Friday, October 31, 2008
The date that may live in infamy here is November 1, 1986. Like this year, Halloween was on a Friday, but holiday parties were held on both nights. We were invited to a dress-up party, and this one was a role playing party of a Prohibition Era yacht wreck. We weren't given roles per se, but were invited to take pictures and imbibe. Which we did. The costuming was great, the captain had a ship's officer uniform, one of the protagonists was wearing a flapper dress, and so on. For us, we wanted to wear clothing apropos to the period. I had the argyle vest, socks and hat. So, I went to a pro shop and acquired a pair of knickers...a gatsbyesque look I'd say! And Patti's mom helped her with the skirt and millinery (aka 'hat'. I decided to use a term of that era. I am older than I look...). The results are all the more excellent as I went for a sepia tone and an aging print to scan. It was quite an event, and if I am game someday, I'd scan all the pictures pictures and post same.
We just turned out the outside light, after receiving over 90 princesses, goblins, skeletons, firemen, and assorted costumed urchins. None scary, but all cute!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
For this installment of Roger's wonderful Creative Photo, I looked around for a shot that captures something unique, an odd perspective on something prosaic. I like this one as it offers a different in a few areas. It is, of course, an icicle that has formed in a drain bereft of the downspout as the temperature fell quickly. Expand, and I see a hand with a thumb and an index finger. As if the water is commanding the flow to follow the law of gravity. That's my perspective, anyway. But the very blue winter sky and southern winter exposure tells us that this is a cold, but beautiful day.
When the colors are inverted, I don't know what to say. It's as if there was an oil spill on the roof. And the inverted sky looks like a Halloween harvest orange, sort of. An oddly eerie view...and still pointing! Check out all the photo art at this great site!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
<------- RVI - approx 1919-20, either in...I don't know where - Manitou Springs is in Colorado, not West Virginia or Ohio (he lived in California from 1919-1921). A stop off the train??
With a new TV in about 1952, undoubtedly a Motorola, his brand (see here) ------->
<----- My father, RVII. He was born in October 1927, so I am placing this in 1928, so he was able to sit up. This scan was tough, as the print has a bronze color and with a texture that seems to throw the light around. I'll try different settings in the next scan;
I'll guess that this color (yes, color) shot at age 26 (1952-3) at the New Philadelphia (Ohio) Times. He always preferred a manual typewriter
More revealing of myself. In 1955. What has not changed over the years is how fast babies grow and start um...filling out their clothes rather quickly. I noticed with ours how they outgrew onesies, sleepers, etc, requiring the child to be stuffed like a sausage in its casing...
Michele and me dressed appropriately to our sleepwear. I'm sure the conversation between Mom, Michele and myself was on the order of; "After you get dressed, you can see Grandpa". A subtle psychology only moms can use to persuade tired little ones to conform to your wishes...
And in 1964 at a real dive (although I was only nine, I wouldn't use that term to describe what I'd call it today, quaint). But Grandpa took pictures of all six grandkids each in front of the landlocked boat. No doubt, the glitzy casinos in Atlantic City today means that this place is long gone. Of all of these, I do sort of remember the boat/bar.
I will continue to scan these as fast as I can...
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
For this week's Creative Photo I am looking to my film archives. This was taken on that one occasion that I actually was able to take a trip to Florida during December 1980. It was cool to the natives, but this snowbird thinks that any day you can wear a cotton sweater around Christmas, it is a perfect day (it was -14F in Hartford that day). Armed with a simple Canon 50mm rangefinder, this shot was taken along the west side of the Intercoastal Waterway in Jensen Beach (Martin County). I remember this photo, and it jumped at me when I was looking through the book tonight.
To me, especially on the near shore, the shot looks as it might be an Impressionist's work - just as if the artist was just dabbing colors on canvas. It seems that way. I see the artist's detail in the clouds on the far side - the sort of sky you see over the ocean, just filtering over the beach. I like looking at this, a nice view of a perfect trip!
Monday, October 20, 2008
I offer this week's Ruby Tuesday post as a part of the Parent's Weekend we enjoyed at the U of Hartford. As Mary requested, a foliage shot from the campus on
In the minimalist view, there is some red here.One of Allegra's favorite activities she has is STN2, the campus TV station where amongst her duties is editing packages for the weekly news show. She is at an edit suite, and the red is subtle: the guy on the screen to the left in a red shirt and the red LED numbers on the console. And one more red: the red highlights in her hair in certain lighting. Yes, it is slight...and when she was born, her hair was red.
Check out all the red varietals at the site of The Teach
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Patti and I had the opportunity to visit our kids, Allegra and Cameron, at parents weekend at the U of Hartford on Saturday. it has been seven weeks since they've last been home. Of course, we miss them but they are looking great! And having a great time they are, with myriad activities, in no particular order for A: Pep band, Assistant Yearbook Editor, campus TV station photographer and video editor. For C: Job on research project, job working with Computer Science on their servers, many tasks with TV station, Pep Band. They are so poised and having a blast. So we are happy as parents!
And we are quite impressed with Rob, A's boyfriend and all-around great guy, taking a massive 21 credit hours this semester. Excellent day, cool (about 54 deg F), windy but a glorious day with lots of sunshine at the cookout. For the end of the perfect day, the kids went to the Australian Pink Floyd concert in Hartford after we left.
Yes we miss them, but see their growth and are very happy!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
However, I like the way I saw it in in late April 2005, where the visual changes are abrupt and spectacular. What you see is the dark clouds in the upper left, moving aver our abode from the Northwest to the Southeast, the light gray is trying with little success to turn blue. But along our horizons sprinkle with limbs is the payoff: blazing pastels of yellow and orange that show the delightful atmospheric changes which will make tomorrow's climate more agreeable, a bit cooler and far less humidity. The old sailor's adage about red skies at night...are totally believable!
Thanks to Roger and judges for another Creative Photo invite! Check all the entrants out!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The crazy commenters are all over the place such as at Politico.com. As a whole, the writers in thoee comments section are terrible, throwing incendiary verbal missiles with no particular aim but to incite the other side. I lamented the lack of civility...but too many do not care, and on all sides.
I had noted that I was interested in hearing many viewpoints, so I got my wish! The election may or may not go the way I might like. If not...I will respect the voters choice, and get over it if my choice doesn't. It is nice to live in a free USA where all can opine as they will. I did work with someone who was able to leave the USSR who told me that the Soviet police forced people to the polls, with only one choice. Having choices is always the best way.
Thanks go to the Teach, with the great Ruby Tuesday (and my Queens heritage), Jersey girl Dianne (I have some NJ in my past also :>), Sarge and Bee (And I promise to visit you more in Podunk and WPB). Not to forget Duchess Linda of Norwich, Leora in Highland Park, and Tired Mama Lynn. Along with Jim, Gattina from Belgique, Mountaineer Carletta (funny, I have W.Va. heritage in my past, too!) and Raven. And any other commenters . I am truly appreciative!
Monday, October 13, 2008
I’ll state a couple of personal facts here, with my point to be made after these:
2) I am disabled, with MD, and use a power wheelchair for ambulation. Again, this is the way things are. So no complaints (well….not most of the time!).
I like people to have a passion for their own points of view. And I certainly don’t mind if someone disagrees with me. I think the democrats will win this year, although I’d rather be proven wrong...
I continue to look for a minimal amount of RED for Mary's weekly Ruby Tuesday post.
This was a marinade for pork tenderloin to be charcoal grilled outside. The limes are green and the peppercorns black, so either of these wont work. Perhaps the pork itself could qualify for ruby...perhaps not, as it might be more mauve than red. The only item that is really red in this dish is all over the place. Can you spot it?
In many places I used a lot of crushed RED pepper to add an additional kick to the sweet yet tart limes and juice. So that's the red here. You should check out the other contributions to see the world of red here.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Last week we attended
Although I can be a bit reserved at times, I had to take the shot of me shooting the finest looking bumpers made in
Monday, October 6, 2008
For this week's Ruby Tuesday I decided to continue in the less red tradition, I offer this Hitchcock style view. What?? You do remember the cameo appearances in his films by the famed director? Why not this photo taken in the 'Director's' chair. A truly reflective view! As subtle as I can muster, there are two minor rubies to spot on this flawlessly restored 1964 Chevrolet:
- The brief red under the famous Chevy bow-tie emblem
- A piece of the taillight
The shot was taken at the Harvest Festival on Saturday. This is an annual street fest in our town (pop. 19,000), and there was a car show, fried dough, sausage and pepper stands and various other vendors. On a glorious sunny early autumn 60° day. Check The Teach for other submittals, with little or lots of red and artistry galore.
PS: My favorite cameo of the rotund Brit director is the one in North By Northwest...
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Thanks are in order for the award to me for the Week 13 Creative Photo Award. This is from judge Creative Photo Judge Ms. Chica, who offers a thoughtful assessment of my submissions:
"My pick has definably got to be Airhead 55, I bookmarked him three time under my favs, so he got the most likes from me this time around".
Wow, says I! It is not my profession, yet I have this need of chronicling an event to keep the memories going. Be it an SLR or the point-and-shoot digital Canon Patti and I share. This award ensures that I will continue to capture the shot...whenever and wherever it is. I will proudly display his in my sidebar.
I missed a couple of weeks, but just today I have my first entry set for Creative Photo No. 14. I can't tell you now, so it remains mysterious...until Wednesday at the latest!
Thanks especially to Roger, Chica and all the judges who work hard for all contestants.