Radioactive Water From Palisades Nuclear Plant Spills Into Lake Michigan « CBS Detroit

Radioactive Water From Palisades Nuclear Plant Spills Into Lake Michigan « CBS Detroit.

Radioactive is radioactive no matter how slight!  I really dislike when the news plays down serious situations.  79 gallons?!!  I don’t care how “slight” or how little, this needs to be corrected.  I say “SHUT ‘ER DOWN” until she’s fixed!  THE ENTIRE PLANT.

The people need to vote on this situation.  They did it in Sacramento 20 yrs ago and the people’s vote was heard.

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War At Home

I was going to blog today about the violence in Syria when I was prompted to look up a word that I needed context clarification for.  After getting a handle on the definition of Sectarian violence, I was drawn to a WordPress recommended website upon returning to my own blog to type out my new cogitations.

I took a few minutes to browse through the imagery of  Anton Brookes.  His “Rum and Lust”  series just struck a chord with me.  Powerful images don’t need a lot of words to ‘get the story.’  They offer words of their own and what came to mind is a different war – at home.  The homeless war; the war of the minds; the war of street life; the war of drugs and alcohol and their negative effects on lives; the war of medical care or the lack of;  the war of economic losses and recoveries.  These are the wars of our individual worlds.  A form of social exclusion whether self created, socially created or government created.   So much to think about and Anton’s street photography is a good trigger for sparking thought, imagination, reality and feelings.

Thanks Anton, for grounding me today and giving me the opportunity to re-focus on some important issues … at home.

A Photographer’s Groan

I think you could say the same about photography/ers.  The sentiments across the professional photogs are  mutual.  All you have to do is research and read a number of photography forums to hear the groans.

I work to put a roof over my head and food on my table.  If you are doing it for the fun of it:  let your clientele know upfront so they can expect what they pay (or don’t pay) for.  This way, it doesn’t interfere with the professional price tag that comes with the professional photographer that offers a professional and quality product and service; and you aren’t contributing to a world-wide demise of pro photography as a career, especially for those that have been in the industry for a long time.  This teaches prospective clients that no matter how big or small, we all work for our bread and butter and we are worth our fees.

While I’m on the topic of groans.  If you plan to shoot weddings and have not done so yet, please do not post pictures on your website of weddings that you shot as a guest at one.  Maybe your website visitors don’t recognize the difference but it’s obvious to other photographers and it’s not right for a couple of reasons I can think of off the top of my head.  When I was starting out in wedding photography, I simply advertised it WHEN I had my first wedding under my belt and images I could display as my own project portfolio.  Getting in the way of a PAID photographer while they are shooting a wedding, so that you can steal a few posed pics to post on your website and mislead your visitors is just plain WRONG in so many ways.

Thoughts on Photography

In viewing photos online at Flickr and I am always amazed and ever so grateful for those that take the time to photograph the celebrations, the environment and the history of where they live or the places they have visited.  The beauty and art developed via film never ceases to amaze me.

If it were not for photos, I would never see the beauty of France or Egypt or Greece and places that I otherwise never dreamed I might visit.  Photos have a way of fulfilling some level of our dreams and curiosities.

  1. When we want to visit a country and have no idea where to start, photos help us make that determination.
  2. When budgets or time prevent us from making a long journey to the other side of the world, photos can bring the place of our desire to our computer desktop, in the comfort of our home.
  3. Photos do participate in the shape of our world.  Without them, would we know what was happening in another part of the world as quickly as we do, today?  Could you visualize a tropical beach if you had never seen one?  Through a verbal explanation and some imagination you could.

Photography has been around for a long time and thanks to our ancestors, we have glimpses of their lives saved in our genealogical archives, whether personal or displayed in museums.

Many of us photograph as a hobby; some make a living as professional photographers; and many of us photograph for the family memories or the pocketbook picture cache of baby and grandchildren known as ‘brag books.’  The traditional photo album has been replaced by picture scrap booking where glitter and glam can be added to the photo book pages to further enhance the story behind the photo.

What intrigues us to photograph?  Why are we enticed to take snapshots of our vacations, childhood birthdays, holidays, pets, sunsets, sunrises, flowers, oceans, lakes, streams, fields, old barns, new houses, our first car, a teacher, and more?  Is it because we love to share our memories with others and there’s no better way, shy being there first hand?

Undoubtedly, photographs connect us with the world.  Many of us can attest to sharing photographs via email and world wide web photo sharing services since the creation of digital cameras, computers, CD’s and smart cards.  What a wonderful technological advance for imagery.

When you’re driving down a country road, you see a beautiful landscape and comment how pretty that old barn looks in the center of what is now a field of wild flowers, and against that beautiful blue sky.  Darn!  Did you forget the camera?  Why do you desire to capture that scene on film when you have the beautiful memory of being ‘in it’ for the moment. 

I’m not saying that we should be grateful for ‘that moment,’ but rather questioning why we are moved to saving it.

Photography is an art form and can be mastered by anyone.  All photos carry expressions of art whether they were taken with art in mind or not.  They express human interaction with nature and the people around them.  Photography captures smiles, frowns, space nebula, planets; and offers a wealth of information in crime scene investigations.

What would we do without it?  We know what our ancestors did.  They painted, carved and built their visions.  Some of the world’s most profound and creative painted art originated before the era of photography.

Just food for thought.

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Circle Photo Manipulations with Photoshop

I learned something new yesterday with Photoshop which was exciting to me since I have often thought of Adobe as a learning curve, and for this reason have done most of my photo manipulations in Paintshop Pro.

While browsing Flickr, I came across some awesome circular manipulations which are unlike the geometric circle that I’ve toyed with in Paintshop Pro. An easy 4 step process renders an almost life-like bubble. Very cool and addicting to play with. I think I went through the gamet of decent photos on my hard drive while toying with this new found process. Sometimes all it takes for me to learn something is to ‘see it’ and work with the steps. In Adobe Photoshop, I had difficulty figuring out what some of the processes are and how to implement them, having no previous steps to follow. So, Paintshop Pro has always felt more user friendly.

Here are a few of my favorite circles, manipulated today with Adobe Photoshop.

circle-liquidcircle-hibiscuscircle-mumscircle-stargazer lilycircle-plastic links

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Photos Altered with Paintshop Pro

Every now and then I’ll be posting some of the work that I’ve done on my photos, which I have either changed or enhanced with the help of PaintShop Pro. I hope you’ll enjoy them.

Frequent Sea

Frequent Sea

Ripple

Ripple

Distorted View

Distorted View

 

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