Belfountain Conservation Area

Posted 2009.08.02 15.38 in Hobbies, Photography by Stephanie

Today I went for a little trip, to go and visit a picturesque spot where I could take some pictures with my digital camera and try to get myself back into the photography thing. (Outcome: I need more practice.) My eyes are out of the habit of framing shots and I found myself fumbling around with lenses and forgetting settings. Still, one has to start somewhere, and I’m not unhappy with the results.

One of the first lessons I learned in my first photography course was to take lots and lots of pictures. The more pictures you take, the better your chances of getting a great shot. And that was in the days of film! With digital, you don’t even┬áhave to worry about wasting money for processing. Out of over 70 shots, I have selected eight that I like. And of the eight, only two or three are better than adequate, IMHO.

Tell me which ones you like the best, I’ll be interested to see if people like the same ones I like.

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Scarey Happy Smile

Posted 2009.08.02 12.47 in Cats, Photography by Stephanie

It’s the scariest smile I’ve seen in a long time…. smile for the camera Pixie! Great, now say Serial Killer

Scarey Happy

Humanity, Risk, Self-Destruction

Posted 2009.08.02 7.23 in Pointless Blather, Uncategorized by Stephanie

Have you ever looked at self-destructive behaviors in people and wondered why they do it? I’m not talking about people with clinical depression acting suicidal – I’m talking about day-to-day activities that virtually everyone takes part in. So-called normal, functioning members of society, doing things that could well kill them.

I have long held the belief that there is something fundamental in the human mindset which is programmed to ignore danger if the danger is either subtle, long-term, or non-specific. By which I mean, if the danger does not target one individual specifically, if the danger is cumulative or takes a period of time to manifest, or if the danger is understood but not blatantly obvious, people seem to be quite willing to ignore it. It’s the “It won’t happen to me” syndrome.┬áHere are some examples:

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