Posts by Larry

Twitter Face-Off Championship

Wow- we had a couple of close battles this week.  The two winners were @cloudhq with 54% of the vote and @vMistyque with 52%.  Congrats to @WarriorotCross and @EmElEEE for making it such a close battle. Now we are down to two – the final matchup!  We will take votes through 11pm Friday (CST) – so we can wrap this thing up before Christmas Eve. THE FINAL CONTENDERS   CAST YOUR VOTE! Now it is YOUR turn.  Take a good, long look at both profile pictures.  Decide which one you like best and cast your vote.  Remember, the one with the most votes by Friday night will win the $25 iTunes gift card – so choose wisely! Also- if there is a tie, the tie-breaker will be the person with the most comments below.  Please take the time to let us know which one you chose and WHY.  Your comment could be the deciding factor in the Championship. Best of luck to both of the contestants! Don’t forget to leave a comment and help your favorite win! ************************************ *** UPDATE *** ************************************ Well, the votes are in and here they are:   Congratulations to @Cloudhq for winning the title!  Thank
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Improve Your Digital Photography in 2012

Are Your Best Photography Days Ahead Of You? It doesn’t matter if you specialize in wedding photography or portrait photography, your goal should always be the same- to get better!  So often we hope that buying a new camera will make our photography get better.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t really work that way.  If you want to be a better photographer, you will have to work at it.   Here are a few goals you can set for yourself for 2012. 1.  Do a Google search for “photography tips” or “black white photography” and you will be amazed at the results that come back.  There are tons of great photographers and teachers out there.  The trick is to find them!  Dedicate an hour each week to looking for a new technique or style that can add a fresh look to your workflow.  Nothing major – just a small tweak here or there. 2.  Do you remember black and white photography?  If you shoot film, go out and buy yourself a roll of black and white film and shoot something just for fun.  If digital photography is your thing, switch your camera to black and white mode and experiment a bit.  Scenes
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Twitter Profile Pictures – Semi-Finals

The Results Are In Well, the votes have been tallied and only four survive. Big congrats to the final four: @cloudhq @EmElEEE @WarriorotCross and @vMistyque ! Now its time to decide who faces off in the championship. Since @vMistyque had the most total votes last week, she got to choose this week’s opponent. She has decided to face off against @WarriorotCross. That leaves @cloudhq and @EmElEEE to battle it out for the other spot in the finals. Deadline to vote is Wednesday, Dec 21st at noon CST! Best of luck to everyone! View Survey **** REMEMBER: Just like last week, tie-breaker will be mentions in the comment section below, so after you vote – leave a comment and tell us who you chose… and why! ****
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Twitter Portrait Challenge – Round Two

The Results Are In The results are in and we have the 8 survivors of round one.  You can view the actual results by visiting the Tie-Breaker post. Step Up Your Game We are moving on to round two – so rally your friends to come out and vote.  The four winners will advance to next week’s semi-finals and be one step closer to the prestigious Lourcey Photography Blog Best Twitter Profile Image of 2011 Champion award.  (note: we are working on a better name, but that’s all we have right now) The Twist Like all good contests, we are introducing a twist this round.  Obviously, the person with the most votes in their matchup will win the round.  However, as an added bonus – the person with the most total votes this week will get a special bonus.  They will be able to CHOOSE their own opponent for next week.  That’s right – if you have the highest number of votes, you will get to choose which of the remaining three contestants you want to square off against in the semi-finals.  In the event of a tie – the person with the most mentions in the comment section below
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Tie-Breaker and Results

Too Close! The official results of Week One will be announced tomorrow – but right now we need to have a tie-breaker! Both entries in Matchup 2 got the exact number of votes- so we are opening it up for a few more hours.  Leave a comment below and let me know who you think should win.  (please only vote once!) The person with the most votes by NOON THURSDAY (CST) will move on to the next round.  You only have a few hours, so get going! Good luck! UPDATE Ok the results are in!  I will post Round Two on my next blog post, but for those who want to see the results: As you can see from the comments below – the tie-breaker was won by @Cloudhq. Congrats to the Round One winners!!!
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Game On!

Facing The Music We got some great responses to the Face The Music competition, with over 65 nominations.  The plan was to take the seven people with the most nominations, but with the exception of one person – everyone got only ONE nomination – so we had a 65-way tie for second place.  I decided to just draw names to round out the remaining 6 spots.  The person who RT’d the message the most number of times was @vMystyque, so she got a spot.  I then added 8 Twitter profiles that I found cool and that gave us the final 16. Thanks so much to EVERYONE who entered.  It was really tough narrowing down the field, but I just couldn’t handle more than 16 contestants! The Game Is On! Now is the part where YOU start doing the work!  I’ve paired up the contestants into 8 matches.  Choose your favorite and vote for them below.  The person with the most votes will win their match and move on to the next round.  Easy enough, huh?  Round One   Time To Vote! Cast your vote below for your favorite profile pic.  Please note- you will have to scroll down to see
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Never Quit

As we all struggle through life’s challenges, we are faced with the ever-present option to just quit.  We can just admit defeat and walk away.  If you ever need motivation to keep pushing along, you should look to Julie Moss. Julie Moss Moss was a college student working on an exercise physiology thesis.  As part of her research, she competed in the 1982 Ironman Triathalon in Hawaii.  The race consisted of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike, then a 26.2 mile marathon – raced in that order and without a break. As someone who struggles to run 3 miles, I cannot even comprehend a human being capable of doing all that.  The thought of a 26 mile car ride seems exhausting to me.  To do any one of those three tasks would be a huge accomplishment. According to Moss, she did very little to prepare for the race and no special training ahead of time.  However, she became a surprise hit by taking the lead of the race.  As amazing as that was, it paled in comparison to what happened a few hundred yards from the finish line. What resulted was probably the most impressive second place finish
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Knocked Out

The Challenge For the past 7 weeks, I have been competing in WeBlogBetter’s “Survive The Blog” competition.  After entering on a whim, I was thrilled to make it all the way to the Final Four. Down For The Count Unfortunately, my quest for the championship was derailed this weekend and I was sent packing.  It was a great deal of fun and an incredible learning experience. Congrats Big congratulations to my Next Goal teammates, Holly, Ntathu and Neeraj for making to the Big Three.  High five to Brandon, as well – for helping create such a kick-ace website. Good News While this is bad news for me, it is good news for all my friends.  No more emails and texts begging you to comment on my posts.  You can all get back to your holiday shopping now! Now that you are in the habit of blog commenting, I hope you will keep dropping by my site and checking in from time to time.  It is always good to hear from you! Regretfully yours, Larry  
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Face The Music

Are You Putting Your Best Face Forward? As a photographer, I can’t help but notice people’s profile picture on Twitter.  It really tells you so much about the person.  I can’t tell you how many times I have followed someone on Twitter based entirely on a cool profile images.  How do we reward these creative souls?  I decided to setup a contest to try and figure out who has the absolute best profile image on Twitter.  Eggs need not apply! Face The Music Use your face to win some music.  The winner will get a $25 iTunes gift card to download music, movies, whatever you want!  Sound fun? The Competition The contestants will be randomly placed in a playoff bracket and compete head to head each week.  The winner will take home the title of “Best Twitter Headshot 2011” and $25 in iTunes cash! How To Enter There will be 16 competitors. I will choose 8, based on my own travels around Twitter.  The next 7 spots will be chosen by you- the readers.  If you see someone who has a cool profile pic, just leave their Twitter name in the comments below.  The 7 people with the most nominations
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S.O.S.- An Update

The Big Picture By now, most of you are painfully aware of my participation in the WeBlogBetter “Survive The Blog” competition. I’ve survived to the seventh week and we are down to the final four.  I’m up against some pretty tough competition, but together we can do this! Every Monday we get our challenge for the week.  The good news is, there are only three weeks left.  The bad news is – I could use your help for all three!  (Well, it really isn’t BAD news, it just isn’t “Hooray/Yippee!” news.) UPDATE Today is the last day of this week’s challenge- the Traffic Challenge!  We get points for every visitor we get to each of our posts.  I could really use some more traffic to try and win immunity. Could you please click on these posts for me? Think Like A Frog Do You Believe In Chris Rene? Celebrate Failure Life According To Ferris Goal Setting For The Under-Achiever More importantly, please tell your friends about it.  What I really need is NUMBERS.  Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated!!! Larry    
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