New Toys  

In the past two weeks I’ve acquired some new toys; one by choice, one not so much. I finally broke down and bought a new DSLR camera, a Nikon D3200. Now I have no excuses for poor photographs except for my own short comings as a “photographer” I have yet to really get to practice with it beyond my back yard and as it turns out there really isn’t much back there to photograph. Assuming the weather cooperates that will change this weekend.

Based on the very little bit I’ve played with this camera it is far better than the one I had.(I’m pretty sure I could fashion a camera out of a rock and some tin foil that would be better than the one I had. But that’s not the point here)  I still have to use the flash more than I’d like but at least now it doesn’t complete wash out the entire photo. And I can also focus on things must easier and closer than before. So… Yay!

The other “toy” I got was a new phone. This was the “not so much” I mentioned. I ended up having to buy a new phone because the old one broke. I don’t mean “Was too old” or “stopped working properly” I mean what was once one piece is now two. This means I spent my entire lunch break in line at the US Cellular store to get my new phone. US Cellular being the only carrier in this part of the state that works.

I had a flip phone and decided to bite the bullet and buy a smart phone. I don’t like it, mostly because it is different and new and I don’t like either of those things. Having a smart phone DOES mean I can stay connected easier, if only I had something to stay connected to. It also means I know have 2 camera that are far better than the fifteen year old Fujifilm that I had.

 I may right more about these at a later date but for now its tome for me to go to bed



Fifteen Minutes to Midnight

I decided after one day to stop with #BeardWatch2015 mostly because watching hair grow is a lot like watching paint dry, it’s kind of boring. I’m sorry if that is a disappointment to all you beard enthusiast out there but I will say that it is coming along nicely. It is currently in the 60 grit sand paper range. Full beard hopefully by the end of next week.

In other news, I sold another one of my photographs! Woohoo! I have various photos on sale at the arts council building in my home town of Windsor, North Carolina. I received word today that my last one there has sold meaning that I now need to take them some more prints. I think I’ll go with some of my newer photos this time. The one that sold is one that I took in the spring of 2009.  I’ve gone on a few photography outings in the past months and have come up with some halfway decent photos.

I’ll make prints of 2 that I took over the summer and one that I took last month and get that to the arts council in time for their reopening sale in February. I think I’ll try to use Shutterfly to do my prints this time. I’ve been using the local CVS store with mixed results. I’ve never had problems with the quality of the prints it’s just that photography is not their business. Waiting in line for 20 minutes behind people buying meds to battle their varying levels of cold to get my prints can get old fast. Plus, the last print I made took them over a week to get to me because the developer was broken.

I’m also about 20 pages away from finishing Terry Brooks’ “Running with the Demon” (I took a break to let my brain rest and decided to write a quick post) but I think I like it. We’ll see how it ends.

All told this has been a pretty good day. Except for that 3 hour nap I took after dinner :/. Oh well, can’t win em all! Back to my reading

Heres a copy of the photo that sold:

Winding RodeIts called Long and Winding Road



Over the weekend my dad commissioned me to take a photo. One of his friends turns 80 today and he wanted me to take a picture of the house the man was born in so he could give it to him as a gift. He drove me past the house on Friday afternoon while giving me an idea of what he wanted. I only got a glimpse of the house as we passed by, it was dilapidated and on the verge of collapsing under its own weight. Dad wanted to get a picture of it while it was still standing.

Saturday I grabbed my camera, drove out to the farm and found the house. I walked around a bit trying to get the whole layout in my mind, my favorite part. The outline of what used to be a house stood before me. Boards were missing from the front and sides, a section of roof had been torn away by storms. Somehow the framework was still holding. It looked bad. Weeds were waist high all around, higher in other places, saplings had grown to be 6 feet tall.   After a few minutes of thought I began to take photos, eight in all, from three different angles. Happy with what I had I headed back home to begin my other favorite part, editing.

Editing may be my most favorite of all. I could spend hours making the tiniest of changes just to see how it effects the end product. I’ve even gone back to old photos to see how newly learned editing techniques can improve my less than stellar work. I’ve found that a lot of what makes a good photo can be done in the editing. My dad wanted either a black and white or sepia toned photo, so I made a few quick changes to the photos that I had uploaded and presented him with his options. He chose this:

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I’m happy with the way it turned out and if everything goes well he will get a signed framed print by the end of the week (It would have been sooner but the developer at CVS was out of order.). One day I’d like to make photography a legitimate source of income. Until then this will have to do.