August Challenge: Land of the Lilliputians… Entry #7 Happier Than a Bird With a French Fry!

As I was driving past the McDonalds’s the other day I caught this out of the corner of my eye and thought it might be worthy of a shot!
And what better title than a favorite bumpersticker of mine…
Happier Than a Bird With a French Fry!

Happier Than a Bird With a French Fry (Photo by Fay/Lala)

Happier Than a Bird With a French Fry
(Photo by Fay/Lala)

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August Challenge: Land of the Lilliputians… Entry #6 Life Can Be Strange

This challenge has taken me by surprise on more than one occasion and so it was when I received Lorraine’s e-mail. I had not heard from her in a bit and nothing seemed out of order as I was reading about her old truck needing to go to the garage. Oh… gullible me! Once again, I am duped by a CrAzY woman and did not realize it until I read more of her e-mail.

“I am sorry I haven’t been in touch much lately but I have been dealing with some issues with my truck. It is 18 years old and has been a good truck and continues to be so but needed some minor repairs. I have been using the same repair shop for years and they seem to do a good job. I have noticed however that they take an awful long time when they work on it. Even when doing just simple routine maintenance, it seems to take them forever! I have never complained however as they seem to do really good work.

The other day I took the truck in for some real simple work. I kept being told that it would just be a little bit longer. After waiting for almost seven hours, I was told it was still being worked on. At this point, I became very concerned and decided to wander back to the garage area.

As I was approaching my truck, I could hear what sounded like a lot of little giggles and some tapping like sounds from near where the truck was parked with the hood propped up. I thought that maybe the mechanics had just turned on my radio while they were working on it. As I walked closer I saw what looked like some very strange looking colorful tools or truck parts. I could see more details as I got closer and I soon realized that I had entered into a little playground developed right on top of my engine! I could not believe what I was seeing!!

I stood a long time to observe and take it all in. It was truly amazing!! Michelangelo, who seemed to be the clown in this little mechanic group, was doing tricks on a hoop that he had made out of a hose and suspended from the hood by jabbing a screw driver in a slot. Below him, two of the others were playing on a teeter-totter they had made using a wrench and a socket. This explains the tapping sound I had heard. The one on the right side of the teeter-totter was trying to spray some goop through the hoop and at the others. He happened to see me and gave me a big grin as if to say “look at me and what I can do!” On the left, I noticed how one of them was grinning from ear to ear as he threw his hands up in the air and slid down the slide they had set up.

I came to find out that the shop has always hired teenagers to work as mechanics. I was reassured that even with the horseplay slowing them down, they do really great work. And like I said, I have always been pleased with the work done on my truck.

Knowing that you probably wouldn’t believe me if I just told you about this, I attached a picture as proof!!!!

Now that the truck is running good, I should be able to get back to photography.”

Life Can Be Strange (Photo by Lorraine)

Life Can Be Strange
(Photo by Lorraine)

August Challenge: Land of the Lilliputians… Entry #5 The Jedi Exterminators

This next entry is from Tess… undecided Tess! This is what she says:

Sorry that I am going to pull “a Tess” once again. I am so bloody confused. If you choose the little people with the dead grasshoppers, the title would be “The Jedi Exterminators”.

So yes, Tess, I have chosen this one but will also be posting your other one once everyone’s photos have been posted.

“Those grasshoppers are just a few of the millions that we have in one area, we have plenty more on the other areas that we spray with organic insecticide, if not they will eat our plants all the way to the roots. That is why I told you I hate them. LOL. The areas that have more dead grasshoppers are not as good looking as this one cause the trees are taller and you cannot see green leaves so I chose this bush.”

The Jedi Exterminators (Photo by Tess)

The Jedi Exterminators
(Photo by Tess)

August Challenge: Land of the Lilliputians… Entry #4 Unpacking

WOW! Imagine my surprise when I received an entry from Kristen P.!

Kristen recently finished her schooling to be an echocardiogram tech and we all congratulate you Kristen on your achievement. Of course… the next hurdle will be finding a job and we wish you much success with this.

Kristen has had little spare time to pursue her love of photography and I hope now she might be able to join us on an outing or two and might also have more time to join in the challenges. So let me share her story with you…

“My kids went to school today and so I decided that their stuff was fair game. When the cats away…

I just loved this china cabinet and all the tiny cups and saucers and when I saw the trunk I just thought of moving and unpacking.”

Unpacking  (Photo by Kristen P.)

Unpacking
(Photo by Kristen P.)

Happy Birthday Linda!

We interrupt this challenge to wish Linda, our “poet in residence” a very happy birthday!

Linda… on this, your special day, the CrAzY Women want to wish you a very happy birthday and look forward to meeting you in the near future. Knowing how much you love gardening and flowers and pairing photos with your beautiful poetry, I have great hopes that you might join us soon on a photo trip to the Dallas Arboretum so the crazies can get to meet you and we can all shoot together!

Have a wonderful day Linda! Love having you in the club!

Happy Birthday Linda!

Happy Birthday Linda!

August Challenge: Land of the Lilliputions… Entry #2 Hey, get away from my bone!

This next entry is from rebeKah and she initially did “a Tess” (sorry, Tess. You have a reputation!) and sent me several images but then thought she might back out of entering anything. I encouraged her to enter as it makes no difference if there are little people or little animals in the final image and she agreed to go ahead and submit this image, and here is her story…

“Having remembered something about small figures or figurines for the latest challenge I decided to try something with a collection of miniature dogs that I happened to come across. Already at the late hours after having been given a final reminder that the deadline was imminent, I set out to create my idea. When it did not develop as planned due to improper lighting, settings, use of time, and having to hastily work with a new pup (Junebug) in training whose youthful energy was tricky to harness and not using the assigned little people
action figures, there was no time left to make the needed adjustments so I present my attempt.

I decided to acquire a large bone to use so I headed to the pet store and while there noticed a new energetic pup being trained. While Junebug and her companion were waiting for the trainer I asked if they would be willing to be a part of my photo project and they agreed.”

Hey... get away from my bone! (Photo by rebeKah)

Hey… get away from my bone!
(Photo by rebeKah)

August Challenge: Land of the Lilliputians… Entry #1 Chocolate!

I must prepare you for this entry and this is why.
I actually received the entry way ahead of time! How could that possibly be?
I did not know it was an entry at first because all crazy women are procrastinators, or so I thought. I started reading my e-mail from Robin and initially none of what I was reading was making any sense at all until I got to her attached photo and then I had to go back and reread what she had written and at that point I was LMAO!
Lorraine… beware!!! I think you have met your match!

So let me share this provocative story with you from our own Robin…
you know, “the other” Robin.

CHOCOLATE

“This is an 88% chocolate experience. See the chocolate fly?
As the hammer man chisels away, see how he gives me the most delicious chocolate experience? His muscles bulge, sweat splays. The noise – bangbangbang. The flying flakes of delicious, near pure chocolate CHOCOLATE. Eighty eight percent. Pure!

His name is Galand. Galand the Hammer.

Roger is carting away the smaller pieces in his wheelbarrow. I love those.
Clancy uses his two-wheel dolly to bring me the larger chunks. I like them better.
Niles is hammering away over there, but doesn’t seem to deliver the level of chocolate I require (he’s a slacker). Poor Niles.

But Clancey. Roger. Certainly not Niles.
And even… Galand. No, they don’t compare.
Not, with, Org. Not with that beautiful, gorgeous, omigosh fabulous, blond, troll of a man with the simple shovel. O Mi Gosh, this tremendous, huge, handsome GOD of muscle and brawn. Reminds me so of the Orc’s, of Tolkien fame. I always thought, they are – HOT! Org could turn his plastic neck, lock his unpainted eyes on mine, and we would be off to one thousand one Arabian nights. Take me to the qasbah my Nordic lord.

Of course, they know. I’m watching… ”

Chocolate! (Photo by Robin W.)

Chocolate!
(Photo by Robin W.)

And I leave you with this J.R.R. Tolkien quote:
“Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.”

Introduction to the August Challenge: Land of the Lilliputians

In the interest of staying out of the heat, I have another indoor or it may be an outdoor challenge… whichever you choose. This one should be fun and you might have to get some help from your kids or the neighbor’s kid next door to pull this off. You will be entering the Land of the Lilliputians.

I want you to find one or several action figures or little people and put them in a scenario of your choosing. I personally don’t have any, so I will have to check out the stash of my grandchildren to see what I can find. If you don’t have any little kids to mooch off of, you can always go to the store to find something of interest or maybe even hit a few yard sales.

Now I want you to take your action figure/figures and make him/her/them the star of your image. If you have a macro lens or a close up lens, then get in close. If you do not… just find a larger action figure. You can also zoom in on your subject. Play around with it and see what works.

Now… here is an example… you could put a little boat along with your action figure in a puddle of water on the sidewalk or street (please do not get run over doing this… and this especially applies to Lorraine!)… and then, shoot it. Or you could have your little people at the beach…or climbing up rocks… ok, itty bitty rocks… not really a mountain of rocks. Play around with what
you have. Try to imagine the scenario and tap the minds of those little kids you borrowed from. It is amazing how creative they can be. You might incorporate food into your scenic depiction. Just be crazy and let your imagination wander! Shoot more than one and pick the best to enter. Maybe let the kids choose their favorite!

To get some ideas… be sure to check out these sites for inspiration:

http://little-people.blogspot.com/

http://www.boredpanda.com/minimiam-little-people-in-the-world-of-food/

http://10steps.sg/inspirations/photography/35-cute-photos-from-little-people-project/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2396653/Roy-Tyson-artist-The-man-makes-little-people-look-like-theyre-taking-big-tasks.html

The previous post using some of my little people came about totally by surprise as I was wandering around White Rock Lake looking for some photo ops. I had taken my little people along, just in case, but I was not feeling very inspired until I came across the globe imbedded in a section of concrete with the little dog standing nearby as I was seeking some “free advice”! You just can’t make these things up! This just proves that you never know where your next photo op may come from and I have the feeling I will be taking my little people along with me more frequently just in case I run into an interesting possibility.

Happy World Photography Day!

Happy World Photography Day! (Photo by Fay)

Happy World Photography Day!
(Photo by Fay)


Strange how photography can play such a major part in our lives and take us to places we have never been and people we have never before met. And so it was yesterday as I took off for White Rock Lake with camera in hand and a collection of some little people.

I wandered the lake looking for potential photo ops and stumbled upon the Free Advice guy! This fella has been dispensing free advice on the west side of the lake every Sunday for the past 18 years. And you know me… I like free and stopped by to see what he had to say.

That’s when I spied this world emerging from the concrete and the little dog looking on. Yes! Bring out the little people!

And then this morning from the other side of the world… India to be exact, comes a message from a photo friend who shares the love of food photography wishing everyone a Happy World Photography Day!
Who knew? And why not?

Thank you Gaurav and the same back at ya!
To visit Gaurav’s photography blog, please go to: http://shuttertux.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/shoot-food-photographs-with-limited-resources/

So I wish all my photo friends and all the crazy women a Happy World Photography Day!
And remember… the deadline for shooting the “little people” challenge is tomorrow!

Now get out there and do what you love… shoot the world, make friends and have fun!

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