photo tips

Daughter is handling a photo shoot on Friday.  I gave her these basic tips:

1.  COMPOSITION – look at the entire rectangle, and if the edges are empty move in or zoom in.  Find the important objects (2 or 3) and see that they are positioned in balance.  Beware big areas of the image that don’t contain content or add to the photo.

2.  LIGHT –  Indoors make sure that there is a good amount of light falling on all parts of the scene.  Open window shades, should be plenty of light in midday.  Avoid unnatural or harsh shadows, especially on peoples faces.  Don’t have a light source shining into the lens of the camera this includes bright windows.  Outdoors, don’t shoot people in open sunlight.  Put them in the shade.

easy.  The auto camera will take care of the rest.

pyramid of greatness

Former UCF student Joy Givens has challenged readers of her blog to concoct their own “pyramid of greatness’ modeled after the original created by Mr. Ron Swanson, the un-PC public bureaucrat at the Pawnee Parks and Recreation dept.   Ron’s pyramid is a “perfectly calibrated recipe for maximum personal achievement.”

Here’s mine

If you’d like to make your own, you can get a blank template from Joy’s blog, and check out her personal pyramid of greatness.

See the charlie sheen pyramid.

Dry Eye Problems resolved

Beginning in 2007 I had a serious dry eye/corneal problem which resulted in frequent early morning sleep disruptions with severe pain and discomfort in my eyes, mostly my left eye. I missed some work, and saw several doctors over the next three years. The official diagnosis was Recurrent Corneal Erosion, which is a scratching of the cornea due to drying of the eyeball surface.

I tried drops and gels, and then discovered this web vendor and related support websites. I purchased their recommended nighttime goggles with replaceable foam inserts and started to get some relief from my problems. The rubber-like googles called Tranquileyes were troublesome.  They had lots of complaints about the glue provided with the foam inserts, and the foam pieces required frequent washing, sanitizing and drying.   But it seemed worth the trouble. Then announced a new foamless goggle and I tried that.  It is apparent that the goggles retain moisture, because there are often little beads of water on the inside when I get up in the morning.   My only problem has been tears in the silicone where the headband attaches.

Its been over a year now without symptoms, so I’m calling myself cured.  I use the silicone goggles during sleep at least 90% of the time, and I’ve discontinued the drops and gels.  And I discovered the ones designed for foam inserts work just fine without the foam too.

Earlier posts on my RCE problem:

July 2008 posting

April 2009 posting


Medicaid reform

visit Linda Solash-Reed on facebook.
Linda Solash-Reed, an attorney affiliated with the Florida Academy of Elder Law Attorneys criticized the new law because she said there is no data to prove it would save money. Worse, she said, the state has no evidence that the new program would work for senior citizens because they were not included in the original pilot project.