Between Christmas and my birthday, combining gifts from my sweetheart and my (photography-loving) Dad, I managed to acquire some fantastic new equipment. I have a Canon SLR, and got this FABULOUS 50 mm 1:1.4 lens and a 12mm extended lens…which has basically put me in camera heaven. I am still putzing, a lot, and learning how to use these new UP CLOSE! settings, but I am really loving what I have so far. None of these photos are cropped, they are this close straight out of the camera. (!!!) *Click on any photo to embiggen.
Baby succulent, this tiny little plant is only about 3 inches tall, I really love how you can see all those little bumps on the leaves!
Geranium leaf, complete with TINY INDVIDUAL HAIRS! I just, I can’t handle it!
Mr. Blue Eyes, who kindly let me get all up in his face while I was taking dozens of pictures of his eyeball, his eyelashes (swoon!) and his eyebrow.
Pink oil paint, I mixed this for a painting that is almost done, I love how you can see the different colors of red and pink and white all marbled together.
Fiery oil paint, it’s amazing how the layers of red and yellow show up here, and also the ridges in the dried paint. Gaaaah, I am so in love!
Green knitted blanket, i.e. texture texture texture!
Mr. Blue Eyes’ cajun popcorn, absolutely not my cup of tea, but the ridges and color variations are pretty!
I still have a lot to learn, but I am loving looking at so many things from a completely different perspective, and I really love that this new (dreamy!) equipment can capture so much detail. Check out the rest of my Flickr set.
For the last couple of weeks we have been in the process of hiring a new program coordinator, I got the lucky job of screening all 67 applicants and recommending a handful of them for interview. In that light, this is all about what NOT to do when submitting an application for employment.
- When listing your “Special Skills” for a job that is NOT based on social media, please do not list ALL of the following: WordPress, Blogspot, Twitter, Pinterest, Etsy, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, MySpace. Saying “social media” would probably suffice. Now that I know you are specially skilled in MySpace and Pinterest, um, you probably won’t be hired for a position where you cannot spend hours per day on either of those (blocked) sites.
- It should go without saying that correct spelling and grammar are essential in resumes and cover letters. When you misspell a major company’s name, or our company’s name, you are showing you probably cannot be trusted for basic communications.
- When the only phone number you provide is your current work number and work email, do not get upset that I call you at work. In fact, the half-whispered half-angry “Why did you call this number?! I can’t talk about this right now!” does not make me feel great about you as a potential candidate.
- Most employers will not give you negative marks if you have served time as a missionary for a religious organization. In fact, many find that kind of humanitarian service commendable. However, do not list it in your employment history with a giant paragraph of responsibilities and under the salary portion state “blessing in heaven.”
- For the love, when you come to interview, please do not bring your pet chihuahua in a blinged out hot pink carrying case. Just don’t.
Did you learn anything spectacular this week? (Or last week?)
Sometimes when I’m cruising through my neighborhood in the morning or evening dusk I forget how many small little beautiful places there are, here are a few from a mid-day weekend walk not too long ago.
More and more I have a thing for tree rings.
There I go, creeping up on people’s porches again (ahem). BUT LOOK AT THAT DOORKNOB!
I love these types of wrought iron fences.
So, so pretty.
This reminds me of something Frank Lloyd Wright would love.
Creeping in people’s driveways…
Check out the rest of the Flickr set here.