Saturday, November 18, 2017

Opportunity Weekend - November 18th

A beautifully colored door detail showing red and green paint and rusted locks from a door in Guilin, China.
Will this weekend unlock some opportunities for you? I am going to do my part to try to help you out here by passing along some opportunities for you. Here they are:
I hope this unlocks a bunch of opportunities for you. Best of luck and get after it as they say.

Until next time...

Sunday, November 12, 2017

It's Video Time

Been working on some of my images for an upcoming share and I decided to make a little video. Now, it's not really a video, it's more like stills setup in iMovie with some music set to the background but it kind of looks like a video. You know what they say, right, if it looks like a duck and walks like a duck and it quacks...yeah, so that. It's an almost video video from Guilin. I hope you like it.

Most of the laundry is now done, and I still owe you some notes from the road and, of course, my top 10 list. This one promises to be a crazy one so let's hope I get off my duff and get 'er done, as they say 'round these parts. Until then you will just have to settle for a little non-movie movie from China. (What? Were you hoping for some popcorn? Get your own, man, get your own.)

Until next time...

PS This little movie made in iMovie out of images shot on a Canon 5DS. Set to music that's royalty free and available on iTunes and Vimeo. Enjoy!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Opportunity Weekend - November 10th

Beautiful reflection of colorful red stools next to a pond in Guilin China
Pull up a stool and reflect on some happy opportunities for you this weekend. Here we go:
 There are a bunch more out there but these should get you started. Good luck! 

Until next time...


Thursday, November 09, 2017

Pagoda and a Little Luck

A beautiful reflection of an old pagoda off the beaten path in Guilin, China.
In case it's not clear from my prior ramblings, I'm back from my trip. Notes from the Road and also Opportunity Weekend will hopefully now continue as they were. I just wanted to pop in and talk a little about my experience in China and my return.

China is a beautiful country and this was an amazing opportunity. I love the fact that I was able to go there for a visit and take some photos. I honestly don't know what to make of it. In many ways, I feel like this was a beginning of an exploration for me of sorts. It's as if I really want to go back again, and maybe spend a month there or more. Perhaps I left with just a taste of what I want to do. That's OK though, as I really enjoyed my stay there and started thinking about what I really want to do photographically. The food was wonderful, the scenery fantastic, the group was great, we all had a great time. I just wish I could go back again or maybe if I could have stayed longer, that's all. It's hard to get a feel for a place that's so far away in such a short time but I tried. China really is on the other side of the world and it felt that way in many ways.

Perhaps the most positive aspect of my trip was that I really felt like I got away. I had been in a sort of a rut before I left and, let's face it, I really needed a vacation. This was all of that and more. I got to do some exploring, I got to do some magical discoveries, I got to see things I thought only existed in books. I got to see a little bit what life is like on the other side of the world. That was a great opportunity and I'm so thankful I got to go and got to see and share what I did. In some ways, it left me feeling I want more but it was a wonderful experience.

In Austin now, the cold has moved in and winter is all but upon us. It's also time for the annual madness that is the East Austin Studio Tour (EAST.) Now, I'm not participating in EAST this year but I am always somewhat impacted by the chaos, the shows, the energy of it all. The season has definitely changed, I can feel this in the air. It's good to be back home again, to feel more refreshed, to witness the new season dawning upon us, and to start the process of processing the images from the trip. It's going to take a while I'm sure but that's where I'm at right now.

At least part of my head will always be on a quiet hill, in the back alleys and unknown little pockets of Guilin. It's a magical place and I'm so happy I got to take a peek inside this other world, even if it was only for a little bit. More to come on this, I'm sure, but this is me checking in, back from the other side of the world this time.

Until next time...

PS This one taken in a hidden area in Guilin, China, with the Canon 5DS and the walkabout lens.