365 Day Project: 82 UPDATED

I’m posting this from our Ostara celebration and I’ll fill in the information tomorrow. I’m glad to post my photo.


UPDATE:
Last night was so much fun. I really wanted to try and take a decent picture of the fire spinning. I think I should have adjusted my ISO and maybe held the phone more still. I really need to get a tripod or Gorillapod for the phone. It was awesome last night but that’s for a different post. I tried to frame the image following the rule of thirds.

#0B0000, #F2DC99, #F2AB6D, A6431F, #40170E

365 Day Project: 54

My son is an awesome supporter and little walking reminder of everything. Literally, EVERYTHING. We have started a new tradition for just me and him where we go to a local coffee shop and have coffee together. Ok, I have coffee and he has hot chocolate. I ask them to add things and he gets it in a special mug so he feels adultish. I have now incurred duplicate of the lost kitties toys and he asked if the could have them. I didn’t know what for but sure kiddo, you can have them.

We got to the coffee shop (via my husband dropping us off with the road conditions) and he handed me a lost kitty and then took one of his out of his pocket and his Amazon tablet. ‘I’m going to start taking pictures now too.’ Y’all! I nearly started crying. I asked him why he would like to start taking photos and he said, ‘It’s so I can get better like you are. You look like you’re having fun and we get to play with toys.’ ‘That’s awesome little dude and playing with toys is the bonus part.’ So, we sat and drank our coffee going over our pictures while we were in the shop. Hex codes for the complementary color palette are listed below. This little sign was by the register. Happy Saturday Y’all.

#555BD9, #797ED9, #B4D9BD, #BF9D73, #593128

Oh, I had to share the picture my son took on his tablet. I wish I could get him a better camera.

365 Day Project: 50

Wow! Day 50 leaving 315 days left. I would like to say that I’m improving but I’m also biased and to close to the project (any feedback from fellow cell phone photographers would be greatly appreciated). So, we have another snow system moving in tomorrow and then another one over the weekend so that would make it snow storm #455ninerWTF! I’m trying to get used to finding obsolete objects or figure to photograph with not being able to drive around and scout a location.

Tonight I chose the VW van toy car and took it outside while the snow and ice melted in certain areas of the driveway. The image SCREAMED for me to use a grainy retro filter and I think it’s the cutest thing ever! I wish I had thought to grab my micro lens but I had a difficult time getting my cell phone camera to focus on the car by itself. I know if I had a lens there was no way I could have gotten a decent focus.

#D91E41, #116FA1, # 172741, #F2F2F2, #5EC4C1

365 Day Project: 46

I had to take my daughter to work since my husband is working late tonight. It even hurts my stomach to drive. UGH, and it’s really starting to annoy me. By the hospital is a little junk/salvage yard that seems to be closed more than it is opened. I wanted to play with the editing filters in snapseed and perspective blue. I like the bright dramatic touch the end image has and the complementary color palette is warm even though the subject is cold (there’s a lot of snow). Happy Friday guys! I’m working on catching up on things from my bed 🙂

#CED3F2, #0339A6, #0468BF, #F29D05, F27405

365 Day Project: 20

Being in public is exhausting for a person like me even though it was only for a few hours. I was so exhausted that I almost didn’t do my project photo for the day but luckily my husband was there to push me. There is this ethanol factory that we drive by one our way to the town over and it smells heavenly-or at least to me. It smells like yeast bread before you put it in the oven. So that’s the subject of the photo. I’m emotionally exhausted for more than one reason and heading to bed but I am glad my husband pushed me to take the photo.

Oh funny thing-After I mentioned Canada not showing up on my stats they started showing up. Anyone else having issues with WP stats?

#101A26
#3B668C
#465E73
#ADC5D9
#D9CEBA

365 Day Project: 15

I cannot believe that I have stuck with this for 15 days! I have downloaded a new camera app and it has allowed me to take tonight’s photo with more lighting than my regular cellphone app. This was once the home to an awesome small town restaurant that unfortunately could not compete with the larger towns that are less than 30 miles away. This small town is where hopes and dreams of business owners come to die. Part of the reason why I don’t freelance for my area. Now what I’ve just learned is that I need to practice more using this app, work on organization and storage, and get a tripod of some sort for the phone. I think my color palette for the color theory portion of my project is monochromatic and hex codes are listed below from left to right.

#594622
#F2AE2E
#A65712
#591902
#1C0801

The Story that’s Getting Away: Grotesque Angels

This started out to be a short story and it feels like it has a mind of its own. I had characters developing in different ways than imagined and characters I didn’t even know were there. It’s becoming a bigger undertaking than I thought and I’m going to try and limit myself to sharing 500 words at a time.


Gargoyles have been around for an eternity and possess a wealth of history, meaning, and tales. Now visitors viewing these stone creatures post pictures on social media sites and not give them a second thought. I was once one of those people not so long ago on a trip to New York taking pictures of all the old churches, parks, and the gargoyles. We don’t have them in our small town just some old churches and a couple of bars. The trip was a success and I have beautiful pictures to prove it.
I had been home a week when I noticed a gargoyle perched on my neighbor’s porch as I walked by.
‘Hey Sal, when did you get that cute little guy?’ I asked her pointing towards her step.
Sally looked down with a puzzled expression, ‘Hmm…I didn’t get him, maybe George did.’
‘He’s great, have a good day.’ I waved and continued about my daily errands. I did my marketing because being gone on a trip I didn’t have any food and needed to stock up.
‘Oh, son of a…’ I danced around holding my foot.
Sal must have been proud of her new statue and moved him to the end of her pathway because I almost tripped stubbing my toe on the damn thing walking back home. Groceries spilled out all over the sidewalk. I cursed more very graphic language and when the stinging went away I packed up my staples and headed home but with a little hitch in my giddy-up.

About a week later, staring out my office window, I noticed that the schoolyard has adopted three of their very own stone gargoyles. They didn’t look as mean but more fatherly.
‘Oh, hey Minnie,’ I exclaimed as she walked past my office.
‘When did the school get their new sculptured friends?’ I asked as she stepped in and pointed her gaze in the direction of the schoolyard.
‘Oh I don’t know, I never really noticed those before. Maybe they’ve had them and we never paid any attention. Think about it, how often do you survey a school playground when you don’t have kids?’ She raised her eyebrow and pointed at me implying that I should think about that.
‘You know, one of the legends that surround these pieces of art is that they are to protect people from evil. That’s why churches have them, to protect the congregation.’ I said just as a matter of factly as she brought up not having kids. First, you need to have a husband or at least a boyfriend to produce offspring. Truth be told, this small town doesn’t have that many bachelors seeking mates. They are either too immature and or aging to concern themselves with those ideologies. I always wanted a family and she knows that’s a sore spot for me. Sure she set me up on blind dates or a friend of a friend type of date but they weren’t my type. She knew what I was saying without saying it.
‘Lunch?’ Minnie asked but what it really was is a change of subject past the awkward silence.
I packed mine today but it’ll keep in the fridge. Are you thinking Buck’s or the deli?’ I asked taking her proverbial olive branch.
‘You decide, she replied and disappeared.
‘Noon?’ I hollered and off in the distance I think it was a ‘yup,’ for her reply.

We sat at a booth in Buck’s Diner because I wanted some real home cooked food. My father and mother had their first date here. Hell, I think everyone’s parents had their first dates here. The mashed potatoes didn’t come from a box and the rest of the food didn’t taste like it was commercially made. The waitress set down our lunches; Minnie a salad, and the fried chicken and mashed taters for me.
‘How was your trip? Meet anyone interesting?’ Minnie asked as I was shoveling a huge forkful of taters and gravy in my mouth. I held up one finger and handed her an envelope of the pictures that I thought looked the best for print. She daintily took a bite of her salad and delicately took the photos out of their protective sleeve.
‘Not really but I was only there for the art. But one thing I missed was this right here,’ I took a huge bite out of my chicken leg.

TO BE CONTINUED…..

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