Saturday, September 13, 2014

SEPTEMBER 13th...Personal Photo Challenge

 This monthly link party is so much fun.
DONNA gives us a subject, which is posted, in advance, on her sidebar....
this gives us time to think of what we want to do for the party.

               September subject is MOVEMENT....

A few years back, we were at a rodeo, watching one of the grandgirls ride.
She is a calf roper.

I forgot to set my camera on MOVEMENT and this amazing, blurred photo came out
and, for some unknown reason,
made me happy.

I just love it...
I can see the little calf...the brown horse, our girl, (even her long blonde hair),
 the red and blue barrels and the fencing.
And, may I say right here...
*well...not the barrels and fencing..:)

This pretty little yellow-bellied bird looked like it was just getting ready to fly....

and I was so thrilled to be able to catch it in flight.
I love making DONNA happy and I just know she will love this little bird.

My Kodak point and shoot surprises me at times.

The next photos are bad.....REALLY BAD.
But, it is what it is....

These adorable tiny
were all over this deck of a cafe we ate at

My pitiful little point and shoot just couldn't
master the art of
fluttering little bird wings..

I can see the fast flutter of the little wings here...
but barely....and not clearly.

We so loved watching them while we ate our breakfast with the rain falling gently as it does in the mountains.

I'm sorry for the lack of good photos of these tiny birds that have wings that flutter so fast, I can barely see them in these pictures.
The sickening thing is that my camera DOES
have a MOVEMENT setting but I didn't have time to set it.

It's always fun to play in the
 and believe me, THIS one was certainly 
a HUGE challenge for me....
but I wouldn't have missed it for the world. :)

Thanks for coming by. I hope you will visit more of the challenges at DONNA'S party.

I swear...these little tiny birds were so thick out there on that porch
it was like little gnats...




  1. FUN photos, bj. That one of your granddaughter would make a GREAT piece of op-art. It looks a modern painting and I can see it framed on canvas. That would make a really wonderful gift for that granddaughter someday. xo Diana

  2. I think your movement photos are really good, all of them!
    A MOVEMENT setting on a camera, I'll have to check mine . . .
    "Some things we know, some things we don't know . . .
    when we know . . . we know!"
    Thanks for the tip . . .

  3. My favorite is the first one, too, and I know that it makes your heart sing! It is a more accurate representation of the event than a crystal clear photo would be. Delightful!

  4. I don't think my hubby, who loves photography, has taken a movement shot. He's very particular and not very fast! You did a great job with these.

  5. Oh yeah, these are more than perfect, I just have a Cannon PowerShot, but oh how I am dreaming of a new camera. I'm loving the "roping princess", and the hummers are a favorite, they always amaze, can sit and watch for hours....thank you for visiting Return to Loblolly.

  6. I, too, have tried to capture the beauty of hummingbirds in motion...and I agree it's difficult to get a good shot. You're on you way, though, and you never know when one will turn out to be "the one." Happy weekend!

  7. I put a hummingbird feeder out last year. Never saw a bird, but it did get lots of ants.

  8. i like that first shot, too! very cool!

  9. I have a point and shoot that is supposed to do lots of things, but this senior has not figured them out.You do an excellent job with yours.

  10. The first photo was amazing the other were great also. Have a blessed day.. Madeline

  11. You got that granddaughter in motion for sure. Love the hummers. They should be headed south soon.

  12. Oh, I'm so glad that you were able to join us again this month, bj! There is no need to apologize for your camera. The BEST camera in the world is the one you have! It gives you much joy and just try to imagine your world without it. We don't even want to think about that! So the challenge is to figure out how to best use the equipment you have and improve your skills and confidence.

    I adore that first shot. It is so painterly! And barrel racing is one f-a-s-t sport! So the result of blurry panning turned out great! And yes, I am absolutely delighted that you were able to catch that bird as it was lifting off from the tree. Wonderful capture and reflexes! I'm clapping my hands that you were anticipating and waiting for the right moment. Patience is one of the best skills that a photographer can possess. The hummingbird photos are delightful, and I can just hear the buzzing sound that I know is present with all of those fast wing movements.

    So you successfully wrestled this subject to the ground, and I know that you can breathe a sigh of relief that the next challenge topic will be "still life."

  13. BJ these are really great movement photos. I really like the one of your granddaughter barrel racing. The bird flying is beautiful and the hummingbirds are wonderful to see in flight as they hover over the feeders. Wonderful examples! Thanks for visiting. Pam

  14. The birds are great photos and hard to get! LOVE the rodeo. It looks so artsy! Hugs, Diane

  15. So cool bj!! I too really like the 'action' photo of your granddaughter out of the shoot, racing down to rope the calf. Wonderful.
    As for the birds...well, you know I'm a birdin' fanatic so your couch's flycatcher [I think that is what it is] and your hummers...super.

  16. I really liked your photos showing movement. I loved the hummingbird pics, but I believe that the one at the rodeo was my favorite. I liked the combination of the colors and movement in that one.

    Keep up the good camera work!

  17. Bj, these are great! That first one speaks volumes...what a fantastic shot! Birds can really be hard to snap but you did a fantastic job on all of these...even the hummers!

  18. I love the picture of the Rodeo.
    Almost like a painting.

    Blessings on your Sunday!

  19. Oh, your rodeo shot is fabulous! I can see exactly why you love it (all the detail, subjects that you love, color and form)...and why you thought of it for the "movement" challenge!

    Your bird in flight photo is lovely too. Great job on the challenge!

  20. So glad you joined the challenge this month - hit wasn't an easy one but a lot of fun.
    Wow, your granddaughter is brave - and that pic is awesome!

    Hugs - Mary

  21. I can watch those sweet hummingbirds forever! You did real good on the movement challenge! Woohoo! Look at your grandgirlie go!

  22. The photo of your grandgirl is a beauty, definitely movement.


  23. I disagree with you BJ - I think that photo of the Hummingbird is great - I can see his wings spinning!!!
    Are we looking at the same photo BJ?!
    Great movement photos!

  24. I can see why you kept the blurry photo of your granddaughter, it is possible to view her on the horse and the calf as they're in the heat of the moment.
    Wow, look at all the hummers at the feeder, I only ever get one at a time - good shot!

  25. I am amazed that your littlepoint and shoot was able to get such a clear photo of that bird in flight! Wow, great shot :>)

  26. The first photo is so full of beautiful, blurred movement. It would be lovely printed on canvas. This was a fun challenge, wasn't it?


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xo bj