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November 1, 2012 / blparham

Weekly Photo Challenge “Foreign”

This week’s challenge was a bit tough for me. I have not traveled the world like so many of you have, so instead I thought that I would share this photo I took of a Coke machine that’s “foreign” to its surrounding environment!

For those of you who have no idea what this is all about, every Friday, The Daily Post at posts a subject for their “Weekly Photo Challenge”. Their bloggers have one week to take photos and post before the following Friday, when a they assign a new subject.

Thanks for viewing my post! Bonnie

October 20, 2012 / blparham

Weekly Photo Challenge: “Silhouette”

I am so very excited about this weeks’ photo challenge! I love silhouette photography. How about you?

For those of you who have no idea what this is all about, every Friday, The Daily Post at posts a subject for their “Weekly Photo Challenge”. Their bloggers have one week to take photos and post before the following Friday, when a they assign a new subject.

This week’s word is: “Silhouette”

This is a photo of a newlywed couple, moments after their beach wedding on Sanibel Island, Florida this past June 2012. My niece and her new husband allowed me the honor of photographing their beautiful beach wedding. This is just one of many awesome photos I captured that gorgeous evening.

Thanks for viewing! Bonnie

October 20, 2012 / blparham

Weekly Photo Challenge: “BIG”

Good Saturday morning everyone!

My goodness! This past week flew by so darn fast. I hope that your week was smooth sailing as well.

For those of you who have no idea what this is all about, every Friday, The Daily Post at posts a subject for their “Weekly Photo Challenge”. Their bloggers have one week to take photos and post before the following Friday, when a they assign a new subject.

As if taking 5 classes wasn’t enough, this week I have added 3 sessions of physical therapy to my repertoire of weekly excitement after tearing my hamstring. See my blog entitled “Photography, it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt…namely me!” if you’d like to see how I can make photography a dangerous hobby!

Anyhow, back to the “Weekly Photo Challenge”.  I found this week a little difficult, since size is relative. However, I thought long and hard and as an inhabitant of our dear Earth, the sky in all of its beauty, is the “biggest” thing that I have ever experienced.

Remember to take a few moments out of every busy day to look up and ENJOY nature’s art gallery. The continually changing canvas rarely disappoints!

Have a great week! Bonnie

The word for the week is: “BIG”!  

October 9, 2012 / blparham

Weekly Photo Challenge: “Happy”

Good morning followers and fellow bloggers!

Each Friday, The Daily Post at posts a subject for their “Weekly Photo Challenge”. Their bloggers have one week to take photos and post before the following Friday, when a they assign a new subject.

I know that with taking 5 classes this semester, I will definitely be challenged. However, I love photography, and even more, I love to share my photographs with others. So, I have decided to partake and take their challenge…just for fun!

This week the word is: “HAPPY”!  

Below are photos that I took that represent some of the things that make me Happy!

What makes YOU happy? I would love to hear back from YOU!



(Hover your mouse over each photo to view its caption.)

October 6, 2012 / blparham

Poll: Decisions…decisions! Which photo should I use for my next project?

Please help me decide by voting for your favorite using the poll below!

OK everyone, I need your help! For my next  digital photography class submission, I would love your help in deciding which photo I should use. Now remember, be kind. This is my very first photography class, and my major is Web Design. Enough said!

“Secret Place” is the name of the assignment. In all reality, it could be a photo of just about anything. After all, a “secret place”  is in the soul of the beholder. That being said, look at the photos that I posted, and choose the one that speaks to you. My professor will be looking at the photo’s composition and essence of light. In this class, there is no cropping, so what you see is what you get, with the exception of a little minor tweaking of the color channels using Apple’s Apeture Software.  But that will come later once the final votes are in and I make my decision.

Thank you so very much for your help!  Bonnie

October 5, 2012 / blparham

First digital photography assignment submitted!

Its has been a while since I posted, but if you remember my last post, I hurt myself attempting to capture a great photograph.  This past Monday, 3 weeks after my ER visit, I was finally sent for an MRI…turns out, I actually tore my hamstring.

I have been limping across campus for nearly 4 weeks now, and it has certainly put a damper on my photography.  It is so frustrating not to be able to get out there and capture great shots. You can only take so many photos from the side of the road, and until my leg heals I have to try to stay out of harms way.

Last week I turned in my first print assignment for my digital photography class.  It’s not easy narrowing 50 shots down to just one. Once they were narrowed down to 12, our class had a critique. During the critique, my professor gave his input, and of course I selected one that he was particularly fond of. Not sure it was my most favorite of the bunch, but I’m no dummy!

Photo of a butterfly and it's shadow on rocks


This photo was submitted as a 6 X 9 luster print, matted in an 11 X 14 archival quality 4-ply white mat, that I was taught to cut myself .

I have to say, I enjoy this class immensely!

September 12, 2012 / blparham

Nature Photography! It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt…namely me!

Today I am writing to you from my bed, and I’ll explain why in a bit.

Anyhow, I have always had a passion for photography. Anyone who really knows me knows that I don’t like to miss an opportunity to take a great shot. My passion increased even more after I purchased my first Nikkon DSLR camera a couple of years back. Since I am coming near the end of my studies as a Web Designer, I had the opportunity to select just one free elective. Hmm…tough choice for a “creative type” to make. There were so many interesting choices ranging from theater make-up application, pottery to jewelry making; any one of which I’d find fun and exciting.

But I had to ask myself, which one would give me the most benefit in my future endeavors as a Web Designer? It’s a fact; good Web sites contain high quality photographs. Up until this point, I relied mainly on the automatic settings on my camera to help me. It was time to really understand apertures and shutter speeds and how they work together to create the perfect exposure. Thus, I signed myself up for an “Introduction to Digital Photography” class and associated lab. Woo Hoo! I was finally going to learn the basics behind what I have been doing for years!

Well, we were given an assignment in class yesterday to take a total of 20 consecutive shots, no deleting, and no second chances, with only 2 requirements. 1. The photos needed to capture the essence of light; being taken between sunrise and 9:00 am or 5:30 pm to sunset. 2. We needed to capture various depths of field. This brings me to why I am writing this post from bed today.

I was excited to get started “hunting” for my perfect shots. After all, you can’t wait until the last day before the assignment is due and hope for Mother Nature to bring you the perfect light. So, come 5:30 pm, I slip on my hiking boots, grab my camera and tripod and my boyfriend and I jump in the car to head up to Clark’s Creek located in Dauphin, PA. I have taken beautiful photos there in the past and I felt that there was a possibility I would find the lighting I was in search of. Almost immediately, in the distance, I see what I am looking for. A concrete bridge with sunlight shining through shimmering of the flow of the trickling creek. To get there, I had to trample through brush, climb over a log, jump over a ditch (that I kept calling a ravine in the ER) and down a small bank to the side of the stream. No problem… When I arrived at the spot everything was perfect. The light was just right. I took a few practice shots and then changed my SD card with a new one for the project. Naturally, things couldn’t go perfectly. When I popped in the new card, my camera wouldn’t recognize it for some darn reason. As I messed with it, just that fast the light changed and my opportunity was over. Apparently I was there longer than it felt. I heard my boyfriend call from the road to see if I was OK. Yes, sure I was OK, what the heck would you think could happen out there?

I started to head back to the car in disappointment. When I got to the “ravine”, it looked totally different than it had from the other side. The bank on the other side was somewhat lower and now I had to make it back across. I took one second to contemplate my next move and then took the leap. YEE…OUCH!!! I landed on my left foot with such force and my knee locked. It felt as if my bones from my ankle to my hip were jammed straight up into my body. I heard and felt a simultaneous grinding jerk. As I said before, YEE…OUCH!!! Just moments before, my boyfriend asked me if I was OK, which I was, and then seconds later, I wasn’t.

To make and even longer story shorter, I ended up spending the rest of the evening (until 11:00 pm) in the Emergency Room waiting for X-rays. As far as they could see, there was nothing broken, thank GOD!

Quite ironically, my photo shoot out in nature last evening is keeping me from attending my Environmental Science class today!

Here is one shot I took. I realize now, after all my pain, it wasn’t such a great shot after all. Ah…the trials and tribulations of a photographer!

A photo of Clarks Creek flowing beneath a bridge

Clark’s Creek, Dauphin, PA

September 10, 2012 / blparham

“Sunshine Makes Things Happy” (especially me)

Greetings! Since I have been on a roll my last couple of blogs sharing my animation projects, I thought I would stick with it and share another.

This past spring semester, I created this 33 second frame-by-frame animation using Adobe Flash CS5 for my Web230 Class (Web Design Animation).

My darling little granddaughter helped me out by playing her violin for the background music and I used Adobe Soundbooth CS5 for mixing the soundtrack.

Photo of my granddaughter

My darling granddaugher

Its title is…you guessed it…“Sunshine Makes Things Happy!” (click the link to the left to view)

September 9, 2012 / blparham

We Heard It Through the Grapevine

I spend a lot of time up in New York near Lake Ontario in the Finger Lakes Region. A big attraction of that area are the wine trails.

A couple of semesters ago, I took an animation class as part of my Web Design curriculum. Here is a link to “We Heard It Through the Grapevine” , a fictitious commercial for New York Wineries I created using Adobe Flash CS5.

September 7, 2012 / blparham

My first attempt at 3-D Animation

I would like to share this link from my YouTube Channel It is my first attempt at 3-D animation using Maya 2012 Student Version Software (a product of AutoDesk). I call it “MY-A-TOY”. It’s only 12 seconds long, so be sure not to B_L_I_N_K!