Where to Go on Your First Date

That is an age-old question. Cave men had it made. They firmly believed in kidnapping and taking their date to a filthy cave out in the middle of nowhere. Those were what was known as the good old days. Now days first date destinations and plans are a little trickier. First let’s cover where NOT to go on a first date.

The old standby of dinner and a movie is a really poor choice for a first date. How will you get to know the lady if you are sitting in a darkened theater with a movie being shown? If you choose the movie, there is probably going to be a lot of frantic car chases and a lot of blood involved. Neither are conducive to creating a memorable evening.

Also, don’t take your date to your parent’s house! She will know right away that you are a mama’s boy and you will never see her again.

Don’t take your date to a sleazy bar with a motel out back. You will scare the poor woman to death. She will jump out of the car and hitchhike back to town believing that she would be safer with a burly truck driver than with you. Now, some good first date ideas are:

Begin with a simple lunch or coffee date. You want to keep the date casual so suggesting meeting up for lunch or coffee can be a good start. This way, if the date didn’t go so well, you can end the date there but if you enjoy each other company, you have the rest of the day to spend getting to know each other better.

Here are some ideas of where to go if the lunch or coffee date tells you’re there is some good chemistry happening:

If it is the season, an amusement park or a theme park is a good first date idea. It doesn’t matter how old you are, we can all be big kids at heart. There’re so much you can do at amusement parks and theme parks that most likely you will forget about the dating pressure and just have fun.

Most well populated areas have an array of museums covering many different subjects. Visiting one that is dedicated to something that you have in common with the woman is another good first date idea.

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Image by bowtoo
Assignment: PCA116- Simplicity
Date: Aug 1st – Aug 15th
Image Tag: pca116
From: bowtoo – Tim

One aspect of composition that is tough to pay attention to is "simplicity". How do you tell a story, or single out a subject and remove all the clutter that might distract a viewer?

A photographer said at a talk I went to that you should be able to say a simple, single phrase about any photograph you take. As soon as you have to use more than one phrase to describe an image you already have too much clutter.

Several techniques for simplifying an image are to make a tighter crop, isolate the subject better (with light or depth of field) or to pay attention to the background when you take the shot.

The assignment for this week is to shoot an image that can be summarized in a single phrase. To increase the interest, I’d like you to leave off the title and have the people critiquing your image come up with suggestions when they look at it at the end of the week.

I am interested to hear what others think of this. For me, what is interesting about "simplicity" in composition is how you reduce an image to one basic idea.

This may not be the best choice to illustrate to point because there is a lot in this image, but I do believe all of the elements of the image combine to make one simple statement about what is going on here.

Anne and I went to Hudson, MA for a balloon festival. We had to get up really early in the morning to make it in time for the launch. We were joined by fje49, nikonjim, garreyf, shadeauxe, cbushie and SusanMarshall

I did some post-processing on this image. No cropping – I met the president of the Balloon School of Massachusetts (I think that he said he is 84 years old) and he let me step in really close for this shot. He went up in this balloon with four others.

I did a little selective brightening of the basket and darkening of the flame.

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