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“I don’t care about my looks but I wish people will see my soul and it appears more clearly in these photographs than in others.” – August Strindberg- said about a series of self-portraits. 

I continue to be supremely challenged to put myself fully before the camera.  It’s so easy to capture a shadow or reflection that gives a suggestion, but not the real image.  Every once in awhile though, I surprise myself and actually capture something I like.  I like this image.  I look content, I look happy.  I am content, and I am happy.  I’m in a great place in my life, with few of the worries, stresses, illnesses of so many people I know.  Unfortunately, I have lost too many dear, close loved ones to cancer or other illness/tragedy way before their time.  

I am not a “religious” person, so therefore I believe that life happens . . . some things we have control over and some things we do not.  In no way is my life perfect, and I’m certainly not perfect.  However, I do believe it’s up to me to live my life to the best of my ability, physically and emotionally.  I am responsible for my own results, and if “life happens”, I have choice in how I deal with it.  If I die tomorrow, it’s the impact and influence I’ve made on the people around me, the ones I leave behind, that carry my spirit forward.  I live on in the energy I create and put out in the world.  That energy can be positive or negative . . . my choice.  

I choose positive energy, as it is the basis of harmony, happiness and love.  

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“A shadow of a reflection of an image of an illusion.”  Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted

What do your eyes see in this photo?  What is real . . . what is imagined?  I am fascinated that my husband saw something completely different in this shot – as he did not know what I had taken a picture of.  I really enjoy taking abstract photos but find myself getting caught up in trying to capture what is real.  I am challenging myself to look beyond the literal translation of what I am seeing, and capture something that makes the viewer stop and think about what they are seeing.   

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“The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.”  William Shakespeare 

I grabbed this shot when hubby and I were out and about today.  We each had a camera and were just shooting whatever was interesting down by the waterfront.  When I brought the photos up in Lightroom, I wondered what it would look like if I masked our shadows with a photo of what we were each shooting.  I was fascinated by the sun setting over the fishing boats, while hubby was more interested in the actual pier and water reflections.  I love being out and about together like this.  

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“The Peace Arch is a monument situated on the Canad-United States border between the communities of Blaine, Washington and Surrey, British Columbia. The Peace Arch, which stands 20.5 metres (67 ft) tall, was built by Sam Hill and dedicated in September 1921, and commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Gent in 1814. The monument is built on the exact United States-Canada boundary, between Interstate 5 and Highway 99,  in the grass median between the northbound and southbound lanes. The Peace Arch has the flags of the U.S. and Canada mounted on its crown, and two incriptions on both sides of its frieze. The inscription on the U.S. side of the Peace Arch reads “Children of a common mother”, and the words on the Canadian side read “Brethren dwelling together in unity”. Within the arch, each side has an iron gate hinged on either side of the border with an inscription above reading “May these gates never be closed.  Peace Arch Park consists of Peace Arch Provincial Park on the Canadian side and Peace Arch State Park on the American side of the border. Within the park is a major border crossing (between Interstate 5 on the U.S. side and British Columbia Highway 99 on the Canadian side) which has never closed, symbolizing a long history of peace between the two nations. In Canada, the crossing is officially named Douglas in honour of Sir James Douglas, the first governor of the Colony of British Columbia. Because of the Peace Arch monument, however, the border crossing between Surrey and Blaine is popularly known as the “Peace Arch Border Crossing”, one of the busiest border crossings between Canada and the United States. It is the busiest such crossing west of Detroit.”  Wikipedia

I took my Grandson to see the border crossing . . . and get a few pics.  We found the actual border marker, so he stood on the US side trying to look really cool, while I stood on the Canadian side.  I poked him trying to get him to smile . . . but cool guys don’t smile!  

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“I believe things happen that can’t be explained, but so many people seem intent on explaining them. Everyone has an answer for them. Either aliens or things from the spirit world.”  Harold Ramis

I shot my reflection in the window glass of my husbands truck canopy.  I had my 50mm 1.8 lens mounted with a 12mm macro extension tube – hence the very fuzzy shadowy outline.  I played with all the sliders in Lightroom to really bring out the lights and darks, then added a few textures and effects in Lightroom.  It looks very “otherworldly” . . . 

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“One minute you’re a slug and the next minute you’re a hero, so you don’t know what to think.”  Ed Belfour

My Macro Extension tubes arrived, so I’ve been playing around with them.  I’m absolutely amazed at the very narrow depth of field with these tubes . . . this was taken with my 35mm prime, and the 2x tube.  My shadow is over the slugs air hole . . . We’ve had a very, very wet spring so slugs abound in the garden.  Normally I am pretty disgusted by these slimy little creatures, but getting this close kind of gives me a bit of appreciation for the little creatures.  Well . . . yeah . . . as long as they stay away from my garden!  

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“Surely, two of the most satisfying experiences in life must be those of being a grandchild or a grandparent.”  Donald A. Norberg

This morning I woke up with two little Princesses snuggled in to bed with me . . . after breakfast we headed out for a walk to the park on a beautiful sunny day. Bliss.

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Forty One

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Forty One

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