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The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Creepy

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There are few things less helpful than starting a blog and immediately disappearing, but I managed to do it. Settling another activity and blog into my life has proven more of a challenge than I anticipated. I’ve been getting the hang of the new camera and learning how to wade through the deep layers of menus and options/settings. Along the way I  missed some Weekly Photo Challenges. And today I’m going to rectify that.

This week’s Photo Challenge is “Creepy.”

This week, share an image of something creepy. Unsettling. Eerie. Disgusting. Go goofy, as I have. Grab a shot of something you find disturbing, but few others do. Try a black-and-white shot of something you’d normally photograph, to give it a moody cast.

We can go back to inspiration next week — this week, give us some heebie-jeebies!

Striding to the head of the class, with absolutely no obstacles in its way, is a figure I discovered outside a restaurant in Ljubljana, Slovenia. It’s a bit of a local landmark and its purpose is to lure diners inside. Or not.

Restaurant Display, Ljubljuiana, Slovenia

Restaurant Display, Ljubljuiana, Slovenia

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The tomb of a young martyr in a Norman cathedral, Albi, France, is highlighted by the setting sun. I thought it was beautiful, but a number of people thought it creepy and commented it looked as if she was going to arise from the dead.

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Tomb of a young martyr in a Norman cathedral, Albi, France

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Offerings at the weekly fish market in Split, Croatia: slimy, gunky octopi.

Fresh octopi at the fish market in Split, Croatia

Fresh octopi at the fish market in Split, Croatia

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The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Half and Half

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I am an creative woman. I work with colors and textures, fabrics and fibers, paint and paper, and words on the electronic page. I also travel and photograph the people and things that interest me: images that capture memories and keep them vivid in my mind.

My photography to date has been strictly amateur, but now my life circumstances have changed and I want to change that, too. I started taking photography classes back in the 1970’s with my dad’s old 35mm Leica. I learned to decode manual light meters, wind exposed film onto a metal spool in a darkroom, play with exposure times and fixative baths. It was all black and white back then. (And no, I’m not 102. Yet.)

But the world’s gone digital since then and so have I…but only up to a certain point.

I have so many things to learn, like how to work with digitized images. Better equipment to acquire as my skills warrant it. And I need practice. So I’ve decided to participate in challenges that will push me to improve composition, learn how to best use light, cut the distractions and key in on the core. I want to learn how to “see” differently – better – and the way I learn is by doing. Since there’s no time like the present, I’ve decided to jump in with the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.

Every Friday, a new challenge is issued to photographers. The themes and parameters change through a wide range of topics and goals…a great way to keep me from staying with what’s comfortable and becoming complacent with what I know (or think I do).

This week the challenge theme is Half and Half:

This week, share an image that has two clear halves, literally or figuratively. You could focus on composition, like me, and take a photo with an explicit dividing line (either vertical, horizontal, or diagonal). Or take the theme in other directions: zoom in on a pair of objects that together form a whole. Show two people whose demeanor or personality complement each other. Or bring into balance two opposing visual elements — light and dark, color and its absence, sharp focus juxtaposed with blurriness.

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Motovun, Istrian Peninsula, Croatia. Threatening storm at early sunset. (2008)

Threatening Storm at Early Sunset. Motovun, Istrian Peninsula, Croatia.

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Sunset from the island of Korčula in the Dalmatian archipelago, Croatia. (2008)

Golden Sky and Sea. Sunset from the island of Korčula in the Dalmatian archipelago, Croatia.

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Sunset Flight. Sunset from the island of Korčula in the Dalmatian archipelago, Croatia.

Sunset Flight. Sunset from the island of Korčula in the Dalmatian archipelago, Croatia.

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Above and Below. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia.

Above and Below. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia.

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A Good Place to Start

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A Courtyard in Segonzac, France

I’ve traveled for decades and my camera has never left my side. I start each voyage with a plan, but I’m not afraid to deviate from it – or pitch it out the window altogether – when the mood strikes. I’m the person who will turn down that old dirt road just to see what’s there. Or miss lunch because a brouhaha over at the fish market is getting interesting. Or stand quietly admiring an old doorknob as the light changes how it shows itself to me.

This blog is a way of sharing what I’ve been up to, where I’ve been, and the memories that stay with me.