10.52 .few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. a smile. a word of optimism and hope. and you can do it when things are tough.

10.52 .few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. a smile. a word of optimism and hope. and you can do it when things are tough.

I’m going to be optimistic today. Because, frankly, I really really need it.

1. I love my cameras. Even though I grumble about it a lot, I do enjoy looking back on my past 365s, so I can only imagine I will do the same for this one. Even the crappy, quick snaps like this.
2. My kid is my ultimate happiness. There is nothing more amazing or unexplainable than the love between a mother and her child.
3. I really enjoy rain. I know, sunshine is lovely, and lately I’ve been craving it…but nothing beats that low-lying blanket of clouds and the sound of raindrops plunking into puddles. For me, anyway.
4. I love coffee. A lot. I grew up every day of my life watching my parents sit at the breakfast table with big mugs of steaming coffee and talk and laugh. It’s more than just some awesomely delicious liquid that zaps the sleep outta me. It’s…comfort and habitual and a memory…. and I adore that.
5. I love simplicity and snuggly clutter. Yes, both. I like things like…bare white walls and a simple one color bedspread with a shelf that is just chock full of knick knacks and odds and ends. It’s a balance, you see.
6. I love that feeling when you wake up all warm and comfy and know you have nowhere to be. Of course, I’m a mommy…so technically…I always have ‘somewhere’ to be…but at least I can do it in my jammies.
7. I love it when I can’t find the words to finish what I want to say, or I say the wrong word, and whoever I’m talking to just knows exactly what I mean and doesn’t say a word. Bliss.
8. I love the smell of a new book. I also love the sound it makes when you first open it.
9. I love it when everything is where it belongs. I have a mini-panic attack when I wake up to a mess…pretty much anywhere.
10. I love laughing so hard that I feel it in my stomache…the next day. Where, its so funny you are in physical pain and your eyes water. It doesn’t sound awesome, but trust me….it makes your whole week better.
11. I love waking up from happy dreams, and my whole day seems that much brighter.
12. I love simple pleasures. Like a surprise candy bar, or water by my bed when I wake up, or when a diaper miraculously changes itself. Yep, my husband is pretty good at that stuff.
13. I love warm, sunny summer evenings where you have nothing but a screen door between you and the smell of growth and moisture and bbqs, and you can almost hear the grass move as you watch it.
14. I love days of quiet and privacy, where I can wander around in my shorts and tank tops all day and noone sees me but my 1 yr old. If the doorbell rings, I ain’t home.

15. For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness. ~ Emerson

*hugs*
mwah
.K

Random Fact: 16 pennies stacked up equals one inch, and 16 pennies in a line is one foot.

Posted by just.K on 2012-03-11 05:56:01

Tagged: , mirror , corny , justk , smile , optimism

Crabs

Crabs

Hello everyone! I hope everyone is doing ok. It’s been a while so I thought I should post and give sort of an update. I’ve been so busy with summer activities and have been taking photos but definitely less than normal, way less. My mentorship program with Ming took a hit and I’m still working on my assignment 8/9. It is 8/9 because I failed the last one and Ming asked me to repeat it. It was about using colour to create mood and of course without forgetting the previous assignments so everything applies. I still have to post the blog about assignment 7. Too many things to do yet too little time nowadays.

I took the photos at the Fisherman’s Wharf at Steveston on Canada day. Yes, it’s been that long and not too many photos in between now and then.

I’ve been debating about posting and not commenting vs not posting at all since I cannot comment/visit your posts. The latter won that’s why you haven’t seen me post for a while. I want to visit your streams and comment but my after work hours are very (x 10) limited nowadays. I’m speculating it will last until summer is over. That means you may see me post but I will most likely not view your streams. If I have time it’s mostly to process what I took and sadly I don’t even finish processing even though I took very few photos. I guess I can turn off commenting but I want to know who are active so I’ll keep comments on.

Hope to see everyone when I get back to flickring frequently again. Cheers!

eugeneslikeness.blogspot.ca

Posted by eugene.photography on 2013-07-17 06:20:29

Tagged: , 12mm f/2 , 4/3 , BC , Canada , Canada Day , E-M5 , EP , Eugene Palomado , Eugene’s Likeness , FT , Four Thirds , M. Zuiko , MFT , Micro Four Thirds , OM-D , Olympus , Richmond , Salmon Festival , Steveston , ZD , m4/3 , mirrorless

Stuff For My Shadow Box Part 2

Stuff For My Shadow Box Part 2

I have been gathering things for my Shadow Box. My Grandfather built me a huge shadow box with a ton of mini shelves and I just can’t wait to fill it up with all of my colorful, plastic, kawaii, cute, junky, trinket collection.

Here is photo ONE:
www.flickr.com/photos/30796113@N08/3669741845/

What do you see that you know? It is like I SPY. ^_^ Please leave your comments!

Posted by Dreaming Magpie on 2009-06-29 02:25:27

Tagged: , shadow , box , toys , plastic , collect , collection , shelf , kawaii , cute , colorful , rainbow , hello kitty , foster’s home for imaginary friends , gremlin , peep , frog , penguin , toy , trinkets , bits and bobs , charms , nerds , milk , strawberry , wall-e , wonder pets , CD player , pucca , viva pinata , chair , furnature , beaded lizard , cell phone strap , sugarbunnies , kola , pin , panda , ninja , diamond , cupcake , foo dog , my little pony , doll , keychain , poodle , bouncy ball , eraser , battlebots , biohazard , lps , littlest pet shop , soda , fish , unicorn , I SPY , cool , awsome , best , fun , exciting

small things…wonderful things!

small things...wonderful things!

What I do you cannot do; but what you do, I cannot do. The needs are great, and none of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.

– Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Dedicated to Cory and Ninoy

Posted by nicholei. on 2009-08-09 18:48:19

Tagged: , 10th day of mourning , Cory’s death , passing , leader , love , God , country , people , Philippines , yellow , Cory Aquino , Ninoy Aquino

Hugs~Tagged

Hugs~Tagged

I was tagged by Lexii, Mady, and April to write about what I am thinking about as of late.
So here it goes…
Future aspects, how to break free of my introverted shell, and life in general.
Coming up is the biggest (or at leat what I consider to be) adventure in my life so far. College. Lately my thoughts have been on it constantly. Supposedly that is normal though, or so says my mother. Funny thing is, I can’t distinguish if I am nervous or excited. Probably both. But I keep thinking what if I don’t fit in, what if I don’t do well, what if I mess up? All of these worries are hitting me at once which results in me needing to take a Tylenol. All I can do though is to have a positive attitude and put my best foot forward. The most important things to me are to a)get good grades b) not be stupid in making decisions and c) fulfill my plans. Yes, I have a very well thought out plans of exactly what I need to do in order to have a jump start in the career I want. Just praying though that I am smart enough to fulfill my plans. Worries, worries…

Since college is coming up shortly, I’ve been trying harder and harder to break free of my introverted habits. Honestly, I want to be more extroverted, because I won’t be afraid to answer questions in class. All too often I know the answers but I am just too afraid to come out and say them. It’s rather frustrating. Plus, I become disappointed in myself because I don’t speak up when I should sometimes. Although in this past year I have come leaps and bounds. Gaining confidence is key, I believe. Not the bad confidence but the good type, the one that makes you strong on the inside without making you overbearing on the outside. (I really want to obtain that confidence.) My friends are so witty, funny, and smart. They all have something special to give. So I often think, what do I have to offer. If anything at all.

Life is first and foremost a gift and I am grateful for it. But I often ponder about how I could be using my life in more productive ways. Sometimes I feel like I am wasting it. Life is so short, so I am constantly thinking of ways to better myself but it just doesn‘t seem good enough. Life can be taken away at any moment, it’s fragile.Two days ago when I got back from a friends house I found a baby bird. Helplessly it had fallen from the roof of my house. The baby bird (who I like to think of as Roger) was still very much alive, so I took him to a wild life rescue and they were able to help him. But since then I’ve been thinking, life is just so helpless and it can be extinguished so easily. Am I making the most of it? There is so much I want to do in this life, yet day to day I feel like I am wasting my time on things like arguing with my mother and doing other useless things. Life in its self can be difficult though, day to day struggles can consist of heart breaks, mind blocks, and soul crunchers. We’ve all felt them. Yet, we still live on because even when life lets us down we can think of times like(example)when I saved a baby bird. Times like that bring happiness and meaning into our lives. Lives that are often self motivated. (Because they’re self motivated it makes it extra special to help people.) I find that when I feel lonely or sad, listening/helping others and taking the focus off of myself makes everything better. Because, I don’t feel sorry for myself anymore. Sometimes I think of a plant, growing out and up, stretching towards other plants I inspire to be like that. Instead of recoiling around what has already grown. There are just so many things to contemplate in life and if you read through all of my rambling (half of which probably didn’t even make sense) thank you. My mind is always jumping from subject to subject, restless really. Makes it so easy to I get ahead of myself sometimes.

Now that you sort of know my thoughts as of late, I want to invite you to take this challenge upon yourselves as well. (If you’d like.) I’m not going to tag anyone of my contacts except the ones that tagged me and the ones I know personally. This is because I’m not sure who would feel comfortable doing this and who wouldn’t. But if you’re viewing this picture and you took the time to read through this (thank you by the way) and you are interested in doing this challenge I would be honoured if you’d tag me in your photos so that I may read your thoughts as of late. (If you want to do that. I will leave a pleasant comment, I promise) Lexii, Mady, April your photography is inspiring and your words are as well. You guy are lovely amazing people, thank you for tagging me.

Posted by RaeDays on 2011-08-10 19:25:14

Tagged: , Friends , awesome cameras , jean , skirt , emotion , hugs , challenge , tagged , I was tagged by Lexi , Mady , and April to write about what I am thinking about as of late. So here it goes… Future aspects , how to break free of my introverted shell and life in general. Coming up is the biggest adventure in my life so far. College. Lately my thoughts have been on it constantly. Supposedly that is normal though , or so says my mother. Funny thing is I can’t distinguish if I am nervous or excited. Probably both. But I keep thinking what if I don’t fit in , what if I don’t do well , what if I mess up? All of these worries are hitting me at once which results in me needing to take a Tylenol. All I can do though is to have a positive attitude and put my best foot forward. The most important thing to me is to a)get good grades b) not be , I have a very well thought out plans of exactly what I need to do in order to have a jump start in the career I want. Just preying though that I am smart enough to fulfill my plans. Worries , worries… Since college is coming up shortly , I’ve been trying harder and harder to break free of my introverted habits. Honestly , I want to be more extroverted , because then I won’t be afraid to answer questions in class. All too often I know the answers but I am just too afraid to come out and say them. It’s rather frustrating. Plus , I become disappointed in myself because I don’t speak up when I should sometimes. Although in this past year I have come leaps and bounds. Gaining confidence is key , I believe. Not the bad confidence but the good type , the one that makes you strong on the inside without making you overbearing on the out side. (I really want to obtain that confidence.) My friends are so witty , funny , and smart. They all have something special to give. So I often think , what do I have to offer. If anything at all. Life is first and foremost a gift and I am grateful for it. But I often ponder about how I could be using my life in more productive ways. Sometimes I feel like I am wasting it. Life is so short , so I am constantly thinking of ways to better myself but it just doesn‘t seem good enough. Life can be taken away at any moment , it’s fragile. Two days ago when I got back from a friends house I found a baby bird. Helplessly it had fallen from the roof of my house. The baby bird (who I like think of as Roger) was still very much alive , so I took him to a wild life rescue and they were able to help him. But since then I’ve been thinking , life is just so helpless and it can be extinguished so easily. Am I making the most of it? There is so much I want to do in this life , yet day to day I feel like I am wasting my time on things like arguing with my mother and doing other useless things. Life in it’s self can be difficult though , day to day struggles can consist of heart breaks , mind blocks , and soul crunchers. We’ve all felt them. Yet , we still live on because even when life lets us down we can think of times like(example)when I saved a baby bird. Times like that bring us happiness and meaning into our lives. Lives that are often self motivated. (Because they’re self motivated it make , listening/helping others and taking the focus off of myself makes everything better. Because I don’t feel sorry for myself anymore. Sometimes I think of a plant , growing out and up , stretching towards other plants I inspire to be like that. Instead of recoiling around what has already grew. There are just so many things to contemplate in life and if you read through all of my rambling (half of which probably didn’t even make sense) , restless really. Makes it so I get ahead of myself sometimes. Now that you sort of know my thoughts as of late , I want to invite you to take this challenge upon yourselves as well. (If you’d like.) I’m not going to tag anyone of my contacts except the ones that tagged me and the ones I know personally. This is because I’m not sure who would feel comfortable doing t , April your photography is inspiring and your words are as well. You guy are lovely amazing people , thank you for tagging me. , Beautiful , models , In the future , 2025

I wish I had all the tricks…

I wish I had all the tricks...

It was a beautiful day here – I had procrastinated as much as I could… I woke up late- ran “errands” that didn’t really need done- the more important ones (like grocery shopping) got pushed aside- I wanted to find “props” or get “inspired.” I then went to my mothers to hang out for a while. I wanted to do a photo all day- My boyfriend actually gave me this idea. I had taken three different photos for this- each one just wasn’t really doing it for me. I had great ideas in my head…. but when I took the actual photo, it was not up to my critique. I should be enjoying this instead of pushing myself- I should have used the wonderful sun that was out today- I should not worry about what people think but what I want and love to do.
I have been having a lot of trouble lately with life. I have never been more confused with what I really want to make of it. It seems like I have been stuck in a rut for the past two years. I was hoping this 52-week project would let me vent the things that I have wanted to get off of my chest, but I just find myself keeping it inside more than ever. I get so worried about what people will think, what my next project will be… I need a creative outlet and my job does not give it to me. I have never been more confused… as you can tell by my rambles-
I need to buy a new computer since mine is on its last leg- I also want a new camera- I do not have the money for both- so what do I do?! I make the most simple decision into something that eats away at me all day. I take every little thing and can not concentrate on my photos because I am thinking about stupid things that I can not make up my mind about. I feel a lack of creativity and more frustration than ever. I need to make a change, and a big one. I need to start making actual decisions instead of tiptoeing around issues. I need to speak up and tell certain people to quit holding me back….basically- I need to grow a pair 😉
I have no idea why I did the photo above- not many feelings were put into it and I kinda overall feel numb. I have no feeling toward anything- including my photos-

any advice- and I also apologize for the rambles. I guess I really needed to vent.

 

 

How Does My Makeup Look…

How Does My Makeup Look...

All of the pictures are © copyright by P1ay “All rights are reserved” worldwide. Please do not use, copy or edit any of my photographs. However please feel free to contact me if you are interested in using any of my images.

Model: Marta

Another headshot for you guys, I really like headshots, I think the closer you can get the better…

At the moment I am learning to put makeup on via photoshop but you still have to understand how to put makeup on in the first place and where everything goes and why…lol

I have been starting off small and working my way around the face, I know how to changes the lips and on this image I changed her lips to light pink. On this image I concentrated on the eyes a bit more. I added a bit of eyeliner to start with, then I went to the top of her eyes and added some shadow. I then have given this awesome set of eyelash brushes and I added an eyelash on the bottom of her eye.

Once I did that I took it back into lightroom and just added and tidy a few things up.

All of the pictures are © copyright by P1ay “All rights are reserved” worldwide. Please do not use, copy or edit any of my photographs. However please feel free to contact me if you are interested in using any of my images.

Posted by P1ay on 2015-09-02 10:50:29

I am Nerd

I am Nerd

Sorry for the essay this week. Feel free to ignore all this and just leave a comment on my photographic genius! 😉 Please, don’t read any of it, nothing to see here, move along…

Two weeks ago we asked for suggestions and received two great ideas for themes. Here’s the first – nerdy, thank you David – which I can do. Last week I gave you a further insight into my character, and I’m going to continue the trend this week.

I.am.a.Nerd.

No really, I actually am. I like to pretend that I’m not, because nerds aren’t cool. But I am. I have a first-class honors degree in Computer Science and Electronics. That desk behind me is not a prop, that actually is my desk, all those things were actually on it. I do have four screens on it, a screwdriver and a disassembled camera under the monitor. That rat’s nest of cables lives in a box that I use to keep all my ‘might be useful later’ nerdy stuff in.

Occasionally I slip up and let the nerd out in public, on the road trip we got into a discussion of the benefits of JPEG vs RAW and I brought up compression. Forgetting myself for a moment, I chipped in with “as long as you don’t push it too far, the loss of high-frequency information is negligible, that’s the beauty of the Discrete Cosine Transformation algorithm.” The silence was, in hindsight, rather amusing. I started to explain but when Jeff’s eyes glazed over (to his credit, he lasted a good 10 seconds longer than Kim) I decided to stop. Anyway, I wrote a JPEG codec as part of my final year dissertation… this is not helping. Time to stop,

So, haha, what do you think of my hilarious ‘made-up’ scenario??

I hope no-one reads this.

Each week between Monday and Sunday I shoot a self-portrait. I post it the following Thursday. The idea is for me to learn and grow. So give me some critique, don’t be shy – tell me what you really think! Thanks

PS (Phew, that’ll divert you all from the Nerd theme) I’ve not been feeling great these past few weeks (as I mentioned) but the last 10 days have been pretty dreadful with a series of big migraines. The other day I saw that Clayton mentioned (on Facebook) he’d found a tick crawling on Lexie and one of the comments was from someone who said they’d had Lyme disease because of a tick. It hasn’t come out, until now, but I got bitten by a tick on the road-trip and had put it out of my mind (I’m guessing you can tell where this is going already.) Anyway, Jeff had mentioned this Lyme disease as a risk but I’d not thought about it until this little reminder. Intrigued, just because I am an inquisitive fellow, I went to the Wikipedia page only to realize that the picture of the infected bite looks rather like my bite (albeit mine is not quite so impressive) and that the list of symptoms really kind of matched what I’ve been going through lately. All things combined, this was enough to go to the doctor.

I laid it all out in front of the doctor concluding with, “silly me, shouldn’t look at medical things on the Internet, eh?” Only for her to say, actually, no it does make sense, she looked up some stuff (I’m guessing she doesn’t get too many in like this) and yes, you guessed it, she thinks I have got it. Just as I was about to leave she said, “oh, one of the indicators is a swollen liver, let’s just take a look.” So I hopped onto the couch, she located the right spot, told me to breathe in and poked “OWWWW”, she told me to breathe in again, poked and “OWWWW.” “That hurts then?” she said with a smile, “it’s pretty swollen.” I can kind of rationalize the other symptoms but that one is a little more tricky to explain away. They’ve taken 3 tubes of blood for various tests (although apparently even if it comes back negative, I still might have it – rubbish test if you ask me) and I’ve got 2 weeks of antibiotics (although they look more like horse tranquilizers) and a week off work.

It’s easy to post-rationalize some of this stuff, and I don’t want to dismiss the issues I’ve been wrestling with, but it does explain why I’ve been feeling quite so sluggish at least. As a young man (and a computer scientist) I was deeply logical in so many things, I must admit I still have a tendency to see intellect as a computer program, unaffected by the wetware upon which it runs (my friend, a nurse, called it the “pull yourself together mentality.”) As the years have passed, and I suppose I’ve grown up, I am continually amazed at the interrelationship between the mind and the body.

I’m actually feeling quite upbeat about life today (emotionally at least, if physically exhausted), this is just another exciting tale from my holiday to America, so let’s focus on the picture, please?

Posted by lee.stephens on 2010-04-22 09:50:14