Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween, 2011

Here are a few pictures for Halloween, 2011: Trunk and Treat

Super MarioNancy Drew

Eye See You...Mario loves smashing mystery boxes

The Kids' Jack-O-Lanterns
Super Mari-O-LanternPumpkitten


Photo Friday - 'Wide Angle'

I don't have a particularly wide angle lens.

This is a shot from Michigan a couple of summers ago that shows some of the effects of wide angle distortion, etc. despite it being shot at 18mm (27mm equiv.). South Manitou Island Lighthouse

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Pediophobia Pediophobia - def. - the fear of dolls

 I don't know if the Uncanny Valley shifts based on personal experience or not, but these dolls, for me, reside on the downward slant of it.

Monday, October 17, 2011



Kleptophobia - def. - the fear of being stolen from or robbed.

 OK -- I'm having a little fun at the expense of certain members of the Flickr community.

 To be clear, I am among those who share at least a hint of this fear with regards to images.

 I'm interested in starting a dialogue for those interested.

 What do you do to protect your images? Upload low resolution files? Watermark? Register copyrights? 

What about on the other side? If you upload large files, are they available for use?

 Anybody use Creative Commons? I have, at several times in the past, almost worked up the nerve to go with Creative Commons (non-commercial, attribution). Anybody else?

 Curious about the thoughts of the communities out there.

Monday, October 10, 2011


It would be unfair to say that I have a fear of doctors. It would, however, be accurate to say that I have seen my doctor exactly three times (as a patient) in the fifteen years I have been out of college and "on my own" as they say. All of those were for very specific procedures (all relatively minor/outpatient). Have I mentioned my 17-year non-vomit streak?

 I actually like my doctor. I have seen him on many other occasions. He is a GP who delivers babies, so unless there is a need to see a specialist, he is the doctor that all members of my family see for whatever ails them and I have often accompanied said family members to appointments, when necessary.

 Still, one can never be too careful, so here I am pretending to adhere to a well-known proverb for real and imagined iatrophobes, everywhere. iatrophobia iatrophobia -- def. - the irrational fear of doctors.

"An apple a day keeps the doctor away"

Monday, October 03, 2011


Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia -- def. - the fear of long words.

 For the month of October, participants at Self Portrait Challenge are exploring fears. They may be honest-to-goodness actual personal fears or depictions of fears that they may not actually experience, but have fun depicting photographically. The latter is the case for this one.

 I do not experience any problems with long words except for the occasional misspelling -- which may be an issue here. Since I found this word and got my paper prop ready, I have discovered an alternate spelling for this word "quipped" (double-p, there). Still not sure which one is correct.


 This was actually my original concept for this shot with the typewriter and white out. I decided to shoot the wadded up version as an alternate. I switched the alternate to the primary when I saw how the post-processing turned out.