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Somewhere Over the Rainbow Tower

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My entry in the Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Grid.”

On our trip to Oahu, we stayed in the Rainbow Tower at the famous Hilton Hawaiian Village on Waikiki Beach. In 1968, the Rainbow Tower opened with what is called “the world’s largest ceramic tile mosaic”. There are more than 16,000 tiles form rainbows 286 feet tall by 26 feet wide, on either end of the tower.

It is absolutely gorgeous.

Crystal Artistry


The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Intricate.”

Last summer while touring through Ireland, we stopped at the Waterford Crystal showroom.  A great place to pick up a special gift, but also an incredible display of their own artistry in crystal. This was a section of a bodhrán drum with celtic designs.

Below are some other examples of their intricate workmanship.

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Along the High Line


Photo Friday Theme – Building

The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: “Wall.”

This beautiful wall was captured walking on the High line while our friends were in town. The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long New York City linear park built in Manhattan on an elevated section of a disused New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line.

I loved seeing the City from an elevated perspective and was impressed with the art and gardens. It felt like a little oasis from the business below. We ended at Chelsea Market which we really enjoyed shopping at the spice and tea markets.

For a great article and photos on the High Line, go to:

A Point of View


The Daily Post Photo Theme – Scale

This photo was taken after an overnight flight to Dublin, Ireland. We dropped off our bags at the hotel and headed right to Trinity  College to see The Book of Kells. While waiting for it the exhibit to open, I was taking photos around the campus and this sculpture caught my attention. I took the shot from below and it varied the scale, making the art appear much larger in relationship to the buildings around it.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Scale.”

Artistic Expression

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Express Yourself.”art table dark intensity filter

I chose this photo for this week’s post for two reasons. The first being a table filled with brushes, paints and canvas are a way I love to express myself through painting. The second reason is how much fun I have manipulating my photos through photoshop or fun apps.

Below is my original photo.

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Blooming Art

Making art from an iPhone.

I have been having fun photographing the blooming trees this spring and have fallen in love with dogwood blooms. Exploring different effects from apps like Photoshop Express and My Sketch are a great way to play with photos on your phone or iPad. They are easy to use, inspire creativity with your shots, and a fun distraction while you are waiting in the car or taking a flight.

I took the photo below with my iPhone in the backyard and then used instagram effects and cropping.The effect at the bottom was cropped and then used watercolor filter from My Sketch.

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Creative Outlet

Dusk at Sugarloaf

by Kim O’Neill

Today I am finally starting the first chapter of a self-guided photo class from In the past,  I have taken a Photoshop class online with deadlines and that worked wonderfully for me, but self guided doesn’t work well with my procrastinating personality. Luckily I am doing this class with my friend Diane who is already on Chapter 4, and this motivated me to work together!

My ultimate goal with taking classes is to become a stronger photographer so that I may bring my photos to a professional level. My main interests with photography are travel, landscapes, portraits, and animals.

1. Our first lesson was to make a visual file or notebook –  jotting down ideas on what to shoot, and how to shoot different subjects.

2.Make an extended project of our chosen subject varying the composition and lighting.

Great tips from Chapter 1

  • To improve our photography, we are to look for good light, trying different angles, lens and times of day,
  • Sharper results: sports mode or shutter priority with Shutter speed at least 1/250
  • Frequent repetition, change ISO or manually adjusting my aperture
  • Go closer. Edit out the busy around your object.
  • Slow down, take more options
“In the pursuit of taking better photos…  exploring and discovery for yourself as a photographer.”