52 Week Challenge

52 Weeks of Susan's Life


Week 25 – #34 Refections

I’m fortunate to have my mother live so close to me. She is 96 years old and still in relatively good health.  As a mother of 9 children she didn’t have much time to pursue her interests but she still managed to dedicate her time to a few of her passions. Her father was a talented self taught musician and he passed on his love of music to her.  My Mom has been playing the piano since she was 10 years old.  Recently while cleaning her room, I discovered some of her original music in excellent condition.  She has such favorites as I love You Samantha by Cole Porter, Satin Doll by Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington and John Mercer, Cheek to Cheek by Irving Berlin,  Clair De Lune by Claude Debussy, Star Dust by Hoagy Carmichael, Deep Purple by Peter De Rose, Tenderly by Jack Lawrence to name a few. I can still remember listening to her practice as I was growing up.  She continues to play the piano daily and now entertains the residents of her assisted living facility.  I set up this photo with the 52 Week Challenge “reflections” in mind.  Not only was I able to reflect her sheets of music in a spoon but I had fun reflecting memories from my childhood listening to her play some of these tunes.



Week 24 – #30 One Shot 3 Shapes

Fusilli, Rigatoni, Spaghetti 3 shapes pastaPasta, Fusilli, spaghetti, rigatoniFusilli, Rigatoni, Spagetti, 3 shapes pasta

The last few week’s cooler temperatures, have encouraged me to explore various types of indoor photography.  I’ve been experimenting with food photography which I find both fun and challenging. The only down side is that it makes me hungry and I want to eat my props!  The fusilli, rigatoni and spaghetti were great props for 3 shapes in one shot.


Week 23- #20 HDR

White Rose HDR, white Rose


I’m not a fan of roses; in fact my husband is under strict instructions not to buy me roses when he is in the mood to buy  flowers.  I’m not sure exactly what my aversion is to roses but there are other flowers that I much prefer.  Several weeks ago, a white rose crept into my house.   Of all the colors of roses, white seems to have the least definition and color range.  I decided to try and take several exposures and create an  HDR image.  I was pleasantly surprised how fusing different exposures brought out the dynamic color range of this flower. I won’t be running out to buy more roses but if one happens to show up in my house, I will take out my camera and try and find some beauty.