iPad Photo and Effects Call Attention to Interpretations – Treasure Your Life Now – v9-4

by Sheila Finkelstein on March 5, 2013

Photograph manipulated with program in iPad

Did you have any kind of strong response, or reaction, when first glancing at this photo?

Today’s photos may seem somewhat strange to you and far off from the predominantly Nature photographs that have been featured in Picture to Ponder/Treasure Your Life Now over the past several years.

On the other hand, I’ve made it a practice, at times, to go with whatever images show up as I go through my files, choosing from those that “ask” to be featured.

How you responded to the initial photo and the other two may be indicative of how you interact in one or more of your relationships. I’m certainly seeing this myself as I am observing my own reactions. More in the Queries and Tips.

The other two of Today’s Photos

iPad portrait of Sheila Finkelstein - no manipulation

iPad Photo Booth photograph of Sheila Finkelstein manipulated by iPad applicaiton

The upper and lower photos are the result of the “Thermal Camera” effect in the Photo Booth camera application that comes with the iPad. The iPad is not yet in my toolbox and I was having fun with my grandson’s iPad when he and his family were visiting over the holidays at the end of the year.

Self-Reflecting Queries –
My opening question in this issue of Treasure Your Life Now was to ask if you had any strong reactions to the initial, then the other, photo(s).

I invite you to explore what your first experiences were. Then look into your life. How might your reactions fit other situations and relationships in your life?

My responses to the photos
I have the thought that had I opened the ezine and saw the first photo almost “yelling” at me with the colors, I might simply have closed it down and “walked away.”

Given you’re reading this section, you obviously didn’t do that. On the other hand, the expression on the face (mine), mainly in the eyes, might have balanced the “loudness” and kept me in, wondering what it was all about.

The seriousness in the original portrait, in the center, puts me off both with both the expression and the colors. The whole “looking good” “thing” kicks in and under ordinary circumstances I might not even include it.

I do like the uplifting look of expectation in the bottom image. In essence it is a positive expression of the intention of the whole experience – that of “play”.

Relationship Tip
A friend said that when she looked at the middle photo she thought I looked worried, sad or concerned.

I was actually simply concentrating on figuring out using the iPad camera, comparing it to my iPhone camera, and considering the best way to position it.

It’s quite possible, though, had my friend and I been with each other in person and she saw that expression, she might have attempted to make me happy, tell a joke, or do or say something relevant to what SHE thought was going on with me.

This is quite common. We usually do act coming from the stories we make up and tell ourselves about another’s facial expressions and reactions.

The TIP is, particularly when you have a strong response to something another does, check it out with them. See what is really going on their end from their perspective.

Come from the “I” message. “I get the feeling that…., is that accurate (or a fair assumption?)” Wait for their response. Then go from there.

Lastly, have fun with your children and/or grandchildren. Always ask permission to use/play with their equipment. Also, if it fits, allow them to be your teachers and to feel important

Please share in the COMMENTS below your experiences with these questions and your resultant actions.

Technology Coaching

In a different conversation, while talking about your children and grandchildren,:

Do you have parents who are constantly asking you for help with their computers or iPhones?

If so, do you find yourself stressed out by this, particularly if your time is limited?

Are your relationships suffering as a result?

If the answer is “yes” to any of the above, I invite you to check out my specially priced offering to the first 5 people to respond to “Their Computer, or iPhone, Questions Answered!

You are invited to considering Gifting Your Parents with Personal Coaching on their Internet, computer and/or iPhone challenges. See Gift.

And, if you are challenged in any technological area yourself, certainly feel free to take advantage of the offer yourself. No matter what your age. See Tech Coaching.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Barbara March 6, 2013 at 12:35 am

I am close to 80 years old. Have not been in touch with my daughter or the grand children in over 30 years, due to my daughter refusing to respond to letters or inquiries.
Yesterday, my youngest daughter called to say her “lost” sister, as well as one of her daughters would like to be in touch once more.
Needless to say I was surprised. Their dad recently passed away which prompted them to wonder about me. We were separated for years.
The expression on your face in both the first and second picture’s remind me of how I felt over current events.
“Interesting! Tell me more. I am waiting.” No jumping up and down with joy. No emotional break down as if to say “AND?”
Heartless as they may sound I am not at all sure how I feel. I seem to have no raw edges left as I age. Not much surprises me anymore.
“Fine if you do. Oh well if you do not” kinda deep seeded feeling after all this time. I guess I find it unfair to think of me now because their father passed away as if I am next in line.
I lost or I should say “we” lost my son, their brother & uncle, as well as a daughter, their sister as well as an Aunt, without one single word from any of them, yet I am told they knew about it.
That “interesting” look on your face is how I feel after all this time. I would like to add the caption for your last picture might read,” Ok, show me! Bring it on, I am ready!”

Blessings and thank you!
Love your work!
Barbara B.


Sheila Finkelstein March 6, 2013 at 9:58 am


Thank you so much for your authenticity and sharing here. My heart goes out to you AND your family for what THEY, too, are, and have been, missing.

I’m smiling at your suggested caption for the bottom photo. I think I’ll take it on and add the caption for a Facebook post at least. It sort of fits with my “Power to us Seniors” timeline photo. See http://facebook.com/sheilafinkelstein. Are you on Facebook? Let me know if you can see it if you’re not.

Sending love out to you.


Marifran Korb March 6, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Hello Sheila,
While all three photos are interesting, immediately I loved the last one most. You are looking up. My interpretation was that you were hopeful. Realizing that you could be looking up while feeling down, I want it to read happiness and ease.
Thanks for the message,


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