Photogvember Day 1

The first Photogvember ever is now under way! Here’s my photo of the day.

Morning Sky

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I am so excited to see everyone’s photos!

Halloween Special: Photographing a local Haunt Bridge

When I heard that Euharlee Covered Bridge, a site very close to where I live, was haunted, I couldn’t wait to get some photos and show you all. I also knew that I really wanted to shoot in black and white and on film. Sadly, I have no ghost sightings to share, but I do have a short story of the haunting of this old bridge, and a few tips for shooting black and white.

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The town lattice covered bridge goes all the way back to 1886. Built by Washington King and Jonathan H. Burke, the bridge is one of only 12 left in the state of Georgia. Nearby there is a beautiful park and the ruins of an old mill. Basically, its a really cool place that is wildly popular among photographers.

The subject is so compelling to me that I want the bridge and even the environment to speak very much for itself.

Local legend says that a young native american girl was hung from the rafters inside this bridge.

Euharleeans say you can hear the girl’s noose swaying back and forth.

The bridge was only one of the sights I love near this area. There is an old general store, a pre-civil war era church and cemetery, and small local businesses tucked away in nearby old buildings going back over 100 years.

All of the above images were shot on my Pentax ZXL camera on Arista Edu 100 film. Hope you enjoy!

1st Ever Photogvember!

I am so excited to announced to you the first ever Photogvember! Every day in the month of November, I am putting out a challenge to the photography community to create a new beautiful image.

An image a day for 30 days. Join photographers from around the globe as we challenge ourselves to take one photo a day in the entire month of November. Why? For ourselves, for our photography community, for fun!

The Rules:
1. Use your preferred camera to create your photos. This does include cell phone cameras, instant camera, DSLR or whatever kind of camera you like
2. Post your photo. Typically people will share via social media, but this is not necessary as long as you are sharing you work to someone else. Showing people helps us maintain consistancy, helps with the creative process, and helps us overcome creative anxiety.
3. A prompt list is provided on this page to assist in the creative process. While this helps to guide our creativity, it is not required.

Photogvember 2019 Prompt List.

You can photograph whatever you like. Please do not share nudity, dead animals, or generally vulgar material. Such material will be removed by the administrator of this page. You can create your own list of prompts.
Please tag your photos! #sharonbrownphoto #photogvember #photogvember2019

Mystery Blogger Award!

Thanks to jesusluvsall of jesusluvsallblog for nominating me for The Mystery Blogger Award. He writes about his faith and serving others through Jesus Christ, his experiences with chronic illness, and also has some great short stories!

Jesusluvsall’s questions for me

  1. What is your blog about? Introduce it for first time visitors. – My blog is about sharing my photography and tips to helps others with their photography. 

2. When you write in your blog, where do you like to be? – At home in my recliner.

3. What is a book or movie that meant something to you recently? – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Not the old one, but the newer one with Ben Stiller. It really spoke to me as a photographer and my inner adventure seeker. Everyone should see this!

4. Who are a few people who inspire you and why? – My husband Bill, because is is always helping people and thinking of others. I am not so selfless. Sean Tucker, a photographer in England that shares a lot of advice about being creative and doing your own thing rather than following trends. Fiona Lark is another photographer. She does fine art photography and it is absolutely beautiful!

5. What is your favorite snack food? Ooooh, anything sweet. I have a terrible sweet tooth. Really bad, I know.

3 Things about me

  1. I am super introverted, but a totally different personality seems to come forward when i am working. I really trip people out when they see me outside of work, LOL.
  2. I have a chronic illness called gastroparesis. It can make me really tired sometimes, but mostly my symptoms are pretty mild.
  3. I am a studio manager at JCPenney Portrait Studios.

My 5 Questions for My Nominees 

  1. Describe your blog in five words and provide a link to your blog.
  2. If you could have any superpower what would it be and why?
  3. Using a GIF, tell us where you live.
  4. Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and add your most recent photo of them.
  5. What verse of the bible inspires you the most at the current time?

My Nominees if they choose to participate. Some are new bloggers so please check them out 

  2. AllisonA Farm Girl’s Life
  3. Streets of Nuremberg
  4. arv!JaipurThruMyLens
  6. MaggieDreaming of Guatemala
  7. pattimoedP.A. Moed
  8. Ming TheinMing Thein | Photographer
  9. Alex Raphael
  10. Random thoughts
  11. Educated Unemployed Indian
  12. JyotiLive. Explore.
  13. Photography Journal Blog
  14. Jane LurieJane Lurie Photography
  15. Gracie
  17. Tofino PhotographyWelcome to Tofino Photography
  18. Frank HubenyPoetry, Short Prose and Walking
  19. Prior…priorhouse blog
  20. MorganBooknvolume

The Rules

-Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog

-Add the award image to your post

-List the rules

-Answer the 5 questions you were asked

-Tell your readers 3 things about yourself

-You have to nominate 10 – 20 people

-Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

-Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question

-Share a link to your best post(s)

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Small Town Street Photo Tips

This is my town. I love it here. Everyone knows everyone else, and there is character everywhere I look. I used to think Cartersville, GA had no street photography potential. I could not be more wrong!

No, there are no skyscrapers. Nope, no bustling city streets. And thank goodness no crazy dude yelling at an invisible subject while digging through the trash. I know, where’s the fun in that? What do we have to shoot if not for grand city views and over the top interesting characters, right?

The fact is, I have discovered a lot! And there are a few ways to capture the quirkiness and personality of any town. The only thing that really matters is you vision. No plane ticket, no city, no new camera on the market will give you that. It comes from within. Keep reading…

Look up! There isn’t a skyscraper, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t interesting. look at interesting shapes. I had hoped for an interesting reflection in the windows for this shot, but as it was, I liked this pedestrian sign “walking” to a local shop.

link to 30 Questions Tag

Look for pops of red. Ok, so it can be any color really, but red is just so much fun to shoot! I may do a photo project soon where I only photograph one color.

Look for humor. If nothing else, it makes you smile every time you look at it.

Look for inside. I found this terrific little coffee shop called Southern Muggs Coffee, located on main street. But some of my favorite shots were inside the shop after I sat down to rest. Here, I found great color and humor. This speaks to my family particularly. How about you?

Look for the unexpected. Charming subjects pop up all the time anywhere you go. This super cute cat caught me completely off guard. I love this shot.

Keep looking. The world around you is always changing. Just because you have already looked in a spot doesn’t mean you have already shot it. This mural was brand new and no one, including myself, had any idea that this mural was a work in progress!

Tell a story. In most cases, the story unfolds quickly and the moment is fleeting. This man outside the shop was gone literally seconds after I got this shot. I looked up, and he was suddenly there. This was the only shot I got of this scene, so it is a really good thing that I had kept my camera out and was ready to shoot super fast!

“If you want to be a photographer, first leave home.” -Steve McCurry

I hope this post has helped you and that you are able to go forward seeing the beauty of where you live. I hope you will take a fresh look around your town, big or small, with a new appreciation and creative vision. Street Photographer Evan Ranpht once said that we who live in small towns are actually at an advantage that those who live in places like New York or Chicago might never know. I believe this is so true! I agree.

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30 Questions Tag

This is a shout out to Life’s Fine Whine. I loved her post and decided to reply as though she had tagged me, which she technically didn’t. Her blog is all about lifestyle, beauty, travel, and food. Take a minute to check her out.

1. What are your nicknames? What do you prefer to be called?

Everybody just called me Sharon, except my mom, who sometimes calls me Share.

2. How often do you doodle? What do your doodles look like?

I doodle contantly and draw a little bit, so little drawing challenges like Inktober are a lot of fun to me. You can follow my Inktober 2019 drawings on my Instagram stories.

3. What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? Do you count sheep? Toss and Turn? Try to get up and do something productive?

I usually fall asleep fairly easily, but then wake in the middle of the night. I am a little intolerant of lying in bed bored. If I’m not sleeping, I will give up really easily and get on my phone. I play games, watch YouTube, or go on social media to complain that I’m not sleeping. Just being honest.

4. Do people consider you as talkative or quiet?

I am really quiet at first. But once I get comfortable, I get really talkative. I said this to a coworker recently who looked at me like I was lying because he has never seen that side of me. I swear it’s true, though. When people see my quiet side, they tend to think something is very wrong. It’s not. I’m just an introvert.

5. What makes you cry?

I’m hyper-sensitive and tend to think people are mad at me or that I have offended someone. I cry like a total baby. It’s pretty ridiculous.

6. What is your biggest pet peeve?

Rudeness and littering. I mean, Why??

7. How many times a day do you look at yourself in the mirror?

Not enough. I don’t think about it and then when I do look my hair or makeup is doing something totally crazy.

8. What is the strangest thing you believed as a child?

That I would be abducted by aliens if I walked the dog after dark. I saw the movie Fire in the sky, and it traumatized me. I still had to walk the dog. I was twelve years old and my parents just thought I was being silly. My poor dog! I would drag him around, nervously nagging him to hurry up, while staring up at the sky. I swore if I saw so much as a flicker, the dog would have to hold it because I would run back inside, dragging him behind me the whole way.

9. What is one guilty pleasure you enjoy too much to give up?

The Real Life Ghost Stories podcast and Stephanie Harlowe Coffee and Crime Time on Youtube. Ghost stories and true crime are my jam right now.

10. Who performs the most random acts of kindness out of everyone you know?

My husband. He is always helping everyone. I am not so generous with my time and energy, but he sets a great example for me and makes me want to be a better person.

11. How often do you read the newspaper? Which sections?

Newspaper…what’s that?

12. Which animal scares you the most?

I don’t really know, I guess snakes, spiders, and anything truly ferocious, like lions, tigers, and bears, Oh My!

13. Are you more likely to avoid conflict or engage it head-on?

I am a coward. If I can avoid it at all costs, I will.

14. What was the most recent compliment you’ve received?

My hair. I don’t have it trimmed often enough, so it seems every time I get it trimmed and cleaned up it’s like a makeover, LOL.

15. What question are you tired of hearing?

As a photographer, I get tired of hearing that my camera must take really good pictures.

16. What is the strangest thing you have eaten?

Alligator bites. Sushi. Calamari. I’m adventurous but not too adventurous. Some things I just cannot be convinced to try.

17. Do you have a whole lot of acquaintances or just a few very close friends?

As an introvert, I keep away from people a lot. I have a few friends that I like to talk to, but mostly I hide away at home.

18. Do you have a catchphrase?

“I’m just saying…”

19. What’s your all-time favorite town or city? Why?

Taylorsville, GA. I live here and we are very secluded out in the country. It’s beautiful and peaceful here. The people are wonderful. It’s the perfect place.

20. If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?

I like both Penelope and Kristen, but I think I look more like a Kristen, so I’ll go with that.

21. When was the last time you lied?

I’m sure it was less than 24 hours ago, but I can’t remember.

22. What’s something that amazes you?

The Bible. It amazes me that no matter how much I read it, I learn something new. and it has me constantly growing and changing and it will probably continue on in that way for the rest of my life.

23. Would you rather be the first person to explore a planet or be the inventor of a drug that cures a deadly disease?

That’s a tough one, because I would LOVE to explore a planet. But I also very mush prefer to keep my feet on the ground. Plus curing a deadly disease would save countless lives. Given my preference for staying grounded, I’ll choose the curing the deadly disease one.

24. What is your favorite amateur activity?

Writingwatching movies and sleeping late.

25. What was your first thought when you woke up this morning?

“Oh no! My alarm didn’t go off and the coffee didn’t auto start!”

26. What is your favorite song (at least at the moment)?

I hate to admit this, but I can’t think of one. As a portrait photographer of toddlers, the only song in my head is Baby Shark. I’m sorry! Not my favorite song.

27. List someone you know, and describe them in 5 words.

Kayla-Sweet. Fun. Clothing Designer. Mommy.

28. You can select one person from history and have them truthfully answer one question. Who would you select and what would the question be?

I would ask God (I hope this counts) why he created cockroaches. I hate them and do not understand why. I could think about this a little deeper but…

29. Which celebrity or artist do you resemble the most?

A few people have told me that I resemble Molly Ringwold.

30. What do you want me to know?

I am very sleepy. I love my sleep.

My Nominees

Anita’s Journal, Helina’s A Hot Mess, Our Little Red House, Westward We Wander, LemanShots, Gail Loves God, Don Urban Photography,

Photography – A Magical Mystery To Solve

As a kid (and even as an adult) i have always really liked the board game Clue. As dumb as it was, I also really like the old Clue movie, lol. I loved collecting the clues and solving the mystery of “Who killed Professor Plum?” Or figuring out that it was Mrs. White in the conservatory with the candlestick. It was, and continues to be a classic.

It recently occurred to me that maybe that is why I love photography. I mean at the core of my passion is the thrill of mystery and following clues to that great shot that it have to make happen. The best shots aren’t in my living room from the vantage point of my recliner. They are out in the world, just waiting to be discovered.

So how do we do that? How are great shots discovered? I usually start with looking for clues to where these shots may be. Honestly they could be anywhere. I can get a nice shot in my backyard, but that gets dull after a while. One clue is where do tourists visiting in my town like to go see? There are museums, and local attractions all over our rural area. And I recently discovered The Rock Garden in Calhoun, GA.

After about a 45 minute drive from my home, and lots of twists and turns on backroads, I found the rock Garden behind the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

This place was amazing! Not because it was large scale or grand. I found it to be amazing because this place was entirely built by volunteers simply out of the love of creating a beautiful place to visit and for children to play. It’s actually being continually growing.

It took nearly no sleuthing at all to discover one of the most magical places I have ever seen and it was practically in my backyard! I hope this will inspire you to sleuth out your own magical corner of the world.

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3 Costly Mistakes Every Photographer Makes

We have all done it. At some point in our photography career, we have all “invested” in our craft only to feel like we are missing something. We do this to ourselves because we want to be great. The promise of getting there the easy way is very tempting. But it is rarely the best way.

These Three Costly Mistakes Every Photographer Makes At Some Point in Their Careers.

Thinking you need an art school degree to make your photography really great. The truth is, while there is much to learn in a classroom environment, you can get all the information you need to create your dream photography portfolio by studying and tons of practice. I learned more in one year of working in a portrait studio than in the previous four years of studying it. Also, the internet is a wonderful thing. And it’s free!

Seeking the approval of other photographers or anyone else. A few years ago, I joined a photography guild of professional and amateur photographers. I paid my membership dues and eagerly brought in 3 glossy prints of my favorite photos from our recent trip to New Orleans for critique. I was fully prepared to have my work ripped to shreds, but also to learn volumes more than what I could get on my own. While I found the input helpful, much of the advice I received from the other photographers seemed mildly helpful at best. Needless to say, I did not renew. But with no refunds, the money was already wasted.

“Investing” in new gear. I’m not talking about only the expensive stuff. Those lenses, lights, and camera bodies cost about the equivalent of a whole human being. We all know that is a money pit that we should be watching very closely. Let’s not overlook how much we nickel and dime things as well. Last winter, while huddling indoors from the cold, I went on a massive pinterest binge. I found photo after photo with this really amazing tool I had never considered. It was a crystal ball refracting an inverted scene. It is also referred to as a “lensball” among photographers. All of the images were so breathtakingly beautiful, I just had to have one. I even tested out the idea by filling a wine goblet with water. I was so enamored with the whole concept, that when my friend and fellow photographer said he had one and how great it was, I rushed on to and ordered one.

As much as I loved the shot I got with my new lensball, I found I rarely used it. It cost me only $15, but it is delicate (I mean it’s lead crystal!), adds weight to my camera bag when I’m on the go, and I never seems to know where I want to store it for safe keeping. The last time I pulled it out was on the beach in Tybee Island and I didn’t even use it then. There is such a wide variety of subject material, I never felt an interest in using it and wound up leaving it in my bag.

What is the last cheap photography gear you got? What was your experience? Please share!

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