Lens Artists Photo Challenge #26: Photographic Review

This week, Ann-Christine hostsย Photographic Review theme to wrap up 2018 Lens Artists Photo Challenge.

It’s challenging to choose your own favorite photos, besides there are many ways to approach this theme. After debating a few times, I finally decided to tell my fun photographic experience and share a few nature images.

I can’t describe how stunning the view was as the sun light was trying to break through the clouds and the colors of the sky began to change.

The horse seemed to enjoy the tranquility on a lovely spring Sunday morning. Yes, this is Texas. ๐Ÿ™‚

Fall colors were covered byย heavy fog, yet you still could sense the beauty of fall.

This year I’ve tried a few new photography techniques. One was theโ€œfreelensing” which helped create dreaming-like photos.

Another cool technique was panning. This one required some practices.

At the New York Grand Central Terminal, a young photographer let me place my camera next to his, then patiently showed me the technique of taking a motion blur photo. Who would expect to learn a new photography technique from a photographer in one of the busiest terminals in the world?

Apple finally putย panorama in iPhone (mine is 8+), and I finally had “courage” to give a try. No, you don’t have to give 3 different shots with your camera on a tripod then merge them in Photoshop for a pano image. Tab your iPhone camera, go to Pano, and click. Voila!


Because of my altitude dizziness, I struggled to keep my eyes open, I didn’t want to miss some of the amazing scenery of Peru from the bus window. But, but how did I manage to capture this scene (below) on the bus?

Ann-Christine says, “This last Lens Artists Photo Challenge of the year 2018, is all about memories. Make a recap ofย Your 2018! “ย What a great way to celebrate 2018 and share your sweet memories! Please take a moment to visit her beautiful photographic review and join us. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy to let you knowย Picks of my pics โ€ฆ is back, one photo a day including his”hiking to the Everest Base Camp” photo. Sometime ago, Jeremy said, “I want to make a photo, not just take a photo…” He does.

Wish you happy 2019! ๐Ÿ™‚

95 thoughts on “Lens Artists Photo Challenge #26: Photographic Review

    • Thank you, Helen! A couple of friends told me that it’s a risk of exposing your sensor. I haven’t tried since. I guess L-A motivates to take more photos. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  1. Amy! Your pictures are incredible!! I am really loving the way you are growing and learning and experimenting. It is so much fun isn’t it? Every image I just stared at and I really thank you for sharing them. I’m amazed by what I saw! You’ve given me food for thought regarding what I would like to do with my photography in 2019. Happy New Year!! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’

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  2. Happy 2019 to you too! ๐Ÿ™‚ What a wonderful collection of 2018 photos, interesting techniques and lovely places… a pleasure to see your journeys, photographic and all. ๐Ÿ™‚ The scene in Peru caught from the bus is a total wow!


    • Thank you, Nicole! I appreciate your support. Your beautiful poems and photos have been inspiring, The capture of the Peru scenery on the bus was a nice surprise, because I couldn’t focus, so I just clicks and hope for the best. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. I so enjoyed your look back over 2018 photography, the new techniques you learned, and the delightful images you produced, Amy. I liked every one, but I found the sun with the clouds over water, the first one, to be outstanding. Although you may not have been able to describe the excitement with words, you certainly described the excitement very palpably with your photo. Cheers to a great new year, my friend–


    • Thank you so much for your encouraging comment, Jet! I’m thankful to have the connection with you via WP community. I continue to learn the beauty of nature through your blog site. I’m thankful for that. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Have a wonderful new year!

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  5. I shall narrow down further for you … my favorite is Peru from the bus window. The break through sunlight is a close second. Really surprised to see myself being mentioned when I read till the end of the blog post! I rubbed my eyes to reconfirm, haha. Thanks and have a great year ahead, Amy.

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    • Thank you taking time to view and give me feedback, Jeremy. So glad you like the shot of Peru mountains. On the bus they give me the front seat due to my dizziness, and I was told to look ahead, but I couldn’t help to look the side window and click. Maybe it reminded your hiking adventure in Peru. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you for bringing the beauty of the places you have traveled to us.
      Happy travels 2019! .


  6. Loved your impromptu lesson at Penn Center Amy, what a hoot!! And your photo in motion is perfect. U know how I envied your Machu Picchu trip, that photo is terrific too. Itโ€™s been a great experience partnering with you, Pattiband Ann-Christine on the LA Challengeโ€”hereโ€™s to continued friendship and fun in 2019!

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    • Thank you so much for your compliment, Tina!
      My great pleasure of working with you, Patti, and Ann-Christine on the L-A Challenge. Thank you for your wonderful idea and great effort. I, too, value our friendship.
      Wishing you the best for 2019!


  7. Beautiful images Amy, the sunlight breaking through in the first photograph is so amazing ๐Ÿ’œ Thank you for sharing your wonderful journeys with us and for co-hosting the lovely Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenges. A blessed and happy New Year to you and your loved ones from all of us here ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ•Š xxx

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  9. I don’t think I could possibly choose a favorite of all your wonderful photos, but the one with the bicycle and beautifully blurred background is special to me! Your photography gets better and better, Amy! I wonder where you’ll go this year? ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thank you for your encouraging comment, Debra! Glad you like the bicycle photo. This technique takes some practices.
      Hubby and I haven’t decide where to travel to this year. I remember your travel by train. That sounds really fun!


  10. Very beautiful photography. It really captures the beauty of nature. I really loved the tranquility of the spring season. Thank you for sharing Amy. Wish you a very happy new year. Expecting more such posts from you this year too.


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