Wednesday, October 15, 2014

favorite things

favorite things

October 15, 2014


This week's challenge selection is a few of my favorite things by Christine.  Check out my pals for their interpretations on this theme: Fishing Guy, Katney, Imac, Lew, and Christine Anne.

This proved to be quite a challenge for me. As I thought of the possibilities, I decided to narrow it down to just one of my favorite things... hanging around with people I love. The header includes a couple my wife and I have known for decades. Great folks, those two! Yes, I took that pic myself, using a tripod and remote control.

My bride doesn't like having her picture taken, but I think she looks fantastic.

A good pal and his pup.

These young skateboarders are also co-volunteers at the food pantry.

Family. D2 and her uncle.

Friends playing whiffle-ball... hamming it up for the camera.

Sitting around a toasty bonfire on a cool night.

Grandchildren! This is my granddaughter.

My 2 daughters glamming it up.

Father & son camping. S1's morning grin gets an A for effort.


Wednesday, October 08, 2014

street performers

street performers

October 8, 2014


This week's challenge selection is street performers by Imac.  Check out my pals for their interpretations on this theme: Fishing Guy, Katney, Imac, Lew, and Christine Anne.

First of all, welcome back to SeƱor Imac, who has just returned from doing hard time in Sing Sing. Yes, I know he said he was "on holiday," but I like to use my imagination to revise historical events when someone goes away for three weeks. Anyhoo, I'm glad he's back.

What image comes to your mind when you think of street performers? My mind goes immediately to a musician playing tunes downtown with his hat on the ground for collecting tips. I hope some of my headbanger compadres caught images like that, but I have no desire to drive into Chicago, scouring the streets, hoping to find such an image. The cost of gasoline and parking make such a venture too pricey for me. I thought I'd be washed out from this week's theme, but then... Bolingbrook had a parade! We had a host of performances in our street--all at the same time!! And it was a nice day for it, too.

This flag squad was the best. It's not so easy for the groups to do this in perfect synch.


I like the straight lines and geometry of the Bolingbrook HS Marching Band.


The Romeoville HS Marching Band was excellent, too!


Dig the can-do attitude of this Junior-higher!


Play that funky music!


Clowns give me nightmares.


Wow, these kids were outstanding!


Gravity forbids that I ever attempt a thing such as this.


This little car was a crowd favorite.

 For my header, I selected a closely cropped photo of a colorful musician on the drum instructor's float.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

forced perspective

forced perspective

October 1, 2014


This week's challenge selection is forced perspective - my selection.  Check out my pals for their interpretations on this theme: Fishing Guy, Katney, Imac, Lew, and Christine Anne.

Forced perspective is when a photo is composed in such a way that part comes across larger or smaller than it really is. A classic example is someone acting like he is lighting his cigarette with the torch from the Statue of Liberty. If it's not clear yet, I hope the pics I have here are helpful illustrations.

These pics are all kinds of fun! For my header, I asked my daughter to stand close to me, and hold her hand. I explained to her friend that from my perspective it would look like he was standing in her hand, so he teetered. The original background was very busy, so I took the file to a computer at the library and replaced the front of my house with my brother-in-law's.

*Below, you'll see the two shots I used for the header. The different background made a big difference, don't you think? (Thanks Tom, for suggesting I post the originals.)



Very low-tech. Hulk stood on a small step-stool 8 feet closer than the man with glasses.


A pretty pixie peeking out from giant paper flowers.


Standing in a field of "giant" pumpkins. Very dangerous... a guy could get squashed.

  Credit where credit is due... The giant pumpkins (or miniscule Craver) was done with a green screen and my wife's photo from a pumpkin patch.

An old fave. Daughter's hamster inside daughter's doll house. I lit it with a work lamp on each side.