Friday, November 14, 2014

I'm just saying!

This guy was a little animated while talking on his phone in the middle of the Square. His posture was what made me hit the shutter button.


Fuji X-E1, XF 1,4/35mm
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

FINISHED!!

Fuji X-E1, 1,4/35mm.


Best I could get on Tuesday.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Repeat

On this Veterans' Day, I thought a repeat was in order. One showing a vet from what has been termed "The Greatest Generation" here in America. I don't remember the gentleman's name (it is somewhere in my notebooks) but he was a crewmember on a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber like this one. This particular aircraft, "Aluminum Overcast", is part of the inventory of the Experimental Aircraft Association. I was fortunate to not only see this aircraft but, as a member of the media, had the chance to take a short flight on this bird.




Here are a couple more from that day (10/6/2003).



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Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Look

I would imagine just about every street/documentary/photojournalism shooter has been given "The Look" at some point. Those that have been shooting a while could probably fill a book of just those images. "The Look" ranges from surprise to smiles to frowns to glares.
Here is one from my collection of "Looks" taken in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2004. Not sure what he was thinking but I probably do not want to know.


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Friday, November 7, 2014

Just saying "HI!!"

This little guy just wanted to say "Hi!" to anyone that would listen.


And, yes, I am back to my normal boring monochromatic snapshots!!
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Thursday, November 6, 2014

A departure from the norm

Anyone who has seen my flickr stream or this blog knows I have posted very few color images and even less images that are in the nature/landscape categories. This particular Japaneses maple is a favorite of my wife's when it changes for its fall colors. I took a dozen or so shots and this is the one I liked best. Hope everyone north of the equator are enjoying their fall colors as well!


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Monday, November 3, 2014

What's the point?

Ever since having "retirement" forced on me when I was laid off three months before my 65th birthday, I have maintained a website, been active on flickr & facebook, and started this blog. But I am beginning to wonder exactly what I expect from those activities.
The host for my website charges a yearly fee but the site gets very little, if any, traffic. With flickr, I am still paying the yearly "professional" fee to keep my stream free of advertisements. This blog & facebook, however, cost nothing other than a little time (and I have a fair amount of that). So, today I began to wonder why spend the money if I am not doing anything as a working professional anymore? On a fixed income, it seems a little stupid. Dropping things like a website & flickr would not affect anything I am doing. Now dropping flickr, I could always come back and set up a free stream and let the ads show up.
About the only thing I would like to do, is a few exhibitions locally and review almost 40 years worth of analog and digital images to do a few books. To that end, here are the three books I have completed in the last month after a couple of years of review.


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Marketing of myself is one of my biggest failings. I have always had trouble treating photography as a "business". But without marketing and treating this effort as business, I am just pouring money down a black hole. I am sure many of you have seen "great photographers" and you look at their work and say "what?" Even looking at what I consider some of the greats, I see images in retrospectives of their work that make me question why they used a particular image.
But such is life.
I have bought copies of each of these books for my own book collection that someday will be passed on the my heirs. Maybe they will become one of a kind editions!! But, more than likely, they will be something my kids and grandkids can look at and say that I had a good time taking photographs.
In the meantime, I need to continue to go back through the rolls of film and the digital images for photos that speak to me in some way and that I want to either make part of a book or do a print for posterity.
To me, if the image is not on something tangible (book or print), then it is a waste. And, trust me, I have thousands of images sitting on external drives or in a cabinet that are really a waste.
So I am at a turning point. I really need to see what kind of return I am expecting by keeping up a website, or posting to flickr, or even posting to this blog. Then I can focus my efforts where they make the most sense.
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