One-To-Three Photo Processing Challenge — August, 2022

For this monthly prompt from Kate at The Squirrel Chase, the idea is pick a photo you want to play with and process it using three different methods. The photo I’m featuring today is of a deer that was standing on the hill just beyond my backyard fence. When she saw me, she froze (like the proverbial deer in the headlights) and stared back at me until my dog started barking at her, at which point she turned around and bounded down the hill.

All processed photos were made using apps available for the iPhone at Apple’s App Store. Also, all images, including the original, were resized (shrunk) to make them quicker to load (and to take up less space in my WordPress media folder).

Original photo
Processed using the Prisma app
Processed using the Sketch Master app
Processed using the Glazed app

Which image do you like best?

Share Your World — 08/01/2022

Share Your World

I can’t believe that it’s already August. Yikes. Well, life moves on, right? Thus, it’s time for another of edition of Melanie’s Share Your World.

Do you ever feel more excited about getting the package in the mail, rather than the item that’s in it?

It’s what’s inside that counts. Just like with people.

What is the difference between your ideal self and your real self? (i.e. what attribute or physical feature would allow to you feel the ideal ‘you’?)

I’ve reached the age where my real self and my ideal self have reconciled. Maybe I’ve lowered my expectations of who my ideal self should be, but I am who I am and I am satisfied with who that is.

If you found $2,000 on the ground and there were no witnesses, what would you do with it?

That depends. Was the $2,000 in an envelope with no writing on it or just a wad of bills with a rubber band wrapped around it? If so, I’d pocket it. But if it was in a wallet or a purse, or it’s owner was otherwise identifiable, I’d do what I could to get it back to who it belongs to.

Are you ever morally obliged to take action? Under what circumstances?

Okay, what exactly is a “moral obligation.” I Googled it, and it is defined as “an obligation arising out of considerations of right and wrong.” With that in mind, if I see something I feel is wrong and there is an action I can take that would not put me or anyone I was with in harm’s way, I would take it. But if my attempt to personally or directly intervene would put me or whoever I was with in danger, I might just pick up my phone and call 9-1-1. What I would not do is ignore it.

How did last week go for you?

Well, I’m still getting up at the crack of dawn to walk our dog since my wife broke a bone in her foot. But, her foot is getting better, albeit slowly. Hopefully, by this time next month, she’ll be back on her feet and I will no longer be sleep deprived.

Blogging Insights — Amateur Writers

It’s Monday and Dr. Tanya is back with her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. She provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and asks us to express our opinion about said quote.

This week’s quote is from author Richard Bach.

A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”

Based upon the definition of the word “amateur” as a person who engages in a pursuit on an unpaid, rather than a professional, basis,” I suppose it can be said that a professional in any occupation started out as an amateur who didn’t quit. Writers, actors, athletes, whatever.

I am neither a professional writer nor a professional blogger. I am a casual, hobby blogger. In other words, an amateur blogger. I do not plan to quit my pursuit of blogging anytime soon. But not quitting writing as an amateur blogger will not make me either a professional blogger or a professional writer.

I guess it’s a good thing that I don’t plan to make any money from blogging.

My Last Photo — July ‘22

Brian, aka Bushboy, posted his monthly Last on the Card prompt, where he asks us to…

  • Post the last photo from your camera’s SD card or the last photo from your phone taken in July.
  • No editing — who cares if it is out of focus, not framed as you would like, or the subject matter didn’t cooperate?
  • No explanations needed — just the photo will do.
  • Create a pingback to Brian’s post or link in the comments.
  • Tag “The Last Photo.”

So here’s the last photo I took on my iPhone in July.

I took this photo yesterday morning at around 6:15 am when I was walking our dog. I looked up at the sky, pulled out my iPhone from my back pocket, snapped the shutter, and said to my dog, “I’m going to use this picture for Brian’s Last on the Card prompt tomorrow.” I always keep my word to my dog.

The Letter R

Deb, over at Nope, Not Pam, has this weekly challenge called A Letter a Week where she gives us a place, an emotion, an adjective, a verb, and an animal all starting with the same letter. Then she asks us to write a post using those items and the letter she has given us, which this week is the letter R.

Here are Deb’s R-words:

Place – Rome
Emotion – relief
Adjective – rhyming
Verb – run
Animal – robin

“They say what happens in Rome stays in Rome, right?” Frank said.

“Actually,” Tim said, “you’re thinking of Las Vegas. The saying about Rome is, ‘When in Rome do as the Romans do.’”

“What does that mean?” Frank asked. “What do the Romans do?”

“I don’t know what Romans do, Frank, but let’s just run with it, okay?” Tim said.

“That’s a relief,” Frank said.

“What’s a relief?”

“That we don’t have to know the Romans do,” Frank said. Then pointing up, he said, “Hey, look at that bird up there on the wire. What kind of bird is that, Tim?”

“It’s a robin,” Tim said.

“You mean like Batman and Robin?” Frank asked.

“No, Frank,” Tim said, shaking his head. “It’s a robin, as in that old song with the lyrics, When the red, red robin comes bob, bob bobbin’ along, along.”

“I didn’t know you were so good at rhyming, Tim,” Frank said. “Robin and bobbin’. That’s really good.”

Tim rolled his eyes. “You wanna hear another rhyme, Frank?”

“Sure, Tim, I like this game.”

“Okay,” Tim said. “It’s midnight in Rome, so it’s time to go home.”