Mums the Word

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Autumn Color by Kim

When Autumn arrives,  almost every front porch or landscaping include mums in beautiful oranges, yellows and reds.

I had a few stragglers from the ones on my porch and placed them in a mason jar on my window sill.

Pumpkins

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AUTUMN COLOR

I’m not particularly fond of seasonal themes because here, in south Florida, we don’t really have seasons. I do however, enjoy being jealous of all the beautiful photos entered for these themes.

My first idea was to say, “I’ll show them… I will photograph crayons in fall colors.” That was not quite turning out the way I wanted it to and I really wanted something a little prettier. While in the grocery store I found their fall display with lots of kinds of mini pumpkins and fake leaves. I love the unusual stripes of the 2 tiger pumpkins and the stem on the orange one. I was not in love with using the fake leaves until I opened the cellophane and realized they were real oak leaves. At first I thought they made some pretty good fakes but then my allergies kicked in hard. They were certainly real. I have to say it is just weird to buy real fall leaves from a grocery store in 85 degree weather but, here in the south, we do what we have to do. – Diane

The Green Monster

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GREEN

Green is the perfect theme for this photo for 3 reasons. 1. This is the Incredible Hulk Coaster at Islands of Adventure in Orlando, FL. Obviously the coaster itself is green. 2. That is my family (without me) in the third row from the front. I can honestly say I am not “green” with envy. 3. Passersby would probably have told you that I looked a little “green” as I watched my family be flipped upside down and all around at a high-speed.  So this is my version of green 3 ways. – Diane

Blurred Lines

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BLUR

On a recent stay in a hotel, I walked by the pool and became fascinated with the way the surface of the water looked. I took this shot because I liked how the water distorted the lines of the steps. – Diane

Bloomin’ Sunflower!

SUNFLOWER

Blur – Kim

I had a great time this summer photographing flowers and my vegetable garden. I really enjoy creating the background blur giving the photo a feeling of a watercolor painting and focusing on the subject of interest.

Chandelier Art

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Curvy – Kim

On a recent trip to Florida, my friend and fellow blogger Diane put together a photo field trip to the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach. It was here I planned to go entirely on manual…. still laughing about that one. I did not bring a tripod and we mostly took interiors with not much natural lighting. Switching to aperture priority was the closest I could achieve any sort of success.

This shot of a curvy chandelier was taken from directly below it. Diane came up with this idea and we had fun going from room to room to see what this angle would bring. I hope she may post all of hers as an online gallery as it was her original idea.

Looking forward to what our next photo field trip will bring.