Feb 28, 2009

NEW THEME, 100th Post: Rule of Thirds

Your assignment for Rule of Thirds100th post is to create an image or images using the rule of thirds as your guide.

The rule of thirds as defined by the Wikipedia free online dictionary:

"The rule of thirds is a compositional rule of thumb in visual arts such as painting, photography and design.

The rule states that an image should be imagined as divided into nine parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections.

Proponents of the technique claim that aligning a subject with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the composition that simply centering the subject would."

Good luck, Photogs!

~Laurie


(From Wikipedia user Moondigger, August 1999)

Macro: Kodak Six-20

It was love at first sight when Ama brought this, along with two other beautiful folder cameras from over 70 years ago. I was amazed when I saw that they all still work. Yesterday when I was looking around to find a good subject for my macro picture, my eyes fell on this beautiful face; her luminescent eye starring back at me. I couldn't resist!




Macro: Bromeliads





Can’t beat nature for closeups. Outside a slight breeze blurs flower closeups. Indoors, no breeze, so I close in close up on my fascinating bromeliads. Trying to practice macro. Sometimes blurred, sometimes sharp focus. Tricky sometimes!

love,
ama

Feb 26, 2009

Macro: Not Quite Macro

evan and larry looking over the menu at p.f. chang's.
i've always thought that ev's hands are beautiful
so is a menu when you're hungry

~laurie

NEW THEME: Macro

It's time to focus in, to examine the things that usually go unnoticed. 
Let's zoom in and get up-close and personal with our subjects, discover the hidden beauty all around us.

Feb 25, 2009

What I Forgot... To Post

Lately I've been having trouble remembering to post... Well, remembering to take the photos for the post. I know this is a really bad segue from the theme (the segue being that I forget to post a lot, and this is a post right now, and this is what's in this post. Basically, this post has nothing to do with forgetfulness). Ug. Whatever.

Soooooo, moving on. Someone recently pointed me in the direction of the online photo editor, Picnik.com
(Thanks Caroline, Miz Unnecessary J!)
...And I've just been exploring the wonders of the site. There are so many cool things you can do to your pics. Usually I stay away from enhancing my pictures digitally, but on Picnik, it's so fun and easy...

Before

After
Isn't it amazing? It really makes my picture POP.

Feb 24, 2009

What I Forgot... Rediscovered





Three Japanese toys. I lost the fish. Looked and looked for it. Finally found it, welcomed it back like a dear friend!
My two cousins and I at our backyard tea party, an old photo I couldn't find for years, unearthed from an unmarked envelope, framed and hung in the dining room, where I enjoy it as I walk by.
This old Kodak, one of three cameras my friend’s father had owned in the 1930s, buried among my memorabilia until now, when I excavated all three to give to my grandson.
Two postcards of Belgian statues my late daughter Sydney gave me. I found them in a shoe box of photos and cards. Set on my poetry bookshelf so I won’t lose them ever again.
Love,
ama

Feb 22, 2009

What I Forgot... A Place Where The Sea Remembers

what I forgot
was to pick up a copy of Sandra Benitez's
A Place Where the Sea Remembers
which Evan needs for his English reading assignment
today I went to the public library
but there was no parking
so I went to Barnes and Noble at El Cerrito Plaza
and bought it there
and a dazzling bright red 3-D apple puzzle
because Evan loves puzzles

-laurie

Feb 21, 2009

NEW THEME: What I Forgot...

What I forgot...Until now? To defrost the chicken? Brush my teeth? Water the tillandsia? Thank Ruth for the ride? Pick up the laundry? The existential question? It’s all yours, dear bloggers!

love,
ama

Feb 19, 2009

Through the Viewfinder: Ttv Variations

So I found an old disposable-ish camera that gave a nice green tint and boxy effect when I took a picture through the view finder....

...And then I strayed from the main theme and started taking pictures of my friend, Isa, through a peach colored bead. Ok, so it's not quite a viewfinder, but it's glass and it alters the picture...


Hehe I love it!

Feb 18, 2009

Through the Viewfinder: See Where I Don't Live






Grab your camera. Pick a neighborhood. Any neighborhood. Doesn't have to be yours. Look through the viewfinder. Frame it. Take it. Through the camera’s lens you will own it. For a while.

Love,
ama

Feb 16, 2009

Through the Viewfinder: Secret Garden

i found a secret garden inside a camera

it waited while i held my breath

we chased the rain away

love,
laurie

NEW THEME: Through the Viewfinder

shoot through a viewfinder

locate a old mothballed camera, place your contemporary camera's digital lens flush against the back of the latter's tiny viewfinder and shoot

surprise us.

love,
laurie

Rain: My Precipitation Proclamation


I absolutely love the rain. The smell, the sound, the sight of it all makes me immensely happy. Today I was a little nervous when I woke up to find that the storm had passed. I considered just faking it with a hose and a shower nozzle, but lucky, a second storm blew in...


Rain: Saturday, Chance of Rain






Some people follow the horses, the horoscopes. I follow precipitation. Wha-oh! Only 50% of normal to date, season to date, last year to date. Drought. Rationing. Creeks, lakes, oceans vanishing. Where’s the damn rain? Not mist, drizzle. Not those little flurries, teaser showers.
R-A-I-N!

Love,
ama

Feb 15, 2009

Rain: If You Love Rain...

know what?
if you love rain
and don't have a lover
you can always just love rain

love,
laurie

NEW THEME: Rain

Oh the weather outside is frightful, 
But the fire is so delightful,
And since we've no place to go,
Let It Rain! Let It Rain! Let It Rain!

Well It's raining in the San Francisco / Bay Area and 
I think we should take advantage of such nice weather 
by capturing it on film!

Good luck and stay warm.

Feb 14, 2009

Be My Valentine: In All Their Infinite Variety





These are my hearts: , A white ceramic glovemaker’s form, garage sale heart suspended from it, lying on a heart-shaped rock in our garden, Laurie’s beautiful card, Annemette’s woven-paper heart, a Mexican one, the homemade handstitched one, the pierced silver heart from Sydney, the hand-painted china heart I bought with my allowance for my mother when I was eight. All these and so much more, in all their beauty, stored forever in my heart.

Love,
ama

Be My Valentine: Love = Candy?

This might have been my favorite photo shoot for this blog. Between each picture I slipped a few of the photo subjects into my mouth. Even now, I'm running on a sugar high.


When Valentine's Day comes around each year, I try to stay true to what "love" really means. It's not about how many valentine cards you give and receive or the kinds of candy you get... 


...It's about the links you share with others, the bonds that connect us all.

Feb 13, 2009

Be My Valentine: Valentine-O-Rama

I love Valentine cards. Actually, I'll go for any kind of card. I love art.
This job was filed under Pre-teen and I'm not sure why.
I mean, I'd buy it...for anybody! (Oops! Mum's the word.)
Some love chocolate, some love fish.
This one's gender-specific, but nothing's set in stone.
I bought an "I'm a lucky dog!" Valentine once, whose gender I altered
by drawing eyelashes on the pooch with a Sharpie pen.
"All I need is you.
Okay, you and chocolate, but that's all!"

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hearts,
Laurie

Feb 12, 2009

NEW THEME: Be My Valentine

Almost Valentine's Day, that celebration of love, friendship, affection. Hearts and flowers and cards and candy, oh yes! Be My Valentine is our theme for this warm and fuzzy holiday.
Love,
ama

Trash: Trash = Treasure






Marvelous trash, conversion, revision, creation. Laurie’s rubber O-ring telephone wire jewelry. Button picture frame, Evan’s button clock and wax crayon candle. Burnt match cross from a New Mexico senior center. Chinese feather fan. Evan’s cloth scrap collage, better than a Matisse.

Love,
ama