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Bougainvillea Burst -Theme #1 – Zoom Burst – Week 9


I wasn’t sure if I would be able to do a Zoom Burst as I have a camera with a zoom lens, a Canon Powershot SX40, but the zoom lens is not removable. What I did to capture this picture of the Bougainvillea tree in my front yard was to put my camera in Av mode and then use a setting where it fired off three shots at various speeds. The first two shots look like normal pictures put this is what I got on the third one.

Park Trees – Week 8, theme #25 SOOC


I took this picture today at Bob Gardner Community Park in Lakewood Ranch. It is straight out of the camera (SOOC). I love this park and think it is a wonderful addition to our area. It has a very nice dog park as well but you do have to walk quite a bit before you hit the dog area. I did not have my dogs with me today, my puppy is too young for a dog park, he finishes his shots next week and the last time I took my four year old dog, who is hyperactive, he exhausted himself before he actually got to the dog area and wanted to leave immediately.

Doodles on the run. Week 7- Theme 8 Wild Card.


I took this picture of my two Goldendoodles, Bergy and Dozer, last night as they were having some fun chasing a ball. I put my Canon Powershot in “Sports” mode so I could keep shooting continuously. At first, I was tempted to apply one of the themes: movement, contrast (4 years verses 4 months) or my back yard since this is basically my back yard but decided that I would use a Wild Card since I know I can do better with these themes if I apply myself a bit. I have taken pictures of Bergy pretty high up in the air when I manage to get him over to our neighborhood dog park so stay tuned!

Bergy! Week 6 – Theme 41 – Shaped Bokeh


This is my first 52 Week Challenge. I am learning so much from the other bloggers who not only share there beautiful photos but explain what they did. I was not familiar with “Shaped Bokeh” so I Googled the term and watched a YouTube video. I thought this would be easy as my other hobby is paper crafting and I have all kinds of shaped punches. What I didn’t have was a punch that could put the shape where I needed it so I used an X-ACTO knife which did the job but not exactly. A black sharpie fixed the jagged areas somewhat. This is my four year old Goldendoodle Bergy. I have another Goldendoodle “Dozer” who will be 14 weeks tomorrow and will probably make an appearance as a Wild Card during the hectic holiday season.

Circles against the Sky – Week 5 Theme#22 Circles.


This picture was taken this morning after a pontoon boat ride at Myakka River State Park. It was a gorgeous morning at one of my favorite local spots to take pictures.  I was able to take shots that fill so many of the categories of the 52 Week Challenge, especially, Straight Out of the Camera (SOOC).  I decided instead of taking the easier option of SOOC, to go for “Circles” since it is the first thing I think of when I see this photo. It is basically SOOC except I adjusted the lighting and cropped it a bit.