Saturday, February 23, 2008

New Extra Credit Photo Challenge

Creative Challenge-Collage

We have a new extra credit Challenge going right now:

Another Creative Challenge-COLLAGE

The Self Portrait Challenge seemed fun & successful, so I wanted to add another this
 week.  Again, you can enter anytime you want. 

The collage can be of decide, post it on your blog, come back here &
 leave a link. You can add a little explanation on what you did & why.   PLEASE
 follow GUIDELINES (use permalinks).  Like the last creative challenge, there will
 be no judging.

I have posted these collages in past entries, years apart.  I won't make you go back through the archives to find them, I am putting all three collage examples up here for this extra credit.  I have done other collages of sailboat regattas, too, but hey, that would just be overkill, LOL. 

I saw in another entry on this Extra Credit Challenge some editing techniques that are new to me and I want to spend some time learning how to create in a similar fashion.  Don't be surprised if you see more collage samples in the future.

This is the first collage I ever attempted with my digital camera which, at the time, was a Fujinon.  I was inspired by our newly acquired kittens.

Most of my long time readers have come to know about our cat Emmie and the special bond that developed between the two of us.  This collage was inpired by Emmie.

This final collage was done over two years ago to demostrate the process of removing huge items of debris that gets trapped in our marina from time to time.  These items, if left in the river, would prove to be a danger to any boat.  They are hard to see and easy to hit.

I wish I had the time right now to experiment with the new techniques I have observed, but I must finish two loads of laundry that are both in progress and get ready for a road trip tomorrow.

Paulette has to attend a training seminar in Athens, Georgia, about a four and a half hour drive from here.  I have taken a few vacation days to drive her there.  I will take my PC with me, (the hotel advertises wireless internet), and my guitar as well as my camera.  I'll amuse myself each day while she is in her training sessions and I hope to return with some good photos.  The hotel is on the grounds of the University of Georgia, so I am gauranteed some interesting sights right off the bat!  We will return home on Wednesday.  For all the thieves and burglars out there, Sandy will be remaining at home.  (Just kidding J-Land, I have more trust in you than that, LOL).

If you see a guy on a street corner in Athens, Georgia over the next few days playing guitar with a cup on the ground in front of him, toss in a coin or two, it could be me and you know what the price of gas is these days.  (WINK)!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Photo Chalenge Extra Credit


The gang that is hosting the AOL Community Photo Challenge has challenged us to do a self portrait for extra credit.  This is just for fun so that we might get a glimpse of  those that are joining in on the Challenges.  Its fun to put a face to a screen name. 

At any rate, I am going to submit my self portrait, presented here in collage form.  All the shots in this collage were taken yesterday, 2/15/08.  I used a tripod and the timer setting on my camera and took off or put on different work jackets for the different colors.

I encourage everyone to click on this link to the challenge and go to the comments section to get the links to all the other self portraits of the Challenge Gang!  There are some really creative responses to this one and it is fun to see how each photographer responded.

AOL Community Photo Challenge:  Self Portrait 

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


First of all, I just want to say how excited I was to learn that Monica and I won first place awards for the recent AOL Community Photo Challenge.  I am humbled by the judges choices and I also want to say thank you to all who left me such nice comments about my photo.  I must say, Monica's photo was great, too, and I'm glad we are getting to share the award.  Interesting that a winner in the advanced Challenge and Nancy, the winner in the Beginners Challenge had a cat in the shot, LOL.  For a complete list of winners and links to see their entries click on this link:  AOL Community Photo Advanced Challenge

While I'm at it, let me add that I was really impressed with the photos in the Beginners Challenge.  We have some great photographers here in J-Land at all levels!  Click on this link to see the winners of the Beginners Challenge:  AOL Community Photo Beginners Challenge.

Now, while we are on the subject of awards.  There has been an award being passed around J-Land sinced the beginning of the month.  It is the Nice Matters award and it is really a great way to tell each other that we think they are nice and that someone appreciates them.  I want to thank those that have sent this award on to me and apologize about taking so long to post on the subject.  You will see my award proudly displayed now in my sidebar on the left.  There are two versions of the award, one for the ladies and one for the gents.

As I traveled around J-Land these last ten days or so, I have noticed that almost everyone already has recieved one of these.  So nice to see the widespread show of kindness.  Here are some very deserving folks who need to have one of these on their sidebar, too. First the ladies:

I have chosen one male to recieve this award from me.  He actually sent me one, but that is not why I chose to send him one back.  There is no one quite like Guido here in J-Land.  He has a heart big enough to fill two continents.  His compassion towards his fellow man is evident in almost all he writes.  He is ever vigilant to alert us to visit those who might need a little encouragement or comfort.  His sidebar should be filled with these awards.

Well, I'm off now to go on a little photo adventure.  If I'm successful at shooting the event I am about to go witness, I'm sure you will be seeing the results here in some future post.  I need to stop and get a haircut on the way there, so I'd better get a move on.  Take care everyone, I'll see you all next Monday or Tuesday for sure.


Monday, February 4, 2008


The subject of this week's AOL Community Photo Challenge is:  Love

With Valentine's day upon us this month, our next challenge was suggested by Betty.
Of course, this can be of anything that represents love.  There are many forms of love, so this should be an easy challenge. 
Love is all around find it, capture it, or just use a photo from the past, that says it!

I had no idea how few photos I've snapped over the past couple of years that really demonstrate this subject.  I finally found this shot taken two years ago of my grandson, Trenton and our kittie, Emmie.  There was a lot of affection between these two during the time that Trenton was living with us.  Here is the shot:

I did enjoy this opportunity to go back through my archives and I hope you enjoy this cute shot of the two of them.  Now its off to visit the other entires in this challenge to see what the rest of you have come up with.