Athena Takes Pictures

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25 Comments on “Athena Takes Pictures”

  1. She’s got a good eye. The pictures of the flag and dog are great reimaginings of classic images. And like wgdo said, gotta love that picture of Daisy!

  2. So at first I read the headline as “Athena Takes Pleasure”, and I thought, how marvelous, that these are things she is taking pleasure in. This way is nice too, but I’m a little sorry my … reado, I guess … was wrong. :-}

  3. Actually, not much like me. These pictures show skill and dedication greater than the ordinary and for which both you and she are rightly proud.

  4. Dude, my seven year old son loved the flower and especially the flag.
    He cracks me up, “You’re on the whatever site again? Hey that’s cool.”

    Great photos.

  5. Shawna (A Mediated Life) – The lovely PNW – Writer, singer, parent, fan, media maven, and general ne'er-do-well. Fierce protector of the rights of the disadvantaged and endless pontificator on subjects both ridiculous and sublime.
    A Mediated Life

    These are fantastic! If she wants to pursue photography, she certainly has a good instinct for it.

  6. Hi John. For your next book you should let Athena take a bunch of photos of you and then use one of them for your author’s photo on the dust jacket. That way she would get a photographer’s credit on the dust jacket. Maybe she would like to see her name in print like that.

  7. Dan – Dan Hartensveld, CDIA is President of The EDI Project, a solution provider specializing in healthcare informatics. He has been working with large health insurers, providers and healthcare technology companies since 1996 involving complex data integration, claims automation, risk adjustment, The Affordable Care Act, HIE, HIX, to name a few. Lately, the company has been successful in developing and putting into production massively scaleable, analytics projects for use in processing "Big Data" sets.

    Not like me. Way better than me!

  8. sarahhans – The Airship Archon – I'm a writer specializing in horror, steampunk, fantasy and science fiction. I'm also a teacher and crochet enthusiast!

    Love the dog picture.

  9. D. Paul Angel – I am in my 40’s (the new "20" they say!), am originally from California, and now live in Portland, OR, but would eventually like to "retire" to Hawaii. I am, most definitely, a “Nerd’s Nerd.” I can recite huge tracts of Monty Python, can force Star Wars quotes into nearly any conversation, find serenity amongst fireflies, enjoy hitchhiking to the beach with my towel in hand (remember the Hawaii bit), have found precious little to dislike about Tolkien, and find any argument favoring Picard over Kirk to be both fascinating and most illogical. My foundation in Science Fiction began with Asimov, but Heinlein’s wit brought it to the front of my conscious. Although I am still recovering from the amount of time spent wheeling through Jordan and Sanderson’s epic, I have found long series, such as Scalzi’s, no longer make me feel like an old man (The new 20, right!?). I've always had a love of comics, particularly the far side of Bloom County where Calvin lived, often casting pearls before swine whilst doing the foxtrot over the hedge. Even though I already have 2 puppy-dogs I love, Zack and Satia, I can’t help but think how awesome having a magical creature would be; even if I do worry that caring for it would leave me feeling hagrid. I am more comfortable tweeting than facebooking, and I'm not athletic enough to be a tumblr. I'm also an airplane nerd and a licensed, albeit non-current, pilot. I've travelled enough to know I want to travel more, I've read, cover to cover, The Bible, Koran, Book of Mormon, Science and Health, and a smattering of Eastern philosophies, and I was one of the early board members of Cerimon House. I can bake bread from scratch, grill, and cook; and I've failed, miserably, in learning at least 4 different programming languages. I write, commit photography, and am learning the ins and out of drawing and illustration. I have long straddled that shady realm between the wholly physical and utterly imaginative, and I'm working towards taking up residence in the latter. I'm an expert in all forms of philosophocating, but find it is best done with open eyes, compassion, and humor; preferably with pleasant company, snacks, and an ample supply of delicious beverages. I have also been known to make the occasional pun.
    D. Paul Angel

    Dear Athena,

    To further add to the adulations, you do indeed have an eye for photography! It has been my experience that people either have that eye, or they do not. In other words, you can teach anyone how to take a good photograph, but you can’t teach just anyone what to take a great photograph of.

    That being said, just because you have the eye doesn’t mean you can’t make the photos you took better.

    The flower one is nice, but the focus being off distracts. I realize with point and shoot cameras, and especially phone cameras, there’s very little you can do. even on a bright sunny day you can have limited depth of field. however, by framing the flower so it is front and center, you draw attention to the ceneter of the flower which is out of focus. If you frame it off center, however, less notice will be taken of it. The Rule of Thirds is thrown around a lot, but it also works pretty well. This could also be a good photo to play around with brightness, contrast, and coloring with as well.

    I love the moment you capture in the flag one. The only, small, tip I’d offer is to crop the diagonal portion of the house from the upper right of the frame. I think that takes a very good photo and makes it into a great one.

    Finally, there are three things that the dog photograph desperately needs: Your signature, a frame, and wall to hang it on. Seriously, that is a fantastic, kick-ass pic!

    All the best,

  10. I must say Athena, you have some photographic talent. You must get it from your dad.
    You both have a much better than average eye. Your dad’s photos on this site are particularly good–professional quality even. You seem to be his favorite model.
    You should enter some photo contests to help develop your talent further.
    [In my college days I was a member of the local Photo club. (That was back when everything was done with actual FILM!) I entered many of the quarterly photo contests (and even won a few ribbons.) Not trying to brag–just trying to say that I had some training, so you take this as more than casual praise.]

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