Lens Artists Photo Challenge – Magical Light

Yelapa, Mexico.

This week Amy suggests that we share images focusing on the topic “Magical Light”. A photographer strives to know light and to be available at the best time for a given outdoor subject. Given what he or she knows about lighting conditions and their ability to change moment by moment throughout the day, being in the right place at the right time can capture that magic. You can read Amy’s challenge post here. Continue reading


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Blending In or Standing Out

Scottsdale, Arizona.

This week, Ann-Christine challenges us to focus on blending in versus standing out in our environment. She includes images of animals and birds that blend in or stand out with their outer coverings. She also features an example of architecture blending in to the environment with her opening image. You can read more about her challenge here. That image got me to thinking about a visit made a couple of years ago to Scottsdale’s Taliesin West, the Architectural Institute and compound built by Architect Frank Lloyd Wright and his students of architecture. In designing the compound, the architect envisioned in the late 1930s a winter home and headquarters of his school of architecture that is deeply connected with the Sonoran Desert upon which it was built. Continue reading

Lens Artists Photo Challenge – Just For Fun

This week, Patti Moed asks us to share images from a theme she calls “Just For Fun”. With Halloween coming tomorrow, it’s a fitting topic for people in costume. Or maybe the challenge could take a humorous look at life or art. You can view some examples and Patti’s challenge post here. However, I decided to take my challenge response in a different direction. The story of this image collection goes back a few years when I discovered an unusual image on Facebook. The image I saw appeared to draw the subject out of the frame of the image creating an effect I call a “3D Popout. I decided I needed to try this technique for no other reason than just for fun. Continue reading

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Big Can Be Beautiful Too!

This week, Tina Schell asks us to consider that even though in a previous challenge that Small is Beautiful, we should not overlook the fact that big can be beautiful, also. You can view the challenge post and Tina’s examples here. Of my many hobbies involving travel, cruising puts me on the biggest vehicles upon which I make these photo trips to share. In the opening image, these two beautiful cruise ships are sitting at the dock in Grand Turk while passengers explore the small island. Our travel put us on the Carnival Magic, the ship on the left. At about 6000 total crew and passenger capacity, it’s the largest cruise ship I’ve ever had the pleasure to travel upon. Continue reading

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Change

This week, Amy asks us to share photos that focus on change. As we transition seasons, it is a fitting topic. I decided, instead, to focus on changing technology for the farmers at harvest time. For more info on the challenge post, check out Amy’s challenge post here. My response to the challenge focuses on the farmer’s all-around workhorse, the tractor. Continue reading

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Windows

This week, Ann-Christine asks us to share images featuring windows. In some cases, they invite us to enjoy what is on the other side. At times, they show us a place we can never go. A window can invite us to another world or make us content to be exactly where we are. You can read the entire challenge post here. Continue reading

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Look Up

Tourists can’t help but look up when they visit new and interesting places. These photographer tourists are checking the skyline in Cartagena, Colombia with an eye toward some interesting architecture. Hopefully they will turn around to note the grand cathedral behind them.  It is officially known as the Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica of Saint Catherine of Alexandria. This week, Patti Moed challenges us to look up and share our view from below. You can read the entire challenge post here. Continue reading