Monday, July 28, 2008

Back From The Con!

Well - I went and I saw...but I didn't necessarily conquer!

The Con was - interesting and tiring, but fun and interesting - and tiring. There were lots of "characters" and comic book fanatics...

This first shot (above) I took while riding the escalator - down onto the main floor of the convention center. I've posted several shots - just for fun - below.

Check 'em out...

Of course thematically - "The Dark Knight" was the most popular this year. This guy (as the Joker) was quite happy to have his picture taken!

I don't think this guy was quite as happy...

I'm not really sure what her story is...or who she's supposed to be for that matter...

There were tons of kids there (with their parents of course) and they just loved every minute of it!

The Sorting Hat from "Harry Potter" - maybe?

Not sure about these two...??? The Joker (from the 1940's comic books - not the 1950's tv series) and maybe The Terminator??? Interesting to see the Joker freshening up The Terminator!

"Texas Chainsaw Massacre"? Or could it be the Scarecrow from "The Wizard of Oz" - lo these many years later? I'm guessing!

Oh - this one I know... That's our Nickelodeon ball that hung in the convention center - high above our booth which was located on the convention floor...

Not sure about her...maybe she just wanted to match the Nick ball above?

I don't know this one either - I just really, really loved this shot purely for its graphics. This shot was actually severely underexposed - but when I overexposed it in RAW (love digital) - it added a lot of digital noise - giving it an almost film-like quality that I like. I also love that the entire shot is out of focus - thoughts?

Shazam! No - not the bulge in his pants...the character - Captain Marvel/Shazam... LOL. Actually there was a television series called Shazam based on the adventures of Captain Marvel.

Ok - I'm ALL over this one - Fiona and Shrek!

Obi-Wan Kenobi from "Star Wars"....

More "Star Wars" - Imperial Storm Troopers...not really sure about the other two...?

No clue - but he's scaring the hell outta' me!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Off To Comic Con

Well - I'm off to San Diego for Comic Con!

By the time the weekend is over - I will have been surrounded by a minimum of 125,000 weirdos...LOL - I mean art "enthusiasts". I'm sure someone, somewhere will be offended by that comment... Not really sure which category I fall into - enthusiast???

Hopefully I'll come back with loads of pics to share (just for fun).

Wish me luck - we all know I'm not the most patient person and waiting on line behind 125,000 people to get a hot dog won't be easy.

See 'ya when I get back.

P.S. I've posted three more photos below - let me know what you think!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Fountain of Youth

I thought I'd continue the dome trend...

Remember the first photo I posted of the inside of the dome in Greece?

This dome actually sits in Kalithea Bay in Rhodes.

I took this photo two years ago - if you look closely you'll see it's actually the top of the dome from the outside - see it?

Just beyond the fountain (in the foreground), just beyond the archway, just beyond the pillars - right before you get to the beautiful ocean and sky backdrop.

Just for the record - I did not "layer" this shot in photoshop. Others that have seen this shot find it hard to believe that the layers existed naturally...

What do you think?


P.S. I found a recent picture online of this very same spot and it's been completely revamped if you're interested
- click here

The Long Way Home

While shooting "The Fountain of Youth" (above), if I look to my right, these stairs lead down to the dome itself.

The scalloped wall on the left is made of concrete, but the stairs themselves are made of marble!


Cross Rhodes

I wanted to include this photograph as part of this posting because it all ties in with my sight-seeing on this day - actually I got severely lost, but to me, that's the only way to really see "stuff".  Get off the beaten path and you never know what you'll find!

This concrete cross, called the Cross at Filerimos, sits atop Filerimos Hill in Rhodes.  It's enormous....I don't know how tall it is exactly - but it's enormous - go see for yourself.

You can actually enter the cross and walk up an extremely narrow stairway and look at the scenery below from a special viewing area on top. It's a really tight squeeze inside - especially with many people coming and going - but it's well worth the climb.  The cross is illuminated at nighttime and can be seen from other villages and even some neighbouring islands.

By the way - Filerimos means "lover of solitude".  Are you a lover of solitude?

P.S.  If you'd like to see a different view of this cross - click here

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Ilka & Bill Married!

I gotta' say...this wedding was one of the most stress free, go with flow, fun weddings I've ever been to!

You guys are fantastic and you make such a great couple. Here's to a happy and healthy life together. Cheers!

Friday, July 18, 2008

First Post Ever (Of My Own)

Wow - this is my very first posting ever! For my own blog - I mean. I should probably be ashamed of is 2008 after all. As a matter of fact it's almost 2009. I think most have been blogging for quite some time now. Even my friend Lori is a blogger and she'd be the first to admit she's not really all that tech'y.

I was actually inspired by Lori to start this blog. I don't even think she knows that - well, I guess she does now. Lori is a super talented Artist and has a great blog that showcases her work - you should check her out at Speaking of Lori - I actually really, really miss having her around - she's one of the warmest people you will ever meet...she moved back to the East coast about 10 years ago...I took it really hard. LOL. I'm serious - I did. Back then (when I was a mere baby - in my late twenties), all we did was sit around and laugh and laugh, and laugh some more! Laugh and go to parties...and get into trouble. We were like Lucy and Ethel (I was Lucy). Who wouldn't miss that kind of friend?

Anyway - I digress (you'll find that I do that a lot). So - what's this blog going to be about? Well getting back to the reason for this blog (my inspiration) - as many of you already know I've been wanting a way to showcase my photography and I thought I'd have my website up already - but lo and behold - being the anal person I am (let me rephrase that) - because I pay such close attention to detail - I can't seem to narrow down my choices for the website. I've spent the last several months looking through the thousands (and I do mean thousands) of photographs I've taken over the past years and can't really seem to come up with the initial collection for my website.

I think that's what this blog will be about/for - it will serve two purposes - to share my life and my photos with my friends (number one) and to also ask your help in assisting me in choosing which photos would ultimately be best for my website (number two).

So with those two things in mind - I will write (share) and post photos as often as I can. And if you would be so kind to share your thoughts, comments and opinions - that would be great. Who knows - at that rate I could actually have a website up by the end of the year...2008 that is!

Ok - so here goes - wish me well and be honest in your critique. Leave lots of comments!!! Tell me what you like, what you don't like (and why), but most importantly - tell me how my work makes you feel. Does it remind you of your childhood or your favorite television show. Or your first date, the prom, your first car, the first time you had your heart broken, the happiest time in your life...tell me...tell me!

One more thing - If you decide you want to post a comment (which I hope you will) - but don't want to take the time to create a blogger/google account - you can post anonymously - but please, please, please sign your name to your post so that I know who's leaving me comments...

Ok - so here goes (really this time) - this first image is from my exhibit last August. This photo is actually a couple of years old. When I turned 40 I took a trip to Greece and I stumbled upon this incredible dome overlooking the waters in Rhodes. You can't really tell what it is - but once inside the dome - if you look up - you'd see this view of the ceiling. If you look really closely you'll see that there's writing on the inner circle - if you know what it says - please - by all means let me know.

I look forward to reading your comments!