Sunday, January 23, 2011

Tagline Roulette - Volume II, Edition 1 - "Paris"

I have a list of words, currently numbered at 161, and each week I go to an online random number generator to get...(Wait for it!)...a  randomly generated number! I use this number to point me to the tag word that I'll use to create a pool of images by Etsy POE Team members.  As words get used, I cross them off the list, give the other words a chance, you know?  Well, it's a new year and we're starting over.  I've added a few new words and un-crossed the crossed out words.   

It should be noted that the "tag word" in no way dictates a theme, it is merely part of the search criteria used to create the image pool.  This week our random word turned out to be "Paris" which produced a collection of 6 pages and 203 listings.  

Originally, my target in this feature was to put together a collection of 10 images or so, but holding the line here at only "10 images" proved difficult, so I decided to just go with what I feel.  Ten images is now my minimum, and my maximum depends on the number of images in the pool and how I feel about things.  I don't want to feature so many images that folks might get bored looking at them, and once I start approaching 20 images, posting them starts to get to be a drag, so now my limit falls somewhere between "10" and "folks might get bored / this is getting to be a drag".

This week we ended up with a collection of 26 images.  Please take a look; I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!

Oh, and as always, please feel free to send me your word suggestions!

paris rooftops 3 - enchantedpond

Sidewalk Cafe - TheLeftBank

lights of paris - mkendall

Somewhere in Paris a man and a dog go for a walk... - dragonflyphotography

Eiffel Tower on the Seine - jerseymaids

French Gold - henatayeb

On River Seine - SolsticePhoto

Lantern - jrzygirlphotography

Paris Rooftops - emelephotography

Paris Street--Walk - Ketzelphotography

Yellow Chairs - buckscountyframes

Vintage Perfume Bottle (Still Life in Sepia) - PhotoGrunt

Postcard of Eiffel Tower - lesleypayne

Sparkling Eiffel Tower - TweelingPhotography

Birds of a Feather - FlashForward

Paris Promenade - TooArtfulForYou

Black Coffee - galleryoncentral

Peek a Boo - reflectionsoflight

Le Grand Palais - MarcoLaGrenouille

Candles at the Notre Dame - RandomAbstracts

from atop the hill ... - levansphotography

cafe - pinkiestyle

Studio Move Parisian Cafe - starrybluesky

Ze Eiffel Tower - tinyturk

Paris Musee d'Orsay - mesmanimages

Eiffel Tower - magalerie

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Project 52 - Week 4

A photo a week...for a year.  Fifty-two weeks; 52 images, minimum.

This week we had some rain, some flooding, a national holiday and a little bit of sun.  Out of that I was able to cobble together a few images.  

On Monday, Martin Luther King Day, I went out with some specific ideas in mind, but was thwarted by flood waters and road closures.  I could've gone around, but didn't really feel like driving 20 miles to go 5, so I made do with the subject matter at hand: flood waters, a road closure and an old barn that was handy.  

Wednesday, my schedule dictated that I go to work late, so I took a road I rarely travel and spied an interesting fencepost.

I hope you find these interesting.

January 17, 2011

January Flood

Flooded Poplars


January 19, 2011

Fence Steams

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Project 365 (???)

A photo a day...for a year.  Three hundred and sixty-five days; 365 images.

I'd been toying with the idea for several weeks before the ball dropped; then, all of a sudden there I was on January 1st, 2011 and I had yet to commit to the project.  It was time to fish or cut bait, but which did I want to do?  And what, if anything, was the point of the excercise?  I'm one of those who are inspired by the subject and not at all by the excercise of tripping a shutter release.  I had no idea what I was going to shoot!  

My normal day involves driving to work, working, and driving home; this time of the year the driving to and from parts are done in the dark...and that can be a problem.  Another potential, or rather eventual problem would be the carrying of a camera around with me everywhere I go at work.  Every now and then, OK, but all the time?  No.

I kept on track for the first four days of the new year before derailing on the fifth.  I wasn't surprised; I hadn't really bought in to the idea.  I was going through the motions, but in the deepest reaches of my head and my heart, I knew it was just a matter of time.  I'm glad it happened when it did; now I can get on with something I can, in good conscience, sign onto.  Project 52, a photo a week for a year.  Now, don't be thinking I'm only going to be shooting one image each week in order to put a check in the box.  When has anyone shot only one image?  I mean, really?

So, watch this space for my weekly "Project 52" submission; I hope to make it interesting.

Now, would you like to see what I've been up to so far this year?  Nevertheless, here it is:

Week One

January 1st, 2011

Frosted Leaves

Frozen Balloons


Week Two

January 2nd, 2011

Old Stump (Sepia)

Short Stop

January 3rd, 2011

Long Shadows

January 4th, 2011

Mike Jackson

Mike Jackson

Mike Jackson

Week Three

January 10, 2011

Winter Sky

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Worth a Look (The View From The "Big End") - Vol II Edition 1

Not only am I a visual person, but a photographer as well.  As such, I enjoy looking at photographs, and on a regular basis I'll go wandering through the listings for the Photographers Of Etsy to do just that...look at photographs. I frequent the "Big End" because I want to catch them before they expire, give them another chance at discovery if you will.  Here are just a few of the images I found this week toward the big end of the list that caught my eye.  


(Note:  The "Big End" is what I call the the oldest of the POE listings. To get there, conduct a search on Etsy under "All Items" for "POE team".  You will get a list of probably somewhere around 400 to 500 listings; the "Big End" is the end of the list with the highest numbers, and these are the ones about to drop off and expire.)

Black and White - ValeriaH

Lamb Island No.1 - Calm Waters - HeyHarriet

Sad Looking Clown - ScooyouPhotography

sit here ... drink me ... - shashamane

Scavengers Row - Red Eye - PhotoGrunt

Ripe - hmphoto

Bicycle and Bricks - sandycarterphoto

Offerings - lightleaks

New York Blackout 4 - randolph

Shadows of Fall (Maple Leaves) - ZahnerPhoto

Feet, Winnipeg Canada - MattJZylSaw

Bridge of Sighs - photopia