Of Nurseries and Nighties

We took a ride to a local nursery today to look for seeds and Jiffy pots (not the popcorn things). If you ever want something to do on a cold winter day walking around a greenhouse is a fantastic way to spend an hour.

At the nursery

At the nursery

Looking at all the gorgeous flowers and plants made me think about spring and everything I love about it. My friend Michael was obviously thinking about the exact same thing because we looked at each other and both said: SPRING WARDROBE!

Michael likes gardening as well as prancing around his backyard in a nightgown, so this pink mesh nightie is perfect for him. This sheer nightie is sold by Carol Patterson, owner of My Sweet Mischief in Gold Coast, Australia.

The nightie is a soft nylon mesh, lined with a soft nylon knit fabric, but she can make it without the lining if you prefer it sheer. I suggest you get yours with the lining so you can have the neighbors over for coffee in the morning without feeling self conscious.

Pink mesh nightie

Pink mesh nightie

Pink mesh sheer nighty by My Sweet Mischief on Etsy

So You Want to Buy a Sex Doll

At the Doll Workshop you can catch up on doll news, read frequently asked questions, look at doll photo galleries and even watch doll videos. There is also a doll maintenance and care guide which I’m sure you’ll need sooner or later.

You should realize that these dolls do not have to be used only for sex. When you go out you can dress her up in yoga pants and a cute top like Leslie here and put her in front of your window to make burglars think someone is home.

Note: many burglars will still consider breaking in anyway so go easy on her makeup. Maybe dress her in something a little less attractive like an old housecoat and slippers.

The Doll Workshop

Home Alone

Home Alone

A Gift For Lucy CD

You may know Lucy from his photos on Pinterest, his blog, or my post back in February. I said then that he is the most interesting man in the world and after reading a recent post I’m sure of it. He talks about crossdressing, women’s fashion, society and changing the world. This is a very small part of it and I hope you show him some love for being such an amazing person.

“When I dress up I’m expressing my natural femininity as an image, my feminine personality. It’s not a form of escapism or another persona, it’s another image of who I am. Plus I really love women’s fashion.”

“However the fact that fashion is men’s and women’s’ really gets to me in a way, it’s more accepting for a woman to be masculine than it is for a man to be feminine. I also think that clothing should be masculine or feminine, so individuals can wear what suits their personality, not clothing simply assigned to their gender.”

“It is said to “be the change you want to see in the world” however with societies views on CrossDressing I really have no idea what could even be done or how to even start. As it’s forcing most CrossDressers to stay in the dark, therefore it is not known or understood by most people. If it was seen more often, it would likely reduce prejudice etc. The only hope I can see currently is that some Transgender individuals are beginning to be accepted. This is not the same at CrossDressing but it does give hope that society may one day understand it and accept it.”

There’s a lot more and I hope you take the time to read it. Merry Christmas Lucy.

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I Love Lucy

I Love Lucy

The Pleasures of the Damned

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.

The Pleasures of the Damned

The Pleasures of the Damned

A Portrait of a Crossdressing Caption Artist-The Sublime and the Ridiculous

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?

Art: It’s a bitch Teresa.

Me: Agreed.

The Sublime and the Ridiculous

The Sublime and the Ridiculous

What’s a Bodystocking?

“One of the benefits of bodystockings is that they can be worn discreetly beneath just about any outfit. No one will know that you have a wonderful surprise for your special someone lingering beneath your clothing.”

Surprise!

Bodystocking

Bodystocking

Photographing Friends

You want to make him comfortable and relaxed so the photo looks natural, not forced. I’ve found the best way to accomplish this is to talk to him during the photo shoot.

Tell him he how adorable he is, or how great his hair looks, or how sexy his beauty mark is. Keep the compliments flowing until you get a shot that reflects his inner poise, confidence and beauty.

And the most important thing to remember is not to make fun of his big nose or hairy ears, because after all, nobody’s perfect.

*Technical info if anyone’s interested: Photo taken in Cow Town near Ronks Road. Sony RX100. ISO 125. Aperture priority f/4.9. 1/1000 sec. Minor adjustments in Photoshop.

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Portrait Photography

Portrait Photography

More Cow Town Photos Here

The Most Interesting Man In The World Is A Crossdresser

The most interesting man in the world, in my opinion, wears panties, bras, nightgowns, skirts, blouses, dresses, wigs and makeup. The most interesting man in the world is a 20 year old straight guy from the UK. His favorite hobby is crossdressing and taking pictures of himself every time he dresses up as Lucy.

The most interesting man in the world is one of very, very few men to post photos of himself in male mode when he’s not dressed up as a girl. His parents know about his hobby, I’m guessing a lot of his friends know, and he doesn’t seem to care.

THIS GUY HAS BALLS! (not shown).

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The Most Interesting Man in the World

The Most Interesting Man in the World

The Top 3 Reasons To Shoot A Transvestite

So you invest in a new camera and lens, and decide to take some amazing photos. You study photo blogs, watch videos, and read books about light, color and composition.

But what to shoot? Sunsets? Rainbows? Yellowstone National Park? Think again.

Rangers in Yellowstone National Park recently rescued a tourist who was trying to take a photo. All he wanted to do was take a great image that he could show his friends and family. But as he tried to get the right composition, he fell backwards off a cliff and by sheer luck got wedged in a small crevice in the Grand Canyon. They said he was lucky to land where he did because he was at the top of a 200 foot drop.

He would have been better off asking the park rangers where the transvestites hung out and have them pose. Here are the top three reasons to shoot a transvestite:

  1. You will probably not fall off a cliff. Most transvestites do not like heights.
  2. One of the first things you learn about photography is to try to tell a story, it rarely gets more interesting than a man dressed as a woman.
  3. You don’t have to sit and wait hours for the perfect light. Put him in a chair and ask him to smile, all transvestites love to be photographed.

Sure, you can go the traditional route and hike for miles into the woods or mountains in the middle of the night, and wait for a perfect sunrise. But as Ansel Adams, possibly the most famous photographer of all time once said: “A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”

Every picture tells a story

Every picture tells a story

Motorcycle Girls

I just got back from another 4 hour motorcycle ride and I was amazed once again at all the people not wearing the right gear, or any gear in some cases.

Shorts, sandals, a T-shirt, and sometimes not even a helmet. To strap your helmet onto a rack seems to me the height of stupidity, but I see it all the time in states where there is no helmet law.

Remember, even if you only break both legs and an arm you’ll still be sitting home the rest of the summer, staring out the window.

Here we have the lovely Nina Jay on his Yamaha R1, a crazy fast sportbike. I believe he was doing a photo shoot for Repartee magazine a while ago and he looks fantastic. I’m sure he changed before he got back on the road.

Yes, the danger is part of the thrill, but at the end of the night you still want to slip into a soft, satin nightgown and sleep in your own warm bed.

Ride safe!

Nina Jay on his Yamaha R1

Nina Jay on his Yamaha R1

Don’t Be A Pussy

I put on long cotton underwear, socks, jeans, an old gray sweatshirt, boots, a heavy jacket and no makeup. This may not sound like a thrilling outfit to you, but I went out to ride my motorcycle for the first time in about two months.

She started right up, we went out for about an hour and it was fantastic. But I spent quite a while deciding if I should put it off for another day.

I was worried that the gas might have gone bad, the battery might be dead, there might be too much ice and snow on the roads, and several other things that might go wrong. As foolish as I knew these things were, for some reason it seemed like a big hassle and something to avoid dealing with today.

But a little voice inside my head said something that really helped. It said: “DON’T BE A PUSSY-GET ON THAT BIKE AND GO FOR A RIDE!”

There will always be reasons to put off doing what you really want to do, real reasons and imaginary reasons. As Ted Simon once said about motorcycle travel: “I am learning that it is remarkably easy to do things, and much more frightening to contemplate them.” This is true of everything from going on a diet to going across the world on a Triumph Tiger 100.

I didn’t bring my camera today because I was too busy arguing with myself, so here is a photo I took back in June 2013. Yes, that is a motorcycle pussy.

Motorcycle Pussy guarding my Suzuki DR 650

Motorcycle Pussy guarding my Suzuki DR 650

Crossdressers With Cameras-Expose Yourself

I hope that everyone had a great holiday and got wonderful gifts. One of the most popular gifts this year is the same as last year, and the year before that, and the year before that-a new camera.

As an avid (obsessive) photographer myself I’d like to share a couple of things I’ve learned the hard way, things I still do again and again and again.

First of all, the subject is one of the most important parts of a good photo. If you can find a professional model to dress up in all kinds of cute outfits you can concentrate on understanding your camera. But even those with access to a model find that they are not dolls to play with, they get tired, jumpy, and bitchy after you insist that they reapply their lipstick a hundred times. What can you do?

You sweetheart, can be your own model. Yes, it may be uncomfortable for you to stretch yourself into a tight corset, find the perfect panties to go with your stockings and garter belt, try on countless blouses, skirts and dresses, and go through 50 shades of eyeshadow, but an artist has to sacrifice for their art.

So you decide to dress up and take some photos of yourself with your new camera, how hard can it be?

The level of your success is in direct proportion to your level of perfectionism. That being said, you still want sharp, well lit photos to show your friends and the girls at work, so here are a couple of tips I’ve learned by taking and deleting thousands of photos that were probably worth keeping.

I’m using two photos of the lovely Alena to demonstrate what you might go through with a new camera you’re unfamiliar with.

Tip 1: Be aware of everything in the frame. It may be hard to notice the little distractions until you view your photos on a large computer screen. Fix them and take more.

Classic Couch Pose

Classic Couch Pose

This is the classic couch pose and for the most part is very, very good. But the stocking sticking out of the couch cushion and what is probably his jeans hanging over the door takes the attention away from the pretty guy with the large breasts.

Your photos do not have to be perfect. I chose these two because I want to give you inspiration as well as show you some great images. Alena is from Minsk in the Republic of Belarus. From what I’ve been told the men there take everything very seriously, from crossdressing to makeup. Your results may vary.

Tip 2: Experiment. Open the windows and sit on the kitchen table. Cross your legs one way, then try the other way. Wear heels, don’t wear heels. Order a pizza and see if the delivery guy will pose with you.

I once read that if you get one photo you feel is a keeper out of a hundred, you should consider that a success. But that photographer did not dress up as a girl when he was home alone (as far as I know).

Kitchen Confidential

Kitchen Confidential

Crossdressing Selfies-Techniques and Obsessive Photography Disorder

The main technique for a good crossdressing selfie is the pose. Sitting in a chair is fine, but experiment with different body angles and expressions.

After that the best thing you can do is use a tripod or put your camera on a solid surface, then set the self timer.

Its very important that you realize that you do not have to make a technically perfect shot.

Professional photographers sometimes add grain to their photos to give them a gritty effect, can you imagine that? Many have cameras that cost more than your car, and their pictures are magazine quality, then they make them look rough. Of course we all know that many people like it rough.

But if you want to shoot for a sharp photo with as little noise (grain) as possible, here are a couple of very obvious tips you probably already know.

More light will give you a faster shutter speed, which hopefully results in sharper photos.

If you know what ISO is and where to set it on your camera, keep it as low as possible. Higher ISO shows more noise (grain).

Now if you happen to have Obsessive Photography Disorder as I do, here are some very, very simple yet important things to think about while setting up and shooting:

Aperture, white balance, focal length, metering mode, composition, aspect ratio, format, symmetry, and of course bracketing. Easy peasy right?

Then after downloading the RAW files (of course you shot RAW-don’t be ridiculous) make the basic adjustments in Lightroom:

White balance, exposure, fill light, blacks, brightness, contrast, clarity, vibrance, and saturation. Adjust the highlights, lights, darks, shadows, play with individual color hue, saturation and luminance, reduce noise and sharpen.

Next think about black and white by converting to grayscale and adjusting the luminosity levels of the red, orange, yellow, green, aqua, blue, purple and magenta separately.

Now save the file as a PSD, TIFF or JPEG. Of course you can tweak it more in Photoshop if you have it, adding masks, adjusting the levels and experimenting with effects and filters.

Did I mention to keep an eye on the histogram? Consider exposing to the right for at least some of the hundreds of shots you’ll be taking.

Now I’ve heard rumors, mostly in back alleys and the photography section of book stores, that some people are taking pictures on auto, or even with their phone and getting fantastic results.

THE ONLY POSSIBLE REASON TO SHOOT LIKE THAT IS TO HAVE MORE TIME TO DRESS UP.

Oh….

The lovely Melanie Hue with his Canon Rebel

The lovely Melanie Hue with his Canon Rebel

Equivalents

Equivalents is a series of photographs of clouds taken by Alfred Stieglitz from 1925 to 1934. They are generally recognized as the first photographs intended to free the subject matter from literal interpretation, and as such, are some of the first completely abstract photographic works of art.

This is my equivalent.

I shot this at a local park early this morning with my trusty Sony RX100. I call it My Equivalent. Catchy huh?

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My Equivalent

My Equivalent

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 Macro Test

Despite what I said I went out and bought a Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 Sunday. It is amazing! Within 3 days I had taken a gorgeous TACK SHARP 5472 x 3648 photo and had it printed out at 10 x 15 inches and framed.

I’ve taken night shots, sunrises, sunsets, and experimented with every one of the many settings, modes and features available. Except Macro because I was under the impression that the Sony RX100 is not very good at that. So I had to see for myself.

As you may or may not know, there is no dedicated Macro focusing mode on the Sony RX100. There is a Macro scene mode and it isn’t very good. But you can shoot great close up shots with any of the Autofocus modes, as well as with any shooting mode. This camera will focus on objects as close as 2 inches.

I did a quick test with my new Sony RX100 using a tripod, a small aperture, low ISO, and a red pepper. I took a group of shots using different settings, and found that using the Autofocus area set to Center worked best.

The full size image has been cropped to 2000 x 1723 and resampled to 72ppi. No sharpening or other adjustments were made in Photoshop.

My best shot was made using f8 1/2 sec ISO 125, Aperture Priority, and Autofocus Area Center.

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 Macro Test

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 Macro Test

The original is 5472 x 3648, but how large do you really need pictures of your peppers?

By the way, the base ISO for the Sony RX100 is 125, so using the two lower settings does not improve dynamic range or reduce noise to any real degree.

I also shot a red apple but it wasn’t as pretty as the pepper.

More pictures to come. From what I’ve been hearing it might be a snow scene by Thanksgiving.

The Search For The Perfect Camera

I went to look at cameras today, again. The whole thing is very frustrating for several reasons.

First of all many stores carry only the most popular and best selling models. It’s like trying to buy motorcycle gloves, or boots, or a Shoei helmet in white. Even if by some miracle you find the gloves, boots or helmet you want, the chance that they will have your size is as slim as an anorexic model.

Then, there is the variety of cameras to choose from. The DSLRs are so big and bulky I knocked almost every one I looked at off the little stand just putting it back. The EVIL cameras have a small body, but with a big long lens they get heavy and are just not what I want.

So I’ve decided to wait until next year, prices are supposed to drop towards March as new models come out. Maybe something like the Fuji X100S, only for about half of the current $1300 price.

I read a great book last month called The Minimalist Photographer by Steve Johnson. The concept is to look at photography in a different way, and focus more on simple subjects and better composition. For example, instead of an old train with a complete snow covered mountain range in the background, consider just part of one car.

My first attempt at minimalism

My first attempt at minimalism

I also realized that less effort and obsession with perfection can be more rewarding, and certainly easier. Going through hundreds of pictures to edit in Photoshop can take hours.

The camera I have is very, very good at many things and not so good at others, like shooting an old train with a complete snow covered mountain range in the background. I just can’t seem to get enough detail in those mountains!

One thing most compact cameras do extremely well is macro. Flowers, butterflies, leaves, or even the pin on a pinhead.

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Macro Setting f4 1/125 sec ISO 100 and HANDHELD!

Macro Setting f4 1/125 sec ISO 100 and HANDHELD!

Yes, I think I’m going minimalist, I think I’m going minimalist, I really think so.

Who Do I Have To Blow To Get A Sharp Photo At 100%?

OK, let me rephrase that: “Why am I having so much trouble getting a PERFECTLY sharp photo taken at the maximum size my camera allows and viewed at 100%?” Smaller sizes such as 2560 x 1712 look good enough for me even actual size.

Here is a sample I took on Monday with my Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS19. It was about 9:14 am (I looked at the EXIF data). I used Aperture Priority, Macro Mode and zoomed in a bit.

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Taken at f4.4 1/200 sec ISO 100 and HANDHELD!

Taken at f4.4 1/200 sec ISO 100 and HANDHELD!

Now to be honest this one is very good quality wise, it was starting to get windy because I spent so long looking for the right leaf, and I did not use a tripod.

I ALSO DID NOT USE PHOTOSHOP.

You might feel I’m being obsessive about this and that I definitely do not need a new camera. This is what I’m trying to figure out.

Yes I realize it’s a budget compact and it shoots JPEGs.

Today as an experiment I set the image size to the maximum: 4320 x 2880. Don’t even ask if I have the quality set to the highest (yes).

I spent several hours taking pictures in great light with a tripod. I got mad and deleted them all but it was probably close to 100. Not as many as I usually take but I felt I had enough to test the sharpness at 100%.

They were all beautiful until I viewed them at actual size in Windows Picture and Fax Viewer. Not 1 out of probably 100 was as sharp as the leaf shot.

My question is; will a better camera help me make better pictures?

Easy Ken Rockwell, I’ve read your article on “Your Camera Doesn’t Matter” and understand completely, but dammit I want perfect photos at full size!!!

I’ve also read the reviews for advanced compacts including the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 and the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 II.

I even looked at the RX-100 and its really small, not to mention I did find issues with it as reviewed by Professional Photographer Ming Thein as well as others including the very helpful Ken Rockwell.

Just to drive myself crazier about this, I downloaded very large JPEGs taken with all the cameras I’ve been looking at as well as top of the line DSLR’s and viewed at 100% magnification.

I was not overly impressed.

I’ve decided to get a new camera with a larger sensor, and if I really hate it return it after a few weeks.

An advanced compact such as the Panasonic Lumix LX7 or even an interchangeable lens compact camera system is on my list, but I have a feeling I’m going to be disappointed in the image quality.

No DSLRs.

Essential info if you have any suggestions:

I know how to use every function and setting on my camera and can do it with my eyes closed.

I shoot at ISO 100 as often as practical and use a tripod when I feel its needed (no it’s not needed every time Scott Kelby).

I understand that if I get a couple of good photos out of every 100 that is success.

I do realize that a $200 camera is not going to be perfect, but as Ken R said: My camera doesn’t matter.

In conclusion, here is a deer shot I took earlier this year, maybe April 21st at 7:44 am.

Doe!

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Taken at f5.5 1/320 sec ISO 100 and HANDHELD!

Taken at f5.5 1/320 sec ISO 100 and HANDHELD!

Love me-Love my doll

I saw this show on BBC America last night and to me it seemed odd. Of course I dress men up like cheerleaders, French maids, fashion models, June Cleaver lookalikes, schoolgirls, and prostitutes so my opinion is somewhat different than the average plumber.

For a detailed look at this apparently growing trend check out this article. Pictures and all.

Real Dolls

Learning To Fly

Success!I just completed a Basic Rider Course given by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation this weekend. It isn’t  mandatory but not only is it a great way to learn and practice on someone else’s motorcycle but you also get your license once you pass a fairly easy test at the end.

A couple of nights were spent watching videos and discussing safety, then a written test was given based on sample questions that we studied at home. (I got 100%).

Saturday and Sunday we got to choose a motorcycle that we felt comfortable on, and starting with the very basics rode around a huge parking lot for about 4 1/2 hours each day. I had some experience on a friends bike but there were several people that had never ridden before, including one woman who never even drove a stick shift. The only thing that made it hard was that it was really hot, especially with a full face helmet, long sleeves, boots, and gloves. I felt like Kenny from South Park when I tried to ask a question, so I ended up just following the people in front of me that seemed to be doing it right.

Sunday afternoon it had rained in the morning and by my 1:30 class it was dry. We all knew it was only a matter of time until another thunderstorm, but it held off almost all day. Around 4:30 it was getting very dark, and the instructors sort of rushed the rest of the training. We were briefed for the test which involved quick stops, cornering, swerving, and a figure 8. They kept saying that if you fall you fail, which was not very comforting to any of us but no one did, and by the time we finished it was just starting to rain.

Everyone passed, and as we stood under an awning and watched it pour they handed out our license and congratulated us. It was a fantastic feeling of accomplishment and except for being exhausted like everyone else I felt great!

I highly recommend this to anyone considering getting a motorcycle. The bikes are small enough to handle safely and you get to learn from professionals. One girl in the morning class decided this was not for her and she went home. Better that then buying one and then realizing it. Now all I have to do is make sure my helmet, jacket, boots, and gloves all match. For some reason that wasn’t covered in class.