project365 – March 30, 2012 – Call me Thurston

Thurston Howell III that is! For some reason the thought of winning the lotto and becoming a millionaire remind me of Mr. Howell on Gilligan’s Island. It’s so sad that he had all that money, yet no way to spend, or invest it. I have fond memories of watching this show at my grandmas house, in the back room, after school on weekdays. Poor silly naive Gilligan and company, they were so close to being rescued so many times, but he would always manage to mess it up somehow. As you probably well know, it’s virtually impossible to bring up a discussion about Gilligan’s Island and not ask the most important question: Ginger or Mary Ann? I officially cast my vote for Mary Ann, although I wouldn’t throw Ginger out of bed either… Cast your vote in the comments section. Anyhow, back to my lotto ticket. Not only is this little bad boy going to make me rich, but I was able to use it to practice a remote flash technique that I learned on the strobist’s lighting 101 blog section. That is to place the flash remotely on a stand, at a height that is about level with the paper, and have it shoot across the top of said paper. The idea is that the light going across the top will cause little micro shadows across any texture, making it seem to pop right off the page, giving it a raised or almost 3d kind of look. I took quite a few shots of this lotto ticker until I was happy with it. I ended up raising the flash slightly above the table and just ever so slightly pointing it down. This was of course taken with my Nikon D80 and 60mm macro lens.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Through

I guess this is cheating a bit, because I have posted this particular picture once before as part of my project 365. However it fits the theme for this week perfectly, and is one of my personal favorites, so I jumped at the opportunity to use it again! This is my son, peering at me through a hole in a 20 year old slide. See my original post for a description on how I coaxed my outlandish little droid x to focus correctly.

This was posted for the dailypost Weekly Photo Challenge: Through.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual

Have you ever seen a spider driving a car? If you didn’t notice it, look closer! My son and I discovered this little guy in the yard one morning, and we put him to work. I talked about it once before here.

This was posted for the dailypost’s weekly photo challenge, unusual.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast

Colorful kites flying against a solid blue, cloudless sky provides an abundance of tantalizing contrast overhead.

This photo was taken with my delicate little droid x, and posted for the weekly photo challenge.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge

Virtually nothing tops an exquisite steak on my list of culinary delights. It’s an indulgence that when filled properly, leaves me satisfied for days. I’m not talking about your supermarket special steak, that chewy, leathery, rubberband steak with fancy labels to make it sound better, like “rancher’s reserve”, “market fresh”, or “sterling silver”. No, I’m talking about the real deal, buttery, marbley, juicy USDA prime! It’s easy to find, either at your favorite butcher, or at your local Costco for a more reasonable price. The mouth watering morsels you see in the above photo began their journey at Costco, found their way to the grill, and ended life in my belly, producing a large smile on my face.

This photo was taken with my Nikon D80, a 35mm prime, and bounced flash. This was posted for the dailypost’s weekly photo challenge.

project365 – Feb 18, 2012 – Nice balls

It’s been a while since I last played with my fuzzy green balls. So long that I had forgotten how much fun it is! I got the chance to get out there with a friend today and we had a wonderful, nostalgic time, reliving our days as awful tennis players, but it sure was a lot of fun. I’m going to have to carve out some more time for this in the future. This photo was taken on my droid x, unedited.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Down

Learning how to snowboard summed up: Heels, toes, heels, toes, hee……… Ouch! Ok now get back up, frantically brush yourself off, look around and make sure nobody saw that fatuous fall. Now start moving again, heels, heels, heels, heels. Come on, don’t be scared. Ok. Heels, toes, heels, to…. Ouch!

This was posted for the wordpress weekly photo challenge.

It was taken on my point and shoot panasonic better-pictures-under-water-than-out-of-water DMC-TS1. It was converted to B/W in picasa. As much as I would love to, I wouldn’t dare take the Nikon on the lifts! Besides, it wouldn’t fit in my jacket pocket too well.