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So this week’s photo challenge is Free Spirit.  What does that mean? Well I’m not really sure…they didn’t explain it very well.  “To capture this idea of the free spirit, I would suggest breaking some rules. Sometimes it is necessary to overexpose a frame slightly and point the lens to the sun for a bit of glare to capture that sense of a different, free, moving reality.”  

I overexpose all the time and I’m not afraid of  ‘flare’ (aka sun glare) so I didn’t really follow the directions very well…This is mostly just me playing around with a macro lens I got to borrow from work, but I still think it can capture the Free Spirit aspect:

This macro lens is AWESOME!



Hee Hee! I just love how this bee looks!


Love the color of this car and maybe it follows the ‘free spirit’ because you don’t see these often anymore (Sure that’s it!)


So maybe this post was more of me being a ‘free spirit’ from the challenge, rather than using the camera in the ‘not supposed to’ ways (although I break the rules all the time….HEY! There’s that Free Spirit again!)



This week’s Challenge: Share a photo that means URBAN to you!

This just felt very urban to me.  Houses close together, very colorful and similar. For some reason I get a ‘Stepford Wives’ feeling from it.

This week’s photo challenge is ‘merge’.  Here’s what The Daily Post’s tips were:

MERGE:  Try placing an object where it does not belong. Or, juxtapose two different objects. 

I went with the ‘traditional’ definition of merge where two objects become one or one gradually fades into another.


The wheel is merging with the ground to become one.  Also, the spokes are all merging towards the center! (I already know I’m an overachiever but you might want to hold that thought…)



The water merging with the sand


Mushroom merging with the tree!

You may resume the overachiever talk now 🙂

There is a blog on WordPress that is doing weekly photo challenges so I thought it’d be fun to participate in that!  I seem to have missed the first few weeks so here is this week’s challenge:

Here’s their challenge:

WRONG.  As in, there’s something wrong here. Maybe the “wrong” in your picture is obvious, or maybe it’s quite subtle and takes a deeper look to notice – help your readers to understand what’s “wrong” in your picture.

What do I find wrong with this picture?  Well, I don’t agree with the use of harmful pesticides-not to make our lawns the greenest, not to make our food the biggest, not to get rid of the ‘annoyances’ in our lives (generally that’s bugs or plants).  So I find it wrong that the pesticides have been sprayed in the first place.  Now the grass, which means the playground too, are unusable.


I heard an amazing story today:

There was this man who was the president (I think) of a company.  The company had made some decisions that caused them to have to take a buy out from a larger company.

He had two decisions…he could become richer than his wildest dreams and have everything taken care of finacially for him for the rest of his life.


Allow 50 people to continue to have jobs so that they don’t have to worry about where their next paycheck is coming from.

What did he choose?

What was more important to him?

It was more important to him for the 50 people to have jobs than for him to get a huge sum of money.

It was more important for him to allow those 50 people to continue to have a consistant paycheck so that their families didn’t have to worry.

He chose others over himself.

Some may not agree with the decision he made…but I am proud of him.

Granted, I do not know all of the details within this story, but the details that I do know reinforce the opinion I have of him.

Who is this unnamed man?

This man, is my grandfather.  And it makes me swell with pride to say so 🙂

I was messing around on WordPress today and came across The Daily Post…I don’t know much about it and to be honest I didn’t even look into it much before starting this post but I think it’s from some of the heads of WordPress in a way to get more of their bloggers posting more often.

Anyway…they had a link to a website called ‘Plinky’ which seems to post random questions that you can answer on their site.  The first one I saw was ‘Do you like cats or dogs better’ (by the way I love both!) but I didn’t like that question so I went ahead to the next one.

How could you not?! They’re SO CUTE!

If You Could Delete A Memory, Would You?

At first I wanted to answer ‘yes’….we’ve all done and said stupid things in our lives that we would like to forget or change.

But the more I thought about it the more I said ‘no’.  No I would not delete a memory if I could.

Every memory is there for a reason.  Whether it’s a good or bad memory.  We learn from our experiences.  They all are meant to teach us something…we wouldn’t remember it if there wasn’t a reason.  (I know sometimes you wonder why you remember something…there’s a reason…somewhere in there…)


Would you delete a memory if you could?

I’ve always thought Photoshop was pretty awesome, that is until I actually started using it.  I am absolutely AMAZED at what one can do with this program.  Stunned is really more like it.

I am somewhat of a photo-nerd.  I love photos. It doesn’t matter if they’re mine or someone else’s; I LOVE them! So I’ve been working on a project of digitizing all my old photos (more about that in a later post).

I mean, why wouldn’t you want to make photos like this digital? You could post it on Facebook for everyone to see! 🙂 (Yes this is me)

Last year was when I started using Photoshop more seriously.  I started using it for retouching at work and got pretty good at it.  This year, I have learned to add texture to a photo and create an ‘echo’ among other things.  My arch-nemesis, the Clone Stamp, and I have dropped our feud and are now learning to be friends.

‘Echo’ that I made with a wedding photo (generally they’re made with the background images at 50% or less, but I don’t care 🙂

Photoshop is even amazing with basic things.  While scanning a bunch of my old photos, I realized the colors were off.  A lot of the time the old images are either yellow-ish and gross looking or have a blue-ish tint that makes them look like they’ve been taken using the “Smurf Filter”.  Here’s some amazing enhancements:

Gotta love the 80’s!

Even after 100’s of photos that I’ve enhanced, I am still amazed at the difference.  I think my husband is getting annoyed with me since I have to show him the before and afters of almost EVERY photo I enhance (sorry sweetie!)

The “Smurf Filter” I was talking about. This was taken with my Grandpa’s disposable camera (yes they still make disposable film cameras) in 2011.

This photo above is my no means perfect but it’s much better than it was straight out of the camera.


I love texture on my photos! MUST ADD TEXTURE TO ALL PHOTOS!!

So why am I talking about all of this? My love of pictures runs deep…they’re the only representations of memories that we have (again, more in a later post).  I want to make them look the best that I can!

Photoshop…you…are…awesome 🙂

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