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Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Friday, April 24, 2009

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Leaving for work the other morning I looked up into the sky and just loved the way the clouds looked. Of course, my camera was at home (I KNOW...TAKE IT EVERYWHERE!), so out came the cell cam and I snapped off these three photos...Very intense sky I would say...


Then I played with the first photo and came up with these three interpretations. In the first I just posterized the image. In the second I went in and rendered some clouds to tone down the flare from the sun on the right and then used that to colorize the shot red.

Two of my favorites...from Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen. I believe I have told the story where the radio station hosted them in concert in Rochester and after the show the Commander (George Frayne), and a couple of the boys from the band retired to my dorm room where we caused numerous cumulus clouds to form. I ended the night the proud owner of one of the Commanders small cigars.

Now known as The Commander Cody Band, you just have to love a bunch of guys who bill themselves as "dopers drunks & everyday losers", and used to have pedal steel guitar player who was known as the "West Virginia Creeper". Anyone know his real name? And no googling...just yes or no...sheesh!

These are both fun songs! One player, two songs..."Hot Rod Lincoln" and "Smoke That Cigarette".

OH HECK-A-DOODLE...because I DO HAVE IT...I am adding a third song. The original of the second John's daddy...Mr. Woodward Maurice "Tex" Ritter.




30 Of Your Sparks

  1. For a cell phone camera, those are outstanding. The sky can provide some great photo opportunities when you least expect it.

  2. Hose are some awesome pictures! I love clouds like that. Ours are like being wrapped in cotton batting. Bleh.

  3. When I was in college a DJ friend of mine loved that band. That brought back memories. Have a great weekend!

  4. Schmoop Says:
  5. I can dig it baby. Have a faboo weekend Vinny. Cheers!!

  6. LAC Says:
  7. Those are great pics, esp. for a cell camera!

    Hot Rod Lincoln is one of Hubby's favorite songs... but then again, so is one called "The A$$Hole Song". LMAO!!

  8. Liz Hill Says:
  9. I have the same birthday as John--both June 1.

    I LOVE both of those songs.

  10. Liz Hill Says:
  11. The 'John' I am referring to is Johnny BOnd who had the big hit with HRL in 1960

  12. Not quite an angry sky, but more than a bit perturbed, I'd say.

  13. Cathy Says:
  14. love when the sky looks like that!

  15. Tulip Says:
  16. awesome pictures of the sky.

  17. SOUTHERN: Thanks, yes it can

    STARR: Thanks...clouds with character

    BUD: They were a fun band indeed

    MATT-MAN: 42-skadooo you knucklehead

    STAR: Thanks...LOL...hey that ain't a bad tune!

    TURNBABY: Yup yup John long lost cousin!

    SONGBIRD: LOL perturbed sky...yes that sums it up

    CATHY: As do I said above...clouds with character

  18. Dianne Says:
  19. I love clouds like that! and you really captured them beautifully

    love your pink interpretation as well, Matt-Man would say you're in touch with your feminine side ;)

    have a great weekend!

    Mia loved the mouse parmigna, she'd like a fish dish next

  20. DIANNE: Thank you my friend...I am in touch with it...yup!
    I will concoct some Tuna Surprise for Mia and ship it off...Have a grand weekend

  21. Jay Says:
  22. Hot Rod Lincoln is one of my all-time favorites. Great song choice for Friday Vinster.

  23. Cell phone cameras have come along way haven't they?! This is a beautiful shot. I love it when the sky is filled with with those washboard type clouds. Very dramatic effect you've added with the color as well.

    Nice job, Bond.

    I am so glad you're playing along with us. What a wonderful addition you are. :)


  24. Unknown Says:
  25. Great pics. Love clouds like that, looks like you could walk across them.

  26. JAY: One of mine also...enjoy the weekend Sir

    TISHA; Thanks for the welcome...I might not be there every Friday, but I am looking up more now a days!

  27. Coco Says:
  28. Pretty pics, Vinny. My favorite is the third unaltered one - looks a bit like a fried egg to me. Of course, that could just be because it's suppertime and I skipped lunch. Have a great weekend, hon!

  29. COCO: Thank you dear...Have a wonderful weekend

  30. Patti Says:
  31. I love the clouds ~~ those are great shots for a cell phone camera. I can't seem to master my cell cam. I like what you did with the shots, especially the pink!!

    I'm about to listen to Tex have a great weekend too, Vinny!

  32. Patti Says:
  33. woops, never mind. I saw his pic and thought it was Tex singing.

    Ralph loves "Hot Rod Lincoln."

  34. and The Commander go way in the world can one not love the guy?...

  35. Ralph Says:
  36. The cloud formations appear to me as whitecaps do over the oceans. The appearance of a light chop, from a boat or plane. fasten seat belts!

    Commander Cody does a great 'Bet me Daddy Eight to the Bar'. That song adds a country twang to excellent big band swing!

  37. Travis Cody Says:
  38. Love those clouds. We get some amazing formations out here too.

    Enjoy your weekend!

  39. DrillerAA Says:
  40. Stunning cloud shots.
    Get the camera dude. You can do all you need to do in post production with your current version of PhotoShop.

  41. RW Says:
  42. Cell phone shots always surprise me at the great quality they produce and these images you shot here Vinny is a great example of that. Nice Job and have a great weekend!!

  43. Dana Says:
  44. Loving the cloud photos - such depth! And the originals are my favorite - mother nature makes no mistakes *wink*

  45. A sky full of pillows, Vin! Gorgeous! Those clouds have a specific name don't they? Cirrus? :)

  46. Julie Says:
  47. Ooooh yeah! Great pictures! Thanks for sharing!

  48. Mimi Lenox Says:
  49. Wonderful shots! I love cloud photos.


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