Photos of the week, CY365 W/E 2/28/15

Late again, because I was away from my computer, taking millions of photos on vacation! A few will end yup here, and the rest? Well, the rest will be the subject of another blog post, later. Don’t worry, you wont miss them if you are subscribed to this blog or follow my Facebook page!

22. Looking Forward
23. Potential
24. Jump
25. Future Investment
26. Engaged
27. The Season
28. Anticipation

1544301_10206622754031498_3335721332972256861_n22. Looking Forward –Second leg of our flight they moved us to a 767 and we got bulkhead seats….
11035502_10206639565731780_5350541029508661405_n23. Potential—SUNRISE!!!! Our only morning at Grand Canyon, and the clouds were heavy.  But just as the sun climbed over the canyon wall and hit this rock, it showed us the potential (realized) for a glorious day.
10402062_10206612301690196_9049908280449028416_n (1)24. Jump—who will jump down first? Who jumped UP second? This just made me smile, it looks like American Gothic.
11005992_10206618293159979_1693276734_n25. Future Investment—Future quilt…almost finished!
10407863_10206639163881734_8441538135067724437_n26. Engaged—Waldo needed coffee ASAP so he would be able to focus on the day ahead!
1554439_10206628932025944_6026194755215808440_n27. The Season—the sun had just set and we were walking to our car the first night we arrived at Grand Canyon…. Look at who had come out to eat!
11026617_10206635954281496_2031700203_n28. Anticipation—In an effort to not overwhelm others with vacation photos, I decided to take this photo while waiting for the ketchup to pour.  Surprise! It was actually one of the prompts for the week!

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Bicycle Races

Because all quilts should be inspected before display by a cat,    20150108-IMG_2646

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and, if possible, bicycle tires should test out the terrain.20150108-IMG_2654

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Drunkard’s Path should not be an invitation to drink and bike, however!20150108-IMG_2652

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I WANT TO RIDE MY BICYCLE”

Lyrics by Queen are free-motion quilted onto batik squares. And yes, those are real bike tread marks, with acrylic paint and a bicycle tire. 20150108-IMG_2649                  I had NO idea what to do for this challenge. I don’t really bike, and I didn’t really like the challenge fabric—(used as the bike frames, seat and handle bars) The Challenge dictated the size and I was a day or so to the deadline of saying. “Take my name off of the list,” when I woke up with the entire quilt planned and plotted in my head! Construction of it changed things slightly, and as I was quilting it, I was just not quite satisfied.   Suddenly, the appearance of tire tracks seemed absolutely essential, and thanks to a husband who was able to come up with a tire at 12:30 in the morning, I was able to finish this 36 hours before it was required to be handed in. (Hey, that’s pretty good for me!)

Machine pieced and quilted by Trish Casey-Green, 2015  Richmond Quilters Guild Exhibit at MAQF, February 26-March 1, 2015 The Bike Race is in RVA in September of 2015. I am missing MAQF for the first year since 2003, this is being auto-published while I am off enjoying the Grand Canyon!

CY365 Photos of the week, W/E2/21/15

Here is a week that I barely acknowledged the prompts!

15. Depth of Field
16. Flowing
17. Wide
18. XOXO
19. Isolate it

20. Colored Bokeh
21. Indistinct
10612807_10206555703595279_8143294024020821708_n16. Flowing
10516636_10206552407912889_6629978406440825777_n17. Wide
11021241_10206590333621008_2719305129265915864_n18. XOXO
1947868_10206583080479684_1739034163905240850_n19. Isolate it

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10959834_10206593631743459_8175027978232058505_nBRRRRR…. it is cold out in Old Towne Petersburg Va … but I spent a few minutes uncovered…

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Photos of the Week, W/E 2/14/15

8. Pink
9. So Lovely

10. Striking
11. Cozy
12. A favorite
13. Pretty in Pink
14. A Valentine

10945280_10206503187882419_6560985779357793959_n 8. Pink… Laylabug tucked herself and Baby Doll into a blanket and pillow on the floor in the den and fell asleep….(there is pink in the blanket!Rolling on the floor laughing)
10926288_10206509516320626_6053571109324531170_o 9. So Lovely –Took a leisurely walk along the Appomattox — this lichen looks like a snowflake!
10292534_10206515719115692_1442086300400246087_n 11. Cozy–My daughter is the cat whisperer tonight…
 10993962_10206534347301385_4276062036964373552_n 13. Pretty in Pink
10628265_10206539317625640_7815775243308705612_n 14. A Valentine
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1484654_10206521303215291_2326546730755523039_n  I listen to a podcast analyzing a novel. The man is always pointing out how the protagonist states one thing then does the complete opposite. He says she is an unreliable narrator. Every time I see this canister in my kitchen, I hear his voice. Lol!

Photos of the Week, CY365 W/E 2/7/15

Better late than never!!

1. I Heart…
2. Blurred Backgrounds

3. Where I Stand
4. Trees
5. My View
6. Mini-figures
7. Gateways

10960673_10206469820168247_1372666673_o1. I Heart… this Laylabug! Helping Gigi match socks.
10173544_10206462011293030_567301110773512663_n2. Blurred Backgrounds  Making Valentines.
10958059_10206481851349019_7219019134414885964_n4. Trees.
1975120_10206469888729961_8892823003756000658_n10407205_10206469897770187_8259305773934515433_n5. My View –as I came out of work was this gorgeous full moon. But all I had was my phone. Can you guess which blurry blob is the moon? (Of course I had to go home and pull out the dSLR!)
10986719_10206493129590968_4586140198569028090_n6. Mini-figures—These little garden statues live on our headboard.
10955759_10206496746601391_5088110614437338037_n7. Gateways…Abandoned train trestles…

1908104_10206476711100516_6158529252557722192_n10984225_10206476791102516_2074409159168992177_n (1) For the first time this year, I reached back into the archives for a photo, and also borrowed a photo from someone else. My brother’s dog Lou died; he sent me this selfie with him. The portrait of Lou I took in 2008.

The Most Photographed Generation Will Have No Pictures in 10 Years!

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Things I think aren’t always out there… Other photographers are thinking the same thing…

Originally posted on Mike Yost Photography:

Cameras.

They’re everywhere. In your phone, on your tablet, you have your point-n-shoot, and maybe even a DSLR. A few might even own a film camera. You can’t escape the selfies, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook. People are deluged with photographs. And today, people are taking more pictures than ever before. It’s been estimated that in the past 5 years, more photos have been taken than all the prior years combined.

The sad part is that few of these photographs will survive beyond a year. To many people, a “picture” is only good for the moment. Moms and Dads want to snap every little movement of that new baby. Grandma wants to see everyone one of those too. When you want to show off the new puppy, you pull out the phone. And in a week, none of them have any real meaning and might even get “deleted” just to make…

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It’s February 1st. Do you know where your photos are?

New Year’s resolutions are all well and good, but you have probably already slipped up some. (shhh. I won’t tell.Winking smile)  I have one that you can keep your promise on, right now!

It’s Sunday morning. And JANUARY 2015 is FINISHED. Let’s get organized!

  • MINIMUM EFFORTphonto2Find the cord to your phone and upload all the photos you took in January 2015 into a folder on your C drive called  2015-01-JAN (or something close). If you took photos with a real camera, grab those SD cards and upload all the photos you took into the same folder. (If you are feeling ambitious, make a folder that is 2014-ALL and get the rest of the photos off the phone now, too.) DO NOT DELETE or ERASE CARDS YET.
  • A BIT MORE EFFORT— Look at every photo you took in January 2015. Are there duplicates, or totally blurry or otherwise absolutely useless photos (like the photo of a recipe so you could go the store)? If so, delete them NOW from the folder.  Go ahead, be brutal. When you are done, grab a cup of coffee, and settle in to do some reading.  <—-Read this blog that I wrote a few years back about how I organize my photos.
  • More about HOW TO organize your photos

And then, read even more about it that I have written over the years.

I fear greatly that this generation coming up is not only going to be the most photographed, but also the generation with the fewest images accessible to them when they’re 64.

Technology is great! All those great movies and music on those eight-tracks cassette tapes  floppy disks CDs MP3s VHSs DVDs Blu-ray’s that we stream via the internet every day…

EXCEPT.

The year is 2060. Your grandson was downsized at work. He and his wife and his 13 year old twins are moving back across the country, following a job. They are staying in a friends basement while deciding if this is the right town for them.  While packing the most important things and putting the rest in storage, for a better time, he comes across a box full of antiquated media. A mish-mash of all the variety of storage devices he had seen in museums. Some has writing on the edges; cryptic information like “Daddy’s fishing boat photos”, but mostly they have nothing or simply dates. Although he smiles at the box; he recalls Grandma putting treasures into it when he was a child.

As he digs through the box, he sighs. There hasn’t been a player to watch some of this stuff in decades without having to go to a historical society. And while he recalls vaguely seeing old family photos, he wouldn’t have a clue where to start to locate them amidst  the dozens of disks in the box.  They have become Frisbees. He guesses he could probably go to a college, or contact a library to see if they have something that can still read these items.  But, does he have the time? He and his wife will be working more hours, trying to get back on their feet and the twins are insistent on getting back on sports teams when they move. The money and inclination to take random, unlabeled VHS or floppy disks or CD’ s or Blu-ray’s somewhere, pay to be told that they are hopelessly corrupted, or have the information transferred to the current media? His wife will go crazy if he spends more money that they don’t have having them transferred. Braces, the dentist said. Times two. And how disappointed will he be after spending all the time and effort to discover that the images rescued are of some people that must have been friends of friends of his great grandparents? This box heads to storage.

Discovering a dusty, even poorly maintained, horrible ‘magnetic’ photo album? A Buster Brown shoe box full of negatives and curling black and white photos of some dude who, wow, looks like his kids? Those actual printed photos? Shoeboxes full, even, will end up in the back of the minivan, because when he opened the lid, he saw a photo of his puppy from when he was seven. The box may end up on a shelf, half-heartedly sorted through on a random snow day far in the future.  But, one day, a child will ask about dad’s first pet, and he will be able to scrounge around, find the box, and spend hours laughing at the odd clothing and hysterical haircuts from the past.

Will it EVER get opened again? Will the rent stop arriving on the storage facility when the job doesn’t pan out? Because mortgages, electricity, gas, clothing for growing children, and a huge list of other bills will eventually be more important than THINGS they haven’t needed in months or years. Sold at auction, you can bet those disks are trash. phonto1

The same situation IS going to happen to your current storage devices, you know. It WILL. Forward progress. Whether the images mean something to YOU or not, when your kids are cleaning out your home after you die in 50 years, and they run across media they can not EASILY look at—will they take it home, tell their kids no vacation this year because the money is going toward seeing the treasures Grandma had on a (what turns out to be a corrupted) CD?

Have I scared you yet?

  • PRINT YOUR PHOTOS!  And by print, I DO mean have your photos PRINTED by a lab, photo paper, chemicals, the whole nine yards. Think you have a photo printer attached to your computer that does as well, as cheaply?  Photo inks are not stable enough. The inks are sprayed onto the top of the glossy paper.
  • Sign up to Shutterfly, Mpix, SmugMug, somewhere! and have some images printed. Not everything.  But some. The ones that are special, and sometimes the ones that are not. Photo books are great, too. If you have media that is readable still, look at it! Check to see that is is still usable, and send it to an online gallery for storage. Pass them around to far-flung family in a Valentines card.

This will not protect you from fire or flood, though. GIVE some family photos to other family members. Connection AND insurance. And have an online presence. Some online is better than other online. You do not want to only do this— if they go out of business (Kodak Gallery) you are out of luck. Free places tend to be more iffy; so…. Of course, you do then have the “braces this month or pay my yearly online fee” conundrum…. My thought is the cost of the year of storage is less than the cost of a half dozen rolls of film and developing.

  • ONLINE, UNLIMITED STORAGE, plus the ability to order PRINTS of all your images! This is where I have all my photos; my photo web-page rteest42.com is powered by Smugmug! If you sign up USING THIS LINK, there are DISCOUNTS involved! Galleries can be totally locked down so that no one or only those with the code can get into them. (when you go look at my site you will see a fraction of the galleries I have) ( Pricing and features of Smugmug)
  • Or go to Flickr. BUT MAKE SURE YOU CHANGE all the options to be private and right-click protected. The last thing you want is for your family photos to be accessible to just anyone. (Facebook notwithstanding, you really don’t want EVERYTHING out there…)
  • phontoNegatives. Just don’t throw them away, ok? Seriously, how much room do they take up? It’s hard to sort them, but look at the bright side, you are probably not making more! Take the envelopes, open and glance. Can you get a year based on the images? Date the outside, and put into a big old shoe box. If you don’t get around to doing anything ever with them, let your grandkids decide to trash them. Who knows, you may want to have something printed. Even if you trash the photos, the negatives are available. (My negatives from 1983 until 2004.)

Oh, right. I said don’t delete from the phone yet. So, having read all of the above, (coffee topped off?) have you a backup plan? Once you have burned a CD or DVD (properly labeled as to be retrievable), and uploaded to your fancy-pants new online photo storage, hit that delete button!  I was with someone the other day who I haven’t seen for a YEAR. She STILL had photos from the last time we got together on her phone. One minute of distraction and the phone is gone….

 

PS. THIS IS A DO AS I SAY, not as I do post, meant to motivate ME to finish as much as to get you to START!!

PPS Someone on Facebook posted this the other day…”I was cleaning out yet another part of the house and happened upon a folder I hadn’t seen since I moved away to college inside I found all these moments of my families past I wasn’t even aware of…” I doubt if she had run into a CD she would have even glanced at it; as it was when I ran across her thread, with photos, there was a healthy conversation happening about the photos from different family members.