Joy of Surprise-2017 Favorite Photos

The gift of surprise in photography.

I was in awe when I created my first real macro in 2017. Eyeing a dead leaf that had flown onto my balcony, I held it up to the sunlight, snap and voila, macro heaven.


The surprise of fantasy colorization.

My inner child loves to play with colors and learning simple editing possibilities this year allowed me some creative fun.

Sky viewing can bring a burst of surprise.

I discovered the beauty of black & white photography in 2017.

The surprising beauty of creating a haiga.

This was a real learning curve this year.

One of the most amazing things I learned, was that the eye of my new camera could pick up some of nature’s details that my own eye wasn’t able to perceive. A lovely, abstract surprise.

Hope you enjoyed viewing some of my favorites.


The Daily Post End-of-Year Photo Challenge


About Olga

I have always had an affinity for artistic endeavors and the beauties of nature. The power of the word combined with photography have become my creative spark.
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22 Responses to Joy of Surprise-2017 Favorite Photos

  1. oneta hayes says:

    Beautiful pictures.

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  2. Love the colors in the purple one!

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    • Olga says:

      I’m a fan of those colors also. It was so much fun trying to achieve a fantasy scene using exaggerated coloring. Thanks, Marissa. 🙂


  3. Love them all, but the intensely colored trees is my fave. 😊

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  4. sgeoil says:

    The last photo with the reflection is amazing!

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  5. Winnie says:

    Beautiful pictures indeed!

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  6. Arati says:

    I love the playfulness of the colors. Your use of color has inspired me in the most wonderful way! Reconnecting with the painter in me who has been dormant for decades. Your orange in a glass opened the door for me to explore ‘painting’ a photograph. The idea and exploration have been so freeing.
    With much appreciation and wishing you an inspiring and joyous New Year

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    • Olga says:

      Thank-you, Arati. Inspiration can open a world of possibilities. Wonderful to hear your thoughts. Wishing you a joyous and creative journey in the New Year also. ❤ ❤

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  7. AmyRose🌹 says:

    Love love love your images!! My curiosity always seems to push me to keep on experimenting and trying new things. My new camera too picks up things I don’t see in the viewfinder and when I open the image up in my editing room or see it on my LCD screen, I actually say WOW out loud. Nature fascinates me, tantalizes me, bringing the “kid” out in me. I know this about you too, Olga. May you keep playing and discovering new in 2018. Don’t stop playing because that is where the “joy of life” resides. Merry Christmas! 🎁

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    • Olga says:

      Thank-you, Amy. Photography has definitely brought back the playful side of my nature and the curiosity of my inner child is never ending. It certainly surrounds me with one of the greatest joys in recent years; a re-connection to my past love of creative endeavors. ❤

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  8. Thanks for the beautiful retrospective, presented with contagious enthusiasm.

    Yes, the camera does sometimes see and preserve things the photographer does not notice.  Many yrs ago, I stood still long enough to be ignored by a wren with chicks in a bird house close enough to be photographed with a mild telephoto lens on an ancient analog camera.  It was only after getting my pix back from the lab that I saw how the wren spread its tail feathers to tail-brace during the extremely quick handoff of a bug to a chick.

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    • Olga says:

      Thank-you, Mellow. This mini-retrospective allowed me to view my growth in photography with a curiously joyous perspective. Appreciate you sharing the story about photographing the wren and her chick. All the best in 2018. Cheers! 🙂 🙂

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  9. Lindy Le Coq says:

    What fun, Olga!
    And I agree, the camera captures more than I see – things I discover while looking through the shots on my computer.
    Starting the abstract challenge tomorrow!

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    • Olga says:

      Happy that you enjoyed my post, Lindy. Eager to see what you create with the abstract challenge. All the best to you in 2018. ❤


  10. othermary says:

    These are gorgeous!

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