Photo Discovery

Lately I've been messing around with the camera on my iPhone 5S and then tweaking the photos in Camera+ (iPhone app) or Instagram. It's been very enjoyable. I had forgotten how much I enjoy the entire photography process, especially the "darkroom" process. 

I actually worked in a darkroom both in highschool and college. In highschool I was one of 4 school photographers. We were the only ones allowed to carry a camera anywhere on campus anytime. I was assigned to the newspaper. Each photographer was responsible for his or her own developing. We rolled our own film and did all the negative work.

In college I took an art photography class and there too we did all of our own darkroom work. What a blast it was. Hours of messing around with developing photos. The only thing we weren't allowed to do was crop photos in the darkroom. It was all about framing the shot in the camera. 

Of course today analog darkrooms are nearly instinct and it's all digital. What I can do on my iPhone is just amazing. I can take the photo, crop the photo, edit the photo, process it any number of ways and then share it with the planet in minutes. In 1992 when I took the photography class in college I don't think I could have envisioned doing all that on a phone. 

Photography is just relaxing, fun and challenging. I'm no Ansel Adams, but I do enjoy taking photos of just about anything. The fun then is not just in recording that split second moment as one might in "news" or "event" photography, but in illustrating a feeling or finding a new way to present that image. In taking risks in how it looks. Great photography is more than snapping a photo it's art. 

Here are a few examples of my recent attempts at iPhone art photography.  

A friend playing pool

Macro shot of yet unbloomed flower

Just a lonely park bench

A delicious cup of coffee

Hot Car - Too Much?


While walking Gracy this morning I came across this very cool car. Way out of my reach, but I sure would look good driving it! Ah, my Ford Focus treats me well and doesn't cost a kings ransom to own. 

Time Lapse: Paris In Motion

If you like me love time lapse photography then you are going to enjoy the video below. It's of Paris, but done in a way I don't see often. It jumps from location to location as well as day time to night time. The artist also uses movement. At times forward movement through a location. At times horizontal movement across a venue. Finally at times, he lets the lens sit still while action happens all around. To me it's masterful work of a genre of photography that few truly master.

Check out his Facebook Page: Mayeul Akpovi

Tonight is All Hallow's Eve. Don't walk...

Tonight is All Hallow's Eve. Don't walk down any long dark hallways, don't walk alone in a big empty field and to my teenage friends - don't make out with your eyes closed. For heavens sake, if the soundtrack to your life starts getting all spooky - don't lock yourself in a room with only one way in, that's also the only way out!

Letter to Dogs & Cats

I did not write this letter. I received as an e-mail. One of the funniest things I've ever read. I posted this on my blog as well ( but for ease of laughter and sharing it's all here. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE PETS, THIS IS A TRUE STORY. FOR THOSE WHO DON'T, IT’S ALSO A TRUE STORY.

The following was found posted very low on a refrigerator door.

Dear Dogs and Cats: The dishes on the floor with the paw prints are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Placing a paw print in the middle of my plate does not mean that it is suddenly your food, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest. The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack. Racing me to the top of the stairs is not the object. Tripping me doesn't help because I fall faster than you can run.

I cannot buy anything bigger than a king-sized bed. I am very sorry about this. Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to ensure your comfort. Dogs and cats can actually curl up in a ball when they sleep. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other, stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out on the other end to maximize space that you are taking up, is nothing but sarcasm.For the last time, there is no secret exit from the bathroom! If, by some miracle, I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, meow, try to turn the knob or get your paw under the edge in an attempt to open the door. I must exit through the same door I entered. Also, I have been using the bathroom for years - canine/feline attendance is not required. 

The proper order for kissing is: Kiss me first, then go smell the other dog or cat's butt. I cannot stress this enough.

Finally, in fairness, dear pets, I have posted the following message on the front door: TO ALL NON-PET OWNERS WHO VISIT AND COMPLAIN (1) They live here.... you don't. (2) If you don't want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture. That's why they call it “fur”-niture. (3) I like my pets a lot better than I like most people. (4) To you, they are animals. To me, they are adopted sons/daughters who are short, hairy, walk on all fours, and don't speak clearly. Remember, dogs and cats are better than kids because they: (1) eat less, (2) don't ask for money all the time, (3) are easier to train, (4) normally come when called, (5) never ask to drive the car, (6) don't hang out with drug-using people; (7) don't smoke or drink, (8) don't want to wear your clothes, (9) don't have to buy the latest fashions, (10) don't need a gazillion dollars for college and (11) if they get pregnant, you can sell their children.....