Post-production final

So I’m happy to say I finished strongly with an A in my Post-production class I have been taking the past 6 weeks.

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This is a composite image consisting of three separate images morphed together to create one. Shadowing and logo added, as well as other photoshop techniques. It is rather basic by standards in the PS world.

I’ve known my skills had been improving for some time now, but I was particularly and genuinely pleased when my Professor asked if he could use my submission in one of his teaching videos he uses for his class. It was beyond nice to get that kind of recognition and I of course told him that I would be more than happy for him to use it! 🙂

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I feel a special sort of connection with this Professor; because he is a good one, and always, always took the time to help me when I needed it, as well as give me true tips on how to improve my overall abilities.

Also I feel for him. His wife of 30 years passed from breast cancer during this period, and he STILL went out of his way for all of us in the class. My mother also went through breast cancer and a double mastectomy; I relate in some fashion; so I of course offered my condolences and positive vibes to him; wished him peace and healing. I really think he was not only surprised, but genuinely appreciative. It just amazes me how strong some people can be in times of turmoil. It was actually a rather good lesson to learn, and taught me a lot about perseverance. I will miss this class.

All in all I’m proud of myself. I worked for a goal, and achieved it yet again. Two years ago I wouldn’t have even tried.

Just sharing because I said in a previous post that I would.

Every day I am more and more glad that I made the decision to actually apply myself in something that will directly affect my future in a positive way. Worth every single penny of these student loans I’m racking up. (currently at 14k)

I had a good day despite crying twice due to Math anxiety. I had a friend help me through it. To him I am greatly appreciative. You’re a true friend, thank you so, so much.

Never give up and never stop trying. The small things add up to full on steps forward to positive and healthy. This I promise you.

Love yourself. You’re totally worth it. Xo

J. Rounds (c)2016 ~Peaces of Me

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Live, Love, Laugh

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Today has been a wonderful day for me, because I decided it would be.

I’ve talked to a lot of people I care about and needed to catch up with, but haven’t. I’m currently two days in with the not smoking thing (patches on), and it’s going great and I’m proud of myself. I’m on track with school. I’m healthy and alive and sober.

I have a lot to be grateful for.

Lately, my head was really being consumed with things it ought not to be consumed with. It was stalling me, and holding me back. I finally decided that I should probably  start making an effort to put out as much as I *receive, and spending time on people who actually deserve it and love me; as it should be.

I’m happy to be moving on in my life finally. I am really focusing on making the changes still needed.

I am in full-speed ahead mode; and at this point, I can’t see myself stopping.

I’m hoping soon that I can prove to my ex-husband, that’s it’s safe to let me talk to my children again…because I really miss them and I have to work on those relations. My kids are all I have, and I don’t have them now. I need them. I need to at least have the communication open to try.

My ex-husband is a good father, a sensible man, and I know he knows this.

In time.

For now, I’m getting through this day with a smile on my face. It is genuine, and not forced. 🙂

I feel the changes happening in me every day, and I just know things will be happy and fulfilling in the end for me; if I just don’t stop moving forward. I’m actually really excited. I needed this latest series of events to happen, to get my ass back in actual reality again.

Today was an excellent day.

This is my story, and I’m writing it daily as I go along.

Love yourself.
J.Rounds (c)2016 ~Peaces of Me

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Trip to Philly. August, 2016

So I went to Philly for a Coldplay concert, and the trip was awesome. It was a beautiful day, and lovely clouds. I didn’t really get to see much else as my girlfriend wasn’t feeling well because of the humidity.  I did manage to get these shots just the same. I will be returning for sure.

J. Rounds (c)2016 ~Peaces of Me

Progress.

So I really love this new Photographic Design class I’m in this period; because finally we can start doing some of the editing that I like to do so much.

This is just one of the images I took the other day; after almost getting thrown in jail after attempting to take photos outside of the Army Depot here in my town.  Yeah, DON’T DO THAT. 🙂 I talked my way out of cuffs on that one; and decided to go to the church by my house on the way back home. I’m glad I did. I captured some beautiful photographs with so much potential for loveliness.

New work Mother Mary Comes to Me

This is not my final edit on this image. But you can see where it started out originally; and the significantly better quality of it after edit. I love shooting in RAW because you can literally go back again and again and create new work out of the same photograph; without losing the original image.

Anyways… this is what I’ve been doing lately. Constructive criticism is welcomed. Currently working on getting the contrasts in the clouds to pop more, and knocking the drasticness of the purple in them down a few notches to get a more natural effect. Still learning.

There is beauty all around us if we just look. ❤

J. Rounds (c)2016 ~Peaces of Me

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     ‘Mother Mary Comes to Me’

June 27, 2016

Even though you are scared shitless and don’t think anything is going to be O.K. at all right now; IT’S GOING TO BE O.K.; O.K.?!  Just believe it and make it so. You are a strong person and you can do anything you set your mind to.

You can do it. You have been through, and survived, worse things than this.

Love yourself.

J.Rounds 2016~Peaces of me

GO FOR IT.

Life passes by and you find yourself missing out on things and opportunities, because you were afraid of others peoples’ opinions and reactions, or you didn’t have enough faith in yourself, or those around you.

The thing is you’re missing out.

You have to take the chance and believe, or you’ll just never find out what could be and always wonder.

Judge me all you want, but I’m a good person.

I’m going for my goals no matter what anyone else says.

I’m happy in my skin, and believe in me.

Love yourself.

J.Rounds (c)2016 ~Peaces of Me

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He was #1

 

I got married the first time because I didn’t know any differently. I was 20. I was a wild child, a free spirit, and a misguided, misunderstood soul.

I just thought that you were supposed to marry the person who asked you; and so I did. I thought like that because I didn’t think right about anything back then. I had no clue about marriage; only my parents’ marriage, which ended in divorce when I was 14. I didn’t think anyone would want to marry me; let alone ask me to. How ridiculous is that.

It didn’t even matter that he was 16 years my senior at all; and that I had met him at the adult book store I worked at. I thought we were in love.

Classy I know. I’m sure my mother was thrilled with me on many levels.

I was only married for 10 months, had a late term abortion, and it took me six years to get out of the relationship fully afterwards because I worked for him and I was addicted to coke.

Funny the things you remember again, when you can no longer push them down.

That shit’s over with THANK the gods.

LOVE YOURSELF.

J.Rounds (c)2016 ~Peaces of Me

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I Will Eat You Alive

Just start at the beginning.

The beginning of what?

The beginning of today.

What happens when I get to the end?

Start over.

All you have is today,  you know.

Or not.

J.Rounds (c)2016 ~Peaces of Me

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some thoughts.

So lately I’ve been preoccupied with school, and stuff that takes my mind off the fact that I still have some things to work towards.

Real life.

I feel like I’m finally starting to move forward in general; and so you’d think I’d be excited more than I am.

I don’t feel much of anything, but perhaps gratefulness.

True.

I still have some things to work towards.

Vacation in two weeks to Texas.

J.Rounds (c)2016 ~Peaces of Me

 

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