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Greetings all!  Another Friday, another week on Instagram.  Yesterday was Thanksgiving in the States – a day of friends, family, and much feasting (and of course I had my camera close by).  I had only one reasonable plate, but I still managed to eat too much.  It’s tough with so much amazing food!

A very happy Thanksgiving to all of you out there; I’m thankful to have so many people see my photography every week.

As for the photos this week, this first grid photo was from this week’s photo challenge, “experimental.”  I tried something new, that I’ve always been curious to try – focus stacking.  Read all about it and see the final result here.

Speaking of experimenting, I keep trying new things on my Instagram account.  This week, I played more with different dimensions for my grids, including a 1×3 (later), and this 2×2.  This was taken in Denali National Park, from the bus.  We had several days of this magical mist.  Such remarkably beautiful landscapes there.

Next, the aforementioned 1×3.  It shows a bit larger here than it does on my Instagram profile, so it’s a bit harder to see the full effect (check out my Instagram account to see the original).  I love the autumn colors we get in the Pacific Northwest!

This picture is my response for my own monthly photo challenge.  I would love to see your photos.  Read all the details here on how you can submit your photos.

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Next is a simple two-panel from Hawaii.  The colors are especially vibrant in the tropics.  Everything grows; everything is alive.  I was drawn to the contrast between the white sand and bright greens.. with just a touch of color.

Finally, my favorite photo this week is a simple one.  This was my submission for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness.  The simple pattern of the stretching branches is simply mesmerizing.

I would love to hear what you think of these pictures and my experimentations.  Please leave your comments below!

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