On Facebook today is International Drink Like a Pirate Day. I like the caramel colored drink. It’s great straight or mixed with fruit. My favorite rum drinks are the mojito and the caipirinha. Maybe I just like limes.
Rum has a long history in the West Indies. I would venture to say rum is synonymous with the West Indies.
Some of the many other names for rum are Nelson’s blood, kill-devil, demon water, pirate’s drink, navy neaters, and Barbados water.1
Barbados water? Yes, Barbados lays claim to being the oldest rum producing country in the Americas.
For my birthday my sister-in-law and her husband bought me the rock glass and ice ball. It’s the perfect glass for drinking fine rums and scotch. A small amount of the best I have available – Mount Gay 1703 – swirled around an ice sphere in a glass designed to evenly chill that liquid seemed just the way to celebrate. Don’t mix this rum with fruit juice on penalty of being made to walk the plank over shark infested waters. Mount Gay claims to be the oldest rum distiller in the world with production going back to 1703. My friend +Mohit picked some up for me on a trip to Bermuda. Thank you, Mohit.
But before I could sip my libation I remembered that I needed a photo for my 52 week project. I also needed some practice with my strobes. I’m doing an action and portrait shoot for some martial arts – Tae Kwon Do – black belts next weekend and I know I need to get more experience with the lights.
I found a white sheet of craft board, placed it on a chair, positioned my subjects, and started firing away. It took me a few shots to get the lighting to something that felt good enough. Good enough for me anyway. I still need a lot of practice.
I downloaded the images to my iPad and did some minor post processing in Snapseed. I used the auto correct and cropping features. I like the result.
Now back ta enjoyin’ me rum, aaaarr! What is your favorite alcoholic drink?
Camera: Nikon D40 Lens: AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR Software : Snapseed for iPad
I feel that my photography has become boring. I still enjoy capturing images but the results no longer delight me. I’ve played it safe; only doing things that I feel I’m good at. I look at the work on 500px and I think to myself, “Why didn’t I think of doing that?”
It’s time I started taking some risks. Perhaps I’ve been afraid that my images will be terrible if I try something I’ve never tried before. I think I am. But if I don’t continue to try new things, to take risks, my photography will stagnate. My skills will remain at the level they are. I have to remind myself that I started taking photographs because I enjoyed the activity and I bought the DSLR because I wanted to learn how to product better images.
I’m ready to make some changes. I’m ready to take some risks.
I’ve had Pixelmator for some time but never really used it except for minor layering altering. I have a photo shoot coming up — a martial arts event — and the client wants to do some work with a green screen. He loaned me the screen he has so I set it up in the basement and got my son to model for me. I used Pixelmator to remove the green background and layered the images of my son onto another background. I didn’t do a stellar job. You can still see some of the green around the edges and the background is kind of lame. But I now know what I can do. I just need to hone my technique.
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