Shout Out #7 Cars – not the movie

So here’s a big ole shout out for pictures of your car!  Oh yeah, it might not be an actual car, it might be a truck or an SUV but you get the point.  We’ve all got one, but have you ever thought about taking pictures of it?  Well now’s the time!   Or maybe you want to show us your dream car.   I don’t think I really have a dream car, at least I can’t think of one right at the moment.   I like my car and I really like that it’s paid for in full. Someday, down the road, I think I would like to have an SUV but I’m in no hurry to start making payments again.  So back to my current mode of transportation.  

I just love this little angel that hangs from my rear view mirror.   It’s just a little plastic ornament that my mom gave me several Christmases ago (at least 10).   I just can’t seem to take it down and replace it.   Even when one of the wings broke off I just left it hanging there.   Then one day I found the wing in the floor and glued it back together.  Then the inside of the car got really hot one summer day and the glue melted and it fell off again.   But I glued it back and so far so good.  


 Just out of curiosity, have you ever wondered what it would be like looking out from inside your trunk?   Me neither, at least not until I started thinking about ways to photograph my car.   So how’s this?

Not very attractive, huh?  I just love the timer on my camera though, it makes shots like that possible without actually having to crawl into the trunk, which for me would really be a sight to behold!   Of course I had to get a shot of the dashboard since that’s what I see the most when driving.   So I snapped this one last night.


Oops I’m not wearing my seatbelt!   Good thing I was just sitting in the driveway.   I guess taking pictures while driving would probably fall into the same category as texting while drive – JUST DON’T!!!!!!!

Now I know you have a vehicle and I’m pretty sure you have a camera, so think about some creative and interesting shots you can take and let’s see them!    I’ll drive back by next weekend with some more pictures for ya. 

Watch out, I think I see a car coming this way!  



Still Splashing Around

First just a note about my blog for those of you checking it out for the first time. Roughly every two weeks I post what I call “shout-outs” for pictures on a particular topic .   The object of the “shout-out” is that people will be able to snap some interesting shots of the shout-out subject during those two weeks and post their favorite most creative 1 or 2 pictures to my flickr group.  By posting to the flickr group we can all see each others creativity and be inspired.  You can see all the pictures in the flickr group by clicking “More Photos” on the right of your screen.  For more information about how to do this look under “About” at the top of the screen. 

Now on to the Shout-Out subject – Splash!   In order to wet you appetite let me show you my first photo for this week – a tasty pot of homemade chili.

Now that’s a pot of chili!   My BIL made this huge iron pot of chili over an open fire for a church get together Halloween weekend.    Not only does it look good, it was delicious!

Now that I have your attention let’s go back to last weekends photo – the splashing cup.   Here is what I started out with before photographing

Notice the teabag hanging out the side – I don’t drink coffee so I used cold brew tea to make the liquid look dark and rich.   It worked I think – I bet most of you thought it was coffee, huh?   Here’s the picture from last week again

 I mentioned it was my second attempt, here is my first attempt

Now I liked my first attempt okay, it just didn’t seem to have that height I wanted from the splash so I tried again.    The picture on the left below is the actual picture I came out with the second time.   The one on the right is the one I posted which is after editing

Big difference huh?   Well being the lazy person that I am, I saw no need to clean the counter after the first attempt since I was just going to mess it up again – what a dingbat!   But with the magic of a photo editing program everything is all better.    I used the clone brush and was able to make it look like the counter was clean the whole time.   Boy, wish I could wave a magic wand like that and clean my house!   Inspired by my semi-new ability I starting playing around with the program and look what I did with that first splashing cup picture using the mask/cut out feature.

Doesn’t it look like a cup of boiling tea?   I took the original “before splash” picture and used the mask/cut feature.  I thought that was pretty cool too.   I’m no photo editing expert but I will be playing around with this stuff more.   Hope these pictures have inspired you to make some splash photos yourself.   There is one more splash I wanted to show you.   I captured this splash as my nephew and his new bride made the plunge into the pool at their wedding reception.

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Now lets see your splashes!


Shout Out #6 SPLASH!

This time the subject is a very broad topic – splash!  It’s really kindof the inspiration for this entire photo blog.  This all came about for me when I saw a picture on someone’s 365 photo blog (a photo a day for a year) of a cup of coffee caught in mid-splash.   I thought “Wow – how cool is that!   Wonder how they did it?”   And when I read the comments on the photo, the photographer was kind enough to give some of the details of how it came into play.   So here is my first attempt at catching a mid-splash photo.

Well to be completely honest that was my second attempt.   I will share my first attempt next week and I’ll explain why in that post.    So anyway – knowing that I wanted to have more than one splash or mid-splash photo to post, the wheels began to turn in my little brain and I’ve been letting it “brew” ever since.  I’ve had lots of crazy ideas since that day but it wasn’t until this weekend that I was able to try a couple of them out and see how it worked.   This was my favorite picture from my efforts

By the way, thanks Zack for the help with the basketball.    I was so excited about it.  Don’t you just love the way the ball is caught in mid-air with the water just bouncing all around it!   So this lead to another try with something heavier tossed into the water and this is what happpened.

It’s okay but somehow just not as “WOW-ing” as the first one.  One thing that happened with a few of the attempts was that the splash itself was out of focus, the building in the background was the focal point of the photo.   This is something I’m working on and something to watch for in your photos as well.  

During all of this my Dad is watching me and taking it all in (probably thinking I’m crazy – but hey – I am my father’s daugther if I am).   He suggested that I try to capture the catfish in the pond jumping up to eat the fish food pellets thrown into the pond.   So in honor of my dad’s request here’s one more.

I love you Daddy!  Thanks for encouraging me and not making fun of me! 

I already have next week’s blog planned out (in my head at least) and it’s got some tasty splashes in it, along with a few tricks for photo editing that will make your splashes uniquely yours.  

One very important tip:   Make sure your camera is far enough away not to get caught in the splash!  Using a tripod is a must and a remote shutter release is a plus.  If you want more details about how I did it, just send me a comment. 

Hope to see what you are splashing around out there!