Photography 101: Pursue Your Inner Dinosaur

Expat Journal: Postcards from the Edge

Stephen F. Dennstedt

The world we live in is not black and white. It can be—but not really. We can make monochromatic images but they’re actually tonal gradations of gray which cover a wide spectrum—from true black to true white and the tones in-between.

I call that pursuing your inner dinosaur because old-timers like me started with black and white film back in the day. There are still good reasons to shoot black and white but many photographers find it hard to break the heroin-like rush of color.

In 1954 when I was seven years old I picked up my first vintage Kodak box camera. It used 120 black and white film and its photos were often blurry and grainy but it hooked me. I continued to shoot black and white film throughout high school and won my first photo prize in Kodak’s prestigious National High School Photography Contest in 1962 at…

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The Ultimate Guide: 10 Things to do in Breckenridge

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My Ultimate Guide for 10 things to do in Breckenridge, Colorado includes photos of fun winter activities. Click for travel tips and fun bucket list ideas! Travel North America, United States, Outdoor activities #Breckenridge #Colorado #outdooradventures #traveltips #travelnorthamerica

It’s about time I wrote this ultimate guide of 10 things to do in Breckenridge Colorado. This pretty mountain town is one of my favorite places in Colorado! Skiing and snowboarding are the main attractions for tourists in winter, but there are many other activities to choose from.

But first, a little history about Breckenridge:

Breck was established in 1859 after prospectors discovered gold in placer mines (dug straight down) along the Blue River and Idaho Springs during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush. Soon others rushed to Summit County to stake a claim.

Last month, I bushwhacked through the forest and came upon a clearing. When the snow sloped downward in a large bowl, I turned back. I didn’t want to fall into a placer mine by accident! These commonplace mines are located along most trails.

General George E. Spencer named the town after Vice President, John C. Breckinridge…

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Traveling Around New Hampshire

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ham whiteNew Hampshire has the shortest seacoast of any coastal state in the U.S. There are many wonderful things to see and do in this state which includes the beautiful White Mountains. There are lovely ocean and lake beaches. The beauty of nature in any season.

ham cog Mt. Washington Cog Railway is the easiest way to get to the top of Mount Washington which is the highest elevation in the northern Appalachians. This was the first cog railway of its kind in the world back in 1869. At the top, you’ll find the Sherman Adams Visitors Center with a small museum, a cafeteria,

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and the Mount Washington Observatory. This research station studies extreme weather conditions. From the Pinkham Notch side of the mountain, you can drive up the six-and-a-quarter-mile-long Mount Washington Auto Road or ride a van operated from Great Glen Trails. Those who want to climb have a choice…

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3 Guaranteed Strategies for Stepmoms to Shut down Bio-Mom For GOOD

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Any stepmom will tell you that walking in her shoes is not for the faint of heart, whether she has her own children or has the dreaded “Childless Stepmom” label (that’s another post all together), if she’s a new stepmom or has been pouring into the lives of her stepchildren for years. No matter where she may be in her journey, the consensus is the same: it ain’t easy. I can tell you from my own experience as a stepmom of two boys that it is not an easy life. Hardly anyone chooses this position, rather, it chooses them.

While, for me, the rewards that come with sharing in the responsibility of raising children in a blended family environment outweigh the struggle, the difficulties of this type of life are varied and aren’t always rooted in negativity. Parenting and marriage are hard no matter your family dynamic. Add to that…

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Monochrome Monday – Black and White Photography (43)

Meg Sorick, Author/Artist

This week’s theme for Cee’s Black and White Challenge is ‘things with engines or motors.’

Double decker bus:

Trailer of Teslas:

Truckin’:

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Santa Should Be On The Naughty List

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I don’t want a lot for Christmas. There’s just one thing I need. Don’t care about the presents, shopping, or a Christmas tree – could we unblur the lines between good and bad? Make my wish come true, all I want for Christmas is less celebration of Black Hats (or Red Hats with Fur Trim), more celebration of White Hats (and cookies, definitely cookies).

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2018/12/03/santa-should-be-on-the-naughty-list/We cheer for serial killers, drug lords, mobsters; glamorize celebrities and corporate fat cats – I hear they can even become President.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2018/12/03/santa-should-be-on-the-naughty-list/We’re allegedly repulsed by the violence, greed, self-absorption yet…we’re mesmerized.

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  • Look at Santa. Or should I say: Santa Claus, Pere Noel, Father Christmas, SinterKlaas, St. Nicholas, Dun Che Lao Ren, Kris Kringle?Secret Santa indeed…he needs many aliases, with all the break and enters; sure, he leaves gifts but also a lingering sense of unease.

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  • Some poor child still sings…

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My Week 217: Things You Learn While Travelling

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I just got back from spending a week on a cruise ship sailing around the Caribbean. It was great fun but I definitely learned some things about myself among other things, as one does when one is on a boat.

1) I’m not good at packing. I mean, I can PACK just fine—I’m a f*cking amazing packer. I roll everything into tight little sausages which makes them more compact AND unwrinkled. I can fit so much stuff into a small suitcase, you wouldn’t believe it. Also, I never pack until the night before, but I spend a lot of time thinking about the process and what exactly I will need. My parents actually PRACTICE packing to make sure everything will fit. They practiced on the Tuesday before we left and did such a great job that they just kept everything in the suitcase until Friday and I was like “My…

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