Category: photography

The Dragon’s Loyalty Award

Treasures-4

Treasures-4

I’m overcome.  I’ve been given two awards in one day.

When I started blogging, I had no idea there were awards involved.

This one is the Dragon’s Loyalty Award.  It is given to someone who follows the blog and comments regularly.

Fabulous Jenn at My Fibrotastic Life, gave me this award. She writes an awesome blog and does craft work that she has for sale.  So be sure to check out her blog.

There are rules to the award.  They are as follows:

1.  Display the award on your site.

2. Link back to the person who gave you the award in your acceptance post;

3. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and notify them they received the award.

4. List seven interesting things about yourself.

OK, on with the awards,

Here is my list with links to their wonderful blogs.

Dawn Hosking

Ewa, at Fibromyalgia and Self Disorders

Trisha, at Notes From the Fog

Susan at Owls & Orchids

Heather at Sincerely Ms. Roberts

I also include one of my most loyal readers, Leigh, who doesn’t blog, but reads mine regularly.

OK, seven interesting things about me:

1.  I am first and foremost an artist.  That is my being, my soul, my everything.  I have to do art.  It is not a choice.

2.  Before I got sick, I was a Risk Manager for a health cooperative.  The most interesting part of that job was negotiating settlements of medical malpractice lawsuits.  These settlements usually ranged in the six to seven-figure dollars.

3.  I have known my husband since 1969 and have lived with him since 1970.  He is the best husband in the world.  I can’t imagine life without him.

4.  I love dogs.  We have always owned dogs.  After our last dog died, we decided that since we want to travel when Warren retires, that we couldn’t be putting a dog in a kennel for long periods of time.

5.  I am totally into social media.  I never thought it would happen to me.  I started on Facebook and then gradually Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr and others took over.  I have discovered that these are great places to post my paintings and get feedback.  I belong to several private Facebook pages that are for artists.

6.  I am learning to be a photographer.  My husband is getting ready to retire in July.  We bought him a new camera.  While doing this, I realized I already had a pretty good camera.  I am learning to do my own settings with it.  This will give us something to do together when he retires.

7.  I am going to learn Photoshop.  I just got a Cloud membership from Adobe.  Adobe no longer sells most of its software.  One has to rent it.  Thank you all those jerks who ripped Adobe off and didn’t pay for their software.  But it’s not totally unreasonable.  I got a really good deal and opted to get all their apps. Most of them I’ll not bother with, but I will try to learn Photoshop, Illustrator and Lightroom.

My next challenge now is to figure out how to put up a slide show of my awards.  That is one of the requirements of these awards.  At first, I didn’t want to do this.  Being an artist, I’m very fussy about the design of my blog.  But now, with all these awards, I feel I should be showing them off.  I’m going to copy Jenn, and set it up like she has.  Wish me luck figuring it out.

Bodies On the Beach-10

Bodies On the Beach-10

Bodies On the Beach-10

My husband and I wake up early every morning.  It has been nice to be out on the lanai, watching everyone wake up.

One treat we see each day is a group from a canoe club down the beach.  They get up and go out in the ocean about 6:30 each morning.

This picture was taken by my husband, Warren C. Mitchell on a Sony RX 100 II.

If anyone is looking to buy a camera, this one is very good.  It is a large view lens which makes the quality of the photos as good as DSLR cameras.

This is my last week.  I have so enjoyed my trip.

Aloha.

Bodies On the Beach-8

Bodies On the Beach-8

Bodies On the Beach-8

I have a very special photograph today.

It is my favorite body of all time, my husband, Warren and a new friend we met today.  Kayla, a Rhodesian Humpback.  She originated in Africa, where her breed are used to hunt lions.

She is a beautiful dog, with a warm personality.  She is missing her hump, however.  Kayla lives on Maui, where she loves to romp on the beach.

This is another photo from my iPhone.

Bodies On the Beach-7-She Runs Like a Girl

Bodies On the Beach-7

Bodies On the Beach-7

I thought of the old saying, “she runs like a girl” when I saw this woman running on the beach.  Yeah, she does run like a girl, an athletic one.

This woman comes out to run early each morning.  I’ve tried to capture her for several days, but she runs too fast.  I finally got her today on her return when she slowed a bit.

Here’s to strong women.

Aloha.

Bodies On the Beach-4, an Alternate View

Bodies On the Beach-4

Bodies On the Beach-4

My husband, Warren Mitchell, was supposedly shooting pictures of a group of canoes.

While viewing the photos, I came across his idea of a Body On the Beach.

It was shot in his Sony RX 100 II.  I enhanced it a bit in Xnview, though it she was just fine as is.

Xnview is one of my favorite apps for viewing photos and art work.  It allows me to use plugins and has some enhancing options.  Best of all, it is free.

Aloha.

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