Photo 101: Day Nine: Warmth & the Quality of Light

Today, capture an image of warmth, using the sun as your source…..Drawing with light!

the first picture is my favourite sunset shot from recent times…I think it shows the warmth and the amazing effect of the sun on our everyday surroundings.

RSR Bridge
Richmond San Rafael Bridge @ Sunset
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Late afternoon sun illuminating
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Sun after a good rain storm
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the evening sun on the hills

 

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Set It To Rights

I don’t believe in letting things fester so as far as relationships and people I am quite forthright when it comes to some sort of disagreement or misunderstanding.  I try to get along with everyone and if something comes up which might impede that sort of thought then I find a way to do my part to make it right.  I’m human, I can’t make everything right, so I’ve also learned to let it go if things can’t be resolved.  I can’t think of a time when things haven’t worked out both in relationships as you move on over a relationship and with work relationships and friends.

Allowing things to eat away at you actually eats away at every relationship you have.  It eats away at your ability to do a good job, eats away at the good friendships you have, eats away at a sense of order in life in general.

Now there is something I would fix — I’ve let my savings account goal slide and really need to play catch up.  I also don’t believe money is the source of my happiness.  I’ve always trusted that I will have what I need but I do believe I need to take more conscientious steps to be sure to have a cushion for the hard times.  I would set my savings account to rights!!

*Prompt 11 March: Think of a time you let something slide, only for it to eat away at you later. Tell us how you’d fix it today.  Set It To Rights

Share Your World – 2015 Week #10

When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles or turn on the flashlight? How many of each do you own?  

lightsI live on a boat I do have about 4-5 small teacup candles but they are as last resort!  We are in a  remote area and can lose power or be completely cutoff via the road for a days at a time even.  My first line of defense is to always have a flashlight ready and charged in the event of a need outside.   For example high winds and the need to tie down mine or others boats. I also have a small Honda Generator and the cable already run and ready at anytime.  My trusty Coleman battery lights….are always ready to go.  Able to give me enough lighting for reading etc.

 

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You are given $5,000 and the chance to exchange it for one of two envelopes. One envelope contains $50,000 and one contains $500. Do you make the trade? Why or why not?  I hate to be gready, but 50k seems a no-brainer.  I’m getting close to retirement I hope and my 401k is turning out to be pretty unreliable.  Hmm ..50k – I’d just figure out an investment that gets it growing!

 

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What’s your first memory? My first memory .. well the one that comes to mind first is when I was about 3 yrs old and wanting/needing to go up a couple of small stairs and there was a huge -seemed huge to me anyhow- cricket or grasshopper.  I didn’t know what it was and was just staring at it till my mom showed me it was alive and harmless.  I don’t recall ever being afraid of bugs since -except for maybe spiders!!

 

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What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? Do you count sheep, toss and turn, or get up and try to do something?  I don’t go to bed until I am tired.  Usually sometime between 2 or 3am and then I watch 1 tv show previously recorded and have my sleep timer on the tv set for max an hour.  It usually takes a couple of nights to watch 1 episode of whatever the show because I fall asleep pretty quickly.

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Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?  I am grateful that my dog Sky had a successful surgery . Though minor, when anesthesia is involved there is always a bit of a risk.  She is doing well and I am confident she will make a full recovery!  Thank you Steve at Harbor Vet.

Share your world!
Share your world!

Vet trip for my Australian Shepherd.

Sky, (full name Skyhawk -like TA4j Skyhawk airplane) had to have a Cyst that has been bothering her removed from her tail yesterday.  Yep, surgery.  I have a great vet, as in an honest vet who tells it like it is.  He doesn’t mess around.  Hard to explain, but he is not one of those vets who rushes to cut or prescribe drugs to make a killing.  As a matter of fact I brought Sky to his office last July before I had my own surgery (tendon replaced in my ankle) and he thought it best to wait till it seemed an issue for her.  Well it became an issue for her about 2 weeks ago when I noticed her constantly trying to chew at it so last Friday I went back to the vet and he agreed we should probably go ahead and remove it.

Waiting for Dr. Appt
Waiting for Dr. Appt

After weighing her Steve the vet had me hold her in my lap as he gave her the injection to give her her surgery nap.  That was at noon and he told me to come back around 3pm.  At 3 she was still in the recovery cage.  A little freaked out-still waking up and probably not happy about being in a cage that reminded her of her pre-rescue life.  I sat there with her waiting for her to feel comfortable and steadier on her feet.

At about 4pm she was ready to go home.  I was told to limit her food and drink for several more hours.  She really was thirsty too.  I would let her drink a little and then have to take it away from her.  Now the dilemma!  She has to leave her tail alone so it can heal but since I live on a boat a cone around her head would just be too dangerous when she is not sleeping.

Steve told me to not bandage it as it needs air to heal but i was also concerned about the amount of dust and other dogs out here so I wanted the surgery protected from sniffing noses including her Socked tail!own and from the dirt and dust.  I came up with an idea.  I had an old tube sock which I had cut the elastic out of in an attempt to protect my cast when i was wearing one. I cut the other end off and was able to easily pull Sky’s tail through and then use the medical tape that sticks to itself wrapped around the top and the bottom of the sock.  The incision still gets air to heal and now it is protected.  I still have to watch her because on occasion she wants the sock off her tail understandably so.

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Photo 101: Day Eight: Natural World & Leading Lines

“A good photographer is a constant observer: always watching and studying a scene, from patterns in city traffic to movements in nature.

A photographer notices big, sweeping changes — like the sky at dusk — but also the tiniest details, like the subtle bends in bare branches in the Nevada desert:”

Lines and natural colours from my home surroundings
Lines and natural colours from my home surroundings

Photo 101: Day Seven: Big & Point of View

There are several photos inside. Please click and if you have a moment feedback appreciated on my colouring choices. Thanks for stopping by.

“Today, let’s go big. Whether inside or outside, photograph something of massive size. Feel free to interpret big in your own way, and get creative with your shot. Capture all or just part of the subject. Place it in the foreground so it takes up the entire frame. Or shoot it from afar so it appears smaller — yet still prominent.”

In addition to the assignment I am working out some different features of photoshop. The first photo I was playing with light and dark and worked out a lighting effect that I thought emphasised the ‘bigness’ of the Pylon Driver.
The rest of the photos I played with the channel mixer to produce partial colour & B&W.

The photos in the centre of the pylon and large rope are some definite playing. I kind of like the one that has just the hint of colour with just colourising the rope going around the pylon. Which is your preference or maybe none…??  I also flipped the canvas horizontally for the first of the three just to frame the group.

The last one, the excavator, I just wanted to focus on the orange and the ‘bigness’ once again.

 

Pylon Driver
Pylon Driver
Large Pylon colour
Large Pylon colour
Large Pylon b&w with colour rope
Large Pylon b&w with colour rope
large pylon b&w background
large pylon b&w background
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Marina Excavator