Share Your World – October 16, 2017

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Minneapolis Skyline
October 13, 2017

If you had to move to a country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why? If you read the news lately, every country has its own peculiar problems; either political or social or economic or financial. We just seem to have them all at the same time right now. So my response would be not a country, but the country. Somewhere far away from civilization, but close enough for the essentials. Maybe live off the grid, out of a camper that I have yet to buy.

What color would you like your bedroom to be? My bedroom is not my bedroom. It is our bedroom! And when you’re married, the man has little control over what color our bedroom should be. Right now, Lynn is painting the entire interior of our house white, because she read on Facebook or somewhere that it is the best color if you are listing your property for sale. Never mind that I have been a Realtor for 15 years. I know nothing. So white it shall be.

What makes you Happy? Make a list of things in your life that bring you joy. Lynn actually does make me happy. And frustrated as hell, sometimes. But that’s life. Or marriage. It’s not all wine and roses, you know. Quite a bit of wine, though! As far as a list? Lynn, photography, new sights, a good movie, classical music, a good book, my son. Not necessarily in that order.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. I took a week off and visited my son, who lives in Minnesota. What a beautiful place. I had no idea. And what a beautiful son. He is happy, has lifelong and new friends who love him, has a great sense of humor, and enjoys his work. He took me to places where I could shoot and he loved the image above from the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis. I think it still needs more work, possibly a different approach.

Share Your World – October 16, 2017

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Seven Day Photo Challenge, Day 4

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Day 4:

Artifice Urban Lounge
Las Vegas NV
September 21, 2017

I have been invited to participate in Judy Dykstra-Brown’s Seven Day Photo Challenge. Actually I wasn’t really invited, but had to beg Marilyn and shame her into extending an invitation to me. She is too much like me in that she does not like to impose so I, too, will not invite anybody to participate unless they tell me they want to join in. Anyway, the rules, which I’ve already violated, are as follows: “The challenge is one black and white photo from your own life each day for seven days. No people depicted, no words of explanation. Invite one other person to join each day.”
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Cee’s Share Your World – September 11, 2017

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Sierra Ready Mix South Plant
Sloan NV
April 14, 2013

Share Your World – September 11, 2017

Would you want $200,000 right now or $250,000 in a year? It’s safe to assume all money is tax free. In my experience so far, no money is tax free. But to answer the question, I would take the $200,000 now. I might not be around in a year. Not that I have any plans but, you never know.

Is it more important to love or be loved? I’ve been on both sides of that question and I’ll tell you it’s a lot easier being loved. No commitment, no hurt or heartache. But why can’t it be a reciprocal endeavor? I love you, you love me.

List things that represent abundance to you. Let me go back to the question above. If you love and are loved in return, that is an abundance. Food on the table, clean water to drink and air to breathe would be an abundance. Many people make do with even less than what we might consider bare necessities.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. Not what, but who! Janice of jfeyersforman photography, in a comment on my post of last Friday, September 8, titled In Retrospect: Sloan NV, said “…. it looks like you could do some interesting Film Noir type images!”  I love film noir. And that comment has inspired me to look into possibly a series of film noir type photos. For those of you who are not familiar with the term, film noir is associated with a low key, black and white visual style that has roots in German Expressionist cinematography. Lots of deep, dark shadows. I’m going to start experimenting with that look on some of my existing photos as well as some new shots. I’ll keep you posted. And thanks, Janice!

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In Retrospect: Sloan NV

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Corner of Sloan Rd and Decatur Blvd
Sloan NV
April 14, 2013

There’s not much going on in Sloan NV. Less than 20 miles from the Las Vegas Strip and light years away, this rural community hosts 105 hearty souls, mostly living in run down homes and trailers. There are some rusty ruins of old cars, trucks, and buses. But the surroundings are pretty nondescript. The main – scratch that – the only industry is mining, home to a Sierra Ready Mix plant and Aggregate Industries.

There are no stop lights and no town to speak of. No movie theaters or diners or stores. Just random homes set randomly on treeless acres of dirt, and dried brush. The Ready Mix office is the newest building in town.

Sierra Ready Mix South Plant
Sloan NV
April 14, 2013

 

In Retrospect is an ongoing series of older photos from my archives, newly processed. I hope you enjoy the series as much as I enjoy revisiting the memories.

Cee’s Share Your World – September 4, 2017

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Valley Of Fire State Park
Overton NV
August 20, 2017
7:13 PM (pst)

What color do you feel most comfortable wearing?  I guess blue would be my most comfortable color, as you’ll usually find me wearing blue jeans. Unless you find me in bed, in which case you don’t want to find me! Anyway, for the previous 10 years I have been a good corporate team member, wearing dress slacks, rarely corduroy. But in the last two or three years I finally woke up singing “I Gotta Be Me” and started wearing my favorite jeans to work. No one ever made a comment so that’s all I wear now. The wedding we went to last month, I wore my jeans and a dark sport coat. No tie. And if I have anything to say about it, I will be buried in my jeans, too.

What is your favorite type of dog? (can be anything from a specific breed, a stuffed animal or character in a movie)  For the last 3 years we have been dog sitting a Chihuahua. Anyone who has been following this blog even intermittently, should know I detest the beast. She is needy and is treated like a person. She is always underfoot and she yaps. Lynn knows that my upbringing has been no feeding the dog scraps from the table but would rather irritate me than the dog. So, if we were ever to get another dog, firstly it would be a rescue dog. And secondly, I would have to get rid of Lynn.

List at least five favorite flowers or plants. Flowers and plants are not my bailiwick (love that word) but we have a Ruellia and a Golden Dew Drop in our back yard, both of which I get great enjoyment from. Then there are pine trees and oak. At least five? OK. Weeping Willow.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. See that photo up there? My first attempt at astrophotography with the X-T1 and the remote app on my phone. OK, it was more like a month ago but it has really inspired me to get out and play with more nighttime shoots. Unfortunately, the heat is still prohibitive, peaking in the late afternoon and dissipating slowly until the following morning when it starts climbing all over again. The photo is not sharp, but I will get better. I hope!

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Cee’s Share Your World – September 4, 2017

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

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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!

Cee’s Share Your World – 2016 Week 49

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Lou Ruvo Center For Brain Health Las Vegas NV December 3, 2016 6:01 am

Lou Ruvo Center For Brain Health
Las Vegas NV
December 3, 2016
6:01 am

What do you value most in a friendship? A woman. Now, I don’t mean anything sexist by that. But I am sexist. Against men. I have never had a really close friendship with a guy when growing up. All my closest friends were girls. They were just easier to talk to about sensitive things like feelings. I think that’s why most people thought I was gay when I was in high school. Well that and being in the drama club.

Do you prefer eating the frosting of the cake or the cupcake first?  Do you prefer a specific flavor? When I ate cake, I would usually eat the cake and the frosting at the same time. And chocolate is (was) my flavor. Since cutting out as much sugar as possible in my diet, the only chocolate I get is if I order a mixed drink with creme de cacao.

Have you ever been in a submarine?  If you haven’t, would you want to? I do remember being in a submarine in Disneyworld once. Does that count?

If 100 people your age were chosen at random, how many do you think you’d find leading a more satisfying life than yours? I don’t think I could find anyone leading a more satisfying life than mine right now. No one’s life is perfect, but mine is definitely satisfying. Well, except for having to put up with that damn dog!

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? This past weekend, my wife went away for the day. Now, that in itself is not why I am grateful. But, because I woke up at 5 on Saturday morning, alone, I got out of bed, showered, dressed, and got out of the house by 5:19 am. With my camera. It was still dark out but, by the time I decided where I was going, the sun was already starting to turn the black sky to blue. And it was freezing out. And yet I felt so alive. The photo above is one I took of the Lou Ruvo Center For Brain Health in downtown Las Vegas. The colors have not been manipulated in any way. The structure is all silver, lit only by the existing streetlights. The interior lights are all purple. What a sight! Just beautiful.

Now please go visit Cee’s Share Your World post to read what others find satisfying.

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Share Your World – 2016 Week 42

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Amargosa Opera House Amargosa CA February 13, 2016

Amargosa Opera House
Amargosa CA
February 13, 2016

If you wanted to de-clutter where you live, what room / space would you start with?  (And why, if you’re feel like admitting to it.) There are several rooms/ spaces I would like to de-clutter. You can’t find anything in our pantry because Lynn has all kinds of seeds in 5 gallon buckets for sprouting (anyone lost at this point can ask for clarification). Also, our two car garage can only fit one car because of all the stuff we are storing for family, including empty boxes. Who would store empty boxes?

If you want to remember something important, how do you do it (sticky note on the fridge, string around your finger, etc.), and does it work? I usually tell Lynn to remind me. Does it work? Let’s put it this way; Lynn’s memory is only slightly worse than mine.

If you could create a one room retreat just for yourself, what would be the most important sense to emphasize:  sight (bright natural light, dim light, etc.), hearing (silence, music, fountain, etc.), smell (candles, incense, etc), touch (wood, stone, soft fabrics, etc.), or taste (herbal tea, fresh fruit, etc.)? When we moved in March, I was able to create my retreat and I love it- though it’s nothing like what I had imagined. What I wanted was a den with dark walls, preferably wood. I got beige paint. I also wanted a leather couch but, since we are both vegetarians, I opted for a naugahyde chair. No animals were harmed in the making of this chair, though two fully grown naugas gave up their hydes gratefully as it was quite warm for March. And since my photos are all around the house, I have old, vintage ads and artwork on the walls. This is where I do most of my Lightroom work and listen to classical music.

If you could interview one of your great-great-great grandparents, who would it be (if you know their name) and what would you ask? My mother’s parents and grandparents all died before I was even born. There is no one left of her family, but I just recently learned that her side were all Russian Jews. I would love to find out more. And then I could have a Jewish name. Or Russian. Myron Ginsberg. Or Alexey Dostoyevski. How great would that be?

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Last week was rather quiet. We saw the film Snowden. This coming week is Lynn’s birthday so I am surprising her with a mini vacation. Details to follow afterwards- and photos, too, I hope.

Now, get yourself on over to Cee’s Share Your World to share your world!

(And, as always, the photo above has nothing to do with this post except that this post is mine. And so is the photo!

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West 45th

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The Theater District

West 45th Street, The Theater District, New York City

OK, another image of my dad’s. I just went through what I have on my laptop and it looks like he was really busy when he was in New York last December. And I’m sort of jealous. He’s got some good stuff here. I think it’s the camera. I mean, the guy hasn’t done any serious photography since I was an idea! And the story I get is that I wasn’t even his idea but my mom’s.

Lucky for me she used to be able to get him to do whatever she wanted! That’s all I’m saying.

(This post is for steveo who wanted to see more of my father’s images.)

Collaboration With Robin #5

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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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