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Instagraming Through May

I’ve been away from the blogosphere for few weeks, wish it was something fun and enjoyble…alas it was work related. But I managed to continue my Instagram project, with images from my walks with Berta.

I was lucky to capture few more dandelions in their ethereal form, before they turn into yellow rascals that defy all hardships. But I love them in both versions.

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My little piece of heaven still hides forgotten treasures, like this old rusty nut, half buried in sand. Things with Berta are still the same, meaning she is still ignoring me.

As usual, my botanic knowledge is non-existent, so I have no idea what kind of wild flower this is.

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I enjoyed some really beautiful mornings with bright sky and even managed to capture a sunset through some trees. Berta. Still. Ignoring. Me.

This last image was taken on my visit to my uncle and aunt in Bosnia. Their horses are so beautiful and powerful, it was a treat to capture them. Unfortunately, the sun already disappeared, so I haven’t had as much time as I would like.

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Well, that was my May on Instagram. I am starting to think you can’t have a serious presence on social media, unless you hire a help. I wonder if anyone has any experience with that?

As always, you can find me under the nick snowlocked. I would love if we connect on Instagram, too!

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Tricking Berta To Pose For Me

Now and then I manage to trick Berta to look at the camera. I use different tricks, because every trick works only once. I call her my little sunshine, my violet, lily, kitty, blow kisses at her, whistle, ask silly questions, pretend to be surprised, pretend like someone is coming our way…Obviously, I am running out of tricks. So, any suggestion not involving food would be welcomed.

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I tend to keep post-processing simple these days, just a bit of adjusting exposure and softening the image to make it look like it came out of my dreams. It’s just I always dream in colors…and in sequels. But, I never pretended to be normal. 😀

As always, be so kind and check Leanne’s blog Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY, where every Wednesday she hosts Monochrome Madness Challenge.

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Missed The Target

I completely spaced out and forgot about our theme for this first Monday of Monochrome Madness. It was supposed to be something about the city. Naturally, I went the opposite direction…hence this image of the horse. But it was taken in my city zoo, so technically it would qualify for the theme…if we stretch it, really stretch it. 😀

If you want to see how everyone else remembered our theme and how my horsey fairs against the city images, check Leanne’s blog Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY, where every Wednesday she hosts Monochrome Madness Challenge.

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Instagram Was Fun In April

It’s been six months since I started this Instagram project. Half way through each month I question the sanity and the purpose of it, because it seems I am posting the same images over and over again…and the sheer magnitude of the effort that has to be put into social media to get attention is sometimes daunting.

But then the end of the month comes and I put together this post with all the images and I can’t help but think it was worth it…because I remember the time and the place of each and every image I took, how was the weather, what was Berta doing, was I grumpy or in a good mood.
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It was a sunny Sunday morning and Berta was chasing birds…and I was captivated by one little dandelion.

Every morning I am greeted by familiar sight, the only place I call a home. I remember people swimming in this river a long, long time ago. I remember saving a drowning dog from this river a long time ago. I remember sitting at the wooden dock last summer.

When I remember to look down, a world of macro wonders wait for me.

But in the end, my morning walks revolve around her…come rain or shine, she always makes me smile. ❤

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Although I know one day we will part our ways, her paw prints will forever mark my heart.

Come…follow me on my Instagram journey…just look for snowlocked. I would love to follow you there, too.

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Fresh Start

After last week’s anniversary edition, we are starting our third year of Monochrome Madness Challenge. And what better way to start than with my favorite subject – Berta.

I took this image on our morning walk for my Instagram project, but decided to convert it into a monochrome version. Sepia works well with this image, it is almost a colorful monochrome.

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It is not the best quality image, but I like the composition. Especially her shadow.

Till next week, be sure to check better monochrome images on Leanne’s blog Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY, where every Wednesday she hosts Monochrome Madness Challenge.

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Cherry Blossoms

It is funny how it seems that in a single moment the monochrome world of winter fills with colors of spring and everywhere you turn, a flower blossoms in front of your eyes. It is even funnier to turn that colorful world into a monochrome image.

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

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Hope Springs Eternal

Hope springs eternal in the human breast;
Man never is, but always to be blessed:
The soul, uneasy and confined from home,
Rests and expatiates in a life to come.

– Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man (1734)

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We are constantly reminded of the harsh world we live in, it is so easy to lose hope for better days ahead. It sounds so naive and trivial to remind oneself of the beauty that hides in plain sight…but I find it such a beautiful contradictory, a flaw and a virtue of human nature…to hope even in the darkest times.

For a little bit of hope and lots of beautiful monochrome images, visit Leanne’s blog Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY, where every Wednesday she hosts Monochrome Madness Challenge.

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52 Week Photography Challenge – Week 11: Landscape – Reflection

I skipped few weeks in this challenge, due to a combination of some bad weather and the flu that triggered my bronchitis that just refuses to go away. I plan to go back and revisit the weeks I missed, but it is frustrating to start a project and not being able to keep to the schedule you planed.

I don’t know if it is cheating that I am posting this image I took last summer. It kind of feels that way, so I will probably revisit this week, too. Somehow it beats the purpose of this challenge, to experiment, practice and learn.

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Next week assignment is Artistic – Transportation: Our world is one defined by how we get around. Literal or interpretative, find inspiration in transportation.

This challenge is a part of Dogwood 52 Week Photography Challenge, hosted on Facebook. If you are interested, it is never too late to jump in and join the fun. Also, you can follow me on Instagram under the name snowlocked, where I post every day.

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My February Instagram

I am a little bit late this month with posting my Instagram images from February. The flu left me exhausted and somewhat in a bad mood. The weather is not helping, either. Rainy, cloudy days are following one after another, keeping spring just out of the reach.
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Hopefully, sun will find its way through the clouds, making my morning walks beautiful again. For now, here are my February images.

 

I am still surprised how it all looks bright and colorful on my phone, but here everything is soft and mellow. It gives me a sense of novelty, like a new version of already published images. I managed to capture few precious moments of Berta and Vilma, they always make me smile.

Going through these galleries, it seems I managed to get quite a few sunny mornings in February. Strange, because if someone asked me how was the weather, I would say the entire month was just awful. Goes to show how we tend to linger on bad things, forgetting to enjoy all the wonderful moments.

With days getting longer, I hope to extend my afternoon walks and get a different set of images of those familiar places. With sunsets and bolder colors, different angles, I can’t wait to see what I’ll get.

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The “Hendrix” railway bridge is still one of my favorite subjects, I like how all those straight lines and steel make a contrast to soft morning light, abstractness of river and surrounding nature.

I posted only two images so far this month, but I hope to catch up with my regular schedule. Who knew a little bit of flu and fever could leave you so exhausted and spent….If you want to follow my daily antics, you can find me on Instagram if you look for snowlocked. I would love to follow you there, too.

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Morning Light

Somehow, unintentionally, this years Monochrome Madness turned out to be all about the light. Week after week my images focus on natural light, manipulating the light, playing with light…once again it is confirmed that best things come spontaneously.

This sepia image is one of my  early morning images I take every day, while walking with Berta. They are usually bound to be published on Instagram, but I decided to use this one for Monochrome Madness.

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After few rainy days, Sava spilled out of its riverbed, as it usually does in rainy seasons. I love little details of this image, the anchor finally touching the water, the half-submerged panel with the instructions for rowboats on how to approach the pier, the fact that I can distinguish where the riverbed sits…

Sitting here and absorbing every little detail, only now can I appreciate the beauty I encounter on my everyday walks. This is just one more added value to the art of photography.

Next week we tackle another monthly theme, this time it is Lines. Again, few ideas are forming in my mind, but it is anyones guess how successful the execution will be.

That is all I have for you this week… for more excellent entries, you can check tomorrow Leanne’s blog Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY.