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“I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else.  I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be.”  Ken Venturi

Today is the last day of our 365 Vegas Meetup.  Most are leaving today, or have left already this morning.    My husband and I have decided to stay for a couple more days, as we would like to go back to a couple of the places we didn’t feel like we got enough time in . . . such as the Valley of Fire.  A group of us decided to get our picture taken and the Las Vegas sign at one end of the Strip.  There was quite a line up of people waiting to take pictures, as well as an Elvis personality and two Vegas Showgirls with whom you could get your photo taken if you wanted to pay them for it.  We ended up standing in the lineup for quite some time waiting for all of our people to show up.  I took this shot of Frank (a fellow 365’er) as we waited.  I was so pleasantly surprised when I opened this up on my computer to see this amazing sunburst and the great reflection in his glasses!  Score!  He kind of reminds me of one of those Secret Agent types in this shot.  Or a movie star!  

I also love the quote I found for today that seems to totally fit the mood of this photo.  Be the absolute best that you can be and you will shine beyond measure.  You can certainly use what others have done to inspire and motivate, but don’t compete with others to be the best of the best . . . compete against yourself.    Your beautiful aura will then leave a positive impact on everyone who passes through your experience of life.  And YOU are the only one who can make it  happen . . . GO FOR IT!



“A cultivated style would be like a mask.  Everybody knows it’s a mask, and sooner or later you must show yourself, or at least, you show yourself as someone who could not afford to show himself, and so created something to hide behind.  You do not create a style.  You work, and develop yourself; your style is an emanation from your own being.”  Katherine Anne Porter

I’m pretty good at hiding.  My husband doesn’t quite get why most of my “self portraits” are so abstract and vague.  The purpose of participating in this challenge is so that I will be forced out of my comfort zone and take some risks . . . and hopefully in the process find more of my inner muse.  I’ve always felt myself to be a Creative, but have always struggled with expressing that creativity.  And this despite the fact that people that know me think I am very creative!  Therein lies the conundrum I face every day . . . how to shut off my inner critique and trust in the flow of free expression.

For this self portrait, I positioned myself behind a patio chair.  I thought my face would actually show through some, but mostly you see the color from my shirt, and the impressions from my face pushing on the fabric.  I took it in to PhotoShop and processed it with Topaz Labs plug-ins as well as a couple of PhotoShop’s built in effects.  




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