a peek inside the fishbowl

28 May, 2008

I think this photo deserves to be on a motivational poster

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Photography

growing between a rock and a hard place

Don’t you? But I need to think of a good caption first. Hmm.

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There happens to be a pretty cool detail in there. Can you see it?

ETA: check out another version of this photo, new and improved with Mark’s crayzee Photoshop skillz.

8 Responses to "I think this photo deserves to be on a motivational poster"

1 | words words

May 28th, 2008 at 6:52 pm


Caption idea:


I’m horrible.

2 | Sharon

May 29th, 2008 at 7:49 am


Keeping on trying and evenutally you’ll flower.

Sorry Bad.
But great shot!!!

3 | jane

May 29th, 2008 at 8:26 am


Hi Andrea;

Just wondering if you’ve chosen the winner for the tickets to The Spelling Bee yet? thanks

4 | Chantal

May 29th, 2008 at 8:37 am


That is an amazing shot.

5 | J.

May 29th, 2008 at 11:33 am


For the flower alone:

Leadership(or Independence): Willingness to stand alone.

6 | Lynn

May 29th, 2008 at 12:24 pm


Beautiful shot. I’m becoming more interested in photography having seen the great pictures you get of your kids and put on your blog. Can I ask what kind of camera and lenses you use? And do you post-process your shots using any particular software?

7 | andrea

May 29th, 2008 at 12:41 pm


I use tequila!


Thanks Lynn – I use a Nikon d70 DSLR. And this particular photo was taken with the regular ol’ lens that came with it. I also have a zoom and a macro lens.

I don’t usually do much post-processing. (This particular one didn’t have anything done to it.) If I do I usually make small adjustments to the exposure or colour within iPhoto, or sometimes, if I’m really fixated, in Photoshop.

The post-processing thing is something I’ve been thinking about lately. I do take my photo-taking pretty seriously and I should be taking the time to fix up each image before uploading them, but the reality is that I don’t really have the time to spend on this part of things.

I have also found that when I upload my images to Flickr they’re darker and blurrier than what I’m seeing here on the computer. But maybe that’s just me?

I’ve also debated starting up a photoblog…

Oh, there’s just not enough time. Not when the dust bunnies are calling me. ;)

8 | andrea

May 30th, 2008 at 8:23 am


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