Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Hope you all are enjoying the weekend. Please stay safe.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Sitting near the bike was an IBM electric typewriter with ribbons. I have missed typing on an electric typewriter. Don't ask me why because I don't know. With all the things computers do, why would anyone in their right mind want a typewriter. Well, perhaps I am old school. I love to hear clicking of typewriter keys and the ding at the end of each line. So...work on the book will begin on the typewriter, then be transferred to the computer. I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to be physically cutting and pasting while adding lots of handwritten notes--a true, real authentic first draft!
We also found a General Electric Waffle Grill. The reverse side of the waffle panels is for pancakes. We have an earlier model and it is on its last legs. So...now we have backup. Yea! There is nothing like a grilled cheese sandwich done on a waffle grill! No plain buttered and toasted bread here...we have checkerboard squares.
After reading other journals...successful ones, I am in a quandary. Is it really necessary to swear a lot in a blog? I don't get it. I know the words, yet wonder how crucial they are to content. Something I need to think about. My take on this is: If a person doesn't have to swear, then...why do it?
Thursday, May 27, 2010
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The week we had several storms complete with lightning and thunder. After the storms, these skies appeared. The first one is another "blue eye." I love looking for those holes in the clouds. The next two are majestic accumulations of light and air and water.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Another question I have to ask myself is: Have you created another diversion? Is this a way to skirt around working on the book? These questions need to be addressed.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Then (and I can't believe I did this) when I decided to move the files from my camera to my computer, I accidentally deleted all images in the camera (including the Peonies with Cherries taken yesterday). OMG!
Thank goodness for a file retrieval program which by the way, I don't really know how to use. After playing around with the retrieval program, the creativity gods must have been on my side and I was actually able to save all lost images.
Found today's Peonies and Pewter and was able to create a JPEG for posting. Yea!!!
What a morning! Perhaps now I will clean and sort? We'll see...nothing is written in stone.
The Challenge: There are other things to do during the day in addition to being creative.
Today I want to sort and clean out. And, I may want to do this for more than one day. Sorting and cleaning is important to my creative energy. If bills need to be paid, or clutter remains, I am not a happy camper. First things first. Clean up the clutter (whatever it is), then create.
Mornings are best for attacking any project here. This morning I will choose one chore and complete it.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Last week I cleaned the kitchen (after the microwave fire) and put this antique Ball jar to one side. Yesterday's peony purchase seems to fit well. So, I handheld the D300 to get this shot as the beginning of a still life with fruit. This image is cropped straight from the camera and is a bit "soft," but I like the "softness" and decided to leave it. I will take another shot using a tripod just for the heck of it, but I am very happy with these soft edges which seem to transport one back in time. Also, normally I use a reflecting panel on the dark side, but in this image I allowed the flowers to fade away a bit into the background.
Tripod shot is better for clarity, but not necessarily better for mood and the zest that comes with spontaneity. The tripod shot had to be straightened and where straightened filled in with background color. More fill, one the edges, is needed to perfect the tripod image (below)
Saturday, May 22, 2010
We went to town to look for props. Visited what was once my favorite resale shop. What a disappointment. Their prices are quite high. We used to able to find treasures there for very little money. This is no longer the case.
So...instead...we went to the market for fresh peonies, cherries and white grapes. I am playing with a still life arrangement, but the idea has not gelled yet. After a short nap perhaps a Renaissance-style setup will emerge. Or, the answer may be hiding in the prop cabinet--somewhere between pewter plates and stoneware jugs.
Friday, May 21, 2010
This image was taken in town, at a takeout place, and posted in April. At the time, I wanted to refine the image, but didn't because refining wasn't going to be easy. Today the improvement process began. The top image is the original post and the second is the result after several hours of nit picking. Modern technology continues to amaze me.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Here is my first entry. We went shopping yesterday and these peonies caught my eye. I couldn't leave them there. They are so full and rich with color. How delicate! This morning I printed out three Peony cards. I hope the recipients will feel the same beauty as I.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Thank you Steve Gallow for sending a link to the talk on creativity. Creativity is such a vast subject with many turns and variations. How exciting it all is! Thank you, thank you.
Moving right along...here is this morning's fun. Emma is a star. And...stars need head shots. This morning Emma went for her GLAM head shot and here is the choice (so far):
Photograph by Elisabeth Bacon--All Rights Reserved
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Perhaps back to drawing? Painting? Take a walk? Read a book? Watch a movie? Clean the house?
The secret of photography (and art) is seeing...seeing differently. Is it is time for an eye exam?
Even though stuck...here's my motto as a reminder:
"Be good, do good work...Strive to be the best."
Bottom line...the microwave was scurried outside, dowsed with water and disposed of as rapidly as possible. All is well.
Hope you all have a great day, keep in touch and do good! And, remember to bless your microwave while you enjoy each reheated cup of coffee.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
EMMA AND JESSE DEWITT
Photograph by Elisabeth Bacon--All Rights Reserved
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Suggestion: Have a rubber stamp made containing:
Copyright symbol + Your Name
All Rights Reserved
Another line stating, Do Not Reproduce could be added, if desired.
Then, if for any reason, you need to leave your copyright off the face of a print, you can mark the images on the back with a stamped copyright notice.