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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sunday Night Scavenger

Linking with Ashley for this week's Scavenger Hunt Sunday.





I'm doing a night version of SHS this week, breaking ritual.  Watch out!


Ever go to the grocery store for a few things and take a look how they don't go together at all? 
Like,
cheese,  paper towels, and shrimp....
Or,
salad dressing, cereal, and Tide.....

It's even more fun to look at the combinations someone else is buying and wonder "what the hell?"
My point is, don't be wondering "what the hell?" about my set.  It seems like strange combinations to me and you other people may think it's even weirder.




Roof Thatchers
Roof Thatchers
 
Tools:  I was in Cuba 1 year ago (tomorrow) and still have images I've not shared.  Yes this is archives, but at least I'm seasonal-and they have tools.


Glide BW
Glide BW
 
Motion:  Working on panning practice.  This is a tough skill to get into the tool bag.  (see I'm trying to connect this to the tool thing above)



Andrew
Andrew
 
Sweet:  Andrew outside his new ice cream gelato place in town.  Still dieting...so no sweets for me, but I told him I'd send him some business.  He is a sweet guy too.
 

Ode to Eliza 295/365
Ode to Eliza 295/365
 
Dots:  Got waaaaayyyyy deep into the processing experimentation the other night.  Looking to make something like a painting I guess.  The "dots" are raindrops from another image I layered over the top.


Purse BW 292/365
Purse BW 292/365
 
Stripes:  I just love this photo.   I hope that's OK to love your own shot.  I need to get a copy to the owner of purse/sunglasses.  Bet she'll love it too.
 
 
 
 
Had a little time away this weekend with my Mom. We don't get much time together just the two of us, so it was nice. And we both slept well. And there were naps, and no TV. Sweet. But, no Internet. When I'm away from Internet access it becomes crystal clear how deep my addiction to it runs.
Not quite sure what to do about that.  Maybe just being aware is good enough.
 
Thanks for checking in with my late addition to the SHS.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Scavenge On

Linking with Ashley again this Sunday for the SHS.




I'm working today (boo-hiss) so quick scavenger for me.  I know my set is a little funky and stretchy....and I'll own that.  Honestly, I think that's half the fun of the hunt.




Laura
Laura
 
Fun:  My best.  We had dinner together this week-neither of us have much $$$, so it was fun way to spend a gift card I'd received.
Something else fun....she was glancing out the window at people passing by.  I wanted so much to take her photo.  A bit later I said "I really want to take your picture, I love the way you look in the light.  Would that be OK?"  and she said yes.  Maybe all we need to do is ask.


Web
Web
 
Arts and Crafts:  Yah, not so much a crafty girl.  I'll own that as well.
A spider is highly crafty and each web an artistic endeavor.


Chickens Are Gross
Chickens are Gross
 
Messy:  Me no like taking care of my brother's chickens when he's out of town.  Eeewwww. 
I don't mind when he gives me fresh eggs though.


Ferns
Ferns
 
Blessing:  Both my cat and my dog Tula are blessings to me.  Doubly blessed as this summer Tula won't be laid up for months recovering from surgery.  I am happy to see her enjoying (and running in) the woods again.


Mama
Mama
 
Effort:  I am not a mom, and therefore don't know what effort it takes to be a good one.
This woman, diligently watching her children...well, that's effort.  Things as a child you're not even aware of-how hard your mom works ALL the time.
 
 
 
And just as one more aside....I wrote down the list pretty messily last week.  I thought blessing said blogging.  I haven't been blogging much lately-I was thinking about putting an empty pic.  That said, if I've not been around for a visit of late over to your shop, sorry.  Trying.  Frickin' work.  Grrrrrr.  Hope to catch you later.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Third Something or Other

Linking with Brenda for June's Third Thursday.  Thank you to the hostess-mostest.








Garden Cherubs BW
Garden Cherubs BW



This month I've been thinking about contrast.  Not contrast as in opposite words, but contrast as in light and dark regions of my images.  While this is something to think about when shooting, I think for me even more so in the processing process-how to intensify the contrast of an image that lends itself to sharp differences.


Sitar BW 279/365
Sitar BW 279/365


No surprise processing in black white is an obvious way to bring out these characteristics.  I found myself doing more BW than usual this month.  I still don't "see BW" when I'm out shooting, but I am identifying more easily images that will work well when processed that way.  I love this image of my friend Randy.  I've shared some shots of him before...amazing musician.  He plays instruments from all over the world-he owns something like 250 different instruments.  Sitar-he even has more than one of these.  Everyone needs 3 or 4 sitars, right? : )




Wild Daisies
Wild Daisies

I've also focused on more contrast in my color images.  For a long time I've been reluctant to up contrast.  I had thought my computer screen showed images lighter than they appeared on other's screens and was afraid to push, especially the darks, too far.  Maybe that is the case.  Let me know if my "stuff" looks too extreme.  Perhaps I can make an adjustment of my view that will  result in better exposure on other computers too.

 
Circle
Circle


I'm glad I've been working on this.  I'm pretty burnt out on taking photos.  Bored really.  I feel as though I've taken shots of everything within a 10 mile radius of home.  I am returning to places I've been-many on numerous occasions and working to find new ways to think about them.  Sometimes I take the same-well similar-shot again and try to make it better.



Up or Down BW
Up or Down BW

This one is definitely Brenda inspired.  Thank you Brenda.

I am about 2 1/2 months away from completing my 2nd 365.  Even though it's been tough going-often, I think it's paying off, and I plan to decide whether or not to do a 3rd, just continue when this one finished.  After playing with contrast and upping the BW processing, I'm wondering if a 365 of BW images would be a way to up the ante....or make me entirely crazy and unbearable.  We'll see.


Thank you for checking in on my 3rd Thursday.  I like seeing what the other participants have been up to, too. 


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Scavenger Time

Linking with Ashley, you know the drill.  Every Sunday; like clockwork. 





Been to the gym, grocery, made French toast for breakfast, have a load of laundry in the washer, and dishes in the dishwasher.  This afternoon I am totally sitting on the couch and reading which undoubtedly 3 to 4 pages in will turn into a nap.  I'm fine with that.




Summer Seats
Summer Seats

Summer:  There's a certain slow down of pace in summer more so than other seasons.  I'd love to sit a spell here, preferably with a glass of red wine.  Do you think the home owners would mind?
BTDubs, this spot comes with an unobstructed view of the ocean.  Care to grab a glass of red wine and join me?

 
Rebecca
Rebecca

Dance:  Went to a concert this week.  I was trying out my new (yay me) 50mm f/1.4-it served me pretty well in a dark setting.  At the end of the concert was a great dance while they sang "Jai Ho" from Slumdog Millionaire.

 

Back Seat Driver 281/365
Backseat Driver
 
Laughter:  How can you not get a little giggle out of this?
I was concerned the dog had no leash, but if the bike fell over, better for the dog to jump than be tethered, and it's a scooter-they don't go very fast.  As they zip off down the street, the dog rests his head on the owner's shoulder, obviously in complete delight.
 


Scooter Lesson
Scooter Lesson

Helper:  A perfect image for Father's Day.  As they passed me on the sidewalk the boy said "excuse me" and his dad said "new scooter rider coming thru".  Instantly I knew this was a picture and made one of those quick grabs.  Love that.


When It Rains It Pours BW 273/365
When It Rains It Pours BW 273/365

Water:  Someone asked me if this was an old man.
Hmmmm.  No peeps, it's a selfie.  And yes, I did buy a couple new pair of pants over to the thrift store when I donated these.



Took my father out for dinner Thursday night.  We had a great time-just father daughter.  He's celebrating with my brother and his family this evening.  He's milking this Dad thing right out....and he deserves it.

 
New Chapeau
New Chapeau

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Not a One Done

I've got several folders where not ONE photo has been processed.  I'm behind.  Aaack.  Work. You know? It's totally butting into my blogging time. I hate when that happens.

And, I spilled my coffee this morning-on my mouse which made me curse and sent cat and dog flying out of the room and absorbed more open time.  Blah!  Hang on to those mugs while you're multi-tasking I say.

Work calls in just a few minutes, but I thought I'd share a couple without much comment. Maybe if I just shut up, blogging would be a faster endeavor...but then I'd feel like I'm missing something.


Handles
Handles


Side Door BW 266/365
Side Door BW 266/365


Flower in the Field
Flower in the Field
 
 
Off to hit the office (yuck!)  Have a great day.
 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Monday Scavenger

Linking with Ashley for this week's Scavenger Hunt Sunday, but on Monday.  Whoops.





No excuses, sometimes these things just happen, where life is too damn busy. Or maybe it's just me that's too damn busy. Didn't want to miss out though.

Washing Dishes
Washing Dishes
 
Dishes:  I try to use the dishwasher as much as possible, but this chore is still inevitable (and even more slow and tedious one handed).




With Blue Seats
With Blue Seats
 
Fave Color:  Blue.  Still.



Convertible
Convertible
 
Sunflare:  Last week I stated I used sunflare often, perhaps too much....which was followed by this week when I had zero sunflare shots.  Figures.  This sun glare will have to suffice as sunflare.  Hey, it rhymes.


Focus BW
Focus BW
 
Expression:  I love this image of him listening so intently.  Candids can be so rewarding.


Issues
Issues
 
Sticky:  From deep in the archives. OMG I hate sticky things.  I hate them so much I don't have any photos of sticky things.  I suppose a thumb tack might be OK.
Therefore stickers.  I'm thinking just a few less stickers might be a bit more effective.
Less is more....right?
 
 
Thanks for checking in with my Scavenger Hunt Sunday Monday.

Friday, June 7, 2013

In Search




Open Field
Open Field
 


Gold
Gold
 


Yellow
Yellow
 
 
I never realized that I do like buttercups.  So cheerful and only appearing this time of year.  Glad I thought to seek some.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

My Photo Heart

Linking with Kat for May's Photo Heart Connection.  Love this linky....all are welcome, so check it out.







 
 
 
 
 
 
Another month has slipped by.  Time marches on and on.  Something I enjoy about photography, especially when I'm taking images every day, I can remember a day, mood, event, place, people, etc. Even if all of the above are not IN the photos, the bunch of images triggers a moment in time like making it stand still.
 
 
 
 
Railroad Reflections 254/365
Railroad Reflections 254/365
 
 
I believe a photo that connects with the heart, may not necessarily be a reminder of a moment that was happy, sweet, or sentimental.   The time may not have been filled with great beauty, melancholy, insight or one that bordered perfection.  There are times when I read blogs and wonder how some one's life can be so dynamic, joyful; so Martha Stewart.  Picnics under sparkly lights with perfect posies on the table?  I'm skeptical.
 
Seriously?
 
Coffee spills, the gutters need cleaning, work aggravates, there are too many chores and too few hours to complete them; the cat box needs changing-again.  That ain't no Martha Stewart-unless it's Martha in jail.
 
 
This image touches my heart because it was a crappy day.  Emotionally tough and draining, grey drab skies, cold and raw (see those red fingers?) and it was 7:10 p.m. I had no clue or desire to go get something for the 365, but.....
 
As you can see from my header, RR tracks are something I visit periodically.  Sometimes there's graffiti.  There's dirt and trash and at some point last fall I became aware RR tracks are one of the places I choose when faced with a difficult mood.
 
After the Amtrak went whizzing by (I did get a great shot of that), I noted an old RR tie sticking out of the banking making a good place to balance my camera.  I took a snap. When checking the viewfinder for clarity and such I saw the reflection and inspiration started. I took a bunch more with longer lines, facing front and back, but it was this first one that had the best focus and feel.  Funny how that happens-that the most spontaneous image is better than others I take trying to enhance the quality.
 
A bonus thing happened along with this shot I'm quite pleased with.  I took a bunch of selfies and realized those jeans are just too damn big to be acceptable anymore.  I've been cinching them with a belt, but that no longer will get me by.  The new eating habits and dieting are paying off.  Yay me, but I totally miss ice cream.  It's been 7 months.
 
Thanks for checking in with my PHC moment.  The words take up more space than the pic.  Houston, we have a problem.
 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Sunny Scavenger

Linking with Ashley for this week's Scavenger Hunt Sunday.





This week's scavenger was wicked easy.  Take snaps all week and then....post 5 photographer's favorites.  The hard part was keeping it down to five.

This week warmth and sun finally arrived.  Last evening my friends and me were all wearing shorts (temps to 90 which is kind of rare in Maine), and remarking we still had winter gloves and warm jackets handy and hadn't put them away yet.  Two weeks back, we needed them.  Weird.

The arrival of warmth, sun and long light offered a reminder that this IS my favorite time of year-what I long for.  I was out chasing images until 8 p.m.  To me that is the best.



In the Grass
In the Grass
 
This shot says "summer" to me.
 

Fragrance
Fragrance
 
Taken at a nature center in the next town over.  This hillside locale gets beautiful late day light.  Hard to find an open western exposure when you're on the East coast.


Chairs BW
Chairs BW
 
I've been playing with sunflare and lens flare a lot, maybe too much....so sue me.  I love the result.
BTW....I did sit a spell in one of those chairs and it was delightful.
 

Chance
Chance
 
This is a once in a lifetime shot....never be able to get exactly this again.  Near docks and pilings, late day light against subtle water ripples.  Way cool.  The longer I shoot images, the more I appreciate abstractions.
 

Ford 1936 Pick Up BW
Ford 1936 Pick Up BW
 
I have a hard time passing by an antique car.  They're like magnets for me.  This old pick up is in perfect condition.  I like the reflections too.
 
 
 
It's nice weather again today, so off to enjoy it.  Hope you have a chance to get out and enjoy the light too.  Photography is 90% about light I hear.  Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Guilty as Charged!

 
Turning a wall into a magnetic wall


It took me awhile to think of myself, and say "I'm an artist".  Sometimes that still feels a smidge uncomfortable, however I do legit believe it.  BUT, shouldn't an artist hang art on the walls?  I almost never print my own photographs.  I have a few, mainly because I got a duplicate that someone else wanted.  (I don't have my own printer $ cha-ching).

Strays
Strays

I have a large empty wall in my dining area and was determined to hang some of my photos there.....that's been a plan for about 2 years.  Finally!  I decided what to do.  I thought I would share my project with you in case you're guilty of not embracing your own art work too.

I painted a magnetic wall.  I can hang photos randomly, for as long or short a time as I wish, to help group together a series, or to display my own art.  Here's how it goes, you know, to save you from trying to figure it out.


Set Up
Set Up
 
I used a level to get a straight edge.  My plan was to make a magnetic chalkboard, therefore I didn't go floor to ceiling, but I've seen images of that and in the right place could be really cool.
 

Paint Clothes
Paint Clothes
 
I'm normally a pretty tidy painter....these puppies have endured years and years of painting.  I wouldn't risk doing this project without paint clothes.
 

Products
Products
 
Here are the two paints I bought.
The magnetic is a primer so ANY color can go on top of it.  I went with black chalkboard paint (it comes in a variety of color options)...but I could have painted it the color of the existing wall if I wanted.
 

Paint
Paint
 
The MOST important thing about this primer you MUST stir it well.  Have the store run it thru one of those mixers (I asked to have mine "shaken not stirred" 007 style).  While you're painting whisk it around frequently.  There are flecks of metal in it that sink and goop up.  You won't get a good spread of metal coverage if you don't.
 
 
 

Roll On
Roll On

The primer dries pretty quickly, so I was able to space out the coats about every 30-45 minutes. 
I put 4 coats on to get good coverage-the quart can was sufficient.  I think the hold would be stronger with more layers.
 

Messy
Messy

After the first coat I realized rather than just drop cloth on the floor, I should have covered the baseboard heating-I think the same would occur with wood trim.

It was suggested to use a tight foam roller rather than one of those fluffy ones.  I don't know if that had something to do with the specks.



Spatter
Spatter



Clean Up
Clean Up

Magnetic primer is NOT latex, so you need some of the "big guns" to clean up.
Fortunately this worked on the baseboard heating too.
 

Roller Saver
Roller Saver
 
Since I was painting at regular intervals rather than continually cleaning roller and brush, I tucked into a plastic bag and it didn't dry out.  I learned this trick from my brother.

By the time I finished all 4 coats, the roller was much heavier than when I started.  Likely it's magnetic too.  Rather than clean it, I just threw it away.
 
 
Day 2
Day 2
 
On day 2 things were much easier....(note the coffee mug in the back drop).
The chalkboard paint WAS latex and when I picked up the roller, it zipped right on the wall in about half the time the primer had taken.  You must wait 4 hours between coats however.
I hear if you put beyond 2 coats on, it lessens the effectiveness of the magnetic hold.
 

Done
Done
 
Soon it was finished.  I chose to paint the light switch cover too....just cuz.  I thought that might POP off the wall a bit if left "bisque" colored.  I think you could also paint a faux frame around it in an offsetting color, or have someone handy make a chalk tray for the bottom edge.
 

Magnetic Chalkboard
Magnetic Chalkboard
 
I put it to the test later in the day with some refrigerator magnets I had around.
Unless they are pretty strong, they are not sufficient to hold up images....if they're cheap ones, they just slide down the board as soon as you give them a job to do.
 
What you need are rare earth magnets
I'd never heard of them.  They're really strong.  I bought tiny ones-about the size of a hearing aid battery.  I could hardly pull them apart. 
 

Finished
Finished
 
You can see the images look much better without the big clunky magnets all over them.
 
I had no idea what size magnets to purchase.  I ended up getting 1/4" x 1/10".  I bought 40 pieces and that's not enough.  I think when I order more, I'll get something a bit larger. I couldn't find them in a store. I ordered from Amazon and saved a few bucks, but I think it might be better to just order from the source.
 
 
Pros: 
  • I completed a project
  • If you keep stirring the primer, this does work
  • I have a legitimate place to display my images
  • It's a relatively quick project to do
 
Cons: 
  • It's a little stinky...such that it would be nice to do this on a day when you could have windows open to give a bit of ventilation. 
  • The magnetic hold is "ok".  I don't think those childhood ABC letter will stick unless you put mega layers of primer.
  • The surface is a bit bumpy (like a very subtle stucco or rough sandpaper).  I don't think it will be great to use as a chalkboard-I'm OK with that, I just wanted it to look like a chalkboard, but it might be frustrating for the kiddos.

I don't think my mother liked the black much, but I do believe when filled with colorful images, it will provide a nice backdrop.  I'm not very formal, so this sort of crafty look works well for me.  All depends where you plan to complete the wall.