Mindfulness Challenge Week 1: Focus

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In Stitches

I had no idea how I was going to start.

I’d created this list of themes to help me be more mindful in 2017.  Deliberately abstract, I’d begun to wonder if I’d be able to even come up with a subject for my first photo:  Focus.

It had been on my mind for a few days.

Then, yesterday while shortening curtains for my newly painted master bath, I was focused on stitching a straight seam.  I guided the fabric, and I was literally focused on the moment: listening to the whirr of the machine, watching the tiny stitches draw a row of tiny dashes along the edge.

It occurred to me that this would be a perfect photo the first week of my mindfulness challenge.  It is focus in the moment, focus in photography.

This, then, begins 52 weeks of #createmindfulness2017.

Weekly Photography Challenge: An Unusual POV – Flower in a Fencepost

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I like to look for different angles when I photograph. I move around until I find a point of view that I like, and more often than not, my favourite shots end up being the ones from an unusual standpoint.

In this one, rather than taking the shot facing the fence, I stood alongside it and used a shallow depth of field to give it that dreamy look that I love.

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/unusual/