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My journey with photography……..


April 2020

Feeding Our Children and Others

As I was attending one of the many festivals that are held in Manassas, VA I met Sharita Rouse, owner of Tummy Yum Yum Gourmet Apples. The apples were SO-SO GOOD!! 



One Saturday in March as this COVID-19 was beginning to change all our lives, I decided to walk around downtown Manassas to document/photograph for my own personal history and that’s when I noticed Tummy Yum Yum  Gourmet Apples was opened. YES the apples are still SO-SO GOOD!! What I learned that day was how Tummy Yum Yum  Gourmet Apples were feeding the children.

Since the schools in Virginia have been closed, there are many of children that depend on the school system for food. There’s no easy way to put it – many of children depend on the school systems for food. We all have heard this statement before “it takes a village” and Sharita Rouse truly believes that. Sharita has been feeding the children since the closing of the schools. She has volunteers that pack lunches for families and some that deliver to families. A local sheriff has permission from his police department to deliver food while he’s duty. Restaurants also help in providing cooked meals. How important are these meals? This lunch may be the only meal for some families the entire day. 

Not only does Tummy Yum Yum  Gourmet Apples help the children, they’re also feed the homeless or anyone that needs a meal. No justification of why you need a meal. If you’re hungry you will be fed. 

*** Some of the photographs without masks was before Virginia finalized their policies.***


To find out how to help:

Sharita Rouse


Phone: 571-208-2870

















Project: COLORS

Totally different from my Blog Project: GREEN, this time when I went out walking with

my camera I had a plan and that was to photograph COLORS. Not much had bloomed but

then again our weather has been crazy. Plants have been confused; don’t know whether

to bloom or just stay in until Spring season.


As I entered into the community parking space they have two patches of bright, colorful

flowers on each side. Even though the flowers haven’t been there long they have already

taken a beaten from the weather; but some are still in the process of blooming. That’s

what I enjoy about macro photography – you can’t see the details from far away. You

have to get close to see exactly the way they are. Regardless they are still beautiful.


At this time I know many photographers are kinda stuck in the house and/or just can’t

shoot like they normally do. Now is the time to do something different from your norm.

Take you camera out “with one lens” and shoot. Shoot around your neighborhood. Shoot

when you go to do daily errands. Keep the juices flowing. 


Gear used: Fujifilm X-Pro2, XF 60mm f/2.4 R macro lens.












Project: GREEN

For the past couple of months I’ve been mentoring a friend that loves photography. The

other day he emailed me with attached images and said (not his direct words) that he

went out again with his camera gear with no plan. I emailed back and told him that was

fine BUT you can create a plan once you get there. 


That’s what I did last week. After I took care of some morning errands I decided to walk

some laps before heading back in for the day. As I was walking I began to shoot anything

that I saw interesting. Midway through my second lap I decided I needed a project. I

decided to focus on GREEN. There were some colors here and there but I want to go back

when hopefully they’re in full bloom or close to it. Once I decided on GREEN the next few

laps I went back to those same areas to make sure I didn’t miss anything and/or find a

better composition, etc. I focused on shallow depth of field hoping to separate a lot of the

green that was in the background or just pull a little bit of color out that was on the

edges. It was a little breezy but that help me focus more and try to stop the movement.

Again just seeing what works and take it from there. 


Gear used: Fujifilm X-H1, XF 60mm f/2.4 R macro lens.











Converting to black and white

Since the COVID-19 slowed me down a little 😉 I thought I go back to some old images to see how they would look if I convert to black and white. 

I didn’t get into the mirrorless cameras until 2016. One of the cameras I purchased was the Fujifilm X-E1. Later I purchased the XF18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM IOS lens. With these two I went out and did some night photography. I shot in manual mode. Looking back on the blog I have written I wanted my shutter speed to be no slower than 1/60th of a second and my ISO to start at 1600. 

That night I wanted to shoot in color only. I wanted to see how well the colors would look and how much noise I would get from my camera. I did keep in mind that at times the ISO was a s high as 5,000. Also the X-E1 was launched in 2012 so it did have some age.  Overall I thought the camera did well.

The other day I decided to convert the color images to black and white and place them side-by-side.  While the color images were processed with Lightroom, they were converted to black and white using Capture One. Since I’m a die-hard fan of both, either works for me. 

So if you have a little time on your hands go back to some of your old images and look at them with a different set of eyes. With software constantly changing you be amazed at what you can discover.













anythinggoes newsletter

The Newsletter April 2020

Here’s what’s included in anythinggoes newsletter:


  1. Teen with rare illness gets wish to create Comic Book
  2. Top tips to deep clean this Spring
  3. Declutter your finances this Spring
  4. I Had an Epiphany – written by Tinya Porter
  5. Poems by Bernard Wright
  6. Simple Recipes by Mills


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