Saturday, February 8, 2014

Personal Photo Challenge - A Street Scene

This is my first time participating in the Personal Photo Challenge hosted by Donna at Cottage Days and Journeys.

A Personal Photo Challenge

The challenge this month was to photograph street scenes, a challenge in and of itself to someone like me who lives way out in the country. The I remembered that I had taken a couple of pictures of our town's Founder's Day festivities at the end of summer that might fill the bill so I went searching through the picture folders. All my photos are taken with a basic Canon Power Shot point and shoot camera. It's a challenge for me for sure to present my photos at all, so taking a deep breath and jumping in.

This is definitely my favorite. I was snapping away when I glanced over my shoulder and saw this couple in the middle of the street completely caught up in the music playing nearby. They were oblivious to everyone else around them and just enjoying the day. Happy accident that the balloons in the background match her dress.


These two musicians were engrossed in their pickn' behind the bandstand.



I was interested to see if removing the color would add to the mood of concentration that I was trying to convey in this  picture.


Who doesn't love a parade?


 Be sure to click on the link and see the other challenge participants work. Thanks Donna for providing the forum for stretching ourselves and I'm looking forward to next months challenge of WORDS.

Until next time,

30 comments:

  1. Welcome to the photo challenge, Patrica! A street festival is a perfect opportunity to us photographers to capture some interesting scenes. I really like that first one with the older couple throwing caution to the wind and enjoying the moment. It's got color and action! The musicians are indeed collaborating on their art, and I think the B&W treatment is perfect for it. And the last one is such fun with the hand-waving. It looks like a terrific small-town celebration, and you captured it well!

    Yes, please join us on the next challenge too! The "words and letters" theme will emphasize creativity.

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    1. Thanks for your encouragement I'm trying to learn and will participate again for sure.

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  2. A Street Festival - what FUN!!! I have captured my parents dancing like that, too...last year in Sedona, AZ - a wedding celebration was taking place in an outdoor setting we happened upon - they had their own little romantic dance. Happy Saturday - Tanya

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    1. This may have been too easy. Capturing a street scene at a festival is not too tasking but I enjoyed taking that pic for sure.

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  3. Welcome Patricia. These are perfect street scenes. Especially the couple dancing.

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    1. That's my favorite one too, thanks for the welcome I'll participate again this has been fun.

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  4. I love your first shot Patricia - a real live street scene that tells a story!
    The parade looked like fun - I love the horses and the red jackets. With all those flags I'm wondering if it was 4th July?!

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    1. This was our small town's Founders Day in the early Fall but hey we love flags any time of year! Thanks for your kind comments.

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  5. Beautiful and colourful photos. I like the two pickers in colour and black and white. The parade is very colourful in a patriotic fashion. Nicely done. Pamela

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    1. Thanks Pamela don't we all love a parade?

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    1. Thank you Jeanna, I'm still learning what makes a good photo.

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  7. Great photos! I like B&W photo, more! :)
    Have a nice weekend!

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    1. I agree, I think removing the color punches up the subject.

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  8. Patricia~

    You really have a beautiful, joyful photo in the first. So neat. And the tuning guitar players...I think that the black and white does show their intensity more, but I'm a color girl.

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    1. Thank you Vee, I hoped that the first photo conveyed that sense of joy that the couple so clearly were feeling. I agree that that B&W enhances the subject but I love color too!

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  9. So glad you've joined us, Patricia! It's a safe place to hone our photography skills; also fun to "meet" so many other shutterbugs. Your photos are lovely. I especially like the black and white one. It's surprising how the lack of color can change the whole mood/tone of a photo, isn't it? Great job!

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    1. Thanks for such a nice welcome Nancy. I am such a beginner but so hungry to learn and eager to see what others are doing. I loved visiting other blogs and seeing how everyone approached the same subject.

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  10. It's sweet to see the couple having fun and the two musicians look like they're turing out some serious music.

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    1. Thanks Judith, we all posted such different subjects for this challenge it was really interesting.

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  11. Oh! Love the All! Especially the couple dancing!!
    hughugs

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    1. Thank you Donna you are so kind I feel encouraged.

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  12. Love the photos! First one is my fav!!
    xo Kris

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    1. That's my favorite too. I just knew it was going to be good as soon as I took it. I didn't have to do a thing to it and that doesn't happen often at least not to me.

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  13. great photos for the challenge.
    enjoyed reading some of your other blog posts.
    sorry to hear abut the drought
    not good news at all
    we have been through that a few years ago..a ten year drought,
    broken by two flooding wet seasons last year and the year before.
    It never rains but it pours in Australia.
    Floods in the north of the country now, and terrible fire season in the south at the moment !!

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    1. I have read Australian fire troubles and feel a lot of sympathy since I live in Calif. and our climate appears to be quite similar. I live in the forest and our biggest fear is fire so drought is definitely our enemy. Thank you for coming over to Dogwood Lane and please do come again.

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  14. You aced this challenge! I especially love the first photo - there's so much joy in it.

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    1. Thanks for the kind support for my first entry ever. I'll be entering again this was a fun challenge for me and I so much enjoyed seeing the work of everyone else.

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  15. Hi visiting from GYB. These photos are great and good for you for stepping out of the comfort zone and getting them out there. I'm interested in photography also, just haven't made it a priority yet. I will be following you now, hope you'll stop by and visit me.

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    1. I would really like to take better photos so I'll just keep trying to learn and I'm enjoying the process. The GYB party has been wonderful introducing so many interesting blogs and bloggers. Thanks for stopping by and I'll be visiting you soon.

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