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January 28, 2011

Picture Winter Day 28

Filed under: Photo assignments — Karma @ 5:43 pm
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Wow, the 28th already!  If I can say anything at all about this photo class I’ve taken this month is that it has truly helped one of my least favorite months pass by quickly!  Here we are looking at the last weekend of the month, and soon will be the end of my daily photo prompts too.  Maybe that is why I am disappointed a bit with today’s prompt; it sounds like another repeat to me.  That is strange to me because Ms. Clark had a guest photographer write the prompt:  ” When the big picture looks too grey and uninviting, it can help to slow down and focus on small details that reveal a quiet beauty unique to the season-a dried out blossom from the previous season peeking through a fence, reaching for the waning sun. The beauty is in the details, waiting to be captured.”

I think this sounds a lot like this prompt. **SIGH** Granted this is not an expensive class, but still!  Am I being too fussy? Sorry.  Anyway… here’s what I did:

This is a forgotten windchime hanging from the eaves on the back of my house, surrounded by and coated with icicles.  It has definitely seen better days, but I thought it still offered a little hint of beauty.


  1. I KNEW you weren’t going to like this prompt. It’s abstract. All the guest posts are similar. Not sure what guidelines she gave them to follow. Your image is beautiful! The bokeh on the left is amazing. I think that the only thing it would need to make it perfect is for the soffits to be blurred. Love how big your images are. I hate how small mine are and don’t know if I can make them bigger using the same theme.

    Comment by Becky Sue — January 28, 2011 @ 8:27 pm | Reply

    • Ut oh, am I getting too obvious here? LOL! I really do LOVE getting a daily email prompt, and will miss them when they are gone, but I get disappointed when I feel like I’m given a similar prompt in different words.
      Thanks Becky – you are right,it would have been better with some blur there; I still need to improve my photoshop skills.
      I don’t know if photo size is tied to your theme or not. One of the reasons I chose this theme when I changed was because of the wide left column. I’ve posted all of this month’s photo prompts directly through the WordPress dashboard “add photo” button. I choose “large” for size and then edit it to 70 or 80% of the imported size so that it will fit within my column.
      I’ve noticed many people switching to WordPress’s new “Clean Home” theme, which appears to allow both a fairly wide column and a large customizable header.

      Oh and there is also a choice of upload sizes from Flickr too – there is a larger size “medium” in the HTML link drop-down menu that would probably work within your current theme.

      Comment by Karma — January 29, 2011 @ 9:00 am | Reply

      • Thanks for all of this, I’ll try a few different things. I really like my theme so hopefully I can keep it and have larger photos.

        Comment by Becky Sue — January 29, 2011 @ 10:24 am

    • I’m pretty sure that most themes will “adjust” a photo to the maximum width that theme allows if you just choose “full size” rather than thumbnail or medium or large. So the photo extends to the available width in the post, but if the reader clicks on the image, it opens at full size in a separate window.

      Comment by Gerry — January 29, 2011 @ 12:21 pm | Reply

  2. This looks very similar to a windchime we have….. also pretty much forgotten. I should take it down and give it a good cleaning 🙂
    I don’t think you’re too fussy at all. If someone is going to offer a class (and charge ANY amount of money for it), the prompts should be different every time, and not recycled from another day. Just takes a little planning ahead. But that’s just my opnion.
    Beautiful image, I like he icy tones, with a little hint of color in the bokeh, to show that this is not a b&w.

    Comment by thedailyclick — January 29, 2011 @ 9:28 am | Reply

    • Thanks Michaela – I didn’t want it to sound like I was whining too much, LOL.
      I actually had to warm this shot up a little in PSE for that exact reason – it did look like a B&W SOOC.

      Comment by Karma — January 29, 2011 @ 9:53 am | Reply

  3. I love this photo because of the interplay between the metal and ice. I like the bare soffit. That and the bits of wire add a razor-sharp sort of challenge. I can visualize the softened effect everyone else is talking about–at least I think I can!–and it would be quite beautiful, but this version holds more interest for me. I am an odd duck.

    Comment by Gerry — January 29, 2011 @ 12:18 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Gerry. I don’t think you are an odd duck for liking what you like!

      Comment by Karma — January 29, 2011 @ 2:37 pm | Reply

  4. I love this photo! I really hate winter but I love icey, silvery pictures.

    Comment by patricia weldon — January 29, 2011 @ 4:24 pm | Reply

  5. I love this one, Karma. It’s beautiful. I’m having one of those days when winter isn’t appealing to me (much). Thank you for showing me the beauty in it once again. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — January 29, 2011 @ 5:12 pm | Reply

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