Artistic #CY365

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Enter, if you can (CY365 for 05-27-17 – Artistic – Photo © 2017 by V. Nesdoly)

This challenge was easy. There’s a lot of artistry displayed around our town. I especially love murals and the ones painted in the trompe-l’oeil style, as this one is, are some of my favorites.


Alone #CY365

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Is there a story here?  (CY365 for 05-26-17 – Alone –  © 2017 by V. Nesdoly)

Silhouette #CY365

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Summer uses fancy sheers (CY365 for 05-25-17 – SILHOUETTE – Photo © 2017 by V. Nesdoly)

I’ve never gone out with the express purpose of photographing a silhouette. I discovered it’s hard to get any kind of silhouette in the middle of a sunny day, not to speak of a good one.  This was the best I did. Later I looked up “silhouette in photography” and found a helpful article: “14 Tips for Shooting Stunning Silhouettes” .

Nostalgia #CY365

05-24-17: Nostalgia – Friends of my youth. (Photo © 2017 by V. Nesdoly)

Framing #CY365

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“Framing” (05-23-17): A sweet corner on the other side of the chain link.  (Photo © 2017 by V. Nesdoly)

Negative space – #CY365

Today’s CY365 prompt is “Negative Space.” I must admit I didn’t really know what negative space in photography was until I did a little research.

I discovered that negative space in a photograph:
– Is all the area that surrounds the photo’s main subject.
– helps define and emphasize the main subject.
– can help to balance the positive space… and more (read all of  “Understanding and Using Negative Space in Photography”).

Our Victoria Day outing was to White Rock. It was a beautiful day with lots of people enjoying the beach. I took photos with the bit I learned about negative space in mind.

In the photo I picked, I think the negative space “helps define and emphasize the main subject.” I tried cropping out the rocks in the foreground, but that left the photo with a floaty groundless feeling, so I returned it to its original state.

CY265 - Negative Space

Holiday Monday on the Beach (Photo © 2017 by V. Nesdoly)

Sharp #CY365

CY 365 prompt for Sunday, May 21st is SHARP. You find all kinds of “SHARP” when you’re on the lookout for it!

Daily photos – May 15-20 (#CY365)

In the interests of putting a little zest back into my photography, I’ve decided to join the CY365 challenge. CY365 is short for “Capture Your 365” (or take a photo each day of the year).

I’m not sure of the history of the CY365 challenge, but know that now it’s headquartered at a website by the same name run by Katrina Kennedy. She posts photography tips and encouragement on the blog and provides a list of daily photo challenges for each month.

Participants are encouraged to share their photos on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #CY365 (hence the #CY365 in the title of each post, as they also link to Twitter.)

I’ve done the challenge for six days now, testing it out to see whether it was something that suited me and that I enjoyed. I’ve found it’s actually perfect.

It shouldn’t be a big time-suck because I take my camera with me pretty much everywhere I go anyway, especially on my daily walks and I’m not planning to add a lot of words… just the photo and its prompt.

Here, on my first post of CY365 are the photos I took for May 15-20 along with the prompts.

Happy looking!

CY365 -  Classic

“CLASSIC” (05-15-17) – In the window of Krazy Bob’s Music Emporitum (downtown Langley). What’s more classic than Winnie on vinyl?

CY365 - All about me

“ALL ABOUT ME” (05-16-17) – I’ve stopped dying my hair–enough said.


“EVERYDAY” (05-17-17) –  A morning time of reading my Bible, meditation, journaling, posting on my devotional blog, prayer. My day isn’t right without it.

In a box

“IN A BOX” (05-18-17) – It must have been garbage and recycle pickup Thursday morning because there were blue boxes everywhere!

Where I stand

“WHERE I STAND” (05-19-17) – I’ve lately noticed this stand of cedars in Portage Park, as stately and orderly as soldiers, their tall columns each forming the letter “I.”

CY365 - Low tech

“LOW TECH” (05-20-17) – This lovely iris, just a few steps from my house, is low tech but not low design.

All photos © 2017 by V. Nesdoly. Please do not use without permission.


The wistful doll


The wistful doll – Photo © 2017 by V. Nesdoly

I often walk past a store with lovely second-hand dolls in the window. Last week on my walk I took some photos. I chose this photo for REFLECTING, not only because of the reflections in the glass, but also for the wistful, reflective look in dolly’s eyes… “Doesn’t anyone want to take me home?”

Hundreds more photographic interpretations of REFLECTING are available for your clicking pleasure HERE.

Earth scar

We’ve made several flights to northeast B.C. in the last few years to visit family. When the two-hour flight happens on a clear day, the views of the earth below are quite spectacular. On a flight we took October 13, 2015, we flew over the Mount Polley mine, an open pit copper and gold mine in the Cariboo Region of B.C.


Mount Polley open pit mine from the air (Photo © 2017 by V. Nesdoly)


Mount Polley open pit mine #2 (Photo © 2017 by V. Nesdoly)

That mine was in the news in August of 2014 when a tailings pond dam gave way and a slurry of tailings and processed water fouled Hazeltine Creek, Polley Lake, and eventually Quesnel Lake.

This post is linked to The Daily Post Photo Challenge where this week the theme is Earth (in anticipation of Earth Day on April 22nd).

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