Friday, July 20, 2018

Social Media Dilemma


Being alone can sometimes make your mind work in a weird way.  There is no one who can be a sounding board to bounce off an idea.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Art of Bowing


Sometimes I'll post a picture that I didn't take.  Such as this one.  Rose was toying with my new iPad pro when she took a picture of Mimi just when she had just awaken.  Mimi usually stretches when she gets up, and in this image she does a wonderful performance of bowing.  

Rose went back to the Philippines to celebrate her birthday with her brothers and sister.  I am glad for her.  But at the same time, I do miss her already.  I'm sure Mimi misses her as well.  Today is the second day of her absence.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

One More Time for Elvis


And a-one for the honey.  Two for more shots.  Three to get giddy.  And go cat go.  Oh don't you ... step on my swede shoe blue.  You can do anything but just don't sworn my old shoe gem blues.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Forever Young



Maurice:  Save that spot for me, Jimmy.  I going to see if I can hook up with that red hair chic wearing a Prada.

Jimmy:  Make sure you show her your new dentures.  Works every time for me.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Why is the man holding his phone this way?


He is holding the phone with his right hand because:

a.      He got tired using his left arm from waiting so long.
b.      The reception is better if he holds the phone this way.
c.      He is actually scratching his left ear and he can't use his left hand because it is also itchy.
d.      All of the above.

Originally posted June 4, 21012

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Woman Cooking


She was going to cook some fish for us.  Her husband had just caught some fish in the pond.  I don't remember what kind of fish they were.  They were definitely fresh.

The little hut where they live is in the middle of the pond.  Pretty cool.  This is how most people in that area cook their food.  They have a wooden stove, so yes they use wood to fire up the stove.  It would make lots of smoke.  I wished I would have captured the smoke earlier but when I grabbed the camera the smoke sort of dwindled.

Hope your day is going well.

Friday, July 13, 2018

The Cage



Captured in 2009 with my first DLSR.  It was a Canon Rebel XT.  In some countries it is called Canon 350D.  I was not even serious into photography yet.  Didn't know what I was thinking when I took this shot.  I was so inept in using the camera that when I took it out of the box I dropped it on our tiled floor.  It bounced a couple of times that I thought I ruined it.  I would end up using it for a couple of years.  I realized I loved the blur.  Later on I discovered the Lensbaby, which helped me composed with lots of blurs.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Redemption Biker (ii)



He's the true Old Man Geezer.  Wit's solid as a rock.  Heart as soft as clay.  He'll watch your back no matter what it takes. He' a rock persona idol.  He's a Redemption Biker.  Taken in 2012 at the Chalk Walk Fest at Old Pasadena.  The dude was sitting next to his little daughter who was participating in a children's version of the chalk fest.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Waiting for September



I am tired of this heat wave.  Here in Southern California, it’s triple- digit temperature in the last few days lingering without an appearance of ending.  For you folks who read Centigrade, it means that we have been experiencing above 45s. The leaves on some of our trees have turned crunchy.  The budding apples have turned brown.  The mango fruits are done.  The roses and daisies are half dead.   It’s hot, hot hot and hot hot hot.  

And so in my fantasy world, I am dreaming of the end of Summer.  I welcome Fall and the cool breeze for the hot air it brings.  Yes, Fall.  Probably my favorite season.  The sweet melancholy that accompanies the change in weather.  And there is the change in color in the foliage.  Oh, I know it occurs only for a short period of time.  But that makes its beauty ephemeral, which makes one longs to see it again next year.  And the next.  And so on. 

Saturday, July 07, 2018

A Momentary Lapse of Cognition


I'm not sure how I made this shot.  It was shot with the Panasonic DMC LX3 in 2010 while we stopped by for gasoline in one of the rural towns of Antique, Philippines.  I might have accidentally set the shutter speed on bulb and fired the flash.  I think the result is pretty cool.  Although I don't know how to duplicate it.  One of those happy accidents.

Hope your day is going well.

Friday, July 06, 2018

Fisherman and His Son


I don't know how many times I've edited this image in the past, and was not fully satisfied with the result.  Until now.  Taken in 2010 using the Panasonic DMC LX3.  It's really a nifty point and shoot.  The camera I used here fell on a raging river three days before I shot this, and it still worked.  The one neat thing about this camera is it is the same camera as the Leica D-LUX 4, which is made in the Panasonic factory in Japan but cost 3 times as much as the Panasonic.  Unbelievable but it's true.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

The Beggar and the Tourists


This was actually a failed shot that I have tried to edit several times and just gave up. And then I had an idea.  Instead of embellishing the image with fancy editing, I did the most abnormal thing.  I took away some pixels. That is I rendered the image as high contrast to enhance the shadows and give the people that silhouette look.  It's very much an overdose of a cliche style in street photography.  Almost all street photos look like this - and that is why it is very hard to identify the photographer.  I must confess I don't care so much for this style.  Oh well.  At least for this image, I'm making an exception.

Hope your day is going well.

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

The Tourist and the Caveman


Man sitting:  Ah, ya ain't scaring me, bud.

Caveman:  I could give you a nice close shave if ye want.

Monday, July 02, 2018

Some Feet A'walking on the Street of Belagio



The tourists seem to be walking away from something.  The Pigeons appear to be headed where the tourists came from.  A fine sunny day in Northern Italy.  I think this was somewhere in the Province of Como.  I'm just going to say it's in Belagio just because it was one of the two tourist traps I can remember while being there.  The other place was Lago Maggiore.