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Becky B’s #PastSquares:

The various themes Becky used in #PastSquares are:

  1. Flowers
  2. Sky
  3. Circles & Squares
  4. Roofs
  5. In the Pink
  6. Time
  7. Spiky
  8. Blue
  9. Lines
  10. Words containing the word ‘light’
  11. Top
  12. Perspectives
  13. Kinda
  14. Up
  15. Bright
  16. Trees

My Choices for Today

My husband and I discussed different ways of showing perspective. Here is one looking from about that I used for one of Cee’s B & White challenges. It works well for this week’s Vanishing Point theme. I think it shows the perspective better than having the greenery distracting from the color splash.

Maui, HI October 20, 2012, Canon EOS Rebel
Tulare County, 2008, Nikon

The shot above also works for Cee’s Black and White Challenge for this week.

Tehachapi, CA May 2021, iPhone

All of these shots, one from above and two straight on show what I think of a traditional photographic perspective.

I used some of Terri’s techniques to make this picture of the wind machines a little eerie for her Sunday Stills today. The sky looks like a painting to me. The pixelization looks like I reduced a picture that was already small, but it wasn’t. So I’m guessing that taking the picture at 70 mph through the window of the car may have caused the distortion. However, I like it.

Dandelion in Prescott AZ May 2021, iPhone picture

I used this image or ones like it in a post I did about aging. This perspective shows a way of thinking. In the past, I might have thought this dandelion was ugly – a throwaway. But as I get older, my perspective about what is ugly has changed. Now, I would say that this dandelion picture is artistic at the least and beautiful at best. I copied Tina Schell’s idea about making things weird and wonderful by changing the tone to sepia to make the picture a little eerie for Terri’s Sunday Stills today.

Sedona, AZ June 2021, iPhone 12 mini

The last three pictures will also work for John Steiner’s Cell Pic Sunday Challenge.

It’s time to go now. The month is done. Have a happy Halloween and may your Trick or Treat sacks be full of your favorite candies. 🙂

Now It’s Your Turn

Join Becky’s PastSquares challenge. Today is your LAST chance. All you have to do is square your pictures. Since I started using Bridge, it is so easy, no mess, no fuss. Thanks, Cee for getting me started and teaching me Bridge techniques.

Up Coming and Outgoing

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  1. I enjoyed your photos Marsha. So fun to see things from other’s perspectives. Those stairs are crazy. We have some stairs like that in a town we visit often and phew was I tired after climbing them.

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  2. The blue banister on the stairs is so effective in pulling your eye into the photo and down the stairs. Such a good edit.

    I like the landscape, too. That effect is like time traveling. The left side of the photo looking like present day and the right side looking like something from the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. So interesting how color or the lack of color can play on our emotions.

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    • That is so true. In the past, we didn’t have the choice. Now by taking the pictures in color we can give them many varied looks in black and white whereas in the past the camera and the film manipulated how they came out.


  3. You’ve done really well to combine all these challenges Marsha! I love the dandelion photo and the slider button adds something very special to the photo. Love all your squares and your commitment!

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  4. You are still the queen of the combined photo challenge, Marsha (although I hit 6 today)! It helps when our themes sort of mesh together. I really love your sepia dandelion and your thoughts on what is considered beautiful. These all turned out well but my fave is probably the turquoise staircase to who-knows-where. Very cool!

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  5. Terrific post Marsha – thanks for mentioning my sepia treatment. It does seem to fit the pods, don’t you think?! BTW I saw the link and thought it was actually Becky commenting – sorry about that!

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  6. Enjoyed your squares today – and I like how you end with the upcoming section (and outgoing) such a good idea and so organized – I know you have been doing that for a while – but I especially found it useful this week !

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    • Thanks, Ivette. I didn’t do it while I was down. Since I’m back blogging I have something to look forwards to and backwards at. Don’t you love those ending prepositions?

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          • Well did you know that I read a while back that it is a myth that we cannot end the sentence this way…. check this out

            “What to Know
            Ending a sentence with a preposition such as “with,” “of,” and “to,” is permissible in the English language. There are theories that the false rule originates with the early usage guides of Joshua Poole and John Dryden, who were trying to align the language with Latin, but there is no reason to suggest ending a sentence with a preposition is wrong. Nonetheless, the idea that it is a rule is still held by many.”

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          • So much for what I learned in grade school and junior high school In those days you double spaced after a period, too. I think that practice came from putting two fingers after your period when we learned to print in kindergarten and first grade. Can’t rely on our education to last a lifetime! 🙂

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          • Hi – I learned the two spaces after a period in late 80s – and omg – when I started writing long papers in 2006 -2007 – it was habit to do the two spaces – but thankfully the search and replace feature in Word helped fix the spacing – I would search for a period and two spaces then choose replace with one period and one space
            Anyhow – I heard that was from shorthand days or allowed room for editing with a pen before it was so digital
            I don’t do much editing now – but have helped edit many many documents in the last ten years and Marsha – it amazes me how many people still do the two spaces after a period !
            And not sure if you ever used “grammaly” but they have services that offer suggestions by also teaching or telling the writer why they need to consider if something is correct
            So it is more than spell check and I know a few students who kept it bookmarked and never upgraded (used the free version) for their major works
            I only used it once for a manuscript – I had to have it done and was blind to typos on my own writing and didn’t have time to have someone help proof it – my husband kept suggesting grammarly before that so I tried it and it was so helpful.
            I mention it because you might want to try it when you get your manuscript ready for the story chat entries.

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          • I do have Grammarly. I started using it about 8 years ago. That’s when I had my first edit of my novel. The editor told me about the one space rule. Since then I’ve been shocked at how many rules are outdated.

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          • I know. I spent four years on my self-managed blog, which I hated and wasn’t sure where I was going with blogging. When I came back a year and a half ago, I knew I just wanted it to be for fun, and it was like the fun I had at the beginning, only better because I knew what I was doing – for the most part. Not that I haven’t made changes and improvements since then, but I didn’t have to learn a new vocabulary like I did at first.

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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