Moody | My Life

Dang my girls can be moody! They act like I just told them to clean their rooms or something! Nope…I simply wanted them to look at the camera. Is that too much to ask? By the way of a 4 and 2 year old…I suppose so. But they sure are cute!

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Halloween | My Life

I love Halloween. Seriously, I dress up every year. And I don’t mean I use Halloween to be a “Hoe for a day.” Though I have to admit, last year I kinda did (1 of my 3 different outfits was a bit boobacious)…But I really love that it is one day that I can put on crazy makeup, maybe a wig and just be totally weird. I particularly like to be something I can paint my face all up and be something fun.

This year I decided I am going to paint my face like they do for Dia De Los Muertos. I am also going to make my own hair piece. I am pretty excited to get some crafting done for this!

Anyway, here is my rough sketch. I did this in about 10 minutes with some eye liner and shadow. I always do a trial run before the big day! The real product will be MUCH better.

Down on Main Street-Part 1

Hello blog land….I sure missed being here. A lot of life changes happened over the last few months which kept me away from blogging, but finally, things have settled down and I am ready to get back at this. I have done some photography while I have been gone, but not enough for my liking.

-I decided to drive to Michigan with my two little girls to go visit family on the 9th of July. My grandmother has Alzheimer’s disease and she is not doing real well, we wanted to head back before she starts to really forget who we are. While I was there, I visited my old town that I grew up in, Watervliet and I was pretty saddened by what I saw. The weakened economy shows on Main street where most of the shops have big for sale signs in the windows. Even the old grocery store is boarded up. Quite sad to see. While my youngest daughter was napping (as having my girls makes any camera time challenging), I took my eldest with me down on Main street to have a look around. Oh, and before anyone freaks, my mom was watching my sleeping girl. 😉 Anyway, I was able to take a few pics while down there. I have more that I have yet to edit, but when I finish I will put that up as well.

I named this “project” Down on Main Street. And yes, Bob Seger. 🙂

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-Edited in Photoshop CS5, I was going for an old time feel (aside from the colored ones).

-I sharpened for FB, so they may look a bit off on word press.

Thank you for stopping by!

~Mel

More Cherry Blossom Fest, 2011-2012 | Festivals

I am not a big city girl. I grew up in a small town that had one stop light, my graduating class was roughly 76 people if my memory serves me right, and our little festivals involved “cow plops”  and were considered big time fun. Joining the Army allowed me to move around and live in bigger cities, which is something I always thought I wanted. But now that I have, I realized that I really miss the small towns (not mine), but in general. As much as I grumble that traffic along Highway 95 is worse than forking myself in the face, living here does have its advantages. One of those such things is the Cherry Blossom Festival that DC hosts annually.

In 1912, Mayor Ozaki of Tokyo gave Washington, DC the gift of 3,000 cherry blossom trees. The annual celebration is to honor the friendship between the two countries. In 1965, 3,800 more trees were accepted and every spring the blooming of these trees is a sight to see. The entire Tidal Basin looks snow covered in pretty pink blossoms and it attracts everyone to come out and experience it.

When I went out there last week around sunset, all of the photographers were lined up along the basin’s edge with their tripods and remotes waiting for that perfect shot. Most people were out there with their iPhones (as I was, as you can see from the post I made showing some), and many out there with their point and shoots taking it all in.

I didn’t get many shots yet of this year, but I have a few from last year that I will post. Most of the flower shots though are from one of the museums I visited with fellow photographers from a meet up group I am a part of.

If you are ever around these parts during the end of March, beginning of April, I suggest you  stop in the city. It is truly beautiful.

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And a few from last year

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My mug-SPP Part I | Self Portrait Project

As the person who always brings the camera to events, parks, daily activities……the dinner table…It has become apparent that I am hardly in any pictures. These days if I am in the picture, I am usually holding the camera doing one of those ridiculous “facebook” poses and I am NEVER in any candid photos. I always watch those crime shows where people come up missing or something bad happens and they show all these photos from their lives…*none of which they are taking the pics of themselves* and I thought to myself….if God forbid I end up on one of those shows all they are going to have are pictures of me doing this!

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So I decided I need to be in more pics. And if I am the one to be taking them at least I won’t LOOK like I am the one taking it. 🙂 Now….would I want these pics on a crime show? Probably not…but it is a step in the right direction. ImageImageImageImage

And what the hell since old habits die hard…

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This is just part one of a whole series I plan on doing of self portraits.

**Note, I hate to draw attention to it, because chances are some of you won’t notice, but for those of you who will because it will stick out like a sore thumb, do know I fixed it in the original copy and this is the web version only….**

Exorcist Stairs | Sightseeing

I love Horror movies. I do not mean “whore” movies where there is nothing but sex and unnecessary nudity and random killings, but actual good horror movies. Ok, I understand they had that stuff in the original Halloween movies, but these days it seems just a reason to show a little T&A. But I digress, so now I will talk about an awesome classic. The Exorcist.

The Exorcist is still one of my all time favorite horror movies and love the part where Regan back-bend crawls down the steps in the director’s cut version. Not much scares me, but I think if I saw that in real life, even if it wasn’t a demonic, pea soup spitting, foul mouthed child, that I would flip my sh*t. People should not back bend down the stairs, it is just not right!

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This back-bend was creepy as hell too in The Last Exorcism

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And as much as I like her shoes, this kinda scares me a little but only because of the Exorcist, not the photographer’s vision. Did I mention I love her shoes?

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But all of this talk about back-bends is totally not the point of this post. However, we can now make a point on how I ramble and sometimes get off topic a little….even though slightly related….ahem….anyway.

I live in Virginia and not far from DC, though I have only lived here only a couple years. I was out in Georgetown with a friend of mine and we decided to go see the famous stairs they used in the Exorcist movie that claimed the lives of 2 of the characters.

I had to laugh when we walked up and we clearly, even after all these years, were not the only ones there to see the steps because of the movie. I am still very much a “tourist” in these parts, but I for some reason feel embarrassed to let others think I am. I have no idea why. So I kinda tried keeping my “cool” and apparently act like this big camera around my neck was merely an expensive fashion accessory and that I wasn’t there to take pictures of the steps. I even smiled at my friend when a guy and his lady friend walked up chatting about the movies and how, “Regan’s window would have been right here” as he pointed to the fence that is at the top of the stairs. Clearly not a building like depicted in the movie. (By the way, at the very end of the movie, there is a blooper in that they draw the camera away and you can see there is no house there where these guys fell out the window…..)

So I took a few shots while there, and yes, even one of me at the bottom of the stairs like I fell…..

A few days later, that same friend and I watched the Exorcist to excitedly point out that we in fact were just there. Did I mention I am easily amused? So here are a couple of the shots….enjoy. (these have been compressed twice so the quality may be off. Once for FB, then those were ran through LR when exported).

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The fence at the top of the stairs.