Seeing Clearly-Weekly Photo Challenge:Focus

For this challenge, get out there and take a picture demonstrating the concept of focus. Depending on your skill level or type of camera, tinker with the manual settings, use the auto focus feature, or play around with an app. Some ideas:Snap a photo of something or someone in focus, against a blurred background.Share a panorama or landscape in sharp focus, in which you can see details far away.Use a camera app to force focus (or blur) in an experimental way.Take multiple photos of the same scene or subject using different aperture settings and publishing the results.

For this challenge the subject is my beautiful nine year old daughter Haley who embodies everything sweetness and light. The first picture is the original, she looks so innocent and wistful. The following photos play with focus and sharpness as well as different light and color schemes. Am I not a photographer but I do have fun taking and editing photos on my Samsung Galaxy 4 and my subject is pretty amazing!

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Smart Blur

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Instagram Mayfair

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Light Cross

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Sepia

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Vintage

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Orton

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HDR

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Sharpen

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Soften

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Carefree-Weekly photo Challenge

I have a lot of shots that could fit into this category but I think this one signifies total abandonment of   inhibitions which to me is Carefree. This is on a summer trip to remote British Columbia, far away from city life. The quietly encouraging sunshine watches over her and the only sound my daughter is hearing is the beat of her own heart-Carefree

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Summer memories make everything feel magical to me — carefree and untroubled.

Even on the trips where everything went wrong, I look back and smile at the narrow escapes, or the long walks on a beach while I sorted out and righted the world.

Whether a good memory was made in years past, yesterday, or only moments ago, I love letting the nostalgia wrap me up — like a borrowed sweater on a cold summer night. Even more, I love making new memories: a carefree summer at the lake, a stroll through the park, dancing in the rain… then all I need to do is remember, and the same carefree feeling washes over me.

In a new post specifically for this challenge, share a photo that means CAREFREE to you!

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Weekly Photo Challenge’-One Shot, two ways

One Shot, Two Ways. This week, photographer Jeff talked about his process of finding the best shot. Before taking a picture, he studies his scene — looking at a shot horizontally (as a landscape) and vertically (as a portrait). With this honed, critical eye, he decides what orientation works best for his photograph.For this challenge, capture two images — a horizontal and a vertical version — of the same scene or subject. There are no concrete “rules” here, but a) it should be evident that both shots are of the same place/location or person/thing, and b) your photographs should ideally have been taken during the same shoot — where’s the challenge if you’re just plucking out pictures of a particular location or person from your archives?

I chose my garden as the subject, in particul a whimsical pink poppy. Flowers are so delicate and beautiful and you can capture something totally different when viewing from different angles. I took a portrait shot and a landscape looking from above.

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Masterpiece-Weekly Photo Challenge

Masterpiece. No matter where you are (and where you’ve been), I’m certain you’ve stumbled upon something extraordinary: a place that blows your mind; a work of art or object that speaks to you; or even a location or scene that’s special, unusual, or even magical in some way.I immediately think of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familiain Barcelona — and its awe-inspiring ceiling in particular (pictured above). I remember the sight to be truly jaw-dropping, as if birthed not from the human mind, but rather something otherworldly.For this challenge, get creative. Reach far. And remember that “masterpiece” can mean many things. We want to see awesome sites you’ve discovered, fantastic things you’ve come upon, wondrous moments you’ve captured, and more.IN A NEW POST CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PICTURE OF A MASTERPIECE.

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I think this photo of my daughter Haley (in green) captures a wonderous moment at the fair this weekend.  She feels free and like she is flying. It is childlike uninhibited enthusiasm. I love it!!

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Morning Fresh-Weekly Photo Challenge-FRESH

Fresh. The definition for fresh has a bit of a fork in it – it’s a state (new, recent, previously unknown) and it’s a taste or sensation (cool, sweet, invigorating, refreshing). Fresh is definitely this cantaloupe (“melone”) granita I enjoyed recently here in Italy. It cooled me down immensely (and it didn’t hurt that it was delicious, too!) I’m going to let the Daily Post community divide however you want with this – which definition will you go with? Show us what you got! In a new post specifically for this challenge, share a photo which means FRESH to you!

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Every morning I like to check for new blooms. This beauty greeted me this morning.  Fresh and new! Yellow is my favorite color, it symbolizes everything brilliant, vibrant and essential to me.

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Golden Hour-Weekly Photo Challenge

IN A NEW POST CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PICTURE TAKEN DURING THE GOLDEN HOUR.

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This picture was taken on our recent trip to the West Kootenays,  in a little place called Faulkier, British Columbia.  This is the lakefront at a 100 acre orchard nestled in the woods along the Arrow Lakes. I caught a picture just as the last bit of daylight was retreating into the summer evening sky.

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Weekly Photo Challenge-Nostalgic

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This photo was taken a couple of years ago at Commonwealth Stadium during Bon Jovi/ Kid Rock concert.  I surprised the kids with tickets the night of the event. Listening to the songs of my youth with my children singing along was so amazing.  I am nostalgic for all their firsts and how excited they were when we first moved to the city.

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