Monday, May 23, 2011

You Gotta See This!!!!

Hi everyone, I hope you had a wonderful weekend! 

Today I want to share a photo with you that my son took recently. Can you figure out how he did this? If not, I'll tell you his secret at the end of this post. You can click to make this image larger.



Have you signed up for Tracy's giveaway @ Ms. Bake-it? She's giving away a $40 gift code to my Etsy shop and another to Becky's (Junk to Joy) Etsy shop. Entries will be accepted until Wednesday, May 25th. Click on the image below to be whisked away to her giveaway post! Good luck to everyone!!!!



Just want to remind you that my World Oceans Day Beach Party is only 16 days away! Have you started planning what you'll post on June 8th? I hope you'll all attend and help us celebrate!



You can join the fun in a number of different ways:


  • Attend an event in your area and write a post about your experience
  • Write a post about a subject or issue on the ocean that you would like to share
  • Share a personal story of how the ocean has influenced your life
  • Share a personal story of a trip you took to the beach
  • Share photos of your favorite beach
  • Share photos of you and your family at your favorite beach (old or new!)
  • Write or share a poem or a song about the sea
  • Prepare a recipe using sustainable seafood. You can find recipes here.
  • Lay out an ocean-themed tablescape
  • What ever your beach-loving heart desires!



Everyone who participates by linking up their post will be entered into a drawing to receive a special package of goodies from The Hut. The Linky tool will be available June 8th–June 12th.

You may have noticed that I added a new tab on my blog. This new Save Our Seas page contains information from the Save Our Seas Foundation that I believe is reader-friendly. They provide so much valuable information in an easy to understand format on how to protect our oceans. I hope you'll take the time to explore and learn. You may even find something you'd like to write about for our party!

Now, let's get back to my son's photo. Did you figure out how he did it?



Reflections Out of My Vancouver Hotel Room Window

"I was standing in my hotel window sill and lined the reflection of my legs up with the building next door. The striped pattern is the wallpaper print in the window sill. It is one shot. No retouching, just a little color adjust." –Jim

Isn't this just WAY cool? See, you don't always need Photoshop to get an incredible image, just a camera and a creative soul.




That's it for today folks, my foot is getting better, but it looks like I'll be homebound for a few more weeks. That's okay, it gives me plenty of time to get out and visit all of you!!!!!! Thank you SO much for all your sweet comments on My Other Self post, you made me laugh and smile for days and I feel so loved, you're the BEST!!!!!



Today's Ocean Facts: 

More than half of all Americans live within 50 miles (80 kilometers) of the coast.  –National Geographic The Ocean

About half the world’s population lives within 124 miles (200 kilometers) of a coastline. –Population Reference Bureau

25 Thoughtful Comments:

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

What an amazing photo your son took Rhonda! How talented he must be!
I will have to check out the give-away. It's been so busy around here I need time to catch up on my blogging!
Hugs friend and stay well,
Cindy

Karen said...

What an awesome shot!!... I was guessing he had photoshopped, laying one image over another.

Very cool indeed.

Lori E said...

How cool is that. He was in Vancouver and he didn't say hi!! Please tell me it didn't rain the whole time he was here.

Loui♥ said...

Happy JOYFILLED Monday Shelle!!!
first.. thanks for the awesome pickmeup thoughts and well wishes!
I am feeling so MUCH better,,
yesterday was near 80 degrees..
sunshiny, windows open.. and nearly painfree ALL day!!
slept like a baby last night..
looking forward to the World Ocean Day Party at your place..
still working on My "Other Self"post..
but really must get up.. dressed and head out.. errands..
and Nikon really needs another workout!!
warmest sandy hugs, my seasister..
love you beyond words!!
Loui♥

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I'm still crossing my fingers I win the giveaway to your shop!! I will miss Worlds Ocean Day Party. I will be in the mountains helping take care of my Grandson that week. AWWWWW...I'll catch up with all the posts when I can. June 9th is my Birthday and I am excited to get to spend it with my family. hugs, Linda

Desert Dreaming said...

Rhonda, was an unreal photo. I kept looking at it trying to figure out how he did it in Photoshop and just couldn't...just so cool - love it!

It's just also so wonderful so see so many people love the ocean and our beaches so much. I feel the same about the beautiful mountains and deserts. It's one big world and it's up to us to protect her in any way we can. As always, love your passion about it as well. Have a wonderful week.

Joni

SallyLeeByTheSea.com said...

That is so amazing, Rhonda. Your son is talented, just like you!!

Hey, hope you have time to come over & enter our "pick your summer pillow" giveaway. Cottage Coastal is sponsoring & retail value is up to $200! Have a great week!!

Hugs,
Marie

Mila said...

Your son inherited your creative genes.

I am sorry to learn that you are still homebound. I am praying for your speedy recovery.

Ms. Bake-it said...

How cool! I love the photo! I am glad to hear your foot is getting better but really hate to hear that you will be housebound for a few more weeks.

Tomorrow I will be posting a picture of Sweet Cheeks just for you! You will know it when you see it!

Hugs,
Tracy

michelle said...

That is such a cool photo!! I was wondering how he did it. :) So creative.
I hope that your foot will be better soon and you can get back out on the beach and take your walks. :)

Della said...

What a neat picture! I couldn't figure it out, but knew it couldn't be as simple as photoshop.

I'm so glad you are getting better, and I hope you have enough driftshells to keep your hands busy :D
Much love<3

beachcomber said...

a very clever photo!!!
cheryl x

Blondie's Journal said...

The picture is amazing...I stared at it for so long! I am a little afraid of heights so that was brave of me!!

June 8th is just around the corner. I will probably need a reminder again, Rhonda!! ;-D

XO,
Jane

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That photo is incredible! What a genius he is...tell him we all said so! And I'm off to read your last post again! You did a great job and I'm still smiling, too! ♥

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

What a cool picture. I would never have guessed how that was done! Sorry you are still stuck sitting. I threw my back out yesterday and have somewhat joined you...hopefully for just a day or 2!

Low Tide High Style said...

I'm glad you are feeling better Rhonda, and i hope your foot continues to improve! And that shot by your son is too cool! Thank you for posting about my giveaway!

Kat :)

jmac said...

ain't that the truth??? man, oh man...from a true traditionalist in the photography world, I appreciate this post immensely. I get so tired of the manipulation done in the photo world these days and the fact that if you don't "play", you lose the competitive edge. Our world has become waaay too high tech for me.
Please tell your son thanks and to keep on feeling it in his soul!!

Bren said...

Incredible photo!!! REally creative!!

Bren said...

Incredible photo!!! REally creative!!

Kirsty said...

Love double exposure shots. This ones pretty great!

Shellbelle said...

@ Kirsty: The cool thing is this is not a double exposure shot — it is the just the way my son's reflection was in the glass that he shot through.

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

I instantly thought the photo was fabricated with some fancy program. Nope..., better don't judge so quickly, haha! Brilliant eye!!!

Best wishes!

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Rhonda
WOW that picture is amazing. I would never have guessed how you did it.
I would love to take part in your World Oceans Day party. Sounds a great idea. I will not forget.
Off to read about your other self now.
Lindsay
x

The Quintessential Magpie said...

This is SO neat. Loved it, Rhonda, and love you 2.

XO,

Sheila

Kat said...

Rhonda, this is a totally amazing shot! Thanks for the message with the heads up! And thank you for the good wishes. Things have not been going well for the past while, and I just haven't had the time, energy or spirit to do much blogging. But this really brightened my day. I hope to get back on the horse soon, so to speak. Hugs, Kat

I love the beach and everything that goes with it! I love the waves lapping at my feet. I love the feel of the sand between my toes. I love the roar of the Pacific and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Let's talk about beaches around the world, bonfires, building sandcastles, swaying palm trees, flamingos, clambakes, sunrises and sunsets. If it's tropical, it fits this blog!

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