Tourmaline .

Miniature Diorama Photographer

Archive for ‘September, 2014’

One Word Photo Challenge: Fuchsia

This week’s One Word Photo Challenge is Fuchsia!

To participate:

  • Create a new post on your blog titled “One Word Photo Challenge: Fuchsia”
  • Include an image or images that you feel fit the theme
  • Tag your post with “One Word Photo Challenge” so that others can find your contribution
  • Have fun!
rocking chair

So this chair melted/warped from heat – it was in the garage too long. In any case, I kind of like the Dali-esque look and want to find a way to incorporate it into a larger scene… we shall see.

donut

Remember tea bunnies? Okay, maybe not, but I loved them when I was little. No clue where they are now, but these are the pastries that came with the chef :)

I want to apologize for this past week. I’ve been a tad under the weather and haven’t been as on the ball with responses as I would have liked. If I managed to miss commenting on your post, please let me know.

Here is the list of contributors to last week’s Mustard One Word Photo Challenge (let me know if I missed your blog in the list below).

 

  1. http://beccagivens.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/mustard-one-word-photo/
  2. http://ceenoa.com/2014/09/28/one-word-photo-challenge-mustard/
  3. http://ceenphotography.com/2014/09/24/one-word-photo-challenge-cerulean-2/
  4. http://chava61.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/one-word-photo-challenge-mustard/
  5. http://citysonnet.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/one-word-photo-challenge-mustard/
  6. http://daysandmonths.com/2014/09/24/one-word-challenge-mustard/
  7. http://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/one-word-photo-challenge-mustard/
  8. http://deeclarknz.com/2014/09/24/3-simple-steps-to-take-to-stop-burnout/
  9. http://finaletoanentrance.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/one-word-photo-challenge-mustard/
  10. http://forestgardenblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/one-word-photo-challenge-mustard/
  11. http://funfamilyfeats.wordpress.com/2014/09/23/something-mustard-from-233-rue-saint-honore/
  12. http://geophiliac.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/one-word-photo-challenge-mustard/
  13. http://grieflessons.wordpress.com/2014/09/23/one-word-photo-challenge-mustard/
  14. http://hughsviewsandnews.com/2014/09/27/one-word-photo-challenge-mustard/
  15. http://idleandboredtwo.wordpress.com/2014/09/23/one-word-photo-mustard/
  16. http://jaspasjourney.wordpress.com/2014/09/26/san-gimignano-at-night/
  17. http://lifeinminutes.com/2014/09/23/one-word-photo-challenge-mustard/
  18. http://lingeringvisions.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/one-word-photo-mustard/
  19. http://linsdoodles.wordpress.com/2014/09/23/one-word-challenge-mustard/
  20. http://madmeanderingme.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/one-word-photo-challenge-mustard/
  21. http://mcwilson1956.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/one-word-photo-challenge-mustard/
  22. http://nowathome.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/one-word-photo-challenge-mustard/
  23. http://nowathome.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/one-word-photo-challenge-mustard/
  24. http://picturethismyway.wordpress.com/2014/09/23/one-word-photo-challenge-mustard/
  25. http://readsbyredriverbanks.wordpress.com/2014/09/26/mustard-macros-spot-on/
  26. http://regionalcognisance.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/one-word-photo-challenge-mustard/
  27. http://richardtreehouse.wordpress.com/2014/09/23/one-word-photo-challenge-mustard/
  28. http://sillarit.wordpress.com/2014/09/23/this-weeks-one-word-photo-challenge-is-mustard/
  29. http://silverthreading.com/2014/09/23/one-word-photo-challengemustard/
  30. http://sonyavdg.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/one-word-photo-challenge-mustard/
  31. http://soulnspiritblog.com/2014/09/26/one-word-photo-challenge-mustard/
  32. http://vannillarock.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/mustard-word-a-week-challenge/
  33. https://vlramse52.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/one-word-photo-challenge-mustard/

 

And a twitter entry…

 

 

View future challenges here.

Advertisements

One Word Photo Challenge: Mustard

767px-Turmeric-powder

This week’s One Word Photo Challenge is Mustard!

To participate:

  • Create a new post on your blog titled “One Word Photo Challenge: Mustard”
  • Include an image or images that you feel fit the theme
  • Tag your post with “One Word Photo Challenge” so that others can find your contribution
  • Have fun!
Mustard Planet

He discovered a new planet.

 

 

Here is the list of contributors to last week’s Cerulean One Word Photo Challenge (please let me know if I missed your blog in the list below).

  1. http://3rsofretirement.com/2014/09/21/one-word-photo-challenge-cerulean/
  2. http://beccagivens.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/cerulean-one-word-photo/
  3. http://ceenoa.com/2014/09/21/one-word-photo-challenge-cerulean/
  4. http://ceenphotography.com/2014/09/18/one-word-photo-challenge-cerulean/
  5. http://daysandmonths.com/2014/09/18/one-word-challenge-cerulean/
  6. http://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2014/09/17/one-word-photo-challenge-cerulean/
  7. http://deeclarknz.com/2014/09/23/an-appetite-for-solitude/
  8. http://evelynpabalan.wordpress.com/2014/09/19/shades-of-blue/
  9. http://finaletoanentrance.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/one-word-photo-challenge-cerulean/
  10. http://forestgardenblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/17/one-word-photo-challenge-cerulean/
  11. http://funfamilyfeats.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/one-word-photo-challenge-cerulean/
  12. http://geophiliac.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/one-word-photo-challenge-cerulean/
  13. http://geriatrixfotogallerie.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/greek-island/
  14. http://grieflessons.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/one-word-photo-challenge-cerulean/
  15. http://idleandboredtwo.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/one-word-photo-cerulean/
  16. http://irinadim.com/2014/09/19/one-word-photo-challenge-cerulean/
  17. http://jaspasjourney.wordpress.com/2014/09/19/denali-state-park-alaska/
  18. http://josephelonlillie.com/2014/09/18/one-word-photo-challenge-cerulean/
  19. http://justamicrot.wordpress.com/2014/09/21/one-word-photo-challenge-cerulean/
  20. http://lifeinminutes.com/2014/09/21/one-word-photo-challenge-cerulean/
  21. http://lingeringvisions.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/one-word-photo-cerulean/
  22. http://linsdoodles.wordpress.com/2014/09/17/one-word-photo-challenge-cerulean/
  23. http://lovehappynotes.com/2014/09/13/playful-dog-photos-fun/
  24. http://madmeanderingme.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/one-word-photo-challenge-cerulean/
  25. http://mariabrinkley.com/2014/09/21/one-word-photo-challenge-cerulean/
  26. http://nowathome.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/one-word-photo-challenge-cerulean/
  27. http://phylor.wordpress.com/2014/09/20/one-word-photo-challenge-cerulean/
  28. http://picturethismyway.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/one-word-photo-challenge-cerulean/
  29. http://readsbyredriverbanks.wordpress.com/2014/09/20/blue-eyes-and-cerulean-skies/
  30. http://regionalcognisance.wordpress.com/2014/09/17/one-word-photo-challengecerulean/
  31. http://richardtreehouse.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/one-word-photo-challenge-cerulean/
  32. http://sillarit.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/one-word-photo-challengecerulean-blue/
  33. http://silverthreading.com/2014/09/16/one-word-photo-challengecerulean/
  34. http://sonyavdg.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/one-word-photo-challenge-cerulean/
  35. http://soulnspiritblog.com/2014/09/20/one-word-photo-challenge-cerulean/
  36. http://tehicho.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/one-word-photo-challenge-carmine/
  37. http://travelwithintent.com/2014/09/17/all-at-sea/

 

View future challenges here.

One Word Photo Challenge: Cerulean

This week’s One Word Photo Challenge is Cerulean!

My personal favorite color- ever since I discovered it in a box of Crayola crayons.

To participate:

  • Create a new post on your blog titled “One Word Photo Challenge: Cerulean”
  • Include an image or images that you feel fit the theme
  • Tag your post with “One Word Photo Challenge” so that others can find your contribution
  • Have fun!

balloon

 

Here is the list of contributors to last week’s Carmine One Word Photo Challenge (please let me know if I missed your blog in the list below).

  1.  http://3rsofretirement.com/2014/09/09/one-word-photo-challenge-carmine/
  2. http://a-creative-gonewalkabout.blogspot.com/2014/09/one-word-photo-challenge-carmine.html
  3. http://beccagivens.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/carmine-one-word-photo/
  4. http://broadcastedinblackandwhite.com/2014/09/09/one-word-photo-challenge-carmine/
  5. http://ceenoa.com/2014/09/11/one-word-photo-challenge-camine/
  6. http://ceenphotography.com/2014/09/09/one-word-photo-challenge-carmine/
  7. http://chasingdestino.com/2014/09/11/one-word-photo-challenge-carmine/
  8. http://christinejrandall.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/one-word-carmine/
  9. http://daysandmonths.com/2014/09/11/one-word-challenge-carmine/
  10. http://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/one-word-photo-challenge-carmine/
  11. http://deeclarknz.com/2014/09/16/5-effective-ways-to-help-you-stop-seeing-red-and-arguing/
  12. http://finaletoanentrance.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/one-word-photo-challenge-carmine/
  13. http://forestgardenblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/09/one-word-photo-challenge-carmine/
  14. http://funfamilyfeats.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/one-word-photo-challenge-carmine/
  15. http://geophiliac.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/one-word-photo-challenge-carmine-deep-red/
  16. http://geriatrixfotogallerie.wordpress.com/2014/09/09/carmine/
  17. http://idleandboredtwo.wordpress.com/2014/09/09/one-word-photo-carmine/
  18. http://irisgreenwald.wordpress.com/2014/09/09/one-word-photo-challenge-carmine/
  19. http://jansideas.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/one-word-photo-challenge-carmine/
  20. http://justamicrot.wordpress.com/2014/09/21/one-word-photo-challenge-carmine/
  21. http://lingeringvisions.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/one-word-photo-carmine/
  22. http://linsdoodles.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/one-word-photo-challenge-carmine/
  23. http://madmeanderingme.wordpress.com/2014/09/09/one-word-photo-challenge-carmine/
  24. http://mariabrinkley.com/2014/09/13/one-word-photo-challenge-carmine/
  25. http://mcwilson1956.wordpress.com/2014/09/09/one-word-photo-challenge-carmine/
  26. http://nowathome.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/one-word-photo-challenge-carmine/
  27. http://phylor.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/one-word-photo-challenge-carmine/
  28. http://picturethismyway.wordpress.com/2014/09/09/one-word-photo-challenge-carmine/
  29. http://readsbyredriverbanks.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/atomic-insects-cochineal-carmine-has-the-answer/
  30. http://regionalcognisance.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/one-word-photo-challenge-carmine/
  31. http://sillarit.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/one-word-photo-challenge/
  32. http://silverthreading.com/2014/09/09/one-word-photo-challenge-carmine/
  33. http://sonyavdg.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/one-word-photo-challenge-carmine/
  34. http://teandpaper.com/2014/09/09/one-word-photo-challenge-carmine/
  35. http://vannillarock.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/carmine/
  36. http://vastlycurious.com/2014/09/12/one-word-photo-challenge-carmine/
  37. http://vmtranblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/09/one-word-photo-challenge-carmine/
  38. http://wendysharesathought.com/2014/09/10/one-word-photo-challenge/

 

View future challenges here.

Last Chance – Kindle Fire HD Giveaway

I try to promote the authors I work with in any way possible. In this case, that means sharing a giveaway Lew has going on. Lew Sauder, the author, most recently, of ‘Project Management 101.’ Is giving away a Kindle Fire HD! All you have to do, is buy ‘Project Management 101’ for 99 cents and leave a review!

This offer ends tonight at midnight (EDT).

Here’s what he has to say:

I’ve decided to give away a Kindle Fire HD. Would you like to win it?

View this email in your browser

Here’s the deal:

I want to increase book sales and reviews for my book:

Project Management 101: 101 Tips for Success in Project Management

To do that I have to have real buyers and real reviews.
So here’s what I’ve done:

I’ve reduced the price of my book from $3.99 to just 99 cents for the next 4 days only.

Here’s what I’m asking you to do:
1) Purchase Project Management 101 for 99 cents
2) Leave a review by midnight (EDT) this Monday, Sept. 15th 2014.

(BTW, if you’ve already purchased my book, you can leave a review and still be entered in the drawing.)

On Tuesday, Sept. 16th, I will put the names of every reviewer in a hat and draw one name. I will then purchase the Kindle Fire HD and have it sent to that person.

I don’t know if 2 people will do this favor for me or 100, but the odds of you winning the Kindle Fire HD are better than winning the lottery.

Even if you don’t win, you get a great business novel on Project Management for only 99 cents.

So if you’re willing to help me, and to have a chance at winning a brand new Kindle Fire HD, please go to this link to purchase Project Management 101. Then, leave a review by the end of the day Monday.

I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, Sept. 16th.

Good luck and thank you for your help.

Lew Sauder

 

Copyright © 2014 Project Management 101, All rights reserved.

Liminal Space

I was scrolling through tumblr and I found this (click the screen shot to see the original posting by tumblr user duskenpath).

Capture

 

It reminded me of an experience I had a few months ago.

I was driving on I-10 West from Jacksonville to Pensacola, Florida. I stopped at a rest stop around exit 233. While in the stall I heard a banging sound, like someone was pounding on the door. Then I heard a faint “Please, someone help me.” I was horrified, it was so real, but unreachable. I couldn’t quite tell where it was coming from. I came out and placed my ear near the storage door. Nothing. I said “hello?” Nothing. I washed my hands and walked out, looking around for someone who could help. I saw a maintenance man and frantically told him that I think I heard someone in there calling for help. He gave me the strangest look and just nodded, saying “I’ll look” or something of the sort. I called my mom and told her, wondering if I should call the police. She said I told the worker and that if there was anything it would be fine. I left, feeling so guilty. For days I looked up the rest stop to see if there was any news on it – a dead body found or something. Nothing. I’m still not entirely sure I heard what I think I did. It was so faint. Maybe it was just in my head?

In any case, I decided to make a creepy rest stop bathroom picture.

rest stop

One Word Photo Challenge: Carmine

This week’s One Word Photo Challenge is Carmine!

(which is a fancy way of saying deep-red)

To participate:

  • Create a new post on your blog titled “One Word Photo Challenge: Carmine”
  • Include an image or images that you feel fit the theme
  • Tag your post with “One Word Photo Challenge” so that others can find your contribution
  • Have fun!

Red is a very powerful color. I use it in my work all the time. There’s just something about it that’s so striking, jarring.

In color theory it can be used in various ways. In my past work, my red police lights cause anxiety, red fire and demons= fear, red car (in the series as a whole)= 1/3 of the colors of the american flag, red bed= lust, passion… But couldn’t these all be kind of the same (except maybe the american one, depending on who you are)- passionate, heart pounding emotions.

red

 

 

With all that said, I had to photograph an angry person this week, being that the word “Livid” was on my mind and yet, Carmine is the appropriate color for the blood rushing to his face. It was fun experimenting with reverse-mounting my 50mm lens again. With all these Fall/Halloween photos I have planned, there is plenty more carmine to come…

angry

Here is the list of contributors to last week’s Livid One Word Photo Challenge (please let me know if I missed your blog in the list below).

 

  1. http://3rsofretirement.com/2014/09/05/one-word-photo-challenge-livid/
  2. http://allisonswanderland.com/2014/09/05/one-word-photo-challenge-livid/
  3. http://alwaysbobswife.wordpress.com/2014/09/09/one-word-photo-challenge-livid/
  4. http://beccagivens.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/livid-one-word-photo/
  5. http://ceenoa.com/2014/09/08/one-word-photo-challenege-livid/
  6. http://ceenphotography.com/2014/09/03/one-word-photo-challenge-livid/
  7. http://chasingdestino.com/2014/09/05/one-word-photo-challenge-livid/
  8. http://daysandmonths.com/2014/09/03/one-word-challenge-livid/
  9. http://deeclarknz.com/2014/09/03/unexpectedly-livid/
  10. http://forestgardenblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/one-word-photo-challenge-livid/
  11. http://gateaucouture.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/one-word-photo-challenge-livid/
  12. http://geophiliac.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/one-word-photo-challenge-livid-grey-blue/
  13. http://geriatrixfotogallerie.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/thunderstorm/
  14. http://irisgreenwald.wordpress.com/2014/09/05/one-word-photo-challenge-livid/
  15. http://justamicrot.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/one-word-photo-challenge-livid/
  16. http://lingeringvisions.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/one-word-photo-livid/
  17. http://linsdoodles.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/one-word-challenge-livid/
  18. http://madmeanderingme.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/one-word-photo-challenge-livid/
  19. http://mariabrinkley.com/2014/09/03/one-word-photo-challenge-livid/
  20. http://mcwilson1956.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/one-word-photo-challenge-livid/
  21. http://nowathome.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/one-word-photo-challenge-livid/
  22. http://phylor.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/one-word-photo-challenge-livid/
  23. http://picturethismyway.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/one-word-challenge-livid-grey/
  24. http://picturethismyway.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/one-word-challenge-livid-grey/
  25. http://readsbyredriverbanks.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/livid-or-luscious-i-know-what-id-vote-for/
  26. http://regionalcognisance.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/one-word-photo-challenge-livid/
  27. http://ripplesnreflectiontimes.wordpress.com/2014/09/05/one-word-photo-challenge-livid-sundowners/
  28. http://sillarit.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/one-word-photo-challenge-livid/
  29. http://silverthreading.com/2014/09/02/one-word-photo-challenge-livid/
  30. http://sonyavdg.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/one-word-photo-challenge-livid/
  31. http://soulnspiritblog.com/2014/09/06/one-word-photo-challenge-livid/
  32. http://vastlycurious.com/2014/09/02/one-word-challenge-livid/
  33. http://vmtranblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/one-word-photo-challenge-livid/
  34. https://funfamilyfeats.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/one-word-photo-challenge-livid/
  35. https://regionalcognisance.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/one-word-photo-challenge-livid/

 

View future challenges here.

Behind the Scenes: Daisy and the Unwanted House Guest

I had a dream a week or two ago that went something like this (fyi Daisy is my male albino parakeet, whom we originally thought was a girl…hence the name, Eric is my boyfriend and Wolfgang is my cat):

 

It was raining. In the living room, the rain came through the ceiling. Daisy’s cage was in the living room so I went and got him and brought into the bedroom and sat his cage on the bed. He was soaked and cold so I went to grab his fuzzy blue bed to put in his cage with him. I came back and realized another bird had gotten into the cage from outside. I screamed to Eric to come help me get the bird out. Daisy was scared and tried to push himself out through the side of his cage.

I grabbed daisy trying to push him back in and take him out through the door. Eric got the other bird and got it outside. Before he got it, the bird had pulled out some of Daisy’s feathers. I got daisy out of the cage, but he wanted down so I sat down on the floor with him and he started rolling around in the carpet to dry off. I thought it was super cute, so I turned to tell Eric to come look.While I was turned away, Wolfgang snuk up and bit Daisy’s neck.

I freaked out, yelled at Wolfgang and grabbed Daisy, holding his head down to put pressure on the wound.

I went out to Eric, yelling and crying, having him look up the number to the emergency vet or the exotic animal hospital. He was trying to look up the numbers on his phone and couldn’t find them. Then he got distracted by something on his computer. I was telling him over and over what had happened and that it was important that we needed to call these people now. Eventually I just went to my own computer, holding Daisy to my chest to keep his neck down.

I found the number and was about to call when I decided to look to see how bad the would was. I lifted up his head and inside he was all mechanical, he had been a fake bird all along, from the beginning, since we got him. I was so so mad. I eventually turned him off and put him in my closet and began researching mechanical birds. There was no record of them online anywhere.

I woke up while I was still in the middle of my research.

Crazy dream, I know. I didn’t think to illustrate it until a few days ago, and being my dream I figured I was allowed to take some liberties. I wanted to show the other bird in the cage and how scary of a situation I felt it was for Daisy. Because of this, I made the other bird mechanical instead.

 

  1. I built the birds out of polymer clay. For the crow, I made the basic shape, then rolled some clay flat (using a rolling pin for a child’s toy kitchen) and cut it into small squares and rectangles and made rivet holes with the tip of my needle nose pliers. I coated the crows body in these. Then, I cut tiny pieces of wire and put them in his mouth for teeth. After he was done baking I mixed platinum, metallic blue and black hobby acrylic pain in varying amounts and painted the body. The parakeet was a bit more basic. I just built him out of clay and painted a couple tiny details on after baking. The feet on each bird were made possible by using pieces of wire to support the legs.20140830_205839 20140830_220341 20140831_144208

    20140831_000101

    Painted and held for scale – the rivet holes were later painted black.

  2. For the cage, I cut varying links of small wooden dowels for the basic structure. I then lined these up side by side on a piece of paper on which I had drawn pencil lines the width apart that I wanted the metal cage slats to be. I used my 3doodler (3d printing pen) to draw the lines. I then attached each side of the cage together with the 3doodler- drawing melted plastic around the adjacent wooden dowels.20140901_134223 20140901_155441 20140901_155449 20140901_161121
  3. I used wider square dowels that I had on hand for perches, using the 3doodler to draw around them on the cage sides for support.
  4. I used plain old cardboard for the background, which isn’t highly visible in the finished image (though you can see out the window) but I like to be prepared.

    20140901_165219

    Sorry about the blurriness.

  5. I sewed, of sorts, a piece of fabric with wire to make it flexible and thus “wind blown” and attached it to the cardboard wall/window.
  6. I shot the scene with my LensBaby Control Freak tilt shift lens then uploaded the image to photoshop to edit the colors and levels and add in the rain.

IMG_9056P.S. Here’s what the real Daisy looks like.

20140831_140829

P.P.S. For those of you that follow along with the One Word Photo Challenge. This is the image I was originally aiming to post for Livid.

 

So there you have it. Thoughts?