Photo Blogging Challenge (August 2015): Rule of thirds

Aug 31

It’s that time of the month, isn’t it?

I’m not sure about all of you, but this theme really gave me fits. I am not sure why as it was one I was looking forward to doing.

It might be because I tend to break most photography “rules.” It could also be because I was traveling a bit this month and when I was taking photos, I didn’t think “rule of thirds!”

Either way, I ended up with five that I like.

I know I am really interested in seeing what everybody else came up with for this theme!

On another note, the fall is coming up and I’m hoping we can get the participation up in the group again. It was going well for a while, then it kind of slowed. Is it the themes? Something else? If you all have any ideas for themes, please shoot me an e-mail and I can add the themes to ones I am considering for the future!

Anyway, back to the rule of thirds. My five are below!

1. King of the jungle

This is an interpretation of the rule, as I am using the lion’s head as the part that counts. Yes, his body is across most of the image, but you get the idea. This was from the Pittsburgh Zoo.

Good to be king.

Good to be king.

2. Here fishy fishy … 

During the trip to Seattle, I had the chance to visit Pike Market. And, the famous fish tossing was one of those things I got to see. This is the one guy making a catch as it came from the right. 

Catch!

Catch!

3. Baseball

This summer has been a season of baseball for me. I’ve been to more than 25 games in 22 (professional) different stadiums. It’s been a hell of a lot of fun. So I kind of set this photo up as part of it. I might make this my computer wallpaper! 

Play ball!

Play ball!

4. Gone fishing

A lot of our streams and rivers in our area have public access areas to fish. 

Fish on!

Fish on!

5. Road of caution

Also in my area are many roads like this — seasonal access. The issue is that many of them may not get worked on in the winter, but they also aren’t really worked on in the other months. This road wouldn’t be fun to travel on in most vehicles!

Travel with caution!

Travel with caution!

Bonus! 

OK, this isn’t the rule of thirds … but far be it from me to not include a shot of Cameron for my monthly post! This was at a family dinner celebrating my one brother hitting the big 5-0. Cam is growing up fast!

Time to color!

Time to color!

That’s my five and now it’s your turn!

If you took part in this month’s challenge, make sure to link up below. And for those of you who participated, make sure you try and get to other people’s blogs and comment (here, too!). Let’s continue to grow this challenge and have a strong community. Come back and check out the others who link later on, too!

Also, don’t forget to get back here tomorrow, September 1, to see the theme for September!

NOTE: I set up a Facebook group for those who participate in the challenge and are interested. I’ll post any announcements there and hopefully it can be a place where things are discussed and some interaction etc. You can access it here.

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I can come pick up what?

Aug 27

This one comes from the books of the “You can’t make this stuff up.”

It also comes from the book of “Seriously?”

Look, some things in life need to be dealt with an extreme eye for detail. One of those is dealing with anything regarding death.

Thursday, I received a phone call on my cell phone. What’s really cool with this new FitBit is the phone number comes up on it. At the time, I was meeting with somebody for work, so I peeked at the number and it wasn’t one I knew, so I figured it was some telemarketer and I ignored it. When I was free later, I saw I had a voice mail.

This is what I heard:

“Hello, this is (NAME) from (some cremation service) calling to let you know that the cremated remains of your mother (NAME) are ready for pickup. Pickup days are Tuesday through Friday. The hours are 8:30 to noon, or 2 to 4:30. Thank you and take care. Bye”

I chose to eliminate the names and the name of the cremation service on purpose as I don’t want to put it all out there.

But this seems kind of crazy, doesn’t it?

First, my mother is doing just fine. In fact, the mother they called about – the name isn’t the same.

Second, wouldn’t you make sure you had the right number? This is an extremely sensitive situation, I would think. What if I was one of those people who just deleted things like this? Somebody would still be waiting.

Needless to say, later in the day I called back. To help this person, I needed to give a phone number (and I also gave the name of the lady whose remains were ready) to try and help them figure out what was going on. That leads me to believe it is some sort of thing where they call a lot of people over the course of a day.

Still, there’s a need to make sure you pay attention to detail.

In the end, I hope they eventually called the right person and that person gets the remains of his or her mother.

This leads me to wonder – how many of you have gotten crazy calls or messages like this? What did you do in return? Did you call the person back or just delete it and move on?

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Thanks, Chase

Aug 24

Chase Utley throwing a runner out. I took this photo in 2010.

This one hurts.

Many of you know how much of a baseball fanatic I am. Closer friends know my love of the Philadelphia Phillies.

As things have gone for the worse the past few years, I always knew players could be traded, though I thought one or two were basically untouchable. They’d been here for their careers … they won’t be leaving, right?

Baseball is a business, though. And it’s times like this when I question many things about the game.

For you Yankee fans, imagine a non-playoff year a couple of years ago … and imagine them trading Derek Jeter or Mariano Rivera. How would you have felt?

It’s how I feel with Chase Utley.

Utley was traded to the Dodgers last Wednesday night in a move that feels like somebody kicked me in the gut.

Utley personified Philadelphia. He was a blue-collar player, hard-nosed and played the game the right way. He wasn’t afraid to do what he had to do to win. Needless to say, he was by far one of the most popular players in Philly.

He was definitely my favorite player. Still is. Even if he’s been cast off by an inept general manager who shouldn’t be making any moves at this point. This team doesn’t get better until he’s gone. This is a GM who took over for a Hall of Fame front office person and destroyed it.

And now, this is what happens. In the span of eight months, two franchise players (Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley) have been cast off. By franchise players I mean two who looked to play their careers with the team. Cole Hamels – another franchise face signed for a few more years – was traded in July.

Yet, Ruben Amaro is still making moves. Makes me shake my head.

But this isn’t about a GM who has destroyed something that took a while to build, this is about a 36-year-old second baseman who wanted to remain in Philly and is now being sent to the west coast. Yes, he had to approve the trade. But as I’ve noted to others – when your name comes up in the talks all the time, eventually you are going to look at the writing on the wall and agree to go somewhere, as long as it’s a spot where you would like to be. It’s not like he forced his hand to be traded here, by all accounts anyway.

Chase Utley gave Phillies fans a lot of memories. It’s going to be disgusting seeing him wear blue and white. I’ve seen him once since the trade — his final at-bat in his first game with the Dodgers, when they were no-hit by the Astros.

The game is a business and this proves it. Doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt, that’s for sure.

Thanks for the memories, Chase.

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Tap, tap, tap on the keyboard

Aug 12

Oh, hi blogging world!

Seems I’ve gotten a tad busy and haven’t caught up on my blogging duties. I have a bunch of posts I want to get up or finish writing (including a cool interview with the creator of Quest Scouts – as well as a review of it down the line). I’m also working on a few other cool things.

And baseball stadium reviews!

Though I won’t write about each one from this summer (some I reviewed last year), I am up to 19 stadiums for the year. It’s been a lot of fun and I plan on adding a few more before the end of the year. The Baseball Pass-Port program has helped me look for stadiums to see, which has been great. I need to do an interview with the creator of the program at some point as I want to do a more in-depth story about it.

Softball season ended, too. It was a fun run. I’ll have a post all about the season at some point, but it ended with another trophy and I even broke a personal milestone this past weekend.

The real world (work projects) and other personal items (prepping for a trip to Seattle) have really kept me busy, but once I get back from the west coast, I’m sure I’ll be back in the writing mood with all sorts of things.

I need to get out with the camera more, too. Hopefully I’ll come back from Seattle with a bunch of new images.

And I need to get reading some blogs again. I’ve missed a lot of great things this summer and need to get back into seeing what some of my favorite bloggers are up to.

Hope everyone has a great weekend coming up! Enjoy what’s left of the summer!

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Photo Blogging Challenge: August 2015’s theme is …

Aug 02

august 2015

OK, can somebody tell me where this summer has gone? Is it really August? Already? 

Holy cow. 

That means a new month and a new theme! 

I haven’t had the chance to comment on everybody’s posts from July, but I took a quick look at everything and love what people came up with for Patriotic. Looks like the past few months we’ve gone down in participation, though, so hopefully that’s just because of how busy the summer has been and maybe it will pick back up. 

Still, we move along!

And with August here, it’s time to come up with something different as it is every month. 

The theme is below. But before we get to that … let me remind you of some important items:

  • I set up a Facebook group for those who are interested. Reminders and maybe some discussions or other things can be done there.
  • If you haven’t already, attempt to check out everybody’s posts and consider commenting. These challenges are great for personal growth, but it’s also nice to be interactive with all the others in the challenge! That’s one of the best parts of this challenge — interacting and seeing other people’s work! And remember — I am in the challenge, too. Though I have the linkup, it’s nice to see what people think of those shots, too. I try and re-visit people’s posts a few weeks later, though, and it’s disheartning to see that they’ve only received a few comments. I know it can be hard sometimes, but do your best to actually visit and comment instead of just linking up.

Before we hit up this month’s theme, for new people, allow me to refresh the rules a bit.

Here’s how it will work.

  • On the first of each month (or close to it), I’ll have a blog post here with the theme for the month.
  • Over the course of the month, participants will take photos with their interpretation of the theme. On the last day of the month (or close to it), participants should  publish their blog post, which will include five photos from the month. (please don’t recycle photos from the past … the idea is to hopefully challenge you to go out and take new photos each month to interpret the theme). And please only use photos you took.
  • I’ll have a link-up thing at the end of my post so people can come and post the links to their posts so, hopefully, everybody can go go check out and comment on other posts.

There is no rule on equipment or anything. Use a cell phone. Use film. Use a point-and-shoot. Use a DSLR. It doesn’t matter. Just make sure you publish your blog post on the last day of each month, come here and link up.

It’s simple!

Your blog posts can be as simple or as in-depth as you want. I’ll likely talk a little about each photo. But if all you want to do is post photos, feel free. The idea of this is to give a small challenge and give everybody a chance to express themselves with photography, participate in a challenge and have something to blog about.

That’s it. Easy, right? So join in! Help us continue to grow this challenge by telling fellow bloggers/photographers about the challenge and hopefully it can become a great monthly thing!

For those still with me, this month’s theme is: Rule of Thirds. I’ve wanted to use this theme for a while. We are going to hit on a photo “rule” for this one. If you need a quick refresher, check out this site. Hopefully this will be a fun month for this one.

Let’s see what you have for this one! And let’s see if we can get some others interested in joining us! Pass along the word!

Please make sure your blog post publishes Monday, August 31. Then come back here and link up.

If you think you are going to take part in this, drop a comment below so we can see who all might be trying to tackle this challenge!

History of the challenge (past month’s themes – links to see everybody else’s posts are at the end of the linked post):

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Snapshot Saturday: August 1

Aug 01

Another blast from the past!

Somebody turns 50 in a couple of days. If you see him… let him know!

The big 5-0!

The big 5-0!

Enjoy!

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Photo Blogging Challenge (July 2015): Patriotic

Jul 31

I thought this was going to be one heck of an easy theme. 

Turns out I was wrong. 

I enjoyed the theme, but I didn’t get out with my camera as much as I would have liked. Unfortunately, that means no fireworks photos, which I think would have been perfect here. 

Still, I got five shots I truly likes and am happy with the interpretation of the theme “Patriotic.”

I also look forward to seeing what others came up with for this theme. It should be fun. 

Anyway, without further adieu, here are my five shots from the month!

1. America

This was my patriotic shot from July 4. I was on my way from one baseball game to another and stopped at my alma mater. I saw this shot and loved the colors and the look. 

USA!

USA!

2. National Anthem

I had the chance to see the US National Women’s baseball team take on a squad from Japan in Cooperstown. This was during the National Anthem. 

Respecting the flag.

Respecting the flag.

3. The pitch

One of the Team USA pitchers. 

The pitch.

The pitch.

4. USA!

I had the chance to watch a Civil War reenactment this month. Was pretty cool. The North still won!

Old Glory!

Old Glory!

5. Baseball

The National pastime. Cameron is looking good! 

All ready!

All ready!

That’s my five and now it’s your turn!

If you took part in this month’s challenge, make sure to link up below. And for those of you who participated, make sure you try and get to other people’s blogs and comment (here, too!). Let’s continue to grow this challenge and have a strong community. Come back and check out the others who link later on, too!

Also, don’t forget to get back here Sunday, July 2 (I have something I need to post tomorrow), to see the theme for August!

NOTE: I set up a Facebook group for those who participate in the challenge and are interested. I’ll post any announcements there and hopefully it can be a place where things are discussed and some interaction etc. You can access it here.

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