My husband and I took a trip to Ireland this year. What a photographic dream that was. There were a few shots that were on my bucket list and I got those, but there were so many surprising things that found their way to my viewfinder as well.

This was one of my bucket list pictures. Cobh, County Cork.

I recently read a recommendation on a photography blog to work through a book or website to reignite your creativity. I must admit, I have been less than inspired recently, so I think I’ll will give this a try.

I have had these Bigger Picture cards for sometime. I use them when I teach photography classes. I, however, have never actually used them to challenge myself. They are sort of a game. They contain 10 knowledge cards and 40 task cards. You draw one from each and perform the combination of the two cards.

In the coming weeks, I will be playing the game and posting the results. The cards are no longer available to purchase. I will be drawing in advance and posting my challenge. First up:

Photographing numbers while using lines, either straight or diagonal.

I would love for several other people to join me.

Changing photos to black and white is a tough decision at time. This photo was taken of my husband holding our granddaughter. In color, it was a bit distracting and the focus of the photo, her hand, sort of got lost. After transferring to black and white, it became clear.

I took the photo with my I phone.

My husband and I went on a trip to New York City last summer and I had to get this shot. This angle, iconic for the area, has been used as a backdrop for movies and fashion shoots. No wonder! In case you haven’t noticed, that’s the Empire State Building in the oval at the bottom of the bridge.

The neighborhood is called DUMBO, an acronym for Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass. There were a lot of people there waiting to take this shot, which required standing in the middle of the street. I made sure my settings were correct, waiting about 20 minutes for there to be no traffic if photographers in the way then took my turn. It was worth the wait.

I love smart phone camera apps. They are like toys for me. A new one I want to share is Waterlogue, which alters your photos to resemble watercolor paintings.

Here is a photo I took of Louisville, Kentucky with my phone.

This is the altered photo from Waterlogue.

Of course, one of the drawbacks to using smartphone apps is that they cannot be enlarged very much without losing resolution. I have found that about 8×10 is as large as I can go with these.

I love the way the app brings out the colors in this photo.

Full disclosure: I do not receive any payment for my endorsement of this app.

I admit I have not done a lot of infant photography. It has not been an area that I have really advertised in the past. However, that is sure to change with the arrival of my first grandchild. She is so beautiful and the pictures I took at the hospital in natural light by the window really show her gorgeous complexion.

There are sure to be more posts that include this cutie in the future. I hope to get back to blogging now that my schedule has opened up a bit. Please let me know if there is any thing to do with photography you would like to read about. Post in the comments below.

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Over the past four years that I have taught photography classes, many students have asked me about a place online where they can post their work. So, after several months of research, I formed Central Kentucky Photographers group on Facebook for that purpose.

I launched the first of the year and so far, there have been some beautiful shots posted there. I searched my list of Facebook friends and added 50 people initially, mostly former students and those whom I knew to be interested in photography. The group has now grown to over 150 members and membership requests are being answered everyday.

Even though it is named for a geographical area, I will add any member who wishes to post photos. Just send a membership request. I only ask that the photos not be obscene or pornographic. There are teenagers who are members.

I hope to return to blogging soon. Meanwhile, check out the talent from Central Kentucky.

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There aren’t many covered bridges left in Kentucky. Most of the remaining ones are in Fleming and Mason counties. There is one nearby where I live, though, in neighboring Bourbon County.

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This is the Colville covered bridge. It is still operational. It sits on a back road and spans Hinkston Creek.

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It is located on Colville Road, off Ky. 36E, between Cynthiana and Millerburg. I took portraits of my teenagers there several years ago. They turned out great.

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A must stop on the horse country tour has little to do with horses, but a lot to do with history. Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill offers visitors 3,000 acres of history on beautiful grounds. You can stay at the inn and dine at the restaurant. Period-costumed workers make products for sale in some of the buildings. For a photographer, the opportunities are endless.

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Fall is one of the best times to visit, but the grounds are beautiful year round.

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Many people were there the day we went taking family and graduation photos.

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If you look closely in the bottom right corner of the above photo, you’ll see a photographer’s light rig.

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For more information about this beautiful photo op, restaurant menu, inn rates and directions, visit here.

Always on the lookout for photo ops in gorgeous Central Kentucky. 🙂

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