Shutterbugs and friends,
Welcome to the World Through My Lens, 06.2019. This is a round-up of the photos I took during the month for the 2 photography challenges in which I am participating. There’s the Sunday Stills series hosted by Terri at Second Wind Leisure Perspectives and The Everyday Eye Candy Project 52 with LaShawn at Everyday Eye Candy on Facebook and her blog, Everyday Eye Candy. Here are the prompts for the past month and my interpretations. You can visit last month’s World Through My Lens post, here.
World Through My Lens, 06.2019
Didn’t use my DSL camera much this month. Need to quick relying on my phone for these photography challenges because the whole purpose of them was to inspire me to use my good camera. To become more familiar with it. Going to try to do better this month.
WORLD THROUGH MY LENS WEEK 23
SUNDAY STILLS, 06.02.2019: Edge
When I stopped on Transmountain Road in hopes of capturing a shot for this week’s prompt, I was thinking more along the lines of the edge of the mountain, the edge of the scenic parking area where it drops off along the mountain’s side. But the shadows on this picnic table from the pergola caught my eye. I bent down and snapped this photo from one edge of the table looking out onto the horizon where El Paso borders Juarez, Mexico. In Spanish, la frontera.
EVERYDAY EYECANDY PROJECT 52, WEEK 23: Diptych
Ok, so I had to look up this word to make sure I knew what it meant. Thanks to my high school Latin, I was pretty sure ‘di’ meant 2. But what’s a tych. So I looked it up. Merriam-Webster online defined it as:
a picture or series of pictures (such as an altarpiece) painted or carved on two hinged tablets; a work made up of two matching parts.
Then I cheated and checked out the diptych photos some of the others posted on the Everyday EyeCandy Project 52 Facebook page. Finally, I began taking pictures with this prompt in mind.
The photo on the left was taken outside the Socorro Mission, built in 1691, looking in. The photo on the right was taken from inside the mission, in the gift shop, looking out of the same window into the courtyard.
WORLD THROUGH MY LENS WEEK 24
SUNDAY STILLS, 06.09.2019: Unusual
This photograph is accidentally unusual. Call it divine intervention. I was walking through the cemetery on the grounds of the Socorro Mission when I noticed a stream of water flowing around several headstones against the back wall. The water was moving swiftly enough that I knew it had to be a canal running off the Rio Grande. So many of the grave sites are in upheaval, the ground caving in and the head stones crumbled and broken. I wondered if the cemetery was regularly flooded by canal run-off. This headstone was struggling to remain above water when I snapped the photo. The sunlight was illuminating it with a heavenly glow. And later, when I looked at the photo more carefully, I noticed the cross shaped patch of light in the water.
EVERYDAY EYECANDY PROJECT 52, WEEK 24: Fatherhood
On my last visit to Albuquerque, we all went out for ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery. Lucia attacked a bowl of ice cream half the size of her head with great gusto while her proud daddy, Francisco, looked on. I wasted no time on my bowl and when Lucia gave up on hers, I was ready to step in to finish it for her! Ultimate sacrifice. Grandma’s will do about anything for their granddaughters.
WORLD THROUGH MY LENS WEEK 25
SUNDAY STILLS, 06.16.2019: Paths
The other day, I found myself with an hour to kill between tours of potential daycares for Lucia. Ducked into a library across town. Noticed that toward the back of the library parking lot there was a sign for a trails and hikes. The following weekend, PC and I checked them out. The park was right in the middle of a commercial area of town but once on the path, walkers would never know they were just steps away from the library and surrounding shopping centers and a self-storage unit.
This photo is of a bridge crossing a dry creek bed on the path along our hike.
EVERYDAY EYECANDY PROJECT 52, WEEK 25: The Golden Hour
Have you noticed that in the hour before sunset, the world is bathed in a warm, golden light that exceeds the effect of any artificial filter or camera edit. The other evening, I was about to sit down on the couch after dinner when I realized my background was gilded and glowing. Grabbed my phone and took a few photos of the beautiful coral colored clouds, their reflection in the pool and the way our normally beige stucco became a rich earthy terracotta.
WORLD THROUGH MY LENS WEEK 26
SUNDAY STILLS, 06.23.2019: Stillness
The Socorro Mission offered a number of photo ops for this month’s prompts. On this very warm June morning, I was the only person wandering around the cemetery, the grounds and the mission. The doors to the mission are almost always unlocked so parishioners and others can come in to pray and worship. It was cool inside, quiet and peaceful. After walking up to the altar, I sat for a moment and enjoyed the stillness while praying for some close and distant friends.
EVERYDAY EYECANDY PROJECT 52, WEEK 26: Monochrome
Confession. I used a filter to ‘monochrome-up’ this photo. It wasn’t exactly rainbow colored anyway but the mission was stark white adobe against the bluest of west Texas skies. So, with a little finagling, I give you a monochromatic look at the Socorro Mission. And then again, I’m not real sure this qualifies for monochromatic. Hmmm.
WORLD THROUGH MY LENS WEEK 27
SUNDAY STILLS, 06.30.2019: Great Outdoors
The photo below was taken of the same set of trails as I photographed above for ‘paths’. This is a photo of the trail head from which the three trails branch out. If you look carefully, you can see roof tops on the right of the photo and yet, it looks like we were hiking in the middle of nowhere.
EVERYDAY EYECANDY PROJECT 52, WEEK 27: Red, White and Blue
Took photos of my 4th of July decorations, and a blueberry fluff dessert that was red, white and blue. But I think this shot of the flat layout of my holiday outfit is the best photo of a red, white and blue palette.
The photo below is of another upturned headstone in the Socorro cemetery. So many of the headstones were broken, or in bad shape. I found myself wanting to clean up and put things back together but it would have taken days to get the cemetery in better shape. Can’t imagine how these poor souls could be resting in peace.
Found this Frida Kahlo mobile at one of my favorite nick-knack stores. Thinking she would be a terrific addition to my loft space but I really don’t need more stuff. So hopefully, having a photo of her will be enough.
And one last photo. When I was taking pictures for the prompt ‘edge’, this is one shot I considered using. But the one above seemed to represent the prompt better. This is a picnic table at a scenic overlook on Transmountain Road. I liked all of the lines in the photo. And the contrast between light and shadow.
We are well into the new month and I haven’t even peeked at the prompts for July. Guess I need to do that! These photo challenges help me step outside my comfort zone. And look at my life and my world through a different set of eyes. If you were sharing photos for the World Through My Lens, 06.2017 prompts, what would you share?
I have a bunch of fashion posts to share in the coming days. PC has worked on my laptop again and it seems – knock on wood – to be fixed. The screen hasn’t gone black all evening tonight. Hallelujah. So I need to strike while the iron is hot and get into my fashion haus!
Enjoy a restful Sunday, girls. Thank you for taking a few minutes to spend time here, with me.
Hugs and kisses,
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