Political correctness? Common courtesy, religion, spirituality, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, whatever………….

I realize that I have not made an entry in a while. Well, not a text entry to this blog anyway.  Why? Maybe I just can’t think of nothing to write about.  Or maybe, it’s because I may, in today’s politically correctness world  feel stifled by what is acceptable to say and what is not acceptable. It has gotten to the point that just about anything that you can possibly say is “offensive” to someone and therefore we should refrain from saying or doing things.
I don’t care if you say “Merry Christmas”, “Happy Holidays”, etc.  After all it’s not the words but the spirit of the greeting that counts.  It’s a joyful greeting either way.  So, if someone is a christian let them say Merry Christmas to you and you respond with your choice/religious greeting or say thank you, have a nice day or Bah Humbug.  On the other hand, Christians, you should give the same courtesy to those expressing their religious beliefs that you expect and want for expressing yours.
Also, I can not understand why it bothers some people when someone openly prays.  People taking a moment to pray when they feel a need or to bless the food they are about to eat, brings no harm to you.  All I can figure is it makes you uncomfortable because you don’t pray and you feel left out, inferior or just have your heart swimming in hatred for other people living according to their beliefs.  Maybe you should try praying, asking for more understanding and tolerance of others.
Christians, I am not letting you off the hook either.  Tolerance, love and doing for others is what Jesus taught.  So in order to be “Christ like” (to live by the principles you tend to preach/believe) you must remember tolerance, tolerance for those who think or believe differently than you.  Always give the simple courtesies to everyone whether they be sinners (which we all fall short of the glory of God), siants, Catholics, Holiness, Methodists, Jews, Atheists, Muslims, Wiccans, Hindus etc.  Drunks, drug addicts, prostitutes and all races of mankind.  WWJD should be the fore thought to any actions that you intend to do towards someone else you disagree with whether you like them or not.
Now, I am not pushing Christianity or any other organized religion.  We all however, can benefit from some sort of “spirituality”  Spirituality is not the same as religion.  Not sure just how to explain it and I suppose it is different for everyone.  Spirituality is believing in something bigger than yourself, that there is some essence/power/being/collective consciousness that we all came from and where our energy/soul/spirit/all that we came to know, goes once our life here in the physical world is over.  Believing in something is always better than believing in nothing.  Spirituality is what leads you to inner peace and calm in your lif,e because you come to the realization that it is not necessary to understand, to know all the answers, that there is some things that go beyond explanation.Iit’s about what you find inside of you and how you feel about the answers that come from within.  Judging yourself by your own inner compass of right and wrong instead of other people standards.
If you believe that we are just born, live and die and that’s all there is, that’s your right.  I suppose that is easier for some folks to believe, that their is no grand retribution/karma or reward for how you choose to live your life or treat others.  It is my opinion that this world would be a whole lot better place, if our focus is on how we treat/respect our fellow man/woman no matter how different our beliefs, color, nationality, morals etc.   I am not saying you have to agree with them, come around to their way of thinking or let them lead you astray.  Live and let live!  Whenever you encounter other people, extend a friendly greeting, have friendly conversation and display common courtesies even though you do not approve of whatever it is about them that makes them different from you.  Our judgement of others often stem from those aspects of ourselves we find unsatisfactory.
Okay, I am done now.  You don’t have to agree with anything I have said.  Thank you for taking the time to read it anyway.

Chasing my dream! At a slow pace…….Images by Gecko

   So I have been taking photographs for a while now.  People I have done portraits for are very happy.  So why not join the masses of so called photographers out there?  The market is flooded since digital came along.  Now everyone with a camera and photoshop considers themselves  photographers.  A good majority are and some are just picture takers, just snap it take it home and see what they can do with it in photoshop.

   Personally I don’t want to depend on a software program to do the work I need to be doing in the first place.  Sure there is editing to be done but that should be more of a gentle tweaking of color and exposure than a dramatic make over.  Who wants to spend hours working with pictures quickly snapped needing extensive editing? 

   Okay, I am not the best photographer out there but I certainly am not the worst either.  So I have decided to do more portraits for more people.  I can accept credit cards now and I am using profession photo labs for prints.  I really don’t want to just give images on disc with copyright release like everyone around here is doing.  I mean what looks great on someone’s monitor may not print out looking real close to what you see on a computer screen.  Even though, up until now I haven’t been selling actual printed photographs,  I have provided for those who dared to get in front of my camera a 4X6 of each image so they can see how they looked printed.  Initially these prints were from walmart.com and came pretty close to what I was seeing on my monitor.  Now I have begun trying out Professional labs both for value and quality of prints.  I can see a difference between the two.  With using the labs color correct option the colors are not as bright as from walmart.com but the skin tones do look noticeably better.  I just had to compare, but in the end the walmart.com ones are still nice looking prints but for the critical eye the professional lab is better.

  So, wish me luck as I venture further into the world of photography and portraits.  I was always interested in photography but was unable to pursue it because of the expense involved with film.  It could prove a little costly in the trial and error stage.  I am so glad I was able to afford a  DSLR camera a few years ago because finally I have something I enjoy doing that I can make some money at.  With each photo shoot I am improving! 

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This is the last I will post from these prom pics. These were my favorites from the shoot. I don’t think they went wrong not paying someone to do their pics. I enjoyed the experience and they are all smiles with the 30 photos they ended up with plus they didn’t have to wait two weeks to see their photos and have a set of 4×6′s so they could see how they printed out makes it easier to decide which ones to get in bigger print.
I don’t do too bad of a job withOut photoshop or Lightroom. Wishing for Lightroom for my birthday though!

Apologies

I was nominated for Beautiful Blogger award.  Made the post did my nominations and answered my questions informed the ones I nominated and then poof my post of it is no where to be found!  Not even in drafts!  I apologize to those of you who get sent to other posts on my blog but I am not redoing the post and I will not be participating in any more.I was nominated for Beautiful Blogger award.  Made the pos,t did my nominations and answered my questions, informed the ones I nominated and then poof my post of it is no where to be found!  Not even in drafts!  I apologize to those of you who get sent to other posts on my blog but I am not redoing the post and I will not be participating in any more.