Saturday, July 26, 2014

Phone Photography

I am taking the new Phone Photography class at Big Picture Classes. I took the one last summer before I even had an iPhone.

Lesson One was on Light - finding the light.  I took this photo of the sun just peeking through the heavy cloud cover at the shore.  Do you see what I see???

Lesson Two was on Motion. And here is my attempt to stop the sea gulls in mid flight:

While I think these photos capture the essence of the lesson, I'm frustrated. EVERY photo I take with my iPhone is blurry. I keep reading how these phone cameras are supposed to be able to produce such great pictures. So how does one get CLARITY in an iPhone photo???  Any tips will be gratefully received!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Scavenger Hunt - 2

Last weekend I had the pleasure of spending a day at Ocean City. I left behind the laundry, the grocery shopping, the projects, and gifted myself with a day away - accomplishing nothing but renewing my soul. Ocean City is a great place for people watching and the chilly, windy weather did not keep the masses off the beach. If you want to find #8 "A tattoo on a person" this is definitely the place to do it!

This guy was not even the most decorated I saw on the beach, but he was the easiest to get stealth photography of!  He has a cloth-draped cross on his left arm, a day of the dead skeleton and something else on his right arm, a lion on his chest...
and the word "STRENGTH" tattooed across his shoulders.  Kind of makes you wonder what it is he needs strength for...

Here's #21 - a photo of me with something representing the season (flip flops, painted toes, a beach towel). And just in case anyone should think this is cheating because all you can see is my feet...

Here's one of all of me except my feet!  And the "something representing the season" are the daylilies - full bloom = full on Summer!  You can also tell that I'm wearing shorts!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Documenting The Every Day - Week 29

DLP Challenge - journal your wishes
SOC Challenge - Raspberry, Tangerine & Lemon

First off, I LOVE this citrus inspired color scheme! It was fun to work with.  I used a thank you card that I received from Karen as part of the art work because it went so beautifully with the theme. I had to trim it down just a tad to fit and I added the word "give" to acknowledge that I want to be grateful for all the things I already have before I start wishing for more!

When you open the flap, my "wishes" are revealed:
1) Make a living as an artist.
2) Live near the ocean (right now we are 2 hours from the shore, I'd like to be 10 minutes or so! Maybe even ocean view!)
3) Have a fully functional home office with REAL furniture.

Obviously #3 is shorter term and more easily realized, but someday I hope it is all three!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Year of Kindness - Challenge Week 29

I hope you all enjoyed a week of ENOUGH!

The challenge for this week is to PRACTICE COMPASSION. Compassion means recognizing the suffering or pain of another and desiring to alleviate it or aid in some manner. Compassion seems to come naturally for some, while it is a skill that has to be learned and practiced by others.  And all of us move between exercising compassion and judging - it is a normal human reaction to what we see in front of us.

Have you ever had a situation like this - you are at a department store and you see a very plus sized woman wearing spandex pants and a crop top? Do you judge? Or do you feel compassion for her, wondering what in her life has compelled her to dress in a fashion that is so clearly unflattering to her figure? Or you are walking a city street and see a man in dirty tattered clothing sitting on the sidewalk begging for change... do you judge? Is your immediate thought "he should get a real job"?  Or do you feel compassion and wonder what circumstances in his life brought him to such a sorry state? Were you taught growing up to not give the homeless money because they will just spend it on alcohol or drugs?

"Our need to judge continuously clouds our need to love unconditionally. Drop judgment and replace it with compassion. Nobody needs your judgment but everyone could do with a little compassion."  Cherie Roe Dirksen

This week I'm challenging you to notice every time you find yourself judging another person in any fashion. And if you catch yourself, try to replace that feeling of judgment with compassion. Can you find one thing about that woman to compliment her on (a pretty smile, a nice purse...)?  Can you offer that homeless man a cup of coffee or a word of encouragement?  Stop judging. Assume the best, not the worst. Reach out to your fellow humans and practice compassion.

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Zoom In Zoom Out

I've missed a long shot of the ZIZO train. I've taken some photos with the meme in mind here and there, but never seem to get to the point of posting them! Here's a couple of photos taken yesterday in my front yard:

 Yes, our daylilies are in full bloom. Which means it is full-blown SUMMER here!

I'm linking up with this week's version of Helena's Zoom In Zoom Out. I have really missed playing along!

And don't forget, you still have a week to get your Life Tunes 2 post linked up!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Documenting The Everyday - Week 28

DLP challenge - add a small photo
SOC challenge - red, royal blue, a pop of light blue

In my overly literal mind, this color scheme would have worked so much better for last week with Independence Day. But I mad it work for me anyway and went with a real collage style presentation. The "normal" photo is clipped from a magazine and just seemed to fit my mood for the week.  You can't tell from the photo, but the numbers are sparkly holographic stickers from a very old set of sticker letters. So glad to have a perfect use for them! This journal is definitely helping with some stash busting!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Life Tunes 2

It is July 15th and that means it is time for the second installment of Life Tunes!  This month's suggested topic is your favorite or most meaningful spiritual song. Here is my layout:

Now it's YOUR turn to share a spiritual song that you love or that has special meaning in your life.  You can create a layout, write a blog post, or share a link to a YouTube video. The linky will remain open until the end of the month, so you have plenty of time to join in!