Hobbies

As you know by now one of my hobbies is taking pictures and I do so in the least obvious spots. One of the places that I like to go to and take pictures are abandoned places. Whether that takes me to old buildings or old towns or houses that are in the middle of nowhere and there are a lot of run down houses or other buildings. To me these are the best places to shoot they have such a history that they make breathtaking pictures. Each place or building is so unique that when you look at it the possibilities are endless. Of all of these places old farm houses and their other buildings are my favorite.

The other day I was at this really old house out in the middles of farm country that had been abandon for quite some time and it was magnificent. I didn’t go in, I never go in because you don’t know what the inside condition is like and it could be dangerous so I just walk around the property outside and shoot as many pictures as I can because you never know where the good picture is going to come from. This particular spot had a house with a garage, a huge barn and a smaller shed on the property. The garage itself is what drew my attention the most. It was a detached garage that had a huge hole in the roof where a tree had fallen through it. One side of had all of the siding ripped off and the garage door itself was hanging sideways like someone had just tried to lift one side and not the other.

At night I probably would have been terrified to be here by myself but during the beautiful sunny day that I was there, it  was not bad at all. I got some really good shots of the garage and barn, which was just as run down as the garage. The house, surprisingly, was still in good shape but I still got some shots of that as well. I left no building un-turned. I haven’t yet developed my film yet, oh I should say, that I brought two different cameras with me. I refused to give up my film, I love developing my own pictures but I also brought my digital camera because you have so many more tools to use with a computer than with a dark room. I love turning my pictures of abandon buildings into old vintage looking photos, I have sepia filter on my computer, like most do, but the old buildings turn out so well with that filter.

So I guess that my point is that you can turn any old thing into an amazing photo if you just think outside of the box and have a little imagination. You can just walk out your door and you have a hundred things to take pictures of and you can do endless things with the photos on your computer, so just get out and shoot!

Thanks for sticking around,

Mel

Why Photos?

There are so many reasons to take photos, have photos, share photos and use photos. One reason, which happens to be the main reasons that I love photos, is because a hundred people can look at the same photo and come away with one hundred different feelings and reasons why they like it (or don’t like it). Pictures speak to people on a level that cannot be explain, feelings can be so deep for either liking or disliking a picture that they are almost magical. You can take a picture of any old every day object and put it in a light to actually make people ponder about it when they would otherwise not pay any attention to it.

One of these objects are trees. I love trees, I cannot even explain to you in a coherent thought about why I love trees so much, that is how deep I love trees. I collect pictures, photos, drawings, sculptures, just about anything that has trees in it. One would think that I live in a jungle because my house is full of trees. Sometimes, and this is a secret that I don’t tell many people, if I see a tree company cutting away tree branches or uprooting dead trees or whatever they do to trees, I will camp out and get pictures of the fallen trees. I never realized that they are some companies that have year round tree services and so I have pictures of such trees in every season. Trees that have had broken branches or have broken in some way are one of my favorite things to shoot. You can capture some amazing things if you can just imagine it. Broken branches that still have buds growing on them in spring, then trees that have leaves growing out of little twigs out of the trunk in summer, then of course the leaves changing color on trees in fall is one of the most beautiful things in the world, then trees covered in snow or frost in winter.

So many ways to take pictures of trees that no matter what day you go out you will find a tree worthy of taking photo of, it could also be that they just many of them that each one holds something different for each of us. Nature in general is always a good thing to take pictures of but what you feel that you want to capture in a beautiful way just take a picture of it.You will never regret it, I promise you. Even if it is a picture that of you that you feel is a “bad” photo of you, you will still cherish it because that one lone photo has captured a moment in your life that you are not going to forget. And that is what life is all about, capturing the most wonderful moments in life to hold on to forever.

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to take a picture of a tree tomorrow!

Mel

 

Kids Party

I know that for some people that when they throw parties they try to out do themselves and to try to out do everyone else. Now, this makes for a good party but come on, some times going all out is just a little ridiculous. I spent about thirty minutes this passed Saturday talking photo booth rental while I was at a child’s birthday party. Let me back up here and explain a few things, this may get a little confusing so I’ll try not to mess this up. My brother Todd married a girl named Jessica, Jessica has a sister named Natalie. Natalie married Chuck and they have two kids, a girl named Amber and a boy named Nick. It was Nick’s 8th birthday one day this passed week and Natalie rented a hall to have the party at, yes she rented a hall, she invites so many people to her children’s birthday parties that she needs a hall.

Anyways, if you haven’t guessed yet she had a photo booth at Nicks party and obviously it was a big hit. Kids and adults can enjoy a photo booth, and I get, they are a lot of fun. But seriously, a photo booth at a kid’s birthday party? Natalie always goes over and beyond what is considered normal, when she had Amber, her registry was twenty five pages long. I almost passed out when the pages kept printing. But back to the party, I always enjoy myself at her parties, she does know how to do it but I still think that it was just a little too much. It’s like what is she going to do for his 9th birthday? I don’t know but I’m sure I’ll be there. She also loves to boast so she was talking about the photo booth all night and we had a very long conversation about how she thinks that everyone should have them at their kids party. She likes to be a trend setter but I think the trends she is trying to start are just a little bit out of people’s ranges. If only we all had that much money to spend our kids birthday parties.

One good thing is that she didn’t have it catered, not sure if I could have handled that. Her family is full of cooks who love to cook so a lot of people brought food, I did too actually. I’m not a cook like them but I do have one or two dishes that I can make, so I brought some food for the appetizers. And there was a lot of food as well there let me tell you, four tables of food. Appetizers, side dishes, main courses and of course desserts. And not just one cake for the birthday boy, cookies, cupcakes, brownies and other such goodies filled the table. No one left their hungry and most took leftovers home for tomorrow. Now, I know that I talked a lot of shit about this party but I should say that I do like Natalie, we get along real well and I love going to her parties because she knows how to throw one and I always have a good time!

Thanks for reading,

Mel

A Look Into Another World

Pictures can be such an amazing thing because ten different people can look at the same picture and come away with ten different perspectives. To me, that is way pictures are so great. You can almost see yourself in that world of the picture. To see and feel what the subject of the pictures sees and feels, unless it’s a picture of a tree or something then you can pretend that you are just a being in another place or time. You are able to let your imagination run wild with pictures.

Or you can just have the best time taking pictures, or actually being the subject of pictures you can be anything. People take pictures for all sorts of reasons, just because or because you are at a special event. We have this luxury because the technology of cameras have come so far. Can you imagine being in the time where cameras first came about? I believe it was sometime in the 1800s, and you would have to sit still for a long time for the camera to take your picture. In today’s day and age that just would not fly. Good thing we have instant photos now where we can snap a picture, save to our computers, then just print them out. It’s a wonderful thing. Pictures capture the moments in our lives that we never want to forget. If we are hanging our with our friends having a good time or if we are at a party celebrating someone getting a year older. It doesn’t matter what we are doing, what matters is that we can preserve that memory forever.

I don’t know about you but I was around when we had Polaroid cameras were invented but those things were awesome. It was a quicker process, as soon as you took a picture it printed. Granted the quality is much better now but back then it was quicker, no getting around that. But after that it seems that we took a step in the wrong direction, where we had to get our photos developed at the local store. I guess it depends on how you look at it, the quality of pictures then were better but we still had to wait about a week to see them. Then they came out with one hour photo, where they could get it develop while you shopped. But even still now is better than anything in the past because we can do it all ourselves, we don’t need to take it any where but to our own computers. We are also able to add whatever special effects to our photos as well, we can make them black and white, sepia, vintage looking or we can have words printed on them. It is exciting to see how far we have come and even more exciting to wonder where we will be with cameras, photos and technology in the future, even just five years in the future.

Thanks guys for reading,

Mel