Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer says, "The more you see yourself as what you'd like to become, and act as if what you want is already there, the more you'll activate those dormant forces that will collaborate to transform your dreams into reality."
So, in this new year, set your goals, plan your action steps and see yourself accomplishing those goals that have been so elusive in past years. I'll be right there working with you trying to do the same. Take a look at the picture above and ask yourself if you're ready to start the new year. Have you set your goals? Have you planned your course of action? Do you know where you're going? Or to put is simply, "Do you have all your ducks (or geese) in a row?" :)
I wish all of you a happy and prosperous 2010. Leave me a message from time to time and let me know how you're doing. Perhaps we can inspire one another so we can all reach those elusive goals.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Photo tip: I cropped this photo a little to draw emphasis to the affection being displayed by these lemurs. I also used the screen blending mode to lighten the eye some to bring out the catch-light in the lemur's eye. These adjustments only took a couple of minutes, but added life to the photo.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Happy Holidays to all of you. I wish you a happy and prosperous 2010.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
This quote can apply to nearly anything you want to do. If you practice enough, and work hard enough, you can become an expert. It's just like with this example of light painting. When I was at the workshop with Rick Sammon last week, we didn't get the pictures we liked on the first try. We had to practice until we got the lighting just right. Anything worth doing, takes time & practice. So, if you're a photographer, turn out the lights, set your camera on 5 seconds or so, turn on a flashlight and paint away. The results can be surprising! If you need more information on light painting, just let me know. I'd be glad to help.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
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Sunday, December 13, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
If you have some time, pick up your camera and take a picture of something that you think describes how you view life. Be sure to let me know what it is.
If you look at my website today, you'll notice that I posted an abstract of a Summer lily. With this bitterly cold weather, I thought we needed something to remind us of warmer days.
Have a wonderful day!
Monday, December 7, 2009
John F. Kennedy35th president of US 1961-1963 (1917 - 1963)
I think this same philosophy applies to almost any task we undertake. The final result may take some time to become a reality, but the important thing is that we start. Until we do that, nothing will ever happen. The ship will never sail, the tree will never grow & the cure for cancer will never be found. So, no matter how daunting that task may seem, just start it. For, only then, can it ever become a reality.
I hope you have a wonderful and productive day.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
What a wonderful quote! Perhaps, as we enter this holiday season, we can all remember this quote and "pay it forward". Think how much better the world would be if everyone did that. So, the next time you buy a cup of coffee or an ice cream, buy one for the next person in line too. You can be sure, it'll brighten their day. After all, isn't that what it's all about?
And now, for a little photo tip - Soft light and interesting subjects are two of the ingredients of a good photo, & I was lucky enough to get both of them in this shot. We were driving down the road on our way back to our motel in West Yellowstone, Mt. when we saw these elk standing next to the river. I had the camera on my lap and was able to fire off a couple of shots before they left. Unfortunately it was dark enough that I had to really crank up my ISO. This caused the original photo to be way too noisy. Since I couldn't remove a lot of the noise, I used a Topaz filter to turn the photo into an artsy image. It's fun to see what you can create in PhotoShop or with third-party plug-ins, such as Topaz. So, when you have some time, open an image in PhotoShop and see what you can create.
We all encounter difficult situations as we go through life. The important thing is how we handle them, how we over-come obstacles & how we climb over emotional mountains. So, next time you are faced with a difficult situation, remember these words & this picture of ancient cedar trees. They've encountered years of physical stress and turmoil and still stand straight and tall. I hope that as you go through life, you'll find the inner strength to be like these cedar trees and emerge from difficult situations stronger and wiser for the experience.
This picture, which was modified somewhat with a Topaz filter, was taken at Cedar Grove Park in Montana. It is a beautiful place covered with ancient cedar trees. Vegetation is growing all over the forest floor, giving it a dream-like atmosphere. Trying to photograph the trees, however, was difficult due to the contrasty light pouring through the canopy. I took pictures at various settings and then merged them to get the best exposure possible. I hope you enjoy it.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
I hope that on this Thanksgiving day you will look inside yourself and see the power that is within you . . . the power you need to succeed and the power to make a difference.
Happy Thanksgiving! May this day be blessed for you and your family.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
I hope your day is a joyous one.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
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Sunday, November 15, 2009
Words of Wisdom from Personal Development -
No doesn't mean no --- it simply means not yet!
Only you decide if you can or can't.
Speak out loud every day, "I can and I am!"
What good advice! Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something, because only you can decide that. Don't let anyone squelch your dreams, for they are within your grasp. All it takes is time, hard work and determination. Of course, a little luck thrown in doesn't hurt. What is luck, though, where does it come from and how do we get it? A friend of mine says that, when someone tells him he's lucky, his response is, "The harder I work, the luckier I get". So, work hard and never give up on yourself or on your dreams.