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The death we hold dear

Next month (Sept 10th) will mark 1 year without her… And it feels like it happened yesterday,
every.single.day.

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Meadow - The Love of My Life

People tend to say things like… I need to “move on, get over it, let it go, etc”…. Which means they’ve either
a. Never been gutted like this,
b. Are heartless & I feel sorry for them, or
c. A narcissist who proves to care only about what directly effects them.

Either way, I could not even care less.

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Next month is barreling toward me like an ominous cloud carrying relentlessly violent storms. She is not the only loss that September commemorates, and i still have half of a lifetime left… I wish I could just skip the month altogether.

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Nothing compare.
Never
Ever

I’m so f#cked up

I am literally depressed over the fact that Stephen Amell is married.  How fucked is that?
I’m obsessed with the show The Arrow… And fell hopelessly in love with his character… During my cyber-stalk, I found that he is older than me (yay) and (to my utter devastation), married.
Ugggg… I can’t have a twinkle in my eye over a married man! That never goes well.
Lets be honest, I’ve already been tossed aside once (a bond which I believed would withstand multiple years & countries of separation, but unfortunately proved that I’m the only person with that amount of strength & restraint), and it would be impossible for another person to have that amount of hold on my heart.

At this point in my life, I’m opting for beauty over substance. LOL

There is no room left in the devastation for anything more.
Sad, but true.
I’ve been ruined.

XoXo

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Ps.. Dear Future Husband,
If Amell ever gets divorced… He is my hall pass.

V-logging

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The reaping

The calender at work claimed today as, Draw a Bird Day…
This is what they got from me

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Day 20: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Photography 101
Day Twenty
Prompt: Triumph & Contrast

Triumph comes in all shapes and sizes: finding enough coffee to make a full pot. Having just enough gas in the tank to get to the filling station. Finding out your story was accepted for publication in that awesome magazine.
What does triumph mean to you? It could mean that goal in the dying seconds, nailing “tree pose” without quivering, or any victory — big or small, personal or public.

Today’s Tip: Triumph usually denotes drama of some sort, no matter whether it’s big or small. Playing with contrast is a great way to enhance your photos for a more dramatic effect.

Contrast in photography generally refers to the difference between the lights and darks in an image — and the interplay between white, black, and gray. When someone says a black-and-white photo has high contrast, oftentimes the white and black are prominent, while a low-contrast image includes subtler tones and layers of gray. In color images, contrast might refer to the juxtaposition of two bright colors, or a cold color (blue) next to a warm color (red).

Tips on increasing/decreasing contrast:Increase to bring out bold accents (a red lantern, a yellow balloon).Increase to make the blacks blacker, the whites whiter.Decrease slightly to even out a blue sky.Don’t boost the contrast too much — you’ll lose the details.Be careful when tweaking pictures of people — you can easily “wash out” faces.

Day 19: double trouble

Photography 101
Day Nineteen
Prompt : Double & Rotation

Your twin sisters. Your neighbor’s two poodles. Your vision during a dizzy spell. Your doppelgänger.

Day 18: to the window …to the wall

Photography 101
Day Eighteen
Prompt: Edge & Alignment

Cambodia’s Angkor Wat is stunning, but it was the “jungle temple” in the Angkor complex, Ta Prohm, that lured me in. Centuries-old carvings have fallen victim to time and tree roots. Still, it’s a living site — impossibly-hued moss covers tumbles of stone. Visitors clamber over, under, and behind, seeking hidden crannies.

In some areas, walls still stand, their intact windows creating frames and portals. The solid, straight edges of the windows are a stark contrast to the waterfall of stones on either side:

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Today, show us an edge — a straight line, a narrow ridge, a precipice.

Today’s Tip: To make sure your edge packs a punch, use a photo editing tool to check the alignment and adjust the image, if needed, so that your edge is perfectly straight.

Most photo editing software or apps include a straightening tool that imposes a grid over your photo — you move the image until your edge aligns with one of the straight grid lines, and voila! There are a few ways to tackle this, many of them free:

If you use Instagram, straighten an image with the Adjust Tool. Other phone editing apps — Snapseed, Camera+, VSCO — offer similar abilities.Free photo editing site PicMonkey lets you upload and edit any photo. To straighten, choose a photo from your computer, then click “Edit” and choose the “Rotate” tab. Use the slider to adjust your photo’s angle.Photoshop and Lightroom, two popular pieces of software, each have a straightening tool. In Photoshop, adjust a photo’s angle while cropping, or use theRuler to see the precise angle of your line. In Lightroom, look for the “Crop and Straighten” tool; it’s the first icon on the left in the Develop Module.

You can also use these tools to make sure your leading lines go exactly where you want them, or to straighten a photo to emphasize the “Rule of Thirds.”

Cheers,
Michelle W. and the WordPress.com Team

Day 17: See through

Photography 101
Day Seventeen
Prompt : Glass, Squared

I’ve always been drawn to glass: windows, mirrors, and other reflective surfaces. Glass is fun to experiment with when taking pictures, resulting in multi-layered and unexpected shots.
Incorporate glass in today’s image: a window, a mirror, a wine glass, sunglasses, or something else. It doesn’t matter what form the glass takes.

Today’s Tip: We’ve practiced shooting at different angles and from unique POVs. How can you interact with glass to create an interesting photo?

Look through.Look between.Find an unconventional surface.Experiment with your flash both on and off.Place a glass object against a totally white background.Shine an artificial light source on it.

Cheers,
Cheri and the WordPress.com Team

Photography 101
Day Sixteen
Prompt : Treasure & Close-up

In the absence of a wooden chest full of gold doubloons, any object or experience that is deeply meaningful can be a treasure. Items, places, people — we all cherish something, or someone.

A treasure can be grand, like a precious heirloom or a night out with a loved one you rarely get to see, or teeny-tiny — like the first plump, juicy blackberry of spring, dripping with bright red juice as it preens on top of a tart
Today’s Tip: Get close to your subject — either use the zoom function in your camera, if it has one, or physically move closer to it.

Often, our goal is to capture as much of the scene as we can. Zooming in (or focusing on) a particular detail can produce a beautiful image and help you tell a more interesting story.

Copyright (infringements)?

Here’s the thing,
I need input from my fellow bloggers… as I’m quite honestly, hurt and afraid.

I enrolled in Photography 101 for the month of March and I’m truly enjoying the daily prompts 🙂

I had previously taken the Blogging 101 course in January which reclaimed my focus from the blah status in which my blog was holding strong.

Ok, back to the present.
Each evening, The Daily Prompt sends their email containing the following day’s assignment.
I copy the bulk of the email and insert it into my post as a “quotation” from the prompt.

For Day 13 caught,
the assignment was to capture something in motion.
I decided to use a shot that I took of my daughter’s dog, mid-roll in the yard.
As I have mentioned, I took the body of the email & quoted it in my post, detailing the assignment, then inserted my image as the “featured image”.

I have since received threatening comments insisting that I’ve stolen the image.
Obviously, this is my dog. She’s been in numerous photos in the past, as well as recent video mixes recently.

What do I do?
I’m not super knowledgeable in the way of blogging platform procedures, so I’m just seeking a little guidance.

Thank you in advance to anyone that may come to my aid.

Photography 101
Day Fifteen
Prompt : Landscape & Cropping

We’ve practiced our establishing shots, captured street scenes, and observed the natural world. Today, let’s walk in the footsteps of masters like Ansel Adams and focus on landscape photography.

Landscapes generally focus on wide, vast depictions of nature and all of its elements, from formations to weather. In this genre of photography, you won’t find much of a human presence: nature itself is the subject. A focus on nature isn’t mandatory, however — you can capture a sweeping panorama of an entire city, town, or industrial area.
Today’s Tip: Ready to do some basic image editing? Sift through your landscapes and find one that needs cropping. (You can look back to previous shots from the course, too.) Look for:

Stray objects in the background, near the frame’s edges and corners.People around the perimeter that have “photo-bombed” your picture.A foreground or background that is too prominent or “heavy.”A composition that is too-centered, with your subject right in the middle, that might benefit from cropping along two sides (in other words, cropping to the “Rule of Thirds”).

Photography 101
Day Fourteen
Prompt : Scale & Observation

Today’s Tip: Don’t just point and shoot. Observe your scene before pressing the shutter, considering how all the elements in the frame interact with one another. Make an object appear larger through a ground-level POV. Place two things side by side in an unexpected way.

Surprise us!

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Earlier this year, I wandered New Orleans, Louisiana, with an unlikely companion: a tiny plastic baby (courtesy of Randazzo’s, a bakery that hides and serves this little figurine in their King Cake). I had a lot of fun using my miniature friend — I dubbed him Henri — to experiment with scale.
A park bench dwarfed him. A margarita glass made him look huge. And an old dollhouse at an artist’s workshop proved to be just right. In the photo above, Henri takes a rest on a peeling iron fence outside an old home in New Orleans’ Garden District.

Today, play with scale: you can use anything and everything to help convey size in your image, from your Chihuahua to your Mini Cooper, to an aerial view or perspective from a penthouse floor.

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