Photo Blogging Challenge – ‘Two’

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I’m knocking on the door of too late here, but I think I’ll squeeze in. The prompt for A Li’l HooHaa‘s photo blogging challenge for March is ‘Two’ and it must be done by today, or we’re into April and a new theme.

Now, I knew about this one from the start of March because of having joined in with February’s challenge, so I’ve been keeping an eye open for pictures which fit the bill. We’re supposed to avoid posting pictures from the archives, because the whole idea is to encourage us to go out there and work a little on our photography – and that’s what I’ve done. All of these pictures were taken during this month with this challenge in mind.1

As soon as I saw my son and one of his small daughters on the bouncy bike and sidecar, I thought of the old music hall song ‘Daisy, Daisy’.2 DS No 2 (ha! Another ‘two’) is a Stay At Home Dad, so he has a very strong rapport with the twins. Can you tell?3

Here are both girls together. Yep, two of them – identical twins, who happen to be nearly two years old. Very handy, that.

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I think Son No 2 is really very lucky to have this opportunity to be with his young daughters so much.

So then I started to get into the swing of the challenge and thought about some more unusual ‘twos’. Taken on the same day, here’s a picture of the grandparents… or rather, our shadows on the grass as we watch the young family at play. This one took a little post-processing because it wasn’t shot in black & white. It also needed a random bit of stick taken out and the shadows deepening for better contrast.

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The bright spot in the top right was part of the original composition, though.

The next one was the product of a deliberate trawl through my kitchen to find pairs of things to photograph. Believe it or not, this shot was not set up. The lovely glass oil and vinegar bottles were right there, just as they appear, next to the two jugs on the dresser shelf. I have a bit of a thing about jugs!

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This one was shot using the ‘candlelight’ setting on the camera, then converted to black & white. I also made a new layer of the larger jug and added a filter to bring it out a little more. It’s always hard to balance shadows and highlights on a mix of porcelain and glass, but I liked the way the wood back of the dresser came out. Sharpened up the grain nicely, didn’t it?

Lastly … hmm … which of the others shall I use? Let me see …

How about this one? I just loved these stamps when I found them on a piece of wrapping paper in a pile of papers I was sorting. Loved the colours, the 1940s style, and the crumpled perforations and texture of the paper etc. Best of all, it’s SOC!4

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Thanks to A Li’l HooHaa for hosting this photo challenge. I’m looking forward to finding out what April’s theme will be.

1 See? I can stick to the rules if I have to. Aren’t I good?

2 For you youngsters out there, it goes like this:
‘Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do.
I’m half crazy, all for the love of you!
It won’t be a stylish marriage,
I can’t afford a carriage,
But you’ll look sweet,
Upon the seat,
Of a bicycle made for two!’

3 Naturally, they’re also really, really keen on Mum when she comes into work. Here she is with the other twin. Consider it a bonus: ‘It takes two, baby’!

4 Which means, just in case there’s anyone out there who doesn’t know, that it is Straight Out of the Camera, with no processing whatsoever. Well, apart from cropping.

29 thoughts on “Photo Blogging Challenge – ‘Two’

  1. Amaryllis 31st March 2015 / 2:06 pm

    I like the shadows picture but the stamps is cool too. I used to collect stamps when I was younger.

    • Jay 31st March 2015 / 4:37 pm

      Thanks! I really enjoyed doing this one.

  2. Rob Lenihan 31st March 2015 / 5:15 pm

    My goodness, Jay, the twins are so beautiful! And that’s such a lovely photo of them. The shadow photo is very effective and I love the old stamps, too. Great pictures, great post!

    • Jay 31st March 2015 / 9:05 pm

      Aww, thanks for your kind words, Rob! We think the twins are gorgeous, of course, being grandparents, but it’s always nice when someone else says so. 🙂

  3. Birdie 31st March 2015 / 7:37 pm

    The first picture needs to be framed. I love it!

    • Jay 31st March 2015 / 9:04 pm

      Thanks! It probably will be, Birdie! I sent it to him, as well, so it’ll perhaps end up on his fridge.

  4. Peej 31st March 2015 / 8:52 pm

    Great shots! First and fourth are my picks for favorite. Nice job capturing his daughter staring up at her father, and good on him for being fun enough to play on the kids’ toy like that! The fourth pic is cool because of the good use of B&W and the nice contrast. Well done!

    • Jay 31st March 2015 / 9:03 pm

      Thanks, Peej! It was pure luck getting that shot, though I do tend to take multiple photos in that situation because you can’t be sure to get a great shot first time, can you? Kids move so fast. And yes, he is a fun Dad – he really enjoys playing with his kids, everyday.

      Thanks also for your nice words about the jug picture. I really like the way it turned out, and it’s nice that someone else likes it too.

  5. Denise - Out and About with the GeoKs 31st March 2015 / 9:08 pm

    Jay, I really enjoyed reading through your post and wanted to mention how much I appreciate your comments about how you set-up certain photographs and some of the processing you used. If more of us do this, hopefully we can pick up some tips and tricks by taking part in this challenge.

    As soon as I read “Daisy, Daisy” I got an earworm! I’ll have to turn on the radio to make it go away, I think.

    Wonderful mix of people & objects, colour and B&W, real and more abstract this month. So glad you took the time to take part and to share your photos.

    • Jay 31st March 2015 / 9:48 pm

      How very kind you are, Denise, thank you! Sorry about the earworm.

      You’re right, if we share a little of how we do things, it may help someone else to understand how to get an effect that they like. It’s one of the good things about photo challenges. I’ve never been shy of asking how someone did something, and people are usually very happy to explain.

  6. Carol 31st March 2015 / 10:17 pm

    Nice choices all, but my favorite is dad and daughter. Love candid casual photos.

    • Jay 31st March 2015 / 11:06 pm

      Me too – they’re always the best, aren’t they? Sometimes difficult to get a good one, though.

  7. Katherine 1st April 2015 / 2:54 am

    I could hardly take my eyes off the first picture. It is amazing. You need to frame that and give it to him for Christmas! SO WONDERFUL… the way they are looking at each other. Love that.

    All of these are so good. I think my second favorite is the shadow photo. LOVE that.

    • Jay 1st April 2015 / 3:03 pm

      Thanks, Katherine! I’ve sent it to him already – and I have to keep going back to have another look, myself. They make such a cute pair, don’t they?

  8. Valerie Daggatt 1st April 2015 / 10:46 am

    The photograph of dad and daughter is a delight. You captured it at just the right moment when they were looking at each other. The other picture I liked was the two jugs… I too have a thing about jugs. Love ’em!

    • Jay 1st April 2015 / 3:05 pm

      Thank you, Valerie! I think Dad and daughter is going to be one of my all-time favourites of that family. Lucky, lucky shot!

      You love jugs, too? I don’t know what it is about them, unless it’s just that they are such a big part of our history and such a perfect solution to a common household problem. They can be so beautiful, too!

  9. Cheryle 1st April 2015 / 8:27 pm

    Nice shots. You captured the light in the pitchers photo beautifully. Kindest regards Cheryle

    • Jay 1st April 2015 / 9:36 pm

      Thank you, Cheryle! I don’t think it’s perfect, but I’m happy with the way it turned out!

  10. Paul 1st April 2015 / 9:47 pm

    Love that last shot. Always very cool to see old stuff like that.

    • Jay 1st April 2015 / 11:00 pm

      Thanks! I don’t even know if they’re genuinely old or if it’s just the design, but I really liked them.

  11. lisa 2nd April 2015 / 4:25 pm

    Great set of pairs! I absolutely love the first one and think it probably should count for TWO! And I agree with Katherine that it should be printed and framed. Love the lighting on the oil and vinegar bottles too!

    • Jay 2nd April 2015 / 8:11 pm

      Thank you, Lisa! I love that first one, too!

  12. jeannine 4th April 2015 / 5:28 pm

    I can’t believe they’re almost TWO!!! But, I guess, since my g-nieces are 2 & 1/2, it makes sense…

    Great shots!

    • Jay 12th April 2015 / 5:33 pm

      I know! I keep thinking of how tiny they were when they were born and now they’re getting taller every time I see them!

  13. liz 5th April 2015 / 6:22 pm

    Dad and daughter – just perfect!

    • Jay 12th April 2015 / 5:34 pm

      Thanks, Liz! I like that shot very much. Might have to frame it. 🙂

  14. Secret_Agent_Woman 6th April 2015 / 5:12 pm

    Great set of photos for the challenge. I especially like the first one – very sweet!

    • Jay 12th April 2015 / 5:34 pm

      Thanks! I was so happy to have got that one, especially for the challenge this month.

  15. Mike D 7th May 2015 / 7:01 pm

    Great take on the theme. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to seeing more from you.

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