Elvis/Marilyn by David Scheinmann, 2013

Lens-Artists Challenge #171: Weird and Wonderful

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery. Sir Francis Bacon With Ann-Christine’s choice of topic — Weird and Wonderful — for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, we were reminded of a recent trip to Lexington, Kentucky, and a stay at 21c Museum Hotel. It’s not that the hotel was weird by […]

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Boxed by size, pumpkins await bidding at Crab Orchard, Kentucky

Lens-Artists Challenge #167: Colors of Autumn

Autumn that year painted the countryside in vivid shades of scarlet, saffron and rust, and the days were clear and crisp under harvest skies. Sharon Kay Penman This adventure just happened — as many of our adventures do. We were driving home from Lexington, Kentucky, and noted what looked to be a farm selling pumpkins […]

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Waco, Texas: touring a Fixer Upper kitchen

Lens-Artists Challenge #166: Artificial Light

With the publication of Ann-Christine’s challenge this week entitled “Artificial Light,” we noted from the entries posted on her site that light sources other than natural ones can actually be quite magical indeed. To tell the truth, we tend to take pictures mostly in natural light, generally the glow from the golden hours of sunup […]

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Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, Greece

Lens-Artists Challenge #165: Going Wide

The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world’s joy. Henry Ward Beecher Patti Moed of pilotfishblog.com offers the topic for this week’s Lens-Artists Challenge: Going Wide. Her post and the delightful shots taken both with wide-angle lenses and a cellphone follow the advice she gives: Before you […]

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Seaside houses in Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

Lens-Artists Challenge #164: Looking Up/Down

With an interesting theme by a new host for the Lens-Artists Challenge — Sofia Alves of Photographias — we’re exploring the idea of looking up and down this week. And one of our favorite towns — Manarola — in Cinque Terre, Italy, came to mind. Although we visited on what must have been one of […]

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Bangkok military moving in step

Lens-Artists Challenge #163: Keep Walking

If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere. Frank A. Clark Amy chose Keep Walking as this week’s photo challenge topic, and if you head to her site, you’ll see interesting paths from all over the world — like the military personnel (pictured above) we found walking stoically through Bangkok, […]

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Taranto Seafood Co, Apalachicola FL

Lens-Artists Challenge #162: It’s All About the Light

The host of this week’s Lens-Artists Challenge, Tina Schell, couldn’t have made a more profound statement for photographers at any level: it really is all about the light. To love beauty is to see light. Victor Hugo Whether it’s soft, early morning light or rays turning everything gold just before sundown, light transforms ordinary objects […]

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Beach people, Pawleys Island, SC

Lens-Artists Challenge #160: Your Inspiration

In quoting Agnes Martin, Patti Moed “pinpoints two key elements of inspiration–the quality of light in a place and our feelings at that moment” and invites us to share something that inspires us. And it was that phrase “the quality of light” that brought me to a source of inspiration that those of you who […]

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