Author: Allan G. Smorra

In 2014 I retired after 46 years in the Electrical Trade. I spent my last 15 years working on the Golden Gate Bridge. Join me in this next phase of life as I write about, and photograph, the world around me.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

…share a picture that evokes HOME for you. It might be the place where you live, or a more abstract representation, or something completely different…”

Living on the left-edge of the continent allows for some spectacular vistas of a place we chose to make our home. This is the view from the top of Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County, California looking Southeast at San Francisco. Enjoy.

HomePhoto © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Home
Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

I took this photo with my iPhone 4 and made edits in Snapseed and Simply HDR.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

Tagged “F” Challenge

This week, “F” is for Fake. That’s right, like Orson Welles before me, what you see is not what you see at all. Click on a photo and enjoy.

I am only showing a portion of John Pugh’s mural on the back side of the Del Oro Theater in Grass Valley, California. At first glance you see a Utility worker reading an electric meter, when in fact it is just an illusion as the side view attests. I think that the shadow of the existing awning ‘sells’ the illusion as it falls across the ‘meter’.

I took these photos with my iPhone 5 and made edits in Snapseed.

Tagged “F”

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Earth

This week Cee’s challenge centers around the fifth of the Chinese 5 Elements: Earth

According to Cee: Earth/Harvest: Clay, Rock, Dust, Sand, Mud, Crystal, Powder, Shadow, Space, Darkness, Gravity, Bone, Silicon

I took this photo of a clay lion in a garden supply store in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Enjoy.

Clay Lion © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Clay Lion © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

I took this photo with my Canon A620 Powershot camera and made edits in Snapseed.

Travel Theme: Shadows

“…get ready with your own shadowy post and let’s dedicate this week’s travel theme to groundhogs everywhere…”Travel theme: Shadows

Tomorrow is Groundhog Day and if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow we will have six more weeks of Winter, allegedly— I’m just sayin’…

On a personal level, I will gladly take six more weeks of Winter if I can photograph scenes like the one below. There would be no shadows without highlights and the combination is serene. Enjoy.

ShadowsPhoto © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Shadows
Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

I took this photo with my iPhone 5 camera, made crops in iPhoto and added the frame in Snapseed.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique

“…share a picture that says UNIQUE to you. Maybe the image itself shows something distinct from its surroundings, or maybe it’s a unique take on a common subject. Maybe it’s a unique person in your life, or a treasured heirloom that’s irreplaceable…”

Q: How do you catch a Unique Rabbit?
A: You ‘neak up on it….

A good sense of humor is unique in my estimation. What one person finds hilarious can often times be appalling to someone else. These days I find myself walking the line between what is funny to me and what is acceptable to the public at large. At times I just say, F—k it, and go with my gut. It doesn’t always work out, but I feel the way I feel. Do you feel me?

Here is a photo of a T-shirt that I feel captures a unique sense of humor. A Union brother out of Chicago is putting these out. No word if other chapters are available. Enjoy.

Sons of Electricity T-shirt

Unique
Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

I took this photo with my iPhone 5 and made edits in Snapseed.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique

Ice, Ice, Baby

We all deal with time constraints, particularly at work. Imagine what it would be like to have this job.

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