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Flava in Ya Ear – May 15, 2012

I just uploaded my pictures to ADAY.ORG for their worldwide photo project.  The goal was to capture your daily life in ten photos shot on May 15, 2012.  I worked that day but I also had to to take Big Papi to Mini to have his power steering replaced.

My loaner was a 2012 Mini Countryman.  I loved the color & the SiriusXM.  I didn’t have anyone with me to take advantage of the extra roomy backseats but they looked really nice.   There was a sunroof for the front & a moon roof for the rear but I still prefer the full convertible.

Most of the day was grey & rainy & my workload was so spread out that I didn’t have much time during work to shoot anything outside of my route.  Around noon, I decided to take advantage of the loaner Mini’s SiriusXM radio & I started shooting what I was listening to as well as a photo of what was outside at that time.  Syncing the photos to the radio photos was a task I would never complete in a timely fashion & I couldn’t find just ten that worked well for the project.   This made me miss SiriusXM & it also made me want a radio that displayed all the titles of what I listen to.  I suppose an iPod would work too but I liked the idea of selecting from 100+ stations that I didn’t control.  I did take a break from the radio for a little bit to re-take the “There’s A Law” shot I missed last time I had a loaner.

Subsequently, I tested some of the other CDs I had with me to see which would register the song titles.  Besides those few, here is what I listened to May 15 between 11:57am & 6:13pm when I returned the loaner.

I wound up not getting the power steering repaired because they saw my brakes & tires as a bigger safety issue & I just couldn’t afford both.  Big Papi & I are in a very abusive relationship.  Whenever something breaks, I feel like I should sell him & get something cheaper to fix but then I see him & drop his top & our love affair continues…

I really love my expensive, little buddy. His brakes, two tires, a belt and an oil change came to $1100.  The power steering & new related hoses will be in excess of $1500 but they said I can’t damage it anymore than it already is & I can continue to drive him without power steering.  K turns are now Super Triple W turns but otherwise I almost prefer the tighter steering & my arms really could use the workout.  Already the driving muscles I used to have from driving the Dart are coming back.  I wish the Dart would come back too.


SAPCC #46 – Justapose/Juxtaposition

1 – Sometimes I have the perfect picture for the challenge & I just don’t execute it properly.  This is one of those.  My friend ordered this dinner at the bowling alley.  I took two shots but it was my turn to bowl so…

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2 – Peas on penne vodka pizza? 


3 – What on earth is a “Technopulp building?”  I hate techno music.

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4 – Alternate view

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5 – Monsters don’t wear glasses?!?!?!

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July’s Monthly SAPCC – Compete

Ahhh, my very late entry for compete… in no particular order (however, I am partial to the black/white of Jeter).
























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Russ & Brooks posted on time & took amazing shots of places where people compete.

SAPCC #45 -Shine

I am running late because I went out looking for a better picture.  Eh.  I also found a new thing on photoshop – lighting effects 🙂  I can now sort of make a vignette effect.  The only bad thing is that it overexposes some of the light areas.  I am still learning & I only have Elements so I am stuck with what I can & cannot do.

1- This is inside a Martin acoustic guitar.  I liked the shiny label but it was really hard to take this the way I would have liked.  I wanted the outside of the guitar to be more visible. 

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2- This is my gorgeous niece, Kaylee.  I am back on my semi-desaturated kick.  I tried this in full color & black & white but thought her eyes only really popped (shined) in this one.   

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3- This is the only shiny picture from my post-work drive.  I am not overly fond of it.  I like the blur & the colors but it isn’t as crisp as I would like it.  I also should have gotten closer. 

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4 – My only shine picture that contains something shiny – silver teeth & a silver tattoo.  The original version is on facebook, but for this one I played with the lighting.  I think the original is better because the overexposure at the bottom and the darkness on the top are really bothering me.  I do like the dark corners though. 

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Who else shines?



SAPCC #44 – Nostalgia

Going to the fair is often nostalgic because of the temporary escape from reality.  Calories don’t count and for a few seconds, you can sit on top of the world dangling your toes in the wind.  For a dollar, you can see a giant horse or a midget.  I always opt for the giant horse.  Here is the nostalgia of fresh cut french fries fried in real greasy oil and dipped in malt vinegar.  Warning – not to be combined with ice cream and fried oreos if you are planning to ride the generic Dumbo ride.  Never fear the rides that spin you upside down, just the ones meant for toddlers.  I think I was a little sick.


Ahhh… true nostalgia – an old school Frigidaire complete with the markings of modern graffiti.  Isn’t most nostalgia tainted these days?


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SAPCC #43 – Isolation

I finally got a new hard drive – 1TB… Woooohooo!  For the past three weeks, I have been limited in my abilities to edit photos because I had been moving videos, condensing them, deleting RAW files… It was a mess.  Add in too many events that needed photos and I have fallen behind. 

For “isolation,” I have chosen this photo of the old real Yankee Stadium as seen from a balcony in the new Yankee Stadium.  To try & be brief, I chose this because:

1.  The old stadium is isolated from the public with obvious scaffolding.

2.  The new stadium is isolated from being a part of the Bronx because of its grandness. 

3.  Pieces of the old stadium are isolated from regular people like me when Steiner sports sells them for premium prices.

4.  Capitalism at work… isolation?

Oh how I wish I had more time before work to explain this further.


Once again, these guys were on time:



SAPCC #42 – Product

I have been waiting for a theme like this for about 35 weeks. I have always wanted to try my hand at making a plain backdrop & shooting a product in an ad-like format.  Unfortunately, some things happened that prevented me from taking the time to do that so, instead, I used my foster kitten, Billie Jean Mays, to help me out this week. 




All three shots were actually taken with the Nikon.  The Canon’s “Error 99” has been occuring so frequently that I am ready to give up on it. 

These guys were on time: