Since you go to all the trouble of dressing up as a girl from head to toe, take some photos that you can be proud of and share with friends. There are hundreds of articles on posing but its always a good idea to think outside the box and try something different.
Here is the stunning Swiss Tabby (possibly not his real name), totally nailing the ‘Wall Pose’ as it is know by fashion and crossdressing photographers all over the world. The key is not to look directly at the camera or the photographer. This lends an air of mystery, and the pose tells a story.
Is he an international spy working for the government? Is he part of a security team investigating a string of lingerie robberies from local clotheslines and laundry rooms? Is he looking for the ice machine in an upscale hotel, and if so, how does he like his Martini?
Do you see my point? We don’t know, we just don’t know what exactly is going on and why. And this is what makes a great photo.
I think author Thomas Moore said it best: “It is only through mystery and madness that the soul is revealed.” Yes.
Sinical Magazine is an alternative/fetish modeling and photography magazine. Recent issues have featured: Dita Von Teese, Bianca Beauchamp, Masuimi Max, Chas Ray Krider, Steve Diet Goedde, and more.
Photographer Shannon Brooke said: “Sinical strives to interview the best in the business, and focuses on the darker side of the pinup world. The magazine holds a high end, sexier side of pinup and it sets such a beautiful tone. Any issue is just timeless, and could be a coffee table book in its sturdy quality.”
They are also accepting submissions for the March/April 2017 issue and the theme is pantyhose fetish combined with other fetish attire. Keep that in mind the next time you take photos.
I picked up this book for myself while gift shopping last week and finally finished it this morning. Basically the idea is to slow down…..slow…..way…..down…..and create something special.
So I had a friend over and we contemplated what to photograph, where, the light, background, depth of field, exposure, aperture, and color. Then we contemplated lunch.
We decided on Chinese food, specifically chicken, and contemplated the menu. Orange Chicken, General Tso’s Chicken, String Bean Chicken Breast, Kung Pao Chicken, Mushroom Chicken, Black Pepper Chicken or Grilled Teriyaki Chicken.
Many hours later I got around to photographing some roses in a contemplative way and realized something important. Patience may be a virtue but its easier said than done. I think this is the point of the book but I may have skipped over that part.
The Practice of Contemplative Photography is really an excellent book and I highly recommend it. Great photos, very well written and much more food for thought than the usual technical advice.
Next I will contemplate my mind like a beginner. Because in the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few. Contemplate that!
They might be giants but they are also alpacas. These cartoon like animals are raised for their wool, which is used in all kinds of things including sweaters. If you ever see an alpaca farm stop in and visit. They hardly ever spit a ball of wet, chewed up grass at you. Don’t ask me how I know.
I stopped on the way home this afternoon to check out some horses (I do that) and saw that they were wearing a feed bag. So it suddenly dawned on me, why not create a line of feed bags for people?
I see a huge potential for this in schools and restaurants, especially those all you can eat buffets. Thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of dollars could be saved not having to wash plates, bowls and silverware.
If you look at the photo you can see that the bag is fairly dirty, I guess horses don’t care. I want to design a disposable feed bag liner and mass produce the whole thing as the Teresa Bowers PFB.
Business partners must have a working knowledge of straps, feed and bags, and be willing to model this on Shark Tank. If you own a large factory that would be a plus.
Update: It has been brought to my attention that this horse is not wearing a feed bag but a grazing muzzle to limit his snack intake. The possibilities for a people friendly version are almost endless.
We took a few pictures of people taking pictures at the Conowingo Dam this morning (it seemed like a good idea at the time). There are plenty of bald eagles for those equipped with the right stuff, meaning thousands and thousands of dollars worth of camera, tripod, and lens. Note: if you get there after 9:00 on a weekend don’t expect to find a parking spot.
Everyone has fears but not everyone’s fears are the same. One of my fears is of deer. Yes, those adorable woodland creatures with the big, beautiful eyes. But when they run across the road in front of you at 75 mph it’s not so beautiful.
So the other day we went to a deer farm to get to know them and learn their ways. I didn’t ask and didn’t want to know why they were on this farm, but I have a feeling that some of these girls are going to end up on a plate.
I realized after a while that wild deer aren’t trying to commit suicide by jumping in front of motorcycles and cars, they’re just trying to live their lives and have fun like everyone else.
Note to self: never tell the others about the farm.
Me: So how did you get into making crossdressing captions Arthur?
Art: Good question. I retired several years ago, and nothing I did was really satisfying. Sure, I have motorcycles, race cars and other hobbies, but I felt stressed out most of the time. One day I was coming home from a long ride, passed a little beauty salon in the middle of nowhere, and for some reason started thinking about forced feminization. That night I made my first caption. After that it became what I feel is a very creative outlet and an excellent stress reliever. What do you think?
Me: Well to be honest I think it’s a bit silly, if not completely ridiculous. What are your other hobbies?
Art: I take pictures of old cameras in the woods. Sometimes I’ll ride a hundred miles to find the right place and set everything up, then take thousands of photos. They are my interpretation of the sublime aspects of reality.
Me: Interesting. So what, in your opinion, is reality Arthur?
Since I had a copy of Photomatix Essentials I thought I’d play around with HDR this morning. Using three or more photos, the software optimizes the highlights and shadows. Its pretty good and it may be free now (my copy came with a magazine), but its much better to wait for great light.
Maybe not so extreme but extremely cool. I took this photo of the steam engine at the Strasburg railroad station. RAW file converted in Lightroom with the B&W Creative-Antique Light preset, then resized in Photoshop. Seems like a lot of work doesn’t it?
The internet is full of photos of crossdressers, transvestites and sissies, most blurry and badly lit. Don’t be that guy.
Think composition, color, light, and probably most important, use a tripod and self timer. Or ask someone to take your picture while you concentrate on your pose. Consider asking the girls next door, and if you really can’t find anyone else, order a pizza and ask the delivery boy. Tip well.
Note: the tip does not necessarily have to be money. Use your imagination.
So I’m riding around the back roads of Lancaster this morning looking for an old bicycle sign I remember seeing several years ago. After what seemed like an hour but was probably only 20 minutes, I finally found it. I don’t remember where it is exactly but if you want to see it just Google Weaver’s Bike Shop in Ephrata, PA.
An Amish woman on a bicycle rode by and gave me a really angry look, so I shot her (with my camera). My guess is that she was jealous that she had to pedal her old bike up and down the hills while I could do it on a motorcycle.
You can click on the thumbnail for a larger pic but you won’t be able to see her expression. Maybe that’s just how she normally looks. Maybe there’s something funny on the farm, who knows. Next time we’ll chat.
This morning I did what I do every Sunday, take a quick shower and hop on my motorcycle. After a tremendous amount of iced coffee I decided to head down to the Conowingo Dam in Maryland.
This time of year there are very few bald eagles but plenty of weird turkey vultures. Do they eat only turkey you might ask? No, they eat cars! Click on the thumbnail to see the angry birds in all their glory. You can see part of the dam in the background.
These angry birds eat rubber and plastic for some reason, favoring car bumpers, windshield wipers, and if you’re not careful your motorcycle seat and gloves. One guy had a tarp over his truck near the hiking trail, but the others are going to have a very unpleasant surprise when they come back to the parking lot.
I headed up the hill and down to nearby Susquehanna State Park. There I saw something fabulous-a giant penis statue made of stone and brick. Click on the thumbnail to see a sharper shot.
Giant Penis Statue
Much to my surprise, this is actually not a giant penis statue at all. This is the Stafford Flint Furnace and is all that remains of the once thriving town of Stafford.
It just goes to show that nothing is what it seems. For example, on the way home I saw what I was sure were piles of leaves and stakes set up to burn witches. It turns out that they are really Amish tobacco plants drying in the sun, waiting for the farmers to get back to the fields tomorrow. Click on the thumbnail to see a better shot.
Although I’m glad I discovered that truth is not always stranger than fiction, I was a little disappointed that there would be no witch burning. You rarely see that these days.
I put together a new Pinterest board called Lingerie For Men, and it wasn’t as easy as you’d think. Out of hundreds of great photos of beautiful women in lingerie only a few stood out. Only a few were really different, or what I think of as creative.
Yes, they were all gorgeous, and they were all wearing incredible pieces of lingerie in pretty colors, but most had the same expression and pose. Either they were sitting in a chair, often backwards, leaning against a wall, or lying on a couch or bed.
The same is true for the thousands of photos of crossdressers I see all over the web, especially Pinterest. So these photos are meant to give you some ideas and inspiration to try something new, rather than take a quick selfie in your bathroom.
For example, many of you don’t want to show your face so you blur it or crop out your head. The photo below is a fantastic example of a way to do something different, something creative that you’ll be proud to show your friends at work and post online.
As Ansel Adams once said: “There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.” OK that’s actually a bit confusing, but take what you can from it.