Is rain a painter?

TRANSMOGRIFY

This week WordPress Photo Challenge is transmogrify. It means:

“To change in appearance or form, especially strangely or grotesquely; transform.”

We know that rain used by many artists and photographers to show force of nature, its beauty, its life force.

The first picture below shows rain from the window of the 25th floor in Hollywood, Florida.

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It’s darker outside, there is a lot of water on the floor of the loggia. However, there is nothing strange or grotesque in this picture.

The second picture shows a shot of rain on the floor of the loggia. I made it in black and white to strengthen the impression that all drops of rain created.

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Here everything changed completely. There is a picture with many circular and non-circular shapes, there are eyes that look at you and judge you.

Hopefully, all eyes are friendly.

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Night at Hollywood, Florida

WHICH WAY AT NIGHT?

SIGNS ON PARKING LOT

SIGNS ON PARKING LOT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOLLYWOOD, FL. S. OCEAN DR

HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA.            SOUTH  OCEAN DR

DIPLOMAT

DIPLOMAT

ELEVATOR TO CROSSING BRIDGE by JF

ESCALATOR TO STREET CROSSING BRIDGE

Three photos of my friends (2/13/2015)

Purple Scenery with Zen Pond in Japanese Garden by Daniel Ruyle

Purple Scenery with Zen Pond in Japanese Garden by Daniel Ruyle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALASKAN SUNRISE by Aaron Corbell

ALASKAN SUNRISE                                                   by Aaron Corbell

 

LIFE IN SEMPORNA, SABAH, MALAYSIA by CK NG

LIFE IN SEMPORNA, SABAH, MALAYSIA                          by CK NG

 

Are you cold?

Are you cold? Are you alone? Is it snowing wherever you are?

Let’s share this wonderful sunrise.

SUNRISE by JF

SUNRISE by JF

 

Then we’ll have a hearty breakfast with some laughs.

Can you drink some wine in the morning?

Oh, it’s a pity! What about cognac?

Are you sure?

Ok, ok!

Let’s go to the beach and pick up our spots in the shadows of palms.

Do you prefer a place closer to water?

We can have it too.

ON THE BEACH  by JF

IN THE SHADOW by JF

 

NEAR WATER by JF

NEAR WATER by JF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you remember to take sunscreen? Use it now. We must be careful!

Please tell me when you are ready to swim. The water is perfect!

I hope you feel warmth. I hope you are not alone any more.

Don’t you ever forget!

We love you!

PAINTING by JF

PAINTING by JF

 

Views

Below are my pictures for Nancy Merrill’s “A PHOTO A WEEK CHALLENGE: VIEW”.

MORNING, VIEW FROM THE HOLLYWOOD'S  BROADWALK by JF

MORNING, VIEW FROM THE HOLLYWOOD’S BROADWALK

 

LAKE IN THE FLUSHING MEADOW PARK by JF

LAKE IN THE FLUSHING MEADOW PARK

 

MORNING IN QUEENS

MORNING IN QUEENS

Here and there

CEE’S ODD BALL PHOTO CHALLENGE

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Express yourself?! (Part 1)

TODAY IT IS EASY!

Today is a special day!

Today is our friend’s birthday!

As usually, we’ll go to a Japanese restaurant and express ourselves in many wonderful artistic ways.

There will be speeches, poems, songs and beautiful combinations of everything the restaurant has to offer.

In the meantime to keep my appetite on the high alert I decided to express myself in paintings below.

I hope very much that you’ll like them. If not please don’t tell it to me before we return from the restaurant.

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I was about to publish this post when I remembered that “Express Yourself” is a photo challenge.

So what can I say?

I always was a working girl like the one below.

A WORKING GIRL

A WORKING GIRL

I like to explore new ways.

NEW WAY

NEW WAY

 

What I see every day?

WHAT I SEE EVERY DAY?

In Hollywood every day I see a wonderful tall ship below. It inspires me to walk in the darkness to the stage on the Hollywood’s broadwalk and on the way back to enjoy beautiful sunrises.

In the evenings it inspires us to go to the broadwalk again to dance, to see people enjoying live, to see a guy who sells treasures to kids and adults.

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Cities and city structures

In my earlier posts I showed you interesting structures in Manhattan and Queens.

Take a look today on a relatively small American city. It is Hollywood in Florida.

# 1   HOUSE ON THE HOLLYWOOD'S BOARDWALK

# 1    HOUSE ON THE HOLLYWOOD’S BOARDWALK

 

#2 HOUSES  AND BOATS ON THE WATERWAY

#2     HOUSES AND BOATS ON THE WATERWAY

 

#3   PART OF THE CITY SOUTHWEST OF THE WATERWAY

#3     PART OF THE CITY SOUTHWEST OF THE WATERWAY

 

# 4     "OCEAN PAMLS" AT 6 A.M.

# 4       “OCEAN PALMS” AT 6 A.M.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CITIES AND CITY STRUCTURES

You are born for happiness and love!

Always remember that your thoughts, your words and your attitude decide how you live. Be active, loving and optimistic! Happy Holidays!

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

Live has many ups and downs. Even in the depth of depression I remembered the words of a Russian short story writer, journalist, human rights activist and humanitarian Vladimir Korolenko:

“Man is born for happiness as a bird is born to fly”.

These words helped me to overcome all problems in my lives in the Soviet Union and in US. But happiness is not possible without love. You must love yourself and it gives you immense capacity to love others.

New Year is coming. I wish that your life was a happy flight full of love!

IN FLIGHT by Jean-Louis Teisseire IN FLIGHT                                    by Jean-Louis Teisseire

SWANS by Neil HOward SWANS             by Neil Howard.                      White swans are a symbol of love.

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In Hollywood before sunrise.

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Golden? Yellow?

I am color blind.
When I saw that there were photo challenges “Yellow” and “Golden” my first reaction was: “Is not this the same?”.
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I went to Google and asked for definition of “Yellow“.
The answer was that it is “the color between green and orange in the spectrum, a primary subtractive color complementary to blue; colored like ripe lemons or egg yolks.
Synonyms: flaxen, golden, gold, blond/blonde.”
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After this answer I decided to take part in both challenges. The next step was to choose proper photos.
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After long consideration I chose four photos below. Please let me know which of them you like more.
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#1     MORNING IN QUEENS, NYC                                                                by JF

 

#3                       by JF

#2    MORNING IN HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA                               by JF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3  ON HOLLYWOOD'S BROADWALK  by JF

#3    ON HOLLYWOOD’S BROADWALK                                                  by JF

 

#4 FLOWER IN POCONO MANOR by JF

#4     FLOWER IN POCONO MANOR                                                              by JF

 

GOLDEN?

YELLOW?

 

Inspired by Cee

We are now in Hollywood, Florida.

The very first morning here Cee inspired me to make several photos.

By the way, this is the first time in my life that I am in Florida with a digital camera.

Last time I photographed in Florida more than 20 years ago.

I hope that you’ll like two pictures below.

MORNING, VIEW FROM THE HOLLYWOOD'S  BROADWALK by JF

MORNING, VIEW FROM THE HOLLYWOOD’S BROADWALK              by JF

 

HOLLYWOOD, VIEW on WATERWAYS AND THE CITY FROM OUR APARTMENT by JF

VIEW OF WATERWAYS & THE CITY FROM OUR APARTMENT          by JF

 CEE’S FUN FOTO CHALLENGE: LANDSCAPES OR SEASCAPES

Love and care

LOVE AND CARE by JF

LOVE AND CARE                                                                                          by JF

Pessimists and optimists

Several months ago I published two photos of snow monkeys shot by a friend of the family in Nagano, Japan.

PESSIMIST  by Ilya Raskin, SharperPlanet photography

PESSIMIST by Ilya Raskin, SharperPlanet photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPTIMIST  by Ilya Raskin, SharperPlanet Photography

OPTIMIST by Ilya Raskin, SharperPlanet Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today I found a quote about optimists that I want to share with you before Thanksgiving.

An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.

Irv Kupcinet

Please don’t change your diet until Friday or you might start looking as a pessimist above.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Love from the first sight!

MINIMALIST

FAMILY by JF

FAMILY                                                                                                                  by JF

 

LOVE FROM THE FIRST SIGHT by JF

LOVE FROM THE FIRST SIGHT                                                                   by JF

Sharing news and thoughts

1. Creativity and learning make people happy.

2. During my morning walk I saw in the distance three princesses, zoomed  and shot them (not with a gun). See the photo below.

PRINCESSES by JF

PRINCESSES                                                            by JF

3. I added several posts to the page “Travel”.

Among them are reblogs of posts of very talented bloggers Antonio Violi (SIRACUSA, ORTIGIA) and Victor Tribunsky (PETRA IN JORDAN).

Both posts have wonderful photos and stories.

I will add more posts to this page this week.

4. So far I made all my digital paintings using a paint program on my PC. But a couple of days ago I found that there are many other free programs for painting and photo editing. Today I am starting to learn one of them. Be ready for new paintings (it’s not a threat!).

5. I am going to add more paintings to the page “My paintings and tests”. Hopefully, all of you will test YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF PAINTING AND PAINTINGS.

 

A masterpiece!

Yesterday evening I went to take pictures of several buildings in our area. Then I went home looking around for other interesting stuff.

All of a sudden I noticed that ahead of me walks a girl with a dog on a leash.

Immediately a wonderful thought hit me:

“Make a photo of the girl with the dog and place it on a post together with the famous painting “Symphony in Black” by Erte! Call the post “Old and new”! It will be a masterpiece!”.

SYMPHONY IN BLACK by ERTE

SYMPHONY IN BLACK by ERTE

I took my Canon PowerShot camera from my pocket and made a first shot. It was too dark.

The girl with the dog started to go faster and the distance between us increased.

I made a second shot but my hands were trembling.

Then I took a deep breath, zoomed and made a very good third shot.

Unfortunately, the dog used the time of my deep breath to relieve himself.

My photo was a real masterpiece!

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Animals (not domestic)

Here are our neighbours.

IT'S MY FIRST PHOTO  by JF

IT’S MY FIRST PHOTO!                                                                                   by JF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The couple below participated in the Cee’s Photo Challenge “Patience” with a caption “Wait, darling, wait! He is still too close!”

MY LOVE AND I  by JF

MY LOVE AND I                                                                                                                   by JF

This deer was ready to take part in several challenges but decided to stay with his friends.

MODEL                  by JF

MODEL                                                                                                                                by JF

 

Monochrome madness?

Today I noticed that several my followers submitted wonderful photos to Leanne Cole’s “Monochrome Madness – week 24”.

I got my first digital camera less than two months ago and so far I took only colour photos. I am not sure if my camera has mono mode. However, I learned today that it is possible to convert a colour photo to B&W on PC.

Am I mad enough? Sure, I am.

I took a colour photo of our protector at the Carriage House.

This guy protected guests for many years in all seasons. It was extremely difficult and dangerous job. His wonderful little son was kidnapped one night. He lost his right eye. His right side is greatly damaged. However, he stays bravely on his post and we feel safe near him.

Below is his photo converted to B&W on PC. Does it qualify as monochrome photo?

In any event, I hope you’ll like him.

Our protector (2)     photo by JF

Our protector  (B&W)                                                                               photo by JF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I thought that we live in a beautiful wooded area. It is summer now and everything is green. Could it be that the original colour photo is better than the converted one?

Please take a look below and let me know your opinion.

Our protector     colour photo by JF

Our protector                                                                             colour photo by JF