Kinda’ cool.

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Best of 2018

I’m tickled… my TtV ‘Rusty hearts’ from back in May made JPG Magazine’s Best of 2018.

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Exercise is good.

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Stretching the creative muscle.

I read about the Vision Quest Photo Assignment Cards in the December 10, 2018 Shots Magazine email newsletter.

I love Shots Mag. Such a cool idea. And these assignment cards are a nice touch from publisher Doug Beasley, designed by Outside the Box Designs.

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They’re described as “a deck of 36 beautifully designed and printed cards, with a unique photo assignment on the back of each one, housed in an elegant box and all printed on recycled paper.”

Photo Assignments For Personal & Spiritual Growth

The cards are about 3″ x 5″ in size, printed on a thick recycled stock with rounded corners that have a semi-gloss finish. The type used for each card is a serif font at a readable size, and each card is numbered. The front of the cards are dark grey with a series of fine white lines that swirl and overlap. A nice pattern. There’s also a red hanko, Doug’s most likely, centered near the bottom.

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It came with a nifty box with four flaps that folds up to enclose the deck. It’s secured with a hook-and-loop closure. Along with the hanko, there’s a great tagline on the main flap that reads “Photo Assignments For Personal & Spiritual Growth.”

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This collection of 36 assignments will be my 2019 photographic workout and I’m looking forward to getting started.

Journey through the past.

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Drop it.

It must have bothered me. Not enough to act immediately, but I’ve felt compelled lately to right a wrong that occurred some 10 years ago.

I really liked it. Was getting a lot of use out of it, too. I even took it to Omaha, Nebraska. Walked all over town with it while attending a conference for the university. Got amazing results with it. I absolutely loved the user-interface and menu system. Check out the specs on DPReview…

And then one day after work I was getting out of the truck and I dropped it. It wasn’t the first time that had happened. It was the third. And final.

It came with one strap lug and a hand strap. Not my favorite set-up. I’ll never be a fan of that configuration.

I absolutely loved the user-interface and menu system.

Over the years, I’d occasionally scour eBay to see if anyone was selling theirs. In early November I finally found a used Samsung NV11 in near mint condition for an extremely reasonable price. $66, including shipping.

When it arrived, I spent a couple of days reacquainting myself. Played with all the settings and took a bunch of meaningless pictures that eventually got deleted.

It was one of three cameras I used yesterday while on a photo stroll near the Texas State Capitol in Austin. PhotowalksATX. Great gang of folk.

I purposely set it to black and white and ISO 1600, and off I went…

 

 

Loaded up.

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Ready to go.

I have three cameras loaded up with film, ready to get out and shoot.

My Olympus Stylus Epic is loaded with Kodak Ektar 100, 36 exposure, Color 35mm.

The Lomo Sprocket Rocket has a roll of Fujifilm Superia 800, 24 exposure, Color 35mm in it.

The Holga 120N is ready to go with Ilford PAN F Plus 50, Black and White, 12 exposure, 120mm.

Now all I need is for my Plantar Fasciitis to calm down for a day and hope that a little let-up in the rain that’s been falling in Central Texas happens simultaneously.

Maybe this Sunday…

Dead Bumble Bee.

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A lesson in observation.

I was out working in the studio and got up to go check for a package on the front porch. As I walked across the driveway I noticed this black spot on the sidewalk.

We’d had a little bit of rain lately, and I’m wondering if maybe that’s what caused this poor little guy’s demise.

There wasn’t a package at the door, so I turned back and went in the house and got my clip-on macro lens for the iPhone. I unscrewed the stock macro/wide-angle lens from the clip and twisted on 4 – 37mm diopters a +10, +4, +2, and a +1.

There’s a bunch of paper scraps on my work table and I was able to fish out a piece of black art board to use as a background, and as a scoop to pick the bee up from the concrete walkway.

I moved my art stool out of the garage to the top of the driveway, placed the art board with the bee on the stool, and fired up the Blackie App.

It took a few attempts to get the focus the way I wanted, using natural light from the cloudy skies.

The detail in the wings is my favorite part.

RIP Bumble Bee.