52 Week Photo Challenge – Week 4 – Self Portrait

Ha! This one cracks me up!  I am not a fan of “the selfie”. Normally, I don’t like photos of myself. I know I am not alone, so this one was a bit difficult.  Having a teenager, however, has made it easier for me to “get with the times”.

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This is a photo I took using one of the Snapchat filters on my iPhone.  Then I used my Snapseed app to play around and edit.

Still not a fan of the selfie!

Next up – Week 5 and Wide Angle Lens
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TTFN!

Sheila

52 Week Challenge – Week 3 – Drink

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Just a quick note to post my 52 week challenge photo. I have been feeling under the weather the past couple of days, and am hoping I can snap out of this.

At any rate, the category was drink for Week 3.  Since I am obsessed with coffee, I thought I would do the challenge on it.  My Keurig machine is one of my favorite Christmas presents from my sister. It saves me a little money on going to Caribou every day.  Being from Minnesota, Caribou Coffee is where it’s at. Some folks still prefer Starbuck’s. But I am a Caribou gal myself.

I am so impressed with some of the photos I have been seeing each week tagged with #fmtm52weeks. Here is a great photo from my friend Jessica Shurts Photography.  Here is her awesome blog, if you’d like to follow her!  She does wonderful work!  Create and Share

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Please keep up the good work everyone!

Week 4 is going to be a challenge for me. Self Portrait.  I have a hard time with this one!

Good luck!

52 Week Challenge – Week 2 – WINTER

I have to say this was a good week to have WINTER as the category in the 52 week challenge. In Minnesota, we had plenty of different weather (as usual) this week! I took a few photos of what winter means around here!

Or as I fondly say, Winter From My Neck of the Woods!  I am a day late and a dollar short as usual on getting this one out!

I have to say this was a good week to have WINTER as the category in the 52 week challenge. In Minnesota, we had plenty of different weather (as usual) this week! I took a few photos of what winter means around here!

Earlier in the week, we were blessed with three days in a row of the white stuff. It made for difficult driving commutes. I am really lucky in that I leave later than most, and come home earlier. I am not stuck in traffic most days, lucky me!

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My drive in to work on Tuesday.
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Shoveling the sidewalk on Monday at work.
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HA my car buried at the end of my shift. Looks the same on the other side.
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After the snow cleared so did the sky, there was a sunset, off my deck.
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If I were to pick my favorite of the week, it would be this one. A male Northern Cardinal Wednesday morning before work. Again, off my deck.
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Yes, I know it’s corn.
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Again on Wednesday, it cleared up when I left work.

Then it got COLD. C – O – L – D. COLD. Thursday morning it was -9 below, with a -26 below windchill. Loved this one I grabbed on the Mississippi.

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This is what happens when the air temp is colder than the water temp.
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Friday night at the local ice skating rink, it was still pretty chilly. I am going to do another blog post about “the Pit”.

In Minnesota, winter to many of us means winter dance team competitions. My daughter doesn’t dance anymore, but we took in some dance team action on Saturday.

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If I had to pick my favorite of the week, it would definitely be the Northern Cardinal. HA, not a surprise.

Next week’s category is “Drink”. Should be interesting and fun!  Here is another glimpse of the categories!

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Finding the Beauty

So after three days of snow fall, people are definitely complaining around here.  While we are still below average for snow fall on the year, it has been coming at the most inopportune times. Like rush hour. I hear stories of 1-3 hour commutes. I guess I am one of the lucky ones. I don’t travel far for work, and never during rush hour.

Rather than whining, I have learned in the past few years there are worse things to complain about.  Life is too short to cry about first world problems like traffic and long commutes. There are more important worries in the world.  Instead, I choose to find the beauty in it all.  It is here to stay for a while, so we may as well embrace it.

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Boat house on Lake Orono in Elk River, Minnesota

52 Week Photo Challenge Week 1

Week 1 was a bit of a challenge, if I am hearing correctly from you. That is what this is all about! To get everyone out of their comfort zone!

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Here is my week 1 photo “New Beginnings”.  I just finished school in December, and am looking for another job. I also am adding some new services to my photography business. Web and graphic design. I am working on a website overhaul and making changes to the way I do some things. So yes, those are some of the “New Beginnings” for me in 2017. However, I really can’t take a photo of stuff like that, LOL.

So I thought I about the next best thing. The sunset. A sunset makes room for another day to start all over again. A new beginning.

I can handle that.  It was pretty chilly when I took this with my  iPhone on Saturday. It was -7 below with a wind chill of -18 below. One of my favorite places to bird on the Mississippi just down the road from my home.  In fact, there were a couple of Mallards down in the freezing water bathing themselves.

I saw several awesome photos with the hashtag #FMTM52weeks. So glad people are getting out there and participating in the challenge! I will be sharing some of these here and there throughout the challenge on my blog and Instagram pages.

Next week will be an easy one. Especially around here. Winter. Don’t forget to link back here and/or use #FMTM52weeks for a feature!  If you need another glimpse at the list, click 52 Week Challenge Categories.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sheila

 

 

Let’s Get Started on this 52 Week Photography Challenge!

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OK, without any further ado, here is the challenge.  If you share on your blog, please mention me and/or link back. Always use the hashtag #FMTM52weeks wherever you post on social media. Don’t sweat it. It will be fun!  If you didn’t read my post from last night about my 52 Week Photography Challenge, you can do so here .

I want to make this as easy as possible for everyone. There are beginners and professionals. Some may not have their own social media pages and that is OK. You don’t have to post anywhere if you don’t want. Just take the photo. Too busy to participate weekly?  Post when you can. Just get out there and SHOOT. Want to just follow along and see what others come up with? No problem!

I will post the weekly theme on Mondays, along with my own photo from the previous week’s subject. If you are going to share your photo do so by then. I will always ask your permission to post any photos you share with me!

Happy shooting!

Sheila