Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Yep, you guessed it. I'm on a macro journey and food seems to be a good subject.
I stopped by my former husband's last night on my way home from work and since he grows all kinds of fresh fruit and vegetables, he offered me some pears. They have way more than they can eat, so I am a lucky beneficiary when I take advantage of it.
This pear was deee-licious.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
I went on a stroll with Kobi this afternoon and spent some time practicing with my new AF extension tubes. I got some interesting pics, but this is today's best. No textures, just a bit of blending mode and layer adjustment.
This grasshopper was munching on a the leaf of a milkweed pod that had gone to seed. It is the latter that actually caught my eye. In fact, using the extension tubes, I was quite close and it wasn't until after I snapped the first couple shots that I even noticed this little fella. I'm quite surprised he didn't just skedaddle long before I noticed him.
While I was capturing this beauty, Kobi took a quick dip in the creek across the path!
This ones' a keeper. ;->
Here is the September 25, 2011 issue of The Stroll: Observations While Out Walking (and sometimes driving).
Lots of fun and funky in this issue from painted pianos in the street to a muffler sculpture and first efforts at macro photography.
Thanks so much for taking time to smell the roses and enjoy the unusual and intriguing.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
I'm rarely in Denver at night, but never out walking about so the 16th Street Mall was a new experience for me. I so enjoyed the funky painted pianos where anyone could sit and play on a whim. This fellow wasn't particularly good, but I enjoyed his efforts. In fact, I found myself feeling benevolent and gave him a $10 Starbucks card I had on me.
It's quite amazing the effect giving has on me. Coupled with my discovery of new art, I drove home feeling in love with life again. Now, that my friends, is an accomplishment.
I've been playing with more photos since I got home two hours ago from my macro lesson in downtown Denver. I still need some practice with that new skill, but in the meantime I got some nice night shots.
Now, who knew we had a World Trade Center here in Denver. Maybe I should get out more! Love the sense of hopefulness I get from this photo.
Textures thanks to Kim Klassen: Thursday and Serious Magic.
This is an iconic figure in Boulder, Colorado. Muffler Man stands outside the Custom Muffler Center inviting people to stop in and get their mufflers fixed. He also brings smiles to passers-by. And I'm guessing is an eyesore to some.
I think it's a creative piece of advertising and use of recycled materials.
Hover your mouse over image to see "before" image.
I wore these shoes to work yesterday. They make my feet happy! They make me happy. The story behind the life of these shoes is a bit sad, but they occasionally get to come out of the closet and really live.
Sixteen years ago my youngest son (now 26) and I went to a craft fair where a young man had his handmade shoes on display. Scott pick out this pair. Because they were very expensive and I was a single mom needing to keep reins on my budget, I asked him if he would wear them. He assured me he would. He was soooo excited about them and I believed him. Unfortunately, he only wore them once. Why, you ask? Or can you guess?
Well, he wore them to school that Monday and came home feeling as funky as the shoes, but in a different way -- dejected. You guessed it, the kids at school made fun of him. It was hard to convince him at that age that it didn't matter what others thought, but what was important was to follow your own music. If I had one message for him now it would be to pay attention to what makes him happy and do it regardless of the judgments of others -- with one caveat -- that he's not hurting anyone.
Given the fact that he has long outgrown these shoes, and even though they are a bit too big for me, I love giving them new life and that they reciprocate by giving me joy!
When have you been discouraged by the reactions of others? Do you retreat? Or do you stand tall?
Go out and live life in all your brightness!!
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
Maybe I should get out some rubbing alcohol and treat her to a cleaning up. But, then she may have trouble breathing for the fumes. I'm not so sure being clean is her top priority, but having her keys caressed probably is.
Kim Klassen has opened up a whole new world of creativity for me with her textures and her Photoshop Essentials course. She is the gentle guide you always wished you had to learn anything, but Photoshop and her unending talent for creativity is her specialty!
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Here is the September 18, 2011 issue of The Stroll: Observations While Out Walking (and sometimes driving).
I seem to walk through life these days seeing the world in 1” squares as though always looking through a camera’s viewfinder. This week I found interest in simple things. And I’m enjoying watching fall roll in.
Thanks so much for taking time to smell the roses and find the extraordinary in the ordinary.
I think I've gone a bit crazy today! But I had fun with this one. Reach for the sky and dream. It always comes down to that, doesn't it?
Four of Kim Klassen's textures:
coolgrunge - dark color 100% (masked/soft brush)
antiques - color burn 50% (masked/soft brush)
faved - linear burn 52% (masked/soft brush)
bentedges - overlay 100%
duplicate of original - dark color 100%
Framed in vintagecompanion2
Saturday, September 17, 2011
I've seen the giant oil rigs along I-25 between Lafayette and Ft. Collins before, but today they called out to have their picture taken with the storm clouds in the background.
In the original photo the Rocky Mountains can be seen, but I just love the effect created by using grungetextures.com's corrosion on old metal (Overlay at 68%) and Kim Klassen's faved (Overlay at 33%) and a background duplicate (Exclusion at 100%).
I've noticed clusters of wild sunflowers beside the road for weeks now. Today, I finally stopped to get a closer peek. I was thrilled to see the bees drinking sweet nectar and delighted when I got home and saw the crisp clarity of this one's body and pollen coated legs.
I am always amazed at the captures I get at unexpected times. You see, if I hadn't stopped at the grocery store for breakfast on my way to work yesterday, I wouldn't have encountered a precious little girl (about 3 years old) wearing hot pink shoes that squeaked with each step she took. Almost passed by with only the smile on my face and turned around to ask her mom if I could take the picture--with my Blackberry.
I couldn't wait to treat the picture with Pixel Dust's textures Life is Good and Silken Waters and frame it with Kim Klassen's If Only.