Photo Challenge #41 / Symmetry

20180927ma_5024“Brooklyn Bridge” / Theme: Symmetry

A little about this photo…

I absolutely LOVE the the Brooklyn Bridge and it’s definitely on my list of recommended sites for anybody going to New York City. I don’t often get to come here when I get into the City, but we had a day to dedicate to a bit of a history tour of Lower Manhattan. And this just happened to be our first stop. (I have two similar photos. One with the street lamp and a different angle without the lamp. The little rebel in me decided to go with this one, even though it technically goes against the definition of symmetry!)


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Photo Challenge #40 / City

20180927ma_5145“It’s 1783 in New York City” / Theme: City

A little about this photo…

This is the Fraunces Tavern in the heart of Lower Manhattan, and it’s not too far from Wall Street and the site of the World Trade Center. Back in 1783, the Revolutionary War had just ended. General George Washington chose this location to bid farewell to the officers of the Continental Army. (Note: This is also not far from the location where Washington would later be sworn into office as the first president of the United States (1789). It wouldn’t be until 1801 that the capital city would be Washington D.C.)

This is not the building you usually picture when you think of New York City. But I think that’s partly why I chose it for the City prompt. I love how this building exists next to all the modern skyscrapers.


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Photo Challenge #39 / Looking Down

20180708ma_3847“Collection” / Theme: Looking Down

A little about this photo…

After collecting these acorns at the park, my nephew came directly to me to photograph them. (He knows his aunt will do stuff like that!) So, we found a spot in the shade and I told him to arrange it. This is what he did. Of course, I first started with a close-up of the acorns, but then I went for the overhead shot. The close-up turned out, but I somehow like this one because it adds that little human touch. This is his collection.


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Photo Challenge #38 / Liquid

20180921ma_4995“Rain Water” / Theme: Liquid

A little about this photo…

This is water coming from our rain barrel. And so, it qualifies as rain water. I love the little drops as well as the water that is just spurting out of the faucet. You can even see tiny drops of water shooting out at the front.


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Photo Challenge #37 / Nature

20180815ma_4324.jpg“Spider Tree” / Theme: Nature

A little about this photo…

This tree brings up so many questions. I mean, what makes a tree grow like this? Is it some sort of portal to another land? Does anything live under there? Assuming this tree doesn’t already have tenants, don’t you just want to make a fort under there?

Well, it certainly makes for an interesting photo. It makes me wonder if it’s going to start walking at any moment.


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Photo Challenge #36 / Numbers

20180707ma_3742“Dialing Out” / Theme: Numbers

A little about this photo…

I love these old phones and I kind of miss them. Not that I don’t like speed dial, but I find that dialing one of these babies is rather therapeutic. So, for this prompt, I decided to use a slower shutter speed to get blur on the old rotary dialer. (As you can see, we weren’t REALLY dialing anybody since the receiver is still in the cradle. It was a phone that you could play with in a museum!)


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Photo Challenge #35 / What a View!

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“Waterfall” / Theme: What a View!

A little about this photo…

Taken with fisheye lens, I love how this photo encapsulates so much. Of course, the waterfall is the star of the shot. And it really is a stunning view. I do love to come back here. (And by here, I mean the Lower Falls at Balls Falls in Ontario, Canada.)


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The Day I Forgot My Camera

Actually, this post should be called The Day I Forgot My Camera Card.

Because that’s what really happened. I brought the camera. I forgot there wasn’t a memory card in the slot.

It was a complicated day. We were going to visit the HMCS Haida, a retired battleship that served during WWII and the Korean War. The ship is docked in Hamilton, Ontario and is now open for tourists. Before we left, I grabbed my camera bag. Usually I have a memory card inside my camera, AND a couple backups in my bag.

But on arriving at the battleship, I suddenly realized that my big, fancy camera was… useless!

(And no, I do NOT have a smart phone.)

I experienced a moment of panic.

Could I really enjoy this visit withOUT a camera in my hand?

Well, it turns out that I didn’t have to. You see, the nieces and nephews were with me. I soon realized that my 10-year-old niece had brought her little digital camera. There was nothing fancy about this little camera. It’s probably older than she is. And (lucky for aunty), she let me borrow it while she and her cousins explored the ship with abandon.

(Note: It’s been awhile since I used one of these cameras. It took me a few photos before I knew I wanted to disable the flash.)

Here are three things I learned:

1) While the “fancy” DSLR camera gives me more control over my pictures (like depth of field, etc.) the little digital camera gave me… pictures.

2) And the photos were pretty decent. They’re not as big as I’m used to. But they weren’t bad.

3) Creativity is in the composition. Inspiration should never be dependent on a fancy camera.

P.S. So, what if I hadn’t had the “backup” camera? I think it’s okay to just enjoy the journey. You don’t HAVE to document everything. While I prefer to have my camera with me, I also know that my concentration does go to my picture-taking. Which means that I just don’t sit back and admire the view.

Photo Challenge #34 / Wooden

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“Little Wooden Church” / Theme: Wooden

A little about this photo…

I love the look of this little white church. And yes, it’s made out of wood. White, painted wood. Today, this is a popular wedding destination not too far from where I live. It’s quite a beautiful location. There are hiking trails and there’s a waterfall not far from the church steps.


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Photo Challenge #33 / Texture

20180805ma_4042“Dorothy” / Theme: Texture

A little about this photo…

This is my grandmother’s doll, Dorothy. She got her when she was 6 years old, after having her appendix out. Dorothy was a gift from the ladies in her father’s office, which I think was pretty generous considering that this would have been during the Great Depression.

I’ve always been fascinated by the lines on Dorothy’s face. Of course, these weren’t there back in the 1930s. It’s almost like Dorothy’s aged, along with my grandma. Those lines on her face are as beautiful as the wrinkles on my own grandma’s face. (Yes, I do think wrinkles can be beautiful!)


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