Feeding the Birds

This was a real grab shot. I had only time to take 3 quick frames of this man in Paris feeding birds along the Champs Elysees. This one was the best for applying oil painting effects and printing on Matte paper.

Bring On The Clowns

Let me introduce you to two of the most charming young ladies I've had the pleasure of knowing.  This picture almost didn't come off.  I bought the costumes from a costume store and arranged for a clown make-up artist to apply the make-up on the girls at the store.  Mistake one!  The only store I could find in my area that could do this was about 20 miles from my house where the picture was taken.  Mistake two!

The time it took to apply the make-up made for a fidgety younger one.  Compound that with the time it took to drive back to my house on  a hot summer day and you have all the ingredients for a colorful, and messy, disaster.  The little one developed a "tummy ache" and started to cry.  Of course that caused the make-up to run and streak.  Even with the air conditioning on, the make-up was still warm for the girls to wear for so long.  Thank God for their grandmother being there to help.  Without her, I probably wouldn't have made it back with most everything intact.

I had time for just a few shots before we removed the make-up from two very hot and uncomfortable young ladies.

I used Photoshop to get rid of the make-up that was smeared and to tweak some of the other areas that were smudged. Instant Photo Artist was used to get the paint effect.


Smoke Gets In Your Eyes!

This was an interesting mess I got myself into.  I was driving to work and noticed smoke coming out of a building and, at the same time, heard the sirens of the fire engines approaching.  Always ready for a good picture (what photobug isn't?), I pulled over about a block away from the building and proceeded to walk around taking pictures. About an hour into the fun I was having, the fire chief came up to me and told me I had to leave unless I had press ID.  Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.  When I got back to my car, I couldn't move it, because of the fire hoses that had been laid down around it in order to fight the fire.  Hmmm.  I couldn't leave and it was their hoses blocking me.  Heck with it.  Might as well ignore the request and keep on snapping.  Only then, I did keep at a safe distance and was able to shoot more film without being asked to leave.


Politics and Signs!

This is a companion picture to the one above.  I liked this one for the different messages it carries.  The fire was in a regional campaign headquarters building in Detroit, MI. The candidates running for office are listed on the building window.  Notice above their names the words "Nuts & Bolts". Perhaps another way to describe politics nowadays?  The other anomaly I liked was the "No Standing" sign and right next to it was a fireman - yep, just standing there.  Probably didn't have time to read the sign!

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