CEE’S ODDBALL CHALLENGE – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: August 12, 2018


Ingredients and a quart of leftovers
Ready for the chowder pot
Ukulele display
Panasonic FZ-1000

What with Garry still recovering, we haven’t gotten out much lately and probably won’t this month. But I’ve taken a few pictures around the house. Certainly as odd as anything else I’ve ever shot!

ODDBALLS – MY HUSBAND AND OTHER CREATURES – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: July 1, 2018

I got a new camera. Having given my favorite camera to Garry, I realized I need at least one long lens. After a lot of checking, it turned out to be far less expensive to get a whole camera than a long lens for the Olympus. The Olympus lens is not only more expensive, it was also much slower. And, I was pretty sure I wouldn’t use it much, either.

Testing, testing …

I bowed to reality. Fortunately, the price on the camera I wanted had dropped by half since I last looked at it. This probably means Panasonic is going to make this model obsolete and introduce another which will cost more, but not necessarily be better — or even as good  — as this one. I have lost faith in new models as improvements over earlier versions.

It was really hot today. Humid, too. Normally I’d have “gone out” to shoot with the new camera, but at 100 degrees (37.8 for your metric folks) and nearly 100% humidity, it felt like hot soup outside. I took a few garden shots, then went back inside for the air conditioning. I don’t like winter, but I really hate hot and humid.

It’s the Duke!

This heat won’t last long. Less than a week, then it will cool down. For the beach bunnies, this is perfect weather for a long holiday weekend. I burn easily and heat stroke is my favorite warm weather activity, so I’m happy in the A/C. Garry claims to love hot weather, but I notice he’s not outside, either. I think when you reach our age, extremes in temperature are unhealthy.

Sleep baby sleep …

Just saying.

ODDBALLS FROM SATURDAY AT RIVER BEND PARK – Garry Armstrong

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge

The ongoing issue of what, exactly, is oddball remains. I took a bunch of pictures of people in the park this past Saturday. Odd pictures insofar as I have no idea when I might otherwise use these pictures. I guess that makes them as odd as anything I’m like to be taking.

Here is a man who needs another hand.
Marilyn on her way back to the car after taking a few pictures.
Marilyn deep in trying to figure out what to do with a fisheye lens. She never did get an answer. She says she needs more practice.
Two guys. Fishing.

LIFE IS ONE LONG ODDBALL – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: June 3, 2018

The more complicated life gets, the more I yearn for some kind of simplicity. The thing is, I don’t really remember ever having a simple life unless we were on vacation. That was what the Vineyard was about, I think. It was very simple. If you stayed for a couple of weeks, you could easily forget you’d ever been anywhere else.

I’m beginning to think we really need a vacation. Probably not as much as we need an improved chimney.

Stop!
Lost Dutchman now found
A bathroom in a bookshop
Betsy Wetsy as painted by Cezanne?

THE COB CHALLENGE: ODDBALLS IN MY LOCAL LIFE – Marilyn & Garry Armstrong

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge

Great day in the morning!

The VFW raising money with its own hot dog stand!
Always wanted to fight fires? C’mon down! Uxbridge wants YOU!
They love us and they tell us so. Now, if ONLY taxes would go down too!

There’s been a fair bit of odd stuff going around town. I thought I had lost the month of May, but almost everything I really wanted was on the original chip, so I’ve been processing like mad — and there is so much more to be done. But for now, this is as good as it gets.

Alice Bridges Bridge over the Mumford River
Yes, I did!

I need to NOT work on the computer for a while!

WHAT A WEEK!


ODDBALLS: THE MIDDLE OF MAY – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge:

May 13, 2018


I’ve taken a fair number of odd pictures this months. I’m not sure what one might consider “oddball.”

As Alice might have said: “Curiouser and Curiouser!”


Matryoshka – Russian Wooden Nesting Dolls

I bought this set of dolls at a local craft show for what I thought was a song. Since then, having seen many others of these, I was right. These Russian nesting dolls are beautifully painted … and if I were to unpack them, there are eight of them inside her.

Atop the shelves in the living room.
In close communion with a particularly beautiful Navajo bowl.
Other Stuff

If Van Gogh lived here, he might have painted my sunflowers thusly.

Highly zoomorphic

ODD BALLS FROM THE MOB – CEE’S ODDBALL PHOTO CHALLENGE – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: April 22, 2018


A little light on the party

We went to a party. They aren’t my best pictures, but they were more fun than most.

A word about processing people pictures from parties. I use a lot of creative effects on people pictures because what I want to show is their faces, their laughter, the fun without making every look like they have the neck of a chicken or, as Garry puts it “the chrome dome.”

Everyone wants to look good. Most people our age don’t expect to look young and they don’t mind seeing character in their faces, but they also don’t want to look like they were just unearthed from a grave. Finding a balance is a bit of a trick. I put more time and energy into processing people — especially people in my age group — than I do for anything else.

Trees don’t care if the bark looks grungy, but people care a lot when their skin looks like tree bark.