Seven Day Photo Challenge, Day 7

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Finally, day 7:

Furnace Creek Train
Death Valley CA
March 1, 2014

I have been invited to participate in Judy Dykstra-Brown’s Seven Day Photo Challenge. Actually I wasn’t really invited, but had to beg Marilyn and shame her into extending an invitation to me. She is too much like me in that she does not like to impose so I, too, will not invite anybody to participate unless they tell me they want to join in. Anyway, the rules, which I’ve already violated, are as follows: “The challenge is one black and white photo from your own life each day for seven days. No people depicted, no words of explanation. Invite one other person to join each day.”
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Seven Day Photo Challenge, Day 6

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Day 6:

Kelso Visitor Center
Kelso CA
February 28, 2015

I have been invited to participate in Judy Dykstra-Brown’s Seven Day Photo Challenge. Actually I wasn’t really invited, but had to beg Marilyn and shame her into extending an invitation to me. She is too much like me in that she does not like to impose so I, too, will not invite anybody to participate unless they tell me they want to join in. Anyway, the rules, which I’ve already violated, are as follows: “The challenge is one black and white photo from your own life each day for seven days. No people depicted, no words of explanation. Invite one other person to join each day.”
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Seven Day Photo Challenge, Day 5

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Day 5:

Nipton Motel
Nipton CA
February 28, 2015

I have been invited to participate in Judy Dykstra-Brown’s Seven Day Photo Challenge. Actually I wasn’t really invited, but had to beg Marilyn and shame her into extending an invitation to me. She is too much like me in that she does not like to impose so I, too, will not invite anybody to participate unless they tell me they want to join in. Anyway, the rules, which I’ve already violated, are as follows: “The challenge is one black and white photo from your own life each day for seven days. No people depicted, no words of explanation. Invite one other person to join each day.”
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Seven Day Photo Challenge, Day 4

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Day 4:

Artifice Urban Lounge
Las Vegas NV
September 21, 2017

I have been invited to participate in Judy Dykstra-Brown’s Seven Day Photo Challenge. Actually I wasn’t really invited, but had to beg Marilyn and shame her into extending an invitation to me. She is too much like me in that she does not like to impose so I, too, will not invite anybody to participate unless they tell me they want to join in. Anyway, the rules, which I’ve already violated, are as follows: “The challenge is one black and white photo from your own life each day for seven days. No people depicted, no words of explanation. Invite one other person to join each day.”
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Seven Day Photo Challenge, Day 3

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So, day 3:

Amargosa Opera House Death Valley CA March 1, 2014

I have been invited to participate in Judy Dykstra-Brown’s Seven Day Photo Challenge. Actually I wasn’t really invited, but had to beg Marilyn and shame her into extending an invitation to me. She is too much like me in that she does not like to impose so I, too, will not invite anybody to participate unless they tell me they want to join in. Anyway, the rules, which I’ve already violated, are as follows: “The challenge is one black and white photo from your own life each day for seven days. No people depicted, no words of explanation. Invite one other person to join each day.”

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Seven Day Photo Challenge, Day 2

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Day 2:

Freight Car
Hidden Valley NV
May 22, 2016

I have been invited to participate in Judy Dykstra-Brown’s Seven Day Photo Challenge. Actually I wasn’t really invited, but had to beg Marilyn and shame her into extending an invitation to me. She is too much like me in that she does not like to impose so I, too, will not invite anybody to participate unless they tell me they want to join in. Anyway, the rules, which I’ve already violated, are as follows: “The challenge is one black and white photo from your own life each day for seven days. No people depicted, no words of explanation. Invite one other person to join each day.”

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Seven Day Photo Challenge, Day 1

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I have been invited to participate in Judy Dykstra-Brown’s Seven Day Photo Challenge. Actually I wasn’t really invited, but had to beg Marilyn and shame her into extending an invitation to me. She is too much like me in that she does not like to impose so I, too, will not invite anybody to participate unless they tell me they want to join in. Anyway, the rules, which I’ve already violated, are as follows: “The challenge is one black and white photo from your own life each day for seven days. No people depicted, no words of explanation. Invite one other person to join each day.”

So, day 1:

The Esslinger Building
San Juan Capistrano CA
September 9, 2017

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter F

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter F – Topic is Fun or Flowers

For me, this is the quintessential film noir image. Bright highlights, and deep dark shadows with a strong light source. It was to be my submission to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter F. Unfortunately, I didn’t read the title thoroughly and this image says murder or mayhem more than flowers or fun. But that’s where you’d be wrong because the guy off camera in deep shadow was wearing a ghastly hawaiian shirt with green flowers and this was shot at an event that was described as “A FUN Night With Panasonic And Drink And Click At Our Las Vegas Event”!

 

Cee’s Share Your World – September 25, 2017

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Artifice
Las Vegas NV
September 21, 2017

What is your favorite outdoor activity? You’re kidding, right? OK, well, maybe you’re not. I guess not many people are as driven with their hobby as I am. Unless, of course, they are obsessive/compulsive. Or, maybe that’s manic/depressive. I know it was two words Lynn used to describe me. She knows that if I can’t get out to shoot, I become very irritable. But when I’ve got a camera in hand, I can go hours on end without eating, drinking, or going to the bathroom. (And I don’t mean to be dismissive of anyone who is actually manic/depressive. I flirted with that diagnosis for years.)

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger? You are not allowed to tell Lynn about this but I am definitely more comfortable driving. Lynn has a habit of living life much closer to the edge than I do and I find myself slamming my foot down on my imaginary brakes whenever she is driving and I am in the passenger seat. To her credit, she has never had an accident. And I have. But it was the other person’s fault.

If you could have three wishes granted for you alone, what would they be? Didn’t we have this question once before? And didn’t I respond that I would not wish for world peace because everyone else probably would and so I felt that would be covered? Let me preface my answer by saying I don’t have a life of abundance, but I certainly have more than others. I drive a car that has over 220,000 miles on it and several dents. Lynn’s car has over 175,000 miles and looks brand new. We have a house, and enough money to live paycheck to paycheck. So, what I would wish for would be lots and lots of money and happiness and security for our family. Mostly for the kids, so they could follow their dreams. But, since combined we have ten kids, I think the three wishes will not be quite enough.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. My local camera store, B & C Camera, sponsored a Drink & Click event with Panasonic Lumix last Thursday night at a hipster club called Artifice in the Art District of Las Vegas. Lynn asked why I would want to go if I was happy with my Fuji. I wish I could have explained better but she could see how excited I was when I got home. Just hanging around other photographers and trying a different camera- even though I have no plans to switch- was invigorating and exciting. Since I am an introvert, I really had to push myself out of my box. And, though I pretty much kept to myself, I did have fun. I will write a review of the evening and the camera a little later. Until then, check out the images at DRINKandCLICK! You can see the back of my head in the 10th photo (I’m ogling the camera rather than the model) and in the 13th photo I am headed to the bar!

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Share Your World – September 25, 2017

PAULA’S BLACK & WHITE SUNDAY: AFTER AND BEFORE

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Vintage Cart
Goldfield NV
May 15, 2016

Paula, at Lost In Translation, has a once a month Sunday challenge where she asks you to post the same image both in black and white and in color. And I just happen to have an image I was playing around with last night.

For me, black and white needs high contrast. If you’re shooting in the middle of the day, think about converting your image to black and white. Two other considerations for me are, one; if the sky is bland, and two; if the colors within the image itself are not too exciting. Of course, most times I don’t follow my own rules. But then again, they’re my rules that I acquired from years of experience (and loads of youtube videos)!

Vintage Cart – B & W
Goldfield NV
May 15, 2016