52 WEEKS PHOTO CHALLENGE: WEEK 35 – FROM ABOVE !!

Prompts and Challenges

5th Avenue and 36th Street
New York City NY
December 12, 2015

Don’t ask. Would you believe I hired on as a window washer in the city, not realizing that while I was thinking car windows, they were talking office windows? On skyscrapers? I lost my lunch- and the job- while hanging in a chain link cage outside the 40th floor of a downtown office building. OK, well, would you believe we were filming a new King Kong feature only it was called Queen Kong and I was basically the male version of Fay Wray (look her up, kids) and this giant she-ape hauls me up the side of the Empire State Building where she meets her end? OK, OK! The real truth- as if there could actually be a false truth, like an alternative fact- is that I was on the 11th floor of our friend’s apartment on 5th Avenue, dangling my camera out the crack of the window to get this shot.

Now, which story do you prefer?

Feel free to add your own.

Go read more tall tales at The Girl That Dreams Awake!

52 WEEKS PHOTO CHALLENGE: WEEK 34- MOVEMENT

Prompts and Challenges

Fairfax District
Los Angeles CA
March 23, 2017

Grand Central Station
New York City NY
December 11, 2015

“I’m in a hurry to get things done
Oh I rush and rush until life’s no fun
All I really gotta do is live and die
But I’m in a hurry and don’t know why.”

I’m In A Hurry (And Don’t Know Why) ~~Roger Murrah and Randy VanWarmer

Recorded by Alabama

Thanks to The Girl That Dreams Awake for the word challenge.

Share Your World – May 15, 2017

Prompts and Challenges

How many languages do you speak? I was an English major in high school with a minor in foreign languages so I used to speak English, French, and Spanish. Nowadays, I even have trouble with English.

What are you reading, watching, listening to, eating? I usually have two books going at the same time but, when I mentioned this to a doctor, he suggested I suffered from ADD. Imagine what he would say about my viewing habits! So, right now I am reading only one book: The Winter Fortress by Neal Bascombe. It  is non-fiction about “The Epic Mission To Sabotage Hitler’s Atom Bomb”. As for what I’m watching? It varies each night depending on my mood, but all from Netflix, they are Fauda, Jiro Dreams Of Sushi, Shetland, 13 Reasons Why, The Assassin. Listening to: R. Carlos Nakai. Eating? Nothing right now, but my favorite is Italian. We’re going for pizza tonight if anyone wants to join us.

What was the last photo you took with your phone? I rarely take photos with my phone. But one evening in Zion National Park, on our way to dinner, we spotted a family of 8, also having dinner, on the front lawn of the Lodge where we were staying. I couldn’t fit them all into a single photo, though, but here’s a shot of the youngest.

Zion Park Lodge
May 8, 2017

What is your favorite time of day? Breakfast, lunch, or dinner time. Dialogue between my wife and I last week driving back home from Canyonlands:

Lynn: I know you’re going to be hungry so where would you like to eat?

Me: Well, at least I have my priorities.

Lynn: I thought photography was your priority. 

Me: Well, that’s number 1. Followed by wine and food, not necessarily in that order. And then you. So, you’re in the top 5.

Lynn: What about water? Air? Housing?

Me: OK, but then you’re moving down the list. At least you’re still in the top 10.

Optional 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 that Lynn understands me well enough to accept that photography, wine and food come before her. I was only joking about the air, water, and housing. Looking forward to traveling to California for a piano recital of our friends’ kids.

Thanks, as always, to Cee for the fun she gives us every week.

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Share Your World – May 8, 2017

Prompts and Challenges

Horseshoe Bend
Page AZ
May 8, 2017

When you’re alone at home, do you wear shoes, socks, slippers, or go barefoot? The first thing I do when I get home is take off my shoes. If I’m alone, I take off all my clothes and dance around the room in just my socks. We have wood floors and it’s the only way to get them really clean. The only problem is that it can get a bit embarrassing when Lynn’s daughter, who is staying with us, comes home unexpectedly.

What was your favorite food when you were a child? Bread. Specifically, a salt bagel. it’s like a giant pretzel with salt. They are still my favorite, but Lynn wants me to stay away from carbs. I don’t know why she’s so concerned with my health!

Are you a listener or talker? You can’t guess? I’ll give you a hint: I’m married! All I get to do is listen and make encouraging grunts every so often.

Favorite thing to (pick one):  Photograph?  Write? Or Cook? My favorite things to photograph are those things that have been left to the elements to corrode and decay. The quote up there right under the title of my blog pretty much sums it up for me: “The undiscovered places that are interesting to me are these places that contain bits of our disappearing history, like a ghost town.” ~~ Ransom Riggs

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? We had a great mini vacation at Zion and then Canyonlands. Photos will follow but the shot above is a sample I was playing with last night. I’m not too crazy about the processing but getting the shot was definitely an experience. Next week? I’m looking forward to sifting through about 500 or more shots I took to find one or two to post!

Thanks, Cee, for the fun!

Please check out Cee’s Share Your World for more answers to these earth shattering questions.

Cee’s Share Your World – May 1, 2017

Prompts and Challenges

Royal Hawaiian Motel
Baker CA
February 25, 2017

Would you rather live where it is always hot or always cold? Contrary to what most people think, it’s not always hot here in Las Vegas. Nor in Death Valley proper. One winter we even got snow here. Of course, that’s offset by the summer months when the temperature can get as high as 120 or so. I’ve lived in New York where the city gets shut down for snow and where we lost our home to hurricane Sandy, and now in Las Vegas, where rubber tires can melt from the heat and car batteries die unexpectedly before their time. So next life, how about Hawaii?

Do you prefer long hair or short hair for yourself? How about hair. Period!

What is your favorite month of the year? I’m not sure I have a favorite month. It’s certainly not May because that’s the month when we got married and I’m always afraid of forgetting the date.

What is the easiest way for you to learn something new?  By reading, by seeing and doing, in a classroom? I hate learning new stuff. It’s been years since I went to school and my brain is full to capacity. But, OK, I think a combination of reading, then seeing and doing. I get bored in a classroom.

Optional 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 that Lynn made it home safe and sound from a business meeting in L.A. This week we are meeting up with her sister and brother in law and vacationing in Zion, then on to Antelope Canyon. If there’s time, I also want to get to Monument Valley again!

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Thanks as always Cee for all your challenges but especially this, my favorite!

52 WEEKS PHOTO CHALLENGE: WEEK 32 – SHALLOW DEPTH OF FIELD

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Amazing! I looked through all my photos that I’ve processed, going back to shots from 2009, and realized that I seldom use a shallow depth of field. A failing of mine, I suppose. But dealing in the types of photos I deal in (not that I’m a dealer, or anything) I can explain it away. At least to myself. Anyway, here are 3 such photos.

1/640 sec at f/4.0

1/3 sec at f/4.5

1/4000 sec at f/3.5

Thanks, as always, to The Girl That Dreams Awake for exposing my shortcomings! Go visit and see more, probably better, examples of a short depth of field!

52 WEEKS PHOTO CHALLENGE: WEEK 31 – EMPTY SPACE

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I am such a phony. But not intentionally. I complained to The Girl That Dreams Awake that I couldn’t join in her challenge this week because I have no photos with empty space. Then I look in my photos from this weekend- this weekend, mind you- and find this shot.

Roy’s At Sunset
Amboy CA
April 22, 2017

I do like the way it came out. The place was teeming with photographers and I was looking for a different angle when I noticed the long shadow caused by the Roy’s sign. I stood in the shadow and bracketed my shots. The moment I raised my camera, another photographer came up next to me and shot from the same angle. I’d love to see what he came up with.

Lots of work in Lightroom to get anything readable on the sign.

So, welcome back “Girl”!

Share Your World – April 17, 2017

Prompts and Challenges

Wooden Barn
Springdale UT
April 15, 2017

When writing by hand do you prefer to use a pencil or pen? Writing by hand is definitely a lost art. I can’t remember the last handwritten note or letter I received. Having said that, when I was doing a bit of creative writing, it was always in pencil. But I would never erase anything from draft to draft, just line it out in case I decided to go back and rework it. I’ve tried writing on my laptop but nothing seems to flow as it once did by hand.

Wooden Shed
Springdale UT
April 15, 2017

Would you rather be an amazing dancer or an amazing singer? I actually have two left feet. It’s true. When I go shoe shopping, I have to buy two of the same style and color, then use only the pair of left shoes. If anyone knows someone with two right feet, let me know. I’ve got several pairs of right shoes I could let them have for free. I was in choir in high school and sang several solos. I also fronted a jazz band my senior year. Don’t know how I ever got up the nerve to perform like that. I think my Jewish side exhibited lots of chutzpah when I was younger.

Ford Truck
Rockville UT
April 15, 2017

If you were on a debate team, what subject would you relish debating? I hate debating. I get tongue tied whenever Lynn and I have what she calls a “discussion”. I call it an “argument”. A debate, to me, is an argument that no one is going to win. Sort of like our “discussions”. Except Lynn always wins those.

Mechanics Garage
Rockville UT
April 15, 2017

What are you a “natural” at doing? Nothing comes naturally to me. I do not excel at anything. I love photography but always feel everyone else is better than me. Same with everything I have ever attempted. I played tenor saxophone in school but was never that good at it. Same with sports, singing, acting, French, Spanish, creative writing, you name it! Mediocre at best. With my photography I think I have finally surpassed mediocre, but in no way am I comfortable with where I am at.

Rusting Tanker
Rockville UT
April 15, 2017

Optional 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 April 15 has come and gone and my tax bill was about a thousand less than I expected. I am looking forward to getting back to a section of Route 66 next weekend. I was going to go this weekend but we had to take a surprise (to me) trip up to Zion Park to meet some family members. On the way home I took the photos that adorn this post.

Thanks again, as always, to Cee for coming up with these questions and giving us a chance to get to know each other a bit more.

In Retrospect: Oatman AZ

Prompts and Challenges

Oatman AZ
May 18, 2015

Oatman AZ is never quite as empty as this shot would make it appear. But this was, as I remember, late in the day and all the shops were just closing up. The tourists were preparing for their long drives home and the wild burros that roam the streets looking for food, were now hanging around in the parking lots, accosting people as they got into their cars.

This is one of Lynn’s favorite spots to visit because of the burros. But they are wild and will kick and bite if provoked or surprised.

Cee’s Share Your World – April 10, 2017

Prompts and Challenges

Great In Bed
Fremont District
Las Vegas NV
January 8, 2017

Have you ever participated in a distance walking, swimming, running, or biking event? Tell your story. See the photo above? I can go the distance on sleeping. Eight hours is easy for me. Ten? No problem.

Name one thing not many people know about you. I would venture to say that many people have forgotten, or never did read, that I am considerably older than Emilio Pasquale. “Luke, I am your father!” Yes, Emilio is fashioned after my son. He will be 34 this year. This is the second marriage for both Lynn and myself. Lynn’s first husband died of cancer, my first wife is still very much alive. But between Lynn and myself, we have ten kids.

What is your favorite flower? I don’t really have a favorite flower. In fact, I’ve gone on record as stating I do not like flowers. At least in captivity. Lynn has forbidden me to purchase flowers on her birthday or anniversary or in apology for the countless times I have been at fault! But I have also been known to travel far and wide when the desert wildflowers are in bloom. And watching the hummingbirds levitate over a flowering plant is truly a sight to behold.

Things I want to have in my home (paintings, hot tubs, book cases, big screen tv etc) We are at that time in our lives when we want to scale down and rid ourselves of some of the clutter we’ve accumulated over the years. So, I think all we really want, or need, is a roof and a bed. And books, music, probably classic movies on dvd (and a way to view them), coffee, wine, pizza at least once a week. Friends, and family! Oh, and that hot tub? Just make it a shower. For two. 🙂

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Last week? Grateful? I guess I am grateful that my 2006 Nissan Altima has just passed 204,000 miles and did not “crap out” on us in Death Valley yesterday. As for the following week? A movie or two, hopefully getting the book I am working on into it’s first edit, and a trip on the weekend to a section of Route 66 between Barstow and Needles.

I’m happy to hear that Cee and Chris are better this week and that Cee was able to come up with these questions. It’s always fun! Join in sometime! Check out Cee’s Share Your World every Monday.

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