Sunday, July 31, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Someone who Is working out on a semi- regular basis (finally !) without wanting to totally collapse for hours afterward.
Someone who finally doesn't worry about money EVERY day anymore. Cancer is so effing expensive.
Someone who keeps running into people who say "oh, I was praying for you" - and I am humbled every time.
~ Carly at 10:58 PM
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
This morning I was brooding about a chain of events that I had hoped would take place this week. Clearly one slim little thread of "if this happens, and then I see this person and maybe I'd even see that other person..."
I have unfinished business with someone that I don't think I'll ever get a chance to finish. Kinda sucky when you don't see eye to eye with an old friend and each person thinks the other is wrong...
~ Carly at 7:05 AM
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
The cutest baby in the world came to see me for a few days. We had literally dozens of people stop by to meet her and so we had lots of fun and food and baby snuggles. I hogged her as much as possible without being obvious, and even got to help give her a bath. It's so much more fun when it's a nostalgic one time event.
I am angling for a new side job over at Photojojo, so keep your fingers crossed for me. Mama wants a new camera.
In addition I am going to be interviewed by a local tv news reporter. Yikes!!! She's a little bit of a Diva. I will be speaking to her about how I had no idea I had breast cancer until my annual mammogram, and how early detection worked even better for me than Hooked on Phonics. It's odd to feel "lucky" about having breast cancer but I still have my breasts and most of my lymph nodes and a generation ago that's not how it usually went. The interview will air before the Komen run this fall. (I will NOT be wearing pink for the interview. Just sayin.)
~ Carly at 8:08 AM
Sunday, July 17, 2011
It was HOT at the ballpark, but I went there to photograph a little pregame ceremony something like my Pink Zone event this past winter. Breast cancer survivors were lead out onto the field and announced, and I took a few photos. It was definitely fun to be ON the field and I was trying to figure out if I could talk my way into staying. But then I started thinking "Hm... these players are all half my age...." and then the official photographer came out waving his giant zoom lens all over the place ( and there I was with an 18-45, which was right for the group shots that I needed to do, but appeared so inadequate, hahah)
So I went back to my seat and played with Hipstamatic. It was a beautiful summer evening and the home team won, and my kids are old enough to roam free - except for when they want cash, of course. I sat with my funny friend who always makes me laugh because she says things like "How many Johnsons does this team have anyway?" That's her last name, and the guys and I died when she said that because then she said "Ohh... wait..." This is one of the reasons I love her. Another is that she is always willing to share a beer with me. And when I was taken to the hospital in an ambulance a year and a half ago (surgery complications, bleeding, nasty infection... etc) she was the first one to get to my house and hug my crying children. What's not to love in that?
Anyway, I tried to take a few photos of the actual players and got one good one I'll post in a minute. Hey batter batter!!!! I was in college when you were born!
~ Carly at 9:27 PM
Thursday, July 14, 2011
IF you are not tired of my ramblings on iPhone apps, head on over to my Flickr feed. I started with one photo, and edited it with some of the apps that I discussed in Tuesday's posts.
If you are... well, carry on then! There's always that "next blog" button...
~ Carly at 8:36 PM
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
PS express is a mini version of Photoshop. On my phone I can edit brightness, saturation, contrast, etc and add a few simple effects such as black & white, or blurred edges to the photo. I'd be willing to bet the iPad has a bit more functionality.
TiltShiftGen lets you adjust exposure, similar to pse, but gives you more choices when you want to blur an area of your photo. (square area focused, or round, oval, etc) To me it's worth getting despite the duplicate functionality.
CameraBag crosses over from "make the photo look nicer" to "change the style of the photo". There are about 15 modes, like an old instant photo, a fisheye lens, a photo taken in 1972, etc. It's nice variety without an overwhelming number of choices, and while you're deciding which one to apply to a photo you can easily slide from one style to the next without having to save or reopen the photo.
The next two, PhotoStudio and Lo-mob, give you a WIDE range of choices. PhotoStudio even has an option I love - click on the dice cube and get a random effect applied to your photo (there are over 200 categorized effects to choose from! Very fun app). This has the most gimmicks (some are just weird, honestly, like overlays of butterflies or a skull or flames...)
Lo-mob doesn't have quite as many tricks but the cool thing is that most effects mimic an old style camera (with viewfinder marks visible, etc) - it gives a nice "we found this photo in the attic" vibe.
The last app, Dynamic light, is for the HDR effect that people tend to love or hate. It boosts up the range of tones in your pictures (compare the visual difference to playing a folk guitar and then picking up an electric guitar with a big amp). This app actually lets you dial how much HDR to add and gives you various HDR styles to pick from.
Great for scenery - give those blah photos a bit more punch.
Well, there is my highly scientific analysis... Feel free to ask questions. And remember, if you actually have a camera/smartphone there are a bunch of other apps that take a photo and then do great things. (it's normal for an app to let you take an existing photo from your library or shoot a new one. Most of the apps I mentioned do that. Only Hipstamatic doesn't let you edit a photo you already have saved on the phone.)
~ Carly at 8:17 PM
This was the same original image as in my two previous posts, this time modified using TiltShift. The app lets you add a blurred area, and dark edges.
This app was great when I first got it, and there is even more flexibility now in the shape and size and angles used to define the blurred region. It also does a very good job adjusting contrast, saturation, and brightness. Given all that it can do, it's pretty simple to use because of the way the edit screen is laid out. This is one of my favorite apps. (I have about 20 that edit photos in one form or another and this is in the top 5).
~ Carly at 9:07 AM
Taken on iPhone 3GS and edited slightly with photoshop's "PS express" app to boost the light and saturation.
~ Carly at 8:44 AM
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
There is a local blog about "what to do this weekend", and recently they put out an email to people who had previously submitted photos. (I sent in some local images two years ago for an event, but they were not published online -- it's way back before chemo, and a little bit murky in my mind, because I ended up not being able to go to whatever the event was to see my photo on display on the projection screen behind WhateverSpeaker.)
Last week they ran a series of Summer Scenes posts, and the email was requesting photos to use for that series. I sent a few links to photos of mine from a local fair, and kayaking on Lake George, and so on. (you can see the fair shots here , and here is the kayak shot -- but you've seen that already in my blog header. )
So I got a reply "How would you like us to credit you? Is there anyplace you want us to link to?" and was very excited... and then they didn't use my photos. I was a little bit crushed because they focused on one photographer each day and I felt like I didn't make the cut. But I got over it and just decided to study the photos that DID get used; one thing I've always believed in life is there is always someone better off than you, yes, but there is also someone doing worse than you in whatever aspect of life you are dwelling on, and so stop feeling sorry for yourself already.
Today I got a wonderful note explaining that they'd changed direction with the series and asking if I would like them to use some of my photos in the future. Hell yes!! The best part of the email was her remark, "We love your work."
So, I hope to be able to link to a future post and scream "THEY USED MY PHOTO, LOOK, LOOK, LOOK!" very soon.
Monday, July 11, 2011
~ Carly at 9:45 AM
Sunday, July 10, 2011
I have been cleaning and cooking all week for a party for my son, who has graduated from his small Catholic school. (....with the highest average among all the boys, ahem; bragging over.)
There are very few things that make me happier than having a houseful of people. One is para-sailing, and another is kayaking.
We had about 60 people in the end. I know, I'm a little crazy. I did almost all of the cooking myself. But I had a plan, and it pretty much worked. Along the way we had a kitchen sink issue that threatened to derail the whole thing. Scary! Inner cabinet lakes are not good, but we resolved that with a minimum of drama.
That left us free to have relatives and friends and neighbors and waterballoon fights and glow stick bracelets and a wading pool for the littlest kids. The weather complied with a perfect 80 degree summer day.
We had ziti and chicken slathered with Dinosaur Barbecue sauce, all sorts of salads and fruits and snacks... and Miss Patty's yummy layered dessert (with chocolate pudding and cookie crumbs and whipped cream) and Darlene's famous giant chocolate chip cookies, and a chocolate/ Guiness Stout cake I got from my favorite local restaurant. Tell me, why did I make a 3-box mix Funfetti sheet cake? Answer, because I am crazy.
Today my house is clean, I don't have to go to work or to any sort of doctor appointments, and I have plenty of nice food left over. I sat on my screen porch and just enjoyed the quiet sunshine... until my skanky neighbor's five kids came out to scream in the pool. (Seriously. 7 months pregnant and a bikini? and they scream their brains out. I pray they outgrow the house soon. )
Now it is truly "me time"... for the rest of the summer I have plenty of time for all of my art projects in their various forms. I'll share some of the results here. Stay tuned!
~ Carly at 5:48 PM
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Saturday, July 02, 2011
So I submitted a photo to this:
And I think it fits the 'reflecting' theme pretty well. It is at the upper right of my banner (hmm - next project is to update that) and you can also see it here:
It was taken in June 2007 - a beautiful early summer day that was (weatherwise) very similar to the morning of 9/11/01
I was in NYC for training and it ended early and I didn't tell anyone, just took the bus tour and had a fantastic day. Shhh! Our little secret. It feels like a lifetime ago, and not just four years.
~ Carly at 10:49 AM