Saturday, June 30, 2007


must see!

remain calm

I do not panic... I do not scream, or hide under the bed or fall into a heap of inconsolable wailing. I sometimes wish I could become that person and let someone else handle the situation (and me!). One of the strongest women I have ever known, told me a story about a time she was traveling in Europe with her young children. Airline connections were fouled up and she had tried all manner of reasonable, polite negotiations, to no avail. She finally just collapsed onto the floor and began to cry. Within moments, airline personnel were consoling her, taking care of the children and (more importantly) getting her travel plans worked out. She knew exactly what she was doing, of course....

Friday, June 29, 2007

come with me, to the sea

view from my door

Shooting in your own backyard... is it for you? Can you get inspired by the familiar? Or do you need to travel to new places in order to get the creative juices flowing?

Read David Harvey's June 29 post on this topic.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007


....always hated the notation 'misc'

I'm still searching for the remaining 5 photographers for my virtual time capsule. I'm not including the good 'ole boys & girls because I figure they are covered elsewhere...

MJ of T.O.P. has deemed that all images on the net are free because his intentions are honorable

this is very cool!

and finally

where's the mayo? :)

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

exit 17

During a recent road trip, on a long stretch of road constructon, we saw a lot of these 'Uneven Lanes' signs. I remarked that it would make a good book title (don't steal it - I claim it!) ..... we are often cruising along in life, thinking we are in the correct lane, and wham! we are forced to make changes... often with bumps involved.
Why exit 17? Well, why not?

Monday, June 25, 2007

the lion sleeps tonight

Hank Medress, whose vocals with the doo-wop group the Tokens helped propel their single The Lion Sleeps Tonight to the top of the charts, has died in Manhattan of lung cancer. He was 68.

wimoweh, wimoweh....

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Goodbye, I'm Leaving Now

"I had a friend, he liked to test me and disregard the rest of me."
~ "Sometime" by Lizzie West

Meanwhile, more infrared from around the house. This was taken late in the day, so there was lots of shade, but I liked the feel of it.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

lonely bench

This bench is a new addition to Melissa's memory garden at her parents' home. Melissa died in August 2005 at age 32. The word 'died' is difficult to say, even now; but no other phrase seems comfortable either - not 'passed away', 'left this earth', 'lost her battle with cancer'..... none of them should be used in the same sentence as Melissa's name.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Thursday, June 21, 2007

too hot

and no rain in sight...

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

morning light

and graceful curves....

Sunday, June 17, 2007

father's day

This is a photo of my father when he was very young.... he was also very young when he died. He was a good dad - I remember that about him.
My son is a good dad too! I'm very proud of him today and every day.

Saturday, June 16, 2007


Read D. Harvey's post this evening and it rang so true for me at the moment.... "protect your creative environment..."

I need to clear a path; get rid of (stay clear of) negative, non-creative energy.... surround myself with those who inspire and encourage me.

First order of business: say no to clusterf@%k photography!

Friday, June 15, 2007

found and lost

Went looking for some serenity this evening... after a not-so-good day; the graceful curve of this tree trunk helped.

But then, this guy began circling a 2-3 block area around my house..... after 30 minutes of fly-overs, I went out to grab a shot.

Came back into my office to find an email from the neighborhood association:

Alert- Our neighborhood was the site of a police chase ending with a wrecked stolen car with two Hispanic males in it. The site of the accident was at the entrance to Forest Hills, damaging grass and bushes. The police have arrested one male, but the other male, around 6 feet tall and wearing a blue shirt is on foot. Police are still looking for him, so keep your doors locked.

Sheesh - glad this day is almost over

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Festival of the Photograph

Oh how I wish I had known about the Festival of the Photograph held last weekend in Charlottesville, VA....... the opportunity to listen to conversations with Eugene Richards, William Albert Allard and Sally Mann.... enjoying the work of other artists like David Alan Harvey....

the forums where I spend my time aren't telling me anything valuable....

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

changing the order

I usually do the judging for Shutterbugs in the morning... it satisfies my 'check-it-off' compulsion and then I don't have to think about it the rest of the day. This month, I have also been a guest judge at another contest site and I've been doing that right after I finish SB's. So, by this time I have looked at roughly 3500 photographs and I somehow expect to come up wih something fresh and creative for my PaD project.... !!!!!

Starting tomorrow.... I change the order (see Oblique Strategies post) and do the judging AFTER I have finished my personal photography committment. :)

Monday, June 11, 2007

virtual time capsule

I've decided to create a virtual time capsule of photography, to be opened in 3007. I will select 10 photographers.... here are the first 5, in no particular order:

Any print from each the following:

Galen Rowell, Annie Leibovitz, Ralph Gibson, Stefan Rohner and Gregory Colbert.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

a day of rest

Today was a day of rest after being out in the extreme heat yesterday.... re-reading some old photography magazines and came across an article by Mike Johnston re: today's photos being discovered/uncovered 1000 years from now. Only those that have been well preserved will survive of course, but who's to say that what survives will be of the best photographic quality? You can preserve crap for 1000 years and then when someone digs it up, they've got 1000 year old crap.

I can't worry about this any more today... I need more rest.

Saturday, June 09, 2007


Brandon, defending first base. :) I just like the way this turned out...

Up until the 6th inning, Taylor had been pitching a good game and we were winning 3-1. We only have 7 innings at this level - high school Junior Varsity. Mid-inning, the coach pulled Brandon off 1st base to warm up. I didn't know if he would put him in with the bases loaded, but I hoped that Taylor could get out of the inning without too much damage. I hate to see Brandon come into a game in that situation. By the time we finally got 3 outs, we were losing 3-4. Luckily, their pitcher (Bubba!) was also tiring and we got some hits (Brandon too!) and some runs and managed to reclaim the lead 6-4. Brandon came to the mound in the top of the 7th. He had to be tired (second game of the day) and it was hot - low 90's. He struck out the first batter.... walked the next... the third guy hit into an infield fly-out.. 4th batter struck out! It was a beautiful thing.

Friday, June 08, 2007

oblique strategies

Oblique Strategies: A deck of cards... printed with phrases useful for sparking creative and productive thinking, ideas for attacking problems, etc.. I don't own a deck, but you can draw a virtual card on one of the web sites.

"What is the reality of the situation?"

I know the freaking reality of the situation. Next card.

"Look at the order in which you do things." Now we're getting somewhere.. change things up, move things around, out with the same-old-same-old!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

don't force it

Photography (and other things) should come naturally and not be forced. If you're trying too hard to make something work, maybe it's time to move on to something else. This photo came about when I saw my hand reflected in a picture frame; I'm still pleased with how it turned out.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

photography magazines

I have purposely allowed all of my photography magazine subscriptions to expire. After a while, you get so many, there isn't time to read all of them and they accumulate in stacks around the office.... so, I will gradually renew one at a time. The first will be Camera Arts - my favorite! Next, I think will be B&W. I doubt I'll renew any others right away. Black & White Photography is a good one, but I get it a month late and it's all UK!! I do miss Silvershotz... ;)

Tuesday, June 05, 2007


Palm trees make great b&w photos.... set against a clear sky, their stark shape with sharp, pointed fronds makes a great design.
2007 Beach St, Daytona Beach, FL

Monday, June 04, 2007

5 (ok 6!) things I can't live without

Black&White Photography has a regular feature on the last page of the magazine, '5 things I can't live without'. Let's see....

  • Photoshop and the Nik Color FX Suite of filters: I'm counting these as one item. Although recently I was out of town with my laptop, which has neither and I used Picasa and Photoshop Elements to process a few photos and did ok. But for more than a few days' absence, I'd need PS!
  • IR filters for my Sony: I'm having so much fun with infrared!
  • Lightdome for my speedlight: Gotta have it - much simpler than a softbox.
  • Remote trigger: How did I ever get by without one?
  • Tripod: Although I may not use it all the time, I've got to have it just in case.
  • And one more item... Cel Phone: Well, it has a camera, so I can upload to my mobile blog! :)

Sunday, June 03, 2007

great art won't match your sofa

Donald Keyes, museum curator and photography buff, died of a heart attack last month while hiking in the Grand Canyon.

He lectured, curated shows, judged exhibitions and was a founding member of the Atlanta Photography Group. He was also known to hang out at the 40 Watt Club in Athens till the wee hours... ;)

I never met Mr. Keyes, but I wish I had.

Oh, the title quote? From one of his tattered sweatshirts.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

shoot yourself

Every photographer should try some self portraits at some point. I was fortunate enough to have two of mine published in a magazine recently. I said in the accompanying text that it is not my intention to record what I look like on any particular day (nor to replicate a cheapo 'studio' shot, for that matter), but to use my facial features as design elements, creating a new composition from a familiar landscape.

But if the boring, studio look is what you like, go for it! Someone will probably think it's fabulous!

2 pair of eyes + 1 photo = 2 very different views

I've written before on how each person brings their own experiences to mind when viewing a photo, so any two people seeing the exact same thing would be unusual. This is a good thing, unless the two pair of eyes must come to agreement on the photo in question. Judging photos is not simple because it involves more than just whether or not the picture appeals to you and has photographic merit; you must also consider the context in which you are selecting the winning entries - the audience for example. Guidelines and precedence have probably been set and these must be taken into consideration.

Friday, June 01, 2007


Back from my brief excursion to the Sunshine State..... pleased with the photos I took while there, especially the infrareds! Now, to stay focused and inspired.

Summer is here.... maybe not according to the calendar, but school is out, temperatures are hot and the pool is open! :)