Topic of the Week

Each week the New Kensington Camera Club announces a new topic in our FaceBook Group for fun and to stimulate our creative digital juices.
We invite you to join the fun. All who request to join us are welcomed into our "FaceBook Closed Group"
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Date

Topic

Topical Talk

Samples

Jul 20
2017
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Aug 03
2017

Americana

Bob Sudy asked me to post a topic in conjunction with the July 28 event at the NKAC - Americana: Portrait of America and since I was thinking about carnivals and parades it works out perfectly :-) Have fun! This guy, BTW, was in my hometown of Apollo's Bicentennial Parade last year. First People are about as American as you get.

Jul 06
2017
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Jul 19
2017

Best of Show

Robert Sudy asked me to post a topic that would introduce the "Best of Show" event at the NKAC on July 14 (I'd link to the calendar with dx on the NKAC page, but I can't find it). So the new topic is some of your favorite photos - but don't just post a photo. Tell us WHY. These two of mine are faves because I love shooting into the light with a 50mm lens because of the "controlled unpredictability." I pretty much know what the lens will do, but it always surprises me with something.

Jun 21
2017
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Jul 05
2017

Stupid Photos

Cam Miller asked me to do the Topic of the Week, since I'm somewhat of an expert on Stupid Photos. We can extend this subject to include oddities & absurdities. So give us your stupid photos!
One of my favorite places to take stupid photos is at the beach, so here are a few examples, but stupid photos happen everywhere and we are obligated take them and share them
Don Henderson

Jun 05
2017
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Jun 20
2017

Monochromes

Let's try something that I don't think we've done before - MONOCHROMES. Now, monochromatic photos can be B&W but that is NOT what I'm looking for. Consider instead something that is all one color/color family with perhaps only one other minor color.

May 07
2017
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May 20
2017

Outside the Box

Think outside the box - what represents the passing of time? It can be literal but representational as well. I'm not talking about a single abandoned building falling to pieces - but a specific building that represents something no longer done would be OK. Signs that advertise long ago services. Changes in technology or social practices. Just two photo example for now - the love locks on bridges representing forever; and an older woman sitting in the sun reading a newspaper, a practice that is almost gone compared to just 10 years ago.

Apr 23
2017
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May 06
2017

Round

Things that are ROUND. It can be things from nature, but NO FLOWERS. There are lots of things that are round if you think about it. If it's something ordinary, be creative. On the left, part of a windchime. On the right, puffball fungus. (P.S. if you take a nice photo of any of the wonderful spring flowers that are blooming right now, you can certainly still post it!)

Apr 09
2017
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Apr 22
2017

Flowers

In honor of the upcoming Spring Flower Show, I've been asked to make the new TOPIC OF THE WEEK - you guessed it - FLOWERS!

Mar 29
2017
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Apr 08
2017

All Alone

Another NEW TOPIC suggestion by Chris London Sokalski - All Alone. I don't have much to illustrate this, but it's an interesting idea and I'm sure many of you can come up with good examples. It can be one of something that is normally multiple, or something standing alone, like a lighthouse. It can illustrate something or someone lonely - or just pleasant solitude.

Mar 12
2017
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Mar 25
2017

Anything That Floats

I was going to do a salute to St. Patrick with the Wearing of the Green and green signs of spring. But since the weather didn't cooperate, I'm going to do a bit of a DOUBLE TOPIC OF THE WEEK - Anything that Floats (thanks to Chris London Sokalski for the suggestion) and still a tribute to St. Paddy's Day with anything Irish! Erin go Bragh!!

Feb 26
2017
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Mar 11
2017

Critters

I know I promised to post what the next topic would be when I post the currrent one, but I just don't have any ideas right now. So, for this coming week, THE NEW TOPIC IS CRITTERS - preferrably wild ones - birds, deer, elk, squirrels, etc. If you have an idea for next time, throw it at me.

Feb 12
2017
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Feb 25
2017

Cemeteries

I tend to usually just take "pretty pictures" in cemeteries - but I just know that some of you have some really good creepy ones! Let's see some interesting processing skills - maybe take a photo you have and see what you can do with it in Snapseed,etc. But any kind of photos are welcome. Next week's topic will be CRITTERS - preferably wild ones (squirrels, birds, deer, moose, etc.)

Jan 29
2017
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Feb 11
2017

BOOKS

Last week I said that THIS WEEK's TOPIC would be BOOKS - literally and figuratively. The little lending libraries, real libraries, bookstores, books you've read or are reading, or perhaps a representation of a favorite book title or theme. Think outside the box. I actually have to work on this one - only have one pic! (Gary Sprague sent a link to some really interesting books photos: https://www.viewbug.com/search/books)
Next week will be something that I think most of you have done many times - cemeteries!

Jan 15
2017
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Jan 28
2017

LIGHT

Think about how to use light to your advantage in your photos. Backlight creates drama with people or objects/nature. Some photographers have specialized in natural light portraits. Some use studio lights to create something unique. We don't all have those, but you can even use a flashlight or light from your tablet or phone to create interesting photos. Look at some groups on Flickr to get some ideas. What can you create and what did you learn from it?
Next topic will be BOOKS - literally and figuratively. Maybe a photo inspired by one of your favorite books?

Jan 01
2017
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Jan 14
2017

Leaves

I know there aren't many left out there, but there are some, and on a sunny day you can make a nice photo. Or you can just stay in on gloomy days and sort through your archives. Leaves are nature's art - different forms, different colors and always changing. NO TREES - individual leaves or clusters of leaves. Find the beauty.

Dec 17
2016
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Dec 31
2016

Holiday Photos

Wow, you guys have been posting some really great red photos for a while now, so I guess I need to change the topic. I'm honestly at a loss for new ideas right now, and I guess it's time to post holiday photos! This year, the first day of Hanukkah falls on the 24th so bring on the menorahs, too! And all winter/snow/ice photos are also welcome. The blue Christmas tree is from last year at Phipps and is my favorite.

Nov 23
2016
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Dec 16
2016

Seeing Red

It's dark and it's dreary - so let's see how much we can brighten things up. New Topic - SEEING RED! (But no Christmas photos right now :-)) Doesn't have to be all red, but it should at least be what draws your eye.

Nov 16
2016
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Nov 22
2016

Abstracts

I see some here now and then and I'm hoping that many of you have some in your stash - and also will get inspired and go out and shoot some. I don't have a lot but they are on my list of things to pay more attention to because they are a different way of thinking for me. And that's the whole idea

Nov 02
2016
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Nov 08
2016

Look Down

LOOK DOWN. I realized over the past several days that I don't look down often enough when I'm out taking photos. So I'm also challenged by this one. It doesn't have to be something small that we see when we look down, although often it is. It can also be just a different perspective on something. I thought the way the light hit the staircase at the museum was interesting, and the way it curled around at the bottom; and I took the other photo when I looked down into the water of a pond in the very early spring when everything was still dead. The water was crystal clear and I ended up liking a photo that I didn't think I would when I took it. (Obviously there is still a lot of fall color and we're all still looking up a lot. Just make sure you look straight ahead now and the so you don't walk into something :-))

Oct 13
2016
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Nov 01
2016

The Hunt for
Red October
or Gold October

Can't believe it's Thursday already - New TOPIC OF THE WEEK: The Hunt for Red October - or Gold October. I'm sure you've all been taking autumn photos, or plan to (better hurry up), but this week try to show autumn in smaller ways, rather than the big landscape photo or the tree-lined country road. Try looking at the smaller beauty that autumn has to offer. And if you just can't resist that shot from somewhere in the hills and dales, we won't throw you out.

Oct 13
2016
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Oct 19
2016

STRONG LINES, ANGLES AND CURVES

STRONG LINES, ANGLES AND CURVES. They may be vanishing points; there are plenty to be found in architecture, but there are other places to find them. Look around you - now is the time of year when the strong low angle of the sun creates shadows that make lines and angles, too.

Oct 06
2016
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Oct 12
2016

FILL THE FRAME

FILL THE FRAME WITH ONE Color. Color affects us very deeply. It can make us happy or sad. Some studies suggest that it can even make us angry or calm. If you fill the frame with one dominant color, it can create a photo with impact. It can be many different things - look around you, look around your neighborhood and where you travel daily. If you didn't fill the frame when you took the photo, crop it and see what happens.

Sep 26
2016
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Oct 05
2016

Oddities

ODDITIES It may be something you see in nature; maybe an unusual POV that makes nature seem odd; a manmade object; advertising; some part of a structure. Explore your world. There are oddities all around us.

Sep 01
2016
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Sep 25
2016

September

What represents September to you? Going back to school; football games; end of baseball season; the last weeks of the farmer's market; fairs and festivals; the last of the wildflowers... For me, when I think of September, I think of the change in the light - it's more golden and the angle is lower. Insects are busy.

Aug 17
2016
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Aug 30
2016

August

What does August mean to you? August can be a bittersweet month, with the last campfires and beach trips of the season. It can mean going to school, perhaps for the first time, for your little ones. It can mean fields being harvested, festivals and Farmer's Markets. What photo can you make that represents August.

Jul 13
2016
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Aug 02
2016

Interesting Interiors

I know I've been on a bit of a mental vacation and haven't posted a topic for a while - but everyone seemed quite busy anyway. Thought we should try to start up again. For this weeks TOPIC OF THE WEEK, let's try INTERESTING INTERIORS. They don't have to be grand or old, just different or something about an interior that interested you. I know a few people who could go nuts with this topic but it's something that I've only recently started to try so I don't have much. Top: Bill & Meliinda Gates Building, CMU; 2) Gates Bldg again (I don't think there is a right angle in the place); 3) Gustavino terra cotta tile vaulted ceiling, Baker Hall, CMU; 4) Heinz Chapel (I need to make a trip back there now that I have a camera that can handle higher ISO).

Jul 06
2016
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Jul 12
2016

Hobbies

Show us your HOBBIES - what do you like to do besides taking photos? Why do you like it? Or maybe, if you are a little like me, photography IS a major hobby right now - so then why do you like it? Can you show that? My major hobby is photography and I'll deal with that later. Besides that I read voraciously, garden a little (used to do a lot more when I had a strong back), and spend a lot of time and energy taking care of homeless cats. That's more of a passion than a hobby, but there's a fine line sometimes..
P.S. Book photo taken for an alphabet challenge group, letter V - Vampires in the Vintage Light.

Jun 23
2016
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Jul 05
2016

Something Complicated

OK, so Jim Lloyd posted something complicated; and Amy Sea Fisher thought it would make a good topic of the week. So, new TOPIC OF THE WEEK: It's Complicated. Think about it - it can be many things besides communications wiring.

Jun 15
2016
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Jun 22
2016

All God's Creatures

This week, to honor Cleo, the TOPIC of the week is
ALL GOD'S CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL.

Jun 01
2016
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Jun 14
2016

Time

OK, it's TIME to get back on track with TOPIC OF THE WEEK! How would you represent time? Time passing, Future time, changes that time has made?
The ALPHABET CHALLENGE letter is R.

May 25
2016
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May 31
2016

Freedom

In a few days we will celebrate Memorial Day, a day to remember the brave men and women who died for our freedom. So, TOPIC OF THE WEEK, what does freedom mean to you? What symbolizes freedom in your everyday life? ALPHABET CHALLENGE: the letter "V" (I just gave you a really easy one :-)) Remember, the challenge is to encourage you to take photos this week that represent the letter V.

May 04
2016
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May 11
2016

Toys

TOYS & GAMES! Games and toys from your childhood, kids' and grandkids' games, backyard games, board games - maybe get creative and do some macros of game pieces. Do you have a cool autographed baseball or glove? This can take a variety of different turns - run with it! My cat is sleeping on the desk and her nose is pointing to the letter 'L' for the weekly alphabet challenge if you want to play (pun intended). Remember, this is a challenge for you to take a photo this week representing the letter 'L'.

Apr 27
2016
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May 03
2016

Round

What in the world is round - besides the whole world itself! See how many unusual things you can find that are round, either spherical or one-dimensional.

Apr 20
2016
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Apr 26
2016

Glass

GLASS Maybe a photo taken thru a glass shop window where you're looking for a certain effect; a reflection in glass around a subject; reflections of stained glass; and shooting through glass on a rainy night. (It's supposed to rain tomorrow - if you have a macro, go try it. It's fun!) Think of all the different things in your world that are glass and go get creative. ALPHABET CHALLENGE if you want to to a shoot something THIS WEEK is the letter 'J'.

Apr 13
2016
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Apr 19
2016

Flower Power

Since everyone is so busy with the Flower Show, let's do something simple in honor of the show. TOPIC OF THE WEEK: Flower Power - but try to show flowers in a different way - a different angle or maybe with a surprise. My cat's tail is pointing to the letter 'P' for the ALPHABET CHALLENGE this week

Apr 06
2016
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Apr 12
2016

Trees

Something NEW is a weekly ALPHABET CHALLENGE in addition to the topic - so if you want to participate in either or both, you have a choice. However, for the alphabet challenge, you must take the photo the week of the challenge explicitly for the challenge. No archival shots - honor system! Each week I will announce the random letter of the alphabet you should work on - it can be specific or conceptual, like an emotion. This week, my cat’s tail just landed at the letter ‘B’ on the list. Go get creative!

Mar 30
2016
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Apr 05
2016

SURE SIGNS OF SPRING

Despite of the cooler weather for a couple days, and supposedly cool weather on the way, spring has sprung so I hope you're out photographing it. I even saw a butterfly today.
Cam Miller

Mar 23
2016
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Mar 29
2016

Human Portraits

Wow - Wednesday sneaked up on me. Something different - I'm going to throw out a topic that I have no examples for - because it's something I've never done. But I know that many of you do - and especially lately have been experimenting at the Arts Center. So, TOPIC OF THE WEEK: PORTRAITS of PEOPLE! Show 'em off! (Let's save animals, etc. for another time).
Cam Miller

Mar 16
2016
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Mar 22
2016

SHALLOW DEPTH OF FIELD

Depth of field is the distance between the nearest and farthest objects in a scene that appear acceptably sharp in an image. When only a very narrow distance is in focus, that is called a Shallow Depth of Field. There are a number of ways to create a Shallow DOF using various lens focal lengths and apertures, and it’s important to learn to control depth of field in order to bring attention to your subject. It can also be used creatively to give photos a very soft blurry feel.
Cam Miller

Mar 09
2016
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Mar 15
2016

Details

Since you all seemed to enjoy posting photos of architecture, how about considering the famous quote from designer Ludwig Mies van der Rohe: "God is in the details." Can be a building or, as one of mine is, a cemetery mausoleum.
Cam Miller

Mar 02
2016
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Mar 08
2016

Architecture

Let's try an easy one this week since many of you are wrapped up in plans for Friday night. ARCHITECTURE - whole buildings, interiors, oddities, old or new. #5 Penn Center - although unintentional, the night lighting makes these buildings look like Pittsburgh Black & Gold; the interior of the new Bill Gates building on CMU's campus, hardly a 90 degree angle in the place; and Liberty Ave. in Bloomfield, across from West Penn.
Cam Miller

Feb 24
2016
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Mar 01
2016

Technology

We often tend to think of technology as being all about computers or the latest and greatest. But technology, in its broadest sense, can be defined the collection of techniques, methods, skills and processes used in the production of goods or services, or in the accomplishment of objectives, such as scientific investigation or problem solving. How we define “old technology” and “new technology” can be interesting, and can vary widely depending on your generation. So let’s see your definitions in photos - TOPIC OF THE WEEK: TECHNOLOGY - Old and New
Cam Miller

Feb 17
2016
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Feb 23
2016

Favorites

OK- day late for TOPIC OF THE WEEK but I lost track of time. This one is a bit different because on the weeks when the Pop-Up Art Show is taking place, I can tell that many of you are very busy with that and dealing with a topic isn't on your agenda. So this week let's try posting some of your favorite photos - and tell us why. Maybe it's something you just learned how to do; maybe it's funny; maybe you took a step outside your comfort zone - or maybe it's something you just simply like for whatever reason. I noticed that a few people are still posting Shadow & Light - that's OK, too. Choosing favorites isn't easy I just found out.
Cam Miller

Feb 10
2016
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Feb 16
2016

Signs Of
Shadow & Light

OK, last week's topic wasn't too popular, so this week let's try Shadow & Light. NOT silhouettes - that's for another day. You should show both the subject and the strong shadow, the shadow being an integral part of the composition. B&W or color. Day or night. I have a feeling many of you have examples better than mine, but here are a few.
Cam Miller

Feb 03
2016
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Feb 09
2016

Signs Of
Early Spring

As you probably know, Phil has predicted an early spring! A couple people suggested that we honor Phil in THIS WEEK'S TOPIC, so let's do that! Are you seeing signs of an early spring? What does spring mean to you? In the city or on the farm? Maybe spring isn't your favorite season - so what is? What represents your favorite season? This week, let's honor the fun legacy of Punxsutawney Phil!
Cam Miller

Jan 27
2016
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Feb 02
2016

Oldest Thing

What is the oldest thing you have? I imagine most of you have some kind of treasure handed down through family or even purchased at an antique shop. Think jewelry, painting, clothing, stamps, coins, tableware, books, WWI or II items. Hopefully many of you will have more than one vintage item. What can you do to present your treasure in maybe a different kind of way - or even just in a very aesthetic way? Think about backgrounds, depth of field, lighting, very close shot, etc. Run a search on Flickr for “vintage” etc. for presentation ideas. Confession: I was having trouble coming up with an idea for this week and then when I did have an idea, I realized I really only have one example (sort of) and haven’t had time to create more. So I’m hoping to find the time to work on some photos this week, too! No cheating - I don’t want to see any photos of your spouse! P.S. These negatives are from the early 70s, so technically “old” but not vintage or antique.
Cam Miller

Jan 20
2016
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Jan 26
2016

Still Life

Thought we could try something different this week - still lifes. This is something I've actually not done much of myself, but I've been thinking about some things and then Sidney posted some wonderful examples so I decided it was a sign smile emoticon We have very different styles, but that's part of the fun. So think about some things you have around the house that might be grouped together to create a cohesive image. OR think about one thing that can perhaps be treated differently, or several of one thing, like a collection you might have. Google still life images and you'll get some ideas. It can be harder than you think to get exactly what you want, but it's a learning experience and a challenge. If you really don't have any ideas, just continue with last week's 50 Shades of White theme. I think we're due for some more snow to help you along.
Cam Miller

Jan 13
2016
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Jan 19
2016

WHITE

Since I know many of you were happily taking snow photos today, I thought I'd chose a TOPIC OF THE WEEK that will accommodate the winter lovers among us. But I want to challenge you to find other things that are Fifty Shades of WHITE. Look around you and think about it - many things are white. No cheating - i.e. no black and white!
Cam Miller

Jan 06
2016
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Jan 12
2016

ABSTRACTS

Sometimes things aren't really what they seem. Or sometimes we look at something we've looked at every day and suddenly see something very different. Sometimes it's just a piece of the whole. Or maybe a whole new way of seeing. The new TOPIC OF THE WEEK is Abstracts. Top photo is a picnic table at a fair; L to R bottom: stacked resin chairs; closeup of a glass suncatcher; backlit leaf of a plant at Phipps.
Cam Miller

Dec 30
2015
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Jan 05
2016

RED

Hi everyone! As you probably noticed I didn't post a topic last week because I figured you were all pretty busy. This week I thought I'd choose one that might let you post some of your holiday photos, as well as many other things. The Topic this week is RED! If you look around, red is everywhere and I'm sure you probably have "done a Don" and shot it wherever you found it! The photo can be holiday and happy, minimalist or stark, but the predominant color, the one that draws your eye, should be red. Have fun!
Cam Miller

Dec 16
2015
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Dec 29
2015

Doors and
Entryways

You folks found some fantastic sign photos - I'll really have to pay more attention to signs when I'm out and about!
Now let's see how many different DOORS AND ENTRYWAYS you've spotted!
Cam Miller

Dec 09
2015
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Dec 15
2015

Signs

"Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign
Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind
Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?"
- Five Man Electrical Band, 1970

The topic of the week is signs! I'll bet you guys have lots of really interesting photos for this topic. Have fun! Cam Miller

Dec 02
2015
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Dec 08
2015

Walls

New Topic is Walls! Strange walls, colorful walls, graffiti or mural walls (NO ghost signs - we've been there). The wall can be a side of a building, retaining wall, etc. It can be a small part of a wall, or the entire wall - whatever caught your eye and made you raise your camera! Cam Miller

Nov 25
2015
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Dec 01
2015

Oddities

New Topic of the Week is Oddities - roadside, yardside, streetside. What weird creation have you snapped on a walkabout? Or on a trip somewhere? Cam Miller

Nov 18
2015
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Nov 24
2015

Fences And Railings

Fences are everywhere - all kinds. These days, unfortunately, they are all too often chain link or newly manufactured wrought iron. But sometimes you can take a photo that makes even those kinds of fences attractive. Maybe you find something interesting growing on or thru a fence. Or better yet, you stumble across a really interesting or funny fence or railing. Cam Miller

Nov 11
2015
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Nov 17
2015

Windows

This week I thought we'd do something fun that probably everyone has photographed at one time or another - Windows! Windows from the inside, windows from the outside; store window displays, stained glass, somebody's house (just don't get caught because explaining yourself can be uncomfortable). Cam Miller

Nov 04
2015
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Nov 10
2015

Toys

Since we haven't had a Topic of the week yet, here is one to play with. Novelty items, toys and nostalgic pieces of memorabilia. This is a Kwepie Doll from the 1930s.

Oct 21
2015
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Nov 03
2015

Bridges

With Pittsburgh being the bridge capital of the world, I think this might be a great topic of the week to cover. Be creative.

Oct 14
2015
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Oct 20
2015

HDR Landscape

We are going to try something new for the topic of the week , We are all off our buts and out shooting , This is great, that is what the topic of the week was all about . Now let's try stepping up our game and adding a processing technique. To start this weeks topic and technique , Let's start with something I have seen a lot of over the past few weeks is, HDR and landscape. Please note a true HDR is 3 or more shots at different exposures, Cam Here is a great chance to use your bracketed shots, You can produce a HDR image with one shot, but that is in reality a tonemaped image. Gary

Oct 07
2015
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Oct 13
2015

Something New

Topic for the Week is: "Something New". A new car, a new camera, a new friend, a new moon, a new experience, or something with "new" in the name.

Sep 23
2015
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Oct 06
2015

The Sky is the Limit

Sorry to have been MIA last week. Had a great time in Branson with the Grim Reapers of the 13th Bomb Squadron and then a fun little stop in St. Louis on the way home. Something I was really impressed with while we were out there were the skies. In Branson, we were up in the Ozark Mountains, I don't think there is a level spot of ground there, especially on 76 Country Blvd and Shepard of the Hills Expressway, but everywhere we went, we saw great clouds, impressive sunrises and sunsets. This week's topic, The Sky is the Limit!

Sep 09
2015
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Sep 22
2015

Reflection

Aug 26
2015
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Sep 01
2015

Beach

I'm in a Beach mood, this is Summer after all and many of go to the beach, whether it is fishing along the banks of a pond, or the banks of the Allegheny River or shore line of a local lake, or the beaches along Lake Erie or any of the East Coast beach vacation destinations. Take us to the water's edge! Topic of the Week: Beach

Don

Aug 19
2015
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Aug 25
2015

Details

This is a chance to highlight interesting details. Sometime these things go unnoticed, ignored or forgotten, but they are all around us, they are the work of craftsmen, artists and designers that enrich our lives with details.

Don

Aug 12
2015
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Aug 18
2015

Hybrids

From cars to cameras to plants, even animals, we see hybrids all the time, mixing technologies, customizing, mixing genetics to create something new and different. This week's topic is "Hybrids".

Don

Aug 05
2015
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Aug 11
2015

Other
Worlds

Have you ever taken a photo that just doesn't seem to be of this world or seems like it's from another time and space in the past or even the future? This week's Topic of the Week is about photos that transcend time and space, photo that are otherworldly, dreamy and timeless. Whether it is a country road in sepia tone or a macro into an unknown world, or an old car, truck or train from another era, take us there with your photos. Topic of the Week is Other Worlds.

Don

Jul 29
2015
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Aug 04
2015

Remnants
Of The
Past

In following the theme of last week of things that are gone, but not forgotten, this weeks theme is about what remains, remnants of the past that get left behind. We see them everywhere, old foundations, ghost ads, tumbled down buildings, barns, shacks, old bottles, tree stumps... Anything left behind is fair game for this week's topic, Remnants of the Past.

Don

Jul 21
2015
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Jul 28
2015

Gone
But Not
Forgotten

I had a request to do a Topic of the Week of things that aren't there anymore. We live in an ever changing world, not only does the urban landscape change, but the rural landscape does as well, not to mention the changes to our lives at a more personal level as friends and loved ones pass. Let's explore Gone, but not Forgotten.

Don

Jul 08
2015
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Jul 14
2015

Crusty
& Rusty

I dropped the ball on the Topic of the week with all the excitement around here. So, here is a pretty easy one that was inspired by Wendy's rusty tractor. We live in the Rust Belt, exposed metals don't have much of a chance against the elements around here, so there should be plenty to shoot. This week's Topic of the Week is "Crusty & Rusty".

Don

Jul 01
2015
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Jul 07
2015

America
Means

Jon Lisbon had posted earlier today about Robert Frank whose epic picture book "The Americans" got me thinking about America and what it means to me. We all have different definitions about what America is. There is no doubt that we have the liberty to create, to be be who we want to be, to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. With the 4th of July this weekend, what does America mean to you?
Happy Independence Day!

Don

Jun 24
2015
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Jun 30
2015

Experimenting

This week's "Topic of the Week" is about "Experimenting", trying new things, new subject matter, new lenses, new processing techniques, anything that changes the way we make and see photos. Talbot and Daguerre had success and failures in their quest to make photos, there is no shame in making mistakes, from mistakes and accidents can come amazing things, and who knows, what your experiments might inspire in others? So post experiments that you've done and tell us about the process.
Like they say at Pentax, "Be Different".

Don

Jun 17
2015
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Jun 23
2015

Alien's View

Life around us can be fascinating and mundane. The human condition needs to be recognized and verified. Think of yourself as an alien from another planet sent here to document humans in all their glorious and inglorious ways.

Don

Jun 10
2015
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Jun 16
2015

Fountains,
Puddles
& Ponds

Sorry, I dropped the ball last week on Topic of the Week, so here is a new Topic of the Week... Fountains, Puddles & Ponds.

Don

May 20
2015
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May 26
2015

Golden Hour

With last weeks Topic of the Week, we touched on the Blue Hour a bit. At the opposite of the spectrum is the Golden Hour. It happens twice a day when the sun is low in the sky, the Golden Hour or Magic Hour is that short period of time just after sunrise and later in the day just before sunset. The light has a golden glow and is softer than when the Sun is higher in the sky. Long shadows and dramatic effects are common during the Golden Hour. This week's Topic is the "Golden Hour".

Don

May 13
2015
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May 19
2015

Blue

With the passing of B.B. King the other day I was thinking about the Blues. When we look at how Blue factors into our lives both as a color and a mood, there is a lot for us to play with here. It doesn't just have to be the downtrodden melancholy blue mood, but you are welcome to go there if you wish, but don't neglect the upbeat blues like blue skies, blue water, blue moon, baby blue, L'Heure Bleue (the Blue Hour), midnight blue, blue bayou, blue lagoon, blue ribbon, blue bonnet... So this weeks topic is Blue.

Don

Apr 29
2015
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May 05
2015

VANISHING POINTS

Vanishing Points and Infinity. Tunnels, roads, bridges, railroad tracks are all great venues for vanishing points and infinity, just be careful around active railroad tracks.

Don

Apr 22
2015
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Apr 28
2015

RIVER LIFE

Living here in Western Pennsylvania, we are surrounded by rivers. With Pittsburgh as the epicenter, we have the Allegheny River from the Northeast, the Monongahela River from the Southeast and at the confluence at Point Park, the Ohio River to the Southwest. Here in New Kensington, we also have the Kiskiminetas River that is Northeast of us. The rivers have allowed business and industry to thrive here, but they have also given us an excellence source of recreation and of course an awesome source of images. So this week, show us River Life!

Don

Apr 15
2015
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Apr 21
2015

SOOC,
Straight Out Of the Camera

Since the past two Topics of the week dealt with special effects, editing and manipulating photos, I thought maybe this week we should go in the opposite direction and show photos right out of the camera. Lets pretend that we don't have any editing software.
These are a few photos that I took on our little photowalk in New Kensington on Sunday before the meeting, they were taken with a Fuji S200EXR bridge camera. I had the camera on the B&W film simulation, but I was also shooting a RAW file at the same time. Its pretty obvious looking at these that I don't shoot straight, I usually rush my shots when Im shooting on a brief photowalk. I've noticed that when I'm alone shooting, I tend to shoot straighter and have less blurred image. Note to self: Slow Down, take your time and shoot straight!
The famed photo editor Karen Mullarkey said "I want to see the mistakes as well as the successes. The problem with digital now is young photographers erase their mistakes. Thats a huge error."
Now, I wouldnt throw these out, Id straighten them out, sharpen them a bit with a high pass filter and adjust the levels a bit, but looking at an image straight out of the camera can tell you a lot about how you shoot and what you can do better next time, learn from your mistakes. This week's Topic: SOOC, straight out of the camera and self critique. What could you have done better?

Don

Apr 08
2015
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Apr 14
2015

EXPERIMENTATION

From the very beginning of photography, it was all about experimentation. Trying different processes, chemicals, materials, cameras, it was and still is about making mistakes and happy accidents, and experimentation. This weeks topic will sort of be an extension of last weeks "Special Effects", but maybe leaning more towards art.
This weeks Topic is "Experimentation". this can cover a wide variety of things, from trying different processing techniques, to experimenting with different cameras, different lenses, film, different software, apps, trial and error to get that look you want for your photos. Show us anything that is in the realm experimentation.

Don

Apr 01
2015
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Apr 07
2015

SPECIAL EFFECTS

Special effects, apps, lighting, HDR & trickery. Yep, those things we love to hate and those things we love to love. Everything from over baked HDR to deep dark B&W, give us your heavily processed, your double exposures, your TtV, your expired film, Lomography, tilt shift, cell phone photos, vignette, grain, filters... All those tricks in your bag or in your computer.
Get crazy, you know you want to.

Don

Mar 25
2015
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Mar 31
2015

URBAN or RURAL
DECAY

I have kind of mixed emotions about this topic, kind of a love/hate thing, but living in the Rust Belt, it is a subject that is all around us and often overlooked or ignore. In some parts of the area it has has become so pervasive, it is the norm rather than the exception. New Kensington has more that its fair share, but it is everywhere and maybe by calling it to attention, maybe we can become part of the solution. There is a sad beauty in the decay, if you take the time to look at it. The Topic of the Week is "Urban Decay", we can also include the country cousin, "Rural Decay" as well.

Don

Mar 18
2015
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Mar 24
2015

ABSTRACT
&
MINIMALISM

I'm starting to get caught up, so let's get back on track with a new Topic of the Week. We had a little SNAFU last week and it was jokingly suggested that the topic was "Nothingness".
I like the idea of nothingness or "Minimalism" and I'm going to add "Abstract" to this as well, so this week's Topic of the Week is: "Abstract & Minimalism"

Don

Mar 11
2015
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Mar 17
2015

PEOPLE
AND THEIR
PETS

With the experience yesterday, meeting Dan Schlegel and his wonderful dogs, the new theme of the week is "People and their Pets". Animals enrich our lives in so many way, from basic companionship, to comfort, even protection, they give us their love, their loyalty and their admiration. I know with our dogs, when nobody else cares, they do and that means a lot.
Please don't post photos of just the pets, I want to see the human element of people interacting with their pets, so photos of people or even yourself with pets, dogs, cats, horses, fish, etc... People with pets.

Don

Mar 04
2015
-
Mar 10
2015

FLOWERS
FOR
KIM

I'm a little late on the Topic of the Week, but still timely at the same time. This week's Topic is "Flowers for Kim". This is your chance to play graphic designer by adding some t ext to a photo and make a get well card. So pick a bright, uplifting flower photo and a few words of hope for our friend Kimberly Alcibiade who is undergoing surgery today.

Don

Feb 25
2015
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Mar 03
2015

DOORS
AND
WINDOWS

New Topic of the Week is Doors & Windows.

Don

Feb 18
2015
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Feb 24
2015

TOOLS

Tools of the Trade. Different occupations have different tools, to the farmer, the tractor, to the trucker, the truck, to the mechanic, wrenches, to the carpenter, hammer & nails, to the cook, pots & pans, to the photographer, the camera, to the artist, the paintbrush... As varied as work is, so are the tools of the trade.

Don

Feb 11
2015
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Feb 17
2015

FAITH

This week's Topic of the Week is about faith and symbols of faith. I don't want this to about religion or an endorsement of any one religion, but about symbols of religion and the small comfort that they provide. These symbols are all around, whether in a front yard or back yard shrine or a cemetery or or a house of worship. This photo is of a front yard shrine in New Kensington, I call it God & Country.

Don

Feb 04
2015
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Feb 10
2015

LOOK UP

I had posted earlier about looking at things above street level in New York City. There is a unique and wonderous world above street level, you'll see faces, gargoyles, water spouts, keystones, cherubs, Eggs & Darts, cartouches, water towers, fire escapes, ladders, smokestack, chimneys, date stones, names, signs and logos... anything above street level.

Don

Jan 28
2015
-
Feb 03
2015

ODDITIES
AND
IRONIES

Many of you watched the Vivian Maier documentaries and saw how she focused on the little things seemed odd, disturbing or interesting to her.
We see these things all the time, those images of life that make you smile, like Jim Lloyd's snowman who magically appeared in a chair. The things that make you shake your head and wonder, the happy accidents, fun thing and even the disturbing things in life that don't seem right. If you are lucky enough to have a camera with you when you see them and snapped a photo, please share them.

Don

Jan 21
2015
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Jan 27
2015

WORK

Sometimes the bane of our existence, sometimes for the creative person the joy of our lives. Work is the topic, in all its forms, tools, machines, workers, etc... Love it, hate it, work is what sustains us. Dream big, work hard, stay humble...

Don

Jan 14
2015
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Jan 20
2015

SHADOWS

Shadows, not just any shadow, but your shadow. The Vivian Maier book I got for Christmas has lots of photos of her shadow in her photos. Lee Friedlander was great for shooting his shadow too. With the nice Low Winter Sun behind you, shoot your shadow.
My photo has my shadow within my shadow taken on the New Kensington Bridge one morning this past fall.

Don

Jan 07
2015
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Jan 13
2015

BLEAK,
COLD,
DREARY

Winter is always a shock to the system, bleak, cold, dreary grayness, but add some snow and it changes the visual dynamics of everyday scenes.

Don

Dec 31
2014
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Jan 06
2015

BEST
of
2014

I'm not going to get into anything deep for the final topic of 2014, just pick some photos that you consider your best photos of 2014. I have seen some wonderful photos posted here all year, so this should be easy. Pick what do you consider your best or maybe just your favorite photo of 2014 and why?
I don't know if I would consider these my best, but definitely my favorite photos of 2014. I just love the reckless exuberance in this shot.
I hope you all have a very Happy New Year and thanks for being a part of the New Kensington Camera Club!

Don

Dec 24
-
Dec 30
2014

TWOs

What's better than having one? Well TWO of course!
Photography of 2s, doubles, twins, pairs, couples, anything in twos. Post 2 photos each time you post for this weeks topic.
Below are my uncle's 2 Minolta SRT 101 cameras. I inherited these two cameras as well as a bunch of others from my uncle Tommy Henderson.
The second photo is of Eileen Patterson's grandsons at the Heritage Museum in Tarentum.

Don

Dec 17
-
Dec 23
2014

FRIENDS

Friends. What are friends for? Sometimes the most important and sometimes the most complicated people in our lives are our friends. So share some photos of friends and why they are friends.

This is a photo of my friend Mychal Watts at EAD2012. I met Mychal at the Road to Recovery Conference in Disney World, but I had known of his great work for a while before that since I used his photos on several project I did for The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes. One project I did was an illustration that used one of Mychal's photos that showed 5 wounded Veterans of the Iraq War hoisting the flag in a homage manner to Iwo Jima. Mychal and I became fast friends back in 2008 and have been friends ever since.

So introduce us to you friends!

Don

Dec 10
-
Dec 16
2014

NIGHT
TIME

The night time is the right time. This week's topic is night time photography. This time of year with all the Christmas lights and wet pavements, it's a great time to practice shooting night scenes. Tripods and mono pods are handy, but any stable surface you can safely rest your camera on will work.

When I shot this, I was in the little tunnel under the Smithfield Street Bridge at Station Square, I was leaning against the wall for stability.

Don

Dec 03
-
Dec 09
2014

PHOTO
DEFINE
THYSELF

New month and a new Topic of the Week. This one is going to be a little different, but it should be fun.

So much of what we shoot, defines who we are as photographers. If you were to define yourself with one photo and it can't be a self portrait, what would it be? Post as many as you like, but explain why the photo defines who you are.

I've always had an extreme fascination with the moon, and it turns out being born on July 8th, under the sign of Cancer makes me a Moon Child, but even beyond that, the moon is a feature of the Henderson Clan badge.

Don

Nov 26
-
Dec 02
2014

STILL
LIFE

This was taken during a photowalk of Natrona with Bill Godfrey and his cousin Gina, we were taking photos for publications for Natrona Comes Together posters and brochures. This was in the backyard of an artist friend of Bill's in Natrona.

And speaking of Bill, some of us have been fortunate enough to see his unique home and studio, Bill hosted a composition workshop for NKCC. His house is work of art and an amazing place to shoot still lifes, he has an eclectic collection of art and artifacts that are displayed in a very creative manner throughout his home and studio. One of the most creative living spaces I have ever seen.

Don

Nov 19
-
Nov 25
2014

SERENE

In our stressful lives, we all need a little peace and tranquility. A peaceful walk to clear your head, a quiet moment alone, a child or a pet sleeping, the the ocean, a waterfall, a pond or maybe just sitting back and enjoying a second cup of coffee like I'm doing now. Things and places that bring you peace.

About my photo, we had visited the 9-11 Memorial in New York City on a cold Spring day last year, it was a surreal feeling to be in a place destroyed by violence and to feel so at peace. The designers of the memorial created a perfectly peaceful place to reflect, to daydream, to wonder, it is a serene space that has to be experienced.

Don

Nov 12
-
Nov 18
2014

INDUSTRIAL

"Industrial", these can be job sites, warehouses, steel mills, coal mines, construction sites, power stations, or trains, trucks, even tow boats on the river, anything that shows our industrial power or industrial history...

The attached photo is of the old Harmar Coal Mine that closed in 1980. The phot was taken with a Pentax Spotmatic and a 1.4/50mm Takumar lens and Kodak Tri-X. I scanned the photo in RGB and reprocessed it with a combination of "My Plastic Eye" and "Urban Acid", these are Photoshop actions that you can download for free.

Don

Nov 05
-
Nov 11
2014

ANACHRONISMS

The Bridge & Tunnel topic really impressed me, you all really rocked it and some bridges & tunnels can even play into this week's topic, but this is something that you might have to think about a little. The topic is "Anachronisms". Defined as a chronological inconsistency in some arrangement, especially a juxtaposition of people, places, events, objects, or customs from different time periods. As an example, I'll use the coal chute. We don't even notice them today, but there are hundreds, even thousands of homes and buildings have them, but they are no longer used and are out of place today, they are old fashion in a modern world. So in essence we are looking for objects, people, structures that are out of place, maybe lost in time, things that don't fit or no longer belong in the place they are in. It could be something old in a new place or something new in a old place. Something or someone that is out of place, an anomaly, natural or unnatural, an oddity, something different... Something out of place.

Don

Oct 29
- Nov 04
2014

Bridges
&
Tunnels

Last week's topic was fun, but it's time for a new topic of the week! This week's topic is inspired by Jim Lloyd's tunnel photo, but I'm also going to extend it to Bridges & Tunnels. According to Pghbridges .com, Allegheny County alone has over 2000 bridges and tunnels. I would discourage you from taking photos while driving, there are plenty of opportunities to shoot bridges and tunnels without endangering life.

My photo is of the old Stone Arch Bridge, in Sullivan County, New York. This was the location of a hex murder.

Don

Oct 22
- Oct 28
2014

The Art of
SELFIE

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art is exploring the concept of creative selfie taking and invites you to send us your best and most creative selfie to share as part of a month long interactive exhibition.
We support that project by you E-mailing your Selfie to them at selfie@wmuseumaa.org and to us at photos@nkcameraclub.org or post on our Facebook Page
More info: http://www.wmuseumaa.org/museum/calendar.cfm

Bill

Sep 24
- Sep 30
2014

PLAYTIME

Be it children, adults or animals, we all need playtime. It helps us laugh and have fun and we all need that to stay healthy.

Bob

Sep 17
- Sep 23
2014

FOOD

Well, summers coming to a close and with it the picnics and cookout will be shutting down too. (not here at my house though) There's still some time so, show us some of you culinary adventures from this year.

Bob

Sep 10
- Sep 16
2014

FRIENDS

Everyone has their friends and we see people having fun with their friends everywhere and all the time. Show us some of your friends or pictures of friends having fun.

Bob

Aug 27
- Sep 02
2014

FEET

This weeks topic is thanks to Nikki Knox. She gave me a list of ideas she had a long time ago (yes Nikki I still have it) and every once in awhile I look back at it for ideas. So thank you Nikki and lets all see what we can do with feet don't stop me now.

Bob

Aug 20
- Aug 26
2014

CAMERA
SHY

We all run into people who don't want there pictures taken at that time and do something just as we click the shutter. We'll call them camera shy. If you haven't pitched them all' show us some of your funny stuff.

Bob

Aug 13
- Aug 19
2014

VACATION

We went to Ocean City for a long week and had a great time! Show us some of your vacation shots and let us know where you like to go to relax.

Bob

Jul 30
- Aug 05
2014

GHOST ADS

We've all seen them around. We pause and remember a different time. Now, more and more are showing up with the new "Urban Revitalization". If you don't have any shots of these classic ads, now's the time to go find some!

Bob

Jul 23
- Jul 29
2014

PANNING

Panning is a technique for photographing moving objects. The idea is to follow your subject, while using a slow shutter speed, to blur the background and give a feeling of movement. Being parallel to your subject helps! This photo was shot at around 1/90 of a sec. but slower shutter speeds would work on subject that aren't as fast moving. This is a lot easier now with digital cameras which have the ability to maintain constant focus and track your subject. If your camera doesn't do this, try pre-focusing your camera on the spot you want the picture and keeping your f-stop up.
Good luck

Bob

Jul 16
- Jul 22
2014

GAMES
PEOPLE PLAY

Show us the games you like to play. Indoors or out side, it doesn't matter. even solitaire counts. What games do you play to have fun. Beware tho of drinking game

Bob

Jun 18
- Jun 24
2014

FRAME
WITH IN A
FRAME

Framing within a frame is a technique introducing foreground to your subject matter. If done right it should add appeal to your image. First ask yourself, if I remove the foreground, will I miss it. Then consider if it distracts from the subject or adds to it. The foreground can be out of focus or in sharp focus, that's another issue to consider. It should add a feeling of depth to your composition.

Bob

Jun 11
- Jun 17
2014

CIRCLES

This week lets try round objects? It was Cassie's suggestion and when I showed her this photo from the truck show over the weekend' she said "Perfect". So lets go with feeling complete and post you circles.

Bob

Jun 04
- Jun 10
2014

CLOUDS

With the rains we've had and the beautiful sunsets, there's been some great clouds. Reveal something about yourself and tell what you see in your photo and comment on someone else's.
I can see 2 faces in this photo and one looks like he's reclining.

Bob

May 21
- May 27
2014

MEMORIAL
DAY

Memorial Day honors the men and women who died while serving in our armed forces.It started after the Civil War as Decoration Day to commemorate both Union and Confederate soldiers fallen in battle. Politics shouldn't matter, honor our fallen who died serving our country.

Bob

May 14
- May 20
2014

IN CARS

Lets do another fun topic this week, We always get a lot of good response with Cars. How about shots of cars or from the car. I'm not sure if the car shows have started yet but with the warmer weather lately I've seen some interesting cars out and about.

Bob

May 07
- May 13
2014

GREEN

Look around! It's all going Green! And it's about time! The trees are budding out, We're back at cutting the grass,(YEA). The golden hours are getting more vibrant. So while you out gardening, take a few shots of the green already around you.

Bob

Apr 30
- May 06
2014

TIME

New Age, Old Age or Ageless, time affects everything. A new born gives us hope, a stately Oak tree reflects durability. Both are concepts of time. We buy wine that is valued somewhat, by it's age. People collect antiques for there past and future value. But time marches on! There's a lot of ways photographs can express time, even if it's just a picture of a clock.

Bob

Apr 23
- Apr 29
2014

REVIVAL

Last week, the topic was decay. This week, lets look at the Brightside. What are we doing to try and reverse the situation? These pictures are of downtown Leechburg, where a torn down building was replaced with a veterans memorial park. Spring is here ( just a little cold snap to get through) and lets do as Monty Python said " Always look at the bright side of Life".

Bob

Apr 16
- Apr 22
2014

URBAN
DECAY

This is a topic that's all around us, It's been going on for decades. it's causes are numerous, depopulation, deindustrialization, unemployment, take your pick, As photographers, it and opportunity and maybe a cause for us to document, especially to those of us that remember what scenes use to be. This is a blight, with visual, psychological and emotion effects on our lives. B&W seems to be the flavor for this, maybe because of the film noir genre but color photos can be a good graphic display too.

Bob

Apr 09
- Apr 15
2014

NO HORIZON

If composition was limited to only landscapes, successful composition would be pretty easy. For some, the horizon is a crutch, giving a frame of reference for space and size. But its not needed in all outdoor pictures. Removing it, sometimes, gives a more graphic and stronger composition. The 2 photos I've posted, show the difference of with and without skyline. You can see how you focus more on what going on in game and not see the telephone poles and skylights

Bob

Apr 02
- Apr 08
2014

EVEN AND ODD

Lets work with composition for awhile. Last week Don helped me out while my internet was down with "Fill the Frame". This week lets see what we can come up with for even and odd. Even numbered things give a feeling of wholeness and completion, where as odd numbers make us look around for more. Taoist feel the numbers 4 and 8 are a completion and an end unto themselves. Odd number are they saw are lucky, "Lucky 7's" anyone? 3's seem to be the favorite among odd numbers though, like The Three Stooges, The strikes your out and third times a charm. See what you can do with odds and evens.

Bob

Mar 26
- Apr 01
2014

FILL THE
FRAME

Topic of the Week... Fill the frame!

Don

Mar 19
- Mar 25
2014

CLOSE UP
ON COLOR

We've done single colors as a topic before, but this week I want to open up the gamut to all colors and narrow the composition with close ups. Make the color fill the frame! Color is all around us and ingrained in our language. Be it watching the Orange Bowl or being green with envy, color is a big part of our everyday lives. See if you can discover something about color that will surprise you?

Bob

Mar 12
- Mar 18
2014

PATTERN

We have patterns around us all the time, be they traffic, behavior or the all too familiar weather. Pattern evokes stability, consistency and predictability. But did you ever notice in a photograph, when the pattern is broken? Where is your eye drawn? Maybe this week it should not be PATTERN, but broken pattern? That should provide for some interesting Viewing!

Bob

Mar 05
- Mar 11
2014

TEXTURE

The past couple of weeks we have been moving light around to express shape and form. With shape, the light was either front or back. With form we used the light on the side to it a feeling of dimension. With texture, we use a low light, off to the side, where it not readily apparent. With texture the light doesn't shout, but is more supple. In language we say "He has a sharp mind" or "I had a rough day" giving texture to speech. In photography, we may use high contrast subjects and lighting that accents that.
THANKS Don for your help last week!

Bob

Feb 26
- Mar 04
2014

MINIMALISM

Minimalism:. Images that say more with less.

Don

Feb 19
- Feb 25
2014

FORM

Last week we did shape, which is in 2 dimensions. This week, lets talk form, which adds depth to a picture. This technique uses two sources of light. 1 from the front or back, and add 1 to the side. The contrast between light and dark areas of a side lit shape gives it form. The picture of the rose was shot with 2 flash units, the one on camera set to normal exposure and the side light at a 45* angle, set to +0.7 to enhance form. You don't need 2 flash units if you think about positioning your subject with a another light source other than the 1 on camera. For example, move the sunlight to your left or right to add shadows.

Bob

Feb 12
- Feb 18
2014

SHAPE

Shape is important in art and everyday life. Think of a stop sign or a soldiers helmet and how identifiable they are. I think we've all played Punch Buggy and that's a game of shape identity. (I only beat Cass at it once so far, the eyes are getting older) When a picture depends on shape, it's best defined with back lighting or front lighting. Also, strong contrast between subject and background helps the shape standout. We did silhouettes a short while back but they work for this weeks topic too.

Bob

Feb 05
- Feb 11
2014

VANISHING
POINT

In graphical perspective, a vanishing point is a point in the picture plane that is the intersection of the projections (or drawings) of a set of parallel lines in space on to the picture plane. When the set of parallels is perpendicular to the picture plane, the construction is known as one-point perspective and their vanishing point corresponds to the oculus or eye point O from which the image should be viewed for correct perspective geometry. Traditional linear drawings use objects with one to three sets of parallels, defining one to three vanishing points. This is a copy and paste from Wiki. Hopefully it's a good explanation.

Bob

Jan 29
- Feb 04
2014

BLUE

Maybe it's cabin fever setting in or just plain tired of the darn cold but, I see some of you are already on this.
Be it emotional or something more tactile, let see what you got for BLUE

Bob

Jan 22
- 28
2014

WIDE ANGLE LENS

When shooting with a 35mm camera format, 50mm is considered as a standard lens. Anything less than 50mm (35mm, 28mm, 18mm and so forth) is considered a wide angle lens. This seems to still hold true for most digital and point and shoot cameras. The wide angle of view and sharpness from foreground to background (at higher fstops) make this a great choice for storytelling. Both pictures posted here are at the same zoom, 24mm, so there is a wide range of material to use for subjects. Unlike telephoto lens, those above 50mm, they don't compress the foreground and background giving a sense of space and expanse to your photos.

Bob

Jan 15
- 21
2014

CLOSE UP

For this weeks topic I thought we'd get up close. The first photo is shot with a normal lens as close as it would let me get. The 2nd one is taken with a bellows attachment between the camera and the lens. You don't need to have this set up to do this week topic, we're looking for more of an up close picture to show details in the subject. Some of you may have macro lens or can use the tulip shaped mode to get in close on some point and shoot cameras. Either way, get in close and discover the details.

Bob

Jan 08
- 14
2014

WARM EVENINGS

Lets think back to warm weather with the topic this week. Maybe some of you my recognize this scene from Pensacola Beach? They have an outdoor venue for concerts on the beach that they do with local bands on Sunday nights. Yes I miss warm weather already and winter just started. Anyway, look up your old pic and be warn in your head, if nowhere else.

Bob

Jan 01
- 07
2014

PETS

I know this will be another popular topic, there are already post up of this kind. Our pets make our lives certainly more interesting and fulfilling. This is my dog Tonka, and he is quite the character, I think you can see that in his face in this picture? Enjoy your animals and grab your camera and have some fun!

Bob

Dec 25
- 31
2013

WEATHER

Be it rain, snow or sunshine, if you don't like the weather, wait a little bit and it will change. This shot was taken Saturday with Gary Sprague down by the river in Harmar.
Merry Christmas to all and grab your camera over the holiday and have some fun.

Bob

Dec 18
- 24
2013

RED
AND
GREEN

Lets work with the Christmas theme this week since we get a lot of great submissions when we do color themes, lets do Red & Green. Subject could be Christmas presents, plants or Santa. There is a lot of red and green out there this time of year so grab your camera and have some fun.

Bob

Dec 11
- 17
2013

BLACK
AND
WHITE

I bought a new computer last week and I'm having a little trouble getting into my files so this week I'm making it a B&W week. Sorry I can't post any examples today But i think you'll get the idea here.

Bob

Dec 05
- 10
2013

PATTERNS

Grab your camera and have some fun!
They're all around us, manmade and natural. Leaves have them and sidewalks have them. They give us direction, interest and sometimes even hide things. Look around an see what you can find.
grab your camera and have some fun.

Bob

Nov 27 -
Dec 04
2013

SNOW SCENES


We should unfortunately, have plenty of opportunities for this topic this week, if you've scene the weather reports. But some very beautiful pictures can be taken when it snows. i shot this yesterday before more snow fell because I didn't want to go out in it today and I was passing by the Creek too, though more snow would have made a bigger impression.

Bob

Nov 20
- 26
2013

BUILDINGS AND ARCHITECTURE

Thanks to Shane P Henderson for this one, He's been posting a lot of neat photos lately of buildings and building details. There's all kind of cool stuff around us and lets not be to critical about perspective. You've found a building that strikes your fancy, figure out what it is that got your intrest and take a picture of it. Thanks Shane!
This was my neighboors house in IN. and I don't know how many times I shot it, it alway amazed me.

Bob

Nov 13
- 19
2013

FURNITURE OR FURNISHINGS

Thanks for all the great ideas last week! This week will go with one of the suggestion from Angela. Furniture and furnishing, that way we can stay in and keep warm. I see some are already on there way with this. I took this a couple of weeks ago in Ocean City out side "The Kite Loft".
Grab your camera and have some fun.

Bob

Nov 06
- 12
2013

SUGGEST TOPIC

What would you do for topic of the Week?
OK, maybe this is cheating but what I'd like to try this week is for you to post what you'd like to see as topic of the week? This will give me some direction for the future as to what you all would like to do and see.
Grab your camera and have some fun.

Bob

Oct 30
- Nov 05
2013

HALLOWEEN

Feel free to post pumpkins, scary monsters or candy and cookies! It's trick or treat time of year. What are you doing for halloween this year?

Bob

Oct 23
- 29
2013

RULE OF THIRDS

One of the basic rules of composition is the rule of thirds. In a nut shell, what it does is seperate your photo into nine equal spaces by drawing 2 horizontal and 2 vertical lines, equally spaced across the compositon. The lines or the intersections of the lines are where you place your points of interest. Most cameras can show you this by using the grid mode on your viewing screen or in your post processing on your computer. We'll get into different types of rules in compostion over the next couple of weeks but this is a good plce to start.
Grab your camera and hAve some fun!

Bob

Oct 16
- 22
2013

LOVE

This is a photo of friends of mine who celibrated their 25 wedding anniversery this weekend. I can honestly say they have been in love the whole time and are each others best friend. We had a little picnic and party for them with mostly family and their daughter gave a speach that touched us all. May we all find the happiness that they have.

Bob

Oct 09
- 15
2013

TREES

It's that time of year again and the leaves are starting to change color, this one stays green all year long. Needs trimed a little but I alway look at trees with an eye for Bonsai. Some of the hillsides I've seen along the highway are very pretty, so take your camera with you when you go out for a ride.

Bob

Sep 25 -
Oct 01
2013

EXPRESSIONS

Be it body language or facial expression, happy or sad. A lot of photography is about expression. (yes Gary, stay away from the mooning and hand gestures) Expression looks good in color or B&W, so be creative.
Grab your camera and have some fun!!

Bob

Sep 18
- 24
2013

SPORTS

This is a great time of year for sports photography.
We have football, baseball and hockey going just to name a few. Remember to keep you shutter speed up to stop the action. So if you choise is auto racing or hunting and fishing lets see some action shots.
Nikon D800, 1/500 sec @f4 ISO 3200

Bob

Sep 11
- 17
2013

TEXTURE

Texture in Photography mean showing surface irregularities, such in a rock or brick. Try enhancing the detail and contrast in a subject to give it a feeling of TEXTURE.
Grab your camera and have some FUN!

Bob

Sep 4
- 11
2013

SOMETHING DIFFERENT

Now for something completely different!
Post anything you like that is different? Different point of view, different take on an old subject or something that surprised you. This is a spider shot with the flash close and from under it, no editing except some added clarity for pop. I liked the way the web dispersed the colors.
Sony A300, 1/160 @f22, ISO 400
GRAB YOUR CAMERA AND HAVE SOME FUN!

Bob

Aug 28
- Sep 3
2013

SCHOOL DAY



With the kids going back this week, lets see what we can do with back to school? Bring out the yearbook pictures and off to school grandchildren.
Grab your camera and have some fun out there.

Bob

Aug 21
- 27
2013

YELLOW


It's been awhile since we just did a color and we always get a good response with a color topic, so this week, lets try yellow? Yellow cars, yellow flowers, yellow dogs? it's all good!
So grab your camera and have some fun!

Bob

Aug 14
- 20
2013

FRUIT and VEGGIES


Farmers markets are in full swing and this is one of my favorite times of the year. Eating starts with the eyes first. Show us the produce from your garden or one of your favorite fruit stands. Let get hungry!
Nikon D800/50mm lens, 1/125 at f 8, ISO 5600
Grab your Camera and have some fun!

Bob

July 31
- Aug 7
2013

BOKEH

Bokeh is how a lens renders the out of focus areas of a picture, making pleasing background and foreground blur. To try this effect, use your camera on aperture priority, get as close as you can to your subject. and open up the lens to get a shallow depth of field (the lowest f stops it has, 2.8.1.8,1.4 ect.). The further away, and well lit the background is the better.
This was taken with a Nikon D800 about 18 inches away, ISO 800, 1/500 sec, f 1.8

Bob

July 24
- 30
2013

LIGHT PAINTING


Light Painting! This isn't really that hard to do, even if your not the best at drawing, it's still fun.(for instance, my flower). It can be done in a dark room or outside. Put your Camera on a tripod, set it up for a long exposure, these were 15 seconds, and draw something with a thin flashlight. If you'd like to see a prime example of this, check out Picasso's " The Bull"

Bob

July 17
- 23
2013

FROM THE CAR

How about we try from the Car. We all do it, we see something and we have our camera on the seat next to us, so snap away. just don't get in ant accidents, i doubt if the club has coverage for it. Try to leave a piece of the car in the photo( like a rear view mirror) or show some motion blur so we can tell it from a car.

Bob

July 10
- 16
2013

COLORS


This weeks topic is colors. This is a picture of a rainbow in my brothers back yard in the sprinkler. You can make this topic go any way you want it too. Have fun!!!

Cassie

July 3
- 9
2013

WINDOW VIEWS

This weeks topic is window views. I chose this topic because there are soooo many different views that people see. So have fun and don't forget to post :)

Cassie

June 26
- July 2
2013

UNUSUAL

This weeks topic is Unusual. Post something unusual.

Cassie

June 19
- 25
2013

STRUCTURES

This weeks topic is Structures. Some structures are very beautiful and amazing to look at. you can have so many different views on this topic. Have fun :)

Cassie

June 12
- 18
2013

SHARP CARS

Cassie is busy tonight, so, I'll post the topic of the week for her! How about Sharp Cars! This nice red Thunderbird was in the parking lot at Hillcrest Country Club this Sunday. It looked sharp with the sun shining on it. I do like the pre 80's body styles better, but the rag top looks like fun.

Bob

June 5
- 11
2013

BROKEN

The topic of the week is BROKEN.
Broken can come in many different forms.Broken glass, broken hearts, and broken pieces. Show me different techniques in your picture(s). :)

Cassie

May 29
- June 4
2013

INTERESTING
PLANTS

This week is interesting plants, this is my mosquito plant. Since it was memorial day yesterday isaw a lot of different flowers and designs. Have fun. :)

Cassie

May
22-28
2013

SHINEY
METAL

Cassie was unable to post topic this week and ask if I would post it for her. This weeks topic Shiny Metal

Gary

May
15-21
2013

LAND-
SCAPING

Landscaping. This weeks topic is landscaping because since spring is here and its getting warmer everybody is digging up their old flowers and planting new ones. Have fun :)

Cassie

May 8-14
2013

WHITE

Hey guys sorry I didn't make it to post the topic yesterday I was babysitting. Anyways the topic of the week is WHITE.
This is one of the flower shots I took in my front yard.
Have fun and make sure you post.

Cassie

May 1-7
2013

AROUND
YOU

This weeks topic is "whats going on around you?"
This week you have to take pictures of something or you know evrything thats going on around you. You can take pictures at work, at home, etc. Post as many and as often as you want. Take your camera out and have fun.

Cassie

Apr 24-30
2013

BIRD
WATCHING

Bird watching. The birds are taking over this week. Since it is the begining of Spring the birds are coming home! I love birds even if they do wake me up every morning. I think we all want to see what YOU can do. Have Fun! :)

Cassie

Apr 17-23
2013

HANDS
AND
FEET

 

This weeks topic is hands and feet

Gary

Apr 10-16
2013

FAVORITE
PHOTO

This week I thought to do "your favorite picture" because I really love this picture and I thought why not see everyone else's favorite. So I wanna see EVERYBODYS favorite picture.
I want you to explain where you took the picture and why.
I took this picture at my first horse show (I got second place againt 14 other people) and I really thought it would be funny to take a pictue of my horse's ears!! Have Fun Guys!! Cassie

Apr 3-9
2013

Rose
Make Over

Alright this week I'm gonna try and do something we probably have never done before.
This week I want you guys to take this picture of the rose and do something different with it and then repost it. This weeks pictures will be displayed at the Annual Flower Show. So this week I really want you guys to be creative and do something funky and show some personality with it.
Good luck and I hope to see all your pictures at the flower show. :) Cassie

Mar 27
- Apr 2
2013

PERSPECTIVE

For topic of the week, lets look at perspective. No pun intended?
Be it worms eye view , birds eye, or just "A Different Drummer",
it's all good. Bob Sudy

Mar 20-26
2013

SPRING

Well happy Spring!!! Today is the first day of spring. So hopefully it gets warmer out there! Let's have fun and post A BUNCH of pictures on this week. Have fun!!! Cassie
Mar 13-19
2013

LUCK
OF THE IRISH

Perhaps some members have some shots from Ireland they would like to share, or maybe you have one of those lucky shots, could be anything , just lucky. Something Green anything green.
Please try to title and caption, Gary
Mar 06-12
2013

SMILES

Say cheese!! This week's topic is SMILES.
This week I chose smiles because last week was kinda gloomy so I wanted every one to see how beautiful we are. Have fun!!!!!!! :)
Cassie
Feb 27-26
Mar 05
2013

BRIDGES

Bridges. I picked this topic for this week because I saw all the ice and rain drops and all of mother natures gifts on the bridges and it looked so pretty I thought we could see what you guys came up with.
Have Fun! Cassie
Feb 20-26
2013

SUMMER

Hi Everyone! Cassie's away this week and she asked me to post the topic of the week!
It's cold outside! Lets's think warm and post your favorite pictures of summer! They can be from the beach, from the city or from the yard. No Snow, repeat, No Snow. Bob
Feb 13-19
2013

MARDI GRAS

Mardi Gras: Today is Fat Tuesday. Today in school out teachers gave out beaded necklaces, so when i came home i put them on Tonka and thought he looked sooo cute! So I wanna see all kinds of pictures on here cause today should've been a fun day and you guys shoulld've taken a bunch of photos.
Feb 6-12
2013

Photos in
SEQUENCE

Photos in sequence. I went to Hidden Valley yesterday and their were a lot of people falling and as I was there I was thinking of topics for the camera club. So take some pictures in sequence of people doing something.



Jan 30-
Feb 5
2013

KIDS AT
PLAY

The topic of the week is Kids At Play. This is something that is always fun to take pictures of. Its fun to think back on stuff you guys did when you were little.


Jan 23-29
2013

R E D

This weeks topic is RED. Well I decided to do red this week because I really wanted to take a picture of our little tiny grill. Uncle Robert Sudy wanted to do something with nailpolish and I wanted to do something with our tiny grill so this is what we came up with.
Be creative!!

Jan 16-22
2013

LONG EXPOSURE

The topic of the week is LONG EXPOSURE. To take long exposure pictures you need a tripod, and its best to take them at night or when the light is low. Also when you take the picture you should have some sort of remote shutter release or use your self timer on your camera, it also helps if you lock mirror to stop the camera shake. These pictures are taken at 30 second exposure.
Jan 09-15
2013

Close-ups

This weeks topic is close-up pictures. These pictures are of my Beta fish Francesco. He is a very pretty fish. :) Have fun!
Jan 02-08
2013

Snow

This weeks topic is SNOW!! Since there are a lot of nice examples on here already and there's more snow to come! Good job everyone and keep up the good work!

Dec 26-31
2012

Presents

Merry Chistmas eveyone!! I! hope everyone got what they wanted this year. Show us what you got.This weeks topic is presents!! If you do it like an advertisment you get extra credit.

Dec 19-25
2012

Angels

This weeks topic is ANGELS

Dec 12-18
2012

Bells

This weeks topic is BELLS. This is a picture of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, this is an ornament on my Christmas Tree.

Dec 05-11
2012

Animals

I decided to do animals this week because I just really love my dogs
and I wanted to do a week topic for animals. Also I figured since it's getting close to snowing, you could do birds on the birdfeeder while its snowing like Bill, there are many ways to take good pictures at any time not just for animals but I was thinking of ways that you could take a good picture for this weeks topic so I picked Animals. (just incase you don't have any dogs) :)

Nov 28-04
2012

Christmas Lights

This is the time of year that everybody is going out and putting up their lights and decorations. This is one of our neighbors light show in his yard.

Nov 21-27
2012

Food

With Thanksgiving here, we'll all be spending alot of time in the kitchen, so what better topic for this week than food? Cassie had trouble with the post this week and asked me to help. This is the topic for this Week! FOOD!

Nov 14-20
2012

Umbrellas

Umbrellas this is a picture i took i have an obsession to collect umbrellas i have 6 so far...but in this picture you can only see 5. Have fun! :)

Nov 07-13
2012

Eyes

Hey guys the topic of this week is "eyes".....this picture is of me uncle Bob took this of me
 

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