Saturday, August 11, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - August 11, 2018

Night time is the right time for some hot new opportunities. OK, so it makes for a corny introduction but, hey, it's opportunity weekend, were you really expecting something that was actually funny? Here are some opportunities for the week. Good luck out there!
That's a bunch of entries for you to chase into the night so get going and good luck.

Until next time...

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Creating Global Kitchens with Odds and Ends

Went over to the Water Gardens today for a bit of afternoon shooting. It's hot now, expected as it's mid summertime and this is Texas after all. Was hot and sunny although some clouds helped keep the light from going totally blasted out on me. Still was not very inspired today, I don't know why. I did have a good time, despite the heat. I've been walking more, so I only had to sit down and park myself on a bench one time and that was to get out of the heat more than it was to rest my aching bones. The FitBit/cardio is doing me a world of good these days, as I am now down about 45 pounds or so. Still more to drop but we are moving in the right direction these days and I do feel like there's hope for a better tomorrow in that department. I am now walking about 15k steps a day or so, actually riding the bike for about an hour and a half every day now and it's doing its magic on me. I feel a lot better anyway, so there's that.

In other news, I have another show to tell you about. I had two pieces accepted into a show called "Creating Global Kitchens" at the Office of International Affairs at Texas Tech University up in Lubbock, Texas. From their announcement of the show, "Food connects us to one another, our lands, and our traditions. We would like to celebrate one of the most important aspects of cultures around the world, by showcasing the variety of ways people grow, distribute, cook and present food. The photograph can be of an international food experience in a foreign country, or locally at an international festival or restaurant. This exhibit will also highlight the efforts Breedlove Foods, Inc., a non-profit food distribution organization located in Lubbock. In the West Gallery, we will display photographs of the people and places throughout the world where Breedlove has helped those in need. During the reception we plan to have a brief panel discussion with representatives from Breedlove, the South Plains Food Bank, and the department of Food and Nutrition at Texas Tech."

The relevant dates for the show are: on display August 20th through mid-October. The reception will be held September 27, 2018 at the OIA Gallery, 601 Indiana Avenue, Lubbock, TX 79409-5004 (On the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock.)

I am really excited about this show, in part because it's highlighting the work of a nonprofit organization that, quite literally, helps feed the world. It really makes me feel good to know that, in some little way, a couple of my images are doing some small thing to help feed those in need. I know I am not doing much by just putting these images up on the wall but it is a little something in the right direction, at least this is how I see things. It feels good knowing that a nonprofit could be using one (or two actually) of my images for something good. Goes a lot way towards making the world a better place and, hey, who does not want to do that, right? That plus I get a little new show to tell you about in the heat of the summertime which is always a fun thing as well. I hope you are making the most of your summertime as best you can and hope you get out and find your own little "global kitchen" anyway possible.

Until next time...

PS This from the walk today. I thought this tree looked a bit like falling jacks so I included it. They had some interesting trees out today, some of which looked a bit like Christmas type trees. I think this is some kind of a cedar tree. Pretty and quite possibly local, although a bit blueish in tint. Taken with the Canon 5DS and the 100mm macro lens.

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - August 4th, 2018

It's cloudy here today. Who says clouds are a bad thing? I think they look rather nice, especially as set against a vivid blue sky but maybe that's just me? Whatever your view, don't let the clouds obscure you opportunities for this week:
That's a lot of opportunities for you to get after this week. Good luck!

Until next time...

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - July 28th, 2018

This weekend marks the lunar eclipse which was not visible where I live or, for that matter, anywhere in North America (or so I was told.) Still I wanted an excuse to get out and howl at the big white ball in the sky on Friday night so that's just what I did. If you are tired of howling at your own moon and want to get your work out there a bit more, here are some suggestions for this weekend:
That should be enough to keep you inside sending out your work on a moonlight night, so go on and get after it already. Good luck!

Until next time...

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - July 21st, 2018

Did you ever go to an exhibition or look at a magazine and think to yourself, "My art is just as good as this stuff!" If you're in that boat, you're not alone. Don't you think it's about time you did something about it? Maybe you don't know what exactly to do about it? Here's a great start. Here are some great opportunities for you to show your work in the gallery walls, galleries just like this one. This could be your work up on the walls. Here are some opportunities for you to do just that:
That's a bunch of opportunities for you to get after and maybe get some of your own work up on the gallery walls.

Until next time...

Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Summer of My Discontent

I've updated the "My Travels" section of the site today, so please have a look if you haven't already (Note: I just added an image really, still working on setting up links to travel folios for each of the sites I've visited, but you can check it out the small progress I made today.)

It's going to be blasted hot this week here in River City. When I say "blasted hot" I mean hot even by Texas standards. They are predicting it's going to hit 104 degrees on Saturday. Of course, this is the same day as the opening reception for my show. What can I say other then dress appropriately, right? Ugh! Still, all of this heat got me to thinking. If it weren't hot, if it weren't this blasted hot, what would I be doing differently really? I mean, I would still be puttering around the house, maybe not getting anything done, perhaps riding my bike (OK, perhaps sweating a bit less while riding my bike but you get the idea.) Not much has changed, really, other than the thermometer. I really should not let this stop me or slow me down all that much. Heck, I've got things to do and places to ponder and books to make and, well, once again you get the idea.

Tonight, I decided I would do something about this. A little something, perhaps, but a something none the less. I had been meaning to take a bunch of shots like the one you see here, to be used on this website and also for other purposes. I was thinking about using something like this for my book. Now, I know the book has been in the works for a while and, if I'm being honest, I've been putting off doing this "around the house" kind of shooting for a bit. It just doesn't seem all that sexy if I'm being truthful. I mean, I would much rather head over to the water gardens and shoot the lotus blossoms. But, I do need these type of shots, they are illustrative in their own nature, so I decided that tonight I would buckle down and get some of this done. I'm not completely happy with everything and I'm far from finished but, heck, at least I put a dent in it, right?

It's a long, hot summer. It's not getting any cooler. In fact, it's going to get hotter before it's get cooler, and we're coming to that time of year, usually it happens like end of August, where everybody around Austin just gets sick and tired of the heat. Yes, it's hot. I get it. I'm hot too. But work has to go on and I can still make some progress on a lot of fronts. Sure, I'm not jaunting off to some great locale, in fact, I'm not on location at all this month, but that's OK. I can still do stuff. Even in the heat, I can do stuff. Stuff can get done. In fact, this is me doing stuff. Sure, I'll grumble about the heat. Who won't? But, I can do stuff at the same time. I can knock off some of my to do list without having to brave the outside world, really I can.

So, yes, it's the summer of my discontent. I'm grumpy. I've ranted more than usual and I'm drinking a lot of cool water these days, but photography doesn't end just because it's summer. There are a lot of shots to take, a lot of stuff out there to be done, and work can progress even if it feels like the lazy days of summer are in full swing. I can be discontent and still get stuff knocked off the big ole giant "to do" list. And, it goes without saying really but, if I can do it....

Until next time...

Friday, July 13, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - July 13th 2018

A glacial lagoon in Iceland
Since it's Friday the 13th, I was going to post a picture of a black cat but then I figured I didn't want to push my suerte as we like to say 'round these parts. Instead, I opted for a nice, calm iceberg. Sure, this plan worked out oh so well for the Titanic but, giant ships cast aside, here are some opportunities for you this week:
I hope you get off the ice and get after some of these great opportunities.

Until next time...

PS This one taken in Iceland, in the glacial lagoon. Such an incredible place, what a mind blowing journey. Ah, the places we go, right?