Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Team-Up Thursday: Week Ten

"Curiouser and curiouser" -- Alice


Melody chose our theme this week, and I was thrilled that it just happened to be one of my favorite things: BOOK. I had a vision of a row of books for my photo, so I ventured into the library with my camera. And I felt a little bit illegal. My rule-minding self just couldn't walk right in with my camera taking photos. I snuck up to the second floor and looked around guiltily before quietly taking my camera out of my bag. Then I checked around again to make sure no library workers were looking before snapping a few shots.

I'm not sure why I felt I had to be so clandestine, but it just felt slightly dangerous taking photographs in the public library. That's just the "on the edge" kind of life I lead.

I do, however, adore the resulting diptych. The row of books almost looks like a tunnel, possibly one into which Alice would fall. And sweet "Alice," so engrossed in her book. The tea set on the suitcase just makes the scene. Having two boys, the closest I could get to this shot is one of the Mad Hatter.

So what do you have to show us today?

P.S. Remember to link to your blog in the comments as well as upload to the flickr pool.

P.P.S. Remember to grab our cool Team-Up button (thanks Leah!) for your blog over on mine or Melody's sidebar.

P.P.P.S. Email me at if you need a partner.

Monday, March 29, 2010

BSM: Happiness is...

...eating a fudgesicle at Gramma's.

happiness is...

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Team-Up Thursday Update Week Ten

Hope everyone checked out our Shutter Sisters post on Friday -- what a treat, huh?

This week, Melody and I are doing BOOK for our theme. One of my favorite things:). I've got quite a few shots of the kids reading, so I'm going to have to think of a new angle this week.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Team-Up Thursday: Week Nine

happy dip

Tell me this does not make you laugh right at your computer screen. That's exactly what I did when Melody emailed me her photo for HAPPY this week. Just hysterical. I'm trying to figure out if she greased those lips with bacon to get the dog to hold them in there for the photo. I guess even dogs take bribes, eh?

Really, this pair makes me smile. HAPPY seemed so right for this first week of Spring. My kids happen to be on Spring Break this week, so they're really happy, as evidenced in my photo. Nothing happier than two kids and an amusement park ride.

In fact, this diptych may be one of my favorites to date, simply because it puts a smile on my face every time I look at it.

Another thing that puts a smile on my face? The fact that we are guest posting at Shutter Sisters tomorrow! How 'bout them apples? I know that all the new visitors will be so inspired by the wonderful diptychs in our Flickr pool, so go over and give a shout out in the comments tomorrow.

And as always, if you're new here, come join the fun every Thursday. Grab a partner, or email me at and we'll get you one.

Here's to one HAPPY Thursday!

Monday, March 22, 2010

BSM: Happy Trails

happy trails on I-5

Saw this in the car parked next to us on our 12-hour, 663 mile odyssey down I-5 yesterday. Maybe I should have saved it for HAPPY Team-Up Thursday this week?

Friday, March 19, 2010

Team-Up Thursday Update Week Nine

Melody and I are getting HAPPY this week -- Wanna come along?

Here's one from the archives (three years ago!) that always makes me happy:


I love looking at each of your diptychs, so see you Thursday!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Team-Up Thursday: Week Eight

close up diptych

I thought this week would be simple, but CLOSE UP turned out to be a real challenge. I had a lot of ideas, but because I don't have a macro lens, I wasn't getting the results I wanted. I have outtakes of marbles, coins, and lava lamps. Yeah, I was really hoping the lava lamp would turn out. I ended up outside, photographing plants and moss.

Melody's, however, is fantastic! I'm dying to see the whole camera after seeing just a piece of it in her photograph. My favorite part is the little scratch on the front, a testament to its life as a working camera. Melody: I hope you tell us the story of this little gem.

Share your diptychs with us this week by posting a link in comments and uploading to our flickr pool.

And as always, if you've just discovered our little project, grab a partner and join us; we love seeing new faces in the diptych pool. Or drop me a note at if you need a partner.

P.S. Can everyone see the whole picture when I post it large like this???

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Team-Up Thursday Update: Week Eight

Melody and I are going with CLOSE UP this week for our theme. Choose your own theme, or get CLOSE UP with us; we'll see you Thursday :).

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Team-Up Thursday: Week Seven

relax diptych

Melody and I RELAXed this week, and I don't think we could have captured more different scenes if we'd tried. Melody's photo makes me want to crawl back into bed into that scrumptious warm light and rest for the remainder of the day...or week. Incredibly relaxing.

I went with a different interpretation of RELAX. We went for a hike this past weekend, and when returned to our starting point, I saw this man sitting under the trestle, completely absorbed in his music. He had blocked out the rest of the world and was playing and singing without noticing anyone else around him. I didn't have my zoom lens, and I liked the way the trestle framed him, so tiny in the center of the photograph. He embodied a sense of relaxation that you can only get from being totally occupied by something you love to do.

What do you have to show us this week?

P.S. We're always open to new players, so grab a partner and a theme and play along. Or email me at and we'll hook you up with someone.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Sunday, March 7, 2010

BSM: Pathways

We went on a lovely hike this weekend, and even though the boys were disappointed we wouldn't let them wade in the creek and look for salamanders, we all had a great time. Spring is just around the corner...


Saturday, March 6, 2010

Team-Up Thursday Update Week Seven

Melody and I are doing RELAX this week for our theme. I'm not sure whether that's wishful thinking, but we'll see :). Can't wait to see what you all choose and create for Thursday.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Team-Up Thursday: Week Six

WALK this way...

walk diptych week 6

When Melody suggested "walk" this week as our theme, I knew I was going to be doing some night photography. My friend Jenny and I get up at 5 a.m. and walk for an hour four mornings a week, so of course, I brought my camera along Monday morning. Jenny thought I was only a little bit crazy.

I first had the idea that I would set my camera up on a tripod and self timer us walking by the camera. Frankly, that was just too much prep before 5 a.m. Instead, I snapped some pictures as we walked, getting some very interesting results as I tried to walk and shoot in the dark at the same time. I knew I had the shot as we were wrapping up our walk. I saw the pedestrian sign, so I stopped, and made Jenny walk ahead while I took the picture.

Melody's shot offers a perfect contrast to mine. Bright daylight, sunny colors, and a wonderful shadow counterbalance my darkness and streetlamps. And apparently, we both like to walk down the middle of the street :).

What do you and your partners have to show us today? Remember to upload to our flickr pool.

I've got one person waiting for a partner...know anyone interested in joining in the fun? Let me know:

P.S. If you were wondering how I did the levitation shot last week, I posted a tutorial a few days ago, so just scroll down. All mysteries will be revealed :).