LIGHT OF THE DESERT – BLACK & WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE

CEE’S BLACK & WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE: LIGHTS

We spent the day out in the Superstition mountains yesterday.

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These were taken late in the day when the sun was getting ready to set, about 4:30 in the afternoon.

FEARFUL SYMMETRY

CEE’S COMPOSE YOURSELF PHOTO CHALLENGE: WEEK #14 SYMMETRY

From Cee:

This week’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge (CCY) Theme is Symmetry. 

For your weekly assignment I would like to see at least 4-6 photos of photos taken with symmetry in mind.  Please described what you learned in this lesson as well.

There are some subjects — roads, bridges, waterways and more — that simply want to be centered. It’s the only position that seems right.

Sometimes, you don't really have choice of placement. It IS in the middle and that's where it belongs.
Sometimes, you don’t really have choice of placement. It IS in the middle and that’s where it belongs.
In Garry's pictures, the vanishing point makes this centered, square picture work.
In Garry’s pictures, the vanishing point makes this centered, square picture work.

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Both centered and shot tight, the cactus spikes form a distinct pattern.
Both centered and shot tight, the cactus spikes form a distinct pattern.
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Sometimes the picture goes TO the center, and the effect is of symmetry and centeredness.

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If the vanishing point is in the middle, the pictures works well in the middle. If the two more-or-less equal sides of a picture are balanced and especially if they form a pattern, the picture will look fine centered.

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Single subjects sometimes just beg to be placed front and center, too. Dogs, kids, portraits and some buildings. You know it when you see it!

WHAT ARE YOUR RANDOM THOUGHTS?

Share in the great thoughts, Rich Paschall

What are your great and random thoughts on any topic? Comment below and remember the more random, the better. Also remember, I have to keep it civil, so you do too.

Donald Trump is on the cover of Esquire as “Hater in Chief.”  Has it come to the point in our history where we will elect someone we all agree is a hater?

Was Marco Rubio really born in Miami?  I want to see his birth certificate.

Ted Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and applied to formally renounce his Canadian citizenship, which happened May 14, 2014.  His father is Cuban.

Cruz was a complainer about whether President Obama was born in Hawaii and that his father was not American.

Where are the Cruz “birthers?”  Oh wait, those Republicans do not want too much egg on their faces.

Do you think all these random thoughts are easy?  I have to stop every three sentences and get a cookie.

Is it officially hot chocolate weather?

If my marsh mellows are left over from last year, can I still use them for hot chocolate?  S’mores?

If you do not have a team in the NFL play-offs do you really care?

Do you still watch the Super Bowl just for the commercials?

How many think a concert in the middle of the game is appropriate?  How about before the game so we can cut down on the six to eight hours of pre-game analysis on various networks.

Pre-game analysis on the NFL Network official begins two weeks before the game.

I still want to see the Super Bowl in a snow storm.

Will the NFL have their lawyers send me a cease and desist order for using the words “Super” and “Bowl” along side of one another?  I guess they are a rather unique combination of words requiring a trademark.

Giant flakes of wet snow look really nice coming down, until you have to shovel it up.

Healthy couples with healthy teenage children should be made to shovel their walks or face fines…just saying.

I don’t think I ever made a snow angel and I am not going to start in a wet snow.

I bought a ticket to see an act I never heard of (R5) so that I could see the opener, MAX Schneider.

There are many videos that will show off his singing better than this one, but this one is more fun.

I bought a ticket to see Steve Grand. I had written about the All-American Boy in the past, but never got a chance to see a live performance.

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I am excited that Chicago is being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  I have seen them at many venues around town and I was never disappointed.

Chicago in Chicago, August 2014
Chicago in Chicago, August 2014

Tom Law supports some of his music videos via a website called Patreon.  That is where you can be a patron for each video for any amount you wish.  At a high enough level you get to chat with Tom and even get his music a little before it comes out.

Chicago is at the United Center in April.  I have never seen them there.  mmmmm?

Chicago Cub fever is already beginning.  It’s not even time for Spring Training.

Why does the election season have to be so long?  Why?

Why does the baseball season have to be so long?

Some “charities” I have never supported have sent me more mailings over the years than I could count.

Some charities I have supported have sent me so much mail I wonder if they have made any money off me.

Don’t bother telling charities to stop sending snail mail.  It doesn’t seem to help.  It seems to work for email.

I saw a facebook meme that claimed President Eisenhower ended segregated schools by executive order.  I guess they never heard of the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education.

Here’s what I have to say about facebook memes.  “Snopes!”

A 19-year-old Australian boy, Joel Adams, seems to be moving up the charts with one of his own songs solely off social media hype by fans.  At first it did not do well and they were giving it away (I downloaded it.)  You can go to itunes for it now.

I guess it is tough to lip sync your own song.  That is what they are doing in the music videos.  Tom Law says when he does not get it just right, that’s when you cut to another angle or some shot where you do not see him singing.  Ooops, did I give away an industry secret?  Nah.

Winter, Chicago and this guy!