sausalito harbor mailboxes

I love it when Seen From A Different Angle community members write in with suggestions for prompt ideas. This week’s idea come from our friend Shari (@slynn). She requested that we turn our attention to mail. It’s a bit excting to get a surprise letter or postcard or better yet card in the mail. I enjoy the tactical piece in a completely different way then with something virtual. The physical nature is special in this uber digital world. So, when I got a little envelope in the mail this past week from my aunt and inside was a handmade card wishing me a wonderful New Year, it caused me to pause, smile and share the card with my husband. We treasured it. It wasn’t something that we swiped through on our Facebook feeds, rather the little card sits on our counter for us to enjoy.

A long time ago I read about a project to bring back the act of writing and send mail just because. Think of all the people you could surprise with a quick hello hand written note. I challenge you to write one quick note each day and sent it to a different person each day. It’s a simple act of thoughtfulness. Who wouldn’t like to know that you’re thinking of them? Check out these great printables from one of my favorite designers Paislee Press to jump start your card writing.

Shooting Ideas

There are so many ideas of what to shoot floating in my head right now. A close up of the pen in your hand while you address the envelope, the stamp, the big blue USPS mailbox, the hand opening the big blue USPS box, the flag up on the mailbox indicating to the mailman that there’s mail to take, a card from a friend on the coffee table, the smile on your face when you get a thinking about you card,  … anything and everything related to mail. It could be a portrait of your mail carrier. Why not?

Sharing

Post your mail captures to Instagram with the hashtag #wpmyview for all of us to see. All images tagged with #wpmyview are collected into this gallery. And please share the photo prompt with all your friends using the Repost app. Because sharing is caring and it’s fun :)

How to See Other’s Images

Our image gallery is growing every week. Last week was filled with #bountiful images of flowers and vegetables. I can’t wait to hear who you sent a note to this week (maybe it’s me). Head over to the gallery and see what others are finding and be inspired. To check out the images on Instagram, click the star icon, select the hashtag tab and type in #wpmyview. All the tagged images will appear for you to scroll through and enjoy.

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Rosh Hashana apples

Today marks the fall equinox. This is when the daylight hours and nighttime hours are equal in length (about 12 hours) and the axis of the earth is in line with the center of the sun. It’s not leaning towards or tilting away; the earth is perfectly perpendicular.

The days in the northern hemisphere will gradually begin to shorten until December 21st, the winter solstice. It’s common for many cultures to hold a celebration of the harvest as they prepare for the winter ahead. Some celebrate on the Sunday of the harvest moon (the full moon occurring closest to the equinox) while others, such as Sukot, have their harvest celebration based in religion.

This week our prompt is: Bountiful.

Shooting Ideas

Whether it is a bountiful harvest of food or bountiful joy, show off what’s bountiful in your life. Think of the words abundant, plentiful, ample, and copious to help you in your search for this week’s photo prompt.

Sharing

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How to See Other’s Images

Our image gallery is growing every week. So many delightful glimpses into your #neighborhood from last week to check out and I can’t wait to see what you’re finding #bountiful in your life this week. Head over to the gallery and see what others are finding and be inspired. To check out the images on Instagram, click the star icon, select the hashtag tab and type in #wpmyview. All the tagged images will appear for you to scroll through and enjoy.

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How often do you zip through your neighborhood on auto pilot? Probably most days, right? But I bet if you were on vacation you’d stroll through the downtown and meander down the street taking in the local flare.

If you were near my hood over the weekend there were several great local events to attend. On Saturday I was capturing the festivities at the grand opening of the Berkeley RoadRunner Sports and yesterday, the annual Solano Stroll was in full force. It’s a commercial avenue in Albany/Berkeley that closes for one day, to celebrate music, art, and food. It’s a wonderful celebration of the neighborhood.

What’s happening in your neighborhood? Do you like to go to the local farmers market or shop the boutiques in your downtown? Do you have a favorite park that you go to play? If you answered yes, great! Keep exploring your neighborhood and share it with us. If you answered no, then here’s a little push to get you to find the local gems in your hood.

Please Share Your Pics

Head out to explore your neighborhood. Capture what you find and share your piece of the world with us on Instagram with hashtag #wpmyview.  If we ever end up in one another’s neighborhoods we’ll know the best places to check out first.

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All images tagged with #wpmyview are collected into this gallery. Our image gallery is growing every week. Head on over to see what others are finding and be inspired.

To check out the images on Instagram, click the star icon, select the hashtag tab and type in #wpmyview. All the tagged images will appear for you to scroll through and enjoy. Note that if a user on Instagram has their settings set to Private and you are not following them, their photos will note appear in the photo stream.

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couple on a bench with a lake view

The world seems to speed up this time of year. Summer seems to vanish and fall rushes in. The schedule fills up with school time activities, sports, appointments, and before you know it the holiday madness will be upon us all. This week our prompt is all about the calm. Being present. Being still. Being quiet. Take an extra minute to observe, to finish your morning coffee, to sit on a bench with your honey and soak up the last rays of sunshine.

Shooting Ideas
The evening hours, post dinner, tends to be the calmest part of the day. It might be the extra moment in front of the sink when you look outside and see a bird on your fence, or maybe it’s your little one reading a book in bed before lights out. For those that are early risers, like our friend Diane, it could be drinking your coffee watching the sunrise.

In the early morning or the evening hours, the light available will be minimal; therefore, expect your images to be grainy and on the dark side. If you are shooting on your iphone, be sure to touch the screen where you want the exposure to be dialed in, allowing the lens to adjust (as best it can).  Remember that there are tons of great editing apps like PicTapGo, VSCOcam, and Snapseed to help enhance your image. Plus there are great apps for taking images too like Camera+ and Tadaa SLR.

If you are shooting with a digital camera, increase the ISO to at least 800 if not higher, to help you collect more light. Note that you may need to read your camera manual to learn how to make this adjustment.

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Our image gallery is growing every week. Have you checked it out lately? Head on over to see what others are finding and be inspired. To check out the images on Instagram, click the star icon, select the hashtag tab and type in #wpmyview. All the tagged images will appear for you to scroll through and enjoy. Note that if a user on Instagram has their settings set to Private and you are not following them, their photos will note appear in the photo stream.

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I spent the weekend in southern California splashing in the pool with my cousins. One set of cousins were in town from New York, another group drove up from San Diego and all the Angelenos converged, so we could spend time together like the good ole days when we all lived a block apart.

It was an epic pool party. We had relay innertube races and diving competitions. Then switched to our favorite childhood summer pool activity – the toothpick game. One person places a toothpick between their toes and jumps into the deep end, while all the other participates sit on the side of the pool’s edge, kicking until the person who jumped in is on the pool deck. Then the hunt of the floating stick of wood can begin. If you see the toothpick you jump in and try to grab it. Of course others almost always follow you in to splash it away.

As we played a wave of nostalgia came over me. We used to spend hours and hours water logged playing this game in my aunt’s pool two blocks away. One round after the next. Applying different tactics to out wit, out see , out splash and out swim the other participates. This took up most of my summers as a youth.

It’s about this time in the year that we all begin to feel a bit nostalgic for more summer days as we slide towards the fall. So it’s the perfect prompt for this week.

weekly-photo-prompt-Nostalgia-ferris-wheel-seattle

Shooting Ideas
When see something or are a part of something that triggers a fond memory … take out your camera and capture it. This Ferris Wheel in Seattle reminds me of the LA County fair – the sounds of the fun zone, the sand creatures my brother I used to make, the P.Nuttles we used to munch on, the miniature train set up, the info-vendors, the horse racing, the crafts and the flower building.

Sharing

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