2013 CM Monthly Challenge – Dramatic Light

I missed out last month but I am back with a great group of ladies from ClickinMoms with our monthly photography challenge.  This month we take on dramatic light.  With the holidays, birthdays, sleep overs, etc…I didn’t think I would have time to do this months challenge, but when I captured this shot last night I thought it would be good to use for this month’s challenge.

Please keep our blog circle going and head over to Melinda’s blog to see her post this month.

2013 CM Monthly Challenge – Humanizing a Nonhuman

It is that time again.  Time for our Clickin Mom’s monthly photography challenge.  This month our theme is humanizing a nonhuman.  This was an odd theme and had me scratching my head.  So check out what I came up with and let me know what you think.

Don’t forget, this is a blog circle, so please keep the circle going and head over to visit Stacey’s blog post to see what she came up with for this month’s theme.  Don’t forget to come back next month to see how we take on spookiness.

Click here if you would like to check out challenges from previous months.

2013 CM Monthly Challenge – Motion Blur

I am back again with a wonderful group of ladies from clickin moms. This month’s challenge was motion blur.  I really had great ideas about going out and taking some shots of traffic.  I love pictures like that.  I never got around to it and I am determined not to miss a month this year.  So instead I had my daughter go out on her back and ride up and down the street.  I was trying a technique called panning. Panning is where you follow a moving object with your camera.  If done correctly, the object that you are following is more in focus than the background.  Today was my first attempt at it.  It’s not as easy as I thought it would be.  It probably would have helped if I used a tripod.

Thanks for checking me out this month.  Please keep the blog circle going and head over to Bianca Klein’s blog to see her post this month.  Don’t forget to come back next month to see how we take on humanizing a nonhuman.  That will be very interesting.

2013 CM Monthly Challenge – Mobile Phone

Hi everyone. I’m back again with the talented ladies of Clickin Moms for another monthly challenge. I had all sorts of ideas for this challenge but never put aside the time to work on them. So what I decided to do is take some of my favorite pictures from my iPhone and post them for this months challenge. Most of them are pictures of the sky at sunset. We’ve had a lot of rain this summer with lots of clouds that has made our sunrises and sunset beautiful. I wish we lived at a higher altitude so that I could see them without the distractions of buildings and power lines. I have a few others in here too, mostly of my girls. Please keep our blog circle going this month and visit my friend Misty Colvard to see her mobile phone challenge this month. Don’t forget to come back next month to see how we take on Motion Blur.











2013 CM Monthly Challenge – Shallow Depth of Field

Hi everyone.  I am back with another post for the monthly blog challenge with the very talented ladies from Clickinmoms. This month’s theme is shallow depth of field.  When I saw what this month’s challenge would be, I knew I would use my macro lens because of the extremely shallow DOF that you can easily achieve with it.

Hope you enjoyed this month’s  photos.  Please keep our circle going and head over to Rebecca’s blog and check out her shallow DOF images this month.  Don’t forget to check back with us next month to see our interpretation on mobile phone.

2013 CM Monthly Challenge – Beautiful Ugly

Hello everyone.  I’ve joined a group of extremely talented ladies on Clickinmoms.com for a monthly photography challenge.  This month’s challenge is beautiful ugly.  Yep….trying to find the beautiful in the ugly.  In my quest to find the beauty in the ugly, I…for the first time in my life was chasing bugs.  Yep…any another time the bugs would have been chasing me.  So here are my pictures of bugs, dying flowers and rust.  I hope you enjoy,

Now that you have viewed my images, please head over to Misty’ssite to see her take on Beautiful Ugly and don’t forget to come back next month to see next month’s challenge, shallow depth of field.  That is going to be fun.

2013 CM Monthly Challenge – Shooting through glass

This is the fourth month for the Clickin Moms monthly challenge. The ladies in the group are so talented and I have really enjoyed viewing their photos every month.  I’m amazed at their creativity.  The challenges has really made me think of photography in different ways and are really challenging my though process.  This month’s challenge was shooting through glass.  In the past I would never thought of taking a portrait through a window.  When I saw this challenge my mind went blank.  I check out one of the posts on the Clickin Moms forum and took a few ideas from there.  I even managed to get a self portrait in there.

After viewing this month’s images please keep the circle going and head over to Bianca’s blog and don’t forget to come back for next month’s challenge when we take on beautiful ugly…. That is going to be interesting.

2013 CM Monthly Challenge -Interesting Perspectives

I’m back again with another post for our ClickinMoms monthly challenge.  This month’s challenge was interesting perspectives.  When I saw this I had no clue what I would do so I did a little research and found a few articles that talked about photographic perspectives.  There are several different types, height, overlap, diminishing or relative size, aerial , linear and a few others.  I didn’t get a chance to try all that I wanted to or even study as much about the different types of photographic perspective as I would like to.  So I have more work to do. The two images that I have for this month are my attempt at linear perspective.

I hope you enjoyed the images this month.  Please keep our blog circle going and head over to my friend Jessica Singleton’s site to view her take on this month’s challenge and don’t forget to come back next month to see what I come up with for shooting through glass….That will be interesting.

2013 Monthly Photography Challenge – Food Photography

Hi everyone…I am back with another new post for this year’s monthly photography challenge that I am participating in with some very fun and talented ladies from Clickin Moms.

This month’s challenge was food photography.  Yummy.  I was pretty excited about this challenge because love looking at pictures of food, and finding new recipes.  There is lots of inspiration out there.  I also read a book called Plat to Pixel by Helene Dujardin.  I purchased it last year and thought this would be a great time to read it.

Taking the pictures was fun but even more fun was eating he goodies afterwards.  I didn’t try any special recipes just easy stuff I had around the house.  Maybe later own I’ll try some new recipes and post the pictures here.

The cookies were the Nestle Toll House turtle cookies, the strawberry shortcake was just short cakes from the grocery store with some cut up strawberries.  I put sugar on them and let them chill in the refrigerator for a little bit then placed some strawberries on the shortcake and drizzled some of the syrup they created from the sugar on top.  I topped with a little Cool Whip and a strawberry.  The mac ‘n’ cheese was homemade.  I baked the peach cobbler myself….but Sarah Lee  did all the hard work. The yummy cupcakes were from my local Bi-Lo grocery store.

Well I hope you enjoyed viewing this month’s challenge.  Please keep the blog circle going and head over to Melinda’s blog and check out her food photography this month.  Be sure to check come back for next month’s challenge….Interesting Perspectives.

2013 CM Monthly Challenge – Close Up Portaiture

Last year I joined a group of ladies from ClickinMoms in a photography blog circle monthly challenge.  This year, that challenge continues with new topics every month that will push some of us (especially me) outside of our comfort zone.  This supports my goal this year is to become a better photographer.

This month we start with close up portraiture.  I so wish I had a macro lens for this challenge, but I don’t so I used my Canon 50mm and my Tamron 28-75mm to capture my daughter looking at her Kindle fire and preparing to go outside during the cold snap we last weekend.

Thanks for visiting this month.  Please keep the circle going and head over to Rachel’s blog.  Don’t forget to come back next month as we take on food photography.