all the hubbub of today died down, and everyone was either gone home, or gone to bed, leaving me sitting here reflecting on the number three.  Then I glanced at the flowers that I had received from Wretch for Mother’s Day today, and shot this photo.  I thought it fitting.  
Happy Mother’s Day to my mother, and all the mothers or people who nurture and protect, guide and love other people.

…be positive…the best is yet to come… ~cath
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