Thursday, October 31, 2013

Wild Critters

What roams in your backyard? 


Our weekly spotlighter is Peggy
Our next weekly theme is Landscape in Black and White. See Mersad's tutorial



FTMSO is a group blog kept going by wonderful volunteers who love the idea of sharing our home towns and visiting other places through images.  We welcome you to participate in our weekly link-ups and/or get more involved as one of our volunteers.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Spotlighted Mysteries

What were they thinking?  After our discussion a few weeks ago, I felt compelled to find fairness in my choices, not necessarily based on “good photo”  but how much the photo tells us about our towns.  With this group ‘good’ is unavoidable, all the photos this week were excellent, so as I looked through my FSO-Mysteries file I tried for a different way of looking at the group.  This week, three out of the nine photos had the question, Whatever were they thinking?  So our spotlighted mysteries…..
IMGP2797 Jama crosplay
Jama’s question, Why a statue of Liberty at a Chinese Lantern Festival Cosplay?  What were they thinking?
goat fence Dian timpanalley
Ruth’s,  A goat pen in the front yard, really?  Whatever are they thinking?
PA210003 Simones what were they thinking.
and finally Simone’s, what we all ask world wide, “why they set up something that (f)ugly (and that expensive).  What were the town fathers thinking?
See you all back next week, and invite your friends to join us. 
Nov 1: Wild Critters:  What roams in your backyard?    Spotlights by: Peggy

Thursday, October 24, 2013

A Mystery

And behind this old door is....?

Our weekly spotlighter is Ginger
Our next weekly theme is Wild Critters



FTMSO is a group blog kept going by wonderful volunteers who love the idea of sharing our home towns and visiting other places through images.  We welcome you to participate in our weekly link-ups and/or get more involved as one of our volunteers.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Spotlight Clouds

For someone like me who knows nothing of the technical aspect of photography, choosing the Spotlight photo is bound to be based on my emotional response.  I'm going to try and explain my emotional response to each of the Spotlights I've chosen this week. 

I could look at Barb's images all day.  I lived for years in a harsh, arid environment and learnt to see beauty in practically anything that broke the monotony. We sometimes didn't see rain for years but when the storms eventually rolled in, they were something to behold. This shot of Barb's reminds me of a photo I have of an approaching storm taken in 1972. You can practically see the storm broiling inside those clouds.


And I've chosen this shot of Barb's as well, just for its subtle beauty.  I think that is more of an intellectual choice.


I know I have a thing about personal freedom.  It's worked to my detriment a number of times but I know it's something I will never let go.  What I see in Dawn Treader's image is powerful although I realize others may not see it.  I said in my post I love storm clouds and here they are, dark and menacing, but there's more than that at work here. The darkness of the clouds is there also in the fence and that barbed wire fence, to me, represents restraint.  But the clouds can not be restrained, they have complete freedom.  I think that is a wonderfully dramatic shot, takes my breath away! 



 I think it is the feeling of soaring, reaching for the sky, that appeals to me most in Ginger's shot.  The clouds are interesting, too - the layers and layers of different types of clouds as Ginger described them.  I also like the idea of today's clouds looking down on ancient Rome, like the times may change but nature prevails.


OK, I should stop now but there were other shots that just have to be mentioned.  Mersad's panarama.  That is spectacular, even the thought of a 9-shot panarama plays with my head.  Don't know how to do it, and know I don't have the patience to learn, but it sure is good!


I'm going to squeeze in just two more.  And, believe me, I am being firm with myself in limiting it to that.  I don't think a single participant didn't post at least one terrific shot this week.  I'm choosing Peggy's sunrays bursting through clouds simply because I've never been able to capture a shot like that. Love it!


 To be honest I don't know what it is about Simone's image that draws me in.  Is it sunrise? I believe, despite the brooding clouds, there is still the promise of a new day.


I've done a lot of talking this week and I still have something else to say.  I'm going to be away from late December till the beginning of February.  I'm wondering if anyone would like to take my turn as Spotlighter for 10 January and 31 January.  It would be an opportunity to see if you enjoy doing it, without making a long term commitment. 

Our next weekly theme is A Mystery. Look around town, can you find something that makes you feel bewildered? Or leaves you wondering what's up with that? Share photos and maybe we can solve the mystery. If you can't find a mystery, feel free to showcase something in your town you find amusing. 

Our weekly spotlighter is Ginger.



FTMSO is a group blog kept going by wonderful volunteers who love the idea of sharing our home towns and visiting other places through images.  We welcome you to participate in our weekly link-ups and/or get more involved as one of our volunteers.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Clouds

Comcast Building, Philadelphia, PA

Our weekly spotlighter is Pauline
Our next weekly theme is A Mystery



FTMSO is a group blog kept going by wonderful volunteers who love the idea of sharing our home towns and visiting other places through images.  We welcome you to participate in our weekly link-ups and/or get more involved as one of our volunteers.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Spotlights: Handwriting

Some interesting shots featuring recipes, family records and signs.

I choose Barb's bag because it is a simple shot and the writing shouts out a simple command.
It's all about the note.
Emphatic 



  I choose Ruth's christening record because it is so typical of the records kept recording very special events.
The handwriting was probably by a clergy man who's job it was to honor a sacred event.

I must apologize for labeling the above photo as Dawn Treader's, It is Ruth's photo.


I have been having tremendous computer problems and this was late getting up. 

Join us next week and happy shooting.

Peggy

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Handwriting


Handwritten signs in shop windows, something in the mailbox, 
an old letter, a journal page, or your own handwriting. 
See if you can find something written by hand in our high tech world.


Redware Pottery 
Lebanon, Pennsylvania

I apologize to those of you who are struggling with this week's theme. 
I put together a little collage to help inspire some ideas. 
I am also posting early to give you some time to view them! 


Thanks to everyone who commented on our discussion, 
we will keep those comments in mind as we move forward. 
Please be sure to visit others, 
and of course, return visits to those who visit you. 

Our weekly spotlighter is Peggy
Our next weekly theme is Clouds Above Your Town


FTMSO is a group blog kept going by wonderful volunteers who love the idea of sharing our home towns and visiting other places through images.  We welcome you to participate in our weekly link-ups and/or get more involved as one of our volunteers.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A Discussion on Friday My Town Shoot Out. Please join in.

I was going to respond to the discussion that started after Ginger posted the spotlights.  But by starting a new post, I thought it would include everyone better.  

The discussion is, "Have we become more of a photo blog and lost our roots?' 

Ginger said, "I have been with this group nearly from conception, going through many changes in members and through the changes in the actual purpose of the group.  We say it is about our towns but we have shifted our center.  Where we once had snapshots of our towns and their people, home photos if you will, we have shifted to photography being our purpose; that one great shot taken in our towns but not really about our towns."

Pauline said "By the way, I agree with your observations about changes to the purpose of this blog. I've been delighted to have received such great photography advise which I feel has helped me better depict where I come from. But I now feel it is more of a photography blog and I doubt my credentials to be part of the group. I'm hanging in there though! :)" 

Ginger said, "I also struggle with the Photography focus. but I hate to give up. I have learned a lot through the tutorials and all, but really just want to take snap shots. anyway is a great group of participants."

I did a little research to see where we have been...
We have had all of these things in the first year: Photo Tutorials, Spotlight Photos, Weekly Themes and also had Whose Town is It?, In the Limelight (Click Here for Pauline's), Member's Voice.  Things have dropped and some resumed based on volunteers willing to take on the job.

There seems to have always been a photography focus, even in the Limelight interviews.  So I am not sure why it feels like we have changed.   

My response: I have always liked this blog because it was about our towns, sharing and learning about other places is what attracted me.  I would certainly not want someone to quit participating because they didn't feel their photos measured up!  However, it does become difficult to come up with ideas for themes that always relate to the town.  I also like the group of people in the blog.  We don't link and run like so many other link ups, there is true sharing here. 

In addition, there are a million photo blogs out there already, we certainly don't need to be another one. 

I had this idea a week or two ago...Should we drop the weekly theme and just have sharing something about your town however you like each week?  We might get more participants because it is sometimes hard to shoot the theme each week. 

Share your thoughts, ideas, feelings below...Time to change things up? Are we too photo emphasized for you?  (Please say how.) Should we drop the weekly themes?
PS.  If you suggest adding something new, I will ask you to head it up!  :)



Monday, October 7, 2013

FSO–Spotlighting a visitor’s view.

I have been with this group nearly from conception, going through many changes in members and through the changes in the actual purpose of the group.  We say it is about our towns but we have shifted our center.  Where we once had snapshots of our towns and their people, home photos if you will, we have shifted to photography being our purpose; that one great shot taken in our towns but not really about our towns. 
When I am not doing the spotlight photos I normally check in on FSO several times and look at the newest posts as they are added, meandering.  When doing the spotlights I like to wait and do all of the post in sequence; by doing this I think I get a good idea of how you all have used your particular talents to convey our topics.  This week I notice two things; there are those that post a fantastic photo and those that tell a great story with a photo as an aid.  So this week we have two photos (and it is hard to pick one GREAT photo when everyone has at least one) and one photo that aided in a good story…… (I apologize to Dawn Trader I tried to pull a really great photo off your post and only ended up with a link to the photo,- maybe by next week we will figure out the problem)
Rainy-Skies pat at the artful diva
  Pat the Artful Diva gives us Rainy Skies
churchanglican pauline and story
Pauline’s story of a small town’s welcome to a stranger.
20130914-IMG_4539-L  Rebeccas St Peters small town
   Okay, I lied.  This week I spotlight 3 photos.  Rebecca’s very small town St Peter’s quarry.    I loved this photo and the story she tells. 
Great week. 
Really sorry Dawn Trader is having problems adding her link. 
Next week HANDWRITING.
Spotlight for October -
Ginger

4-Oct 
Another place from a visitor's perspective                                                  
Peggy
11Oct Handwriting
                                 Pauline
18-Oct
Clouds                        
Ginger
25-Oct A Mystery                                  

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Another Place from a Visitor's Perspective

 
Baltimore, MD

Our weekly spotlighter is Ginger, I think.  :)
Our next weekly theme is Handwriting



FTMSO is a group blog kept going by wonderful volunteers who love the idea of sharing our home towns and visiting other places through images.  We welcome you to participate in our weekly link-ups and/or get more involved as one of our volunteers.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Sparkle in the Spotlight

Many apologies.  I truly am sorry for being so late with the Spotlight.  The story behind why is just too long and too complicated.  Several things conspired to prevent me from posting and in the end I gave up fighting and just waited for the solution.  Unfortunately, I had to wait a little longer than I had figured.   

I've never before chosen just one image for the Spotlight photo but there was this one image this week that totally captivated me.  I felt the sparkle added a mystical quality to the soft, misty surroundings. 


If ever there was an award for the Most Consistent FSO participant, Jama would surely be a finalist, if not the winner.

Sorry, once again, for the delay.  I'll do better next time.  See you all in a couple of days.

Pauline