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2012-07-14 16:27:12 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

#2012project52  , #gplusproject522012  , #project522012  's them this week was, "Summer/Winter"  It's summer on my half of the world, so I set up a sweet little scene with my daughter. Then I left the blankets and pillows out all night, and they got totally drenched in the biggest Thunderstorm I have ever witnessed in my entire life...:o) Who knew? 

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2013-03-23 23:48:28 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

A sweet love story caught outside my window the other day....:)

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2012-09-17 17:08:31 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Had to look far and wide to come up with an image for this week's theme of #2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012   of "Autumn/Spring" As mentioned earlier, the Pacific Northwest is enjoying a late "indian summer", with beautiful days and crisp evenings. Finally found this small evidence of fall at a local park...but the leaves were ugly, so I dressed it up with a bit of art.....:O)

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2014-04-22 15:18:53 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Haven't shot these busy little fellas in a couple of years...

Haven't shot these busy little fellas in a couple of years...___

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2013-03-23 23:48:28 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

A sweet love story caught outside my window the other day....:)

A sweet love story caught outside my window the other day....:)___

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2013-02-18 21:57:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

HA! Couldn't resist sharing this one.....:)

___HA! Couldn't resist sharing this one.....:)

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2013-01-14 19:41:42 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Mighty COLD out there, but fairly dry, so the frost isn't too, well, 'frosty'....so all I got for my efforts this morning was numb and achy fingertips! :O) 

Mighty COLD out there, but fairly dry, so the frost isn't too, well, 'frosty'....so all I got for my efforts this morning was numb and achy fingertips! :O) ___

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2013-01-05 02:39:06 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

That awkward teenage period....:o)

That awkward teenage period....:o)___

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2012-12-29 03:31:46 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

.......ANNND this wraps up my #2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012   for the year with the last two themes, "Mirrors" and "Christmas".

What a fun, challenging, and helpful project! Really helped me think outside the box, and kept me hopping each week to fit the week's theme into my schedule...'fraid I sorta fizzled out at the end, with Christmas festivities and preparations all competing for my time....but, nevertheless, I did finish before the end of the year...:o)

Thanks again to the great curators who faithfully watched over the project and offered their encouraging words throughout...

I won't be joining next year, as I think I want to slow down and do a portrait project on a little bigger scale once a month that will hopefully bring the reward of more business prospects...

Kudos to everyone who made it tothe... more »

.......ANNND this wraps up my #2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012   for the year with the last two themes, "Mirrors" and "Christmas".

What a fun, challenging, and helpful project! Really helped me think outside the box, and kept me hopping each week to fit the week's theme into my schedule...'fraid I sorta fizzled out at the end, with Christmas festivities and preparations all competing for my time....but, nevertheless, I did finish before the end of the year...:o)

Thanks again to the great curators who faithfully watched over the project and offered their encouraging words throughout...

I won't be joining next year, as I think I want to slow down and do a portrait project on a little bigger scale once a month that will hopefully bring the reward of more business prospects...

Kudos to everyone who made it to the end!!  :o)___

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2012-12-18 18:33:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

So. I posted my "Winter" image yesterday for Project 52's theme, and today winter arrives in my little corner of the PNW! (At least for an hour or  two.... :O)

So. I posted my "Winter" image yesterday for Project 52's theme, and today winter arrives in my little corner of the PNW! (At least for an hour or  two.... :O)___

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2012-12-17 18:13:16 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

"Winter"
We don't get many 'winter' days, in the sense of snowy landscapes, in the PNW, as our winters are just wet and grey, mostly...but I still look forward to the early evenings, sitting by the cozy fire with a warm cuppa tea, and a project of some sort to keep my hands busy while I ponder life....

So, winter gives me a warm fuzzy feeling, rather than a cold blue feeling...:O)

#2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  

"Winter"
We don't get many 'winter' days, in the sense of snowy landscapes, in the PNW, as our winters are just wet and grey, mostly...but I still look forward to the early evenings, sitting by the cozy fire with a warm cuppa tea, and a project of some sort to keep my hands busy while I ponder life....

So, winter gives me a warm fuzzy feeling, rather than a cold blue feeling...:O)

#2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  ___

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2012-12-11 22:22:29 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

"Street Photography"
#2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  
So this is probably another cliche image, and I suppose there should be some peeps in it somewhere, but the show hadn't started yet...;o)

We are very fortunate to have a beautifully restored vintage theatre in our little town, and it is often filled to capacity for a variety of shows, productions and local events. 

"Street Photography"
#2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  
So this is probably another cliche image, and I suppose there should be some peeps in it somewhere, but the show hadn't started yet...;o)

We are very fortunate to have a beautifully restored vintage theatre in our little town, and it is often filled to capacity for a variety of shows, productions and local events. ___

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2012-12-05 20:40:45 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

A movie for deep thinkers....
33 minutes with eternal implications....:)

A movie for deep thinkers....
33 minutes with eternal implications....:)___

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2012-12-03 00:49:55 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

"Smiles"  
This week's #2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  theme. I think this is the first week I have not taken a picture specifically for the theme, but since this images is only a couple of weeks old, I thought it would work. 

My favorite smiles are these kind; if you look real close, you will see that my handsome little nephew is smiling through his tears during a recent photo session...and yet he is still saying 'back off' with his little hand. What a trooper--so tolerant of his auntie and her camera! LOL!

"Smiles"  
This week's #2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  theme. I think this is the first week I have not taken a picture specifically for the theme, but since this images is only a couple of weeks old, I thought it would work. 

My favorite smiles are these kind; if you look real close, you will see that my handsome little nephew is smiling through his tears during a recent photo session...and yet he is still saying 'back off' with his little hand. What a trooper--so tolerant of his auntie and her camera! LOL!___

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2012-11-26 23:47:34 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

I got "Mostly White" on my calendar, but it seems like many are posting "Flowers" for this week's #2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012   theme.

So, I figured I would just kill two birds with one stone...lol

I got "Mostly White" on my calendar, but it seems like many are posting "Flowers" for this week's #2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012   theme.

So, I figured I would just kill two birds with one stone...lol___

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2012-11-10 21:17:01 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

4 seconds of "Time".

#2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  

I must admit, my answer for next week's theme was a little bit cliche` again...but, oh well! :O)
I am kind of working ahead now, as the incredibly busy holiday season is creeping upon me, and I don't want to get stressed out about finishing my project...;o)

4 seconds of "Time".

#2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  

I must admit, my answer for next week's theme was a little bit cliche` again...but, oh well! :O)
I am kind of working ahead now, as the incredibly busy holiday season is creeping upon me, and I don't want to get stressed out about finishing my project...;o)___

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2012-11-06 17:07:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

I couldn't decide.....:O)

This week's theme for #project522012   #gplusproject522012   #2012project52  is "Vanishing Point". I think the usual illustrations of this technique use buildings/architecture/streets, etc. so you can follow actual lines with your eyes into the image so show depth.  But, I liked what I found in nature...although I guess the vanishing 'points' of the trees was a bit of a stretch...;P

I couldn't decide.....:O)

This week's theme for #project522012   #gplusproject522012   #2012project52  is "Vanishing Point". I think the usual illustrations of this technique use buildings/architecture/streets, etc. so you can follow actual lines with your eyes into the image so show depth.  But, I liked what I found in nature...although I guess the vanishing 'points' of the trees was a bit of a stretch...;P___

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2012-11-02 22:27:40 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

This little fella discovered my kitty's cozy bed, and decides she did not need to have it all to herself, so he attempts to stuff the whole thing in his mouth!!! When that didn't work he decides he will just have to haul it off to his lair, so starts tugging on it for all he's worth! Quite the hilarious scene!!

This little fella discovered my kitty's cozy bed, and decides she did not need to have it all to herself, so he attempts to stuff the whole thing in his mouth!!! When that didn't work he decides he will just have to haul it off to his lair, so starts tugging on it for all he's worth! Quite the hilarious scene!!___

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2012-10-30 21:35:52 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Well, it looks like the fall/winter weather is here in earnest. I finally pulled in the last of the harvest....sigh Boy, are they tasty little jewels...:o)
#gardening  

Well, it looks like the fall/winter weather is here in earnest. I finally pulled in the last of the harvest....sigh Boy, are they tasty little jewels...:o)
#gardening  ___

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2012-10-28 01:14:15 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Sigh Okay, so I don't really 'do' Halloween, but since that was the theme for the next week's #2012project52  , #gplusproject522012  , #project522012 , I decided I may as well see just how 'ghoully' I could go...
a medical skull lying around the house certainly comes in handy in a situation like this.... 
I composited the skull image over a portrait of my boy and added/created the drama...:O) My favorite part was adjusting my signature...Mwahahaha!

Then I also noticed that there were other themes I could add this too, so I decided to post it early! :O)
#halloween2012   #halloween   #halloweentown   #halloweek  

Sigh Okay, so I don't really 'do' Halloween, but since that was the theme for the next week's #2012project52  , #gplusproject522012  , #project522012 , I decided I may as well see just how 'ghoully' I could go...
a medical skull lying around the house certainly comes in handy in a situation like this.... 
I composited the skull image over a portrait of my boy and added/created the drama...:O) My favorite part was adjusting my signature...Mwahahaha!

Then I also noticed that there were other themes I could add this too, so I decided to post it early! :O)
#halloween2012   #halloween   #halloweentown   #halloweek  ___

2012-10-27 15:17:50 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

So....for anyone who does event photography.
I am looking for a way to download images I take with my Olympus E3 to a Motorola Xoom on site for viewing. I usually show clients images on the back of the camera, but this event will be at an assisted living center, so they may not have a as good of eyesight....it would be great if they could hold the Xoom, and the images show up on the tablet for them to pick from immediately after they are shot. Wirelessly would be great, but a long cord would be acceptable as well. 
Any ideas out there in Google + land?

So....for anyone who does event photography.
I am looking for a way to download images I take with my Olympus E3 to a Motorola Xoom on site for viewing. I usually show clients images on the back of the camera, but this event will be at an assisted living center, so they may not have a as good of eyesight....it would be great if they could hold the Xoom, and the images show up on the tablet for them to pick from immediately after they are shot. Wirelessly would be great, but a long cord would be acceptable as well. 
Any ideas out there in Google + land?___

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2012-10-25 23:06:32 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

"Reflections"
Week 44 of #2012project52  , #gplusproject522012  , #project522012  ...
I was looking all over for reflections of things in water, silverware, mirrors, eyes....then I got distracted outside by all the pretty fall colors so I started shooting some foliage. After chimping this image in the viewfinder, realized that the thorn was 'reflecting' the light of the sky!! I liked it. :O)

"Reflections"
Week 44 of #2012project52  , #gplusproject522012  , #project522012  ...
I was looking all over for reflections of things in water, silverware, mirrors, eyes....then I got distracted outside by all the pretty fall colors so I started shooting some foliage. After chimping this image in the viewfinder, realized that the thorn was 'reflecting' the light of the sky!! I liked it. :O)___

2012-10-24 20:23:57 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Any G+ computer techies out there able to help me?
My computer has been acting strained lately, heating up, and I can hear USB ports kicking on and off. I ran a scan on it in safe mode and it was clean, so I went to "Devices and Drivers" and found "X's" on my computer and a printer. After troubleshooting, I get these messages;
1) "Consumer IR device has driver problems"
2) "UDS Master Bus of Kernal USB Software Bus by TCP doesn't have a driver"
3) "Hardware changes might not have been detected"
Of course, I tried to download the drivers from the troubleshooting screen, and it doesn't work. I also went to Windows update and made sure I was up to date, and after the restart, I get, "USB Control Center installation incomplete. Please reinstall" (This is for a one port wireless print server)
I uninstalled,... more »

Any G+ computer techies out there able to help me?
My computer has been acting strained lately, heating up, and I can hear USB ports kicking on and off. I ran a scan on it in safe mode and it was clean, so I went to "Devices and Drivers" and found "X's" on my computer and a printer. After troubleshooting, I get these messages;
1) "Consumer IR device has driver problems"
2) "UDS Master Bus of Kernal USB Software Bus by TCP doesn't have a driver"
3) "Hardware changes might not have been detected"
Of course, I tried to download the drivers from the troubleshooting screen, and it doesn't work. I also went to Windows update and made sure I was up to date, and after the restart, I get, "USB Control Center installation incomplete. Please reinstall" (This is for a one port wireless print server)
I uninstalled, rebooted, and reinstalled, but it won't install the driver....O.o
Although my computer seems to have settled down a bit after all that...___

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2012-10-18 04:12:42 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Okay. "Openings."

This week's theme for #2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  

I'm not even going to give a clue this time, 'cause ya'll are WAY too smart!! :O) 

Okay. "Openings."

This week's theme for #2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  

I'm not even going to give a clue this time, 'cause ya'll are WAY too smart!! :O) ___

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2012-10-13 18:54:49 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Well this week's theme for #2012project52  , #gplusproject522012   #project522012   is "Black and White".
Since I have been working on my daughter's Senior portraits this er...month, I decided to use my favorite black and white from her session....ain't she a cutie?
No prejudice on my part, no way....;o)

Well this week's theme for #2012project52  , #gplusproject522012   #project522012   is "Black and White".
Since I have been working on my daughter's Senior portraits this er...month, I decided to use my favorite black and white from her session....ain't she a cutie?
No prejudice on my part, no way....;o)___

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2012-10-08 22:39:01 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

HA! Even my daughter forgot which part of her this was when I showed the finished image to her...so I hope this one will be a mystery to you fellow Googlies for at least a minute or two....:O)

SO, what part of the body is this? :o)

Posted for #2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  's "Body Parts"...

HA! Even my daughter forgot which part of her this was when I showed the finished image to her...so I hope this one will be a mystery to you fellow Googlies for at least a minute or two....:O)

SO, what part of the body is this? :o)

Posted for #2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  's "Body Parts"...___

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2012-10-01 17:57:14 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

A few of my favorite colors for #2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  's theme this week....:O)

A few of my favorite colors for #2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  's theme this week....:O)___

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2012-09-24 20:29:06 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

"Negative Space" was this week's theme for #2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  ...
I have always enjoyed seeing images with lots of negative space...yet, it was a challenge to make one for myself...especially using light and shadow as the medium, rather than item placement in a scene...
But, I decided I liked this one....:o)

"Negative Space" was this week's theme for #2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  ...
I have always enjoyed seeing images with lots of negative space...yet, it was a challenge to make one for myself...especially using light and shadow as the medium, rather than item placement in a scene...
But, I decided I liked this one....:o)___

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2012-09-17 17:08:31 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Had to look far and wide to come up with an image for this week's theme of #2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012   of "Autumn/Spring" As mentioned earlier, the Pacific Northwest is enjoying a late "indian summer", with beautiful days and crisp evenings. Finally found this small evidence of fall at a local park...but the leaves were ugly, so I dressed it up with a bit of art.....:O)

Had to look far and wide to come up with an image for this week's theme of #2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012   of "Autumn/Spring" As mentioned earlier, the Pacific Northwest is enjoying a late "indian summer", with beautiful days and crisp evenings. Finally found this small evidence of fall at a local park...but the leaves were ugly, so I dressed it up with a bit of art.....:O)___

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2012-09-05 15:19:20 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

"In the Garden" was this week's theme for #2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  . 
While I did have a good showing out in my garden, the one bloom that I am most thrilled to see is the water lily that blooms yearly in my water garden! I usually only get one bloom a year, so it is a special treat.....:O)

"In the Garden" was this week's theme for #2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  . 
While I did have a good showing out in my garden, the one bloom that I am most thrilled to see is the water lily that blooms yearly in my water garden! I usually only get one bloom a year, so it is a special treat.....:O)___

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2012-09-01 01:03:43 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

This week's theme for #2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  was "Metal". I had all kinds of ideas brewing in my head when my oldest daughter suggested I take a picture of "Metal Mouth". So I, and he, obliged...;o)

This week's theme for #2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  was "Metal". I had all kinds of ideas brewing in my head when my oldest daughter suggested I take a picture of "Metal Mouth". So I, and he, obliged...;o)___

2012-08-24 13:54:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I think this is the first circle I have shared, but I have been on G+ for some time now, and can now recognize many of the names in here as those who post regularly, with quality images, and are responsive and interactive as well. It is a circle that will add some inspirational photography to your stream and maybe some encouragement...if that's one of the reasons you joined G+...:o)
And no, I'm not sharing it just because I happened to be in it...thank you, Charles! :O)


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 Hidden Treasure: 264 talented photographers to discover

     a select group of photographers with
        5000 to 7500 followers 
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264 photographers plus myself.
#CWL7500  

This circle is only people with 5000 to 7500 followers.  I made this choice because people like to see smaller circles.

No one has asked to be in this circle and no one has been required to share the circle.  The choices here are my own based on my own likes and dislikes.

The photographers that I have added to this circle are all photographers that I would like to have in my stream.  The styles vary but the quality is there.  The work varies from above average to outstanding.

No strings attached
• I ask, but do not require, that everyone in this circle plus the post, comment on the post, and most importantly, share the circle.  My experience tells me that circles that don't require sharing are generally of a higher quality since there is no obligation to include anyone.  Please share. 

Validation process
•  I have personally checked all of the profiles in the circle.  This is a circle of people whose work I like. No one has asked for inclusion and the choice of inclusion was solely my own decision. 
• Photographers that are inactive were not chosen
• Photographers with animated gifs were not chosen
• Only photographers sharing a nice selection of their own images were included
• Lots of external links = not included
• I had to like what I saw; my circle = my choice.
• I'm in the circle. My circle, I get to be in it.

For anyone sharing this circle, I recommend that you add a few fresh images to your stream to keep your content balanced.

◊◊◊___I think this is the first circle I have shared, but I have been on G+ for some time now, and can now recognize many of the names in here as those who post regularly, with quality images, and are responsive and interactive as well. It is a circle that will add some inspirational photography to your stream and maybe some encouragement...if that's one of the reasons you joined G+...:o)
And no, I'm not sharing it just because I happened to be in it...thank you, Charles! :O)

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2012-08-23 23:47:32 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

After hearing an ominous THUD at my front window, I ran over to scan for the carcass of a "distracted-while-flying" bird. Didn't see anything on the ground but noticed this little guy sitting and quivering on the branch, so ran to get my camera. After taking one image, (the only one I got, so please ignore the blurry nostrils...;o) a larger bird flew past, which startled this guy into a flurry of activity, jumping around in the tree and chirping. Obviously, the injury has been like that for a while, for he was quite adept at hopping around on one leg!

After hearing an ominous THUD at my front window, I ran over to scan for the carcass of a "distracted-while-flying" bird. Didn't see anything on the ground but noticed this little guy sitting and quivering on the branch, so ran to get my camera. After taking one image, (the only one I got, so please ignore the blurry nostrils...;o) a larger bird flew past, which startled this guy into a flurry of activity, jumping around in the tree and chirping. Obviously, the injury has been like that for a while, for he was quite adept at hopping around on one leg!___

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2012-08-22 23:37:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Ha! Some people have way too much time on their hands.....Maybe I'll have to try this.... :o)  
"Sarah!!! Come out to the studio--I have something I want to try....."  *evil grin*

We love this collection of "water wigs". The photographer used a sound trigger to capture the balloons exploding over peoples heads!

http://www.behance.net/gallery/Water-Wigs/4889175

#lightingtechnique   #highspeedphotography   #waterballoon  ___Ha! Some people have way too much time on their hands.....Maybe I'll have to try this.... :o)  
"Sarah!!! Come out to the studio--I have something I want to try....."  *evil grin*

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2012-08-22 14:16:08 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date!! Not even under the wire this week...O.o
After a mad dash out to the beach last night to catch a "Sunset" for this week's #2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  theme, I confirmed to myself that I am 'not' a landscape photographer. O.o
Course, next week is "metal" so I am feeling rather ambivalent about my project...:o)

I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date!! Not even under the wire this week...O.o
After a mad dash out to the beach last night to catch a "Sunset" for this week's #2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  theme, I confirmed to myself that I am 'not' a landscape photographer. O.o
Course, next week is "metal" so I am feeling rather ambivalent about my project...:o)___

2012-08-21 21:09:52 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Okay, for those of you in my Techie circle, Windows is trying to update, but my computer is not allowing it. I keep getting the "Failure configuring Windows updates, reverting changes" notification. I have tried the Microsoft "Fixit" fella, and I tried to manually update through the system security route, with no luck. Any ideas? Please don't tell me my HD is going out, as I might faint...O.o
Thanks so much for any help!! :O)

Okay, for those of you in my Techie circle, Windows is trying to update, but my computer is not allowing it. I keep getting the "Failure configuring Windows updates, reverting changes" notification. I have tried the Microsoft "Fixit" fella, and I tried to manually update through the system security route, with no luck. Any ideas? Please don't tell me my HD is going out, as I might faint...O.o
Thanks so much for any help!! :O)___

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2012-08-19 14:20:16 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

HA! Totally true....:o)

___HA! Totally true....:o)

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2012-08-18 17:48:38 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Awww...one of my favorite themes....this weeks'  #2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  was "Portrait". So, I took my favorite model out and we had a good time practicing for her upcoming senior portrait session..:O)
I like the back lighting, but not sure if it is a little too strong to use with just a reflector...wondering if I should have used OCF instead...?
What'cha think?

Awww...one of my favorite themes....this weeks'  #2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  was "Portrait". So, I took my favorite model out and we had a good time practicing for her upcoming senior portrait session..:O)
I like the back lighting, but not sure if it is a little too strong to use with just a reflector...wondering if I should have used OCF instead...?
What'cha think?___

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2012-08-15 01:09:05 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Here are 5 textures that didn't make the cut for this week's Project 52 theme....I had fun finding them once I got started! :o)

Here are 5 textures that didn't make the cut for this week's Project 52 theme....I had fun finding them once I got started! :o)___

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2012-08-14 17:37:13 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

This texture, along with the fault lines, can save your life! Put on your thinking cap and tell us what it is!
That's the challenge for this week's #2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  theme, "Textures"  :o)

This texture, along with the fault lines, can save your life! Put on your thinking cap and tell us what it is!
That's the challenge for this week's #2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  theme, "Textures"  :o)___

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2012-08-04 02:16:57 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Well now... #2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  's theme this week was "Animals"! Hey! We can do that! :O)

This is my girl Sarah with; clockwise, starting under her left arm;
Bertha the Biddy,
Feline Flossy,
Canine Chewey,
Knightley the Betta, 
and a parakeet named Jitterbug--just a few of her critters...;o)

Well now... #2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  's theme this week was "Animals"! Hey! We can do that! :O)

This is my girl Sarah with; clockwise, starting under her left arm;
Bertha the Biddy,
Feline Flossy,
Canine Chewey,
Knightley the Betta, 
and a parakeet named Jitterbug--just a few of her critters...;o)___

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2012-08-01 00:02:09 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

sigh One of those 'under the wire' weeks for #2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  ...literally wandering around the yard in the last minute desperately trying to find a "silhouette". Feeling very uninspired, but I finally found one....O.o 

sigh One of those 'under the wire' weeks for #2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  ...literally wandering around the yard in the last minute desperately trying to find a "silhouette". Feeling very uninspired, but I finally found one....O.o ___

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2012-07-23 14:34:45 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Love it! :O)

Love it! :O)___

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2012-07-22 03:54:35 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

I think I am a little too literal for some of these themes...I'm really supposed to be thinking 'outside' the box--stretch :O)
#2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  this week was...wait for it..."The "S" Curve....O.o

Do ya figure I got it? LOL!

I think I am a little too literal for some of these themes...I'm really supposed to be thinking 'outside' the box--stretch :O)
#2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  this week was...wait for it..."The "S" Curve....O.o

Do ya figure I got it? LOL!___

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2012-07-14 16:27:12 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

#2012project52  , #gplusproject522012  , #project522012  's them this week was, "Summer/Winter"  It's summer on my half of the world, so I set up a sweet little scene with my daughter. Then I left the blankets and pillows out all night, and they got totally drenched in the biggest Thunderstorm I have ever witnessed in my entire life...:o) Who knew? 

#2012project52  , #gplusproject522012  , #project522012  's them this week was, "Summer/Winter"  It's summer on my half of the world, so I set up a sweet little scene with my daughter. Then I left the blankets and pillows out all night, and they got totally drenched in the biggest Thunderstorm I have ever witnessed in my entire life...:o) Who knew? ___

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2012-07-10 14:17:50 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Plan B for Project 52 was this statue that represents the hard work in the history of my town, an old time logger topping a tree for harvest...

Plan B for Project 52 was this statue that represents the hard work in the history of my town, an old time logger topping a tree for harvest...___

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2012-07-08 22:56:24 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Week 28 for #project522012   #2012project52   #gplusproject522012   was "My Hometown".
This is Aberdeen, Washington, fondly known by some locals as the "Gateway to the Olympic Peninsula". A cozy little town snuggled along the bank of the Chehalis River, it was founded in 1884 by Samuel Benn. Aberdeen's economic survival has been mostly dependent upon the timber and fishing industries, and as such has been hard hit by regulations and restrictions concerning harvesting natural resources. We are the home port for the Lady Washington, which portrayed the HMS Interceptor in the Pirates of the Caribbean...
Unfortunately, as a 7 image, stitched panorama made small enough to be seen on most monitors, much detail has been lost, but hopefully you can make out a little town here....:O)

Week 28 for #project522012   #2012project52   #gplusproject522012   was "My Hometown".
This is Aberdeen, Washington, fondly known by some locals as the "Gateway to the Olympic Peninsula". A cozy little town snuggled along the bank of the Chehalis River, it was founded in 1884 by Samuel Benn. Aberdeen's economic survival has been mostly dependent upon the timber and fishing industries, and as such has been hard hit by regulations and restrictions concerning harvesting natural resources. We are the home port for the Lady Washington, which portrayed the HMS Interceptor in the Pirates of the Caribbean...
Unfortunately, as a 7 image, stitched panorama made small enough to be seen on most monitors, much detail has been lost, but hopefully you can make out a little town here....:O)___

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2012-07-05 17:02:43 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Okay, so I have to share some of my personal faves from last night's show...:O) Since, you know, there hasn't been any fireworks in the stream lately...LOL!

Okay, so I have to share some of my personal faves from last night's show...:O) Since, you know, there hasn't been any fireworks in the stream lately...LOL!___

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2012-06-30 03:38:41 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

My plans B,C, and D for Project 52....I was leaning towards the smoke one the most, but I noticed that several of my recent posts were all black BGs, and I don't want all my images to look the same...I'm doing this project to stretch my creativity....hoping it's working..:O)

My plans B,C, and D for Project 52....I was leaning towards the smoke one the most, but I noticed that several of my recent posts were all black BGs, and I don't want all my images to look the same...I'm doing this project to stretch my creativity....hoping it's working..:O)___

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2012-06-29 23:50:11 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Well this is the first week of #2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  that I actually have four images that I like about equally, so it was a hard choice for me to decide which one to post for my official entry in this week's theme, "Red, White and Blue". 

In the end, I decided on a patriotic image, because, well, I am not ashamed of my country, and the Fourth of July is just around the corner...:O)

I will probably put the others in my "extras" album-just for grins...:O)

Well this is the first week of #2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  that I actually have four images that I like about equally, so it was a hard choice for me to decide which one to post for my official entry in this week's theme, "Red, White and Blue". 

In the end, I decided on a patriotic image, because, well, I am not ashamed of my country, and the Fourth of July is just around the corner...:O)

I will probably put the others in my "extras" album-just for grins...:O)___

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2012-06-26 23:11:22 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

I was inspired to attempt shooting smoke as an idea for one of my themes. Wow....smoke is an abstract lovers dream medium....not even sure I could pick only the ones I need for the project, but I liked these ones...;o)

I was inspired to attempt shooting smoke as an idea for one of my themes. Wow....smoke is an abstract lovers dream medium....not even sure I could pick only the ones I need for the project, but I liked these ones...;o)___

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2012-06-25 17:44:27 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

OH! It came to my attention that there WAS an #allthingsred  !! FUN! I thought this would fit the bill....:O)

OH! It came to my attention that there WAS an #allthingsred  !! FUN! I thought this would fit the bill....:O)___

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2012-06-23 14:29:51 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

#2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  's theme this week was "Water". I had this shot in the back of my mind for a while, but it was a lot harder than I anticipated...shooting glass without a ton of reflections involves making sure the strobes are brighter than the surroundings, and also that they are coming from behind the glass, or they will leave their own mark. Plus, I would have increased the viscosity of the water if I knew how, as it is very splattery and messy, so Photoshop was my friendly tidy-up-er...
But, over all, I am satisfied with the learning experience...;o)

#2012project52   #gplusproject522012   #project522012  's theme this week was "Water". I had this shot in the back of my mind for a while, but it was a lot harder than I anticipated...shooting glass without a ton of reflections involves making sure the strobes are brighter than the surroundings, and also that they are coming from behind the glass, or they will leave their own mark. Plus, I would have increased the viscosity of the water if I knew how, as it is very splattery and messy, so Photoshop was my friendly tidy-up-er...
But, over all, I am satisfied with the learning experience...;o)___

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