Hockey Action


theme – male

Since I am late posting this theme, I decided to check out all the other male shots submitted for this theme to try to get some inspiration. (You can see them all at , I think we have a link on the sidebar of the blog.) There were so many wonderful close up portraits with tons of character. I knew I didn’t have anything like that in my catalog and the men in my family put up with enough photography that I didn’t want to ask them.

My next thought was a photo of my dad with a map since men rarely look at maps. It doesn’t matter where we are, my dad is the go to map guy. I have even started to grab a shot of him and his maps every time we are at a theme park or on vacation. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any because my photos are still being re-organized from “the great computer clean up of 2013″. (5,000 of the 40,000 done so far)

Moving on to idea number 3. Hockey. At this point, I decided to just go with an action shot. In this shot, I like the skates in the air, the ice flying, and the give it everything you’ve got feel. It wasn’t my first idea but it will get the theme done. – Diane




theme – dramatic

Ice Hockey is not the first sport you think of when you live in south Florida but we love it. (Go Panthers!) We recently took my son to see a college game between the University of Miami and Florida Gulf Coast University. Kim, my ennui co-author, is a UM fan but I had to cheer for FGCU as that is where my daughter is a student. (Go Eagles!) I was thrilled to capture this shot where you could see the puck just before it sailed over the line and “tickled the twines” as the announcers like to say. The game was exciting although I must admit UM won 5 – 4.  – Diane

An Old Rivalry

photo friday theme – end of summer

canes game

Nothing marks the end of summer like Labor Day, school starting and football!

We flew down for the big home game of the season – the University of Miami Hurricanes playing their old rivals the Florida Gators.  My husband being a part of the football alumni always brings an opportunity to see old friends and teammates. We had a great view of the crazy student section and all the fun! The game was very exciting and was a nail biter down to the end. The pure joy and energy in the stadium was an incredible experience…. one I may not have experienced since the Hurricanes of the 1980’s.

Although I always hate to see Summer go – Welcome Autumn! – Kim

Activity Invisible

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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

Yankee’s Opening Day

theme – distance

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This is my first time to a Yankee game, the new Yankee stadium and an opening day for professional baseball. The Yankees were playing the Red Sox (big rivalry!) and you could feel the excitement as everyone entered the stadium. My top picture was my first glimpse of the field… so cool. You could see them preparing the field and warm ups going on. Then the climb to the upper deck, grabbing our beer and dogs and getting to the seats.  As you can see, distance was the how I viewed the game but thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. One to check off the bucket list – Kim

Ready at Home

theme – body

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The theme “body” made my mind think of an athlete (maybe Diane may have directed me there)

which brings me to the many years at the softball field.

My daughter Megan played catcher and I was always impressed in the strength and flexibility

of the catcher’s legs as they have to hold themselves in a squatted position for most of their defensive game.

For the love of the game –Kim

Softball Sweetheart

Team Broward 10002010*

theme – My Environment

For this theme, I would guess most people would pick some nice, scenic landscape, but not me.  I chose a photo of my daughter playing softball. The softball season will begin tomorrow night at 6pm. This means my evenings will be spent at the softball field which makes this my environment, for the next few months.  -Diane