Monday, December 30, 2013

Spotlight – Holiday Traditions

Loved spending my morning looking through everyone’s FMTSO – Holiday Traditions.  This week’s focus ended up being family traditions, centered around the love found in the family, the enjoyment of each other and the food eaten on these holiday occasions.  Thank you all for sharing a few of your private moments. 

I am spotlighting those photos about family -

Peggy’s beautiful photo with bows in her hair – would love to see all the bows at the end of the night.

hairbows - peggy jones

Pauline’s Grands doing up the dishes and clowning a bit for their Grandmom.

DSCN3494 pauline

ChrisJ’s Christmas dinner, downsized but looking delicious.

20131225_140922_HDR Chris J

And finally Ann’s traditional Chinese meal.  And …. no I won’t go into the superior male thing….. Thank you Ann for sharing your traditions.

Uncle henry with the foods ANN

 

Next Week : Jan 3: The New Year Interpret as you wish. From celebrations to reflections to resolutions;  what does the New Year mean to you? 

Spotlight by Pauline

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Holiday Traditions

Right now many of our towns are celebrating the Christmas season with traditional foods, decorations, and church services but our Towns also celebrate many holidays throughout the year with traditional music, costumes and even pageantry.
  
Show us your town and its traditions.  


Photo Contributed by Mersad Donko: 


Our weekly spot-lighter is Ginger
Our next weekly theme is  The New Year




Friday My Town Shoot Out 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.

Spotlights - Colours of the Season

I shouldn't be so stubborn and say it is the colors of the season but the ghost of an old nun who taught me at school still sits on my shoulder and makes sure I spell the English way the nuns worked so hard to teach us.

Thanks to everyone who participated this week. Welcome Ileana from Romania.  I fell in love with the delicate beauty and seasonal colours of your home town:


I was thrilled to see J9 once again showcasing the colours of Northern California. We barely see autumn colours where I live so I always find them extra appealing.


Thanks to Kerry, Corvallis, Oregan is a favourite place for me.  Great composition and I can feel the brrrr in the air.  I think it is the subtlety of the beauty in this image that appeals.


I don't know if I can explain my thought processes with this next shot.  The instant I saw it I thought "That could be the top of the world."  I love the idea of being so high and looking out over such a huge expanse of our world.  This was Mark's world when he was in Costa Rica, I find that perfectly acceptable for a Home Town shot and it speaks to me of the differences in the places where we all live; and that there is beauty to be found everywhere, at the top of the world or down here where Ann and I live at the bottom of the world. 


I look forward to seeing you all next week when our weekly spotlighter is Ginger and our weekly theme is Holiday Traditions. What are your traditions during the holidays? Does your town have any traditions?



Friday My Town Shoot Out 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, December 20, 2013

Friday My Town Shoot-Out - Colors of the Season


This week Show us the colors of the season in your town.
What does December and/or December Holidays look like where you live?

Our weekly spot-lighter is Pauline
Our next weekly theme is 
Dec 27: Holiday Traditions



Friday My Town Shoot Out 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, December 16, 2013

Lights-Spotlight photos


Such a great theme this week.
What lights up our town.

As usual hard to choose but we all do our best.



Ruth's Christmas lights with child represents the joy of Christmas that we see through a child's eyes.
The positioning of the child makes the photo eyecatching.



 

A Spirit of Simplitity's photo gave me goose bumps as this is what I have always loved to do.
Lie down on the floor near the tree with on the lights on. Nowdays that is kind of hard for me to do.
I sometimes do it others I just remember.

That is what a good photo should do, I think.
Be pleasing to the eye but stir up an emotion within the viewer.

Jerilyn's window demonstrated two of my most favorites types of shots.  
Through the window and the reflections.

Thanks to all who entered this week and keep em coming. Being a little selfish I am learning so much each week.

Thanks, Peggy




Our weekly spotlighter is Pauline
Our next weekly theme is Colors of the Season.



Friday My Town Shoot Out 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, December 12, 2013

Lights

Lights 
What lights up your town?

 Spotlights by Peggy
Dec 20: Colors of the Season



Friday My Town Shoot Out 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, December 9, 2013

Spotlight on Rush Hour,

No rushing around for me this morning; made my pot of coffee and snuggled under the blanket with my iPad until the house emptied of students and workers in a rush to ‘get there’, Then the second cup of coffee and a move to the computer, taking my time visiting everyone’s post for the week, reading all the comments and just enjoying my morning alone in a quiet house.  There are advantages to being unemployed.  I do have to sweep floors, plan dinner and take Spritzer for his one hour walk, but that can all wait.

First, welcome to our new participants and to old (long time) returning friends.  Everyone keep passing the word that this is a fun way to show off your town and your photos.  We aren’t about photography….. keep saying this and maybe soon we will believe it – we are about our towns and seeing (showing) differences in cultures, architecture, and daily habits of towns worldwide, and if you can manage the ‘best shot ever’, we will enjoy and celebrate with you.  The spotlight photos are about highlighting the participants and saying thank you for sharing with us. 

As I went through the blogs this week, leaving comments and pulling a photo from each for possible spotlighting, I kept in mind how each photo, whether snapshot or photoshop’d, told us about rush hour in your towns or in your life. 

The first:  Catching the train home, by Rebecca:  She has a block on her photos so I couldn’t a copy but it is spotlighted nun the less. If you haven’t seen it click the link, and see for your self, and feel the rush.

Second:  Pauline’s sheep in the road.  Hope you aren’t in a hurry to get to town.  I love that the sheep own the road, while the jeep hangs precariously on the side, practically in the ditch.

sheep on road1 - Pauline

and third;  The Spirit of Simplicity gave us a photo like we all would like to have taken – it tells about a rush to get the Christmas trees to market, taken with a nostalgic Christmas card composition that is beautiful, fitting to the theme and the season.

068ppp spirit of simplicity

Thanks to everyone who participated and hope you all are back here next Friday, bring a friend along.

The theme is Lights; what lights up your town, your streets, your home.   Spotlights by Peggy.

Need to walk the dog.  bye.  GingerV

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Rush Hour

Welcome to the first theme on this group blog with the new design and changes (the linky from now on includes Thumbnails). Please share with us your Rush Hour images. But this doesn't have to be the rush hour in the strictest sense. Be creative. Any moment you have captured, where hurry is of essence will fit perfectly. From a congested highway or waiting for the cows to move off the road, getting the kids to school or buying groceries at the market, our rush hour stories are sure to be varied and interesting.

Link up and share your posts with the rest of the World. And make sure to let everyone know about our changes in your posts this week!

Rush Hour on the Set of the Miniseries "Houdini"

Our weekly spotlighter is Ginger
Our next weekly theme is Lights (Share with us what lights up your city or town.)






Friday My Town Shoot Out 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, December 2, 2013

Redesign, Updates and News

As you will undoubtedly notice, the look of the blog has been updated. You will notice some changes (all I hope for the better), but most of it has remained untouched. Some tweaks have yet to be made, but I want to talk about the changes that have happened so far.


1. The Template has been changed. This was something that we all agreed upon needed changing. The new template is much more simplistic and minimalistic, and really leaves the images to pop out.

2. The Reply Function. The old template didn't have the 'reply' feature in the comments. Now comments can easily be made. No pop-out windows, just type your comment directly into the box below or click 'Reply' to directly answer to the previous commentator.

3. New Banner, Logo, Fonts and Sharing options. We wanted the logo to really stand out, and give the blog a recognizable feature. Also the Font has been changed, and will reflect the new stylized design. Big change: you can now share each post on your Facebook Profile, Own Blog, Twitter, Google+ or through E-mail!

4. Sidebar has been updated. The sidebar had some older information in it. That has now been changed and I also added two new themes for January 10th and 17th. So we are good for a while. But please let us know if you have any suggestions for themes. We are always on the lookout for more.

5. Tweaks to come... Not all of the work has been done. In fact the most important work is still upon us: Spread the word. If you like you can use the little banner below and download it to your PC and then post it on your blog. Or, write a post telling people a little bit about the blog and what we do.


That's it for now. Tell us in the comments below what you think of the new design, and if you have any suggestions for future themes and blog updates. I want to say thanks to GinnerV, Pauline and Peggy, for having faith and confidence in me that I could pull this off. I hope I didn't disappoint you.

Spotlight: People at Work

Several shots vied for my attention this week, but one really captured my imagination, not only is it a beautiful image but also because it's only in my imagination or in someone's else photography, would I see such a scene.  The vision of people standing in the cold, with darkness falling, waiting for a bus to take them home after a day at work, is very different from the sights I see.  The nearest passenger bus stop is over 34 kms (20 miles) from my place (other than the school bus, of course.)  It's these differences that I love so much about Friday My Town Shoot Outs.  I wouldn't trade my place in the world for anything but I really enjoy seeing where/how others live, too.  I can have the best of both worlds.  

I loved this image by Mersad, I felt the black and white added a softness and warmth to the scene.  And I'm amazed that black and white can achieve that. 


Our next weekly theme is Rush Hour  
A congested highway or waiting for the cows to move off the road, our rush hour stories are sure to be varied and interesting.

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.