Tuesday, May 31, 2011
View on black and I will switch it off
Our Daily Challenge: Bumpy
View on black for the horror of it.
100 Pictures: Fog
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Are you NUTS! I'm not letting a wasp sting me for a shot to post in this challenge! I'll go with the surface of the wood is bumpy!
View on black. THHHPPPTTTTTT!
Our Daily Challenge: Bumpy
Saturday, May 28, 2011
View on black or I will give you a Wet Willy.
Our Daily Challenge: Center of Attention.
PS. In real life, I am really quiet and demure. Stop laughin, I am. Quit it, really I am. STOP laughin, I am QUIET AND DEMURE, REALLY!
She slowed as she approached the door, listening cautiously for the sounds of Mr Shoe. With one ear pressed to the door, she heard, "The next bug to come out this door will have free passage". With a smile across her face, she opened the door and skipped outside into the beautiful sun to head to the Baseball game.
Two steps out she heard a big booming voice coming from the heavens above, "Ranger Fans on the other hand, get the Shoe!"
View on Black. Have you seen the size of my shoe??
Our Daily Topic: Under Your Feet
Cliche Saturday: Shoe
About the shot.
Yesterdays and todays shot were taken at the same time yesterday. I manually set the camera and placed it on the ground face up. I took two shots. They both worked. Although I processed them like mad, there is no editing or cropping in these except this one had a hair on it that I poorly tried to erase. The sun rays in yesterdays and the flares in todays where not added in.
Friday, May 27, 2011
We have stayed friends throughout the decades and I still take portraits of Bawkbawks family every year. These shots are Bawkbawks great great great great great great great great great great greate great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great greate great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great greate great great great great great great grandchickens.
www.flickr.com/photos/hbmike2000/sets/72157625521677184/ Quacker Series 6 of 6
View in black and I will tell you were not to step.
100 Pictures: Feathered
Thursday, May 26, 2011
100 Words: Character
View on black. Or I will give you a flea bath
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
While at the Orange County Fair I wanted to take some shots of the rides. I had no problem what so ever snapping away some shots of this ride called Disko. It's spinning in circles like mad and it rides back and forth on this U shaped track.
Almost a year later, I'm going through my shots that have never seen the light of day and I come across this shot. I jumped up knocking the chair over and sending a cat to the ceiling, yelling "I took a candid shot! I TOOK A CANDID SHOT!"
Does it count if you take a candid shot and don't realize it ... for a year?
View on Black or I will take a candid shot of you on accident
PS. Does anyone know how to get a cat unstuck from the ceiling?
100 Words: Challenge
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Paint my roses. I'll teach her, the little vandal.
I said, OFF WITH HER HEAD!!!
View on black. OFF WITH YOUR HEAD!!!
Our Daily Challenge: OFF WITH YOUR HEAD! What? Thats not the challenge. It's Burst Of Color? Oh. OFF WITH YOUR HEAD! Teach you to correct me.
OFF WITH YOUR HEAD! (Guess who woke up on the wrong side of the bed) :)
Sunday, May 22, 2011
View on black, cause I said so.
Have you ever seen a candid self portrait before? Now you have. I was posing for this and having a difficult time with remote. I clicked the button, nothing happened, rolled my eyes up, sighed and just as I was about to move, click click click. Stupid remote. Takes better shots then I do.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
I am often asked, which came first, story or the shot. Story, title, one liner, idea or whatever it is, almost always come first. I get an idea stuck in my head. Sometimes clear, sometimes fuzzy, usually lonely. Once I have the idea, I picture in my mind what I want the shot to look like to go with it. I grab my camera, run outside, turn it on, run back inside and grab the memory card, call the cat by the wrong name and get stared at and back outside again. In the process of doing this, I get new ideas and sometimes I can mix it in with what I am doing and sometimes I can not. This is a case in point. I actually like this process better than the peeling paint for the Rust/Decay challenge and like the photo better but it didn't fit what I had in my head.
Had I uploaded this instead, I would of just stared at it for 8 hours trying to figure out what to say, so I uploaded "I'm Sure I Can Blame That One On The Cat".
The texture in this is the side of a rusty boat.
Our Daily Topic: Rusty/Decay
View on Black. Well, you have to do something besides just sit there or rust will start poppin up on you too.
Friday, May 20, 2011
View on Black or the Sun won't be the only big ball of gas in your neighborhood.
Our Daily Challenge: Rust/Decay
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
View on Black or I will post a shot of "cookies"
Our Daily Topic: Waiting
I processed the shot till I got the vintage look I liked. I wanted a vintage look since the challenge was waiting and I wanted to show that it seems like I wait for years. Once I got the right vintage look, I decided to play with my recent discovery of layers and textures.
Yesterday I went out and took some macro shots of a couple of different things I could use for texturing. One of them was peeling paint off of a door outside. I thought it was perfect, again to show ages of waiting. I had no clue how dramatically it would alter the image.
I've been playing with layering textures on top of images. I reversed that thinking today and layered the photo on top of texture. It made a difference. The image came out clearer. It also made the date the shot was done as yesterday instead of July 2010 when I really shot it. Yesterday was when I shot the peeling paint texture.
I still have a ways to go before being great at this but I am having fun and I don't think it turned out too bad if I say so myself.
Monday, May 16, 2011
View on black or I will keep staring at you.
Our Daily Challenge: Negative Space
PS. OMG! I have HAIR between my eyebrows!!! Stop looking! STOP LOOKING!
Saturday, May 14, 2011
I sat at the computer with a cat (why is it always the heavy one) in lap and pulled up Photoshop. As my spouse opened the door to go to work I heard, I downloaded some instructional books on Photoshop for you to read up on. I thought to myself "oh cool!"
Like a typical guy lost and refusing directions, I never opened any of the instructional books.
I went through the thousands of photos that I have taken that have never seen the light of day and pulled up some shots I thought would look good.
On the first shot I used the fiber texture on Photoshop along with clouds. Four hours later I figured it out.
Then I decided to try my own shot for a texture. I pulled up a shot of an old piece of wood and layered it in to The Texture of Friendship. Six hours later I Finally figured it out.
I sure am glad I didn't waste 30 minutes of time pulling up those instructional books that would of probably told me how to do it in minutes.
Girls, stop laughing, it's a guy thing.
View on Black for the best texturing I have ever done. (Yes, I know it's the ONLY texturing I have ever done)
The Bell Pavillion was built by thirty Koreans flown to the location, cost $569,680 and took 10 months to complete.
The Bell is rung four times a year, 4th of July, August 15 (Korean Independence Day), New Years Eve and every September to coincide with bell ringings around the country to celebrate Constitution week.
100 Words: #10 Celebrate
Friday, May 13, 2011
View on black or pay the toll
Our Daily Topic: Superstition
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
View on black for a shinier view
Our Daily Challenge: Foreign
No, I didn't place it there for the shot. Yes, it is actually in my garden. No, I'm not drunk. Yes, I kinda wish I were.
View on black or the warrior will attack you.
Our Daily Topic: Foreign
Monday, May 9, 2011
In two years time, incandescent lightbulbs will no longer be sold here. Only Compact Fluorescent and LED bulbs will be allowed. Did anyone think about the little bit of mercury in a compact fluorescent bulb. It's a tiny amount and in one bulb is no big deal. In the amount of bulbs sold today it's not a big deal. In the amount of bulbs sold in two years because it is the only thing you can buy, it might become a big deal. Don't force us to buy something and tell us we can not throw it away in the trash because it is bad for the environment. I promise you, 90% of the population is chucking it in the garbage.
PS. I do use Compact Fluorescent bulbs here. This is one of two incandescents I have left in the house. I take the dead Compact Fluorescents to Home Depot who will dispose of them properly for me for free.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
(I couldn't make this one up if I tried. He comes in all the time and I know him, he's slightly crazier than I am)
View on Black, it will light up your room.
Our Daily Challenge: Energy
Friday, May 6, 2011
This is toilet paper. Notice how you can't see through it. I know you try to save money buying those giant rolls of super thin tissue paper the size of the tires on my car but I have to be honest, I use HALF the roll at one go. As a customer I don't like having to use public restrooms but if I have to, then I want REAL toilet paper. I won't shop at business that doesn't have a clean restroom and decent TP. I think it is important MR CEO that the next time you have to "go", you leave your big fancy corner office and head on down to one of your stores to use the restroom and maybe you will think twice on cutting back on a basic customer service.
Olive Yore Customers.
PS. I don't like Bidets so please fix your toilet so it doesn't splash my butt when I flush.
View on Black or I wont tell you where I hid the TP.
Our Daily Challenge: Must Have (tell me I'm wrong)
Able to leap any object in his path to the restroom.
It's not a bird or plane, it's T P Man!
View on Black or I won't save you
Our Daily Topic: Must Have
Thursday, May 5, 2011
View on black or have a glass of milk. (I'd go with the view on black. This took about an hour)
Our Daily Challenge: White
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
I could not come up with anything for the challenge this morning and was running out of time so I just grabbed my camera and went outside.
First, I found a wasp building a nest under a wooden candle holder. I snuck up quietly with my small lens and edged closer and closer. Nine inches away and it turned and looked at me. I screamed and ran, arms flailing. I'm not messing with it, it knows where I live.
Then I took a bunch of shots of flowers. Hated them all. Not the flowers, my shots.
Then I turned the camera around and just snapped a couple of hand held selfies. Forgot the golden rule, never shoot a shot lookin up your nose.
I sighed, turned the camera off and started to head in. As I passed this small pinwheel I saw a tiny little bug sitting on one of the spokes. I turned the camera on and got up close (this was a harmless bug). Took a couple of shots, didn't like any of them.
So, I aimed the camera at the center of the pinwheel with the tiny little bug on the edge of the spoke, stuck my finger on the end of the opposite spoke and snapped away both my finger and the camera.
And as I heard the tiny little bug yell "WWWHHhhhheeeeeee" as it shot off into the sky like a rocket, I thought to myself, "DOH!, the spokes are folded you big dork!"
View on black or take the chance of being flung into space.
Our Daily Challenge: Folded
Monday, May 2, 2011
View on black or I will make you cry too.
Our Daily Challenge: Sadness
Sunday, May 1, 2011
View on black or I will splash you.
There is a narrow line between fact and fiction in almost all my photos and stories. Believe it or not, they almost always start off in fact. Something that happened or I want to do. Some end up all fact and some end up all fiction but the majority end up as a mixture of fact and fiction.
Also, I am being held up by a VERY narrow piece of wood. I kept hearing it crack everytime I layed down.
Our Daily Challenge: Narrow