Friday, July 31, 2009
As much as Lauren would like to daydream about us purchasing her a car, I think it's much more realistic to think the next vehicle purchased will be for my use. Lauren will be relagated to a little burgundy Saturn that is still missing a front license plate from hitting that dog and never quite smelled right after Patton's visit to the vet. A little burgundy Saturn that is just preparing to celebrate it's first 100,000 miles- just a baby of a vehicle! As much as I trust Lauren it would be everloving foolish of us to get her into a car that is anything but a pile of garbage. Statistics show she will indeed wreck a car within her first year of driving. Statistics also show that since she is a female with good grades the accident will likely not be her fault and she will walk away unharmed. The car will be wrecked however.
So, let's talk about my new car. (hahaha) For anyone who knows me, every car I have ever owned has been tiny. Can you imagine all the gas I've saved in these years?? I can park in any spot and jockey around pretty easily. I automatically think how sweet to have a little Mustang Convertible or something cute like that.
Of course in my small cars, I bottom out incessently on every curb guard I get even slightly near and any speed bump will send horrible noises running through my car. I see things on the side of the road or in a field I want to photograph and dont dare pull over. I've just been lucky not to punch a hole in anything under my vehicle so far. (No lectures Tom--really I may be exaggerating about how often I bottom out for blog purposes-or maybe not)
So, I wonder how fun it would be to ride in an old school, soft top, stick shiftin', don't need no damn doors...
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Why are there so many people at the mall at this hour?? The carousel man got snippy with me and told me my camera was not welcome at the mall and security would take my camera and escort me from the mall...I guess he was feeling the power of fully caffeinated this morning.
I did like this though....
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
I desaturated the background as there was some pretty rich color going on and I didn't want the phone booth to not be the first thing drawn to the eye. I didn't quite use sepia on this--I did a black and white and warmed it a bit to add the sense of age or "long ago" to the photo. If you want to make a statement on this photo it is the difference in the perception of what those older days were like and the fact that in our modern times this item seems to have seen quite a bit of vandalism. It's a shame as it's a really sweet peice. People can be jerks.
This is Fridays Post Damnit!!!! Still showing California time on this blog.....
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
(Let me point out that this blog must be on California time--this blog is really being posted on Wednesday at 12:10 Texas time...very important note for those of us counting up to 365!)
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I was dealing with stomach flu last night so was feeling kind of down when I went out today. I went to Frisco Commons park which was quite depressing. Last time I was there it was pretty with the granite globe with the water and all. Now that is dried up and things are already being vandalized. It's a shame people have to ruin things like that. These little flowers made me feel a little better, the colors reminded me of fruit loop cereal. Too bad I ruined it...bah humbug.
I may try to post another shot later and redeem myself.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Special note on the water, I slowed down the shutter speed just a little to get this effect. Some of the best water shots I've seen have held the shutter speed open for 15-20 seconds. This of course has to happen with a tripod, handholding it for 15-20 seconds would be impossible. The second shot is what it would look like without the shutter delay.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
My parents moved to Germany when I was born. They were citizens of Germany. We lived there till I was 4 and my parents decided to come back stateside. We had family here and my grandmother (who already had her citizenship) would be sponsoring my parents into the USA. My older sister and I were able to come back to the states before my parents and younger sister. We had been born in the US and had full rights to be here. Everyone felt it best that Maryanne and I come already as school would be starting soon and they really didn't think their VISA's would take much longer after.
This is my passport photo. 4 years old, traveling with my sister who was 5 1/2. Shortly after arriving in the US it was decided that my grandmother would not be the best person for us to stay with and we were sent to stay with my Aunt Shirley and Uncle Mike who had a toddler, Michelle. I suspect Michelle was only about 1-2 at that point.
Only now can I imagine being a young family having 2 more girls foisted upon you. There was a large mental, emotional and financial commitment made in this. Let's also mention that we did not speak english and my aunt did not speak german. My Uncle worked for the telephone company and my Aunt was left to "mother" us. She was not the warm hugs and tickles person. No, this woman was "responsible". She was the one who made sure we had warm breakfasts and took our naps and took us to the dentist. She was the one who figured out I was blind as a bat and got me my first pair of glasses. She was the one who would pop you on the hiney and make sure you didn't back talk. She was the one who kept everything in order and made sure everyone had what was needed. Later was when I realized what a great wit she had and what a good heart and hard worker she was.
My aunt died today after a long battle with cancer. I am sure I never fully expressed an appreciation for the sacrifice it took for my aunt and uncle to take us in. I can imagine it was also difficult to give back those children 9 months later when my parents finally arrived stateside.
We forget sometimes to appreciate the people in our lives and only develop the wisdom to do so later in our life. The good news is, in all probability if you are a good person there are people in your life who you have positively impacted...If they don't realize it now, they will one day. They will remember you with good thoughts and a smile.
(I didn't realize completely till this photo how disappointing these shots come across in this blog. If you are interested you can also locate these shots in greater size and clarity on my smugmug.)
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
I hope your staying cool. The weather here has been consistently over 100 degrees and being outside is a challenge right now. I picked up some ice pops to photograph. They photographed kind of cool prior to being frozen.
The baby is really enjoying them as well since she is teathing like crazy.
Ice pops really say summer to me much more than a slurpee could. For as long as I can remember my bottom bin in the freezer has been full of icepops in the summer. As that bin emptied I knew summer was dwindling down. The past couple of years we haven't had those ice pops around however. Seeing them in the freezer now automatically makes me think of girls giggling (or some days bickering) and experiments in the back yard and times at the pool and playground. There were crafts and songs to be sung with rollerblades and bikes and skateboards. Sweltering days and watching all those girls sit in the garage eating one ice pop after another all while planning their next adventure. Hmmmm, I've missed having those ice pops around.
This shot below was alka seltzer and film canister rockets, hence the attractive swim goggles.I don't know if my car has been washed since then either.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Or is it???? I had all these excuses to prevent me from taking any shots tonight. I brought my camera to Lauren's practice and figured there were some flowers on a neighbors fence that I have been eyeing to photograph for a while and I may just take a couple quick shots on the way home from practice.
We get to practice and already I think they are nuts. It's 102 degrees today. Lauren got there at 6:30 to warm up her pitchers and the sun is still beating down solid. The field is being used by another softball team for the moment so the girls have to start practicing in the grassy area outside the softball field.
As I'm standing there sweltering, I do a 360 turn. I see the softball teams but I also see a tennis court being used. There are at least 3 soccer teams practicing, some guys running the track, some practicing football and a Lacrosse clinic taking place. Do they understand it's 102 degrees, maybe more??
They are all practicing hard with the same mantra of "Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate". You can see the heat wearing down their legs as they run and the sweat building causing tshirts to discolor and dry dirt to start sticking to them. But they all keep on going. This is the passion of an athlete. They are smiling and enjoying themselves in this misery. Because they love their sport. This is what they do and who they are...
How easy it is to make excuses and self justify our shortcomings.
This is what I love, so I guess I best take the damned photo....
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Too bad I couldn't get more of this fellows legs in the shot but this was as close as he would let me get.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
This is what I found. Can you imagine how this must have looked with the sun shining. Simply beautiful. Watch the video for the full explanation of what this artist did and how it was disassembled...
Just to clarify, it was the artist intent for the public to move around the money and take the money and see how the art changed over time....The back side of the coins was painted blue which would indicate in the future which coins were used in this installation.
Now, Back to my vacuum.
Just a simple shot but I wanted to compare my black and white backdrop and how the lighting reacts. I tend to gravitate to my black backdrop as I find the shadows difficult to deal with on the white. Here this week however, I have learned that a lot of my issue is the processing of the shot, not the actual shot. So again, it leans to me to continue to practice, practice practice.
I bought the bowl at Krogers on sale for 3 bucks and now that I look at it should possibly have purchased more of them. I think Tom and Lauren will both appreciate this as the new favorite cereal bowl and there may be infighting.
I purchased some cut fruit and when I loaded the bowl I saw I didn't quite have enough so I had to tuck a mini peice of tupperware in the center and hand place all the fruit around it. Because the fruit was precut I didn't have to wet it down. The shots were taken quickly and the fruit stayed moist. I know in real food shots they use all kinds of ways to make things appear yummy such as glue and co2 and paint--this fruit however will be eaten.
Happy 4th of July America!!!