Gargoyles Just Wanna Have Fun

Gaze Into My Crystal Ball

Sunday, Sandee and I started our trial membership at a pottery studio in Decatur called Mudfire. I’d heard good things about it, and Sandee and I are both interested in pursuing more creative outlets this year, and we decided to try this for a bit and see if we like it.

I first learned how to throw pottery on the wheel when I was in college and actually learned using an old-fashioned kick wheel. I took a couple of classes after that, the most recent being six years ago. The only bad thing about the classes were that they were six-week courses, and if you missed one, you missed one… too bad! Mudfire is open throughout the week until late and on weekends, allowing for many more opportunities to visit and learn from one of their instructors.

Anywho, not only do I want to get good at throwing pots and such on the wheel, I want to get back into handbuilding as well. Several years ago, I piddled around with Sculpey… a clay that you can shape and bake in your own oven.

I made this dragon from Sculpey, painted, and varnished it in 1999, and it’s lost some of its lustre, but I think it’s held up pretty well. I like to do whimsical things like this, and I already have several ideas for what I’d like to do at Mudfire, combining the thrown pieces and handbuilt pieces…. and then, of course, take photos of them (ain’t dumping photography for pottery! :))

Everyone Has Scaled Back

Picturesque Alert!

Watch Out for Trolls | 40mm, f/8.0, 1/90 sec, ISO 200

Does it get any better than a covered bridge for picturesque? This one is at Stone Mountain and is really quite quaint. I didn’t see anything about its history… whether it’s an original, authentic part of the area around there, or if the SM Park people just put it up for tourists. Either way, I like it.

I was shooting into the sun, so the sky is pretty washed out, but that doesn’t bother me too much in this shot. I’ll be glad when my weekends are not cold and gray again so I can get motivated to get out and shoot some more. I’m as tired of taking pictures of my animals as they are of me taking them!

I Got Nuthin’

Gestalt | 40mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec, ISO 280

Other than the ice and snow, I haven’t been taking any photos, so I have nothing new to post. All of my new pics have wound up on Facebook.

So I went back to November and found this one of Piedmont Park. Apparently, it was quite the popular place during the snow. I love the expansive few of the park and the skyline of midtown.

I know I often sing the praises of my camera and lenses, but when I look at photos like this, it just amazes me what they can do. You probably won’t be able to see this even if you click to make the image larger, because this blog software severely compresses the images I post in order to minimize their size. However, when I zoom in on my original image, I can tell that the guy on the far left is shirtless and wearing blue running pants with a white stripe. The two people nearest to the middle are walking a boxer and the extend-a-leash they’re using is red. And on the top of the leftmost building is plainly the word “Loews.”

The most amazing thing about this is that I took this photo without using a tripod, so that means it stabilized my hand shake enough that it could still pick up these minute details from quite far away. Sigh. I love technology sometimes.

Room With a View

There Goes the Sun | 28mm, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec, ISO 200

This is the view outside my bedroom window. I’ve been sitting here in my room, looking out over this scene quite a lot the last three days… watching the snow fall, watching kids play, listening to tires spin and ice crunch, feeling the cold wind on my face, throwing out bread for the birds, and today, watching a golden sunset melt into the horizon.

I’m grateful to have a job where I can work from home on days like these, and grateful for a warm home and plenty of food.

What’s one thing you’re grateful for today?

Fired Up!!

So Proud! | 28mm, f/8.0, 20 sec, ISO 200

I started to do this sparkler photography last night after the game was over, but since I don’t think I took a breath during the last six minutes of play, I was pretty wiped out.

I’m using a much smaller sparkler than I usually do, so the sparks are not as nice and “drippy” as they have been before. Plus there’s too much ambient light from the condos behind me and the ISO is too high, but I think the message comes across. (Yes, my shirt has Auburn spelled backwards, because I wrote right-reading, then flipped the image.)

And hey, I get to see how I’ll look as a ghost when I come back to haunt Alabama fans, so that’s pretty cool too. :)

What to Wear? What to Wear?

A Few of My Christmas Gifts | 28mm, f/4.8, 1/60 sec, ISO 6400

Okay, peeps!! The time is almost here!! Are we gonna do it?! Are we gonna bring that crystal ball back to the state again for a second time?!?!?! YOU BET WE ARE!!!

Tigers, play hard, play smart, play fair, and stay safe!!  The Auburn family is proud of you for giving us a great season!!


And Snow It Begins…

This Bodes Well for No Work Tomorrow! | 28mm, f/3.5, 1/4 sec, ISO 1000

Was starting to wonder if it was ever going to start snowing here. It finally did around 9:30pm. This picture was taken off my front porch about an hour later… shortly before neighborhood children messed up the soft beauty of it all.

I’m trying to realize that there’s not only beauty in the snowscape, but beauty in the joy of children playing in it. I remember how excited I used to get whenever there was even just a little bit of snow on the ground, so I guess I can grit my teeth and let them enjoy my front yard too. :)