Since Jaunary 1, I have been participating in the #EternalCrown365, well, with Leap Day, 366 day photo challenge. And that, my friends, is a mouthful. The challenge has caused me to not just look at my surroundings but to really see them. Talented professional photographer Kellea Martin LeSage is our tutor. Kellea gives us a weekly assignment which we post onto a group Facebook page. You can check out our photos to this point, here.
So I have been taking pictures of some of the beauty of my fair city that before EC366 I might not have even noticed. Here are a few of the photos I have snapped with my iPhone 5C. I am hoping to get a real camera this spring that will allow me to take much better pictures for the remainder of the challenge and for my blog posts, too.
This assignment was to share a photo that captured texture. I shot this of McKelligon Canyon, where we often walk, after our one winter snow storm. McKelligon Canyon is beautiful everyday, every season.
On this Wednesday, we were asked to take a picture that told a story without words. This is kind of the story of who I am, and maybe a little bit of who I was before retirement. The books are many of my favorites from lessons I did as an elementary school librarian. The voodoo doll is actually a money or prosperity doll that Lauren brought me as a souvenir from a trip to New Orleans. For so many years as a single mom, I worried about money. The Indian storyteller doll on the left is one of my favorite icons. I like to think of myself as a storyteller, The burgundy slipper on the right represents my love of shoes and fairy tales. On the top shelf are some of my favorite pics of my granddaughter, Cady, and a darling plaque my BFF Sharon gave me.
I stood on my balcony to shoot this picture as sun set behind the Franklin Mountains. The assignment this day was to take a picture of something that would fill the entire frame.
The challenge for this particular week was to shoot pictures looking in from the outside, looking through something at something else. I shot this picture of some kindergartners through the window of their classroom door. Our Monday assignments have the additional requirement of being monochromatic.
The assignment for this week was framing. Boy, I struggled with this one. So many of the gals doing the challenge posted adorable photos of their children being framed by something. But I have no children or even family here in El Paso to photograph. This photo was shot looking toward the mountains of New Mexico from the golf course near my home.
I live just a mile or so from the Texas-New Mexico border. There is quaint restaurant appropriately named The Edge of Texas situated right on the state line and this photo was taken from their parking lot looking back toward El Paso.
Kellea challenged us to photograph deliberate color for this week’s assignments. She asked us not to edit and add color to just one area of an otherwise black and white picture but to select a subject where the color was very specific. Ironically, this is Evergreen Cemetery. Very few El Paso cemeteries have grass including Evergreen.
Looking for good photo ops that would translate well into black and white was a recent assignment. Sounds easy but not so much. So many color pictures look like a muddy mess of gray when edited to be “black and white”. Not sure how well this mural under I-10 in my old stomping grounds of south central El Paso satisfied the assignment but I liked it.
Somewhere in the middle of February, Kellea had a rough week in her personal life and was unable to post our assignments. When she did get them posted on Friday of that week, she gave us the following week to get the photos shot and loosened the structure of the assignments a bit to make it easier for all of us to catch up. I saw this little park-like area in the parking lot behind one of our outdoor malls. I loved the spring colors framed by the desert rock wall. There is texture in the wall, on the blooms on the trees, in the rocks in the foreground. And this photo exhibits the Rule of Thirds where the focal point of the subject is on one third of the total picture rather than being right in the middle.
I have learned so much already. Now to get a good camera and begin applying all I have learned to the pics I snap everyday.
This week’s assignment is to think of a word that speaks to us and take pictures of nature or objects in our world that form each of the letters in our word. Coincidentally, my friend Mary at Hope Filled Living suggested that we select a word to work on for this entire year, a word that perhaps reflects an area in our life that we need to improve on, an emotion or thought-process that plagues us. I chose the word CONTENT, as in being content, finding contentment. I misunderstood the assignment and thought I had to seek out the letters in nature but realize now that I can look for them everywhere.
PC and I are taking a spur of the moment road trip this weekend. He and I are both off work tomorrow. He doesn’t have a baseball game on Saturday so we decided to take full advantage of this rare, wide-open weekend. We will hop into his Mustang convertible tomorrow morning at six a.m. to drive to Phoenix where we will watch a couple of Cincinnati Reds spring training baseball games, and relax, and hike and sleep in.
And hopefully, I will see the word CONTENT spelled out before my very eyes.
Hugs and kisses,