Archive for May, 2017

Not even breaking a sweat

Wanting to get away from “that” song that was stuck in his head, Olaf took a job in Miami Beach.  Bet he uses SPF 1000 😉

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Las Palmas

Unless you are quite the world traveler (and most definitely before the age of media inundation) there are some things in this great wide world that you may have never seen in person.  I recall my nieces, then very young who were born in the Philippines where my brother was stationed, being totally amazed that ice (hail) fell from the sky during a storm one day.  We had to stop them from going outside while the hail was falling because they wanted to see what it felt like – they probably wouldn’t have liked the sensation.  I remember my anthropology professor in college who was born and raised in Hawaii; somehow in a lecture he told us how he didn’t know what a fireplace was when he had to identify it on a standardized school test as a boy.  He was trying to tell us that just because someone has never seen nor experienced something that doesn’t lessen their intelligence.

The first time my very young offspring saw a palm tree was during a road trip to Disney World.  We had stopped at a gas station and one was there on the lot.  They circled and patted the tree examining it like little explorers before asking me what was it.  At the time I believe the only palm trees they had ever seen were in books or in cartoons.  That memory still makes me smile but now palm trees mean I’m someplace warm and hopefully – but not always – with an ocean nearby.

 

 

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The ocean…

I grew up around rivers and lakes which while nice never enthralled me.  When I finally saw an ocean I was overcome with the beauty and enormity of it all.  Staring off into the horizon where the sky kisses the water;  that was and still is a beautiful scene to me.  As much as I love swimming and splashing in the ocean, I can be quite content just sitting there listening to the sounds of the waves; sunrise before the masses descend upon the sand is the best.  Of course when it’s a crowded beach there are a lot of sounds that do not fall under the header of ‘peaceful’ but such is humanity and a beach on a warm sunny day.

So whenever I can, I try to visit an ocean and feel renewed.  Plus fresh seafood is definitely a major bonus.  Cannot beat that!

 

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There and back…

But not quite back.  I am missing the ocean, sand, sun and almost 90 degree heat; the humidity was hair frizz city high as well but who cared!  If you follow me on IG then you know where we were and if not why not? 🙂  Will show and tell more next week but now it’s time to fire up the grill to welcome the unofficial start of summer and to give thanks on this Memorial Day weekend for those who gave their all for us.

 

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Saucy

Still working on doing still life photos here.  I asked DH what sauces in the fridge does he like to put on his food the most and this is what happened.  Actually the Tabasco sauce is his favorite; puts it on almost everything.  I am learning and have learned that when shooting subjects like this you will run into some of these issues:

Shadows you may or may not want occur depending on where the light is coming from.

You will discover that what you once thought was clean wasn’t as in water stains on crystal glasses or fingerprints just from moving the objects around.

Dust just “magically” appears in the shot but you won’t see it (sometimes) until you upload the image and use the visualize spots tool or you zoom in.

About the prior tip – you will need one of those lint rollers for your backdrop or if it is vinyl a nice soft non shedding cloth to clean with.

Glass and lights mean reflections!

Hope your weekend is saucy…

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Good times call for a good…

Wine!  There was a celebratory dinner out last night and then there was some wine later.  I hate spending what I can get an entire bottle for on one glass in a restaurant sometimes so I opted for the decadent dessert there and wine at home.  I discovered this wine at a Greek restaurant here when we first moved to Ohio.  It’s a very nice California red blend and became a staple in our home but in recent years it has become harder and harder to find.  The original (well, original for me) label had a scene reminiscent of the one from The Creature from the Black Lagoon; monster holding screaming woman.  What’s not to love about a wine with a label like that?

When I noticed the wine becoming harder to find I stocked up on a couple of bottles.  No wine today – coffee!

 

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Still Life: Prelude to an anniversary

It’s our anniversary and DH is taking time off from work (which means my time here may be spotty) so that we can both exhale and celebrate by doing whatever we want to.  A lot of that might be catching up on some sleep – we are one wild and crazy couple!  Still experimenting with still life photography and the lesson I learned from this shot is that glass and reflections can make you want to scream.  This was my first attempt at photographing these objects against a black background using a light box.

Practice, practice, practice but perhaps later 😉

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