Sunday, July 1, 2012

From writing to photography, Day 1 (Self-portrait)

For those of you that have been following my posts in June, I am not so much a writer but more a photographer (or so I fancy myself).  Google, being the wonderful thing that is, helped me find United Kingdom blogger Debumere Life Begins at 30.  She is hosting a photography challenge with today's prompt being "self-portrait"  I've jazzed up my portrait with effects from the site  So this is my scraggly patriotic self.  I just re-read the rules and no photo-shopped images ... I promise not to photo-shop (except for today's post and Day 3).

Mr. VZ is trying to convince me we should become ex-pats (ex-patriots) international migrants, then I would be thrift shop commando on the road.

Day 20's interesting prompt of the photograph challenge is "bokeh."  I had no idea what that word meant until I Googled it.  The Wikipedia definition is:

In photographybokeh (Originally play /ˈbkɛ/,[1] play /ˈbk/ boh-kay — also sometimes heard as play /ˈbkə/ boh-kə,[2] Japanese: [boke]) is the blur,[3][4] or the aesthetic quality of the blur,[5][6][7] in out-of-focus areas of an image. Bokeh has been defined as "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light".[8] However, differences in lens aberrations and aperture shape cause some lens designs to blur the image in a way that is pleasing to the eye, while others produce blurring that is unpleasant or distracting—"good" and "bad" bokeh, respectively.[3] Bokeh occurs for parts of the scene that lie outside the depth of field. Photographers sometimes deliberately use a shallow focus technique to create images with prominent out-of-focus regions.
Bokeh is often most visible around small background highlights, such as specular reflections and light sources, which is why it is often associated with such areas.[3] However, bokeh is not limited to highlights; blur occurs in all out-of-focus regions of the image.

Commando thrift shopping was a resounding success yesterday.  Here are the highlights of the finds, wrapping paper 4 for $1.  

A Christmas table cloth (25 cents), some pheasant notecards (25 cents), pink sunglasses (25 cents), Pirates of Caribbean at World's End "Pirates Forever" pink striped tank top ($1.50) and Favorite Recipes of California Winemakers published in 1968 (will be an interested read).  

The Songs of Peace & Love, published in 1968.  I went through three large stack of piano and organ music to find peace and love.

When the other photography challenge participants are known, I'll provide a link back.
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