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Saturday Self Challenge
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Pictures for Pam, Day 107: SSC: Sharp Focus

Pictures for Pam, Day 107: SSC: Sharp Focus
(+1 inset) (view large for frosty goodness!)

Such a murky, frostless day...blustery, cold, foggy, and then storm clouds moving in and rain coming down. NOT a day to be outside I've decided. My resolve to deal with frozen feet and hands has waned and since there was no frost to drag me outside, I am foregoing my exercise today. Sometimes I just don't feel like it and that's ok. I used to beat myself up when I didn't do my usual exercise but I've finally allowed that it's ok from time to time.

Every weekend when I visit contacts to appreciate their photos and leave comments, I find many pictures for the group, "Saturday Self Challenge." Each week I think to myself, "OH THAT LOOKS LIKE FUN!" However, I am already in two groups that require my attention and input—Macro Monday 2.0 and Happy Fence Friday. (And of course the whole reason I got back into photography...my daily Pictures for Pam!) I have watched and considered and have decided that this commitment should be fine, so I applied and was accepted to the group today, hooray!! :)

The week's challenge is "Sharp Focus" and funny enough, I've got perhaps 2 billion pictures that fall under that category! Specifically though, the rules request a new picture taken in the past week, posted today (my time zone's Saturday). Well, that takes the number down to a very scant 500-1000 pictures, heh. LOL, I don't usually take so many pictures per week but I was out twice for frosty pictures and my Macro Monday mishap meant that I did that project twice. So I did take a LOT of pictures this week.

Today's image is one of the stars from my super frosty outing a couple of days ago. I almost added it as an inset for yesterday's post but it deserves the center stage, so here you go! Crazy frost crystals in sharp focus! I've also included a very frosty bolt that's bristling with crystals!

Pam, I thought it would be fun to find a picture in your photo stream that would be a good entry for "Sharp Focus" and I found this glowing, fiery red and green macro of Autumn-Hued Grape Leaves that I loved. The first one has incredible crispness that show fine vein detail which is like a stained glass window. Absolutely beautiful. The other picture, Autumn-Hued Grape Leaves, Part 2 shows the whole leaf and is brimming with lovely, sharp detail and stunning light. They are both outstanding pictures which make me swoon in delight! Sending another virtual cup of warm soup your way! *BIG HUGGGGZZZZ*!!!

Explored on 2/24/19, highest placement, #1.

Kawasirius, Mariagrazia Gaggero, Sylvain Wiart, Chrissy and 83 other people have particularly liked this photo

56 comments - The latest ones
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Remarkable pair and details!

Admired in:
20 months ago.
 Karen's Place
Karen's Place club
Wow. Those are two gorgeously focused images for our group. It's amazing how frost looks up close like that.

Welcome to SSC, Janet. :)
20 months ago.
 J. Gafarot
J. Gafarot club
Wonderful, delicate thought of past cold.
20 months ago.
 Diane Putnam
Diane Putnam club
Fabulous frosty, rust details!
20 months ago.
uwschu club
so macht Natur Spaß, wunderschönes Macro
20 months ago.
neira-Dan club
Que c'est beau !! Magnifique exemple
20 months ago.
H.-Marie club
Dieses frostige Gebilde ist ein wunderbarer Beitrag für unser Thema.
Fabelhaft den Fokus gesetzt, Janet
20 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
COOL shot Janet.
20 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Wonderfully sharp close up Janet.
20 months ago.
Xata club
Ice is always an excelent subject and difficult to perform. You've done well.
20 months ago.
 David G Johnson
David G Johnson club
Super close up.. and the lens specification shows why... (plus your talent too ! ) Dave added swiftly !!....
Keep well.. and best wishes from.. David J'.. UK.
20 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
20 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Excellent close-up, Janet ! Very bizarre, very beautiful ! Have a very nice Sunday !
20 months ago.
annaig56 club
excellente création et jolie douceur
20 months ago.
 Wierd Folkersma
Wierd Folkersma club
wonderful light, frost is so interesting
20 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
A wonderful macro Janet. It just looks spectacular!!
20 months ago.
Boro club
Wow !!! JOLIE
20 months ago.
Gudrun club
The ice crystals look amazing seen close, two perfect photos for the challenge! Welcome to the group:-)
20 months ago. Edited 20 months ago.
 Tanja - Loughcrew
Tanja - Loughcrew club
Another wonderful frosty macro Janet..it´s amazing how you take us sooo close to your motifs!
I like the PiP a little more...it makes me want to breathe on it ;)
Have a wonderful sunday dear Janet!
20 months ago.
 Rainer Blankermann
Rainer Blankermann club
Great focus and beautiful expression of frost!
20 months ago.
 Noisette du 11
Noisette du 11 club
Wonderful ! Simply wonderful !
20 months ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Excellent shot, wonderful detail.
20 months ago.
Nouchetdu38 club
A very beautiful composition made from a small detail very simple! I really like!***********
20 months ago.
 Susanne Hoy
Susanne Hoy club
How great is that! A spiral of ice crystals winds around the screw. The ice crystals looks like silver jewellery.
20 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
You've certainly met the criteria for the challenge Janet..............this is as sharp as a sharp thing..!! The is some super detail in the burned wood too - just enough to set it out from the background, especially if viewed large!

Sterling work..!!
20 months ago.
FarbFormFreude club
oh yes, that can be called SHARP !
20 months ago.
cammino club
Beautiful ice crystals!!! Fantastic close-up!
20 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
20 months ago.
 aNNa schramm
aNNa schramm club
so wonderful the crystallization over this little detail *******
20 months ago.
sea-herdorf club
Die Eiskristalle nehmen Platz auf den Windungen der Schraube, Janet.
Freundliche Grüße und einen guten Abend.
20 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
OMG Janet - this is absolutely superb. I just love it. The frost is incredible.You can tell which is a bolt or a screw by the way the frost has captured the shape. I think these are the very best frost pictures I've ever seen. Amazing again.

I'm glad to hear that you didn't do your walk today - with weather like that - it's unwise to tempt fate and chance a dose of flu. I'm glad too to hear that you're going to join another group because your photos are indeed worthy of as many people as possible to see them. Our weather here today was lovely and warm - about 18C which is oddly very warm for the end of February. I had the back door open for over an hour to let the fresh air in - it was wonderful.
20 months ago.
 Roger Bennion
Roger Bennion club
Superb focus on the subject. And, love how the out-of-focus backdrop compliments the subject, Janet. Must be viewed on black I say. A fave for me.
20 months ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
Gorgeous view of this cold beauty!
20 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club

20 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Très belle photo avec note. Nicole.
20 months ago.
RHH club
That is a wonderful photo, Janet, with those amazing ice crystals. Both photos, though different, are wonderful. Isn't it amazing what a little frost and cold weather can do. It's for things like this that 30-45 minute walks sometimes turn into several hours. There is always so much to see and photograph on a winter morning, though, I must say, I am ready for some spring wildflowers and greenery.

I laughed at the numbers you mentioned. I think, if I am not mistaken, that I have somewhere around 80,000 photos taken over many years, some of them old slides converted to digital images. Don't know what I'll ever do with them all, and still have to go through quite a number of them and dispose of them. I'll probably leave some (photos of native orchids, wildflowers and plants) to UW or some such organization, but that's only a few.

My photography career began about the time we were married, in fact, I borrowed my brother's camera for our honeymoon. Soon after got a Minolta SRT 201 for myself and spent the next 20 years or so shooting film and switched to digital when my camera (at that time a Canon film camera) was stolen.

I guess that as many years as I've been doing photography, I should be better at it, but it's always been just a hobby, not a life. It's been wonderful that we've been able to do it together as an adjunct to hiking and backpacking, too. Anyway, sorry for th delay in responding to your kind comments Ii always look forward to them), but had a very busy day and am exhausted now and will probably head for bed.
20 months ago.
Amazing picture !
20 months ago.
polytropos club
This is really cool! Great find!
20 months ago.
Ruebenkraut club
I really love that shot - welcome to the group!
20 months ago.
 Janano -
Janano - club
This is amazing Janet. Very much like a mini decorated Christmas tree. Wonderful focus
20 months ago.
Zulma club
You know exactly how I feel about this one. and the inset....wow...tops my dear Pod Sister. I feel good today, ready to rumble (whatever that means) Huge huge hug to you!!
20 months ago.
 * ઇઉ *
* ઇઉ * club
Exquisite macros, Janet!
20 months ago.
 Sylvie Coeffic
Sylvie Coeffic club
Great macro ! :-)
20 months ago.
ROL/Photo club
A nouveau une exceptionnel photo
et à nouveau d'une exceptionnelle originalité..
un grand BRAVO Janet..
Bonne nouvelle semaine
amitié /roland
20 months ago.
 Meral Alkim
Meral Alkim
A great job!
20 months ago.
niraK68 club
20 months ago.
 Stacy Metcalf
Stacy Metcalf
Superb !
✰ # 67 from western Canada
20 months ago.
HelenaPF club
Ma chère Janet, tu réussis à trouver toujours plus de merveilles dans cette nature couverte de givre et d'en faire des trésors!!! Bravo ma petite chérie******************************************
20 months ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
superb focus !!!!!!!!!!!!!
20 months ago.
Valfal club
Wow, this is amazing, as is all the work you do, Janet!! A warm welcome to the group, and I am excited to see what you do for future challenges! :-)

We just got dumped on with several inches of snow again (in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US), so it seems March is coming in "Like a Lion" as it did last year! ;-)
20 months ago. Edited 20 months ago.
Heidiho club
You make me laughing, Janet ! ... 2 billion pictures that fall under that category, oh yes !
Every of your pics is so fine focussed. It`s your daily job to take perfect focussed details !
Good decision, to join our small SSC-group !!!
20 months ago.
trester88 club
20 months ago.
Puchinpappy club
Good eye to see the frost growing along with the turn of the screw.
20 months ago.
HaarFager club
That is some super amazing closeup detail! Ice crystals are all so unique and beautiful and that stands out in how you've captured this image.
20 months ago.
 Diederik Santema
Diederik Santema
Beautiful image with the ice-crystals. FIrst I thought of some kind of a sea anemone.
20 months ago.
Chrissy club
so schön und zerbrechlich ...
19 months ago.

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