Thursday, November 28, 2013

9 to 5 - People at Work in Your Town

This week you will notice a change in our routine.  Rebecca has ask for a break as our main administrator.  The work she has so faithfully done for us, for 3 or even 4 years, will be missed; so many big and little things that there are bound to be some hick-up as we try to fill in the big hole she is leaving.  I am not sure we actually know all the things she has done each week.  Right now, today, the most important is getting the inLINKz to work so that all the posts this week can be entered, and we don't miss anyone's photos.  So if you notice something isn't happening that has happened in the past, just leave a comment and I will try to deal with it ASAP.

Meanwhile, thank you! Rebecca for your dedication and, I know I am speaking for everyone, we hope to see you as a regular participant more often now that a little of your time has been freed up.
 

Our weekly spotlighter is Pauline
Our next weekly theme is : Rush Hour



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, November 26, 2013

Spotlight: My Weakness

Hello everyone. This is my first time writing a spotlight, and I hope I will do justice to the wonderful images that have been posted this week. I know people often say that it's hard to choose, but believe me when I SAY it: it was hard to choose. Mostly because In these weeks since I joined I have come to love everyone's style of photography and writing. But in the end I had to pick. And I chose 5 Spotlights:



It was interesting to get a view of the desert and these wind turbines in a dust storm are fascinating and glorious. I love the light peaking through the clouds...



I really enjoyed this image of the glowing city lights, and deep dark blue tones. I have often said that night time images work best after the sun has set but before complete darkness has arrived. I think that this one proves my point.



It's quite easy to guess why I choose to highlight this one. It's the path that leads to the church and the quietness that comes from the surroundings. So peaceful and serene. I can certainly see why this location would draw somebody in.



This place would be something that would draw me in for sure. I love the loneliness of the castle and the tree line, perfectly reflected in the water.



And lastly we have GingerV's diner snapshot, which is so inviting and had me with the words that they serve a "good old fashioned drugstore hamburger for lunch".

A Weakness can be something that slows us down and takes off the edge, but as it was clearly proven in ALL of the posts for this past week, having a weakness can be quite a beautiful thing. I hope all of you return soon to your favorite spots.

This Friday's Theme is "9 to 5 People at Work". Spotlight by Pauline.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

My Weakness

When driving through town where does the car pull you? Is there someplace you just can't resist stopping? A favorite shop, store, house....? Show us in pics. 

Haegele's Bakery in Philadelphia
My husband's cousin operates 
the family bakery that has been in business since 1930. 
Of course we will stop in for a visit!

Our weekly spotlighter is Mersad
Our next weekly theme is People at Work



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, November 18, 2013

Spotlight: Photographer’s Choice

I am sorry I didn’t post this week.  The whole week just got away from me.  I spent 4 full days in Jury duty; very boring and exhausting days I might add.  Then this weekend Patty and I drove Marissa around a small area of Texas, going in and out of universities; taking tours, doing volleyball tryouts and over-eating. 
I was just now able to go by everyone’s post and enjoy the photos. I will say that all your posts exceeded expectation.  Welcome back to Doreen; was really good to see you return to the group.  I wasn’t able to grab your  “girls just want to have fun” photo, got blocked as photo copyrighted.  Everyone had a photo worth spotlighting, a couple had more than one which does not make the spotlighting job easy.
This week we had lots of pets, farm beasts, birds and reflections and one photo that I found extraordinary. 
Congratulations Monica at Dawn Trader for a photo that shows the seasons in her town; the color and textures, and bokeh giving us a hint of the cold crisp air. An all together pleasing photo and one worthy of a solitary spotlight.
CIMG7751-001[6] dawn trader, monica

Next week our prompt is  “My Weakness” .  Spotlight by Peggy

Friday, November 15, 2013

Your Choice

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"Vintage" 
from a farm museum in New Jersey, USA

Our weekly spotlighter is Ginger
Our next weekly theme is My Weakness



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, November 11, 2013

Spotlight: Black and white

Thanks, Mersad, for the tutorial and a thought provoking topic. I found I was not just visually appreciating the difference between black and white and colour photos but trying to work out why each was better (or not).  Everyone who contributed had at least one shot that was worthy of the Spotlight in my book.  

I saved a favourite or two from each post and couldn't count the number of times I've come back to the computer and gone through them, slowly, slowly reaching a decision.  In the end I had to decide between two of Ginger's photos and kept coming back to her portrait.

I wouldn't have imagined that a portrait would be better in black and white.  But I feel, in this instance, taking away the colour has transformed a pretty face into a strong, beautiful face.  I saw the subject's three main features as soft eyes, creamy skin and gentle smile. With the change to black and white the softness around the eyes changes in intensity.  The creamy complexion becomes more than that, now I see strength and character, the gentle smile now gives hints of a lifetime of such smiles.  The change could have made the face appear harsh but the light shadows on the face soften it.  Somehow the subject becomes so much more than a pretty face. 

I think this would have been a great topic for a group discussion.  All of us sitting around a table with one of our shots on the table (careful not to spill the wine on them).  I can imagine us gong into great detail, examining them one by one.  I know I'd learn so much! 

Dammit!  I've just remembered the topic was Landscape in Black and White, so Ginger's image doesn't literally fit the bill, so I will choose my favourite landscapes, too. I was taken by Peggy's golf course, a simple scene that might not be overly attractive in colour.  I like the shadows, the depth of colour (hah) in the trees and how the undulations of the terrain stand out. 



In contrast to the rural scene, I like Dawn Treader's urban image.  It seemed to me that skies are difficult to get looking good in black and white.  Just showing a little of it works well in this image and it doesn't seem important in the reflection where there is so much more to catch the eye. 


This week our weekly spotlighter is Ginger.

Our next weekly theme is Your Choice - go ahead and show us something in your neck of the woods or choose one of your favorite ideas from the past.



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.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Landscapes in Black and White

This week we try our hand at making 
landscapes pop in black and white.  
I tried below...but didn't get exactly what I was looking for. 

Elverson, PA

Our weekly spotlighter is Pauline
Our next weekly theme is Your Choice



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, November 4, 2013

Spotlight: Wild Critters

Some great shots as usual.

Wanted to spotlight Shiju's Red Pierrot Butterfly but was unable to get a save of his photo.
See here

Every detail of the butterfly was visible and a great bokeh shot.


I found Barb's inch worm to be the one that really caught my eye.
The texture of the worm and the shadow make it a very pleasing composition.

Great job all around crew.

Peggy