Thursday, June 25, 2015

Self Portrait Week 25: Not in Full Color

It's been a tough week, full of extended family drama. My inner light isn't shining as brightly as usual. But this CameoRoze is rising above the thorns and still reaching for the sun. It's just ... my colors have dimmed.


Photo Lessons I Learned:

Sometimes a self portrait has nothing to do with my physical body.
Metaphors are more expressive and accurate.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Lessons In A Rose Garden

Life circumstances feel a little prickly lately.

But if I just continue to climb up the stem, I'll find a gift waiting at the top.

In fact, an entire bouquet of living gifts!

Hold you head up, Margaret. Keep reaching toward the light.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Self Portrait Weeks 23 & 24: Phoning It In

I've been under the weather for the last two weeks. Last week, coughing and hacking, I attended my daughter Jodie's university graduation. After the ceremony, after the party, after the sunburns, we took some time out in the hotel room. That's where I snapped this selfie: Graduation Afterglow

This week, the coughing and hacking continued. Doctor says it's a virus, so I just need to rest, drink plenty of fluids, cough up gunk, and wait for it to go away. I spent a lot of time in a prone position. That's where I snapped this selfie: Calling In Sick

Ready for a new week! Hopefully, one where I have much more energy.


Photo Lessons I Learned:

When you don't feel good, it's hard to be creative. It's even harder to pick up your "big girl camera." Thank goodness our phone's camera is always just an arm's length away.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Self Portrait Week 22: Ready for My Close-up


Photo Lessons I Learned:

Sometimes I'm just not all that inspired to try something new. This was a study in looking directly into the camera lens to make contact with the audience. It was also a lesson in cropping. I added a little extra tension by cropping right up to the edge of my eye.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Self Portrait Week 21: Jo On The Road

I drove my daughter Jodie back to Oregon on Wednesday.
We stopped to take a pic with my selfie stick.

It sort of looks like my unicorn horn is about to pop out of my forehead. The doctor said it wouldn't grow back after the surgery, but once a unicorn -- spreading cheer, keeping Voldemort alive, and pooping rainbows -- always a unicorn.


Photo Lessons I Learned:

  • On a sunny day, find some shade.
  • Use the modeling tips you've learned for group shots: friendly contact between subjects; have arms in natural positions but angled away from the body; tilt heads toward each other.
  • Ignore the other folks at the rest stop when using a selfie stick.
    It doesn't matter what they think.
  • Have as much fun with your daughter as you can in the few precious hours you have together.
  • Oh. And don't forget to turn on your phone's Bluetooth.
    And your selfie stick's power button.  [Doh!]

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Hood River Bridge

I took Jodie back to Oregon today. I'm spending the night in Hood River. This was my view on my evening walk. A good way to end a travel day.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Self Portrait Week 20: The Baker

This week I made cake for my daughter's wedding.


Photo Lessons I Learned:

I didn't learn a lot this week, photography-wise. I did need to manipulate the f-stops about +2.5 so that the sunlight in the background would get blown out and the subject would be lighted correctly. Even so, I had to use a fairly high ISO which made the full-size version of this photo a little grainy. In post-processing, I lightened up the face an extra bit, and cloned out a cabinet.

My favorite part of this photo is how the dripping white cake batter lines up so well in the white blown-out window.

Another thing I learned? Three pieces of copier paper can quickly be made into a chef hat.