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Friday, February 7, 2014

Street Scenes

It's time for *Donna's Personal Photo Challenge* of the month: Street Scenes.

There's a reason why she placed "challenge" in the title. I am always challenged. Very.

Edgy might be an adjective to describe the typical street scene. Not in my town. Ha! As I've been nowhere and done nothing in months, I returned to an old photo *used four years ago* with this one... 


Okay, I may have watched too much Narnia this week, but I love this photo. Truly. And that's all that counts, right? ☺ It's atmospheric, double exposurery, has a bit of added bokeh, and a light in a far window. I took this during a snowstorm as I watched my daughter's friend and her little daughter walk down the street toward home. I felt conflicted about taking the photo without this gal's permission, too. A couple of years ago, I told her all about it and she actually gave me permission to use it. Phew. No guilt.

Then yesterday afternoon, I took these shots. I had to resort to using the snow setting because the snow just blew the light out...no color to be found. There's the mail carrier.


The school bus heads up to school.  This is the same scene using the  "snow setting" and minus the scurrying mail carrier.


She's back! These photos were taken over the course of twenty minutes or so. The mail carrier now heading up the street. 


I used the top of my car as a tripod. I have clearer photos of the background and cars stopped for the bus and all that, but you know me, I vastly prefer some interest over quality and, since I don't usually achieve both at the same time, this one turned out to be my favorite, even though the only thing in focus is the tree branch laden with snow. (I'm not sure that sentence is long enough.) Note the mail truck! That may bring me extra points.

And our reward for waiting...

If you have not joined Donna's Personal Photo Challenge before, please consider it. She provides wonderful lesson material and a good, fair critique of the photos shown. It's great fun!

I am also linking to Kati's 


Kati's Little Corner of the World

because I have missed so many Fridays! (Kati has been giving herself a daily photo challenge this month. Very interesting!)

Thanks for looking...


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39 comments:

  1. Well I don't know anything about photography that's for sure, but I do know I LOVE these pictures, in fact ALL of the pictures you take. It is definitely on my list of something I want to learn how to do. I think I am with you. My favorite is the one with the snow laden tree...soo pretty. This Calif. gal LOVES to see the snow pictures. Enjoy your day Vee!

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  2. I love your photos Vee. The first one is really beautiful and very Narnia-like but like a painting. Love it! I also love that you went outside and took some really recent street scenes that depict a lot about life - winter, snow, mail carrier, school bus, a neighbourhood and children. A good life I'd say. Very enjoyable to see them all! This is a fun challenge.

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  3. Once again, you pull the proverbial rabbit out of the hat and meet a challenge head on! I love the dreamy, painterly look of the first one. Cool! In a small town, the postman rounds and school bus deliveries are great subjects for street photography. Your favorite is my favorite too! You get extra bonus points for creativity on that one! And were your grands covering their faces because of the cold or because they were spooked by the paparazzi, LOL? Great job, Miz Vee!

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  4. I had to click on your photo to enlarge to see the mail truck. You made me click....extra points! lol The tree limb in focus does make the better view. LOVE the first one pic...the light on in the window is amazing! It's one of those 'best ever' photos. Enjoy your day my friend!

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  5. I am no photographer (well, unless you consider the most literal meaning of the word as in "one who photographs" for I certainly do that a lot!), but I also love the effect of the snow-laden branch that is in focus with the softer background. I also love your Narnia picture!

    I am nodding my head on the "challenge" part of Donna's challenges. My rural setting has challenged my ability to participate this month...I don't see many street scenes! I haven't even met the school bus! ;)

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  6. These pictures are wonderful Vee - I giggled when I saw the boys covering their sweet faces - avoiding Grammy's camera. Isn't the snow crazy this year? We are absolutely snowed under here too - eek!

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  7. I like that first photo Vee, it has a lot of mystery to it besides the neat bokeh effect. The snow scenes are nice and a reminder of what awaits at home for us. :-)

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  8. I love the snow laden branch photo too. I've had a lot of problems photographing snow scenes too and I should get out and get some practice. I change my mind. It's simply too cold.

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  9. Vee, I love 'your favorite' too. All the pics remind me of the years I lived in MA, but that one, and the school bus coming up the hill, definitely bring back tough memories of winters when I was confronted with snow that high!

    Hope this weekend doesn't bring more white stuff your way - don't want those boys disappearing in those snowbanks!!

    Hang in there - hugs, Mary

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  10. I think your photos are creative. I like them. Dig the blurry effect. Very hangover-ish. *lol* I couldn't contribute a street scene photo since we don't have a street. All I would have are snaps of pine and oak trees, wild birds, bugs and a light peppering of squirrels. I think mine would bore others to tears. Stay warm y'all. ~:)

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  11. I love the creative quality of your pictures Vee.

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  12. Lovely photos! I like the first one too. Great job Vee!

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  13. I love the picture with the snow-laden branch! So pretty! Even though I am sick and tired of snow this Winter, it's still pretty to look at in pictures. :)

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  14. I also love the first photo and it's dreamy quality! I wish I could join in on all these lessons, Vee. You are learning a lot and having fun doing it!

    It was baby's first birthday yesterday---and my son's birthday----so busy times yesterday and today as we celebrate! I'm editing baby's photos with her first cupcake right now :)

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  15. Love the light in the last big photo. The Narnia one is very cool. I'm starting to think about trying to learn to take photos on my manual setting. It scares me. Boy you live in snow country for sure!

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  16. I'm still able to admire nice photos when I see them, even though I'm a tad bit sorry to say that I'm really weary of snow because I know you've had much more than we have. :) My favorite is the last large one.

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  17. I would have to go outside for a street scene, just not happening til it warms up! lol, I love the dreamy quality of your first photo:>)

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  18. Your favorite is also mine. The slightly out of focus bus looks intentional with the greenery in the foreground. Vibrant colors add to the artsy-ness of this scene.
    The dreamy snow photo is also lovely, full of story.

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  19. What a fun challenge and I love your pictures.
    Hope you enjoy the weekend, Vee.

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  20. I really like the shot that has the tree in focus with the school bus blurred in the background. I can never seem to get that effect!

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  21. Love your school bus photos, especially that last one. The yellow really pops against all that white.

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  22. You have so much fun with your camera. I enjoy coming here to see your creativity with the camera. I've got to come back and visit your link to Katie's Corner.

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  23. Did I tell you how much I love your new header - cute cute cute. The first photo is awesome - so soft and warm.


    I may try to play along too.

    xo
    Leann

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  24. I agree with you on that first one. Seems right out of Narnia. And the first mail lady one I nearly missed for the snow drift! Great job.

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  25. I love the first photo too Vee. Your neighbour holding the little one's hand and the light in the window beckoning them home.....
    Oh my gosh all that snow - I would have to build a snowman! I know what you're thinking ('silly woman's off her rocker') yes I probably have but in our province of NZ we get snow about every 100 years and I'm still waiting!

    Great shots of the yellow school bus with the last one of the children hopping off makes a very lively street scene - I'm glad you had your camera!

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  26. I really like the photo with the pine bough only in focus. It's beautiful!

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  27. My favorite picture is the bus coming out from behind the big pile of snow.

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  28. Great photos cooled me down a lot.
    Merle................

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  29. Well I have to say I love the first one because it has atmosphere...I love them all but that one calls to me. Perhaps it is because I would have to traverse afar to find a street lol...we live so far out in the woods we pipe in sunshine...good job!
    hugs
    Sandi

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  30. You nailed it sister!!! I love all of them. So real! Well... except for the first one which is pretty special.

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  31. It's so interesting seeing these different scenes from your town. I like the photo of your friend's daughter and her daughter, and the ones of the grands and their bus. Pretty town and pretty snow!

    Deanna

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  32. I love these photos of small town life!

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  33. Love the Narnia photo, and the one with the school bus and tree branch in focus. Would have missed the mail truck if you hadn't mentioned it. Why are the boys covering their faces - was it cold? Thanks for sharing all the excitement on your street. ~ Abby

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  34. Hi Vee, these are lovely photos and thanks for sharing them. Have a nice weekend.
    Julie at Julie's Lifestyle

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  35. Oooo, Vee! That first one is a real keeper! Just goes to show that sometimes what first appears as a grand failure can end up being our greatest triumph! And the last shot reminds me of "taking time to smell the roses (i.e. pine trees) while life marches - or drives - on in the background. Don't kid yourself: you have a good photographic eye!

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  36. Love all your photos Vee for this Streetscape Photo Challenge.Especially the first and the last!
    Thanks for visiting my post too!
    Yes, it is a little warmer here than there at the moment!

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  37. Just, WOW!!! That's a LOT of snow! Hope you are staying safe and warm up there. We hear how dangerous it is for you...just be safe!
    Beautiful shots!!
    hughugs

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  38. All your entries are great but love, love the first photo, walking in the mist. I don't know about you but I'm ready for winter to end!

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Thank you!

DB