3-26-14 How To Make A Monster

Now that I have your attention…Some of you may have noticed that I tried a little experiment yesterday. I did not title my post. I only gave it a date. Statistically speaking, it made absolutely no difference to reader visits that I can see. Of the past 6 Tuesdays, yesterday is number 4. Just missed the bronze medal.  I had not looked at all the lovely stats that WP provides for months. Why I suddenly got curious, I can’t say.  I wish I had exciting information to impart but I don’t.

We were playing around in the studio again the other day. Our model was Cyrus, a young man who is looking to freshen up his book and work on his performance skills. I have not had time to do much yet but here are a few shots from the session.







The last two are to show what you can do in Lightroom with only a very few clicks and slider changes. First, a smoldering, extremely good-looking young man…





I am submitting a few pieces to a juried call for monsters. I think this works. I am going to see if Cyrus will permit me to use it that way. Not a legal issue just common courtesy. So, does this say “monster” to you?


I was happy that several people noticed that I did not have an update on Andra‘s walk to Nashville in support of her book, “To Live Forever An Afterlife Journey Of Meriwether Lewis” She is over 75% of the way through her 444 mile walk!


2-24-14 Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes (#2) Lighting Edition

“One out of four people in this country is mentally unbalanced. Think of your three closest friends; if they seem OK, then you’re the one.”

Ann Landers

We were playing with basic lighting setups in the studio last week and I realized that I had examples of three different setups. Since three is the Weekly Photo Challenge (which means I should do it three times) this is attempt #2. Attempt # 1 is right here.  Attempt number three is still to come.

First Rembrandt lighting so-called because it supposedly duplicates a lighting situation Rembrandt used in his portraits very frequently. Look for a triangle of light under the eye that is opposite the main light.


The second is called “reverse beauty” or “monster’ lighting. I will let you guess why.


The third is glamour or beauty or butterfly lighting. It is called this because of the little butterfly (use your imagination) that appears under the nose. Women’s fashion uses it all the time. It is not supposed to be used on women over thirty (or s0) or men. I do not know who makes up these rules because I think this young lady looks fabulous.


“There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.”

Will Rogers

Other views of three below:





A sublime spectacle at Haleakala





Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

7-9-13 Teaser Tuesday (New Meme For Me)

Thought I would take a shot at a new weekly challenge.


Just because.

I heard about this through TBM at 50 Year Project. Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play. Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“I put on rouge, Monsieur.”

“That explains everything.

Fanfarlo – Charles Baudelaire

Boro Walk