Yesterday I had the great fortune of seeing the dreamy, magical and brilliant show, Odysseo, playing in Miami. It was an amazing experience. We were front and center – close enough to smell the horses and see the sweat glistening from their beatifically coiffed coats.
I didn’t have time before the show to focus on this weeks’ photo challenge, which asks us to capture an image that says”through,” but I think the glow of the lights and the complicated structure beneath the bleacher seats works pretty well for my interpretation of “through.”
I had my camera with me and as we entered the Odysseo big top to see the show, it was impossible not to notice the massive scaffold-like structures underneath the enormous bleacher seats. The purple glow that washed through the bleacher support beams, came from the stage lighting. I love the wild effect the purple lighting made through the bleachers.
Below are a few of photos of the underside of the bleachers. The photos with a TV screen, were hanging on the outside frame of the bleachers and showed some of the dramatic moments from the show.
Photo of bleacher support beams with TV showing scenes from Odysseo:
Photo of bleacher support beams with TV showing scenes from Odysseo:
Photo of bleacher support beams with TV showing scenes from Odysseo:
Below is a you tube video that I think you’ll enjoy. There are a lot of YouTube videos of this remarkable show. Follow this video to more YouTube links about the show.
- “Odysseo” Gallops Into Downtown Miami (miami.cbslocal.com)
- Big Top Going Up In Downtown Miami For New Show (miami.cbslocal.com)
- Cavalia’s new show ‘Odysséo’: Rare performance that surpasses original (pbpulse.com)
This week, the WordPress weekly photo challenge asks us to post something that says “unusual.”
I immediately thought, ‘Holy cow, this will be an easy one, I have gobs of unusual photos!’ But there’s the rub – what says unusual best when nearly everything is unusual?!
Then I thought about the beautiful and unusual chandelier I’d seen weekend in the lobby of the Adventura Arts & Cultural Center. in Miami Beach. I was standing in the lobby of the theatre, and after the show looked up to see this unusual and fabulous lighting design, in the picture. (I wish I could give credit to the person who designed these unique chandeliers. If anyone knows whose work this is, please advise – I’d like to credit the artist.)
Anyway, below is what the grouping of one set of lights. Below this top photo, the result of manipulating the image…
I’ve manipulated the photo to appear like the glass bubbles are shooting up instead of hanging down from the ceiling.
This weeks’ photo challenge word is “indulgence.”
How in the heck can I find a photo that epitomizes the word ‘indulge’ in my world? Hah! I constantly indulge in something, it seems.
Well, you might say that I indulge in most everything I do. In phases. There have to be phases because if one spent their days indulging in everything, it would be a bit much!
So, like the moon has its phases, so do my indulgences have phases.
I imagine we indulge in something because it gives us pleasure. (Chocolate, shopping, eating, desserts, hobbies and grandchildren are a few indulgences that spring to mind.)
Blogging is one indulgence that gives me pleasure. Although I spent last week away from my blog – which is very unusual for me – it was due to indulging in the pleasure of my new job!
Tomorrow will be the start of my second week at my new job. . I’m indulging in the pleasurable sense of security and freedom from stress that this new job has brought into my life…..
However, as for capturing an image of indulgence…. Well, I had to think about this one!
Friday I indulged myself and purchased a new bike. That indulgence is to cure, with exercise, another indulgence: Food!
I bought a pretty Schwinn 26″ bike that has 21 speeds…. Why do bikes have 21 speeds now? I don’t need to indulge in all those speeds But, all the bikes I looked at had 21 speeds!
On my first bike-ride I tried changing a speed and ended up locking the pedals for a few minutes…. I eventually figured out how to unlock them. Thankfully. I was a few blocks away from home and it looked like rain and I didn’t want to walk the bike all the way home.
Then, when I finally pedaled home and attempted to stop the bike – I fell off!
Yup! I fell off of my new bike – skinned and bruised my knee, and bruised my arm above the elbow because I fell partly on the pavement and partly on a parked car. (The bike is okay. The car is okay. I’m okay too.)
The reason I fell? After I’d fixed the gear issue, I decided to adjust the saddle, but I moved it too high for my height. It caused my feet to be nearly six inches above the ground. Then, when I got home and tried to get off the bike, I tried to leaned to the left and land on my left foot, but the saddle was too high to allow that, so BAM! Down I went with the bike on top of me! (My first thought was the hope that no one saw me…. no one did!)
So, as far as a photographic representation of indulgence…. I’ve decided to illustrate it using these 3 Flamingos. For hours I indulge my passion for making photography look like art… I do love to sit at the computer and play with the images I photograph.
Here are yesterday’s indulgences – I was working on flamingos.
Here’s my Flamingo On End:
This is my Soft Flamingo:
I’m a novice at it still. However, I can tell I’m getting better the more I work at it.
And, one reason photography is an indulgence for me is because the work (on the photos) constantly evolves… at least for me.
Next week, or next month, when I look at these 3 Flamingos again, chances are they will change. It’s all part of my indulgence in the learning process, and realizing there is evolution in it. And that’s a good thing!
This week the word for the photo challenge is, ready.
This little guy is deciding whether to jump into the water.
To splash or not to splash? That is the question!
He stood there a while just looking into space. Perhaps he was just dreaming, or maybe he didn’t like the water fountain. Or, maybe he was wondering if he needed a bath. Do birds decide when they’re ready for a bath? Maybe!
He seemed leery about the water fountain. He wouldn’t jump in until the fountain stopped…
Then the water suddenly stopped and he was ready….
And then, not two seconds later, big splash!
Love those splashes!
He is having a grand time, until another bird came and he flew away…. you can see the wake he left!
Click on any of the photos to see a larger version.
Update: Until now, I didn’t know the difference between a Florida Panther and a Bobcat. As it turns out, what I’d been calling a Bobcat is really the endangered Florida Panther. Apologies to all the big cats for my error….
In my earlier post, a Panther
bobcat photo had made its way into every one of the pictures I’d exported from LightRoom 4 (LR 4). Well, I figured out how it happened! And, it was not at all the fault of an errant or stalking Panther Bobcat, either! It was silly me. Now I know how it works…
I’d inadvertently made the photo of the Panther
Bobcat my “signature” when I was trying to create a photo-signature. Each time a new photo was exported, the Panther bobcat photo appeared as a signature.
Here’s a whole new crop of pretties that have been to the beauty parlor of LR 4. They’ve gotten manicures, pedicures, new hairdo’s and brighter smiles, too.
Click any picture to see a slide show of the enhancements.
Basically, what I’ve learned to do is sharpen, adjust the exposure, saturation, hue. I’ve learned to change the “clarity” settings by playing with shadows, highlights, blacks and whites. And so much more. The hardest part for me was the export and import process, but I’m getting that down now.
It amazes me that up until now I have worked with my images completely untouched when all along I could have livened them up with a trip to an LR 4 Beauty School!
About the photos:
The beach photos were captured from the balcony of a condo in Pompano Beach, Florida, in July 2010. The other photos were captured at Flamingo Gardens, in Davie, Florida, where they take care of injured and endangered animals of every kind. The two Muscovy duck pictures (babies and Mother duck) were captured from my (former) back yard, on the canal. And, the lizard I captured at Butterfly World, in Coconut Creek, also in Florida.
I love visiting all these places. I especially enjoy being at the beach and watching the waves roll in and out. There’s nothing so restful.
This week the theme of the weekly photo challenge is hope…. (which I’m full of).
The first thing I thought of? Being hired at Microsoft! Oh, how I am hoping.
I don’t want just any job, I want the best job. I want a job that feels more like love than work. I want to love having my job and I want my employer to love my passion and creativity and hard work, too.
So far, the Microsoft opportunity feels like the best fit. And so, when the interviews are over, I hope Microsoft hands me something that looks like this:
And, here’s another little reminder of hope.
It was spring and all the birdies were building their nests when I shot this picture, at Butterfly World, in Florida. This little fellow was trying to bring that entire twig up to his nest in a nearby tree.
He tried and tried and tried….hoping to get it to the nest. It was amazing to see.
Ultimately, though, he turned to another twig more his size, leaving that one a much bigger bird.
The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge asks us to post a photo that speaks “peaceful,” and this one works for me.
This is Pompano Beach, Florida, which is my home. Well, I don’t live on the ocean and this is not my view, unfortunately (or fortunately, during hurricane season!).
Although yesterday was an incredible day, it was hardly peaceful for me!
Yesterday began with a 7:30 am breakfast-tribute to the memory of Martin Luther King, Stand for Something.
The Broward County YMCA puts on this Martin Luther King Inspirational Breakfast program each year. This year J.R. Martinez – Iraq war Veteran, and more recently, winner of the Dancing with the Stars show, was the Keynote Speaker.
And, former Dancing with the Stars contestant and newly retired Miami Dolphins football great, Jason Taylor was honored with the Spirit Award, from the YMCA.
I’ll write about the event tomorrow – it was very special.
Then, I had a phone interview with Microsoft. Yes, THE Microsoft!!
The other day I wrote something about all the applications and jobs that I have on the burner and how I didn’t want to accept anything from Acme Computers if Microsoft called…. And…
Who would have thunk it? They saw my resume online and called ME? OMG!
Well, I don’t have the job – yet. And, although I want to keep really positive about getting it….well, I’m realistic, too.
And I had another great interview with a firm that I like very much…
Then, last night, I saw a wonderful play about, of all things, wrestling! I am hardly anyone who enjoys wrestling – but I have a new-found respect for the show-business side of it now.
If you happen to be in the South Florida area, GO SEE this play. You will love it!
The WordPress photo challenge this week is to post a photo that says “between.”
This afternoon I was heading out to the Morse Museum, in Winter Park – which is a lovely museum, by the way – and my dog went nuts. This was the third time I’d left today with out him, and he was really upset! He’s not usually so crazed when I go out, but we’re in Orlando, at my brother’s house, where there is another dog. Jazz only likes people and cats, he has no time for other dogs because I love other dogs and that sends him into a perfect tizzy.
Anyway, I took this photo today as I was leaving – without him, for the third time. He was pretty mad that door was between he and I. He was crying and carrying on and tried to jump out of this little section of the door that leads from the laundry room into the garage. It’s missing a piece of jalousy glass at the bottom of the door. He tried and tried to jump up and escape through it, but it’s too high, thankfully.
He’s looking quite rejected here because I am standing in the garage, and he’s not.
I hate it when he cries – just breaks my heart. But, he had a good day, too. I did take him to the dog park and he also got a new leash and a whole bag of delicious bones. So, eventually he was a happy camper today.
The topic for this weeks photo challenge is comfort. There are a few things that bring me a great deal of comfort – that can take away the stress of the day. Things like sleeping with my down pillow. Or, lying on the couch with a blanket, my dog and cat, watching a movie. Eating spaghetti; reading when it’s raining outside; or doing nothing on Sunday.
But, the first thing that came to my mind when I thought of what is comforting to me is my dog, Jazz. He’s my constant comfort. Beau, my cat, is dearly comforting, too. But, there’s something about that unconditional love of a dog… you know what I mean?
When a dog makes you his everything, things seem right with the world. The love of a dog is beyond the beyond of wonderful.
I have taken hundreds of pictures of Jazz, in all kinds of poses… The photo below is a favorite. It always makes me laugh. It’s comforting to laugh…. that’s why I chose this photo.
Hope it gives you a chuckle, too!
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Comfort (thebloggingpath.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Comfort (youonlyhavetogetthrutoday.wordpress.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Comfort (mikehardisty.wordpress.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Comfort (dailypost.wordpress.com)
- Comfort ~ “Home Sweet Home” (nrhatch.wordpress.com)
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