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October 31, 2010

Thankful – Picture Fall, day 31

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Picture Fall Mosiac

Today is the last day of the Picture Fall online photography class.  We were instructed to focus on something that expresses our gratitude today.  I am most grateful for my wonderful family, but I already shared them with you on Day 24, and here and there at other times throughout the month.  I’m also grateful for this blogging community that has grown up around several blogs.  I love the support and comments I’ve gotten as I’ve navigated the waters of photography, so a collage of the shots I’ve taken this month seemed apropos.

I hope you are having a great Halloween with lots of treats and no nasty tricks! 🙂

Ghosts of Halloweens Past

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In honor of today, I decided to share the fun I’ve had with Halloween over the years.  Hubby and I have thrown Halloween parties off and on for the last 20 years, starting a couple years before we were married.  We’ve always celebrated with a close group of friends; couples who’ve married and had children, whom we’ve remained friends with over the years.  These pictures are not inclusive of all the costumes we’ve worn over the years, but many of my favorites are included here.  The parties began when we were young 20-somethings and have grown to include our children as we are now all in our 40’s, and our children are friends with each other.  It is a pretty cool relationship, and fairly unusual I’m guessing,  for a core group of five couples (others have come and gone throughout the years) and it is a relationship I am happy and grateful to have.  On to the fun! (I’ve chosen to feature shots of my husband, myself, and my girls to  keep the picture load here to a reasonable size!)

Frankenstein’s monster & Bride of Frankenstein, 1991

Werewolf & Catwoman, 1992

Sally & Mr. Oogie Boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas, 1994

Fast forward 10 years (costumes from the years in between I’m not as crazy about).  2004 was a special year.  I think it was the first year we decided to include everyone’s children in our party invitation, and changed the dynamics from adults-only to a family oriented party.  It was also an awesome year for Red Sox fans!  Our party happened the day after the Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years.  My husband (right) and a friend dressed appropriately for the celebration:

Hubby is a beat-down Yankee player, if it is difficult to make out in that shot.  My girls dressed as Dr. Suess’s Thing 1 and Thing 2 from The Cat in the Hat:

And I went as Madonna from the early years:

What do you think of me as a blond? LOL!

In 2005, we went with a family costume idea:

This is probably my favorite group costume ever!  We had fun shopping for and creating the costumes in order to be the members of the rock band, KISS, and our girls were introduced to some classic 70’s rock!

Our family became a famous TV family in 2007:

The Simpsons : Bart, Lisa, Marge (with a doll I fashioned to be Maggie) and Homer

In 2008, we didn’t throw our own party, but hubby and I were invited to the party of a friend from my dance classes.  It was an election year, and we dressed for it:

John McCain & Sarah Palin!  No political support implied here!  Just cute costumes – I’m wearing one of my husband’s old junior NRA shooting jackets.

Last year, we had another party and went with another group theme:

Were you able to figure this one out?  You might not if you are not a fan of a certain comedian.  We were the puppets of Jeff Dunham: Walter, Peanut, Jose Jalepeno on-a-stick, and Akmed the dead terrorist.  I couldn’t help but laugh anytime I saw Meghan in those eyebrows and mustache on her green face.  And yes, that’s me in the giant bobble-head skeleton suit.  (If you click the link for the puppets, you’ll see a picture of those characters)

This year, hubby and I were again invited to my dance class friend’s party, and we weren’t having a party of our own.  We decided to be Columbia and RiffRaff from the Rocky Horror Picture Show:

I’d love to hear about which of our costumes you liked best, as well as what some of your favorite past Halloween costumes were – links to your pics would be great!

October 30, 2010

Fantasyland – Picture Fall, day 30

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If I’ve learned anything at all during this month long photo experiment, it is that our instructor for this class will always make us think before taking a picture.  That’s a good thing for me.  My husband would always make the comment that I’m so anxious to take the picture that I would often forget to consider the surroundings and then end up with something messing up an otherwise nice picture.  Stop and think about it – good advice.  This photo class has really made me think before I take a picture.  Today’s prompt wanted us to:  shoot a little bit of fantasy—you or your childs—to commemorate the tricks and treats of the season.  It then went on to explain, however, that we shouldn’t just take the typical shot of someone wearing a Halloween costume, but to try to translate something more into the photo.  It stumped me at first.  How is a picture of someone in costume any more than that?  Then, I came up with this shot:

Picture Fall, day 30

When I was first setting up the shot, I considered where to place Sarah to end up with the best light, not to have a distracting background, etc.  I figured I’d open the shot in Photoshop and crop and brighten and maybe find a fantastic-looking blur.  Then I looked at it, several times, cropped and not.  The picture you see here is SOOC.  I thought it said exactly what I wanted it to, just the way it is.  I like the dark hat against the slightly out-of-focus background.  I like the hint of Sarah’s nose.  I like the look of a 13-year-old girl innocently wondering what it might be like to live the fantasy life of a wizard,  unretouched in our little corner of suburbia.

Coming tomorrow: In addition to tomorrow’s photo prompt, the last of the Picture Fall photography class, I’m hoping to feature “Ghosts of Halloweens Past.”  Be sure to come have a look for some laughs!

Sweet Relief – Picture Fall, day 29

Well, I’ve broken the streak again this month.  My creative juices felt tapped out yesterday afternoon by the time I got around to considering my photo prompt:  Capture a little something sweet today; whatever it is that tickles your taste buds.  It isn’t really an excuse, but this past week had me helping my girls figure out and do make-up  for their Halloween parties at the dance studio.  That doesn’t sound like much, but each of my girls goes to the studio on three different days each week, and would either of my girls be content to wear the same costume all three days?  Of course not!  This is the one time of the year that I am thankful for the piles of old dance costumes that reside in this house.  But I digress.  I had no ideas whatsoever for how to make a picture of candy or cookies or the like something out of the ordinary and worthy of photographing last night.  Meghan suggested, “How about you carve the pumpkin and have it barfing up piles of candy?”  I chuckled at the idea, but after dinner had been cleaned up last night I wanted nothing more than to crash on the couch and relax.  Today, however, was a different story!

Picture Fall, day 29

Because of this photo prompt, I’ve had this little diddy playing in my head for the last 24 hours:

October 28, 2010

The Great Pumpkin – Picture Fall, day 28

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The days are winding down in my one-month commitment to take a picture for class and blog about it each day.  I’ve no way to predict of course, but I’d imagine the next few days, including today, could have a Halloween feel to them.  Today’s prompt is named after one of my favorite childhood tv specials.

My pumpkin isn’t carved or decorated yet for Halloween, but Cedric decided to investigate the new arrival to the house, as cats are wont to do:
Picture Fall, day 28

Personally, I’m looking forward to chopping open the pumpkin’s head and eating its brains!!!  Buh-wa-ha-ha-ha!  Oh, er, um, by that, I mean the seeds, of course, roasted with plenty of salt. 😉

October 27, 2010

Leafy Love – Picture Fall, day 27

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It poured buckets today.  Unfortunately, not a fun day for today’s photo prompt.  I tried a few shots from inside the house and under the overhang of the front door to no avail.  Our instructor wanted us to find a way to capture a leaf or leaves in a way that says something new.  Unable to find something pleasing in today’s dreariness, I went back through other shots I’ve taken this month hoping to find one to feature.  I don’t know if this says anything new, but I did love this picture when I took it:

Liquid challenge

That should count as leafy love, right? 🙂

October 26, 2010

Open Heart, Open Mind – Picture Fall, day 26

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Today’s photo prompt was almost a little too vague for me at first.  “Seek out some kind of openness and shoot it,” explained the instructor.  Being a lovely sunny afternoon, I wandered my backyard in hope that inspiration would hit.  My husband and daughters even shouted out,”Take a picture of …..” but their suggestions weren’t moving me.  Finally, I strolled to the back of yard and found it:

Picture Fall, day 26

The old tire swing seemed to say “open to possibilities” to me.  The addition of Meghan’s Halloween-painted toes and some sunshine-and-tree bokeh put the finishing touches on today’s shot.  Open to possibilities…. I like it.

ETA:  I feel the need to “crow” just a little bit.  I just received a comment from the instructor on this photo over on the gallery page for this class.  She said, “This is brilliant.”  Woo-hoo! 🙂

October 25, 2010

Fall Colors – Picture Fall, day 25

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When the day for this prompt, which I was sure was coming eventually, showed up, I was hoping it would have been one of the lovely, sunshiney days we’ve had this month.  I was also hoping it would have been a day when I had time to take the dogs for a walk in the woods or up the small, local mountain.  But it came today, on a dreary, cloudy day – fall colors.  Here in New England, the landscape is kind of known for fall colors, although it has been an odd year for them for sure.  Some trees seemed to go wild with color quite early, while others are still holding back – at least in this part of New England.  I actually have a few days, usually in November, when it seems my entire backyard has turned yellow.  Hasn’t happened yet, didn’t go early like virtually every other plant that I grow did this year.   I did the best that I could to show some fall colors today, with a look up my street:


(That’s my driveway with the tan Suburban parked in it)  I chose this shot because I noticed my little street is actually showing almost all the colors of the rainbow, with the exception of blue, at this moment.  Although not in perfect order, we have orange at the top of the street, followed by red, yellow, green and purple (ish).  Speaking of rainbows, another made an appearance the other day, and I haven’t had a chance to share it, so here you go.


October 24, 2010

Family Matters – Picture Fall, day 24

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The prompt from our instructor struck a chord with me.  She said, “If it wasn’t for the self-timer, I wouldn’t be in any of the photos of my family.”  That is so true, isn’t it, photographer friends?  We usually prefer to be behind the camera, rather than in front of it.  Sometimes, though, I look at pictures of a family vacation or event, and wish that I was included as part of the action.  As a result, usually the only pictures of me are posed ones that I have wrangled the family into doing or on the rare occasion that my husband grabs the camera and sneaks in a few candid shots.  Anyway, today’s prompt requires  the family photographer to get in the picture and show our family unit.  My family has been pretty understanding through my recent photo-mania.  Thank you, family, for putting up with all my picture taking and time spent in front of the computer editing and blogging.  I love you very much!

Picture Fall, Day 24

October 23, 2010

The Rhythm of Repetition – Picture Fall, day 23

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A lovely find from The Christmas Tree Shops in West Dennis, MA, produced the subject for my photo prompt today:

Picture Fall - day 23

The instruction was to use the repetition of shape or form in a way to please the eye, and look as though the image might go on forever.  I was so happy to find the box of this flavor of K-Cups while I was on the Cape last weekend, I wish that I will forever be able to find this selection again.  (I actually jumped up in down in the aisle of the store.  True story – you can ask my sister after you read this post about our visit  if you like!)  Alas, that is generally not the way of the shops of the Christmas tree.

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