Monthly Archives: December 2013

happy new year

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Please, don’t wake me, no, don’t shake me
Leave me where I am, I’m only sleeping  –  Beatles

I don’t normally make resolutions on New Years day and I’m not going to start this year but Emo has expressed a desire to sleep more in the future.  Given that he sleeps 23 hours a day I’m not sure that’s possible but I’ll support him in whatever he decides.  He’s just an endless source of amusement and creativity and it must be tiring.  We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone in the world a happy and healthy new year.

This photo was shot with the Samsung Note 8 (also an endless source of amusement and creativity).  You can see another one from the Samsung here.

Merry Christmas

an Emo Christmas

an Emo Christmas

Emo and his handlers want to take this opportunity to wish every one around the world a Merry Christmas.  He has opened one gift which was a month’s supply of Gerber Turkey Baby Food (say that 5 times really fast) and is one happy cat.

this old barn…

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This barn is a few miles from my house and I shot this photo in the fall of 2012.  I went back several times to shoot this barn but I was disappointed to see that it had been torn down and the corn fields surrounding it replaced with apple trees.  I’m not surprised about the apple trees.  New York State produces some of the best apples in the country.  But I do miss that old barn.

cosmic ice

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One of the nice things about living in an ice box (Webster – Where Life is Worth Living) is, well, ice!  Right now we have a lot of ice.  And snow,  And frigid cold weather. But we only have about another 150 days of this left so I like to make the most of it.

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The last photo was taken with the Samsung Note 8.

And for those who took the time to read this far, here’s the Bonus Musical Treat (BMT)!

look through any window 2…

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More shots from the greenhouse visit.   A little more detail this time.

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Several of the faithful have suggested this series might look good in black and white.  I converted two photos in Topaz Black and White Effects as well as Nik Silver Effects Pro (a gift from Google).  Here is one shot and you can see the original color shot here.

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Further proof I’m not good at naming photos.

swan with orange bill and white feathers in the snow # 4170

swan with orange bill and white feathers in the snow looking very pensive, probably because I didn’t bring anything for it to eat # 4170

3 gulls (1 big, 2 small) against blue sky # 1991

3 gulls (1 big, 2 small) against blue sky when really all I wanted was to shoot a blank sky to test for sensor dust spots when these guys flew into the frame but, hey, this isn’t so bad # 1991

2 gray motorcycles with blue and gray flames and black tape wrapped around the exhaust thingy # 5791

2 gray motorcycles with blue and gray flames and black tape wrapped around the exhaust thingy # 5791

embrace chaos

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Believe it or not, I have been criticized for not assigning names to posted photos.  A lot of photographers are very good at this and they attach a tag that is either descriptive or evocative.  I’m just not very good at doing this so I just use the file number.  When I shot film I had a numbering system I used which consisted of the year (2 digits), a sequential roll number (3 digits) and a frame number (2 digits).  On all the prints I made I wrote the corresponding number on the back of the print with a Dixon marker.  If I had to go back and make another print I knew exactly where to look.  The digital frame number provides the same handy way of finding a file.  Also, I tend to be lazy and assigning names for posted photos seems like a lot of work that I’d rather not do.  I would prefer to spend the time behind the camera (or cutting the grass, shoveling the driveway or trying to find the “START” button on Windows 8).  But this is just me and I wouldn’t want to discourage anyone from assigning a nice name to each of their photos.