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Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus


The weekly photo challenge: create a post showing FOCUS. This is perfect for me since my photography style tends to focus on a very narrow depth of field. This way I can draw your attention (your focus) to the area I want you to see. In the top photograph, the focus is on the end of the stamens, and the rest of the lily is blurred. In the bottom photograph, I’ve narrowed the focus to only the tips of the stamens, and again, the rest of the lily appears blurred. In both cases, I’ve used a soft focus, which gives the images a dreamy look.

To see other interpretations of “Focus,” visit the Daily Post here:

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All About the Focus


Sometimes we just need to focus on one thing, such as this budding flower. Unfortunately, I don’t remember which flower. (Two pictures)


This is a more abstract view of the “unknown flower.”

UPDATE: The brain synapses finally fired and I remember what this budding flower is … chives. 😀

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Day 99 – Ninety-Nine Bottles of Beer

Unbeing dead isn’t being alive. – e. e. cummings

I cannot help but think of the popular “ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall …” song as today marks 99 funky picture posts. I’m sincerely amazed I’ve stuck with this project so consistently. Yay me!

Lately I’ve had a streak of posting pictures that no-one has been able to guess (including Gail!) and I’m wondering if today is when the streak ends. I’m “iffy” about the picture, wondering if it’s “guessable” again. We shall see!

Today’s “what is it?!?” picture was inspired by the angle I was looking at this subject, not the ordinary view you’d take. Can you tell? Do you know?

What Is It?!?


What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 98)

The other day I was walking by my car when I looked at one of the wheels and thought, “hey, I bet a close up of that would be a great what is it picture!” So I quickly took a picture of the subject.

It might have looked like a leaf from a Magnolia tree, a trumpet flower leaf, paper, or stone, but what you saw was part of a wheel’s hubcap. The angle is what caught my eye.


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Day 60 – We’re Already Here?

The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist. – Novalis

One of my life’s greatest mysteries is how the creative process works, how suddenly a tree appears on a blank piece of sketch paper, how swirls become the leaves on the tree, how something is created from the depths of my mind, my vision. Or, with photography, how my mind’s eye seems to know where to draw focus, how to capture that image framed by my vision, without really being aware. It just happens. Art simply becomes. A picture is born.

For today’s mystery “what is it?!?” picture, I was inspired by … I really don’t know! It just happened. 🙂 Can you guess?

What Is It?!?


What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 59)

When I showed my 10-year-old son yesterday’s picture, he asked what it was and I told him. He had no clue what this object was intended for, and I wasn’t surprised. After all, I’m sure the majority of us are spoiled by a washer and dryer. But way back when, before these technological advancements, women had to hand wash clothes (sometimes in creeks and lakes), probably with handmade soap (I know my grandma made hers), with this ancient artifact: an old washboard. Here are a couple of different perspectives of the washboard. (Can you imagine doing laundry with this? I cannot!)

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Day 39 – Thimble Full of Imagination

Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake? – Leonardo da Vinci

It’s all about the way you look at things. Especially when you’re armed with a macro lens and a tiny object. Just the way you look at something, from the top, or underneath, or sideways, or at an angle, can totally change your perception. The image changes. The colors change. Your focus changes. The vision emerges.

Can you guess today’s mystery “what is it?!?” picture?  Feel free to guess and I will let you know if you are correct or not.

What Is It?!?

20130208-2013_02_08_1112What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 38)

Yesterday I had guesses all over the place: gear from a pencil sharpener, end of metal rakes, old fashioned bacon press, the leaning tower of metal, and corduroy. (I love all of this imagination!) The correct answer is a thimble.

But here’s the really interesting part. The thimble is part of an antique Coca-Cola sewing kit, and all those ridges in the thimble are the shape of tiny, miniature Coca-Cola bottles. I’ve had this for probably over 20 years and never noticed. I don’t think I would have if I hadn’t bothered to look really closely. Actually, I didn’t see those bottles until reviewing my pictures on the computer.

ImageI love my Coca-Cola pieces!

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Day 33 – Flash Frozen Brain Cells (Now How’s That for a Title?!?)

Wisdom begins in wonder. – Socrates

When a girl has had a hard week (oh my goodness, yesterday I was left brain numb at the end of the work day), it’s time for some retail therapy. So before I go on my little shopping extravaganza (and get super bundled up because it’s really cold in Tallahassee, Florida today), I will post today’s mystery “what is it?!?” picture. My muse beckoned and I answered the call!

What Is It?!?

ImageWhat Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 32)

I’ll tell you first what it wasn’t: ice cubes, Ginger Ale, beer, the rim of a light bulb, or a paint brush handle. Yesterday’s picture was of a miniature glass mug; I was inspired by the sunlight reflecting off the bottom of the glass from the sunset.

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Day 30 – The More I Think, the More I Wonder

“Think and wonder, wonder and think.”
― Dr. Seuss

After all these years, I still love to read Dr. Seuss. My son, now 10, still loves these books, too, the rhythm and fun, cadence and beats, silly funny creatures and wacky beasts. Sometimes I think we all need a dose of Dr. Seuss, if each one of us took only five minutes a day to escape reality … on a boat, with a goat … in a house, with a mouse, oh, just imagine the places we could go!

The more I think, the more I wonder
The more I wonder, the more I ponder
What’s over here and what’s over yonder
And yonder is such a peculiar word!

Interesting tidbit that Ian mentioned to me: In the book Green Eggs and Ham, we know “Sam-I-Am’s” name, but what’s the name of the other fellow? We read the book aloud and still don’t know. Funny, how he saw something I hadn’t noticed for too many decades to mention. 😉

For your thinking and wondering pleasure, below is today’s mystery “what is it?!?” picture. I found it quite interesting! Do you know what it is?

What Is It?!?

ImageWhat Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 29)

It wasn’t a gold-colored screw, or top to a facial cream jar, not the bottom or top of a can, but it was the inside of a coffee can. My inspiration came from a friend’s guess of this on a previous picture. When I saw the coffee can I thought, why not?


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Day 29 – The World the Way I See Through My Eyes

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist. – Oscar Wilde

The world and its glorious, numerous, never-ending plethora of objects, I see within a frame. Not an actual picture frame, but an image singled out, sometimes focusing in, sometimes reaching out. I was trying to explain this to my husband, and I found it (still find it) quite difficult to describe the world the way I see through my eyes. 

I take these “funky” pictures because I’ve always searched out that “artsy-fartsy” viewpoint, that frame that screams out to me. I have not run out of subjects for my 365-Day Project in Perspective and I doubt I will, the challenge is finding the right exposure of my view to you. 

So how do you see the world?

Here is today’s mystery “what is it?!?” picture, my inspiration purely on impulse, as I had already photographed an object, but then saw this. What would it look like if I were to … ? Do you know what it is?

What Is It?!?

ImageWhat Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture

I was inspired by the colors of cordial glasses yesterday. I took three of the set of six and photographed from different angles, directions, etc. And I loved the results! So much so I had a hard time picking out which one to post. Here are a few other perspectives of these colorful glasses.


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Day 28 – Color My World

I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them. – Pablo Picasso

I have been inspired by colors today. The brilliance of the hues, shades, reflections, the vibrancy of colors entice me. My muse beckoned me loudly today! I was happy, happy, happy to play. 🙂

Today’s mystery “what is it?!?” picture is the result of coloring my world.

What Is It?!?

20130128-2013_01_28_0620What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture

Okay, so my mind has obviously been at the bottom of the sea lately, perhaps it has something to do with planning my annual girl’s weekend with my BFFs just the other day. One friend guessed the subject immediately: a shell.

How can I not love something that’s part of my name? (Schelley) 😉

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Day 27 – Ohhhhh … Who Lives in a Pineapple Under the Sea?

A little perspective, like a little humor, goes a long way. – Allen Klein

I’ll tell you a little secret. Sometimes we watch “Spongebob Squarepants” even when our son isn’t even in the room. There’s something about that yellow fellow and his cohorts, Patrick, Plankton (my favorite character), Squidward, Mr. Krabs, and Sandy Cheeks (the astronaut squirrel). I mean, how can you not love a place called “Bikini Bottom?!?” And Plankton, he’s the definition of spunk packed in a small package. Always in pursuit of the infamous (yet top secret) Krabby Patty recipe. Spongebob and his silly laugh, Patrick and his utter stupidity, Squidward’s constant pessimism, Sandy’s constant cheerfulness, Mr. Krab’s pursuit of the almighty dollar, they all make me laugh.

There’s nothing better than a good dose of humor, it can change your perspective on life.

So are you ready? Aye aye Captain!

Here’s today’s mystery “what is it?!?” picture, do you know what it is?

What Is It?!?

ImageWhat Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture

I admit, it was pretty easy to guess, but I became spellbound with its intricate details. Was it raindrops in the sand? No. Sea sponge? No. But close! A guess here on the blog post was indeed correct: coral. Congratulations Sonja!