Thursday, June 09, 2011

Time to Break Out



Jail_8818, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

Apologies for being quiet for the past few days. Blogger and Flickr, it would appear, were not playing nice with each other again. No matter, as things seem to be working now. It's good to be back and I've got so many things to tell you.

For starters, there are a slew of upcoming portfolio reviews coming up. Portfolio reviews are one of those things I never feel prepared to do but yet, somehow, after I participate, I'm totally glad I did. It's a lot of work but worth it in the end. There's Critical Mass and Meeting Place, both of which are opening up soon (if they have not already) for submissions. Best of luck for all of those entering.

Next up, in other news, we have the heat. In case you have not noticed, it appears we've gotten an early jump on summer and it's mercilessly hot in many parts of North America. I was talking with a friend the other day, she had just uploaded an image of a doe playing in her yard, and I said that it was, "hot here. Too hot to take any pictures. Wouldn't matter anyway, as everything here is brown, busted up, dried up, and blasted out."

Her response?

Nope, it wasn't sympathy.

Instead, she's thrown the gauntlet. She's challenged me to take a picture of some burnt out brown grass and make it look...well, make it look...interesting. You know, the way I always do. So now, I'm tossing and turning ideas of how to work with brown grass in my head, you know, pondering things the way I always do. (What would you do with brown grass? Dried up landscapes? Blasted out light? Do please share if you've got any gems.) Look for me to post something here about this eventually.

I've got to make it over to the Koi breeders and water gardens place again this weekend, and hope to should the heat hold out. I'm hoping I can make a little "window" of time, either before or after the hottest part of the day, so that I can break away for another hour of shooting or so. Working on a book of this so watch for that to come soon as well.

I've also been tasked at starting up another corporate photo group, so look for that to be happening soon as well. This one is just a satellite location but it's local for Austin so I'll probably be going out shooting and doing some demos or lining up some engaging speakers sometime soon.

I'm also still messing with my printers and expect to upgrade at some point. Look for that to happen maybe as soon as July or so, although frankly I'm not in a big hurry for this.

This shot was taken inside the old Santa Fe jailhouse. It's a great location provided you can get inside, although I really should say provided you can get *outside* as "getting in" with these type of places, it actually the easy part. It's getting out...why, that's the trick.

I've got lots of other posts coming your way...all kinds of stuff lined up about tips, creative pointers, some new stuff, but I really want to wait until Blogger and Flickr are really playing nice once again before posting, so I'll keep this short and wish you coolness and light. (Stay out of the heat unless, of course, you're out scouting some extra crispy brown grass for me to play with, ok?)

Until next time...

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