Introduction to Photography

Introduction to Photography

While many people would agree that photography is a form of art (good photography, anyhow), I want to take some time today to tell you that there’s plenty of science behind the art. There are several terms every budding photographer should become familiar with before they go out and spend tons of money on a camera which may not fulfill their specific needs. Like everything else, more expensive doesn’t necessarily mean much better. If you’re travelling around the market for a camera, then you should be looking at the following information, not the price tag, and basing your purchasing decision on these several points.

Controlling Exposure Quality

Most cameras have timers built right into them which control how long film is exposed, usually producing quality negatives which yield legible pictures. However, to really be a great photographer, I think it’s important to get more control over the picture-taking process, from beginning to end. Too much light will ruin an image by destroying whatever you’re looking at and giving back a bright, blank image. Too little light will make everything dark, sometimes too dark to see anything at all. This is why understanding the three underlying factors which control exposure quality can be of much help to a photographer. Knowing how to control the ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed will improve your images.


Essentially, ISO is a number on a scale which represents the sensitivity of a particular camera to lighting conditions. Upgrades in technology have made it so you’re not stuck taking a whole film roll of images in whatever lighting you’re working under – many digital camera come with ISOs which can be adjusted on the fly. While a camera’s native ISO rating can vary widely (from as little as 100 to as high as 1,500+), there’s really only one thing to take away from this: A higher ISO rating provides better images in darker environments, but also increases the amount of grain and other artifacts which appear on the film. Low ISO ratings won’t give any images at all in low light or darkness, but will provide the highest quality images overall when the pictures are taken with enough lighting. This is because your camera has a harder time distinguishing between light and heat as the ISO rises; very technical stuff and certainly worth reading more about, but I think we should proceed.

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How to Live a More Fulfilling Life

How to Live a More Fulfilling Life

Life isn’t exactly easy. There are bills to pay, mortgages and rent, food, fuel and other things which are pretty much essential to living. These same things become more expensive every day thanks to inflation, a dwindling supply and an ever-increasing population.

I’ve found that there are many ways to make the life I’m living more fulfilling, without adding a lot of extra costs to my daily operations. Changes, both small and large, can really make a difference in one’s quality of life. So, here’s a little list of things I think might make everyone a little bit more happier:

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Travel Tips to France

Travel Tips to France

Recently, I made a trip to France to find great photo opportunities and take lots of great pictures. I do that sometimes; just getting up and going somewhere to photograph what I see. While I was there, I did indeed get a handful of quality shots, so I figured I would share the sites I saw and give other photographers a few ideas on what they might photograph if they happen to be in the area too.

Just about everyone knows about the Eiffel Tower, but how many people have taken good pictures of the popular French monument? The angle of a shot is one of the most important factors when taking pictures, but you can’t underestimate the effects of lighting on a finished image.

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Photographing Air Gun Enthusiasts

Photographing Air Gun Enthusiasts

So, today I had one of my more unusual photo shoots. My clients were all very much of the outdoor, hunting enthusiast type. They wanted a couple of shots for a new hunting and fishing project that they are starting in their community. I was only one component as the still photographer. They also had a small film crew there. So, I knew from the start that it was going to be an unusual day. That’s part of what I love about my job. I am always meeting new people and finding myself in unusual situations.

About the Location

The first thing that I have to say is that the location was absolutely gorgeous. We shot the photos in a wooded area near a lake. It took a bit for the film crew to set up after I had finished, so I walked around and explored the area for a while. It was really beautiful and everything had a faint green cast because of the light and the brightness of the foliage. The lighting was really good overall, and entire setting was so serene. I really enjoyed the shoot just because it meant I got to spend the day outside in the fresh air. I am definitely considering using this location again in the future. I think it may be nice with a change of season too.

Interesting accessories

So, probably the most noticeable thing on the shoot is that most of the men wanted their air rifles included in their individual photos, and they even wanted some photographs of just the guns. Of course, it makes sense for what they were doing. If you aren’t really sure what I mean, you can see what an air rifle looks like at Air Gun Universe. This meant I really had to be creative, as we had to find ways for the guys to pose naturally with their air guns while still being safe. They were really game and did their best, though I could tell that most of them were not really used to “modeling” for a photographer.

Big Cats and Beginner Guns

I won’t go into too much detail, but part of what they were doing for their project was offering advice for young people and beginners who were interested in learning to hunt.You can see one of the guns that they were focusing on in this Gamo Big Cat review. I don’t know too much about it myself, but I got to listen in on the segment for a bit between my jobs and the guy who was talking about that particular gun seemed to be really sold on it. Who knew there was such interest! You learn something new every day.


This actually turned out to be a nice day at work. It was definitely a new type of job for me. Everyone was really friendly and tried to do their best for the photos. The location was the real star of the show though. I am definitely going back there again sometime soon.

Friends, Memories and Piano Music

Friends, Memories and Piano Music

When I was a child, I remember listening to my grandmother play the tall, upright piano. She was a wonderful pianist in almost any style, but where she really lit up was when she was playing old standards from her youth. She desperately wanted me to learn how to play the piano, and I took lessons for a couple years when I was a child. I never really took the lessons seriously, however, and I never got beyond the basics. My grandmother, always the gentle type, never expressed disappointment that I never really learned to play as well as she could.

Helping a Friend to Learn

Recently, a friend mentioned that she had a similar experience with her great aunt, who was the pianist at their local church. We got to talking about it, and she expressed interest in learning to play. She asked me if I knew how to so that I could help her out. She was a little lot on where to start. I had to regretfully inform her that it had been a long time since I have played anything more complicated than “Chopsticks.” However, I did promise her that I could help her to get more information on how to buy an instrument so that she could learn to play like her great aunt.

Finding a Digital Piano

My friend does not have the space for an upright piano like my grandmother had, but she does want something nice. She’s decided to go for a digital piano because they are smaller and cheaper but still sound really nice. One of the best sites that I found for her is because it has great information on different types of digital pianos. It has really helped her narrow down what she wants in an instrument.

Getting Good Advice

She has also managed to find a piano teacher that is geared toward adult learners. My friend started with her very first lesson last Tuesday, and she says the teacher seems like a perfect match but that she is not a natural learner. Even so, it seems like she is serious about sticking with it. She has even printed off a page with the type of digital piano that she has decided on with her husband. Next week, my friend is going to take the print out to her piano teacher to see if it is a good choice for her price range and goals. Then, they plan on making a shopping trip. Soon, she’ll have a nice little practice space.


I am really proud of my friend. She and I both know it is best to learn an instrument as a child, and I don’t think she has any pretensions about making it to Julliard, but I also think that adults are capable of becoming proficient with a little hard work. I really hope she sticks to it so that she can honor her great aunt and so that I can hear her play just like I listened to my grandmother play all those years ago.

Family Bonding and Recurve Bows

Family Bonding and Recurve Bows

This past week, I had dinner over at my cousin’s house. Over the casserole, the conversation turned to a rather unusual topic—archery and recurve bows. It’s not an area I know too much about, but my cousin, Luke, is a bit of an outdoors man. Because of that fact, I wasn’t too surprised that this is where the night would lead conversationally. I have to admit, it was a pretty interesting conversational topic in the end, and I learned a lot.

Here’s a little back-story for explanation: Luke has been having a bit of a hard time lately. He and his wife are separating, and he is trying to make the whole process as easy on his two sons as possible. He is making sure to take the time to really bond with them, and I really admire him for that. So, two weeks ago he decided to take them to an outdoor retreat about 45 minutes outside of the town he lives in for four days and three nights. This retreat offered his boys the chance to try canoeing, camping, hiking, horseback riding and archery practice.

They tried everything, but horseback riding, because the oldest boy was a bit scared of horses (though he wouldn’t admit as much over dinner).Of everything, the boys liked archery the best of everything that they did. This isn’t that surprising considering their father is into it and they are at that stage where they want to be just like him. The youngest practically fell in love with it and is now insisting that his father buy him his own bow. His father already has a top-of-the-line Hoyt Buffalo bow, but I guess that they are going to be adding to the collection fairly soon!

Luke mentioned how different recurve bows really affect speed, accuracy and stability. I told him that I think that I can understand that a bit. I imagine that it’s similar to steadying a camera and trying to get a shot from a moving subject. Not an easy task! Luke’s eyes lit up when he realized that we had a common point to talk about. The next thing you know, he was really excited to tell me all about shooting a bow and arrow!

I honestly don’t know that much about it, so Luke gave me a pretty good walk through of how a bow works during the conversation. I had no idea that bows were so technically advanced. He wants me to come out with the boys one day in the next couple of weeks and try my hand at some target practice. Something tells me that I won’t be that good at it, but who knows? It can’t hurt to try for a day. And, it may even teach me a few balancing and eye-hand coordination skills that can help with my photography.

Decorating with a Serger

Decorating with a Serger

I love traveling and photography and arts. When I’m at home, however, I am usually in my sewing room. Sewing is such a relaxing way to pass the time. I am not much of a dressmaker, but I’ve found that it is useful and fun to know how to sew for making projects for around the house. Recently, I’ve made ivory and green curtain valances and throw pillow covers for my guest bedroom as well as some larger projects. I’m even thinking about doing some quilting to finish out that room’s bedroom set. With all of this sewing, I am reaching the limits of my very basic sewing machine’s capabilities, and I am now seriously considering investing in some more advanced machinery for my sewing needs. I really want to buy a serger.

You may not know what a serger is. Sergers are a little different from traditional sewing machines. They often look larger and more complex. In actuality, however, they make sewing easier. A serger is a machine that has a knife that cuts off excess fabric while it sews. This means that sewn edges always look professional. Depending on the type of serger, they can also work on different types of fabric and do decorative stiches and cording, which would be great for many of my home projects.

The best serger should have a quality cutting mechanism, as well as differential feed for working on stretch or heavy material. This is very important for the type of sewing that I do, since I often work with heavy fabrics. I have looked around quite a bit lately, and I know that I want a medium-sized serger that still has a lot of power and is from a very good brand. I’ve pretty much decided, and this Juki Pearl Line MO-654DE review shows the serger that I am looking to buy in the future. What do you think? It has so many accessories available, and it also has many stitch patterns. It is really top of the line, and I think it can do everything I need it to and more. I have a feeling that this is going to be a happy buy, and I am going to grow a lot as a sewer with this type of equipment.

What I am really interested in right now is the cording feature. I can see so many uses for that in home decor. I’m already starting to think about what I want my first serger project should be. I did see that amazing video online about serging together quilts, and I do have a stash of leftover fabric, so that may just be what I try. I really can’t wait to get started!

Longboarding Through the Lens

Longboarding Through the Lens

Recently, I did a cool photo shoot that had a hip vibe. It was a little bit larger project and had a fairly complex set up. I was shooting a group of young adults and teenagers in a summery, beachy setting and the big props for the shoot came in the form of a couple of longboards. One of the guys, named Ben, was an excellent skater and really knew how to fly. Before I stated taking photos in earnest, he showed me a couple of tricks on his board and explained the long board to me. It’s really not like any skateboard I’ve ever seen, and he said that it feels different from a traditional skateboard, though they are related.

Taking a Ride

Ben even had me try to ride his board for a minute. I do mean try! Ben is in good shape, but I fear this was a bit much for me. I had no idea what I was doing and must have been a sight. But, it was really fun, and I can see why it is becoming so popular among young people. He told be to check out some online longboard reviews so that I can get a better idea of what the best boards are like and what people look for in them. Being a fairly artistic person, the thing that captivated me most is the amazing artwork on the boards themselves. The colors are usually bright and really make an impact, and I was really surprised at the range of artistic styles and themes. Longboard art has come a long way. Ben said that skaters are really invested in art and there are some pretty recognizable names that got their start designing for skateboards and longboards. Of course, I am pretty sure real longboarders are interested in things like having the best wheels and the right bearings too.

Longboard Style

There are so many styles and types of longboards that I kind of wonder what the top-rated longboard brands are to begin with. Maybe if I do some research, I can find a longboard that would make a good gift for him. Looking online, each company seems to have distinctive design aesthetic. Even the board shapes are different, with some being long and rounded and some being kind of square. Apparently this is to help with different types of riding. Also, I am amazed at how reasonable the cost of many of these longboards is, especially for all that art!


Of course, I had to work some of the art and color into a couple of my shots. The whole atmosphere was really relaxed and fun. The weather was nice and I learned something new as well. I have to say that this was a very enjoyable shoot. And, even better, I think that these photographs are going to turn out to be stunning! And, I’ve begun wondering if my son and his friends would be interested in learning something like longboarding.

Breaking my Son into Boxing

Breaking my Son into Boxing

Recently my son and I went to a gym to see a local showcase of various types of sports and martial arts. This included a demonstration of some basic boxing moves from an area club. If you remember from my previous post about martial arts, my son has gotten involved in them and I have developed an interest too. I’ve really started to appreciate both the mental clarity and the sense of discipline and order that come with physical activity, and recently boxing has caught my eye. Yes, boxing. I know that I am not really the fighting type, but there is something really amazing about watching a boxer in action. I have even thought about taking my camera to the match to try and capture some of the action shots.

My boy was interested too, though he seemed to want to be an active participant more than a photographer on the sidelines, like me. We got to talking about using boxing to augment his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practice. He thinks it will help him to build different muscles and skills as long as he’s careful not to over practice. At first, I was a little apprehensive about him doing too much, but he seems aware of his limits. The more he talked about it, the more it seemed like a good idea. It will give him something a little different, so that he can stay excited about working out.

Of course, as a parent, I want my son to be safe and to have the best possible equipment. We are thinking that he may go to a gym and have a trainer once a week. He already has a pretty busy training regimen, but that way he will learn proper form and we can also see what type of equipment is available there. In addition, since we are new to all this we are using to find out what the best equipment is for him to start with. We know we need some basic things like a mouth guard, and he’s found a pair of gloves he likes.

If he keeps it up and sticks to boxing for a while, then I am seriously considering buying him a heavy bag for his birthday gift. That way he can practice in his free time. I have to do a little more research using that site to see which one is the best for him. I think that it would be perfect for him since he has a busy schedule and will have to do most of his practicing on his own.

I really want him to continue with Jiu-Jitsu, but I think that boxing can be a great complement to his progress. He is getting stronger, faster and more agile. It really is amazing what sports like this can do for a person. There is something surprisingly philosophical about how they cause athletes to focus and to become more aware of their bodies and the world around them.

Give Mental and Physical Health to Teenagers with Martial Arts

Give Mental and Physical Health to Teenagers with Martial Arts

Increasing physical activity levels does more than just boost energy levels and help lead to better physical fitness. It can also be a boon on mental health. There are several reasons for this, and while it may not sound viable to some, I urge you to read onward and see just why more physical activity can lead to improved mental health. In fact, I’ll give you the first major reason right now. A mobile and active body has better blood circulation than a body which spends a majority of time seated or otherwise still. Higher blood flow in the brain means more oxygen in the brain.

I might sound like an expert on the subject, but it’s something I just recently learned myself. I’m really more of a photographer you know, not so much of a physical fitness buff. Only a short time ago, I decided to get my teenager involved with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It seemed like the perfect kind of thing to teach him some self defense skills, get him up and active for a few hours a week and give me some time during the day with him out of the house. I’ve got to say, it’s worked out wonderfully for both of us.

Back when I was his age, karate and judo and the like were really popular. It was a little interesting to see how martial arts have changed and developed since then. But it’s key to remember that Jiu Jitsu is just one of many different fighting styles. It would be silly to try and judge the entire field from cursory looks at a single sport, don’t you think? Because I was never really interested in it before, I don’t really have much to compare it against in the present, either.

One thing I’m certain of is that my boy looks awesome in his new BJJ apparel. That’s what the instructors refer to the class as – BJJ. It seems people are coming up with acronyms for everything these days. My teenager practices every day. I suppose he could be doing something a lot more bothersome, like practicing drums or another musical instrument with which he has no experience. It drove my parents crazy when I first took an interest in photography and was taking pictures of pretty much everything I came across. Flash on, unfortunately.

I can see an improvement in my son’s mental and physical health since he’s started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. On those days when he has classes, he seems to go to sleep much earlier, and sleep through the night without waking up at all. Being well rested has improved his mood, I’d say. He even trains at home sometimes, with the help of this thing as well.

He seems to be a bit sharper than usual as well. He’s coming up with answers and figuring things out just a little bit quicker. The way he’s improving, I’m starting to think of enrolling myself in some kind of fitness class. I sure don’t want to be throwing anyone around, but something to get my blood going could do me some good.

Sister’s Barbecue Party

Sister’s Barbecue Party

Last week I attended my sister’s birthday barbecue party and since she grills food outdoors every weekend I decided to research some good high grade meat smokers on and when I arrived at the party I presented a new smoker to her as a present. My sister was so glad to receive it and she told me that the smoker will get plenty of wear and tear. My brother-in-law is a radio personality so he played a ton of my sister’s favorite tunes from the early 80s, especially the music of the post punk and New Wave eras. We had fun dancing for hours and I was just as excited about the food that the caterers brought to the party.

Now For The Food

Barbecue was the main food of the party and I ate barbecued turkey burgers, barbecued pork chops, barbecued veal patties and side dishes such as our mother’s legendary baked beans, tomato and spinach salad, grilled garlic bread with herbed butter and pickled beets that I prepared a few weeks ago and canned in jars. For dessert we ate chocolate rum almond pudding and I ate so much that I had to head to the bathroom some hours later. My sister can’t stand big birthday cakes so that is why pudding was served.

Memories of Sis

When we all calmed down we watched a homemade DVD of my sister’s life in the living room. We saw a bunch of photos of her when she cried in the crib as a baby and then we saw a few pictures of her when she played the violin at recitals across the city as a teenager. Another thing we watched was a heartwarming video tribute by her husband in which he thanked her for 20 years of marriage and for sticking by him when he battled alcoholism. And her children performed a cute song stating why they loved their mother in the DVD. My sister cried throughout the whole presentation.

Let’s Not Forget The Gifts

Aside from the high grade barbecue smoker I got for my sister, she received other gifts. Her coworkers gave her a new ice cream maker while her husband gave her this secret love letter which she’ll read at a later time. Maybe it’s because there is a lot of heat in it. But he also gave her tickets to an upcoming concert featuring Journey, her favorite group. Our cousins pitched in and gave her three hefty gift cards to stores such as Wayfair, Bath and Body Works and Saks Fifth Avenue.


My sister is one of the sweetest and humorous people I know and she deserves to have a wonderful birthday celebration. She had a fun time with family and friends and she told me that it is a birthday she’ll never forget. She overcame childhood bullying and just this year she accomplished her goal of losing 40 pounds after a lot of hard work. I appreciate and love my sister dearly.

The Pet Grooming Battle

The Pet Grooming Battle

In this blog I’ll talk about my trip to the annual Groom Expo where I compete for a prize by showcasing my dog grooming skills. I have been a pet grooming professional hobbyist for fifteen years and I love the kind of work I do because it gives me the opportunity to make dogs’ lives better through proper grooming. As I arrived at Groom Expo I purchased a few new dog grooming supplies for my business and I networked with potential customers in the city as they walked around with their dogs. A few hours later the pet grooming contest began.

Looking At My Competition

One dog groomer styled his dog’s hair to where it resembled a traditional poodle hairstyle from the 50s and he did a good job of trimming the dog’s nails. There was another dog groomer who actually dyed the dog’s hair a different color and gave him a detailed pedicure before trimming excess furs from the dog’s body. I also saw a dog groomer do a not so good job in grooming his dog and he trimmed too much hair off the dog. I felt bad for that dog. The contest ended and I won first place.

Dog Grooming Seminars

One of the best things about the Groom Expo is the numerous dog grooming seminars that are held there and I learn a lot from the guest speakers. One guest speaker talked about ways that dog groomers can treat dandruff in dogs with specialized dog shampoos that can be purchased online or from local pet supply stores and he mentioned that dog groomers should understand the personalities and behaviors of different dog breeds so that they can groom them in the right way.

Meeting Other Dog Groomers

A benefit of attending the Groom Expo is that I get to meet fellow dog groomers and possibly build new friendships with them. I met with three dog groomers in my city and they talked about the ups and downs of this career. I mentioned that I hate it when picky dog owners come in my office and request outlandish or nearly impossible grooming techniques that could hurt the dog. Another dog groomer said that she loves how the dogs jump up and down after getting groomed.


I had a blast at the Groom Expo and not only did I win first place in the pet grooming contest there, but I also got a chance to talk with other dog groomers and get additional education in my craft without having to enroll in courses. It felt like a vacation and I was pleased with the experience. I feel rejuvenated and I’m even more motivated to perform well on the job and be there for my clients. The Groom Expo is also a convention where dog owners can enjoy themselves with their dogs and learn the latest in dog grooming so that they can groom the dogs themselves if they cannot afford a groomer.

My Travel to Mother Nature

My Travel to Mother Nature

Yesterday afternoon I decided to spend a few outdoors in nature because I needed stress relief after a disagreement with my spouse. While I was outside I took pictures of some of the colorful birds and I enjoyed hearing other birds sing as they flew in the sky. I sat under this lavender tree not far from the house and I actually took a nap on my blanket that I only use for going outside in nature. I took out some homemade granola bars and ate them as I went on a nature walk and I even saw quite a few raccoons from a distance but they didn’t migrate to where I was so that was good news.

Catching Fish

I soon got inspiration to catch fish so I can prepare a delicious fish dinner for my husband as a way of making up with him after our disagreement. I know he loves striped bass and shellfish so I used a fishfinder for convenient fishing and the one I like the most is Fishfinder Central because it gives me a list of the best spots and times to catch certain species of fish. I got in this medium sized boat and a few hours later I got out of the boat holding four to five pounds of fish and it was a beautiful time.

Reading Books While Outdoors

Another thing I did when I was outdoors was finally get around to the books that I haven’t read yet and I sat on our backyard porch to read them while the fish was in the oven. I took notes as I read because this is the way I absorb the information I get from the books so I’ll learn some personal lessons from them. The sun beamed on my head but I didn’t mind because I need more vitamin D from the sun.

Taking Pictures of Flowers

During the course of the afternoon I visited another forest near my house and in this forest were plenty of bold colored flowers so I took a lot of pictures of them. I also took pictures of a few dragonflies, butterflies and bees that were a few inches away from where I stood.  The photos came out great and now I’ll put those photos in my scrapbook of nature, and this scrapbook has over 100 mementos that pertain to nature.


I had a fantastic time outdoors and I was able to capture the flowers, birds and trees with my camera. There is something relaxing and peaceful about spending time in nature and I see it as a stress reliever. Well, the day is over and my husband and I have settled the conflict. After a long day outdoors I’m ready to eat the fish I caught with some sauteed potatoes, herbs and olive oil. Spending time outdoors is good for physical health thanks to the vitamin D from the sun and you gain a better appreciation for the animals that surround you in the outdoors. You should also bring the children outdoors since they can learn about the wonders of nature.

Making Shots At Fitness Competition

Making Shots At Fitness Competition

Although I’m a photographer by trade, I like to do research on fitness topics as a way to help me get in and stay in shape. I received a call from a female client who needs me to make shots at an upcoming fitness competition, I got excited because I have a strong admiration for sportswomen who defy stereotypes and other barriers to compete in these contests. Sportswomen are people I would want my children to look up to.  This competition in particular is a woman fitness competition so it should be interesting.

About The Competition’s Sponsor

I arrive at the site of the competition and the client and sponsor greet me before I take pictures of everything happening at the event. The sponsor of the fitness competition is the owner of an excellent quality protein supplier that distributes supplements and other kinds of protein so that those who are athletic can get their daily intake of protein. The sponsor gave me samples of flavored protein powder.

Myths Concerning Fitness Competitions

Some people feel that you can eat much of what you want while training for a fitness competition but this is not true because depending on the kind of workouts you’ll do in the competition, you will need to maintain a healthy diet that consists mostly of protein, fruits and vegetables. Even if you exercise regularly to train for the competition, you defeat the purpose with unhealthy eating. Another common misconception is that female participants in fitness competitions should not lift heavy weights as part of training but this is not the case and in fact, you lift weights to build muscle and succeed in the competitions.

Additional Tips on Preparing for A Fitness Competition

When training for a fitness competition for women, don’t focus so much on gaining excess muscles because you’re being judged based on femininity, poise and overall condition of your body. Some good exercises women can do include squats, calf raises, hyperextensions, and hip extensions. As the day of the competition comes, increase the intensity and frequency of exercises. Practice some dance and aerobics routines because this adds the artistic flair to the competition and increases your winning chances. Some cardio workouts such as sprinting, walking up and down the stairs, dancing and kickboxing are helpful in reducing extra fat.


Fitness competitions are rewarding for women because it boosts their self esteem and it inspires other women to accomplish new goals in life. Fitness competitions also teach women the importance of maimtaining a healthy body so that you will live a longer life although you’ll look better as a result. The client was pleased with the shots I made for her and she even gave me books on how I can succeed at my first fitness competition should I decide to enter one in the future. Currently my work schedule doesn’t allow for it but maybe I’ll consider it in the next few years. I was impressed with all of the

participants in the competition and we have come a long way since the rise of women’s rights movements in the mid 19th century.

How I Visited Crossfit Games

How I Visited Crossfit Games

Two weeks ago I received an invitation from my childhood friend to attend the Crossfit games since he was participating in them. The Crossfit games is a nationwide competition where athletes from within this country and other countries to test their fitness abilities and a majority of game participants are Crossfit gym members. The first stage of Crossfit games is a five week competition in which people from 17 regions compete and the second stage is a three day competition. The final stage is the main competition. When I asked my friend why he enjoyed Crossfit activities and what it takes to succeed in this activity, he said that you need dedication, the right supplements, hard work and a healthy diet. He also mentioned that you need the right shoes that provide a sturdy foundation for feet.

Weightlifting Competition

One of the highlights of the Crossfit games was the weightlifting competition and it was great to see my friend do amazing weightlifting techniques in the contest. He had this huge barbell and he held it over his head for about fifteen minutes. His arm and leg muscles looked graceful and he came in third place. He was a little disappointed but I told him that I’m still proud of him.

Handstand Walk

Another interesting part of the Crossfit games was the handsstand walk contest and my friend didn’t participate in it but I was amazed at the numerous people who were involved in the contest. The handstand walk reminded me of the circus performers I would see during my travels to Europe and the circus performances there. I tried to do handstand walks myself some years ago but I’m not very good at this.

Excitement of The Crowd

It was an exciting time at the Crossfit games because the crowd was all pumped up. I heard constant handclapping and positive shouts towards participants that they knew personally. I had a blowhorn so I sounded it each time my friend was a part of certain competition within the games. Even some of the children jumped and danced around to the music that was played during the games.

My Friend Lost Weight in The Process

One benefit of Crossfit games is that you can lose weight and this is what happened to my friend after he participated in the Crossfit games some weeks later. In a letter he wrote to me he talked about how he revamped his diet by eating small portions and cutting back on refined carbs and junk food as well as sugary sodas. He has a renewed confidence that was absent years ago and I’m happy for him.


The Crossfit games is not just about competing for recognition and prizes; it is about testing how strong you are regarding fitness and it gives you a sense of gratification knowing that you succeeded in achieving fitness goals before the rest of the world. My friend has benefited greatly from Crossfit and he intends to attend Crossfit games in the future.

Can Modern Technology Replace Tradition?

Can Modern Technology Replace Tradition?

I was traveling through Europe looking for elegant and beautiful photography opportunities when I happened to run into a good friend of mine while strolling through the Louvre Museum. I hadn’t seen her in quite some time, so we got lunch somewhere nearby and had ourselves a nice chat about this and that. The conversation eventually turned to a question which had been bugging her for a while, a question which I couldn’t easily answer. Can modern technology replace museums?

The first answer which came to my mind was a quick “no”. First of all, how could technology emulate the effects of actually standing next to something of historical significance? Seeing it, maybe, but not actually getting the feeling of being near it, or next to it.

She told me that there are these nifty things called 3D printers. Apparently the technology is rather new, but these printers are capable of creating the likeness of something seen somewhere, on a smaller scale.

I thought that was interesting, all right. I asked her if she owned one, or knew anyone who owned one, since it was something I wanted to check out right away. Unfortunately, she didn’t.

However, she answered back with another notion: if it were possible to achieve that nearness using modern technology, then wouldn’t it effectively be enough to replace the traditional museum?

I admitted that it might. Just getting to see and study famous items from time isn’t really the same as going to a museum though. How can technology emulate that?

In response, she told me about this thing called the Oculus Rift. It’s a headset that you put on and wear while surfing the net or playing games, and it projects the images you would normally view from a distance to right in front of your eyes.

Now, I’d never heard of that, either. My friend is always finding the most interesting pieces of tech, I have to admit that. She’s a project manager at a place called Citrus, and is responsible for helping the company to complete many complicated projects all over the world.

I then asked her if she happened to own one of those Oculus things, and she told me she did. It’s quite an immersive device, she said, and surely capable of making the user feel like he or she is in the place being viewed. It would be immensely useful for a kind of virtual museum, which is what she came up with next.

You know how there are places like Wikipedia or other websites that are loaded with knowledge? Someone could do something like that with the inside of a museum, or so she suggested. I told her it sounded like a great idea, but I still wasn’t quite won over by the idea.

I asked her then, if either of us had been at home visiting some virtual museum, then how would we have met up for our little lunch? That was one question she didn’t have an answer for.