theme – huge
The Carnegie Deli in Las Vegas has huge, scrumptious sandwiches. The lettuce was crisp and the bacon wasn’t too crispy or too chewy but just right. The toast was more like two toasted to perfection croutons trying to hold an entire salad together. (I can’t begin to imagine how tall it would have been if I actually got the tomatoes on it.) It was so delicious I ate as much as I could and wanted to eat more but feared I would explode. Keep in mind, This is only showing half the sandwich. The other half was hiding behind it. Best BLT hold the T ever! – Diane
theme – mirrors
I was so mad when I saw this theme. Just a few short themes ago I used my only mirror picture for the “on the road” theme. I thought I was so creative but now I realize I could have picked from so many other photos; unlike the theme, mirror. I went through my photos and thought of a reflection in a building, but Kim has already done that and quite frankly, I can’t compete with the photo she chose. (Make sure to scroll down and see it!)
Back to my original idea of the car mirror that I already used. I took another picture and tried to change it up by playing with the color a little. I have learned just enough of my Elements program to achieve this look. My thought is the black and white background is meant to symbolize the gray, rainy day. I left the color in the mirror because sometimes I feel the colors are brighter and more vivid after a great rainstorm. The title was chosen because the background and foreground skies are both gray.
Now that I have completely over-explained this image, I hope you look at it for what it is, another photo of my car mirror. – Diane
theme – activity
I’m trying to be a little creative here. This may only make sense in my mind but I hope you get the idea. The theme is activity. I chose this shot, which is void of the actual activity, because honestly, I’m not sure I will ever get to use it for anything else and I really like it. Hopefully you instantly recognize what activity would be taking place if I was not standing directly under the hoop shooting straight up to the sky. I don’t know what possessed me to take this shot (probably just because I am short and have to walk under it every time I park my car in the driveway) but I love the result. I will have to remember to look up more often and try to get all angels of the subject. - Diane
theme – best iPhone photo
Oh uh. I now must confess to my technology status. I do not have an iPhone or even a blackberry. (At least I know what they are haha). I still have my sanyo flip phone from too long ago to remember any other phone. Yes, I know it takes pictures but I really don’t think of my phone as a camera (probably because it is ancient). The above photo was taken from my iPad. It is one of about 5 I have taken with my iPad. Again, I don’t think of these devices as cameras and I forget they can take photos. Most of my iPad photos are my kids and their friends taking pictures of themselves making silly faces. They do this and set it as my background because they know I have no idea how to change it. I never know what picture will come up when I turn it on. I honestly don’t know why I have an iPad except that my husband bought it for me and I can play some very addictive, time-consuming games on it. - Diane
theme – structure
The Hurricane wooden coaster in Dania Beach, Florida.
After a day in the arcade playing games, laser tag, and even some mini golf, the kids and their friends hopped aboard the Hurricane. I originally loved this photo for the blue sky in the background but after playing with it in my Elements program, I came up with 2 versions I like better.
Version 1 (above): I simply transformed it into a B & W photo. I think this makes the structure pop out for this theme.
Version 2 (below): I used the lomo camera effect. It is one of my favorite go to effects. I like the pop of color and the feel of vintage photos. It looks like it could have been a photo from my childhood years.
While I was uploading these photos I noticed a new pattern forming. I have always loved color photos and hated black and white (except for the occasional few). Now, I seem to be turning more of my photos into black and white. Or at the very least (like this one) I can’t decide if I prefer it in color or black and white. I guess my taste is changing. I’m interested to see where this new pattern takes me in the future. – Diane
theme – traveling
After driving around Key West in our giant Yukon, we decided to rent an electric car for a day and travel like true Key Westers. It was so much fun. Feeling the sunshine and the breeze, and locals would wave and say hello as we drove by. If you look at the front of the car it looks like a smiling face. It’s like the car knows just how great its job is. – Diane
theme – artificial light
About two years ago I learned how to photograph fireworks. It is now one my favorite subjects to photograph. One of these days I aspire to catching a great shot of lightning too. - Diane
theme – temperature
I am not a beer drinker but I will admit even this looks refreshing on a hot south Florida summer day. I couldn’t decide if I liked the photo in color or b&w better so I have posted both. I think the b&w one looks colder but I also like the pop of color in the first one. I would love to get some of your opinions on which one you like better. -Diane
theme – the body
One of the rules of vacationing at the beach house with my husband’s family is: dinner is whatever is caught that day. As I tend to be VERY squeamish, I leave the fishing and crabbing up to everyone else. On this particular day, the kids convinced me to check the crab pots with them. I knew there would be some kind of nasty bait in the pot but when they pulled it up, I wasn’t expecting a clean skeleton. After getting over my initial dizziness, I became fascinated at how those crabs picked the skeleton clean. I loved how white it was against the black cage. The kids rolled their eyes and started regretting inviting me to check the pots as I told them not to touch it until I got my camera. Yes kids, I know you are trying to catch dinner but mommy wants a picture of the creepy fish skeleton first. - Diane
Theme – neglected
After being unimpressed by Key West, it actually turned out to be great for the photo activities on my list. The vacation with my family was wonderful but photographically, I felt the blahs. After sightseeing for 2 days and taking less than a dozen photos, I knew I needed some inspiration. After a texting war with Kim (my Photo Friday Friend), I jotted down all the Photo Friday Themes I was missing and needed to catch up on. It kind of became a fun treasure hunt. I like the idea of having a random list of words in my camera bag for inspiration. – Diane