SparkPeople Photobugs Snapping Away The Pounds Team Messageboard If you LOVE photography and enjoy a laid back, easy going group then this is the place for you. We are here to share pics, tips, techniques and the joy we get out of taking pictures! SparkPeople Photobugs Snapping Away The Pounds Team Messageboard Hello everyone Hi all! I'm new to the site and to photography. I'm so glad to have found team like this. I'm 23 years old, a college student from Croatia. Any advice or criticism on my photos is very welcomed. I hope to meet new people and have a great time. Thank you all in advance and please forgive me my English :D Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:54:59 EST May flowers <img src="">I know we all have tons of flower pictures. Let's share them here! <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 May 2017 12:29:26 EST Greetings Just joined the group and wanted to say hello. I live in southwestern Oregon and have been endulging a growing interest in photography since my recent retirement. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:11:30 EST Spring is Here!!!! Share photos with us through out the Spring of what is blooming in your neighborhood!! <BR> <BR> Do you have Tulip Festivals or other Spring Festivals?? <BR> Show us those too!!!! Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:19:05 EST Intro Hi! I'm Kathy and I'm new to this team, but not to SP. I am an amateur photographer who has lapsed in her practice. I would like to get back to taking pictures on a regular basis and hope to gain some inspiration from this group. I look forward to learning from you and sharing photos, as well. <BR> <BR> Other stuff about me: <BR> <BR> I'm retired, married, have 1 son, a bunch of dogs, and a crazy cat. Other hobbies include reading, knitting, and playing the piano. <BR> <BR> I look forward ... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 15:41:37 EST Spring is Coming!! Share photos of what makes you realize that Spring will be upon us before too much longer!! Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:16:31 EST So excited to be here...Hello my name is Susan !!! I am new here,kind of...It my third try,but you know what they say...third times a charm !!! <em>521</em> <BR> I love photography <em>30</em> and have been taking pics since I was 9 years old.I look forward to sharing some of mine with you all,and seeing yours as well !!! <BR> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:11:45 EST Nice to Meet You I am an avid photographer and writer. My day job is administrative assistant, it supports what I want to do. I need to lose about 20 pounds for work and my own comfort. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Shoot me and my girls did this fall. Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:00:10 EST January - Share photos of your sky!! Please share with us photos you have taken this month of the clouds, colors, etc in the sky in your part of the world!! <BR> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:23:39 EST Co-Leader I am looking for a co-leader for this team. Anyone interested? <em>303</em> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 12:17:03 EST Your neighborhood We went on a fun adventure with our photo club shooting our own town. I highly recommend trying this in your own neighborhood. Sun, 10 Apr 2016 12:39:05 EST Favorite Subjects What do you really love shooting? I am having fun with tabletop and landscape. Animals are fun but hard. Mostly I just love being out there. Sun, 13 Mar 2016 12:10:09 EST Hi! Just wanted to say hi - I've been on SP before but need to give it another go since I have regained weight and my blood pressure is rising. Today it was where it should be, so that is great! <BR> <BR> I don't find enough time for my interests but I love playing with my Canon DSLR camera so I thought I'd give this forum a try :) Sun, 1 Nov 2015 10:13:37 EST Camera/Photo clubs I belong to the Oregon Coast Photographers Assn., Inc. A fancy name for our camera club. Do you belong to an organized club or group? Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:59:54 EST Favorite Season I don't know which is my favorite, Spring is certainly a welcome season after a pretty uneventful winter. Loving the new flowers and all the happy birds. Sun, 5 Apr 2015 12:13:03 EST Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! How was everyone's Christmas? Mine was alright! Here's a few pictures from my weekly visit to the Noxubee Refuge - this was on Christmas Eve <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 30 Dec 2014 12:23:44 EST Are you taking lots of holiday photos? I took a few of the grandkids decorating the tree, but not much else because it's been raining for the past week or two. Sun, 21 Dec 2014 10:19:29 EST Saying Hello I have been a lurking member of the group for about a week now and thought I would take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Sue, I have been married for 17 years to a wonderful man. We are the "parents" to 2 adorable Yorkies and one crazy cat. None of the 2-legged variety due to health issues. Originally from everywhere, I currently live in nowhere Montana. (or at least it feels that way). We are in the North Central part of the state, about 20 miles form the Canadian border and 50 miles... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:03:40 EST Hi from a small town Hi Everyone - <BR> I am thinking that it is time that I say hello and introduce myself a bit. I am back on SparkPeople but not new to SparkPeople. I have been here two other times, first time I was here about 2 years and then the second time after about a 6 month break I reach 3 years on Spark. I had left as I was focusing and obsessing about weight loss. Which for me meant that if I wasn't doing everything such as walking, exercise and food tracking to the point of weight and measuring every... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:51:56 EST I Spy Photo Game Let's do a "I Spy Photo Game" I will post the first picture and then I will "I Spy" what I would like to see someone else post next! My first picture is: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>72157646541224376/ </link> <BR> <BR> I spy a SUNRISE Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:22:54 EST Hello everyone I'm a newbie on this name is Debbie and I live near Cleveland Ohio. Married, no kids, just a little Beagle/Fox Terrier Dog we call Sprite. Sprite is like my child and is spoiled rotten. I love taking pictures and I carry a camera with me everywhere I go JUST IN CASE a picture moment is in front of me. My username comes from me having a Pacemaker.......I've got the same old heart with a brand new beat! Looking forward to sharing some pictures with you guys!! <BR> <BR> <... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:43:56 EST editing question, for people who use DPP and GIMP I usually take the photos and my husband does retouch. I am trying to do editing myself right now. ALL of my raw files from the Outer Banks of North Carolina are in DPP where I crop and adjust the brightness and tone, NOW, I want to do finer editing in GIMP, but I can't seem to open my files in the application. Does anyone have a link? Some advice? Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:51:00 EST Hey everybody Hey , my name is Leah, I live in AL and am an art major at a university here. I'm 51 and found out just this morning that I weigh 192 lbs and I'm only 5 feet tall. I've been around SP for quite a while off and on. There indeed was a time when the program worked for me , but, that was when I was working the SP program. So here I am back, motivated and ready to do it right. I love taking photographs, I've had a camera in hand since I was 5 years old. I look forward to getting to know you a... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 15:45:19 EST Hello I am new today. I am a retired military wife. I went to school to study darkroom photography over 20 years ago. I have a 19 year old...well soon to be 19 in a month. I am in nursing school right now and have 4 months left. I have over 100 lbs to lose..I have lost some but it has been hard with all the stress and how busy I am. My stress started Aug 2012 and it hasn't stopped...hopefully when I get out of school all will be good. I put the nursing school stress on myself though :D <BR> <BR... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:08:01 EST Refurbished Leica film camera I saw one in a consignment shop and Fathers Day is JUST AROUND THE CORNER. We are BOTH hugely into photography these past few years and have been almost exclusively digital. <BR> <BR> I've worked with film cameras (not developing, though) in college and grad school as a hobby, and my husband has mentioned that he might want to dabble a little. This camera is from the 60's or 70's (I think) so I may be able to haggle the price a bit. If you were me, would you, or would you pooh pooh it, thin... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:20:01 EST Anybody use 500PX? My husband wants me to get used to using photo sharing sites like these, but I find that there's a lot of vote swapping and there can be quite a bit of insult trading (if you happen to friend any of my compatriots). Are there any better platforms out there recommended for photo sharing? Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:12:19 EST Facebook Do you post any images to Facebook? Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:52:34 EST Camera or Photo Club? I've been active with a camera club, Oregon Coast Photographers Assn., Inc., for a bout 20 years. It is a fun group of people and we often go on shoots together. Our meetings are focused on discussions of photography and in-club competitions. We help each other with growing are skills and basically have fun. <BR> <BR> Do you belong to a photo group or club? Tue, 4 Feb 2014 14:39:22 EST What do you see in the mirror? <link><BR>-you-see-in-the-mirror/ </link> <BR> <BR> When you look in the mirror what do you see? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What’s typically the first thought that comes to mind when you glance at your reflection? Would you say it’s a positive thought, a neutral response, or maybe a little negative grumble? <BR> <BR> As you glance at your face, do you notice your greatest features – your bright eyes, your friendly smile, your healthy soft hair? Or, do you... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 09:37:24 EST motivator board pics I have been away for a while. (I hate counting calories and have been avoiding Sparkpeople like the plague.) I just discovered the new motivator board. Have any of you uploaded a good picture for your personal board? If so, please share it. I would love some motivational picture ideas. I am thinking about taking a picture of a tree since I want to climb a tree this summer. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 14:04:22 EST Fall is here, are you ready for it? Do you love fall? <BR> Do you love the colors of it, smells of it, sounds of it... <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>431</em> <em>426</em> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 11:19:16 EST Pink Hey everyone its October you know what that means right?? <BR> <BR> Its PINK month <BR> <BR> Breast cancer awareness month.... <BR> <BR> Are you wearing your pink daily? <BR> <BR> Are you aware? <BR> <BR> Every 2 minutes, there is a new breast cancer diagnosis. <BR> <BR> Every 14 minutes, a life is lost to the disease. <BR> <BR> Over 40,000 people will die this year; about 400 of them will be men. <BR> <BR> 85% of all diagnoses have no family history. <BR> <BR> 1 in 8 women will be d... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 11:08:24 EST Photobug Chatter Lets all get together and chit chat....Lets get this team photobuggin again... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 11:17:30 EST Can you believe its... Can you believe its September? <BR> Can you believe its fall? (basically) <BR> Wow where has the time gone? <BR> <BR> It is crazy what all can happen in a year or two, or even a day or two. Life is a roller coaster ride and sometimes you just have to close your eyes, hang on, and enjoy the ride. <BR> <BR> Are you enjoying the ride? Thu, 19 Sep 2013 13:18:59 EST If I could If I could eat anything I wanted and lose weight what would I eat_______________________? Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:00:27 EST Change JUST 1 letter to form a new word FAITH Thu, 12 Sep 2013 10:59:09 EST A-Z Artists A=adele Thu, 12 Sep 2013 10:58:11 EST A-Z Foods A=asparagus Thu, 12 Sep 2013 10:56:20 EST What are your weekend plans? What are you doing this weekend? Thu, 12 Sep 2013 10:54:45 EST Hey everyone Hope everyone is doing well. Sorry I haven't stopped in and said hello how are you. <BR> <BR> Hello... <BR> How are you?.... <BR> Are you succeeding?... <BR> Are you happy?... <BR> Are you struggling?.... <BR> Are you trying?... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 09:02:11 EST Starting to lose again I am just a little tiny bit away from Onederland. I lost a little more yesterday so hopefully this is a trend. Mon, 2 Sep 2013 11:34:25 EST I wish you... I wish you happiness and success. <BR> I wish you the ability to stay strong. <BR> I wish you the knowledge to know things. <BR> I wish you the best Labor day weekend ever. I truly hope your weekend is absolutely amazing. Enjoy your EVERYDAY! Fri, 30 Aug 2013 08:39:25 EST Q/A What are the most recent photos you have taken of? <BR> What do you see out your front window? <BR> What do you see out your back window? <BR> What is your favorite color(s)? <BR> What is your favorite flower(s)? <BR> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 10:46:05 EST So what are your true goals Hello everyone my name is Stephanie. I am happily married to my bestfriend and soulmate. We have 1 beautiful daughter. They are my life. I lost my mom and biological dad in 2012 100 days apart. I like to read, write, zentangle, people watch, photography, scrapbook, and be outside when its not too hot. I like to star gaze also. <BR> My goals are to lose some weight. I would like to lose 40 pounds, I would like to quit drinking soft drinks (again, I did it for 162 days earlier this year), I wa... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 10:13:36 EST For you For all of you: <BR> When you feel like you are getting nothing accompolished look around you and see what all you have truly accompolished. <em>345</em> <BR> When you feel down, SMILE, think of a joke and LAUGH, do something for you. <em>334</em> <BR> When you feel like you are so busy that life is passing you by, remember to stop and smell the roses, <em>214</em> look at the clouds in the sky, <em>27</em> enjoy nature and all its beauty. <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> I hope... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 19:16:48 EST You are Beautiful ...repost from a different team How many times have you looked in the mirror focusing on how your body looks or your face looks or your hair? Surprise, you are NOT your body, your face of your hair. No, you are not your job title, or someone of less importance because of your salary amount. <BR> <BR> What you are is a creation made by God Himself. There is no one else like you. That makes you irreplaceable. So why do we believe what the magazines, fashion designers, advertisements and TV tell us? We get caught up in the, ... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 19:11:41 EST Do you Do you hide from the camera? Do you shudder away from being in one? Do you say oh no here let me take that picture for you? Well if you do READ THIS <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ing-too-fat-to-be-photographed/ </link> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 19:01:09 EST Photobug Chat Hello everyone <em>213</em> How are you all doing? Hope everyone is well. How are you keeping busy? How are you doing on your success/journey? <em>38</em> <BR> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 18:54:25 EST Help Wanted Does anyone want to lead or co-lead this team? I have found with school, work and so much going on with my photography I've been very lax at the leadership!!! I hate to see this team fail but I really really need help! <BR> <BR> Main duties: post at least weekly and keep up to date with team members. <em>306</em> <em>303</em> <em>303</em> <em>303</em> <em>245</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 4 Aug 2013 12:23:28 EST Hello from Illinois Hello all. I have always been interested in photography but never put any effort into it....much like my healthy lifestyle..... <BR> <BR> I am going to get out "there" and start taking some photos, I guess that is the first step. <BR> <BR> Not much else to say at this time. <BR> <BR> Matt <BR> Tue, 28 May 2013 11:00:16 EST Hey Y'all! Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Kris :) II adore taking photos especially of Nature's Beauty. I don't have a fancy camera but I can still capture some amazing shots ;) I'm ready to take back my life and make it a healthy one! I look forward to meeting some new friends who share my love of photography! Mon, 22 Apr 2013 22:51:29 EST Building a Better Me Hi, all you wonderful Sparkpeeps! My name is Anna and although I am on a new "journey", I'm not entirely new to Sparkpeople. I have learned that each time I stray from this wonderful site, I stop holding myself accountable and the weight come back on. Actually, I have tried many other sites/programs and have not stuck to it or seen results like I have with Sparkpeople. I live in the wonderful state of CO and want to lose about 15 lbs. I love the outdoors, hiking, biking, running, photogr... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:02:34 EST March challenge Thanks for participating in the last challenge. Now for the new one. Take a picture that makes you think of new life/new beginnings. I am choosing a topic that I think will be open to spring pictures and Easter pictures. If you are seeing snow and no life in your area like me, then take a picture of a new baby, a wedding or something else that makes you think of new beginnings or new life. <BR> <BR> Don't forget to have fun, everyone! Fri, 8 Mar 2013 21:06:30 EST Hello I'm new to this forum. Not new to Spark People. Been a member of Spark People for almost 2 years and my weight remained the same. I know it's because I didn't put out the effort. Anyway I picked up a hobby that I really love. Being low on cash I'm at the moment relying on the camera in my iPhone 4S. I'm even taking online classes for my iPhone. Since I"m still new to photography I'll stick with the iPhone til I know more of what I'm doing, although I wish I could afford some of the cameras I ... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 09:58:49 EST Hello! Hi Everybody! I'm Tara. This is my fourth time on Sparkpeople and i'm just 4 lbs. shy of having lost 100 lbs. since 2006. I'm really hoping this time I can keep my internet more than two months after making this account. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 18:21:38 EST February challenge Valentine's is in the month of February. So let's try to find pictures that represent love to us. This can be of loved ones, people who are in love, whatever makes you think of love. Sun, 27 Jan 2013 14:09:06 EST is there any 2013 challenges <em>38</em> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 17:35:25 EST Who are you? <em>38</em> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 17:11:52 EST hi hi all im new here Thu, 10 Jan 2013 22:47:59 EST Resolutions do you make New Year resolutions? If so what have you resolved. If not why not? Fri, 4 Jan 2013 12:58:11 EST Hi All My name is Nixxi. I went to school for graphic design which led to a passion for photography. Nothing really formal, though I have done a few formal sets. Mostly it's just everyday stuff I capture with my phone. I don't even have a SLR anymore. Just a little point and shoot or my iphone. Still, I love to capture moments. I'm a firm believer that even if the memory fades, pictures can last forever. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 09:19:08 EST new to this team I was on spark people a long while back, I got side tracked for a while but then came back. I'm doing ok but looking for more support in the way of teams and friends. I LOVE photography! I have seen this team on several peoples pages and decided to check it out. <BR> I want to find a way to have photography and weight loss go hand in hand. It does help me to get out and walk, but I walk a lot slower with camera in hand lol. <BR> Sat, 3 Nov 2012 07:24:50 EST HI! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Leslie...I am a photographer from a little town in North West Ohio. I focus my photographic energy on portraits and weddings (or other special occasions) however I also enjoy nature photography as well as a little fine art stuff sprinkled in to keep me grounded. <BR> <BR> I am married to my best friend and we have two teenage daughters who defiantly keep us on our toes. I have always been the "big" girl...and to be honest...I've tried it ALL! So I figure ... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 19:35:16 EST June challenge Flowers of all sizes and shapes are here! Lets post our best flower shots along with other amazing pics we take. Sat, 2 Jun 2012 11:55:35 EST Happy to Meet Everyone! Hello, Team! <BR> <BR> My name's Kathy and I live in PA, near Philadelphia, but not in the city. I have been here before, but after having tremendous success, I left SP and fell off the old SparkWagon. HARD! <BR> <BR> I'm now almost back to where I started a couple of years ago and pretty mad at myself for letting this happen. Now I'm back and ready to rock again! This is my first full day back and so far, so good. <BR> <BR> Some mind-numbing info about me: I'm married with an adult son ... Thu, 31 May 2012 21:02:04 EST Theft One of the guys in my camera club was surprised by a visit from a thief last Monday. All of his camera gear, jewelry, laptop and other things were stolen including his extra truck key. You guessed it. Today his truck was stolen! He is an Army Vet of 2 tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, a great dad and a great husband. He works hard and did not deserve this! I am really upset that some low life would do this. Just venting..... Thu, 31 May 2012 13:56:05 EST Photoshop frustration I think I am full up on my learning curve with Photoshop. My DH hates it and I am beginning to agree. My images just aren't turning out right and I spend way too much time on the computer. Oh well, guess I'll just go back to film :-) Wed, 9 May 2012 13:04:41 EST Lexiphiles <BR> I thought this was so clever! Maybe we can come up with some new ones. <BR> <BR> Lexiphiles (i.e., "lovers of words" you know . . . . like . . .. you can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish . . . or, I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger . . . .. then it hit me . . . .etc.). Wed, 4 Apr 2012 13:33:12 EST April Challenge April Showers and Spring Flowers. Yes, any flower or shower activity will do! Let's see your images of those beautiful flowers. Sun, 1 Apr 2012 11:57:00 EST Let's talk I thought I'd start a new thread to encourage folks to stop by and say hello. Seems many of us have gotten busy and haven't shared our photography much lately. <BR> <BR> Today is the last day of our show at the mall. All and all it was a good show though smaller than past shows. DH sold one image so he is happy. Sun, 1 Apr 2012 11:55:24 EST I like this quote "All things come round to him who will but wait." (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) Tue, 13 Mar 2012 11:54:38 EST March - my back yard Yes, let's post a picture of our own back yard. I'm starting it off with one of the snowstorm we ad today. Shot from my own window! Tue, 6 Mar 2012 13:03:01 EST New 2012 Challenges It is time to go back to our monthly challenges! I'll post a new one today. You can show off your theme shots either on the team page photos, your SparkPage or on your website or flcker site. Let's show off our amazing world. Tue, 6 Mar 2012 13:01:56 EST Photo based art - my new passion It is not a straight photo nor is it a painting but a combination of different techniques I've been calling photo based art. Using HDR, different sky shots and street scenes without the telephone polls I have finished my first rendition of Cripple Creek Colorado. (I'll post it soon) <BR> <BR> This is a very intense labor of love but well worth the effort. I'm finding I can lose myself in the work and forget all about food and problems while I'm at it. <BR> <BR> Do any of you indulge? Mon, 5 Mar 2012 12:28:20 EST Do you drink 8 glasses of water a day One of the habits I've developed is drinking lots of water every day! How about you? Sun, 4 Mar 2012 12:31:41 EST Eagles Taking a mini vacation to Klamath Falls and see the eagles. It is really cold about 21 degrees and we have had snow showers and wind but... the eagle sitings have been awesome and so has the photography. I don't think I got any really great eagle pics but I know I got some cool landscape shots. We got up with the moon and left the place when the sun left so it has been a long and happy day. Sun, 19 Feb 2012 00:03:18 EST Good Advice I read an article that says we must first love our bodies before undertaking change. This has really given me something to think about. Any thoughts? I know myself I have been hating my body since I was probably a young child. Now I am so happy it keeps going even though I abuse it. lol Mon, 30 Jan 2012 12:14:10 EST Privacy settings Hey team! For those of you who have your privacy settings set to friends only I would love to have you friend me so I can give you team goodies etc. I do understand the desire to keep information private so it is up to you! Glad you are on our team either way. Carol Sun, 29 Jan 2012 12:02:08 EST New Challenge Your Best Shot OK we have a new challenge Thanks for the suggestion Joysgarden! <BR> <BR> Post your best or favorite shot(s) from 2011. Either post on this team, your sparkpage or flickr link! thanks everyone Mon, 23 Jan 2012 13:53:28 EST What kind of camera do you use? I have been using Pentax SLR's since the early days. I like that going digital didn't mean ditching all of my lenses. How about you what do you use? Cell phones to top end SLR's make great images. Fri, 20 Jan 2012 13:27:01 EST What's up with your weather Have any of you been taking pictures of the storms in your area? I think today I'll go see what is happening but safely of course. Fri, 20 Jan 2012 13:23:04 EST Photography and weight loss How does your photography help your healthy life style? I know for me it is always a good reason to get outside and enjoy walking around and checking out nature. <BR> <BR> How about you? Sun, 8 Jan 2012 12:59:11 EST Free Photo Shop Lessons If you haven't check out it is well worth the look see. yesterday I found a class on Photoshop Elements and even though I am no novice I am finding it very useful as I navigate through the lessons. It is free but it does ask you to be accountable. I like that! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l/bllps5out.htm </link> Thu, 5 Jan 2012 14:08:47 EST News Year's How will you (or did you) spend New Year's Eve and New Year's day? Sat, 31 Dec 2011 16:43:47 EST January 2012 Challenge The word this month is new! Yes shoot and post anything that looks new. A baby, kitty, puppy, car whatever! Have fun with it. I will look forward to all the creative posts. Sat, 31 Dec 2011 16:35:11 EST Where do you go for Christmas? We usually stay home during the holidays but I know lots of folks travel. Do you travel or stay home? Wed, 14 Dec 2011 13:02:22 EST What did you take a picture of today? I'm on a new quest to take an image a day! Yesterday I took pictures of my quilts but accidentally erased them. Now I need to retake those and some ice pictures. <BR> <BR> How about you? Did you take a picture today? What was the subject? Mon, 12 Dec 2011 12:22:46 EST Friendship Quote “Even though we've changed and we're all finding our own place in the world, we all know that when the tears fall or the smile spreads across our face, we'll come to each other because no matter where this crazy world takes us, nothing will ever change so much to the point where we're not all still friends.” Sun, 11 Dec 2011 14:21:05 EST Shore Acres I've added a picture of Shore Acres State Park which is one of the most beautiful places to visit during the holidays. This image is slightly zoomed to exaggerate the lights and add more color. <BR> <BR> Fri, 9 Dec 2011 12:26:26 EST Do you celebrate Christmas? Our traditions are pretty much tree, food, gifts, and family centered. I'm curious if there is one tradition that stands out for you? If you don't celebrate Christmas do you have a different tradition? I love the way we are all so different and yet we can enjoy and share our space. Together but different. Thu, 8 Dec 2011 13:21:21 EST NEED IDEAS What would you all like to see for this team? More pictures? More games? More help with your weight loss? Let me know and let's get this team going again. Thanks all - Carol Thu, 8 Dec 2011 13:17:44 EST Are you in a camera club? DH and I have been members of a camera club for many years. We've served on the board and led workshops and shoot outs. Is anyone else in a camera club? If so what is your experience? <BR> <BR> Ours has been very positive. We have made life long friends and learned so much from other photographers. I really love it. Here is our web address. <link> </link> Mon, 5 Dec 2011 13:29:51 EST Drum Roll Please Please introduce yourself to the rest of the team either by adding a topic here or replying to this one. We would love to get to know you! <em>235</em> <em>345</em> <em>252</em> Mon, 5 Dec 2011 13:25:46 EST December Challenge Let's end the year with posting images of December as we know it. This can be winter landscapes, lights, smiling faces, or anything else your imagination thinks up! <BR> <BR> Should be a fun one. <BR> <BR> Carol Mon, 5 Dec 2011 13:22:12 EST Team chat <em>213</em> Please use this thread to check in with the rest of the team. I'm hoping to see lots of posts here! Carol Mon, 5 Dec 2011 13:19:48 EST Are you the Photographer at Family Gatherings? I seem to be the one at parties and gatherings who takes the pictures each year. How about you? Sat, 26 Nov 2011 12:51:36 EST I am thankful for... All of my friends and family INCLUDING YOU dear friends. Although separated by miles I find your friendship helps me through many a day. Hugs Thu, 24 Nov 2011 12:07:12 EST Holiday pictures Last year DH and I were blessed with a snow storm about this time of year. It didn't last long but he was home between bus runs so he took pictures of our house and garden! He got a couple of adorable pictures of our ceramic pig, a pathetic looking guy covered in snow, and a nice shot of our cozy white house covered with snow flurries. We will be using these for our Christmas cards this year. Thu, 17 Nov 2011 12:39:37 EST Thanksgiving challenge: Take a picture of something that you are thankful for. A family member, a pet, cherished item. You might could take a picture represents a less photographic items such as love, God, hope, freedom... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 22:13:40 EST Does anyone still use film cameras? I was raised using 35 mm slr film cameras. My favorite, an old Nikon FA, is on it's last legs and I'm thinking of replacing it with either a Nikon F6 or a Canon 1v. Eventually I'll have to switch to digital completely but not yet because I love every aspect of film. So, I was wondering how many of you still use any kind of film camera (not just 35mm)? Sat, 15 Oct 2011 08:31:40 EST Favorite Photographer(s) Who is your favorite photographer? Are there photographers out there that inspire you? If so post them here and add their link if you know it. <BR> <BR> For instance Dewitt Jones is a photographer with a wonderful message. he has a weekly motivational email I look forward to and I own 2 of his videos! <BR> <BR> This week was about breaking patterns! <BR> <BR> Our patterns, too long unquestioned, become our prisons. <BR> Break the pattern! <BR> And see the scene before you with new e... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 13:04:52 EST Photo Challenge - Fall and Halloween pictures It's that wonderful time of the year - Fall! While you're enjoying the changing of the seasons, snap a few pictures and let us see how fall looks in your area! And if you see some cool Halloween decorations, post them, too! Mon, 10 Oct 2011 08:41:42 EST New Leaders Hi folks! Cheri and I are happy to introduce our two new Photobugs Leaders! <BR> <BR> Tracy180 Tracy has been a Sparker since 1/13/2011 and is well on her way to meeting her goals. Hailing from Wisconsin Tracy is a welcome addition to our Leadership Team. <BR> <BR> IFatFirst77, Bonnie, is no stranger to Spark returning in April 2011 and already doing an excellent job on her goals. She is a professional photographer and is passionate about creating images. <BR> <BR> Stop by and say hi... Sat, 24 Sep 2011 13:45:47 EST Photo Challenge - favorite pictures This challenge is not to take a new picture, but to go back through your pictures and show us some of your absolute favorite pictures out of all the ones you've taken. I know this will be tough for many of us - it's hard to narrow it down to just a few! I know we all have several favorites - post a different one every day! Mon, 5 Sep 2011 10:19:42 EST Shout Out Here is a big shout out to Bigguy41 top Spark Points on this team for the week and to Eschudel most fitness points. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Sat, 3 Sep 2011 23:57:28 EST Best Photo Tip The best way to get the best photograph has nothing to do with equipment or technique! So are you ready for this? <BR> <BR> F8 and be there. In orther words have your camera ready and keep taking those pictures. <BR> <BR> <em>201</em> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 17:06:03 EST Things I see through a window Here's a new word game - list something you've seen out a window - house, business, car - any window! <BR> <BR> hummingbirds Wed, 10 Aug 2011 09:07:13 EST Photo Challenge: Through a window Here's one we can all do easily! Take a picture of something you see out a window. It can be the view from one of the windows in your house or some other building you are in - any window counts! Be creative! Look out the window - what do you want to show us? Wed, 10 Aug 2011 09:01:29 EST Photo Challenge - Geometric Shapes New Challenge! See how many pictures you can take of things with a geometric shape to them - circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, polygons, etc. Put your thinking caps on and keep an eye out - you never know when you might see one! Sun, 24 Jul 2011 11:13:14 EST Cities you have walked down the street in. . . Name one city per post where you have walked down a street. Not driven through at 70 miles per hour, but actually walked down a street. Your area, a vacation place, a business destination - let's see where we've been! <BR> <BR> I'll start with a place where we walked a lot - Las Vegas! Sat, 9 Jul 2011 16:39:50 EST Photo Challenge - Streets, roads, paths, trails New challenge! Post a picture of a cool-looking or intestesting street or road, or a neat trail or path you find at a park. How about a picture of your favorite walking route? This should give us a chance to see lots of different areas! Sat, 9 Jul 2011 16:34:42 EST Words relating to Water or Liquids To go along with our new Photo Challenge on 'Water', let's start a word game and see how many words we can come up with that have some connection to water or a liquid! <BR> <BR> I'll start it with River! Tue, 21 Jun 2011 11:17:01 EST Photo Challenge - Water Well, we've finished the alphabet, so it's time for a new subject! Since we're in the middle of a minor drought in Alabama, I thought 'Water' might be a nice topic! Let's see how many pictures of water we can find - oceans, lakes, rivers, fountains, waterfalls - I may even try to get a good one of my birdbath! Use your imagination and see what you can come up with! Tue, 21 Jun 2011 11:15:01 EST Words that begin with X, Y, or Z Yellow Fri, 3 Jun 2011 08:12:07 EST Photo Challenge - Letters X, Y, and Z Time for the last in our letter challenges! I'm combining all three of these letters just to give us a little more flexibility. See what you can find to take a picture of that begins with X, Y, or Z! Then post it on the main Photobugs page under the 'photos' tab, or somewhere else if you like - just make sure to tell us you posted it! Fri, 3 Jun 2011 08:11:08 EST W is for . . . W is for waves in the ocean! Tue, 17 May 2011 20:26:22 EST Photo Challenge - the letter W Time to switch again! This should be easy - what can you find that begins with the letter W? I have some ideas! Tue, 17 May 2011 20:25:06 EST FREE Online Photography Class this Weekend! There will be a FREE photography workshop at <link> </link> this weekend. The focus is food and culture photography, and the instructor is Penny De Los Santos, a National Geographic and Saveur magazine photographer. The class starts Friday at 10 AM Pacific time, streaming live from Seattle and running through Sunday evening. They replay the days class in the evening if you miss part of the class from the day. I've taken several of these workshops and they've all be... Thu, 12 May 2011 09:13:57 EST help? i'm trying upload a pic and about 4 times now i've gotten an 'unknown error'...anyone else have this? any ideas to fix it? Mon, 2 May 2011 21:44:39 EST V is for . . . . V is for Victory! Wed, 27 Apr 2011 17:48:59 EST Photo Challenge - the letter V Time to switch letters! Let's see what we can do with the letter V! Post a picture of something that begins with a V or see if you can find the shape in something! Wed, 27 Apr 2011 17:48:07 EST RED Renew Enthusiasm Daily Hi, my name is Lisa. I am just getting comfortable with joining and being active with teams. For now, my spark page is kept private. If you would like to be added as a friend that would be awesome...but no pressure :) Simply add me and I will do the same as soon as I get the notice/email. I currently live VA and recently graduated college with a BS in IT (Bachelors in Information Technology) and now I need a job. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I think this team will keep me more active with SP and... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 15:36:09 EST Is it just me???? I can't help but notice that participation on most of my favorite Spark Teams is way down. I'm wondering if that is because of the weather. Mind you most of the folks I interact with on SparkPeople are either photographers or artsy/'crafty folks. <BR> <BR> This makes me wonder if Spring hasn't sprung and taken all of us out of indoor activities into our preferred outdoor activites. Photographing nature, gardening, or looking for inspiration in the sunshine. <BR> <BR> What do you think te... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 18:44:33 EST U is for . . . To go along with the new photo challenge, here's a word game, too! <BR> <BR> I'll start with the easy one - <BR> <BR> U is for umbrella! Sun, 3 Apr 2011 20:46:07 EST Photo Challenge - the letter U This one might be a little more difficult than the past few letters, but let's see what we can do with the letter U! Find something that begins with the letter, or you might be able to find that shape in something! Start looking! Sun, 3 Apr 2011 20:44:49 EST T is for . . . To go along with our photo challenge for the letter T, let's post words beginning with that letter, too! <BR> <BR> T is for today! Mon, 14 Mar 2011 07:40:02 EST Photo Challenge - the letter T We had a wonderful response to the letter S - see what you can do with the letter T! Post a picture of anything beginning with the letter T. Or, I bet someone can find this shape in something - keep your eyes open! Mon, 14 Mar 2011 07:38:22 EST S as in ... S is for sister Sat, 26 Feb 2011 12:40:25 EST Photo Challenge - the Letter S Time for a new Challenge! We had more than 20 pictures posted for our 'R' challenge - let's see if we can beat that with 'S'! Post pictures of things you find that begin with the Letter 'S'. Start looking! Mon, 21 Feb 2011 18:37:44 EST Does anyone else use photoshop elements? I have been using elements 8 and I see elements 9 is already out. I wonder if any one has heard anything about how good (or not) 9 is compared to 8. Thu, 10 Feb 2011 21:31:42 EST Celebrate Your Small Successes Here Sometimes we forget that it takes many baby steps to get where we want to be. Let's use this thread to tell each other the success we are celebrating today. For instance... last week I consistantly walked at least 3500 steps. (My long term goal is 10,000). Yesterday I resisted the cookies in the breakroom! <BR> <BR> So big or small lets give each other a chance to celebrate! Carol and Cheri Wed, 9 Feb 2011 15:41:41 EST Question Maybe its here in plain sight, but I havent figured it out.... How do I post a photo?? <BR> <BR> Thanks all Kristi Mon, 7 Feb 2011 11:06:38 EST Words that begin with the letter R To go along with our letter R photo challenge, how about a game thread to see how many R words we can think of! <BR> <BR> Red Mon, 7 Feb 2011 09:37:41 EST Inspiration Dewitt Jones is one of my all time favorite motivational speakers, photographers, and all time good guy. He has a column every other month in the Outdoor Photographer Magazine but of late has more and more turned to helping inspiring people to Celebrate what is right with the world. I have 2 of his videos and watch them when I start getting down on life. He also sends out weeking inspirational photos. I've included the link for your viewing pleasure. <link> Sun, 6 Feb 2011 13:20:33 EST Photo Challenge - the Letter R Q was tough - maybe R will be better for us! I posted one to start us off. See how many pictures we can get of things beginning with the letter R! Wed, 2 Feb 2011 16:21:08 EST Photo Challenge - the Letter Q We had a great response to our Letter P challenge - let's see what we can do with this one! I think the Letter Q will be a little more challenging - I know it will be for me! Put your thinking caps on and post some pictures! Mon, 24 Jan 2011 08:28:48 EST Ideas for organizing photos What are your ideas for organizing your photos on the computer? Part of my problem is that I download to too many computers. I have two laptops and then the main cpu. I want to get them organized into something that makes sense and then easy to find. Argh! Wed, 19 Jan 2011 13:06:47 EST Photo Challenge - the letter P Time for a new challenge! Let's see how many pictures we can find of something beginning with the letter P! I can think of Pine Trees, Poinsettias, Puppies - what can you come up with? Sun, 9 Jan 2011 13:45:47 EST new! Just wanted to pop in and say Hi!!! I am returning after a whole year, and looking forward to a great photography and healthier year! <BR> I am looking to "go pro" with my photography, so I need to get comfortable in my skin and make this happen for me- not hide behind my weight, and say "I can't!" <BR> <BR> I can, and I will!!! <em>30</em> Wed, 29 Dec 2010 11:14:55 EST This week's theme! We are going to go with the theme of weather this week and then next week we will get back to the letters! Tue, 28 Dec 2010 22:28:00 EST Santa Knows Me! I think my Santa knows me pretty well. He got me tools and jewelry so that is a sign he knows my likes. LOL <em>334</em> Sat, 25 Dec 2010 13:32:36 EST Christmas preparation photos <link><BR>?saved=1 </link> <BR> <BR> Hanging around waiting for the big event! Thu, 9 Dec 2010 20:52:17 EST new to site, not new to tracking I've been using fitday for around 2-3 months and have already lost 35lbs counting calories. When i found spark people i switched right away. I have 140lbs more to loose. I'm really into photography, exploring abandoned buildings and mma. I'm currently training in muay thai and i love it. Thu, 9 Dec 2010 11:22:06 EST Photo Challenge: Christmas OK it is time to make images of all things Christmas! Let's have some fun with this one. Thu, 9 Dec 2010 00:55:48 EST Holiday Preparations I got my Christmas cards ready. Now for my shopping and baking. Oh yes, decorations, tree and all the other trimmings. Sat, 4 Dec 2010 00:21:55 EST My very own computer! I couldn't wait to share this with everything. Last year DH and I bought a very powerful imaging computer and top line printer for our photos! <BR> <BR> I took 2 photoshop classes and well I was so durned excited. Then DH and I have to share the computer and I hate kicking him off when he is working on his images so.... I end up not getting to use it much. <BR> <BR> Well, for my birthday (which is next month) we bought ME my very own studio computer. I am so excited. I played on it las... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 19:53:31 EST Today I am thankful for . . . . . . . . the rain! Tue, 16 Nov 2010 08:24:48 EST How do you celebrate Thanksgiving? What do you do to celebrate Thanksgiving? Stay home? Travel? Cook? Go out? Special traditions? Favorite recipes? Sun, 14 Nov 2010 16:25:02 EST Photo Challenge: Thanksgiving Take some time and come up with a picture (or several!) to post for the topic of Thanksgiving. It could be Thanksgiving decorations, your Thanksgiving dinner table, a cute Thanksgiving centerpiece, kids Thanksgiving program at school, family gathering/dinner pictures, pumpkins, whatever says 'Thanksgiving' to you. Let's see what we come up with! And if you have some from years past - go ahead and post them, too! Sun, 14 Nov 2010 16:20:42 EST Photoshop Resources Does anyone have any good photoshop resources? Like books, websites, etc? I've tried playing around on my own, but I am not getting very far with it, and need a little help:) Mon, 1 Nov 2010 14:34:44 EST Question of the week How are the fall leaves doing where you live this year? Mon, 1 Nov 2010 08:11:29 EST Shooting in the Rain my top 10 No matter what type of photography you enjoy if you live in Oregon odds are you will find yourself shooting in the rain. The weatherman can give us his best guess of what to expect from the skies but we all know that is only a guide. <BR> <BR> The following are some tips to keep you and your equipment safe. <BR> <BR> 1. Know your equipment. Read your instruction manual for tips on water safety. Many cameras are water resistant this does not mean they are waterproof. If you frequently ... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 14:00:09 EST Question of the week How many trick or treaters will you have this weekend? Sat, 23 Oct 2010 12:31:07 EST Photo Challenge - Trees We're about half way thru the alphabet, so I thought it might be a good time to take a break from letters for a little while. <BR> <BR> Let's see what we can do with trees! Everybody has trees around them of one type or another. Let's see how many different ones we can post pictures of! And this would also be a great time to post pictures of the changing colors for fall if you see any of that where you are! <BR> Big trees, small trees, even dead trees can make a great picture. See what y... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 10:14:34 EST IT'S MONDAY ALL,,,HAVE A HAPPY MONDAY ...... Just a note to say I care...have a good one all... <em>17</em> Mon, 27 Sep 2010 09:43:48 EST WHAT IS YOUR MOST FAV..PHOTOS YOU LIKE TO TAKE?? <em>465</em> When we took a drive last weekend we ended up at Cedar Key,Fl.. We watched them fishing and I looked at the old shops..The town is so small,haven't found a gas station there..But the best was the peaceful it was...Long drive in there too...We seen the most breath taking trees.. <BR> They are turning,,this is the first time I felt like I was in the hills of Pa. and West Virgina...Loved it...We are going back in Oct..Thats next week too.. <BR> Hope every one has a great ... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 10:59:01 EST Photo Challenge - the letter O N was a tough letter. Hopefully we'll have better luck with the letter O! Let's see how many pictures we can post of something beginning with the letter O. Or, for a bigger challenge - post a picture of the shape of an O that you've seen in nature, furniture, buildings, etc. Go! Thu, 9 Sep 2010 10:45:50 EST Photo Challenge - the letter N Time to switch letters again! Let's see what we can find that begins with the letter N. Post your pictures to the main team page under 'Photos'. We had quite a few for M - let's see if we can have even more for N! Fri, 20 Aug 2010 16:34:09 EST A new member to the team... <em>87</em> <BR> <BR> Hi. My name is Kimberley. Been on my journey since January 21, 2010. <BR> <BR> I *love* taking photos of everything. And so when I saw this team yesterday.. I just had to join it. :) <BR> <BR> What kind of photos do you like taking? <BR> <BR> If you have a minute.. come by my page and say Hi (if you like). ;) <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend! <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Fri, 30 Jul 2010 09:30:41 EST Photo Challenge - the Letter M We're switching letters again! What can you find to snap a picture of that starts with an M? Or do you already have a picture of something? Get your thinking cap on - let's see how many we can find! Mon, 26 Jul 2010 19:12:36 EST Photo competitions Does anyone enter their photography in competitions? DH and I are getting ready to submit 5 entries in our County Fair and it got me to thinking about how many different ways there are to compete. <BR> <BR> We belong to a Camera Club and a Council of Camera Clubs where we have several competitions a year. I really enjoy it but most importantly I enjoy the feedback from the other photographers. <BR> <BR> I've never tried magazine competitions but I think I will soon. <BR> <BR> How about y... Tue, 20 Jul 2010 22:37:21 EST Worldwide Photowalk This Month! It's that time of year again. Scott Kelby's annual Worldwide Photowalk is coming up July 24th. It's a chance to meet up with local photographers for a fun day of photography. You also have the option to enter contests for prizes if you wish. The walks have limits to the number of participants, so check quickly to see if there is one near you! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 12 Jul 2010 21:34:51 EST Photo Challenge - the letter L I know we can find some L's out there. Look high and low and see what you can find. Anything beginning with an L or with the shape of an L will work. <BR> <BR> I'm starting it off with a picture of my Lamb's Ear plant that bloomed a couple of weeks ago. I was so proud - my last one bit the dust before it got to that point. And this was a 'Rescue' plant, too! Thu, 8 Jul 2010 13:52:24 EST New to the Team <BR> The Life Project <BR> <BR> Hello! Like so many of you, I'm here to finally take control of my life. And I like taking pictures, of course! <BR> <BR> Top 5 Reasons I want to lose weight: <BR> 5) I want to be more confident in myself. <BR> 4) I want to be able to buy clothes that fit my personality. <BR> 3) I want to be healthy and have more energy. <BR> 2) I want to live a long, healthy, and happy life. <BR> 1) As a future educator, I want to be a positive role model for my students.... Mon, 5 Jul 2010 21:40:38 EST Photo Challenge - the letter K Time for another new letter! J must have been pretty tough, so let's see how we do with K! Find something that begins with the letter K or find the shape of a K in something. Let's see how many we can post! Thu, 24 Jun 2010 14:02:12 EST Photo Challenge - the Letter J Time for a new challenge! Let's try the letter J. Try to find something that begins with the letter J or find the shape in something and post a picture of it. We should be able to find this one! Wed, 9 Jun 2010 20:04:57 EST Letter Challenge - the letter I Time to switch again - we're all the way up to the letter I. Let's see how many things we can find that start with I - post your pictures! Sun, 23 May 2010 20:15:00 EST Photo Challenge - the Letter H Well, the letter G was pretty tough. Let's see what we can do with H! Try to find the shape of the letter H in something, or post a picture of something starting with the letter H. Put your thinking caps on! Tue, 11 May 2010 07:48:29 EST Photo programs What program are you using to manipulate or fix your photos. I'm using Photosop Elements and like it really well. I have a lot to learn but it does a lot. Wed, 28 Apr 2010 17:04:30 EST Hello from the beautiful Central Oregon Coast! I'm Susan, newly "retired" (how can that possibly be?) and relocated from the Portland area to this gorgeous place about a month ago. One of these days I will get a real camera, but in the meantime, my Blackberry has helped me capture the beauty around me in travels that have taken me across the country since August, and to Puerto Vallarta in January. Weather permitting, I enjoy taking little walks, snapping photos and recording personal notes of encouragement to myself. <BR> <em>141</em> Wed, 28 Apr 2010 14:42:31 EST Letter Challenge - the letter G Time to try the letter G. I can't wait to see if someone can find this shape! The challenge is to post pictures of things that begin with the letter G or to post pictures you find of the shape of the letter. I've got my ideas - let's see yours! <BR> And don't forget - if you run across a great picture for a previous letter, please post that, too! It's never too late for a good picture! Wed, 28 Apr 2010 08:41:12 EST April Challenge F is for... Here we go another exciting letter! Mon, 12 Apr 2010 22:18:05 EST Favorite photo subject Hey yall! What's your favorite things to photograph? Mine are nature, and obviously my pups. Thu, 1 Apr 2010 12:24:13 EST March Challenge - the letter E Well, it's time to switch letters again, and I think it's great that E is coming up the week of Easter! Isn't that neat? <BR> So let's see how many pictures we can find with the shape of an E or how many pictures we can find of something starting with the letter E! Mon, 29 Mar 2010 19:52:21 EST Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest There are only a couple of days left to vote for your favorite in Smithsonian Magazine's annual photo contest. <BR> <BR> View the finalists and place your vote here: <link><BR>7th-annual/Photo-Contest-Vote.html </link> <BR> <BR> Then get information about entering the new contest! Mon, 29 Mar 2010 12:01:17 EST New member: Christine Hi fellow photobugs! I'm Christine. My best friend and hubby have been married for almost 14 years and we have 5 blessings ages 14-almost 2. We live in the big 'ole state of Texas on 10 acres in the country. We love it. I have loved taking photgraphs since high school when I was on the yearbook and newspaper team. I shoot with a Nikon D60 that hubby got me for Christmas last year. It's plenty camera for me. I have taken some online classes at which were wonderful. Glad to be h... Fri, 26 Mar 2010 00:11:56 EST Greetings from a greyhound lady Hi all, it's great to find you! <BR> <BR> I'm an artist, photographer, quiltmaker, breast cancer warrior, and greyhound lover. I share my home with a retired racer, five Italian greyhounds and my mom. <BR> <BR> I bought my first SLR when I was sixteen for a high school class and I've been hooked ever since. I now shoot with a digital Nikon, and have a tendency to abstract my work until it looks more like a painting than a photograph. <BR> <BR> It's great to be here! <BR> <BR> <em>252</... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 10:46:25 EST March Challenge - the letter D Time to move on to the letter D! Let's see how many pictures we can take of something with the shape of a D or of something that starts with the letter D. I'm thinking of one right now - my Daffodils! Mon, 15 Mar 2010 19:56:54 EST Hello~ My name is Jenn and I was introduced to this site by a couple friends. We all have a desire to loose weight and be healthy. I hope to meet some people on here who have the same goals and problems I do! I have about 50lbs to loose and hope to get support from others in the same boat. I am a mom who lives in Maine and I have 2 girls. I am also a photographer. I am a very busy mom and hope to make this site and thing is learn from here something I can turn to regularly! Tue, 9 Mar 2010 19:50:51 EST Sharing a Beautiful Poem What is hope... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What hope means <BR> <BR> Hope is bright shining light which keeps darkness at the bay <BR> Hope is gentle cold breeze on a hot summer day <BR> <BR> Hope is to remain positive when going gets tough <BR> hope is seeking more when others think u had enough <BR> <BR> What hope means <BR> <BR> Hope is dreaming of tommorow <BR> Hope is simmering under sorrow <BR> <BR> Hope is sparkles when tears in our eyes <BR> Hope is a beautiful thing & beuti... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 18:35:41 EST March Challenge - the letter C Ok, time for a new letter! We've been doing better than I ever thought so far - let's give the letter 'C' a try! Mon, 1 Mar 2010 09:57:22 EST February Challenge - the letter B Time to start looking for things that begin with the letter 'B'! And I'm interested to see if anyone can spot this shape in something - it will be tough! Mon, 15 Feb 2010 08:06:23 EST February Challenge - the letter A This was suggested as a possible challenge idea by Jo, and Carol and I thought it was a neat idea, so we're going to try it! <BR> <BR> For the next two weeks, our challenge is the letter 'A'! Go out and find things that begin with the letter A and get a picture! For an extra challenge, try to find the shape of the letter A in something and post that. It could be something inside, outside, wherever you can see it and capture the shape! My son had to do that for a photography class in High... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 10:05:43 EST January Challenge What does January look like in your part of the world? Post a picture to our team photos and let us see! Fri, 15 Jan 2010 09:46:04 EST Photo Blog Of My Frozen Wilderness Walk & Other Sn Hi There Guys. <BR> <BR> Just Did A Photo Blog Yesterday Of The Lake Where I go Walking Which Is frozen over, The Pics Arnt Bril, Just more to show where I go, But I havesome Nice Pics In my Photo Album On my Spark Page If Anyone would like to come see N leave me a message. <BR> Much Love <BR> Mxx <BR> <BR> Sat, 9 Jan 2010 12:55:12 EST Kicking my Sugar Addiction Hi All! <BR> <BR> I'm a Sugar Junkie. (If my name didn't give it away ) <BR> <BR> Joining this site is my first step towards recovery. <BR> <BR> I've been "going on a diet on Monday" for the last six months. Every Monday I plan to start my diet. And every Monday, I do great until lunch. Then I hit the drive-thru. Or the ice cream shop. Or the cookie jar. <BR> <BR> I'm done waiting until Monday. I've got to stop this cycle. I'm killing myself. <BR> <BR> I am 27 years old, 247 pounds. I h... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 22:10:34 EST Canadian Greetings Hello everyone. So glad to find that SP has photo junkies like myself. I enjoy getting out and taking photos. I have a group of gals from work and we try and get out to different areas of town take photos. Funny how we all see the same thing so different. I am hoping to get out more now that the holidays are over with. <BR> <BR> Where do you post pictures that you take and is there any special way of doing it? Thanks everyone in advance for your help. <BR> <BR> Donna Thu, 7 Jan 2010 22:01:39 EST Hi everyone! I am really looking forward to finding both spark and photo buddies! I hope that this is the year I can change myself for good! For good! :) I love nature photography, and I need to be able to get outside and climb those hills! Sun, 3 Jan 2010 21:55:50 EST The Best Photos of 2009 Photo JoJo has a great roundup of all the best photos of 2009 from nature to science to sports to documentary... great fun! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st-2009-photos/?utm_source=Photojojo+N<BR>ewsletter&utm_campaign=b73478988c-Best<BR>_of_Best_of_200912_24_2009&utm_medium=email </link> Sun, 3 Jan 2010 19:52:52 EST December Challenge We've already had a neat picture posted of a beautiful Santa Claus collection. Let's continue that and post pictures of Christmas decorations. Do you have a special ornament you display every year? A collection of some sort? A mantle or table display that turned out really cool? Do the neighbors have a great lighted yard? Inside, outside, whatever says 'Christmas' to you! Sun, 6 Dec 2009 19:09:45 EST Rena from denmark.. I was born and raised in denmark but I love taking photos, if I see something I click it.. I want a better camera, but when your a widow alone with kids- rome is not make in one day.. Sat, 5 Dec 2009 06:53:37 EST Christmas Cheer . . . . . I'm starting to decorate the house and trying to get into the Christmas spirit so let's do a Christmas topic! Words, phrases, songs, movies, anything to do with Christmas. Let's see how many we can come up with before Santa Claus arrives! <BR> <BR> I'll start it off with <BR> <BR> reindeer Tue, 1 Dec 2009 16:35:40 EST Wow Iv found a photography team... Way to go.... Hi guys. Im real pleased iv found this team as photography is one of my passions. <BR> I look forward to looking around & getting to know people & taking part. <BR> Much love <BR> Mxx Wed, 25 Nov 2009 15:46:16 EST H1N1 (Swine Flu) Alert ! <em>230</em> <BR> <BR> This is not a joke! I just read that a cat died in Oregon from H1N1 (Swine flu) that was transferred from a human. Concerned, I immediately called our Vet who said YES, our dogs can also catch it. <BR> <BR> Watch your animals (cats & dogs) for sneezing, wheezing, the general flu symptoms according to our Vet. After all, we love our dear 4-footed, furry family members! <BR> <BR><BR>ew <BR> s-little_rock_ar/ <BR> Mon, 23 Nov 2009 10:56:37 EST Thanksgiving Is A Time For Thank Yous! I realize that our Photobugs SP team has nothing to do with the military - - however, most of us are Americans (I think...) and enjoy the freedoms of this great country. <BR> <BR> At this traditional time of year when we give thanks, those who want can Thank our Troops. <BR> Here's how: <BR> <BR> XEROX IS DOING SOMETHING COOL <BR> <BR> If you go to this web site, <BR> <link> </link> <BR> You can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sen... Sat, 21 Nov 2009 20:59:41 EST Cheapest camera with GOOD video and sound??? <BR> Hey Everyone........ <BR> <BR> I have a very busy week ahead, so won't be on much if at all. <BR> <BR> My son's 14th Birthday is coming up and he REALLY WANTS his own digital camera WITH AWESOME VIDEO WITH SOUND....... I need to hear from all of you about the CHEAPEST Digital Camera I can get him with VIDEO AND SOUND....... I prefer the SD card camera's and rechargable batteries......... <BR> <BR> I don't have a membership to the consumer reports, so I can't check there. I'm depen... Mon, 16 Nov 2009 10:56:17 EST PLEASE HELP what tree should we plant see my Blog. Hey Everyone, our county wants us to replant a tree after taking this bradford pear down. We want/NEED a tree that: <BR> <BR> WON'T cause problems with water and sewer lines that goes straight up the middle of front yard FROM THE MAIL BOX to between the 2 windows on left. <BR> <BR> WON'T cause problems with our driveways on both sides. <BR> <BR> WON'T have above ground roots to TRIP ON!!! <BR> <BR> WON'T drop anything, but the leaves once a year. <BR> <BR> WON'T grow taller than 20 ... Mon, 2 Nov 2009 12:19:16 EST November Challenge The fall pictures posted so far have been so nice, let's continue that into November. Let's post more fall pictures, as well as any relating to Thanksgiving that we have! <BR> Leaves, trees, pumpkins, fall flowers, Thanksgiving decorations, let's see what we find! Mon, 2 Nov 2009 11:01:35 EST Word Association I'll start with a word and you reply with the first word it makes you think of! Let's see what we get! <BR> <BR> Picture Sun, 18 Oct 2009 18:44:03 EST N is for . . . . Let's try the letter N! <BR> <BR> Nice weather we're having! Sun, 4 Oct 2009 10:45:32 EST October Challenge It is Indian Summer and Halloween time. Let's get images that depict this fun time of year! Fri, 2 Oct 2009 14:12:00 EST September Challenge Since it is the end of the vacation season and back to work let's try our hand at depicting work! Good luck all. Fri, 4 Sep 2009 00:00:05 EST S is for... Silly Thu, 3 Sep 2009 23:27:43 EST Hello Hi, I'm new to the team & spark people. I'm 31 years old married with an 8 year old son(well he turns 8 tomorrow). <BR> Aside from my family my passion is photography. I love taking pictures. I am currently taking the course through New York Institute of Photography. <BR> I am ready to loose this weight and I really need to. I have 125 lbs to loose. The weird thing is everytime I start working out I get sick on day 3 or 4 iwth somekind of infection or the flu. I can't explain it. ... Tue, 18 Aug 2009 07:49:35 EST Hi from SoCal New to the team and wanted to meet all of you folks. I totally enjoy taking photos, but wished I had a better camera (well, a better lens at least). I've just taken a quick peek around here and it looks like you do an assignment once a month. Still need to check out the details. <BR> <BR> To all, happy shooting and weight loss. <BR> <em>298</em> Mon, 17 Aug 2009 17:54:29 EST Waves Hello! I'm an amateur photographer that occasionally submits to a stock photo company. I have yet to have anything accepted, but I'm hopeful. I use an olympus E510, and love it! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting, greeting and sharing, <BR> Dawn Sat, 8 Aug 2009 17:16:55 EST August Challenge I was thinking about back to school which made me think about school busses which made me think about transportation! How about a challenge to take pictures concerning modes of transportation? We can do the obvious, such as cars, trucks, planes, trains, etc, but maybe there are some different ideas about transportation we can explore. See what you can come up with! Wed, 5 Aug 2009 13:40:53 EST hi there! i don't remember if i introduced myself when i joined a few months ago, because i was lurking until i settled in. i live in michigan and my hubby just bought me a pretty new camera that is still out-smarting me. i'd like to start getting out regularly to take photos...both as general activity and some reward time to myself on days i don't exercise. <BR> <BR> i've been trying to figure out how photos are shared here, and i'm at a loss. i see it has something to do with congregating over at... Mon, 27 Jul 2009 13:39:36 EST Change one letter to make a new word. . . . Here's another game we could run for awhile with. Change one letter in the following word to make another 4 letter word. The next person changes one letter in the new word and so on. Let's see how far we can go before we have to resort to the dictionary! <BR> <BR> fall <BR> <BR> Fri, 24 Jul 2009 15:22:24 EST G is for . . . . Time for a change! Let's GIVE the letter G a try! Thu, 23 Jul 2009 18:58:58 EST What would you do if you knew... What would you do if you knew you could not fail? This question just really intriques me. <BR> <BR> Maybe for starters I would finish my first real novel. Sun, 12 Jul 2009 17:23:51 EST July Challenge Well it is America's birthday so I propose images that show our patriotism. Now if you are from a different country it would be fabulous to see how your country celebrates it's uniqueness. <em>652</em> <em>67</em> <em>499</em> <em>304</em> Thu, 2 Jul 2009 16:06:27 EST I'm new here! Hello All, I'm new to the website and just started my diet yesterday; I have only been doing "real" photography for a few years now. It all started when Wal-Mart kept refusing to give me the photos I took of my children (they had me in tears one day telling me that I needed a copyright release would not belive that they were my photos) so I went online and researched what I needed and wrote my own copyright release and I've been taking photos ever since - I’ve done portraits for family & frie... Tue, 30 Jun 2009 21:12:36 EST Stranded on an Island If you were stranded on an island and could only have three things what would they be? Who is the one person you would want to be stranded with? Mon, 15 Jun 2009 19:34:10 EST U is for . . . . . We haven't started a new letter for awhile, so let's move on to the letter U! Sat, 6 Jun 2009 08:02:08 EST Hi, I am new... Hi, I am new to this team, but not to SparkPeople... <BR> <BR> I just bought a GE835 about 3 weeks ago and have been taking a lot of pictures... I am new to photography, but I am loving it... I am trying to learn all of the features this camera has to offer. <BR> <BR> I took pictures and posted some in my Spark Photo gallery, if anyone would like to take a look and give me their honest opinion about them, I would appreciate it... "good & bad" ... I need all the advice I can get... althou... Fri, 5 Jun 2009 14:07:53 EST June Challenge - Zoo animals Let's see how many animal pictures we can come up with this month! Mon, 1 Jun 2009 18:31:55 EST May Flowers Well if April showers do their job we should have May Flowers in abundance. Let's see how many different flowers we can post this month. Tue, 12 May 2009 14:57:59 EST E is for . . . . In honor of Easter weekend, let's try 'e' words! <BR> <BR> Easter Wed, 8 Apr 2009 19:57:12 EST April Photo Challenge I'm ready for spring so this month's challenge is going to be spring and Easter pictures. And, in honor of our wonderful friend in Alaska, the challenge will also include 'Alaska breakup'! <BR> So let's look for flowers and trees and birds and bees (hey, that rhymes!) and anything else related to spring, Easter, or breakup! Wed, 1 Apr 2009 20:43:06 EST One Liners! Hey Team, this could be fun....we love to laugh and have fun..what about good clean one liners. We all have heard some and it be our daily chuckle- <BR> <BR> How about- <BR> Everyone has a photographic memory. <BR> I just forgot the film! Mon, 23 Mar 2009 15:17:04 EST 'Allo! My name is Jessica, I'm 22 and from southern Minnesota. I love photography. I got a Canon Rebel for my birthday in November and now that spring is coming I'm getting into the swing of using it! I've been looking for a good photography team... I hope this is the one! =) Mon, 23 Mar 2009 05:39:58 EST B is for . . . . . We're 'tiring' of 't', so let's give 'b' a chance! <BR> <BR> Butterfly Fri, 13 Mar 2009 19:48:14 EST Friends are....... Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly." <BR> <em>43</em> Sun, 8 Mar 2009 20:15:06 EST March Challenge Ok here is how it works. You have 5 works, (listed below), to shoot during the month of March. The idea is to see how creatively you can capture them. Words that have double meanings or are spelled differently count! Don't hesitate to ask if there are questions. At the end of the month we can vote on our favorites! <BR> <BR> Now for the words. <BR> <BR> foot <BR> ribbon <BR> clouds <BR> shower <BR> event <BR> <BR> good luck! Carol Mon, 2 Mar 2009 17:29:58 EST Pictures of the Week Blogs Hi! Let's start setting up a blog on our Spark Page once a week with one or more favorite pictures and tell the story behind them. The pictures can be of your flowers coming up, your family, a trip you took, or just a favorite picture from your collection. I just set up a blog called 'My Daddy' in honor of his birthday tomorrow. See what we can come up with! <BR> This will be in addition to our monthly challenges to give more opportunities for posting! <BR> Leave a message here if you po... Fri, 20 Feb 2009 21:18:42 EST T is for . . . . . Time for a new letter! Hey, that starts with 't'! Thu, 19 Feb 2009 17:37:12 EST Hi Im Nicole from Alabama I have been a member here for a while but never really got on much. I hope to get on atleast once a day now. I want to lose about 15 lbs. I love photography. I hope to take some classes soon. Cant wait to see pics and post some. Mon, 16 Feb 2009 00:21:49 EST Just now joining in on all the fun Hi! I have been a member of sparkpeople for awhile now. Its more like an on again off again thing for me. On monday I am going to be going in to have my Gallbladder removed and that means my diet will need to change. I have made a promise to my self to do two things this year. Read more fiction and learn more about photography. I am thrilled to have found this group. Given my track record on here I need to stay focused and have some fun if I am going to be making healthy lifestyle changes. I ... Sat, 14 Feb 2009 23:02:39 EST O is for . . . . . Time for another letter. O is the next one in Photobugs, so let's try it! <BR> <BR> Octopus Thu, 5 Feb 2009 18:58:58 EST Let's Get to Know Each Other..... Here is a little form to copy and paste and maybe we can get to know each other a bit better. <BR> <BR> Name or Username- <BR> <BR> State or Country you live- <BR> <BR> Married?- <BR> <BR> Kids?- <BR> <BR> Job?- <BR> <BR> Your Hobby?- <BR> <BR> Zodiac sign?- <BR> <BR> Favorite color?- <BR> <BR> Favorite "good" food?- <BR> <BR> Favorite "bad" food?- <BR> <BR> Favorite beverage?- <BR> <BR> Favorite Restaurant?- <BR> <BR> Favorite Store?- <BR> <BR> Favorite Sports Team?... Thu, 5 Feb 2009 11:01:32 EST February Challenge For February I thought about doing the standard Valentine's Day and hearts and love and candy and flowers, but changed my mind. Let's do WEATHER! I think it would be interesting for us to post various weather-related pictures - snow, rain, wind, storm clouds - what else can you come up with? Since we're scattered all across the country, we should get a nice mix! <BR> They don't have to be new, although that would be great! If you have some old ones that would fit - post them, too! Sat, 31 Jan 2009 20:34:59 EST Places you've taken pictures Let's name some of the places where we have taken pictures. This can be a city, a state, a river, an attraction, whatever. Let's see just how diverse we are! Feel free to just list the place or to add details of what you took if you like! Fri, 30 Jan 2009 10:16:07 EST H is for . . . . . Let's try H words! <BR> <BR> happy Sat, 17 Jan 2009 19:52:36 EST What is Your Favorite Vegetable or Fruit? List your very Favorite vegetable or fruit, fresh or canned, or frozen. <BR> Then let us know how you like to fix it. <BR> Please add a recipe if you like! <BR> <BR> <BR> My favorite canned vegetable is Peas. <BR> My favorite fresh vegetable is Asparagus. I usually just cook it a little and add a bit of low fat margarine. Nothing better!!! LOL <BR> I am also crazy about Yellow Squash. Not Zucchini! The yellow squash is much sweeter I think and it too is so good just to cook in a skillet wit... Tue, 13 Jan 2009 22:01:33 EST Diet Tips and Tricks to Help Us Stay On Track This was posted on another team and I thought I would share it here. Maybe we can add more helpful tips and hints to help each other stay on track! <BR> <BR> 25 Tricks to Losing Big : <BR> <BR> 1. Good things come in small packages. <BR> Here's a trick for staying satisfied without consuming large portions: Chop high-calorie foods like cheese and chocolate into smaller pieces. It will seem like you're getting more than you actually are. <BR> <BR> 2. Get "water-wise." <BR> Make a habit... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 19:04:46 EST 1 pound per week OK one of my 2009 goals i to lose 1 pound each week. I know I know I don't have control but if I do the right things I will average at least 1 pound per week. I'm ready to get back to losing. I am a loser tee hee and darn happy about it. Carol <em>104</em> Sat, 3 Jan 2009 12:57:27 EST "New" word game Let's come up with titles (songs, movies, books, TV shows) or places with the word 'new' in them to go along with our January Photo assignment! Sat, 3 Jan 2009 12:55:49 EST P is for . . . How many words beginning with the word P can you think of? Thu, 1 Jan 2009 21:02:33 EST Word Games Let's see how many Song titles, Movie titles, Book titles, or Places we can list that contain a word having to do with pictures or photography! Get your thinking caps on! Thu, 1 Jan 2009 21:00:18 EST January Challenge OK brush off your imagination and lets see what we can do with the word NEW. <BR> <BR> I think that is an appropriate way to start the New Year! Carol Mon, 29 Dec 2008 20:01:16 EST Santa was good to me Well, my husband really surprised me! First, he got me the Macro lense I was drooling over for years. I did not expect that! Then the really sweet thing... I love "It's A Wonderful Life" and I was really bummed that I missed it this year on TV. Well, he found the DVD both Black and White and Color version and gave it to me for Christmas! What a guy! Fri, 26 Dec 2008 17:50:27 EST What are your favorite photo subjects I was just thinking how nice it is that I have friends who like to do portraits as I really don't enjoy that kind of shooting. Me? I love to take pics of outdoor and nature subjects. Fri, 26 Dec 2008 17:46:42 EST Thank you to Cwaites & F8cone8 I wanted to welcome and thank Cwaites (Cheri) and F8cone8 (Carol) as our 2 new co-leaders! I'm sure they have lots of fun things planned for yous! <BR> <BR> Stop by and thank and welcome them too! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <em>235</em> <em>104</em> Sun, 21 Dec 2008 21:16:03 EST December Photo Assignment Di has let us know she doesn't have time to do much with the team, and I haven't seen anything that says we have a new team leader. I'm not volunteering, but <BR> since it's already more than half-way thru the month, let's get in some holiday photos! Anything to do with December celebrations; the more creative the better! We can pull together here and make this team still work. Thu, 18 Dec 2008 12:33:58 EST @ November Photo Assignment @ I'm gonna run the photo assignment for the month of November. <BR> <BR> Since it is the changing of the seasons, most places anyway. <BR> Our November photo assignment is "The color of the season where you live" Use your imagination. I'm looking forward to what you all come up with! <BR> <BR> There is a limit of 7 per person if you are posting on the Flicker group thread. Please let us know if you post there, so we can go check them out! <BR> <BR> If you post some pics for the assignmen... Sun, 9 Nov 2008 19:55:26 EST Is anyone else having trouble uploading? I've been trying to add pictures to my Sparkpage today, but have been unable to. Is anyone else having trouble? Is the site down for maintenance, or just too busy, or ... ? <BR> Perhaps I'm just being too impatient. <em>198</em> Mon, 18 Aug 2008 21:50:24 EST dance<BR>2587875439/ <BR> <BR> Here is a picture from my flickr account. This is my daughter at her recital. She takes ballet and tap. This summer she is in the play "The Legend of Sleeping Beauty' Fri, 1 Aug 2008 10:22:03 EST all about me I saw this on another list and thought it was a good way to give info. Here are 10 things about me <BR> <BR> 1. I am married (3 yrs) <BR> 2. I have 2 kids Jen is 14 Tommy is 11 <BR> 3. I have 2 pugs Merlin & Cleopatra <BR> 4. I have nerve damage do to 3 surgeries in 3 mths to fix herniated discs in my back <BR> 5. I love photography <BR> I have a battery & wires in my back to help with the pain (my husband calls me the bionic woman) <BR> 6. I was going to Eastern MI for psychology <B... Thu, 31 Jul 2008 16:10:56 EST Fresh Start this week So I joined up not long ago and haven't been able to do much as my neck was out of place and gave me seriously nausiating migraines for the last couple weeks, finally able to visit my chiropractor and its in now. Glad I can finally work on my photography. I had several photos I hadn't downloaded off my camera yet. I took one that I really liked: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>236_e9e73a3a08.jpg </link> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Sun, 27 Jul 2008 19:53:19 EST Sparkman Updated Photo to display to 50! You can upload 50 photos now on your spark page instead of 25! Isn't that exciting! I know it is for photobugs!! You can also move your photo's around! <BR> <BR> I'm already trying to decide whicj ones to add! Now I can show some of my more recent flowers! <BR> Have a great day! Fri, 25 Jul 2008 14:50:01 EST @ Photo Assignment July 13 - -26th @ Our photo assignment for July 13 - 26th will be starting with S' is "Summer and/or Silly and/or Silent"! Use your imagination. I'm looking forward to what you all come up with! <BR> <BR> There is a limit of 7 per person if you are posting on the Flicker group thread. Please let us know if you post there, so we can go check them out! <BR> <BR> If you post some pics for the assignment on your sparkpage, let us know so we can go check them out!! <BR> <BR> Have fun and let's see if ... Sun, 13 Jul 2008 17:46:51 EST Love the sound of the Shutter Clicking Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am new to this team (thanks to KarlieK) and just wanted to introduce myself. I love to take pictures, have been the family photographer most of my life. I bought my first camera, a Kodak Pocket Camera, with money I earned doing a paper route in a small town in Wyoming at the age of 12. I still have that camera, and the original box it came in today. <BR> <BR> My next camera was a Canon Sure Shot when I was 19. I still have that camera as well (with its box too). <BR> ... Tue, 8 Jul 2008 17:17:15 EST Alittle update on my absence.... <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Hi Photobugs! I know I have not been around and haven't even posted any new assignments in quite a while. Life has a way of taking over at times. <BR> <BR> For most of May I had pneumonia, and I had a hard time shaking it, so I was doing alot of resting to try and beat it and not end up in the hospital. <BR> <BR> And no more than I got over it, that I finally got a job, which I am very thankful for, but which consumed all of my time as I'm putting major hours ever... Mon, 7 Jul 2008 22:53:41 EST What did you take a picture of today? My quilt! Mon, 7 Jul 2008 11:59:22 EST I'M BACK! THE WEDDING IS OVER SO I'M BACK WITH THE GROUP BEEN SO BUSY I JUST PUT NEW WEDDING PICS UP <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 6 Jun 2008 14:48:41 EST hi everyone Hi everyone i am new to this team and spark too. My name is Heather and i have three kids age 13 years, 11 years and 3 months, i got a new cannon rebel for christmas and i have been taking pictures of my kids and my flowers now that spring has come. I want to learn more about taking pictures. I am in arkansas. hope to post some pic soon. i have one of my new baby on my to hear from anyone on how to get good pics. Thu, 22 May 2008 03:09:29 EST @ Photo Assignment May 17th - May 30th @ Our photo assignment for May 17th - May 30th will be alittle is "Shades of Purple and Odd Shapes"! Use your imagination. I'm looking forward to what you all come up with! <BR> <BR> There is a limit of 7 per person if you are posting on the Flicker group thread. Please let us know if you post them anywhere, so we can go check them out! <BR> <BR> If you post some pics for the assignment on your sparkpage, let us know so we can go check them out!! <BR> <BR> Have fun and let's se... Sat, 17 May 2008 14:33:44 EST @ Photo Assignment April 26th - - May 9th @ Since spring is still starting for some folks and the fact that I have been dealing with some health issues that have kept me from here, I'm going to use the same thing for the assignment these two weeks also. <BR> <BR> ****Our photo assignment for April 26th - May 9th will be signs of Spring! Use your imagination. I'm looking forward to what you all come up with! <BR> <BR> There is a limit of 5 per person if you are posting on the Flicker group thread. Please let us know if you post them ... Sat, 26 Apr 2008 11:27:13 EST Hello fellow snap-happy people! I'm new and I wanted to say hi to everyone. I am by no means a good photographer but I do enjoy taking pictures. Hope to hear from everyone soon! Wed, 23 Apr 2008 20:20:09 EST @ Photo Assignment April 12th - 25th @ Since Spring is trying to spring up in my area, our photo assignment for April 12th - 25th will be signs of Spring! Use your imagination. I'm looking forward to what you all come up with! <BR> <BR> There is a limit of 5 per person if you are posting on the Flicker group thread. <BR> <BR> If you post some pics for the assignment on your sparkpage, let us know so we can go check them out!! <BR> <BR> Have fun and let's see if we can think "outside the box" <BR> Sat, 12 Apr 2008 00:44:18 EST STREAKING! Did you streak today? So I just made a team all about streaking! Well i changed a team over that I originally had that went dormant. <BR> <BR> Now you might be thinking WHAT? STREAKING?? ARE YOU NUTS! <BR> <BR> But it's not what YOU are thinking! YOu should just come and check it out and join if you feel compelled to stay ;) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=8955 </link> Wed, 2 Apr 2008 14:27:19 EST Non flickr accounts? So I have an account already that isn't on flickr, that I keep some of my best work in. I was wondering if I HAVE to have flickr to participate in the challenges?? Sun, 30 Mar 2008 10:17:50 EST @ Photo Assignment March 29th - April 11th @ Since Spring is trying to spring up in my area, our photo assignment for March 29th - April 11th will be Shades of Yellows and shades of Blues. Use your imagination. I'm looking forward to what you all come up with! <BR> <BR> There is a limit of 5 per person if you are posting on the Flicker group thread. <BR> <BR> If you post some pics for the assignment on your sparkpage, let us know so we can go check them out!! <BR> <BR> Have fun and let's see if we can think "outside the box" <BR>... Sat, 29 Mar 2008 12:31:32 EST Don't make the big mistake I made.... BACK UP BACK UP BACK UP YOUR PICTURES! I can't say that enough. I have an external hard drive that I transfer pics to, all in their own folders. My computer geek son says, Mom, burn them off before putting them in there, as you never know. Well I wasn't feeling well last week and wanted to get it done so I just transferred 3 months worth of pics over to the hard drive, all at the same time. Never gave it another thought till I went tonight to get some pics from one of the folders of my grand... Fri, 21 Mar 2008 22:16:18 EST @ Photo Assignment March 15th - 28th @ Our photo assignment for March 15th - 28th will be Reflections and/or Shadows. Use your imagination. I'm looking forward to what you all come up with! <BR> <BR> There is a limit of 5 per person if you are posting on the Flicker group thread. <BR> <BR> If you post some pics for the assignment on your sparkpage, let us know so we can go check them out!! <BR> <BR> Have fun and let's see if we can think "outside the box" <BR> Sat, 15 Mar 2008 09:22:08 EST Flickr Pool Are we going to utilize the Pool in our Group for anything in particular? Could we use it to send photos that aren't part of assignments that we would like to share with the group? Maybe set a daily limit or something like that? Just curious... Mon, 10 Mar 2008 19:58:23 EST Disney World Help I'm going to Disney World in 3 weeks, and I'm wanting to come back with very unique photos....something beyond everyone smiling in front of Cinderella's Castle - and I would love your help with finding some unique things to think about while I'm there. We're going to all the parks, so there are no limitations. Please help! Fri, 29 Feb 2008 23:01:19 EST @ Photo Assignment March 1st - 14th @ Our photo assignment for March 1st - 14th will be Geometric shapes...circles, squares, triangles etc. Use your imagination. I'm looking forward to what you all come up with! <BR> <BR> There is a limit of 5 per person if you are posting on the Flicker group thread. <BR> <BR> If you post some pics for the assignment on your sparkpage, let us know so we can go check them out!! <BR> <BR> Have fun and let's see if we can think "outside the box" Fri, 29 Feb 2008 22:57:36 EST The Great 2008 Food Fight **March** Ok, this is an opportunity to take our pictures and eat them too. (hehe) <BR> <BR> This assignment will last throughout the year. Anyone can participate at anytime. <BR> <BR> We will have 2 monthly winners that will culminate into our final winner by Christmas. <BR> <BR> All we have to do is take pictures of our "Healthy" food creations. <BR> <BR> This is a challenge in lighting, angles and perspectives as well as nutrition for our "Healthy Lifestyle". <BR> <BR> The one main rule i... Fri, 29 Feb 2008 11:29:45 EST @****PHOTO ASSIGNMENT SUGGESTION****@ We have so many talented people here, with GREAT ideas for assignments. So we will keep this as a running thread for everyone to post their ideas for the photo assignments here. We will be changing assignments every 2 weeks starting March 1st. Put as many ideas as you want down, and come back and add more when you think of them. <BR> <BR> We will try our hardest to use as many of the ideas as possible from you all! We have one already picked for March 1st (and it was actually a suggestion f... Mon, 25 Feb 2008 21:13:38 EST Question for yas! I am getting ready to change the photo taking assignment. I was wondering if you all wanted to throw some ideas out about what you'd like the assignment to be?? That way, somewhere down the line, you will get one that you really like too. <BR> Thank you bunches!! <BR> <BR> Mon, 18 Feb 2008 16:15:23 EST New here Hi.. my name is scarlett.. and I have 3 kids and a great hubby... I love to take pics... but am not a pro... I really need more advice and learning on taking better photos...I can't wait to meet everyone.. <BR> <BR> Scarlett Sun, 17 Feb 2008 15:53:28 EST Photobug Chit Chat Room This thread is to talk about anything you want to. It can be photography related, weight /health related or anything else you want to chat about! We'll keep this as a running thread. <BR> <BR> See ya soon! <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 Feb 2008 23:41:50 EST @@NEW UPDATE ON FLICKER GROUP@@ is the scoop on how we are doing the Flicker group. <BR> <BR> IT'S IMPORTANT THAT YOU READ THIS WHOLE POST PLEASE (Thank You) <BR> <BR> *You already know from the other thread that you have to make me a contact so I can invite you into the group since we wanted it to be private. <BR> <BR> **For those of you that are already in some kind of Flicker group, and know the different ways the groups can add pictures, we will NOT be using the group pool at this time so please do NOT u... Fri, 15 Feb 2008 20:37:15 EST Hi There! I was looking for a place that was laid back, and did not expect too much from an amatuer. I have just learned to use a digital camera lol, and love taking pictures, but from what i have seen here, you guys are awesome, which makes me a little nervous. Oh well,it will be fun and hopefully I will lose the lbs at the same time. <em>213</em> Mon, 11 Feb 2008 23:14:49 EST @ IMPORTANT NEWS ABOUT OUR FLICKER GROUP@ I have set up our Snapping Away the Pounds Flicker group (thanks to Maddie for her constant patience with all my questions) And Mike and I have some cool ideas for there!! <BR> <BR> Since we voted on a PRIVATE group there, things are different for joining it. <BR> <BR> Here is what has to be done (and Mike and I checked it out and this works), you have to go to MY flicker page and add me as a "contact" , you can add me as a friend also but you must add me as a contact, once you add me, I c... Sun, 10 Feb 2008 18:57:29 EST @~A Gift For You~@ This was posted on the team leaders boards and was told we could share it with our teams. I thought it was beautiful. <BR> <BR> So if you have 3 minutes and 10 seconds (yes I timed it) this is something you may enjoy....I hope so! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> PS....If I am on more then one team with you....forgive me for duplicating but I really wanted to make sure everyone that wants to see this does! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sun, 10 Feb 2008 17:32:51 EST @~Happy Birthday MIKE~@ <em>179</em> <em>177</em> <em>179</em> <em>177</em> <em>179</em> <em>177</em> <BR> <BR> It is only appropriate that we wish you Happy Birthday HERE too!! Happy Birthday Baby! We want to see a Birthday PIC!! (not necessarily in a birthday suit...although...) LOL <BR> <BR> <em>179</em> <em>177</em> <em>179</em> <em>177</em> <em>179</em> <em>177</em> Sun, 10 Feb 2008 03:49:05 EST Hi there Hi, my name is Jen! Di invited me over to join this lovely team of photoaholics .Little bit about myself I'm 33, I love to take pictures. My digital is usually strapped to me at all times. LOL I have a passion for cemeteries and old crypts and I'm usually found walking around old cemeteries with camera in tow. Architectural details like an iron fence , palladian window, or scroll work on an old buildings are a big plus in my book. I also take pictures of trees and love the feeling of watchin... Sat, 9 Feb 2008 16:00:23 EST Your Flickr web address (ONLY Please) This "Sticky Topic" is here for us to let everyone know how to get to our Flickr page. <BR> <BR> Please use this thread for your addresses only. <BR> <BR> So we can quickly reference our team mates. <BR> <BR> Thanks, Mike O. <em>213</em> Thu, 7 Feb 2008 11:55:21 EST Please help me Welcome Mike as a leader here also! <em>235</em> Mike <BR> <BR> I am happy to announce that Mike (MIKEEO) is jumping on board as leader with me here. He is dedicated, helpful and a huge encourager on Sparkpeople. He was one of the first people to join this team after I started it. We are on other teams together and he has a wonderful sense of humor that usually leaves us rolling on the floor laughing! And I am honored that he has agreed to help me lead this team. We are brainstorming a bunch of ideas to get this team off th... Sat, 2 Feb 2008 22:44:06 EST New Photobug Friend Here! Hi everyone! I hope I'm doing this right (to start here with an intro). My name is Leslie, I'm new to the group and new to the site. I love photography, love seeing the creativity others have to share, while learning, and being inspired. I am here to be supportive, and find support, while meeting others that love photography to! So, am I in the right place? LOL!! <BR> <BR> Sun, 27 Jan 2008 22:58:09 EST Hi Fellow photographers I joined a couple of days ago. My name is Theresa and I LOVE taking pictures. I will photograph anything if it sparks my imagination, or is beautiful, cute and everything in between. I hope to have fun sharing photos and talking about photography and encouraging each other in our goals to be healthy. <BR> I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. <BR> Theresa <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> You can see some of my photos in my gallery - Sun, 27 Jan 2008 00:43:30 EST About Di (CountryDi) Hey you guys! Di called me earlier today and asked that I post to you guys so you don't think she is ignoring anyone. She was taking care of the guy she works with and he fell on her and she hurt her back really bad. She is on bed rest for a couple of days and said she will try and come online late tomorrow or even the next day. I could really tell she was in pain on the phone, so if everyone can keep their thoughts with would be great! Thanks! <BR> Tue, 8 Jan 2008 22:20:20 EST *****Photo Assignment***** For now, until everone gets the hang of things we are gonna run the assignment for at least 2 weeks. And see how that goes. <BR> <BR> So... <BR> <BR> January 7th to January 21st <BR> <BR> The assignemnet will be to take some pics of whatever your weather is like in the area you live. We are doing it for two weeks, so depending where you live, you could have sunshine, rain, and snow all in that time period LOL <BR> <BR> Flickr wasn't cooperating with me this weekend so I'm still working ... Sun, 6 Jan 2008 23:02:00 EST Question for all members I am working on making us a group Flickr account (this is free) where we can post our assignment pictures. <BR> <BR> I will say that anyone who wants to be able to add pictures to our flicker account will have to make a flicker account up of their own, it's free and not real hard and I can help if anyone has a problem doing it. And you can choose to have it public where anyone can see your pics or you can make it private, and only you or those you choose can see them, totally up to you. <B... Sat, 5 Jan 2008 23:56:35 EST Happy New Year! May you all have a Healthy Happy New Year filled with Good Health, Happiness, Love, Peace and Joy! <BR> <BR> Let's get rockin' and rollin' with this group!! <BR> If life or sickness doesn't intervene, I will have our flicker group up and running by this weekend! <BR> <BR> And come Monday I will post a photo assignment that we can start on. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to getting to know each and everyone of you!!! <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Jan 2008 18:05:44 EST Hi Everyone! I hope everyone had a good holiday and got some pics also. I know we are just starting out here, we're still a young team and slow going, but with the holidays, I thought we'd just go slow. I'd like to get more active once the New Year gets here. I'm looking forward to snapping more pictures instead of eating more calories. I want 2008 to be a great year for all of us! If anyone has any ideas or suggestions, feel free to post or even sparkmail me! Thu, 27 Dec 2007 01:09:09 EST Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas everyone! May your day be wonderful! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>263</em> Tue, 25 Dec 2007 10:00:11 EST Hi and ready to go Hi just wanted to introduce name is Kim and I am new to the site..I seen your group and thought I would join since I am here to lose weight and love taking I am looking forward to getting to know all of you and see your pictures too.. Fri, 14 Dec 2007 21:10:22 EST What did you take a picture of today??? This thread is to stop by and tell what you may have taken pictures of that day. I hope you stop by often!! Which means you are taking pictures then <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> So what did you take a picture of today???? Thu, 6 Dec 2007 18:08:01 EST How's your weather where you are I thought since we all live so many different places, it would be nice to know what kind of weather our photobug friends are having so if you have a chance, stop in when you can and tell us what your weather is like for the day! <BR> Wed, 5 Dec 2007 18:08:45 EST Question for all the members here... I'm going to be starting a flicker team for us at the flicker site and I'm also going to starting a weekly assignment thread. Where we will have a week or two to take pictures of whatever the assignment is. , Then you can either post them on your sparkpage or you can add them to our flicker team. <BR> <BR> Now the question is.....Do you want me to wait to start the assignments till after the holiday season? Or do you want them started sooner?? <BR> <BR> I'd really like everyone's opinion, ... Wed, 28 Nov 2007 20:31:03 EST Flicker accounts I will be adding our team to the flicker teams also so we can post assignements and pics there. That will take me a week or so, but I will get it done! <BR> <BR> For those of you that do not kow about Flicker, it's a free site where you can post pictures and we can also have our team there and in our team there, it would be private, just for Photobugs! <BR> <BR> More to come later...... Sun, 25 Nov 2007 16:44:45 EST Tips and Techniques Here's the place to share your knowledge of picture taking! There is always something more we can learn and I personally never want to stop learning! Sat, 24 Nov 2007 19:43:14 EST Photography Questions Here's the place to ask questions. We may not know the answer but we will sure try to help in any way we can! Sat, 24 Nov 2007 19:41:46 EST