Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

“…your photo challenge this week is to capture something unexpected… [an] image that reveals a sense of surprise.” —WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

The golden rays of the early morning sun that paints trees and leaves alike is perhaps my favorite subject to photograph. I have come to expect the unexpected and it never fails to impress.

Catching Some Rays Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Catching Some Rays
Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Photo Notes: iPhone 5 camera, shot with Camera+ app, edited in CameraBag2.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

I Lost On Jeopardy

In early 1985 I had a few months where I was laid-off from work and I spent the time haunting the house, doing laundry and walking Picket Duty when the opportunity came up. The Lioness was away at work and our son, the Determined One, spent the day in high school. I fell into an…

A WORD A WEEK CHALLENGE – Lines

Built between 1851 and 1863, during the height of the Gold Rush, the Fort at Fort Point was slated to be torn down to make way for the Golden Gate Bridge. Chief Engineer Joseph Strauss designed an engineered arch to span the fort and saved it from demolition. On October 16, 1970, Fort Point became a National Historic Site.

This view of the fort from the South Anchorage roof is through the arch that saved it.

Lines of the Fort Point Arch Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Lines of the Fort Point Arch
Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Photo Notes: iPhone 5 camera, shot with Camera+ app, edited in Snapseed and CameraBag2.

A Word a Week Challenge: Lines

Black and White Challenge

Here is a view of the backside of Scott Hall on the campus of the San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, CA. Built in 1892, it houses classrooms on the first floor and a student lounge on the second floor.

Scott Hall Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Scott Hall
Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Photo Notes: iPhone 5 camera, shot with Camera Boost app, edited in CameraBag2.

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Ese’s Weekly Shoot and Quote Challenge – Intangible

“There are intangible realities which float near us, formless and without words; realities which no one has thought out, and which are excluded for lack of interpreters.” —Natalie Clifford Barney

A photo from the wee small hours.
Neither up nor down.
Bottomless void or new beginning?

What is your interpretation?

Intangible Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Intangible
Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Photo Notes: iPhone 5 camera, shot with Camera+ app w/flash, edited in iColorama S and Repix.

Ese’s Weekly Shoot and Quote Challenge – Intangible

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers

“…Seismic Isolators are devices that allow the bridge to move in an earthquake; this  movement reduces the forces that the bridge experiences during the earthquake.” —excerpted from a Golden Gate Bridge exhibit.

This Seismic Isolator has been cut in half to illustrate how layers of steel and rubber are bonded together to form a three-foot diameter cylinder that supports the structure at key points. These isolators can reduce the seismic forces by as much as two-thirds when compared to a non-isolated bridge.

Seismic Isolator Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Seismic Isolator
Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Photo Notes: iPhone 5 camera, shot with Camera+ app, edited in Snapseed.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers

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Ese’s Weekly Shoot and Quote Challenge – Spread

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”  —Edith Wharton

I took this photo through a glass door as the morning sun beamed into the Rec Center. The reflection of the sky, trees and ivy behind me is present in the upper part of the photo.

Spread the Light Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Spread the Light
Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Photo Notes: iPhone 5 camera, shot with ProHDR camera app, edited in CameraBag2 and Snapseed.

Ese’s Weekly Shoot and Quote Challenge – Spread

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit

“This week, show us something that’s a Habit.” —WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit

A long-standing habit of mine is to witness the golden tendrils of light in the early morning and late afternoon. I took this photo of the sunlight in the leaves of the Japanese Maple tree in our front yard when I arrived home after finishing a Graveyard shift this morning. It was a beautiful ending to my dark night.

Sunshine Came Softly Today Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Sunshine Came Softly Today
Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Photo Notes: iPhone 5 camera, ProCamera app, edited in Snapseed and CameraBag2.

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