Monthly Archives: April 2017

spring, 2017




…experimenting with Instagram





A few weeks ago I opened an Instagram account for the purpose of following some photographers/bloggers that I admire.  I enjoy the posts of these tremendously talented photographers and have found it very exciting in that respect.  There’s a lot of great work to inspire anyone.

I haven’t mastered all of the complexities of Instagram, mainly because it is primarily a mobile app and I admit I’m behind the curve on the whole mobile thing.  If you are used to editing on a PC or Mac you will understand what I mean.  But I’ve found an app (Gramblr) that works well with a PC.  I think it’s available for Mac, too.  The app allows a user to post to Instagram directly from a PC.  This is perfect for me since I prefer to use my phone for phone calls (and sometimes taking pictures), not posting.  My goal is to post at least one photo per week.

You can see my Instagram feed here.

b sides



Years ago, there were such things called “records”.  On these records there was usually a song by an artist that the record company hoped would become a hit.  That song was on what was called the “A-side” of the record.  But because it was difficult at that time to manufacture a record with only one side, the artist produced a second song for the “B side”.   B-side songs usually didn’t get much air play because they were thought to be inferior to the song on the A-side.

I have used such a rating system for my photos, except my rating system has 5 sides.  Yes, through the miracle of modern technology, I have developed a 5 sided rating system.  It doesn’t involve “sides” as in the record industry, though.  It involves “numbers” from 0-4!!!  I have usually posted only those photos rated 3 or 4 on this blog and on lightscatter.  But, since I consider myself an environmentally conscious individual, I thought that I should, on occasion, post the photos with a 2 rating so that they are not completely wasted.  I hate waste.  It’s bad enough I have to waste the 0 and 1 rated photos, and there are plenty of those.

So, here are the first batch of B side photos.  They still are within EPA guidelines (while we still have them) and I hope they will have served an important purpose.   I don’t know what that purpose is but here they are anyway,