Monday, February 13, 2017

Shoot Five - James' Recessional




Rio, you said? Well, at least Carol, Milt, Michelle, Mariann, Jim, Elaine, Peyton, and Joani did! I guess Niece Deana was over-matched this week - a one hit wonder!


"James' Recessional"




My Great-nephew, James, made his First Communion back in the spring. It was a special day for family as we all celebrated his Catholic milestone in his faith. 

I chose this image as it reminded me of the time when I made mine. This was the look known as the "Fear of Sister Catechism!" The only thing we were allowed to do was breathe! James did not have to undergo the nuns during his practice sessions but they would have been proud of his posture. He didn't crack a smile UNTIL he was outside on the church steps!


Where in the World?

Better get out the atlas as this year I will be featuring some of the more famous cities of the world! I will offer some interesting facts about one of them. Just which city am I describing?


The largest city and capital city of its country

it boasts of a long history, which is linked intrinsically to the history of Europe. The city has brilliant architecture, visible almost everywhere – from beautiful bridges to stunning buildings.

The most important tourist destination in the city Castle, largest ancient castle in the world. It is even registered in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The Charles Bridge is an architectural treat in itself. Built over the River Vltava, this bridge is approximately 600 years old. It is built in the Gothic style, and is lined with baroque statues of 30 religious figures.

Josefov is known for being the Jewish part of the city. It is renowned for preserving various synagogues, all unique in nature. It is also home to the oldest synagogue in Europe, called the Staronova Syngoga.

At the Kafka Museum in the city that holds a permanent exhibition in his house, lovers of Kafka can familiarize themselves with him.

Have it narrowed down to a few? Maybe this will help - tourists can visit several palaces and museums, as well as the St. Vitus Cathedral, which is nearby. You can stroll in the Royal Garden and watch the Changing of Guards ceremony.



A Word to the Wise. . .


"Life is really simple, 
but we insist on making it complicated." 
~ Confucius


Murphy's Laws. . .

Grocery Bag Law:


The candy bar you planned to eat 
on the way home from the market 
is hidden at the bottom of the bag!



It's Cartoon Time. . .


Monday, February 6, 2017

Shoot Four - Another Bishop!



Beijing - these will get harder so enjoy while you can! Mariann, Mike, Jim, Milt, Michelle, Carol, Joani, Elaine, and Peyton. Welcome Niece Deana to the mix. . .





"Bishop de Cunha of Fall River"




Another bishop but this one is more localized as Bishop de Cunha is the spiritual leader of the Fall River Diocese. Bishop Edgar was born in Brazil.

I found his homily and presence around the altar to be exceptionally spiritual. Hence, turning the Bishop into a mosaic was my first thought.

I did send a copy of this to the bishop - heard he liked it.



Where in the World?

Better get out the atlas as this year I will be featuring some of the more famous cities of the world! I will offer some interesting facts about one of them. Just which city am I describing?

Think  Beaches! Partying! Samba! Well, it is a city that will overwhelm you and make you its prisoner for a lifetime. Such is the magic of this magnificent city.

The Pao de Acucar is yet another mountain-top wonder of this city. Situated 1,299ft above the Guanabara Bay, the Pao de Acucar or the Sugarloaf Mountain as the tourists know it, provides a superlative view of the city

In summer, Morro de Urca hosts concerts in the evening, which you can stop by and listen on your way up to the Sugarloaf Mountain.

This city is famous for its street parties, better known as Carnivals. Replete wih street bands, marching bands, and dance troupes, these Carnivals are sure to make you shake a leg too.

This should seal it: Tourism industry’s favorite beach in the world, the Copacabana Beach, is right here.

Need another? The first stop of every visitor in the city is at the statue of Christ the Redeemer or Cristo Redentor as the countrymen know it. At 125 ft, the statue of Christ stands tall over the city, as if saying “I’ll protect you”. The statute is located at the top of the Corcovado Mountain, and was inaugurated in the year 1931. This larger-than-life statue of the Christ is truly awe-inspiring. Perhaps that is the reason why the statue has been included in the New Seven Wonders of the World.


A Word to the Wise. . .



"The only disability in life is 

a bad attitude."

~ Scott Hamilton


Murphy's Laws. . .

Murphy's Law of Copiers:


The legibility of a copy is 
inversely proportional to its importance.


It's Cartoon Time. . .


Monday, January 30, 2017

Shoot Three - Fairhaven II



Milan, did you get it? Of course you did -and so did Joani, Jim, Carol, Michelle, Mariann, Milt, Elaine, and Mike!




"Unitarian Memorial Church Ceiling"




Continuing in the Town of Fairhaven, We broke for lunch before descending on the Unitarian Memorial Church. This house of worship was home to amazing stained glass windows, fascinating stone sculptures, and well-preserved wood structures. I was immediately drawn to the ceiling in the meeting room. I walked around for quite some time to get just the right angle. With my trusty tripod in place, I got this shot.

Where in the World?

Better get out the atlas as this year I will be featuring some of the more famous cities of the world! I will offer some interesting facts about one of them. Just which city am I describing?


has been described as one of the world’s greatest cities. It serves as the national capital of the its country, and is the second largest city in the country

It is, in fact, the political, educational and cultural hub of the country.

The ‘Peking Man’ has been documented as having been the earliest inhabitant here; his remains were found in the Dragon Bone Hill. The fossils date back to about 230,000-250,000 years old.

Today, the city is spread in an area of over 16,410 square kilometers, and has a population of about 15 million.

For lessons in the country’s history, your first stop should be the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City is a huge palace complex that has housed the Emperors.


Check your guess with this tidbit: right across the Forbidden City is the Tiananmen Square. The Tiananmen Square is near the heart of the city, and also has the distinction of the being the largest open-urban square in the world.


A Word to the Wise. . .

"Life isn't about finding yourself. 

Life is about creating yourself." 

~ George Bernard Shaw


Murphy's Laws. . .

Allen's Axiom:


When all else fails, 
follow the instructions!

It's Cartoon Time. . .




Monday, January 23, 2017

Shoot Three - Fairhaven


Sydney - way TOO easy, right? Playing along were Michelle, Joani, Milt, Peyton, Jim, Mariann, and Mike. Mariann did note an error in the clues as she works among many Aussies!



"Fairhaven History"


My club's field trip coordinator managed to get those interested ample time to shoot in three of Fairhaven's architectural marvels - the town hall, the library, and the Unitarian Memorial Church.

I was fascinated by these windows that focused on the town's history. Among those featured were shipping, transportation, whaling, etc.

This image was a compilation of those windows.



Where in the World?

Better get out the atlas as this year I will be featuring some of the more famous cities of the world! I will offer some interesting facts about one of them. Just which city am I describing?

This city has always been a commercial and business district since the country became united during the 19th century.

Consequently, the mere mention of this city brings up instant associations with fashion, finance and capitalism.

Also famous for the Leonardi da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology that showcases many of da Vinci’s sketches, project designs and prototypes.

Helpful hint: Take stroll in the Brera district – this neighborhood is surrounded by the Corso Garibaldi. The area is also home to the Accademia di Brera  - an art academy which is reputed to be one of the best in the country.




A Word to the Wise. . .

"Life is ten percent what happens to you 

and ninety percent how you respond to it." 

~ Lou Holtz


Murphy's Laws. . .

 Baldy's Law:

Some of it plus the rest of it 

is all of it.


It's Cartoon Time. . .



Monday, January 16, 2017

Shoot Two - HDP Model Shoot


Amsterdam - a city I had the privilege to visit a few years ago! Heard from Michelle, Elaine, Peyton, Joani, Milt, Carol, Mike, and Mariann. Wasn't so hard, was it?

"Alex"



My second photo op of 2016 happened in February. I was at my camera club as we held our first (and, hopefully annual) model shoot. Jeff T. lined up four models for our posing. Jim, George, and Jeff brought their lighting set-ups.

Alex was one of the young people available for the evening. She had a great smile and a fantastic attitude - essential for model imagery.

A good majority of the members took advantage of having a model shoot in their own backyard!

Where in the World?

Better get out the atlas as this year I will be featuring some of the more famous cities of the world! I will offer some interesting facts about one of them. Just which city am I describing?

it is the oldest and largest city on this continent.

people from all over the world come and settle down in this ‘harbor city.’

a visit here is incomplete without a visit to the beach. Bondi Beach is known the world over.

but if you thought that this was all, think again. It is an uber-modern city that has also impeccably preserved the remains of its past. The Rocks are one such example were the site of first European settlement in this city.

Little help needed? the city’s most famous structure, which is now its defining symbol, is its  Opera House. Thousands of people come to visit this structure.



A Word to the Wise. . .


"Life is not a problem to be solved,

but a reality to be experienced."

 ~ Soren Kierkegaard


Murphy's Laws. . .


Lawson's Paradox


The average woman would rather be 
beautiful than smart 

because 

the average man 
sees better than he thinks.


It's Cartoon Time. . .