Monday, December 30, 2013

Spotlight – Holiday Traditions

Loved spending my morning looking through everyone’s FMTSO – Holiday Traditions.  This week’s focus ended up being family traditions, centered around the love found in the family, the enjoyment of each other and the food eaten on these holiday occasions.  Thank you all for sharing a few of your private moments. 

I am spotlighting those photos about family -

Peggy’s beautiful photo with bows in her hair – would love to see all the bows at the end of the night.

hairbows - peggy jones

Pauline’s Grands doing up the dishes and clowning a bit for their Grandmom.

DSCN3494 pauline

ChrisJ’s Christmas dinner, downsized but looking delicious.

20131225_140922_HDR Chris J

And finally Ann’s traditional Chinese meal.  And …. no I won’t go into the superior male thing….. Thank you Ann for sharing your traditions.

Uncle henry with the foods ANN

 

Next Week : Jan 3: The New Year Interpret as you wish. From celebrations to reflections to resolutions;  what does the New Year mean to you? 

Spotlight by Pauline

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Holiday Traditions

Right now many of our towns are celebrating the Christmas season with traditional foods, decorations, and church services but our Towns also celebrate many holidays throughout the year with traditional music, costumes and even pageantry.
  
Show us your town and its traditions.  


Photo Contributed by Mersad Donko: 


Our weekly spot-lighter is Ginger
Our next weekly theme is  The New Year




Friday My Town Shoot Out is a group blog kept going by wonderful volunteers who love the idea of sharing our home towns and visiting other places through images. We welcome you to participate in our weekly link-ups and/or get more involved as one of our volunteers.

Spotlights - Colours of the Season

I shouldn't be so stubborn and say it is the colors of the season but the ghost of an old nun who taught me at school still sits on my shoulder and makes sure I spell the English way the nuns worked so hard to teach us.

Thanks to everyone who participated this week. Welcome Ileana from Romania.  I fell in love with the delicate beauty and seasonal colours of your home town:


I was thrilled to see J9 once again showcasing the colours of Northern California. We barely see autumn colours where I live so I always find them extra appealing.


Thanks to Kerry, Corvallis, Oregan is a favourite place for me.  Great composition and I can feel the brrrr in the air.  I think it is the subtlety of the beauty in this image that appeals.


I don't know if I can explain my thought processes with this next shot.  The instant I saw it I thought "That could be the top of the world."  I love the idea of being so high and looking out over such a huge expanse of our world.  This was Mark's world when he was in Costa Rica, I find that perfectly acceptable for a Home Town shot and it speaks to me of the differences in the places where we all live; and that there is beauty to be found everywhere, at the top of the world or down here where Ann and I live at the bottom of the world. 


I look forward to seeing you all next week when our weekly spotlighter is Ginger and our weekly theme is Holiday Traditions. What are your traditions during the holidays? Does your town have any traditions?



Friday My Town Shoot Out is a group blog kept going by wonderful volunteers who love the idea of sharing our home towns and visiting other places through images. We welcome you to participate in our weekly link-ups and/or get more involved as one of our volunteers.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Friday My Town Shoot-Out - Colors of the Season


This week Show us the colors of the season in your town.
What does December and/or December Holidays look like where you live?

Our weekly spot-lighter is Pauline
Our next weekly theme is 
Dec 27: Holiday Traditions



Friday My Town Shoot Out is a group blog kept going by wonderful volunteers who love the idea of sharing our home towns and visiting other places through images. We welcome you to participate in our weekly link-ups and/or get more involved as one of our volunteers.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Lights-Spotlight photos


Such a great theme this week.
What lights up our town.

As usual hard to choose but we all do our best.



Ruth's Christmas lights with child represents the joy of Christmas that we see through a child's eyes.
The positioning of the child makes the photo eyecatching.



 

A Spirit of Simplitity's photo gave me goose bumps as this is what I have always loved to do.
Lie down on the floor near the tree with on the lights on. Nowdays that is kind of hard for me to do.
I sometimes do it others I just remember.

That is what a good photo should do, I think.
Be pleasing to the eye but stir up an emotion within the viewer.

Jerilyn's window demonstrated two of my most favorites types of shots.  
Through the window and the reflections.

Thanks to all who entered this week and keep em coming. Being a little selfish I am learning so much each week.

Thanks, Peggy




Our weekly spotlighter is Pauline
Our next weekly theme is Colors of the Season.



Friday My Town Shoot Out is a group blog kept going by wonderful volunteers who love the idea of sharing our home towns and visiting other places through images. We welcome you to participate in our weekly link-ups and/or get more involved as one of our volunteers.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Lights

Lights 
What lights up your town?

 Spotlights by Peggy
Dec 20: Colors of the Season



Friday My Town Shoot Out is a group blog kept going by wonderful volunteers who love the idea of sharing our home towns and visiting other places through images. We welcome you to participate in our weekly link-ups and/or get more involved as one of our volunteers.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Spotlight on Rush Hour,

No rushing around for me this morning; made my pot of coffee and snuggled under the blanket with my iPad until the house emptied of students and workers in a rush to ‘get there’, Then the second cup of coffee and a move to the computer, taking my time visiting everyone’s post for the week, reading all the comments and just enjoying my morning alone in a quiet house.  There are advantages to being unemployed.  I do have to sweep floors, plan dinner and take Spritzer for his one hour walk, but that can all wait.

First, welcome to our new participants and to old (long time) returning friends.  Everyone keep passing the word that this is a fun way to show off your town and your photos.  We aren’t about photography….. keep saying this and maybe soon we will believe it – we are about our towns and seeing (showing) differences in cultures, architecture, and daily habits of towns worldwide, and if you can manage the ‘best shot ever’, we will enjoy and celebrate with you.  The spotlight photos are about highlighting the participants and saying thank you for sharing with us. 

As I went through the blogs this week, leaving comments and pulling a photo from each for possible spotlighting, I kept in mind how each photo, whether snapshot or photoshop’d, told us about rush hour in your towns or in your life. 

The first:  Catching the train home, by Rebecca:  She has a block on her photos so I couldn’t a copy but it is spotlighted nun the less. If you haven’t seen it click the link, and see for your self, and feel the rush.

Second:  Pauline’s sheep in the road.  Hope you aren’t in a hurry to get to town.  I love that the sheep own the road, while the jeep hangs precariously on the side, practically in the ditch.

sheep on road1 - Pauline

and third;  The Spirit of Simplicity gave us a photo like we all would like to have taken – it tells about a rush to get the Christmas trees to market, taken with a nostalgic Christmas card composition that is beautiful, fitting to the theme and the season.

068ppp spirit of simplicity

Thanks to everyone who participated and hope you all are back here next Friday, bring a friend along.

The theme is Lights; what lights up your town, your streets, your home.   Spotlights by Peggy.

Need to walk the dog.  bye.  GingerV

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Rush Hour

Welcome to the first theme on this group blog with the new design and changes (the linky from now on includes Thumbnails). Please share with us your Rush Hour images. But this doesn't have to be the rush hour in the strictest sense. Be creative. Any moment you have captured, where hurry is of essence will fit perfectly. From a congested highway or waiting for the cows to move off the road, getting the kids to school or buying groceries at the market, our rush hour stories are sure to be varied and interesting.

Link up and share your posts with the rest of the World. And make sure to let everyone know about our changes in your posts this week!

Rush Hour on the Set of the Miniseries "Houdini"

Our weekly spotlighter is Ginger
Our next weekly theme is Lights (Share with us what lights up your city or town.)






Friday My Town Shoot Out is a group blog kept going by wonderful volunteers who love the idea of sharing our home towns and visiting other places through images. We welcome you to participate in our weekly link-ups and/or get more involved as one of our volunteers.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Redesign, Updates and News

As you will undoubtedly notice, the look of the blog has been updated. You will notice some changes (all I hope for the better), but most of it has remained untouched. Some tweaks have yet to be made, but I want to talk about the changes that have happened so far.


1. The Template has been changed. This was something that we all agreed upon needed changing. The new template is much more simplistic and minimalistic, and really leaves the images to pop out.

2. The Reply Function. The old template didn't have the 'reply' feature in the comments. Now comments can easily be made. No pop-out windows, just type your comment directly into the box below or click 'Reply' to directly answer to the previous commentator.

3. New Banner, Logo, Fonts and Sharing options. We wanted the logo to really stand out, and give the blog a recognizable feature. Also the Font has been changed, and will reflect the new stylized design. Big change: you can now share each post on your Facebook Profile, Own Blog, Twitter, Google+ or through E-mail!

4. Sidebar has been updated. The sidebar had some older information in it. That has now been changed and I also added two new themes for January 10th and 17th. So we are good for a while. But please let us know if you have any suggestions for themes. We are always on the lookout for more.

5. Tweaks to come... Not all of the work has been done. In fact the most important work is still upon us: Spread the word. If you like you can use the little banner below and download it to your PC and then post it on your blog. Or, write a post telling people a little bit about the blog and what we do.


That's it for now. Tell us in the comments below what you think of the new design, and if you have any suggestions for future themes and blog updates. I want to say thanks to GinnerV, Pauline and Peggy, for having faith and confidence in me that I could pull this off. I hope I didn't disappoint you.

Spotlight: People at Work

Several shots vied for my attention this week, but one really captured my imagination, not only is it a beautiful image but also because it's only in my imagination or in someone's else photography, would I see such a scene.  The vision of people standing in the cold, with darkness falling, waiting for a bus to take them home after a day at work, is very different from the sights I see.  The nearest passenger bus stop is over 34 kms (20 miles) from my place (other than the school bus, of course.)  It's these differences that I love so much about Friday My Town Shoot Outs.  I wouldn't trade my place in the world for anything but I really enjoy seeing where/how others live, too.  I can have the best of both worlds.  

I loved this image by Mersad, I felt the black and white added a softness and warmth to the scene.  And I'm amazed that black and white can achieve that. 


Our next weekly theme is Rush Hour  
A congested highway or waiting for the cows to move off the road, our rush hour stories are sure to be varied and interesting.

Our weekly spotlighter is Ginger


FTMSO is a group blog kept going by wonderful volunteers who love the idea of sharing our home towns and visiting other places through images. We welcome you to participate in our weekly link-ups and/or get more involved as one of our volunteers.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

9 to 5 - People at Work in Your Town

This week you will notice a change in our routine.  Rebecca has ask for a break as our main administrator.  The work she has so faithfully done for us, for 3 or even 4 years, will be missed; so many big and little things that there are bound to be some hick-up as we try to fill in the big hole she is leaving.  I am not sure we actually know all the things she has done each week.  Right now, today, the most important is getting the inLINKz to work so that all the posts this week can be entered, and we don't miss anyone's photos.  So if you notice something isn't happening that has happened in the past, just leave a comment and I will try to deal with it ASAP.

Meanwhile, thank you! Rebecca for your dedication and, I know I am speaking for everyone, we hope to see you as a regular participant more often now that a little of your time has been freed up.
 

Our weekly spotlighter is Pauline
Our next weekly theme is : Rush Hour



FTMSO is a group blog kept going by wonderful volunteers who love the idea of sharing our home towns and visiting other places through images.  We welcome you to participate in our weekly link-ups and/or get more involved as one of our volunteers.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Spotlight: My Weakness

Hello everyone. This is my first time writing a spotlight, and I hope I will do justice to the wonderful images that have been posted this week. I know people often say that it's hard to choose, but believe me when I SAY it: it was hard to choose. Mostly because In these weeks since I joined I have come to love everyone's style of photography and writing. But in the end I had to pick. And I chose 5 Spotlights:



It was interesting to get a view of the desert and these wind turbines in a dust storm are fascinating and glorious. I love the light peaking through the clouds...



I really enjoyed this image of the glowing city lights, and deep dark blue tones. I have often said that night time images work best after the sun has set but before complete darkness has arrived. I think that this one proves my point.



It's quite easy to guess why I choose to highlight this one. It's the path that leads to the church and the quietness that comes from the surroundings. So peaceful and serene. I can certainly see why this location would draw somebody in.



This place would be something that would draw me in for sure. I love the loneliness of the castle and the tree line, perfectly reflected in the water.



And lastly we have GingerV's diner snapshot, which is so inviting and had me with the words that they serve a "good old fashioned drugstore hamburger for lunch".

A Weakness can be something that slows us down and takes off the edge, but as it was clearly proven in ALL of the posts for this past week, having a weakness can be quite a beautiful thing. I hope all of you return soon to your favorite spots.

This Friday's Theme is "9 to 5 People at Work". Spotlight by Pauline.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

My Weakness

When driving through town where does the car pull you? Is there someplace you just can't resist stopping? A favorite shop, store, house....? Show us in pics. 

Haegele's Bakery in Philadelphia
My husband's cousin operates 
the family bakery that has been in business since 1930. 
Of course we will stop in for a visit!

Our weekly spotlighter is Mersad
Our next weekly theme is People at Work



FTMSO is a group blog kept going by wonderful volunteers who love the idea of sharing our home towns and visiting other places through images.  We welcome you to participate in our weekly link-ups and/or get more involved as one of our volunteers.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Spotlight: Photographer’s Choice

I am sorry I didn’t post this week.  The whole week just got away from me.  I spent 4 full days in Jury duty; very boring and exhausting days I might add.  Then this weekend Patty and I drove Marissa around a small area of Texas, going in and out of universities; taking tours, doing volleyball tryouts and over-eating. 
I was just now able to go by everyone’s post and enjoy the photos. I will say that all your posts exceeded expectation.  Welcome back to Doreen; was really good to see you return to the group.  I wasn’t able to grab your  “girls just want to have fun” photo, got blocked as photo copyrighted.  Everyone had a photo worth spotlighting, a couple had more than one which does not make the spotlighting job easy.
This week we had lots of pets, farm beasts, birds and reflections and one photo that I found extraordinary. 
Congratulations Monica at Dawn Trader for a photo that shows the seasons in her town; the color and textures, and bokeh giving us a hint of the cold crisp air. An all together pleasing photo and one worthy of a solitary spotlight.
CIMG7751-001[6] dawn trader, monica

Next week our prompt is  “My Weakness” .  Spotlight by Peggy

Friday, November 15, 2013

Your Choice

;
"Vintage" 
from a farm museum in New Jersey, USA

Our weekly spotlighter is Ginger
Our next weekly theme is My Weakness



FTMSO is a group blog kept going by wonderful volunteers who love the idea of sharing our home towns and visiting other places through images.  We welcome you to participate in our weekly link-ups and/or get more involved as one of our volunteers.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Spotlight: Black and white

Thanks, Mersad, for the tutorial and a thought provoking topic. I found I was not just visually appreciating the difference between black and white and colour photos but trying to work out why each was better (or not).  Everyone who contributed had at least one shot that was worthy of the Spotlight in my book.  

I saved a favourite or two from each post and couldn't count the number of times I've come back to the computer and gone through them, slowly, slowly reaching a decision.  In the end I had to decide between two of Ginger's photos and kept coming back to her portrait.

I wouldn't have imagined that a portrait would be better in black and white.  But I feel, in this instance, taking away the colour has transformed a pretty face into a strong, beautiful face.  I saw the subject's three main features as soft eyes, creamy skin and gentle smile. With the change to black and white the softness around the eyes changes in intensity.  The creamy complexion becomes more than that, now I see strength and character, the gentle smile now gives hints of a lifetime of such smiles.  The change could have made the face appear harsh but the light shadows on the face soften it.  Somehow the subject becomes so much more than a pretty face. 

I think this would have been a great topic for a group discussion.  All of us sitting around a table with one of our shots on the table (careful not to spill the wine on them).  I can imagine us gong into great detail, examining them one by one.  I know I'd learn so much! 

Dammit!  I've just remembered the topic was Landscape in Black and White, so Ginger's image doesn't literally fit the bill, so I will choose my favourite landscapes, too. I was taken by Peggy's golf course, a simple scene that might not be overly attractive in colour.  I like the shadows, the depth of colour (hah) in the trees and how the undulations of the terrain stand out. 



In contrast to the rural scene, I like Dawn Treader's urban image.  It seemed to me that skies are difficult to get looking good in black and white.  Just showing a little of it works well in this image and it doesn't seem important in the reflection where there is so much more to catch the eye. 


This week our weekly spotlighter is Ginger.

Our next weekly theme is Your Choice - go ahead and show us something in your neck of the woods or choose one of your favorite ideas from the past.



FTMSO is a group blog kept going by wonderful volunteers who love the idea of sharing our home towns and visiting other places through images.  We welcome you to participate in our weekly link-ups and/or get more involved as one of our volunteers.