Posts Tagged ‘fun’

First Look Photo: Keeping it Fun and Creative

May 3, 2017

I just spent one year studying photography with the New York Institute of Photography, and learned a lot about the craft, and business of photography, but in order to keep my passion alive, I also have to keep it fun and creative.  This is why I have been learning how to use the Enlight App on my IPhone.  Today’s shot was one I created on the app.

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First Look Photo: Caption This

August 31, 2016

I took this picture of a squirrel yesterday, and thought it needed a funny caption, but instead of me having all the fun, I thought it would be even more fun if you all came up with the caption.

Good luck, and enjoy the challenge.


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Photo Friday: Color Me Puzzled

April 17, 2015

When I was in first grade, I had a 24 day flu.  During the recovery I had a lot of time to watch tv, and do a ton of puzzles.  Since 1976, when I received my first camera, I have tried to take pictures that were not only beautiful, but could be made into challenging puzzles.  I tried contacting Milton Bradley, but they told me they only use photos taken by employees.  What that means is that I am now sitting on thousands of photos that can be used as good puzzles, until I get the right idea how to proceed.

Today’s photograph is one such picture I took this week, as the backdrop for my new phone.  I didn’t realize my phone takes full size, high resolution, pictures, and once I saw it I knew this would be the most challenging puzzle picture I have taken, to date.

I hope you all enjoy it.


Whacky Wednesday: 4 sentence fairytale

January 21, 2015

As with any goal, there should be some fun involved, and it’s no different with writing goals.  I decided that on my blog, for my writing I should devote one day to the fun side.  Every Wednesday will be dedicated to something whacky and fun.  I am going to challenge you to the same fun in the comments.  I would love to see how you turn writing fun; so I’ll keep these posts short.

Today is dedicated to the 4 sentence fairytale.  The rules are simple.  Four sentences, a complete fairytale, and where applicable, a twist ending.

Here’s mine titled Let’s Eat Pie.

Once upon a time, a fairy loved a boy.
The boy met a girl, and the fairy became jealous.
The fairy turned the girl into a pumpkin, and the boy was impressed
Now the boy and the fairy are married and enjoying pumpkin pie every night.

The Old Port Festival 2012

June 15, 2012

Every year, the second Sunday in June, Portland has a festival to kick off the summer season.  The past few years I have made it to record the events.  This year was no different.  I hope you all enjoy it.

Day 64: The Drama of Clouds

February 26, 2012

The Drama of Clouds


Many people would say they’re boring,

I call them exciting,

Many people would call them sad,

I call them fun,

Many say they look dead,

I say without them we couldn’t have life.

Without them we don’t

Have rain or snow,

And no matter how many times you look at them

You will never see the same one twice.

Without them,

We wouldn’t have vibrant lightning storms,

This is why I say

When you see clouds approaching

Don’t be depressed,

Appreciate the drama unfolding before you.

Liscense to enhance your image

May 8, 2009

Since the beginning of photography, there have always been people who have manipulated their photographs in order to convey a certain mood, or meaning.  In the early 1900’s a man took a photograph of a spider monkey, and one of a bat, and combined the two negatives to create a bat-monkey.

The legal system has regularly used photographs as admissible evidence because they assumed that a photograph couldn’t be manipulated quickly enough to taint the evidence.  This just isn’t true.  Once digital came out, they wouldn’t admit it at first because it made manipulation that much quicker.  Now, however, they are now allowing it with the provision that the photographer has done nothing to change the photograph.

In the world of fine art photography, photographic manipulation, and enhancement, is not only a common practice, but at times it’s necessary.  Purists will tell you that enhancements will destroy a photograph.  I believe that if you can avoid it, do, but that doesn’t mean you should run away from doing so, just use moderation.

When you take a photograph, think about what you are trying to convey, and crop it while taking the picture.  Move in closer if you have to, or if you can.  Include only the elements that matter.  If you’re trying to bring attention to the way carving initials into a tree can ruin its beauty, don’t include the whole tree; no one will see the damaged spot.  Only photograph the damaged part. If you’re trying to show the beauty of a landscape, you will periodically get power lines or unsightly buildings in your picture.  In this case, you may have to alter the image; cloning out the power lines or the buildings.

There are times that you may want to produce an abstract image.  Don’t be afraid to alter the colors, or change something in the picture to conform to your mind’s image.  Don’t forget photography is no different than any other art.  It’s very personal and the message you want to send to the viewers will determine what you do with that image.

Here’s a couple of other things you might want to consider about enhancements.  Enhancing a Photograph can draw attention to the area you want people to focus on.  Even something as simple as changing a photograph from color to black and white can tone down distracting elements to bring out your subject.

On the computer, you can blur out everything but the subject to let people know, “this is what I want you to see.”

Adding an element to a photograph can add humor to a picture that might have been boring otherwise.  I did this with a wood frog I photographed.  I added a Santa Clause hat to the image to make a Santa frog for my Christmas cards that year.  It got lots of laughs, and had people wondering how I got the hat on the frog.

Digitally enhancing an image can help you say what you want to say, and can even add to the fun.

Challenge:  Have some fun, and change an image in different ways to see how it changes the message.