I don’t care how old I am; I love Disney! It really is a magical place. Although it’s completely overpriced, if you’re a Florida resident you can often get great deals. I would love to go every year if I could.
These pictures are from a few years ago at Epcot’s Spring Fairy Garden. It’s a truly fascinating exhibit. Everything is made of flowers and plants.
Donald and Daisy
From the Lion King
Butterflies and fairy
American Gothic – Minnie and Mickey
Lady & The Tramp
Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
Sneezy & Sleepy
I have no idea who those people are in the front, but that’s Donald and Daisy and Pluto behind them
I’ve made a tremendous amount of changes in my life over the last two years. These are major life changes that mainly involve moving to another land and changing careers, not to mention the lack of sleep. (When all of this is added up, I scored a 620 on this stress test.)
Eventually, the lack of sleep gets to me. I’m not a daytime sleeper or nap taker, but on rare occasions if I do nap, it means my body is shutting down. I have learned to listen to what my body tells me.
Cats have it made.
I have to keep reminding myself to be at one with nature, because in this digital age, we tend to get caught up in reading things online or otherwise finding things that take up time (i.e. Youtube videos). I’ve noticed I’ve become less interested in being creative (or blogging) or taking beach walks and more interested in doing mindless things (i.e. watching Youtube videos or playing my online garden game). Why is this? Is this a sign of being completely worn out?
Sometimes we all need a little rest.
Now I suppose I must make another change in my life that requires me to force myself into a routine of doing better things for myself. Taking beach walks is usually a pretty good start, because it’s refreshing and clears my head.
Last year I was asked to judge a photo contest for a camera club. Recently, I was asked to judge again because the club felt that I gave much needed constructive criticism. The keyword here is constructive.
A few of the members had had issues with people saying some pretty mean things about their photos or simply giving criticism without teaching them how to fix the issues. Now this is just a camera club of older folks that enjoy taking photos for a hobby. Some of them are still learning how to use cameras and the basic elements of photography. People are there to learn how to take a better photo, not necessarily have someone tell them that their work sucks. It’s like telling a parent their kid is ugly. Not cool.
In order to demonstrate how I constructively criticize photos as a judge, I will use a few of my own.
Taken with iPhone
Red is a difficult color to photograph, because it tends to lose detail, especially if you’re using an automatic camera. By experimenting with various exposure times you can find the right one to capture the exact color you want. In this photo, I can see detail of the fence, the leaves, and the mulch on the ground. But the biggest issue I see with this is that the main subject – the flower and bud – are both out of focus. That often happens when using automatic cameras and lenses instead of focusing manually. When it comes to things that stand still, such as flowers, I would suggest using a manual focus so you can get the best result.
This is a nice close-up of a really annoying weed. I like the depth of field so I know this is the main subject and the other plants in the background are slightly out of focus. I also like that I can see some of the veins of the leaves. The glare on the leaves tends to take away from their detail. This was either caused by a flash or natural lighting. If this was a flash, you could try diffusing it so you don’t get the glare. If it was caused from natural lighting, you could try to shade it with an umbrella or thin material. The composition is good, as the entire area is filled and the main subject is nicely centered. I would say that if this photo were corrected it would make good stock material more than something with artistic merit.
I love sunrises and sunsets, so this was a perfect opportunity for me to show off some of the photos I’ve done for this weekly contest. Most of my photos come from Florida, but hopefully soon I will have more from other places. Enjoy!
As a traveller, I wouldn’t recommend Southern Illinois to be a destination to visit unless you plan to die of boredom. However, there is a lot of history and places worth stopping if you happen to be going through the area. This statue is tucked away in an area called Glen O. Jones Lake in Saline County.
Tucumseh was a Shawnee chief who fought the whites to keep his native traditions alive. His teachings can be appreciated by people of all beliefs:
*So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. *Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. *Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. *Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. *Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. *Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. *Show respect to all people and grovel to none. When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. *If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. *Abuse no one and nothing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. *When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. *Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.