A self-portrait of a standard daily activity. Still working on my photos and digital scrapbooking. Thank goodness the computer wasn't packed before the move fell through - in addition to keeping me in touch with the world, it's my entertainment. I actually convinced Dan that I need a newer, more memory computer to handle the graphics and photo editing stuff I do - ordered it yesterday. Yay!
Just this morning one of my photography newsletters was making the suggestion to watch for patterns for photos. I went to the Strip to meet a friend for a drink and voila! while I'm sitting in traffic (again) I notice patterns and whip out the trusty camera. Luckily I had the telephoto lens and was sitting there long enough to catch a segment with no cars or people in the way. This is the fence between the Strip and Bellagio shot across a couple lanes of traffic.
Since I was in the neighborhood, I wandered into the Bellagio conservatory - tulip season is past so they'd filled most of the garden with daisies and azaleas - not nearly as pretty as all the masses of tulips. But I was able to get this little "fountain" that was off to the side with a few little tulips and hyacinths left.
Here's another great flickr artist. He calls his photos lightpainting. Made with long exposures and a flashlight or sometimes a neon tube. Sometimes he's in them, but mostly it's shapes and designs made from light. In reading his comments, sometimes he combines as many as 8 or 9 images of 3 minute exposure each to create a finished photo. Really creative! If you want to see more, check his flickr photostream by clicking on his name under the photo.
We had to halt the packing at this point and these hadn't made it into a box yet....
The house half packed; just enough to be inconvenient but not enough that we have to live in a hotel. Is that the positive in this?
Through the site Worth1000 I found this shareware photo editing site - it's a great place to try out photo manipulating without the expense of a full blown program but still get great, creative results. If you don't have pictures of your own, download a couple from flickr or yahoo pics that are not copyrighted and play around. This gallery page features some great examples of creative picture making.....wander through at your leisure / pleasure.
As the email explains, we've run into a glitch with the moving - it's been a little stressful this week so the 365pic thing has taken a back seat. Might try to post a couple that I did manage to take tomorrow.
Gathering together my watercolor paintbrushes stirred memories of how much I enjoyed dabbling with paints. As soon as we get settled I simply HAVE to get back to this. Certainly not one-a-day, but enough to get those creative juices flowing.
This took a surprising amount of effort to get the focus right, get some depth of field - my first hand held efforts were SO out of focus, then the light was bad......
The tripod has become a permanent fixture in our home decor.
These clouds were SO weird looking - smooth, flat, sandwiched grey to white. I saw them on the way home, called Dan & made him go out and look, then pulled over, pulled out my trusty camera and snapped away. Don't think I've seen any quite like this before.
Been lazy about actually posting once a day but this demanded immediate action!
We went to Kingman Saturday to explore and see if we could find a house to rent. Dan made 6 appointments and believe it or not, we actually found a house. We may be moving as early as this weekend (4/12) but if not, next weekend for sure.
Here's a 'mural' I found painted on an antique store downtown.
On our way to Kingman, we go over Hoover Dam. The new bridge is under construction and will be done late 2010. It's immense and so amazing to see these monstrous concrete partial arches. The arches will ultimately support the road. Those 2 tall silver towers to the left support all the cables holding up the arch while it "sets".
There I was, sitting at a traffic light, waiting when I noticed this severely warped telephone pole! Then I'm scrambling for the camera, quick before the light changes......
Got camera, get weird stuff like this!