Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // refraction, water, glass, rainbow, pinwheel, stripes, colors, colorful

Refraction // Rainbow Glass {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // refraction, glass, rainbow, paints, colors, colorfulWhen I read the prompt “Refraction” over at the Daily Post, my initial response was “huh?” and I quickly had to google it! Do you know what it means? Wikipedia to the rescue with an explanation. I’m educated, and continue to love to learn, so getting stumped by a word is sometimes a nice surprise!

I loved the water droplet images that I saw, but don’t have any of those shots in my archives. And I don’t have a macro lens (yet!) so I couldn’t just whip one up, although it is on my wish list (feel free to help a girl out and contribute towards it here!) 🙂

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I remembered the image I had in my archives of a cake stand and paints in the background, but I wasn’t totally feeling it. So, I decided to do the next best thing to the water droplet images and use jars and glasses of water to distort a background. This isn’t mind blowing creatively, but it was fun to squeeze in a little photo fun in the middle of a crazy busy day! My favorite part is the pinwheel-ish look and yellow “button” in one of the glasses of water! Pretty cool, huh?!

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I have to admit that being able to quickly whip up an idea and stage a photo like this has come from having photography be top of mind on a daily basis. How’s that? Definitely a big influence is being part of Katrina Kennedy’s Capture Your 365 community. Have you checked it out yet?

I’ll be joining Katrina on Sunday, October 19th (later today!), to chat LIVE at the Worldwide Photo Walk After Party! Join us as we’ll chat about our photo walk experiences and how a photo walk can improve your photography! We’ll even have a private Flickr group to share photos for discussion during the live event! Get details and register here!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! And if you haven’t signed-up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list yet, whatcha waiting for? You’ll get “7 Must-Have Kid Birthday Photos” printable photo tips as my thank you!

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10 on 10 – October // Photo Walk

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // La Jolla, beach, photography, San Diego, cove, morning, waves, crashing, shellDid you participate in Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk Day, this past Saturday, October 11th? I did! I headed down to La Jolla Cove to join the walk happening there. It wasn’t exactly what I expected as everyone went their separate ways, but I was able to get some nice shots of our San Diego gem!

My amazing friend Katrina Kennedy with Capture Your 365 is hosting a Photo Walk After Party, this coming Sunday, October 19th, 6pm PST. Guess who’ll be on the show with her? Me, me, me! I’m super excited 🙂

If you joined an organized photo walk, or headed out on your own walk with a camera, join us for the live after party! We’ll be sharing our photo walk experiences, our favorite photowalk photos and the stories they hold, and hanging out, connecting as a community with like-minded, photography lovers! All from the comfort of your own home! BYOB, lol! Check out more here.

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Perfect timing on the photo walk taking place when it did as our monthly 10-on-10 photo circle is happening this week, too! You may have come to me from Carie Cruz? She’s new to our circle, so even if you didn’t come from her beautiful blog, be sure to hop on over and give her a warm welcome with some comment love. But first, head on over to the amazing Kathleen Ries to check out her lovely images of her recent adventures on date-night!

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And if you still didn’t get enough 10 on 10 goodness, check out our previous circles here – I love the beautiful, diverse and collaborative spirit of our photo circles!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! Make sure not to miss any future posts by signing up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list here! You’ll get a great little freebie download as my thank you  🙂

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Sisters holding hands, photos in front of yellow and cream barn doors

Sisters Through and Through {CY365}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Sisters holding hands, photos in front of yellow and cream barn doors

I’ve shared lots about my daughters, and I just have to share these shots from earlier in the year. I had an assignment due for my Practice class with Katrina Kennedy at Capture Your 365 (#CY365) The assignment was experimenting with custom temperature settings on your camera. Haven’t done it? Yeah, I hadn’t either! Definitely explore that capability. I am still in awe!

{Side Note: The Practice! Class runs for a full year and we still have 4 months left. If you’re looking to make practicing your photography a priority and are looking for a class, this is IT! There’s even a mid-year discount on it. Check it out!}

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After a very busy few weeks, I had to squeeze in my Practice assignment at the very last minute. Luckily, we were headed to the Girl Scout store in order to get my 7 yr olds Brownie uniform in preparation of her bridging from Daisy to Brownie, and were conveniently down the street from Balboa Park.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Sisters holding hands, sticking tongues out, photos in front of yellow and cream barn doors

During the class webinar and live critique, a fellow photographer (and friend) commented on the barn doors in the shot. They are quite lovely, aren’t they?! But truth be told, they’re actually the doors to the carousel in the park. The carousel doesn’t run often, I think it’s only on weekends, but I’m not sure if the summer schedule is any different? But I digress… back to me and my photos and offering you some tips 🙂

The reason I mention the doors is because over the years, I think I’ve honed my skill of noticing backgrounds, textures and locations to use for photography. Do you take the time to notice what’s right in front of you and easily accessible? So much beauty that isn’t necessarily seen as beautiful from the get-go. {Click on the photos below to link to the original blog posts featuring that specific image and more!}

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The pink background in this self portrait? My daughter’s Cinderella blanket!

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The awesome rock wall? A BBQ pit at a local park!

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The gorgeous Moroccan lanterns? Hanging high overhead on the ceiling in a local restaurant.

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates // Mexican palm tree

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates // Mexican palm tree

The Uncommon Beauty in everyday sights? Our Mexican Palm tree.

What have you noticed and photographed that wasn’t so obvious at first? Take a look around your part of the world today. I bet you can come up with at least 5 things that are interesting to photograph. Be it textural, colorful, foreign or just plain old pretty! Share what you discover – I really want to hear and see!

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Nighttime // Seaport Village {Photo Challenge}

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The year-long “Practice” photography class I’m taking with Katrina Kennedy over at Capture Your 365 challenges me every month by being behind the lens with intention. Last month, the subject was Landscape photography and I realized that as much as I love landscapes, I just don’t do many of them. Nowadays, seems I direct my lens at people much more often than scenery 🙂

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So I headed out to Seaport Village, a tourist spot on the harbor near downtown San Diego. I once owned a retail clothing store there, so it’s definitely my old stomping grounds!

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Maybe it’s because I expect more from myself, but I was really challenged with the landscape exercise, but probably more so because I arrived so late!

PHOTO TIP: Heading out for nighttime photography? Be sure to bring along a handy tripod, even an inexpensive one, for slow shutter speed, letting in plenty of light!

Do you photograph with intention? Being in “Practice” keeps me shooting intentionally and growing as a photographer. There is now mid-year pricing on the class. Check it out!

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PS. The Daily Post weekly photo challenge: Nighttime inspired this post! Be sure to check out other interpretations of nighttime and my other entries into previous challenges!

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Between // Summer is coming! {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // little girl running into ocean, arms stretched out, excitement, Ralph Waldo Emerson quote "Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air."

Between telling my 7-yr old to only dip her toes in and the allure of the great beautiful Pacific Ocean, my girls decided getting totally wet in their summer dresses and jean jackets was totally appropriate!

Really, is there more to say?! Hope you’re ready to kick-off summer (officially, tomorrow, June 21st, also my birthday – woot-woot!) with as much exuberance as my 7-yr old in this shot! Also, I love, love, love this quote, so I had to pair it with this silhouette. Besides, my daughter defines the “free” and “wild” parts of childhood, this image and quote just really encapsulates her!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! And if you haven’t signed-up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list yet, whatcha waiting for? You’ll get “7 Must-Have Kid Birthday Photos” printable photo tips as my thank you 🙂  {Password is sent to you via email when you sign up for the email list.}

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Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Water Lily and Turtle in pond at Balboa Park

Extra, Extra // Hello There! {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Water Lily and Turtle in pond at Balboa Park

A field trip with my first graders class to Balboa Park a couple weeks ago yielded catching this little visitor in the frame! I was clearly going for the beautiful water lily, but then out popped a little turtle head. Bonus! Do you see him?

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day! And if you haven’t signed-up for the Clicky Chick Creates email list yet, whatcha waiting for? You’ll get “7 Must-Have Kid Birthday Photos” printable photo tips as my thank you 🙂  {Password is sent to you via email when you sign up for the email list.}

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