Straight Out of The Camera Sunday

There are so many different daily photo challenges out there to motivate a person.

The first one I ever participated in was Photo Friday, and I still keep their weekly prompt in mind as I go about my week.

Kent Weakley now hosts (and it was recently hosted by My 3 Boybarians) Sweet Shot Tuesday, a place to show off your favorite photo without being held to a specific prompt.

Another one I like a lot is Scavenger Hunt Sunday at Ramblings and Photos. She gives us 5 prompts to work on each week.

My most recent favorite is Alphabe-Thursday, because I know what the upcoming challenges are going to be and I can think about when I want to do with them. And because Jenny Matlock keeps the rotation going – as soon as Z week is over, it’s right back to A again!

Wednesday seems to be a pretty popular day. There’s Wordless Wednesdays (Project Alicia),  and of course, Wordless Wednesdays with Words (and then, she snapped).  And like Christmas every day hosts a Black and White Wednesday collection.

I was just invited to one on Mondays, called Observing Beauty (Chickens on the Moon) – this week’s subject: Water.

Whew! There are lots of others.

I really enjoy these weekly bits of motivation. Not only that, I enjoy looking through the other contributors; being introduced to blogs I’ve haven’t seen before, as well as finding some of the blogs I already follow participating in these challenges too!

I just learned about SOOC Sunday from Teresa at Eden Hills’s blog. Here is my Straight Out Of The Camera, of Isaac, my mostly ever-present (though not always ever-ready model)

Impromptu photo shoot outside our apartment

Do you know of a weekly prompt collection I don’t have on my list yet?




Scavenger Hunt Sunday – May 13th/ Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mommies out there, may your day be filled with odd homemade breakfasts and demands for attention. :)

I struggled with a couple of this week’s prompts, as I usually do. I always want to come up with something particularly clever, but that does not always happen.


Using my *new* 50mm 1.8 lens I decided to try to take an interesting photo of sidewalk. This is what I came up with.


While hiking through the woods I happened to look up and see the sun coming through the two halves of the trunk of this tree.


I take the 405 up to Bellevue each week to get to the Humane Society. Every time I think that the traffic is going to be better, and every time it never is. How much time do I unnecessarily spend driving on this crazy freeway?

Close up:

I found this little fellow out by my garden, sitting and waiting for his next meal.

With Mirror:

Alright, maybe this is a bit of a cheat, but this lake I photographed in January has a mirror like effect going on. It was the best I could come up with.

More fun SHS entries can be found by following this link:

The silhouette of a man

Isaac and I have been doing a lot of exploring in the past few weeks.

Most of the time when we head out, we have a certain destination in mind, some park or other cool sounding place that we’ve (usually Isaac) found online. Today we had no destination! We just headed out to see where the road (the 405) would carry us.

We ended up stopping in Lynnwood, at a little park called Martha Lake park. It’s just a little place with a swimming area, and a couple of docks. Those docks ended up the perfect place for me to get some silhouette photos of Isaac jumping off the railing (not into the lake, mind you, a bit too cold for that)

#15 silhouette

It looks like he’s getting pulled up into the air, doesn’t it?