Where My Freelensing Journey Began

THE DETACHED LENS

Freelensing was first introduced to me over two years ago on a photography forum I belong to. Someone shared her experience of experimenting with detaching her lens to take pictures, and I marveled at what she came up with. The works were dreamy, flawed, blurry, photographic prose. I immediately grabbed my Nikon to try it out.

But…it didn’t work. I couldn’t see through the viewfinder, and only saw a black screen when I pressed the shutter button. What was going on?

Coming together on the forum, we soon discovered the problem: the aperture on my Nikkor lens was scrunching closed whenever I removed it from the camera. The only solution was to tape it open, or rig it with a piece of folded paper.

Annoyed, I gave it up for a while.

A few months (?) later, everything changed. I discovered the work of Irene Suchocki, and my interest…

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Q: Do you always need to feel inspired to create?

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The Artist Diaries

I’ve been feeling very unmotivated recently when it comes to painting.

To be completely honest, I just feel like I can’t be bothered. I feel lethargic and ‘heavy’ when I think about it, like it’s too much effort for so little in return (meaning either an unfinished painting or worse — a painting I dislike).

Lying in bed last night I remembered several conversations I’ve had over the past couple of years about the nature of motivation and inspiration, and how our feelings aren’t actually the most reliable gauge in terms of whether or not we should do something.

Feeling lethargic and unmotivated doesn’t have to stop me from being creative. In fact, no feeling has the power to prevent me from doing anything without my complicity.

I can complain of feeling horribly uninspired and still put paint on a canvas. I can feel moody and bored and still doodle on a…

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Inside the Agora – Be ready for Life by Marcus Aurelius

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Cheesy Potato Bread Rolls Recipe

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The Heathen Homesteader

I love potatoes. When people say “bread is life” I think: “right after potatoes.” When combining the two I feel as if I am creating pure joy. In this blog post I’m sharing one of my versions of potato bread but I’m making it into rolls then adding a bit of cheese to the mix. Because cheese too is life. Unless you’re lactose intolerant and also gluten intolerant. Then maybe not.

I was very surprised I had not posted a blog about potato bread yet as I make it fairly often. Growing up one of my favorite sandwich breads from the regular grocery store was (is) potato. Homemade potato bread isn’t quite the same unless perhaps you are using potato flakes (instant mashed potatoes) or spend time breaking down potatoes into a thin liquidy purée. Even then the texture is different. I like my potato bread with some small clumps…

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How Insufficient Sleep Can Harm Your Child

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Sleep plays an extremely important role in our health, yet it seems to be one of the first things we forego when we’re short on time. For children, this habit can prove to be harmful later in life. A new study by the pediatricians at Massachusetts General Hospital shows that insufficient sleep in early childhood can lead to cognitive and behavioral problems in later years.

The study monitored the sleep habits of 1,046 children and their consequent behaviors. The families of these children were interviewed when the children were ages 6 months, 3 years and 7 years old, and completed questionnaires at ages 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 years old. The mothers were also sent survey instruments to evaluate each child’s executive function and behavioral issues, including emotional responses and social problems.

The findings support the importance of encouraging your children to get a good and sufficient night’s sleep…

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi – A forgettable experience

Treeman and the Gang

The first teaser trailer for the new Star Wars trailer is out and the Internet went totally wild about it. People coming up with praise for the trailer and enourmous speculation about what Skywalkers “it is time for the Jedi…to end” all means. Plenty of theories has already been written and talked about though most sensible people will probably recognize that he means that it is time for the old Jedi Order to end. So let’s just trash the whole “Skywalker is evil” or “Skywalker is Snoke, so he dresses up like an overgrown zombie-alien when he communicates with the First Order in front of a holo-camera.”
Let’s get it out: Yes, the new teaser trailer was pretty good because it sparked interest but it was also incredible forgettable. I had totally forgot it the day after its release because it shows us nothing execpt what we already would expect…

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[Review] The Fate of the Furious – Running out of ideas…WTF

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True Reviews Now

Director:  F. Gary Gray

Cast:  Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne JohnsonMichelle RodriguezCharlize Theron

Our Rating

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TRAILER

Fast & Furious franchise has minted money for anyone who has been associated with it for the last 17 years and truly it has been a roller coaster ride. With the unfortunate death of Paul Walker, it seemed like the franchise was in dwindles but introduction of Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock actually saved the day. Coming over now, with the eighth installment of the franchise, it seems to be closer to calling it a day. I originally gave it a 2 star but then the action was pretty good so it earned another one star for itself.

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The story, as we have already seen and now pretty much know through other reviews and spoilers online, is about “Family”. Seriously, Vin Diesel has overused this word so much…

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How to Save 100% on Everything – from a former Coupon Junkie

Rowland in Life

I am a member of CA: Coupon Anonymous.  For a while (actually for about two years), I was a an avid person who was obsessed with grocery coupons.  I would spend several dollars every Sunday to stop by my local grocery store to purchase the Sunday paper filled with ‘over $300 worth of coupons.’  I followed coupon websites, blogs, and message boards on where to get the best use of your coupons.  I would spend time pouring over sales papers and visiting several stores a week to purchase whatever item they were selling that week so I could get the best deals.
In the long run, using coupons was saving money, filling my pantry with items, and feeling I was feeding my family with a smaller amount of money.  When I looked at my pantry, we were not using some things.  I would purchase them so cheap, I thought I…

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5 Amazing Running Benefits

Healthy Is Happy

In lieu of the Boston marathon today I figured a running post would be quite fitting.

When you hear the phrase “let’s go for a run” it will either excite you or intimidate you. Running is one of the cheapest yet most effective forms of exercise however many of us are reluctant to do it simply because it isn’t something we are used to doing. Running is one of those things that can seem daunting at first, but I promise you once you get in a habit of making it part of your everyday lifestyle and slowly increase your weekly mileage it will become something you enjoy doing more.

When I first began running a few years back I would have been happy to have ran a mile. I would find myself getting tired running the three mile loop around the lake in my hometown. If could do this in…

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No child left behind? (BLW Contributor)

MJ

desk.jpgWorking as an educator for more than twenty years has opened my eyes to the nitty-gritty, where you live life of teachers and students. I entered the field later in my life than most teachers, becoming a grandmother just a month before graduating college and starting menopause about the same time. I had always been involved with young people in various ways, such as teaching them in a church setting and acting as counselor in youth camps. So I do enjoy working with youth.

I truly enjoy teaching the students. I enjoy preparing the lessons and finding resources to add to and improve my lessons. I enjoy working with other teachers and the administration, whom I admire and respect. I am thankful for the freedom students in the U.S. enjoy to attain a free education to prepare them for life. In the school setting, children can acquire knowledge to help…

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