The Life in My Years

An anthology of life

Anne Sandler hosts this week’s Lens Artists Challenge and has chosen the topic, Local Vistas. I live in Hercules, California, between a range of hills (and the rest of America) to the east and San Francisco to the west. Hercules is what you might call bland suburbia. Strip malls, tract housing and a city council’s …

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This week’s Lens Artist Photo Challenge, hosted by Tina Schell of Travels and Trifles, is all about the Rule of Thirds, a theory of composition which divides a photo or a painting into horizontal and vertical thirds, forming a grid of nine equal segments (Picture the opening credits of The Brady Bunch or a typical …

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This week, on her site PHOTOGRAPHIAS, Sofia focuses on the unfocused or, more formally termed, bokeh. Bokeh is a Japanese word that refers to blur which serves to enhance the subject of a photo (as opposed to motion blur as one might see in a photo of a race car in action). Photo Techniques magazine …

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This week’s Lens Artist Challenge hosted by Ann-Christine is curves. Looking through the archives, I found that I wasn’t at all thrown for a loop. So allow me to throw a few curves. A bend in the road always adds some drama to a photo. The viewer is left to put the imagination to work. …

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“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” ~ Bruce Lee …

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Fashionably late.  Again. I’ve managed to lag behind in the photo challenges so why should this week be any different? The subject for LAST Saturday’s Lens Artist Challenge is Getting Away. What an appropriate title for 2021. We were stuck in 2020. Cabin fever, depression and not a small amount of despair. In the late …

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My last post was a tribute to autumn and with the season FALLing towards winter here’s a last photographic tribute to this colorful season in the Golden State. Sonoma Valley. Established as a Spanish settlement in 1823, the town of Sonoma is located in the colorful wine country valley of the same name. The valley …

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This week’s Lens Artists Challenge hosted by Biasini is Communication. My first inclination was to pass. How do you photograph communication? Turns out there are countless ways. The faces of children speak to us in their innocent and genuine way. Below my grandchildren Sophia and her cousin Jackson communicate the joy of a pool day.  …

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This week’s Lens-Artists Challenge, hosted by Amy focuses on negative space in  photography.  My understanding is that negative space is the area that, by definition, you aren’t necessarily supposed to focus on. Negative space is the lack of clutter surrounding the main subject that allows us to focus on the main subject. The photo below …

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In honor of Labor Day, guest host Rusha Sams challenges us to describe examples of labors of love in pictures. Labors of love are often those physically demanding, difficult, repetitive jobs done by people who we often depend on for the returns their labor produces. Fishermen have a bond with their boats and with the …

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