Monday (the 8th)
Take a photo, then edit that photo to the eXtreme, making the photo eXtraordinary.
I took a shot of my friend tossing my other friend’s son up into the air. It already seemed to be an eXtremely epic shot, so I decided to make it even moreso. I hopped on into Aviary and went to work. I added a night-time enhancement (even though it was a day-time shot), gave it a Singe effect and flipped it to face the reverse direction just for giggles, darkened it just a tad, increased the contrast, lowered the saturation a tad, and sharpened the image a ton.
Quite frankly, I think I liked the original image better, but it was fun playing with it nonetheless. I appreciated the excuse to play with Aviary again.
Thursday (the 11th)
Non-dominant emotion! Draw the best picture you can of a human emotion using your non-dominant hand.
This was fun – it’s been quite a while since I’ve tried drawing with my left hand.
Admittedly, I had a bit of a hard time getting the face right. But overall, I was pretty well-able to just sketch the form I wanted, and I think I conveyed happiness quite well. What better way to do that than through balloons, you know?
Take a picture of the first thing you do in the morning.
I admit it – I’m addicted to the bubbles. I can’t help it.
But seriously, turning on the screen after the alarm goes off in the morning helps me to engage in something, and so helps keep me awake and prevents me from drifting back to sleep. It works. Don’t judge me.
Fences and walls can divide or demarcate. Make a creative photo of a fence or wall today.
This represents the foyer of our house, but attempts to focus on the wall in the foyer, which divides the upstairs from the downstairs. This house has been made into a duplex, and since before I was born, has been used for two separate families. This wall in the middle divides us.
Record a 30-second time-capsule message to people 100 years in the future telling them one important thing.
I am a Christian, but often times I feel that those who believe in the same God as me often forget the whole (freaking) point. The whole darn Bible is one big love story. The greatest commandment is to love. The whole point is that we all suck, but that God loves us anyway. Unfortunately, all too often, Christians view the world around them with judgmental eyes, seeing only all the wrong in those around them, forgetting that they’re just as bad if not worse than those that they judge, and that the God they worship came for that person they despise just as much as He came for them.
It’s hypocrisy and it’s my number one pet peeve in all the world (and I have many). It burns me to the core. So if I could spread one message, and leave one legacy, it would be that of love.
Take a photo of someone/something that means a lot to you. What is its story?
On the far right is my husband. The boy in the middle is my son (hubby’s step-son). On the far left is my husband’s best friend since they were just about my son’s age, maybe a little younger (whenever it was that Brandon’s family moved in next door to Justin’s). And this is a photo of my husband being the dad that he didn’t have to be, and his buddy Brandon, who doesn’t even have kids yet, who is helping out his best friend. Justin’s the Den Leader, and Brandon’s the Assistant Den Leader. For MY son.
We have taken on each others’ kids as our own. I’ve mentioned before that I coach my daughter’s (step-daughter’s, actually) cheerleading team. But this photo just embodies everything that is wonderful in my life, and why.
This particular activity was a ‘Go See It’, or a Cub Scout field trip, basically, where we panned for gold (although all my son cared about were all the cool rocks he kept finding – who cares about gold with all that cool stuff?!).
Love at its best. <3