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En Garde

What do I have in store for you this week? A pure delight, a little bit of sweetness…my Berta’s best friend, my best friend’s companion, a little rascal called Vilma.  She is always exploring, observing, always on guard and very hard to catch on camera.

I was finally inspired this week to play with the image. A bit of dodging and burning on top of something called The Shock filter lead me to this interesting result. I especially like the texture and details of her fur, almost like a painting.

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Rediscovering Old Memories

I must confess that lately I am only using my phone camera and mostly for my Instagram project. I returned the camera I borrowed from my friend and my photography is suffering.

But that makes me go through my old stuff, searching for something that has that little hidden spark. This week I stumbled upon another funny little image that I skipped over many times before. But today those cats spoke to me. So, I am officially a cat lady.😀

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For additional monochrome images, visit Leanne Cole’s blog Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY, where every Wednesday she hosts The Monochrome Madness Challenge.

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Dynamic Range 5

Here it is, a brand new issue of Dynamic Range, a magazine showcasing the women in photography. It is a 100 pages issue with so many beautiful articles, accompanied with some amazing images.

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If you would like to contribute to this amazing project, you can do so by clicking here Leanne Cole / Products and buying any of the four issues that were published so far.

In this selection of many interesting articles, you can check out another piece in my ongoing series about The History of Women Photographers, this time I am writing about a truly amazing woman, Bertha Wehnert-Beckmann.

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How To Do The Ignore

Presenting the master!!!

Of many talents that Berta just refuses to show to me, one she is very proud of. Somehow she mastered the ignoring technic, refusing to look at me when I am trying to take a photo of her.

Look at her…it can’t all be the coincidence, right?

But to be fair, sometimes she takes pity on me and gives me her adorable smiles…or at least a side-eye.

Just a bit of silliness for Monday…weekend is too far away.

One of Many

Time for another entry in Friday Fictioneers challenge, courtesy of Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. If you want to give it a try, check the info on her blog. 100 words more or less, inspired by a photo, here we go….

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I see it now as I’ve seen it before…the same old canvas painted with the colors of my life, memories that speak the tale of something that is gone.

As I fade away, I still search for that hidden quantum of reprieve, wondering if the sounds will ever be enough to fill my world of shadows.

It is lost to me, all that I could once see. My perpetual darkness holds the secrets of some other times…days and nights when my hands brought to life what my eyes saw.

Oh, how I wish to see it once more.

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Silliness

Another month of Monochrome Madness Challenge brings us a fresh theme, this time it is all about Movement.

As many of you with furry friends know, it is almost impossible to capture a quality image when they run and play. It is always blurry, parts of their bodies are missing from the frame, or you end up with dozen of images of their tails. So, I might say I was lucky with this shoot. It is such a silly image, but at the same time the most accurate representation of her character – always a rascal, always seeking attention.

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If she could speak, I imagine she would say something like: “Here I am, here! Don’t you worry, my silly human.” or “Whatchadoin?”😀

For additional monochrome images, visit Leanne Cole’s blog Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY, where every Wednesday she hosts The Monochrome Madness Challenge.

Instagram…I have failed you

It finally happened, I slipped…Only six images in July. But I have a good excuse. The sun is too high on my morning walks and everything is too bright, scorched, flat…

And still…everything is here. My Berta, the bridge, the river bank, flowers…everything that makes my mornings beautiful.

The railway bridge is just perfect subject for this “Shock” filter, it makes it look so raw, harsh, exposed…I love it.

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Hopefully, August proves this was just a glitch and my fun with Instragram continues. As always, you can find me under the nick snowlocked. I would love if we could connect on Instagram, too.