Cee’s Share Your World – 2016 Week 13

Prompts and Challenges


The above image was shot RAW with the Fuji X-T1 and processed with Lightroom and Topaz.

For a black and white jpeg version, please visit Monochromia.

And now, back to our regularly scheduled program!

Are you left or right handed?  

I am one of those few, rare individuals who is ambidextrous. So, it depends on what I’m doing. I write, draw, eat, brush my teeth, shave, with my right hand. I don’t do very much with my left. In fact, I don’t do anything with my left. So, I guess I lied!

If you had only one TV, would you prefer the TV in the living room or another room?

I haven’t had tv for about 9 years now. And I don’t miss it. I used to spend too much time going up and down the channels trying to find something to watch. A great waste of time. Now I have better things to do, like waste my time on Facebook. But it’s a little different this time. Now, I have people I can bug!

Have you ever participated in a distance walking, swimming, running, or biking event? Tell your story.

Define “distance”! In my office, I walk to the bathroom several times a day, depending on how much coffee I’ve had in the morning and how much water during the day. And the men’s bathroom is all the way down the hall. Quite a distance.

Complete this sentence: Love is… .

I’m sorry but this always makes me think of that sappy “Love Story” from before I was born (my mother loved it so much that I memorized most of it in utero)! “Love means never having to say you’re sorry”! But to be serious for a moment- and that is very difficult for me- I found this quote that I happen to agree with: “Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.” ~~ Bruce Lee

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I am grateful that the stomach virus I had Sunday lasted only 8 (long) hours. Maybe it wasn’t a virus but I thought I would die from the pain. I was still able to meet up with Sue and Dave Slaght yesterday while they were in town and who I first “met” on Wordpress. I am looking forward to just taking off on Saturday with my camera. I missed last weekend.

Now, if you made it all the way to the bottom here, you must go visit Cee’s blog to read more- when you have a moment!


The Changing Seasons – March

Prompts and Challenges
March in Calico Basin

March in Calico Basin

So, I’ve committed a year of my life to Cardinal Guzman’s challenge, The Changing Seasons. His rules are below, which I have amended to fit my needs. And since he did not complain, I hope you will not, either.

This image was shot just 3 days ago on my way home from work. It is a jpeg shot with the Fuji X-T1 and in-camera Classic Chrome film simulation.

The Bureau of Land Management’s website states: Red Rock Canyon is located 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip….  The area is visited by more than two million people each year.  In marked contrast to a town geared to entertainment and gaming, Red Rock offers enticements of a different nature including a 13-mile scenic drive, miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, road biking, picnic areas, nature observing and visitor center…. 

Calico Basin (where all my photos for this challenge will be taken) is one mile east of Red Rock Canyon, 16 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip. Red Rock has always been my favorite place to hike in Las Vegas, better than Mt. Charleston and Valley Of Fire. I enjoy the different microclimates in the park and often go there to revitalize myself when necessary. Calico Basin was discovered on a company picnic one year.

As for Cardinal Guzman’s challenge:

These were/are the rules (The Changing Seasons V1):

  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
  • Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery.
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.

Here are the rules for the new, updated version of The Changing Seasons (The Changing Seasons V2):

  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
  • Each month, post one photo (recipe, painting, drawing, whatever) that represents your interpretation of the month.
  • Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!

I have added a slideshow which will include all photos to date (see below). But since that can not be viewed on phones- as far as I know, and why are you looking at photos on your phone?- I have also added a gallery of stills. All feedback- good or bad- is welcome.

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Collaboration With Robin #5

Prompts and Challenges
Original image by Emilio

Original image by Emilio

From time to time, Robyn of Captivate Me and me of Photos By Emilio, collaborate on a single image to see what the other person comes up with. Both of us being somewhat artistic and relatively fluent with our native language are unable to come up with a better title than “Collaboration With….” So here is our 5th attempt. A photo I took one rainy evening on my way home from work. Let me give you as much info as I gave Robyn when I first sent this image to her:

I have an image I shot last night that didn’t come out as I had planned but, hopefully, will work. On my way home about 6 pm it looked like the rain was really coming down over the mountains. You could see very low, misty clouds hugging the mountain tops. So I headed off in that direction towards a place called Red Rock Canyon to the west. By the time I got there, the clouds had gone. So had the rain. But it was windy and cold. I set the Fuji X-T1 on a mini tripod on the hood of my car. The iso was 6400. Most of the shots were unusable but this one I kinda like. I’ve attached a jpeg copy. The RAW will be sent separately from my dropbox account. I’ll be using the RAW.

OK, so what I forgot to take into account was that I’d have to process the same shot. This one was not easy for me and presented quite a few problems that I think Robyn addressed perfectly. First, the focus was soft. The lights from the window of the main house were a bit overexposed and flaring, and the biggest problem of all, the night sky was illuminated by the lights of the Las Vegas Strip- which made the clouds appear very strange. I also found elements in the original that bothered me, like the car at the bottom of the frame and the lights that bordered the dirt driveway. I removed a lot of distractions. Anyway, above is the original out of camera, then my version below, followed by Robyn’s. After all three is a slideshow to compare one right after the other. Please go visit Robyn’s post and read what she has to say about her work. Hope you enjoy

Processing By Emilio

Processing By Emilio


Processing by Robyn

Processing by Robyn


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I Ain’t Eatin’

North Las Vegas Pig Farm

R. C. Farms, Inc. Fuji X-t1 jpeg with Classic Chrome in-camera film simulation

“Anything that got to do with a pig, I ain’t eatin’.” ~~ Ice Cube

From a FOX 5 news report dated March 7, 2016:
 A North Las Vegas pig farm famous for recycling leftover casino buffet food is soon going up for auction.
City officials scheduled a news conference Monday to announce the development, which is expected to boost property values in the surrounding residential neighborhoods. The farm predates many of the homes nearby but spurs frequent complaints for its foul odors.
The development comes as the city builds a bridge and expands roads in the area of the farm. Its owner plans to move the operation to a quieter area north of the current location and closer to a landfill.
City officials say the starting bid for the 153-acre farm will be about $31 million. The auction is set for June, although the move and site cleanup are expected to take three years.

Que Hoe

Prompts and Challenges
Cathedral Canyon CA

Cathedral Canyon CA

OK, so I threw the gauntlet down at Janna’s feet. That’s Janna of Janna T Writes. And I asked her to come up with a story inspired by this photo I shot in January. All I told her was that the writing on the stone said:







I also gave her a link to the back story of Que Hoe, thinking she might use that as her story. But Janna’s too imaginative for that. She came up with a different angle that I love. Please take the time to go read her story.


Gallery, Prompts and Challenges

Another week, another Share Your World!

How many siblings do you have? What’s your birth order? I have one sibling. An older sister I never got along with as we were growing up. She thought she was my mother and could tell me what to do. She still thinks she’s my mother but Lynn doesn’t like the competition. On the other hand, Lynne is the oldest of 9 children. I don’t think her parents had a tv!

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger? I’m very comfortable with the way Lynn drives but, before her, I always had to drive. Now, a lot of times she’ll do the driving so I can look for photo ops along the way.

When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles or turn on the flashlight? How many of each do you own? I would like to think that we would light the candles. Or just go to bed early. We have three flashlights but none of them have batteries- which is pretty self defeating. We have about five candles. Five hundred!

List at least five of your favorite types of animals?  (any animal to domestic to wild to marine life). Well, I always wanted a dog until I met Lynn. Wait, that came out wrong. I wanted a dog but we inherited her sister’s chihuahua and I can’t stand the dog. Very needy. And Lynn thinks the dog is human and feeds her food from her plate. Then there’s horses- which we both love. Salmon when they’re swimming upstream are fascinating. How many do I have left? I think that’s about it.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Lynn has been able to get the house into order in one week while I’m still struggling over where to put everything in my den. So I guess I’m grateful that Lynn was able to accomplish so much in such a short time and I’m thankful I have the weekend to try to get my part of the house in order!

The photo above is from a spontaneous Sunday outing last year. I have not been able to get out to shoot in the last two weeks. I miss it!

Now, go visit Cee’s Photography for other challenges every day of the week. Submissions are open to everybody of all ethnicities, political, and religious affiliations!

Thursday’s Special: Urban Art


Captain Fantastic

Just visited Lisa at Daily Musings and loved her post about urban art. Check it out!

“I love urban art. For some reason, every time I see any I have to stop and take a photo. I think these people are true artists and wish they’d be recognized as such, but I imagine there is a stigma against anyone who defaces a public structure even if they make it more beautiful or interesting.”

Comment and photo by Emilio


Prompts and Challenges

With this week’s Share Your World, Cee (of Cee’s Photography) has added a disclaimer:

With your answers, please remember we are in the SYW world, which may not always match our reality.

What would you ask for if a genie granted you three wishes? This one is easy as I’ve been thinking about it more or less all week. The first thing I would ask for is three additional wishes. Three for me and three for the world. And I think I could wish away all the world’s problems with one wish only, that everyone treat everyone else with respect. Pure and simple. Maybe that, alone, wouldn’t rid us of hunger but it sure would go a far way in containing it. If you respected someone, would you stand by and watch them starve? Maybe I’m being simplistic or naive but, as Cee says, the SYW world may not always match our reality. Also, if we’re wishing in the SYW world, I would like larger hands!

What experiences are most meaningful to you? To me? When Lynn finally caved and said “All right, already. I’ll marry you!” That was pretty darn meaningful. Usually, though, it is the small, unexpected gesture that is the most meaningful.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I think I answered something like this once before. I wanted to be a doctor, then realized there was blood involved. I’ve always had dreams of being someone famous in the arts- specifically acting, directing, or writing. But I got sidetracked at an early age by a lack of support and no guts!

Complete this sentence:  The best day of my life was….  Well, actually, there are two. Both involve Lynn. One was when we married. The other was a night we spent at Cowboy Inn, a ramshackle motel in the middle of nowhere Arizona, not too far from Lake Charles and Monument Valley.The rooms were all cowboy themed and looked like they had not been updated, except for indoor plumbing, since the west was won. In the middle of the night, Lynn got up to go to the bathroom and swore she heard Elvis singing. That started us on a laughing jag that went on for a good hour at about 3 or 4 in the morning and I’m sure, if there were other motel guests that night, they must have complained.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I’m grateful we took the day off Thursday and drove into Death Valley for the super blooms. The hype and the photoshopped images on the internet are much better than the reality. But it was still beautiful to see. We ran out of light just as we found the perfect spot for photos and hope to make it back out there this week. But they are very sensitive flowers and could be gone if it gets too hot during the week. So, fingers crossed. (I believe you can click on any of these photos to see a larger image, if you wish!)