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PostSubject: Artistic endeavors   Wed Apr 25, 2007 7:31 pm

If you write, paint, draw, or whatever then post a link to your work here. Let us know what artistic abilities you have.

I've been an amateur photographer for 20 years and you can see some of my pics here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/msmercury01/
and here:
http://albums.photo.epson.com/j/AlbumList?u=4231734

I also write. I only have 3 stories online and you can see them here:
http://celeb.adultfanfiction.net/authors.php?no=1296784623
Two of them are fan fiction and one is an original short story. You can access all three of my stories by clicking on my author name which is Taryn Mercury. If you read the summaries and you decide you are interested enough to read them then please leave feedback.

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PostSubject: Re: Artistic endeavors   Wed Apr 25, 2007 8:36 pm

Cool thread, Teri! Love your pictures! I love to photograph sunrises/sunsets/storms (I am SO in love with storms - I would LOVE to go on a storm chase one day):











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PostSubject: Re: Artistic endeavors   Thu Apr 26, 2007 12:21 pm

Well, Kim, you should come and visit me, I'm right in tornado alley and it's the right time of year, we've already had 4 tornados touch down in the state just this month. Very Happy

Beautiful photos!
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PostSubject: Re: Artistic endeavors   Thu Apr 26, 2007 12:41 pm

I draw occasionally but don't show it to hardly anyone, very few people have seen anything I've done. I also play in paint shop pro and I'll share a few things I've made in that. Promise not to laugh? heehee!





















I took this photo at my Grandpa's lake in Ohio









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PostSubject: Re: Artistic endeavors   Thu Apr 26, 2007 3:20 pm

AWESOME, Sherrie! I need to play around with PSP more....I may be contacting you for pointers one of these days, when I can find freaking time to sit down for more than 10 minutes!

Oh man, I'd LOVE to do a tornado chase...I don't know why, but turbulent storms/clouds are just so beautiful to me.
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PostSubject: Re: Artistic endeavors   Thu Apr 26, 2007 7:32 pm

Kim, those pics are incredible!

Sherrie, I have Photoshop Elements and i've get to figure out how to make any banners other than the simple one i've made for here. If I send you some images do you think you could make one for me?
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PostSubject: Re: Artistic endeavors   Thu Apr 26, 2007 7:59 pm

MsMercury wrote:
Kim, those pics are incredible!

Thanks, Teri! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Artistic endeavors   Fri Apr 27, 2007 1:12 am

Cool photos and artwork everybody.

Kim, I actually go storm chasing most years. For a week or so at the end of May or beginning of June (peak season for tornados) I fly out to the States and with a friend we drive out to Oklahoma. Then we spend the week driving around OK, KS, NE, CO, TX, NM or anywhere the forecasts indicate there might be tornadic activity. It usually means a 300-400 mile drive each day to get to the right location by late afternoon ready to watch the weather kick off.

Tornados are actually quite thinly spread considering the size of tornado alley (the above states cover an area about the size of Western Europe) so even for experienced chasers actually catching up with one on demand is a rarity and most chases end up in a bust. We have seen one or two nice ones though.

However, we do see some spectacular weather on the way. We've seen storms and cloud formations that make your hair stand on end. We've been pelted with huge hailstones (big enough to crack windscreens) and we've followed lightning storms that look like the spaceship from Close Encounters with a flickering neon light inside.

On one occasion our onboard radar failed while we were chasing storms in New Mexico on a single road with no turn offs for 35 miles. There were four separate storm cells around us, two of which were known to be spawning tornados (which we knew from frantic phone calls we were getting from colleagues). It was dark and our radar signal was about 30 minutes out of date, so we had no idea where the cells were in relation to the road other than that they were all moving in a direction which would take them across the road. The rain was lashing down, giving us visibility of about 30 metres in front of the car. When we eventually got to our intended destination - a small town at the end of this road where we could take cover - we were turned back by the police. Apparently, all roads into this town were flooded by the freak storm that had just hit, so we had no option but to turn around and run the gauntlet back again through these storm cells to the main road 35 miles back in the other direction.

That was probably our scariest moment chasing. Most of the time we are well in control and our equipment tells us what is happening where.

I'll have to dig out some photos and post them.

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PostSubject: Re: Artistic endeavors   Fri Apr 27, 2007 6:08 am

Kim, thanks, I took a few psp classes last year, I learned alot but there is still so much to learn. Starting w/ the mouse, those are some of my lessons I turned in for my class.
We had storms here yesterday, there were tornado watches out all afternoon and I heard of a few warnings in the northern part of the state but haven't heard if any actually touched down. I'm a little fascinated by them too but also scared b/c I've seen what they can do, we've had a few touch down very close to where I live and that's frightening. With that being said, I would definately go on a storm chase! Very Happy

Teri, I'm still waiting on my friend to send psp back to me. I don't have it on my new computer yet. I can't wait to get it back, I have some ideas I want to try out. I will let you know when I get it back.
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PostSubject: Re: Artistic endeavors   Fri Apr 27, 2007 7:19 am

Thanks, Marty....PLEASE DO post some of your storm photos....I would LOVE to see them! I would just love to do a storm chase....scary, yes, but fascinating at the same time! I see pictures of clouds from Midwest storms and they are just incredible. We don't get storms like that very often here in California.

The one picture that I posted above with the really ominous looking clouds produced some pea-sized hail about 30 minutes after I took that shot. That was one cool storm!

Sherrie....when I can find some time one of these days....I'll have to pick your brain about PSP. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Artistic endeavors   Fri Apr 27, 2007 7:50 am

Ooh aren't we the creative bunch! Great photos indeed... mine are usually just gigs & they're not up to Marty's standard! I do a bit of writing, keep a blog for all my gig reviews on: http://www.prettyinscarlett.blogspot.com/.

A few months ago I did some 'proper' writing too, bits & bobs about Cardiff for a new site http://1off.com/cardiff/.
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PostSubject: Re: Artistic endeavors   Fri Apr 27, 2007 8:21 am

Nice blog Liz. Limehouse Lizzy are agreat band aren't they. Far and away the best tribute band I've seen anywhere. In fact I'd probably go so far as to say they sound better than John Sykes Thin Lizzy at the moment (with the exception of Marco of course).

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PostSubject: Re: Artistic endeavors   Fri Apr 27, 2007 9:22 am

OK, here are a couple of examples of my feeble attempts at travel article writing, based on a couple of trips Iíve been on in recent years.

The first is an article I wrote for my local photographic society magazine, of a trip to the Canadian Rockies three years ago. Iíve pulled out the article from the magazine and saved it as a PDF. It is accompanied by a few nice photos of the scenery I took along the way. http://www.martymoffatt.com/rockiesarticle.pdf.

The second you may have already seen if you are a frequent visitor to BackTalk. Itís the story of our trip to the US West Coast in 2005 to see Journey, with fellow BTers Cathy and Mike Smith. This was our first holiday with them, our first trip to the West Coast, and Cathy & Mikeís first trip to the US. The whole purpose of the holiday was to link up with fellow fans and catch a few Journey shows on their 2005 tour, but we had quite a few adventures along the way.

The story is actually the distillation of a single thread we started on the BT forum to chart our progress, particularly for friends and fans back home, but it turned into quite a travel journal. The individual posts were made by each of us in turn, describing our travels each day from our different perspectives and I simply edited them into a single coherent journal and added lots of photos Iíd taken en route.

http://www.martymoffatt.com/California/ukbacktalkers.pdf. Warning: this one is about 2.5 Mb so donít bother trying to download it if you are on dialup.

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PostSubject: Re: Artistic endeavors   Sun Apr 29, 2007 1:49 pm

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Nice blog Liz. Limehouse Lizzy are agreat band aren't they. Far and away the best tribute band I've seen anywhere. In fact I'd probably go so far as to say they sound better than John Sykes Thin Lizzy at the moment (with the exception of Marco of course).

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Thanks Marty! I agree with you on Limehouse Lizzy, saw Sykes' Thin Lizzy on Wednesday and was just a tad disappointed (despite Marco Mendoza's presence). Next time it'll be Limehouse Lizzy, oh yes Very Happy Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Artistic endeavors   Sun Apr 29, 2007 7:13 pm

Marty...I'm sorry you had such inclimate weather in Morro Bay....been there several times, and when it's not foggy, it's actually very beautiful there, as well as down the road about 20 miles south in Pismo Beach. We had family there, so I spent quite a bit of time in Pismo during my childhood. But that was a great shot you took of Morro Rock...even with the fog!
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PostSubject: Re: Artistic endeavors   Mon Apr 30, 2007 1:20 am

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Marty...I'm sorry you had such inclimate weather in Morro Bay....been there several times, and when it's not foggy, it's actually very beautiful there, as well as down the road about 20 miles south in Pismo Beach. We had family there, so I spent quite a bit of time in Pismo during my childhood. But that was a great shot you took of Morro Rock...even with the fog!

I'm sure Morro Bay is a lovely holiday destination most of the time. It is just a combination of things that made it a surreal location when we stopped off there on our 'journey' around California.

Like the fact that we had been driving in blazing sunshine for three days prior to getting there, without a cloud in the sky. Then literally as we approached the outskirts of the town we ran into thick fog.

Like the fact that the proprietors of the really shabby motel we had booked (in advance, so we didn't know it was ashabby motel) tried to put up their prices when we got there, and the rooms had damp carpets and smelled really horrible.

Like the strange sight of a huge great power station (refinery or nuclear power plant, I don't know which) situated more or less on the beach, overshadowing the beautiful rock of Morro Bay - they don't show that on any of the brochures!

Like the fact that when we drove out of town to get to Paso Robles for the Journey show, immediately we left the town's outskirts the fog lifted and we were back in brilliant sunshine - cue Twilight Zone music.

Like the fact that returning from the show in the early hours of the morning we took a wrong turn and ended up in a desolate scary parking lot right next to this nuclear power plant, and it took another 30 minutes to find our way back out again - more Twilight Zone music.

All in all it was a strange experience and in complete contrast to the rest of our California holiday.

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PostSubject: Re: Artistic endeavors   Mon Apr 30, 2007 4:16 am

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Thanks, Marty....PLEASE DO post some of your storm photos....I would LOVE to see them!

As promised, here are a few pictures from our last stormchasing trip, in 2005. No close encounters with tornados this time, but some spectacular storms.

In the first picture you can see what they call the wall cloud, which is where the tornados usually appear from, although not on this occasion.


The rest of these pictures are from a different storm over the course of about 2 hours In the first you can see the storm looking like a stack of plates. It was disk shaped and rotating. Eventually it did create a tornado, but unfortunately it was dark by that time and we didnít see it.


Here you can see it dumping tons and tons of hail and rain out of the centre of its rotation.


In this picture you can see lightning coming from the centre of this rotating storm. For the next 30 minutes we saw strike after strike after strike come from this exact point in the storm, like a neon light flickering on and off.


In the final picture, which is the same storm at night as it moved away from us, you can see the stars around it. The bright light inside the clouds is actually caused by literally hundreds of lightning strikes (itís a 30 second exposure).


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PostSubject: Re: Artistic endeavors   Mon Apr 30, 2007 4:42 am

Marty those shots are seriously breath taking - you should send them someplace for publication!
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PostSubject: Re: Artistic endeavors   Mon Apr 30, 2007 5:41 am

Marty, those photos are amazing!

I wish I could get a view of the sky like that where I live but I can't, too many hills and trees here Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Artistic endeavors   Mon Apr 30, 2007 5:54 am

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I wish I could get a view of the sky like that where I live but I can't, too many hills and trees here Very Happy

That's why the centre of tornado alley, in TX, OK, KS and NE is a such a mecca for storm chasers. The land is so flat you have fantastic 360 degree visibility and on a good day could see a storm brewing 200 miles away. One year we were in Kansas taking pictures of a lightning storm when we looked around and realised that we, just standing there, were the tallest objects on the landscape for probably 15 miles in any direction. Needless to say we hastily put our metal tripods away and got back in the car.

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PostSubject: Re: Artistic endeavors   Mon Apr 30, 2007 6:03 am

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fourt9rkim wrote:
Marty...I'm sorry you had such inclimate weather in Morro Bay....been there several times, and when it's not foggy, it's actually very beautiful there, as well as down the road about 20 miles south in Pismo Beach. We had family there, so I spent quite a bit of time in Pismo during my childhood. But that was a great shot you took of Morro Rock...even with the fog!

I'm sure Morro Bay is a lovely holiday destination most of the time. It is just a combination of things that made it a surreal location when we stopped off there on our 'journey' around California.

Like the fact that we had been driving in blazing sunshine for three days prior to getting there, without a cloud in the sky. Then literally as we approached the outskirts of the town we ran into thick fog.

Like the fact that the proprietors of the really shabby motel we had booked (in advance, so we didn't know it was ashabby motel) tried to put up their prices when we got there, and the rooms had damp carpets and smelled really horrible.

Like the strange sight of a huge great power station (refinery or nuclear power plant, I don't know which) situated more or less on the beach, overshadowing the beautiful rock of Morro Bay - they don't show that on any of the brochures!

Like the fact that when we drove out of town to get to Paso Robles for the Journey show, immediately we left the town's outskirts the fog lifted and we were back in brilliant sunshine - cue Twilight Zone music.

Like the fact that returning from the show in the early hours of the morning we took a wrong turn and ended up in a desolate scary parking lot right next to this nuclear power plant, and it took another 30 minutes to find our way back out again - more Twilight Zone music.

All in all it was a strange experience and in complete contrast to the rest of our California holiday.

Marty

Ahhh, yes...the infamous triplets! Laughing The smokestacks are part of a power plant, not nuclear...I believe the plant belongs to PG&E (Pacific Gas and Electric - the evil demons...LOL). They certainly mar up an otherwise beautiful place. Here's a picture of Morro Bay on a clear day:



And it's always foggy on the coast during the summer - thanks to our blistering heat where I am in the San Joaquin Valley (about 140 miles from Morro Bay), the fog hugs the coastline much of the summer. But drive into San Luis Obispo, and you're back in the sunshine....freaky, indeed!

But it truly is a beautiful vacation spot!
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PostSubject: Re: Artistic endeavors   Mon Apr 30, 2007 6:08 am

OH MAN!!! Those shots are FANTASTIC, Marty! Now that's the kind of thing I would LOVE to photograph! We don't get clouds like that here....we're situated right at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains, so I'm sure that plays a part in it.

Once in awhile we get some nice clouds but not on that scale!

I'd LOVE to see something like this one day!
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