Zero to Hero: Day 29

Day 29: Think through your idea editorial calendar. Bonus: develop a regular feature for your blog.

With one more day to go this is a good opportunity to take stock.  Over the past month I have continued to post regularly on my other site thechangingpalette to various photo challenges, which have increased in number over the past few weeks.

The Weekly Photo Challenge

The Weekly Travel Theme

The Weekly Photo-Editing Challenge

The Monday Bouquet

At the same time, I have posted regularly on theotherpalette to the various Zero to Hero daily assignments, which has been a valuable learning experience, and many thanks are due to the WordPress team for guiding us along.  Hopefully the blogging will continue to improve with more photo challenges to come.

One of my plans for 2014 is to digitize my old black and white as well as color negatives and color kodachrome slides, which I am happy to say remain in pristine condition, even though many of them are over forty years old. I suspect you have similar archival boxes of old photographic material, so why not join me and continue journeying towards blogging “herohood”; looking back as we go forward.

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The negative for this image is over forty years old and yet it is as if I took this photograph of Prince Charles and Princess Anne riding through the streets of the City of London only yesterday.

I’m looking forward to getting started, with so much more to come…

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Zero to Hero: Day 28

Day 28: Find the post that has received the most views, likes, or comments, and write a related follow-up post. 

Perhaps my most popular post over the past nearly 30 days on theotherpalette was  “Siena revisited” on Days 17 and 18, and it was also my happy introduction to Magdalena and her wonderful Just Visit Siena site.  I thought I would make my follow-up post about our visit to the Abbey of St Antimo, a former Benedictine Monastry in the commune of Montalcino in Tuscany.  On a day trip from Siena we took an unforgettable 10 kilometer walk through the magnificent Tuscan country side to reach St Antimo.  Enjoy the pictures and listen to the beautiful Gregorian chant, “Haec Dies” from “Mysterium” a recording made in the Abbey in April 1995 by the five fathers of the Communita die Canonici Regolari di Sant’Antimo.

Zero to Hero: Day 22

Day 22: Find a blogging event and throw your hat into the ring.

Through the Blog Events Listing I discovered the perfect event to throw my would-be hero’s “hat in the ring”:  Sonel’s Corner Photo-Editing Challenge.  This is Week 12 of the challenge and is entitled Unusual Anglesphotos taken at an unusual or extreme angle or vantage point.  Since I already regularly submit to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge,  I shall look forward to making future submissions to Sonel’s Corner.

My submission today is a photograph taken at the Vancouver Convention Centre and edited in Adobe Photoshop Elements, a program in which I do all my photo editing.

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Zero to Hero: Days 17 & 18

Siena revisited

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Having commented and activated a link to my twitter account I thought I would post something that came out of a happy meeting from my blog travels and comments yesterday.  Siena is a city we love and have visited on two separate occasions.  Its history, beauty, art and people make it a very special place indeed. How happy I was to come across Magdalena’s wonderful blog Just Visit Siena ! Everything you could ever want to know about this beautiful city is here.  Explore Magdalena’s blog and you will be on the next plane, train or automobile!

Here is my comment to Magdalena:

So happy to have found your blog of one of my favourite cities; so many wonderful memories. I will never forget the remarkable frescoes by Domenico di Bartoli in the Ospedale Santa Maria della Scala. Looking forward to following you and to returning to your beautiful city again one day.

And here are a few of our photo memories to encourage you to go: