Posts tagged ‘photo challenge’

2016, December 30

Six reasons to smile in December

This month, I couldn’t help but notice a trend: Winter weather has definitely settled in to stay in this little corner of the world, ever since mid-October actually when the weather changed drastically, and many of the things which made me smile every day are off of my Cozy List for Sweater Weather. And then there was Christmas, too, and being off from work, getting the chance to finally rest for a bit sure made it easier to smile.

I wonder if I should continue posting these six reasons to smile blog posts next year as well? They were fun to write up and share the pics, yet I’m not sure if I want to continue…

Here are the reasons I smiled in December:

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Did you smile a lot this month? What were your reasons? In case you’ve also captured them on camera, I’d love to see!

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2016, November 25

Six reasons to smile in November

I took part in Positively Present’s 2016 Gratitude Photo Challenge this month. You may recall I took part in the November 2011 one, carried my camera with me for the month of November and it inspired my very own, year-long photo challenge.

Go check out my Instagram or Facebook feed to see all the photos I posted this month. There are still a few days to go, but even so far it is a lot of fun, and it was hard to choose six that I love most. So, one of them is a collage of four as a small bonus.

I am so thankful for being able to take pictures and enjoy my surroundings. I need to be more present in the moment.

Here are the reasons I smiled in November:

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Did you smile a lot this month? What were your reasons? In case you’ve also captured them on camera, I’d love to see!

2012, November 5

“Balance-filled” November

small logo photo challenge I can’t believe nearly a year has passed since I first decided to embark on a year-long photo challenge. Thank you to everyone who supported me along the way, for those who played along, and those who’ve helped me share this.

I started this photo challenge as a way of seeing, noticing, and appreciating the nuances and details that make our life special. As a way of embracing and honoring the imperfections in myself, loved ones, my sometimes messy home work area, and cluttered shelves.

As a way of saying that my life is just right the way it is.

This photo challenge didn’t require the perfect camera or fancy lenses or knowledge of ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. It didn’t even require me to get out of my pajamas or make my bed! It only required me to show up with a camera, an open mind, and a creative spirit.

Now, I am sitting here wondering what to do next? There have been too many lonely moments to continue doing this by myself, yet I don’t want a whole year of taking photos to dissipate into thin air after hitting publish on this blog post.

I feel these are evergreen suggestions for each month. Maybe an e-book is to be assembled? Time will tell.

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Anyway, November makes me think of so many things. Still Fall, I think of the last of warmer days turning into chilly mornings and last of pretty colored leaves falling off trees giving way to Winter.

Which brings me thinking of balance. Not easily found. Not easily kept. Nature, the Universe, months, moments – everything balances itself out somehow. Why shouldn’t we be on the same track, as well?

You can find the theme and suggestions for November now up on the Estrella’s ~Seasonal Photo Challenge~ page. Please drop by to check them out and leave me a comment there.

You can see my photos from October right here, where the logo for November is already up.

Of course, feel free to join in and snap some pictures. Or even post a link to just one photo, or a blog post which fits (any which one of) the suggestions.

It will be a lot of fun!

2012, October 1

October photo challenge

Here it is. The last quarter of 2012 (Where has this year raced to?). The Summer-turned-Fall and its beauty — yellow and red leaves, crazy winds through your hair, warm, golden sunrays and long shadows on the sidewalk, mystical sunsets, ripe purple grapes and apples falling off trees. (The month of Halloween.)

Let’s share it, from all over the Globe.

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You can find the theme and suggestions for October now up on the Estrella’s ~Seasonal Photo Challenge~ page. Please drop by to check them out and leave me a comment there.

You can see my photos from September right here, where the logo for October is already up.

While you’re over on the Seasonal Challenge page, if you’d like to give me suggestions for August and upcoming months, I’d love to read them.

And of course, feel free to join in and snap some pictures. Or even post a link to just one photo, or a blog post which fits (any which one of) the suggestions.

It will be a lot of fun!

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Know someone who also likes photography? Let them know about the photo challenge.

I’ve created a Facebook page for my seasonal photo challenge. “Like” if you like.

See how you can give me a hand and publicize my Seasonal Photo Challenge. Thank you! <3

2012, September 3

A month of fresh starts

September. The beginning of Autumn. Kids going back to kindergarten and school. Change in weather and scenery. Starting new projects around the house. More gardening to get everything in shape before winter arrives. A change in wardrobe. Going back to work (if you also work in a place that has the summer off.) Earlier sunsets and later sunrises. Changing summer center pieces to something fall-themed.

In one sentence? A month of more fresh starts than January usually provides.

Want to capture it on film?

You can find the theme and suggestions for September now up on the Estrella’s ~Seasonal Photo Challenge~ page. Please drop by to check them out and leave me a comment there.

You can see my photos from August right here, where the logo for September is already up.

While you’re over on the Seasonal Challenge page, if you’d like to give me suggestions for August and upcoming months, I’d love to read them.

And of course, feel free to join in and snap some pictures. Or even post a link to just one photo, or a blog post which fits (any which one of) the suggestions.

It will be a lot of fun!

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Know someone who also likes photography? Let them know about the photo challenge.

I’ve created a Facebook page for my seasonal photo challenge. “Like” if you like.

See how you can give me a hand and publicize my Seasonal Photo Challenge. Thank you! <3

2012, August 6

Screaming Summer & a Favor

For this month, I thought of things that just scream summer to me now that I know I’ll be able to do some traveling.

However, even if your summer plans don’t include a vacation, I bet you’ll find it easy to notice the following (and then share with us). ;)

You can find the theme and suggestions for August now up on the Estrella’s ~Seasonal Photo Challenge~ page. Please drop by to check them out and leave me a comment there.

You can see my photos from July right here, where the logo for August is already up.

While you’re over on the Seasonal Challenge page, if you’d like to give me suggestions for August and upcoming months, I’d love to read them.

And of course, feel free to join in and snap some pictures. Or even post a link to just one photo, or a blog post which fits (any which one of) the suggestions.

It will be a lot of fun!

 

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Now let’s give it up for some shameless self-promotion-type favor ;)

I wasn’t too good about promoting it in the beginning and now the photo challenge feels very lonely to do sometimes. As in, I’m the only one taking pictures of the suggested things. But I’m not giving up of course, I’ve committed to a year of this photo challenge.

So I’ve been meaning to ask you guys something.

Are you participating in the photo challenge? Wonderful. Thank you! Would you please talk about it on your blog? On Facebook, on Twitter, G+ … any social media you use? (Feel free to copy my logos and include them.)

Even if you don’t actively participate in my photo challenge, would you help me out by liking it on Facebook and adding a badge on your blog’s sidebar which links back to my photo challenge page?

I’m sure you all know at least one person who likes to take pictures. I’d like to try and inspire them.

 

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Thank you so much in advance, it would mean the world to me!

 

PS: Can’t view my photos on Facebook? We should be friends there as well ;)

2012, July 2

Something Meaningful

In the past few weeks, I somewhere noticed a photo prompt which urged us to take pictures of something which means “x” to us.

I started thinking about that.

How we all do this very thing all the time. How we all search for meaning. How we look for the many different nuances of meaning behind a look, a smile, a touch, a gesture, a text or a cloud in the sky.

So I’ve decided to incorporate that into my Seasonal Photo Challenge this month.

You can find the theme and suggestions for July now up on the Estrella’s ~Seasonal Photo Challenge~ page. Please drop by to check them out and leave me a comment there.

You can see my photos from June right here, where the logo for July is already up.

While you’re over on the Seasonal Challenge page, if you’d like to give me suggestions for August and upcoming months, I’d love to read them. And of course, feel free to join in and snap some pictures. Or even post a link to just one photo, or a blog post which fits (any which one of) the suggestions.

It will be a lot of fun!

 

PS: Can’t view my photos on Facebook? We should be friends there as well ;)

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