The boy on the left doesn't have a toy gun, so he uses a stick. The game continues as usual. With your imagination, anything is possible if you want it enough.
Here are some of the people I met today at the Santa Rosa Toy Con.
There were a ton of cosplayers too. I'll post images of some of them soon.
Every day I see images on social media that have such heavy-handed post-processing they no longer look like photographs. Usually the posters are very proud of the strangeness they have created in their favorite editing program. Now, I'm not going to go into detail about the fact that clicking a preset does not make you an artist (it actually shows the talent of the preset creator more than the user), and I'm not going to get into the debate over photography versus digital art, what I AM going to do is tell you why all the old-timers out there are cringing at your images.
Most working professional photographers still remember using film; some fondly and some begrudgingly, but if you've ever used film for a job, you remember that feeling of dread when you get your negatives back from the lab, or take that first look at them after they dry, and all you see is an incorrectly exposed or incorrectly developed negative. Did you use the wrong chemicals? Were your baths too old? Did you time it wrong? Did you use the wrong color balanced film? Did you leave your camera on the dashboard during the summer? Why do my pictures look like crap? And then you have to call your client and tell them that you messed up and need to re-shoot.
Yes, almost every "filter" offered on popular image sharing sites, and most of them in image editing programs replicate an effect that you could get with film when you did something wrong. Cross-process, bleach bypass, over-saturation, etc. are all accidents that someone MAY have used at some point to "show off" their "artiness" but it's more likely that they were just trying to cover their blunder.
People that use digital filters, presets, or heavy-handed processing do so to try to make their images different, but the easy way to make your pictures different is to change your perspective before you take the picture. It's one of the first things they teach you in school, and it's what makes YOU like a picture when you see it - not some crappy pre-set.
It's fun to play around with the amazing things image editing programs can do - it was fun to play around with film! That's where we get the excellent techniques of push-processing, dodging/burning, painting, smudging, etc. etc. blah blah blah. But however fun it may be, it's not the way to create a truly great image. Trust me, not only will time tell on this one, but when you deliver that stuff to clients they will try someone else out the next time.
The recent trend concerning topless females in public is an issue that many downplay, scoff at, and otherwise denigrate, but it's a larger issue than you may realize. Men often forget that they had to play this same game, not so long ago, to obtain the right to go about topless.
You might not want to be topless in public places, but if topless men don't bother you, topless women shouldn't either - especially if you are a woman!
The tendency for many people to judge and demean women based on their choice of attire is a type of subjugation, it keeps women down, which keeps people down. It's just one more way that we separate ourselves from our neighbors, and the attitude that a woman's style of dress makes them less of a person and more of an object IS harmful to ALL of us.
If you haven't already, visit the Topfree Equal Rights Association for news concerning the movement, and plenty of great information for why allowing men to be topless in public while restricting women is hurtful and dangerous to our society.
Don't forget that in many great civilizations of the past, public partial nudity was normal, and full nudity was freely accepted. Clothing was donned to show wealth, class, or status and protect from the elements; modesty is a modern concept.
One of my volunteer efforts in the realm of photography is photographing cats at the Mendocino County Animal Care Services shelter. I love animals and love spending time with these cats, I would take them all home if I could.
If you're looking for a great pet, here are some options for you.
You can learn more about the animals, how to adopt them, or see what other kinds of animals are available by visiting the Mendocino County Animal Care Services shelter website or giving them a call at 707-467-6453.