Friday, October 30, 2015

November Photo Challenge - Up Close and Personal

A relatively long, long time ago, I did a fun activity with the kids to try out my new macro filter for my camera. I went around the house taking close-up photos of curtains and jackets and toys and a variety of other objects. After printing the photographs, I passed them out to the kids to see if they could recognize the patterns. They ran all over the house looking for the objects, laughing and yelling the entire time.

For this month's photo challenge, PJ took me back to that day long ago by choosing the theme of "Closeups". Unfortunately, I no longer have that camera nor those filters. I just have my zoom lens on my 10 year old camera. But it didn't stop me from taking a walk around our property today to find a variety of textures.


Roy the Wonder Dog's hair blowing in the wind.


The bark of a 100 year old tulip tree

The backside of a purple maple tree leaf in the fall.


The gravel that prevents the kids from riding their bikes on the driveway.

A double pulley mechanism from a time when horses provided the horsepower on the farm.
If you'd like to join in on the challenges today or upcoming months, head over to PJ's blog, A 'lil Hoohaa, or head over to Facebook and ask to join the group.

Have a lovely day!

31 comments:

  1. I love your take on this theme. When I saw your first shot, I assumed it was a closeup of someone's hair, then I read below the hair is Roy the wonder dog's. This made me laugh, I sense your humour coming through your photography quite often. This I think makes your work unique and fun to look at. I also like the rest of your shots, the abtract compositions work really well.

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    1. Thank you so much! Roy does have some pretty "hair". :)
      I'm glad you can see the humor. Humor is my favorite genre.

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  2. Oh this is the second closeup post I've seen this morning. Love this. Great shots.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ☺

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    1. Ha! I saw your comment on the other person's post. :)

      Thank you!

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  3. Great photos! The pulley mechanism is especially intriguing.

    Love the game you played with your kids.

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    1. I took so many of the pulley from different angles and different parts of it. I could have done an entire post on that one thing.

      It was a fun one.

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  4. For a 10-year old camera you've got some good shots there. I thought the first one was a lion's mane until I scrolled down :)

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    1. Roy has some odd fur for a dog. It's so pretty, with quite a variation in colors.

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    2. Maybe you could post a photo of him, I'd love to see what he looks like :)

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  5. great looking pictures ... you have a tulip tree? love to see it in full bloom! :)

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    1. Thank you!

      Are there many tulip trees on Long Island? They are all over Indiana. I'll try to remember to take some photos for you come springtime.

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  6. OK... Roy the Wonder Dog is by FAR the coolest picture (and name) EVER. These are awesome pix... The last one reminded me of a skull actually... very cool!

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    1. If only Roy was as good of a dog as he is pretty. :)

      Thank you!

      A skull? Ha! Now that you mention it...

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  7. Wow. You have captured the textures of all the different items. I love looking at gnarled wood. It gives up some of its stories in the bark. In Love and Light Cheryle

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    1. Trees are absolutely fascinating, aren't they? Our house has the original wood from 150 years ago. It's just beautiful. We have many old, old trees, all with so many stories hidden in them.

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  8. Great choices for close ups and great photo quality, too. I joined PJ's group, but I haven't yet participated. Maybe next month. I do like to take photos.

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    1. Join in! It's a great way to force yourself to practice with your new(ish) camera and get your creative juices flowing. Did you see next month's theme? I'm looking forward to seeing what people come up with for "morning".

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  9. Great macro shots and also very creative.

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  10. Oh how I'd love to have a macro lens! Your shots are fabulous. Love the texture of the dog hair.

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  11. Wonderful interpretation of the theme. I liked the rusty texture the best.

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  12. I enjoyed scrolling through your photos (and now I wonder what a tulip tree looks like), but most of all I enjoyed the story about the macro matching game you used to play with your kids. What a great story! Thanks for sharing it with all of us.

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    1. Ah, of the 100+ trees on our property, the tulip tree is my favorite, by far. It is gigantic, with the most lovely tree branch pattern. A tulip tree is in the magnolia family, but the flowers do look like tulips. They last far into winter, way past when the leaves have fallen. I have photos of the "tulips" filled with snow. I think I'm going to have to dig up all my photos of the tree and do a post just on it. (Thanks for the idea!)

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  13. With or without a macro lens, I think you pulled off this month's theme very well! The leaf is excellent. The gravel in the driveway looks like some of those much bigger rocks you often see on the side of the road. I like the last one, too. I'm a fan of taking images like that. Old machinery/cars/signs etc., give so much of a story in the photo alone. Nice job this month!

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  14. Nice pictures. If I had to guess I would have thought the tulip tree bark was zoomed into the side of a rocky mountain. Neat.

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  15. The detail you caught in the photo of the leaf is great!

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  16. Oh these are great! I love the close up of the leaf, something about getting very close up in nature to see the tiny details brings me in! Stopping by from the link up (better late than never!)

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