Archive for July, 2013


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Light has a major effect on color and shadow. She asked me to take these pictures and this was what I saw.

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It took me a long time to get her her to relax and smile.

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Often times the hardest situations to get that genuine smile is very difficult to get them when motions are the extreme end of the spectrum. Since we had just come from the funeral of a relative who had passed untimely in a violent accident.

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Just by being patient and making the subject feel comfortable you can often achieve the desired effect and if all else fails you can just add Mike’s Hard Lemonade and compliments. Then again the compliments always flow free from me and doubly so when I am taking photographs.

I am encouraged in my photography and blogging because my little sister has offered me her old DSLR. This is important because it means that she reads my blog.

Study In Her.

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I have always loved taking pictures of people, both candid, semi and fully posed. I quickly discovered that the more at ease I could make the subject, the better the pictures came out. The more likely I was to get a genuine smile, where it spreads like a nuclear explosion from the center of the mouth and throughout the face infusing color and an inner shine.  Pictures with a smile like this can elicit responses from the subjects friends and family that it is a very good picture of them. This is the bar that I try and set when taking pictures of people.

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I always want to try and make then look thwir best but more then that, I want them to look beautiful. I find the human body beautiful and there are certail contours and curves that when nature forms them properly are just beautiful to me.  The amazing symmetry and geometry in the human form is pleasing to.me.

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So when I have subjects that I care about, that I have some sort of connection with, I want that genuine smile to be a stunning one. This is often very difficult to achieve because you have to find the right setting, the right banter and most of all the right build up.

This is the hardest part and back in my film days it often meant taking 4 or more frames per set to get a good smile and multiple sets to get a genuine smile.  This often meant hours in the darkroom developing film and making contact sheets. A multi-stage process that took all day.  Enter the digital age.

I so want a DSLR and a microsd card that will upload the images to my phone or tablet via wifi or a camera that does the same.  Right now, I use either my Samsung Galaxy Note or my HTC Flyer to take and edit the photographs I take.  I like the panorama feature on the Note and the widescreen format on the Flyer.  But both of thr cameras have a fixed focus and no optical zoom.  I want a camera with the features of an SLR.

So my friend in the market for a new used Car and the prices for used cars today is directly related to all of the cars removed from service by Cash For Klunkers that removed a lot of much newer cars that were just about to hit the used car market while leaving older models which would only increase their value with the dwindling supply of used cars.

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This 1995 model car was $4995 cash in hand, for a car that is almost 20 years old. This truck was too old for the klunker program even though it pollutes more and has a lowet mpg rating.

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Even with new cars getting 200k miles easily, the increase in price is not justified as the wear and tear on the vehicles interior begins to show.

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Even with only 100k miles there is no guarantee that there won’t be a major, like $2000 repair needed within the first six months.

Cash for klunkets benefitted the wealthy soccer moms who were sriver 4 or 5 year old gas guzzling super sized SUVs with crappy gas mileage for something more fuel efficient. Keep in mind that many of these trucks were bought under an earlier program that allowed businesses to realise tax incentives for purchasing these larger SUVs and trucks.

At the time gas prices were less then $2 a gallon and there is strong indication that these salea increased usage and consumption in this country leading to the current prices at the pump.

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School is over and I am feeling the depression and crash that follows an adrenalin rush. Reality has come crashing through the euphoria brought about by the incredible speed that this summer semester and 6 weeks has passed. The whirlwind has given way to seeming chaos created by the syructured order of my school class schedule. This makes me long for the numbing intensity that my fall schedule promises to provide and I am still contemplating the addition of a film photography class just because I want to take it. I just am not sure that I can afford the film and paper supplies necessary to meet all of the performance requirements. I have a line on a camera but not the film and paper.  Ultimately I would like to take the film classes and then move on to the digital ones.

Add to this the fact that I miss my kids and everything associated with them.

Scary Beautiful

So my best friend needed a ride to Chico and while I was waiting for him to take care of his business, I noticed the strands of a spider web sparkling in the sunlight. While I was looking at it, I realized I could see and identify the spider sitting in the middle of it from more then 20 feet away.

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So of course I got up close and took pictures of the thing.

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Scary. Sure it is irrational but that doesn’t lessen the feeling or dull the beauty that I see in spiders.

Honey, I love you.

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One of the best parts about being in Californis is that local.grocery store chains often have incredible.locally produced stuff. The bargain grocer has bulk honey.

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The dispensers are easy to use and it is sold by weight. There are some state regulatory and aafety warnings on thr dispensers.

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This is primarily because honey is not pasteurized or irradiated.

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What the bees “eat” or the flowers they visit determines quite a bit about how the honey tastes and clover is the cheapest and most common.

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I picked Haplo up on Friday for our regular gaming session with my friend Bruce.

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On the way home we stopped at dry creek park and walked around.

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There are lots of signs and rules to follow.

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Haplo was for the most part cooperative and let me take his picture.

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Haplo noticed this fruit but I was unable to determine the type of tree fruit.

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Thank you Mexico. Seriously though the amount of litter was insane. It made me want to cry like that indian in the commercial during Saturday morning cartoons.

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Someone had to use a note to remind them they were in the forest. Or.maybe to convince themselves?

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Haplo seemed to have enjoyed himself and it was great to have this alone time with him.

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So when I bought my HP Envy 17 3d notebook in 2011, I also bought the $350 priority warranty with accidental damage protection.  It sort of paid for itself in the first year because they swapped out the unit 4 times to resolve heat related issues.

Today my notebook did a humpty dumpty and fell off the hood of my car. My fault. I challenged Sir Isaac Newton’s theory of Gravity and lost. So I called HP and followed the voice prompts telling them the device was a notebook and an envy model. The automated system transferred me to a lady who spoke English as a second language and I told her I dropped it. From the follow-up questions I knew I was going to have a problem and 20 minutes later she admits she cannot handle envy calls and transfers me. The next guy doesn’t want to transfer me and when I finally get a supervisor, 10 minutes later I have a box on the way.

This is why I recommend paying for the insurance because accidents happen when you least expect it and these repairs would have costed at least the price of the warrany. I had been planning to send it in because the keyboard was showing wear in the most annoying way.

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So I did not sleep.well last night and I am really tired this morning. Class begins in 10 minutes and my lazy ass is procrastinating and trying to figure out a valid excuse to give in to the end of semester fever. I won’t but my brain hasn’t figured that out yet.