Archive for August, 2010

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Haiku Friday – So long iPhone

August 13, 2010

Well, well, it was only a matter of time before I dropped my iPhone and did some royal damage. We had a torrential downpour last Friday and I dropped it in the driveway getting out of the car while trying not to get soaked or struck by lighting. That in and of itself wouldn’t have been too bad, but I didn’t realize I had done this until 20 or so minutes of it sitting out in the rain. Needless to say, it was behaving pretty squirrely overnight. Next day, it gradually got better, but I didn’t really think of the corrosive damage that was going on inside. Until Sunday. No big deal that I have to get a new phone now, except that I can’t actually get one because they are on backorder. Everywhere.

Sad, iPhone broken

Only works when plugged in now

Landline days are back

If you have the new iPhone, I sure hope you’re enjoying it. And if you drop your phone in the rain (or the toilet or other body of water), I highly suggest taking it to these guys immediately. They couldn’t help me out because I waited too long, but they tried and didn’t charge me.

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Assignment 3 – More on Composition

August 12, 2010

For our third assignment we presented two photos to the classs that demonstrated ‘good composition.’  There are many rules of composition, and people can choose to abide by those rules or break them entirely, where in some cases it will turn out miserably and in others, you’ll have yourself some art. My Cricket pic was my favorite composition picture and one I couldn’t wait to show you. It’s probably still my favorite but here are a few others. If anything, they show that I probably learned something. :)

This is the other photo I showed the class. I tried to demonstrate the rule of ‘leading lines’ (the rails in the bridge walkway leading to my primary subjects) as well as put Steve and Cricket in the intersection points when you divide the picture into thirds (‘rule of thirds’).

So overall, I think I demonstrated both rules rather well, it’s just not that interesting of a photo to me. Maybe if I made Steve put a different colored shirt on for our photo shoot? We also tried it in black and white, but I’m still not sure. Don’t you like how Cricket’s like ‘WTF?’

Here are two more that I thought were quite good. This is a picture of a box of chocolates (“life is like a box of chocolates…”) from Cacao, a handcrafted, artisan chocolatier in Inman Park, Alanta . We received this thoughtful and tasty treat in thanks for hosting a retirement party for a colleague of Steve’s.  I thought the box was beautiful with the deep brown coloring, bright purple bow and gold stamped logo. What was inside was even more beautiful – there was a tasty buddha with ginger in his belly! – but I didn’t get any real good photos of those, partly because Steve left the box in the car for like 5 minutes and in 100+ degree heat, our little chocolates started to droop (mini buddha had a smooshed nose).  Anywho, this picture employs the ‘fill the frame’ / ‘get in close’ compositional rule (as does my Cricket pic).  

Last but not least, this is a view from my driveway looking into our neighbor’s yard. I really liked the way the light caught the leaves and flowers, and that this part was bright and vibrant with color in front of a dreary old basement window. Also employed the rule of thirds here.

Next post, I’ll show you all my favorites I took during the course of the class. You’ll see more from the Oakland Cemetery (field trip!) as well as some lucky shots I took of unsuspecting critters at my parents’ home last weekend in Athens. Stay tuned.

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My first framed print!

August 7, 2010

Ok, so I didn’t sell a print yet, but I gave one as a gift to my super awesome and supportive husband. Check it out!

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Haiku Friday – Stormy Friday

August 6, 2010

My poor Cricket is horrified of storms. She goes nuts. And she pees herself. A tribute to little Cricket on this stormy evening:

Oh, holy thunder

Cricket’s peed her bed again

Scary, scary storm

Hope there are no storms (or pee) in your neck of the woods. Happy weekend!