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? 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Get Over It! - Photographic Things You Just Have To Move Beyond

Crooked lamp on a house with peeling paint, in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire
It's been a while since I've had a good, honest, refreshing RANT around here. Well, OK, maybe the cable company deal comes close but, work with me here, I'm on a roll. I got to thinking the other day that the same sorts of people always seem to come up to me with the same problems or questions and, why, they just can't seem to get past it. They just can't seem to make it stick, as it were. It's the same hang-ups over and over and over again. I decided I had enough of this and thought I would collect them here for your benefit. So, without further ado, here are my top items, my top "Get Over It!" items that you need to just move beyond for photographic bliss:
  • Top 10 Lists from "Pros." Oh, who among us has never heard the expression, "All of the pros...." followed by some useless drivel. All of the pros shoot Nikon. All of the pros vacation in Bimini. All of the pros take speedlights and shove them up...you get the idea. There is no such thing as "All of the pros" because "all" of the pros don't do the same thing. These "Top 10" lists going around the Internet? You know, like "Top 10 Ways You Can Become a Professional," or some such things. Most of that is hogwash. Pure, unadulterated hogwash, I tell you. Don't believe the hype and don't believe anything that says, "All of the Pros" because there is no "All." It's not like they have some sort of secret cabal that voted and left you out, OK? They just do what works and leave the rest.
  • Prints. PRINT YOUR WORK! There I shouted it. Are you listening yet? Do I need to do it again? Ugh! Get a printer. Find a printer. Use a printer. Just print. You listened when Nike said "Just Do It!" so why not "Just Print!" Trust me, it's a good idea and it works. 
  • Technology. I'm so over it, it's not even funny anymore. You can get hogtied in all sorts of crap and never get anywhere. Trust me, your USB is fine. You don't need version x.x of whatever. It's a necessary evil, I'll give you that, and who doesn't like shiny new things but, honestly, technology doesn't make great pictures. Great photographers make great pictures. Great images come from the heart. Technology helps at best but can sometimes actually get in the way so be warned. 
  • Business cards. What is it about photographers who spend $3000 on a camera but who are too cheap to drop a dime on a nicely designed business card? Are you really that dense? Do I have to spell it out for you? You can get cheap cards at someplace like Moo.com or Vistaprint. They don't cost that much and direct tons of traffic to your website. Really, they work. There's a reason people still use them, even after all these years. Get some already! Part of being a photographer is hustling, getting out there, putting yourself out there, always pushing, always striving, and having some common sense in the business side of things. Really, you need to just do that already.
  • Calling yourself a "photographer" or, gasp, an "artist." Newsflash: photographers ARE artists. If you're walking around with a camera taking pictures, you are a photographer and, by golly, that makes you an artist too. If you were a doctor, a lawyer, an Indian chief, would you hesitate to call yourself one of those things? Why is this so complicated? You're a photographer, you're an artist. Get over yourself. Just because you call yourself an artist because, oh I'm don't know, you spend some time making art, doesn't mean you have some giant ego. It doesn't make you Michelangelo either, although, horror of horrors, he was an artist too. It works like that, there's more than one. Who knew? Cut the nonsense and call yourself an artist already. What a big, grown person like you all afraid of a little word like "artist?" Really now?
  • Thinking you need a better camera, lens, flash, strobe, light stand, cable release, tripod, or whatever other crap you might be coveting at this given moment in time. Use what you got. Sing with heart. Once more with feeling. You don't *need* better equipment, you just want it and are using this as some kind of excuse. Maybe you were abused by expensive gear as a child. I don't know about that, but I do know you need to get over gear envy and get on with your life. You can always envy more gear, newer gear tomorrow, for now, why, there are pictures to take. And, come on now, really, who doesn't like taking pictures? 
  • Thinking you need to travel. I'm sure Outer Mongolia is really very lovely this time of year and, yes, some photographers really do get paid to travel to the far reaches of the globe but you can take wonderful, stirring images right where you are. Right where you are sitting, in fact. You probably don't even need to move. Play in your own sandbox and make something worth keeping already. 
  • Sharing work on social media. Believe it or not, there are still some photographers out there who think that, if they were to put something up on Facebook, the world is going to steal it from them. I got news for you, the world is not wanting to steal your work. OK, maybe some far corners of it have bad intentions but, for the most part, the greater positive response far outweighs the negatives here. Really. Stop being Amish and just get with the programs already. Sharing is caring.
  • Thinking you need a model or a more "interesting" subject matter. Tell your story. Tell a story. Tell any story. You don't need the best looking person in the world. You don't have to have a bevy of naked women lined up. Talk to a stranger. Share. Converse. There's something interesting about everybody. Find that and show it to us. The world will be a better place. No, we don't all have to look like the latest Victoria's Secret model to take a great image. 
  • Shoes. This might sound like it came from left field and, why, maybe it did, but you really need to get over shoes. I'm so sick of seeing photographers try to wear flip flops, heels, or something that just isn't right. You need to walk, all day long. You will go over rocks and through rivers and you're going to get cold and wet and stray down some Godforsaken paths where you'll wish you had some serious hiking boots. Might as well just go there already. Invest in a good pair and break them in so you can walk comfortably. Shoes, man, you need them and your feet will thank you for it too. 
  • Asking somebody, "Can I take your picture?" What is it about people who don't want to ask this simple question? How hard is this really? When I was in China, why, I went off without knowing the language. I had to just smile and sort of point at the camera. No Chinese for me but I still managed. If I can travel halfway around the freaking globe and walk up to some strange dude, smile, point at my camera, and wait for a response, what is so freaking hard about walking up to somebody who speaks your language and asking this simple question? Honestly, if you are struggling with this, here is an easy way to get over it. Force yourself to go up to a complete stranger and ask. Do it once, do it again, do it ten times. I promise you, by the tenth time, you will be over this phobia already. That's really all it is. I mean, come on now. What do you think is going to happen? What's the worst that can happen? The person says, "No!" and hurts your feelings? GREAT. Go onto the next person and ask again. This is not rocket science, people. It's simple. The easy way to get over asking somebody, "Can I take your picture?" is to, why ask somebody, "Can I take your picture?" 
If I dig deep enough, why, I'm sure I can find more things that'll set me off but, for now anyway, here's my list of things you need to just get over already.

Until next time...

PS This one from New England. Crooked lamp, peeling paint, so typical of those seacoast towns.


Sunday, July 08, 2018

Austin Visual Arts Association Summer 2018 Invitation

In the spirit of trying out something new, I thought I would try the newfangled Adobe Spark. I made up an invitation for the upcoming "Summer 2018" exhibition over at the Austin Art Space. The show is going to run from July 13th through August 4th and there will be an opening reception on Saturday July 21st from 5-7 pm. If you are in the Austin area and are so inclined, please feel free to pop on in for a peek. The Austin Visual Arts Association (AVAA) shows are quite fun, they usually end up being quite the party. I have a piece included in the show in case you could not guess from the invitation.

I'm not sure I dig all of the fonts on my invite here and I must confess Adobe Spark was especially slow on my computer. Having said that, I do kind of like the graphics they have and it was kind of fun giving it a try. I'm not sorry test drove it and now you can see my pretty (well, pretty to me) invitation.

In other news, I have joined the North Austin Pfotographic Society (link: https://napfs.club/.) In case you could not guess, the added "f" comes from the fact that they were originally a club meeting over in Pflugerville, Texas. They have since moved roots over to a more North Austin/Central type of location, and I thought they had a bunch of interesting guest speakers, so I signed up. I think I have gone to a meeting or two so far. They are doing a portfolio project which I might actually attempt, as I am really looking for an excuse (any excuse really) to shoot more. I'm not into the camera club "points" type of systems but I go for the guest speakers and the like. Let's hope this club delivers on that front (so far anyway, they seem to be.)

I have some images to prep and now invites to send out tonight, so I'll leave you with my Adobe Spark creation for today, rather than a usual image. Enjoy!

Until next time...


Friday, July 06, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - July 6th 2018

I was just about to post something along the lines of being all out of puns when it hit me. Since this is a picture of a restaurant, I can tell you here are some opportunities for you to eat up. Please excuse the dangling participle and pass the pepper, right? Here are this weekend's opportunities:
That's a lot to chew on, so I do hope you get after it this weekend.

Until next time...

PS This restaurant was located at the top of the LongSheng "Devil's Backbone" rice terrace area outside of Guilin, China. I actually ate there and the food was delicious. 

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Independence Day

Incense burning at a Buddhist Temple in Guilin, China. Abstract image
It's Independence Day here in the 'States so I thought it would be fitting to show you what remains of some fireworks, of sorts. This is actually remnants of the remains of burning incense at a Buddhist temple in Guilin, China. I thought it was about as close to fireworks as I can get, seeing as I don't usually shoot firework imagery. This one is a bit abstract but you can see the charred remains anyway, so there you have it.

It's raining here in River City today, so probably most of our firework celebrations have been put on hold. I'm kind of glad about that in a way. Poor Chase is not feeling well just about now and so he's a bit more sensitive to the added/unexpected noise from these things. Just yesterday, he got startled, hopped down off the bed, and hid. I had to coax him back out again. He wasn't shaking or anything like this, just a bit put off by the noise. It's a strange sound and he's not really enjoying it. Poor Chase, I hope he gets on the mend real soon now.

I hope you are having a wonderful Independence Day wherever you are. This is a great time to take a day off, enjoy a hot dog or perhaps a hamburger or two, spend some quiet time with the family, and maybe enjoy some of what summertime has to offer. The rain has also produced a wonderful little break from the typical 100 degree days here in River City. Today it's a balmy 84 which I am actually loving as well. I do hope you enjoy it too. Just because it's Independence Day doesn't mean it has to be hotter than a bottle rocket, right?

I wish I happy fourth to one and all and look for some upcoming show news and the like sometime soon. 

Until next time...

Monday, July 02, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - July 1, 2018

Sometimes, if you blink you miss things. I had missed this image the first time I selected images from Guilin but now here it is. So, don't miss some of these wonderful opportunities:
As a reminder, I offer "Opportunity Weekend" as a resource for those looking to show their work. This is a regularly occurring list of places actively seeking art and photography. If you have a call for entry you would like to share, please feel free to forward it my way. If you are an artist looking for opportunities, you can either check back here or follow this blog so you never miss an installment. This is a free service. Thanks for your support.

Until next time...


Monday, June 25, 2018

Closing the Door on TV - How I am Going to Try to Cut the Cable and Actually Do Real Stuff Instead

Those of you who know me personally know that I have had my ups and downs with Time Warner Cable Company (now Spectrum.) Now, I will try not to bore you with the day to day issues I have faced but, suffice it to say, Spectrum has really gotten me this time. I won't go into too many details, as I would like to keep this somewhat photography related but, yesterday, I was all set to pop on my exercise bike and sit down for a long ride while watching a TV show I had been wanting to see for a while. Just as my show was coming on, I was greeted with what I like to call "the black screen of death." My TV basically responded with a blank screen containing the words, "This channel is not available right now, please try again later." Since I pay more than $200 a month for cable, I was highly disappointed and really snapped at the entire setup. I decided right then and there, while sitting on my bike peddling away, that it was time for me to just pull the plug completely and get rid of the entire cable TV setup I currently have. No, I'm not even going to "cut the cord" as they say, I'm actually going to go TV-less for a little while. I'm going to try and see how that goes for a short time anyway.

As you might have guessed if you follow me regularly, there are a lot of projects I want to do. There are a lot of things I want to accomplish. I am almost setup with a home studio. It's about 90% of the way there but, no, I have not quite finished it. I've been cleaning out my closets and trying to just rid myself of clutter, this too is an ongoing battle which I have been losing. Then there is the matter of that book I have been meaning to publish. Yeah, yeah, I know, "How's that coming along?" Right. You get the idea. In somewhat photographic news, I have decided that it might be best for me to rid myself of TV for a while in an attempt to focus on some of these projects. My attempt is already paying dividends. Today, I sent off some work, I'm now writing a blog post to share the news of my cable-less ways, and I'm doing a few other things. While it remains to be seen if I can keep up the momentum, I am enjoying the new quiet house so far.

In the past, when I went on photo journeys, I always came back with a sense of accomplishment. When I travel, be it for a workshop, location shoot, or whatever, I seem to have a renewed sense of who I am as a photographer. I think part of this stems from the lack of TV. When I travel you see I watch little to no television. Sure, sometimes I will check out a brief newsflash here or there and sometimes I'll even tune into see what the locals pass off as entertainment for the great unwashed masses and all but, generally speaking, for the most part I happily avoid the idiot box when I'm on the road. Avoiding television allows me to really sink myself into the local environs and try to absorb the local culture, to try and really connect with the people. There is a real connection too, for me anyway, between avoiding all that television has to offer and getting things done, especially things you really want to finish. I am now going to opt for the getting things done side of this equation, at least for a little while, to see how far I can push this. Maybe, if I'm lucky enough, I can feel like I'm away even when I am at home, at least in terms of getting things done and being more connected to all things photography.

As an aside, I've been completely shocked at how many people have responded to my recent online rant against Spectrum and my choice to rip out my cable service. There are many, very many indeed, people out there who have ripped out their cable and have offered up advice. It's astounding to me how many people are going this route, so much so that I'm starting to wonder if, by this time next year, Spectrum will have any customers at all. Really, I have heard from so very many people on how bad their customer service and their service in general actually is and how easy it is to just rid yourself of their unneeded nonsense so you can go about enjoying life again, without the hassle.

In case you are wondering, my immediate plans are to use what I've now been calling "the quiet time" to try to tackle some of the projects I have piled up in my photography world. Perhaps more mid term, if the projects start to get more in line and I find I can knock some of them out, I will take some of the monies saved from the big cable bill and put them towards an iPad, which I can use as both an entertainment console and, perhaps more importantly, a tablet upon which to make digital art. I have always wanted to do more with my iPhone photography but have found not having a tablet on which to work is quite limiting. If, after all of this, I'm still bored with it all, perhaps I will invest in a streaming service for some limited entertainment. We shall see how this plays out but, until then, I guess you can call me, "Cable-less Carol." Wish me luck, please, on this new road and please do continue to reach out with suggestions and advice you might have followed on your own personal journey away from the dreaded cable cord.

Until next time...

PS While this might look like Mexico, it's actually one of the last frames I shot in Guilin, China. I guess everybody the world over loves themselves a bright, colorful door.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - June 23, 2018

It's time to lay your hands on some golden opportunities. Are you sick of my crazy puns yet? No? Well, here are some opportunities for you anyway:
That's a lot of opportunity for one hand, but I hope you can get after it and make it happen.

Until next time...


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Getty Photographer- You Keep Using That Word

There's a line from "The Princess Bride" where Inigo Montoyo comments on Vizzini's use of the word "inconceivable." Montoyo says, "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." Buttercup references aside, there's a trend nowadays for Getty Images to partner with a lot of the web sharing sites for images. On the surface, this sounds like a wonderful idea. It's great for lots of photographers to be able to license and sell their work through the Getty Images engine. If you are unfamiliar with this, the Getty Images engine I'm talking about here, why, it's easy to spot out in the wilds. Look at almost any newspaper, popular website, or for that matter, anyplace really where images are displayed in print (or on the web) and you will probably come across the phrase "Getty Images" in small type somewhere along the bottom, the edge of the image, or quite often appearing as a watermark. Getty Images is one of the largest stock photography agencies in the country, probably the world actually. It's quite a big engine with deep pockets and a lot of resources, both in terms of being able to pay photographers and being able to secure rights to images for reproduction. Many popular newspapers use Getty Images to secure images and, over the course of time, many photographers have been very successful using Getty Images as a means of showcasing and selling their work. I'm not going to knock Getty Images, that's not the point of my post, but I have noticed something about the more recent acquisitions. 

In recent years, the microstock trend has resulted in some photographers getting paid pennies on the dollar for their images. For a time there, the entire stock photography market sort of dried up as well. Most photographers were no longer making money from stock images. When I started out exhibiting my work and shooting regularly as a photographer, back around 1992, a good photographer could make possibly between one and two thousand dollars a month if signed with a stock agency. In those days, this was really enough to live on without having to secure a day job. Of course, you had to be a good enough shooter and, perhaps more importantly, you had to shoot what the clients were requesting at the time. For example, I got signed to a stock agency at one point and they told me they wanted celebration/parade style images from Austin downtown, specifically Juneteenth celebration images. (An interesting note, these images are still in high demand but that's a blog post for another day.)  Since we've had several economic bubbles and the publishing market has fallen apart, it's almost impossible to make that kind of money in stock photography nowadays. Oh, I'm sure somebody is doing it somewhere but, the average Joe or Jane with a camera and a weekend addiction? Yeah, that's not going to happen. Along the way, you see, the microstock trend happened. This was where some agencies thought it might be a good idea to sell images very cheap. Instead of a photographer selling an image for, say, $400, they would now sell one for $5, with the idea being that lowering the price would drastically increase the number of sales. For a while this panned out. In fact, I know some photographers who made some decent money in the early days of microstock but, again here, the market got flooded and the money became too spread out for most people to earn a decent living from this type of work. 

In the early days of Flickr, when the web sharing was really at its peak, Getty had partnered with Flickr to make some Flickr photographers Getty Image photographers. This too worked for a while. I know of some folks who signed with Getty Images from their Flickr accounts, and some who made a lot of money, in fact, became professional just from sales earned through Flickr/Getty, while others made some money but most did not see enough to launch or sustain a career. This arrangement was not without its controversy as well. At one point, Getty Images paid some Flickr photographers something like $12 for images (note the microstock pricing) and then re-sold the images to Microsoft at a grand profit. There was also a famous case of Getty Images getting sued and losing over copyright violation as some of their practices were overreach at best (again, this is a blog post for another time.) 

Having said all of this, the real issue I see here is that, frankly, nowadays, what does it really mean to call oneself a "Getty Photographer?" It used to be a name of prestige. When I first listed with a stock agency, I had to send them a slide deck of 200 slides. They took more than six weeks to get back to me with a yes and, only then did they send me a tear sheet with some suggestions, such as the Juneteenth celebration I mentioned. The stock agency I listed with wasn't even Getty Images, it was a smaller, regional agency. It was hard to get listed in those days and the difficulty was rewarded in terms of sales. Stock photography has always been a matter of providing what the client wants when the client wants it. If you can deliver, you get the sales and sales in stock used to really rack up over time. Then too, once you racked up a bunch of sales, the agencies, in turn, would feed you the plum assignments. To be a successful stock photographer really carried some clout as well as some dollar signs behind your name. I once had a noted photographer tell me he put his son through college on stock photography sales. Yeah, it was that kind of money if you could deliver the goods. 

While the "Getty Image" moniker might live on in terms of prestige, I have to question if it's really worth it. I mean, just being able to say, "My names Jane Smith and I'm a Getty Photographer" used to carry a lot of weight. Nowadays, I have to wonder if it's really the same thing? Frankly, I don't think so. When I was on Flickr anyway, I opted to avoid the Getty Image partnership, mostly because I have always considered myself more of a fine art photographer and not really a stock shooter. Yes, I had been signed to a stock agency in the past but my past also revealed to me the error of my ways. I realized selling stock is not all it's cracked up to be, so I never really hotly pursued the Flickr/Getty Image relationship and, frankly speaking, I'm not sorry about that. I don't feel like I missed any great opportunities, although, in hindsight, sure I might have been able to make a few coins had I gone that route. 

Now though it seems my avoidance with Getty Image is about to catch up with me yet again. The popular web sharing site 500px is going to partner with Getty Images. Since they were founded by the folks who originally started Flickr, I'm not surprised by this turn of events. I had originally signed up for 500px because I liked their model. They didn't pay microstock prices, instead came up with a fixed pricing structure that, at least to me, seemed fair for both the photographers and clients. Any images sold through the old 500px garnered the photographer a fair but not exorbitant payment. I could live with that. It was fair. Most images were at a fixed price too, so the stock "stars" were not treated to more money, giving everybody a fair shake at getting an image picked up by buyers. It was a fair system at least it seemed so to my untrained eyes. Now, however, it would appear the Getty Image wolf is knocking upon the 500px door. The folks at 500px have partnered with both a Chinese company and Getty Images in an attempt at selling more images. It remains to be seen if this will translate into more sales for the 500px photographers or if we will go the way of the microstock photographers. I am not hopeful but I do like the site and intend to stick with it, at least for now anyway. 

Still though this means that, at some point, I might too become a "Getty Photographer." This really has me in a bit of a tizzy, as I've carefully avoided that label for quite a while. I don't consider myself a stock photographer and so being listed on one of the major stock player's sites is not really what I anticipated I'd be. It's not my wheelhouse, as it were, but I am left wondering now if I have any choice in the matter, as Getty Images seems to be gobbling up everything in sight. And, like the darlings who once hung out with Buttercup, I really question if being a "Getty Photographer" even means anything anymore, given that almost everybody, it would appear, is destined to become one sooner or later. 

So you say you're a Getty photographer? I do not think that means what you think it means. At least, I don't think it really means anything anymore but, go ahead, keep using that word anyway. Somebody, somewhere might just be impressed by it. 

Until next time...

PS This image taken in Portsmouth. How I love a good fire escape.
 


Friday, June 15, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - June 15, 2018

Gazing into some great opportunities this weekend. My apologies, as I am a total freak for mannequins. I love them and shoot them all of the time. This one hails from the quaint little lovely town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I hope you enjoy it as you get after some great opportunities this weekend. Here they are for you:
That's a bunch of opportunities to get your started this weekend. Good luck!

Until next time...

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - June 3, 2018

Even a delicate flower can leave its mark on the world. If you're ready to leave your mark, here are some opportunities that might be ready for you:
That should be enough opportunities for you to leave you mark. Good luck!

Until next time...


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Weekend in New England and News of Sorts

Red brick store front of the Old As Adam shop in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, with a bicycle
I'm back from my weekend in New England and thought I would share a shot off the flash pile. For this trip, I did some gallery sitting, including an artist talk of sorts and so I didn't do as much shooting as I would have liked. I still managed to take the camera out for a little bit of a walkabout on a couple of days. Portsmouth really is a very photogenic town, I really enjoyed shooting there, even if I did get some of the usual "tourist" type of shots. (Look for my picture of the famed tugboats, which "hide out" in the harbor, if you want to see my personal variant of the tourist shot everyone must take when visiting Portsmouth.) This one is one of the downtown shops, called "Old As Adam" which I thought was very quaint and New England-y so I'm sharing it now. The trip itself was a great catch-up for me, a reunion of sorts, as I got to catch up with some old friends, re-visit with folks from China travels, and generally peek a bit around New Hampshire.

In other news, I found out that Carol's Little World was voted one of the top 100 Photography Blogs by Feedspot. You can check out the list here. Carol's Little World clocks in at 119 on the list. I'm very honored to be among some great photoblogs there, including Scott Kelby and Joe McNally among others. There really are a lot of photoblogs out there, and there are some quality blogs out there as well, so it's a great honor to be among the recommended ones. I hope you get to checkout the list some and maybe find some new photography blogs to follow. Heck, I know I will. When I'm not out in New England hunting bicycles, that is.

Until next time...

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - May 25, 2018

Don't sleep in, it's time to get up and get after some great opportunities this weekend. For those of you in US, we are remembering our fallen heroes as part of the longer Memorial Day weekend. While we pause to pay our respects, this also offers up an extra chance for you to get some opportunities so I hope you both make the most of that and remember our heroes as best you can. Some opportunities for you:
That's a bunch of opportunities for you this weekend. I hope you get out of bed and get some.

Until next time...


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Out to Dinner with Friends

Yesterday, a friend and shooting buddy of mine, Tazz Taz, was in town so we decided to meet up for dinner and a catch up. It's really interesting to me when photographers get together, because the conversation always runs to wild things. We talk about places we've been, places we want to go, old times, good times, bad times, new work, and just generally catch up. It's always refreshing for me to go to these sorts of outings too because I really feel like I get a break from the world and get to catch up with good friends. Usually, we go to some great restaurants as well. As they say in some of the trades, we photographers, well, we "clean up well." It was great catching up with Tazz Taz and meeting her photographer friend Vi. We had a great time, the food was great, the memories wonderful, and we decided we would try and travel a bit more in the near future. Tazz Taz was one of the "gimp squad" from our original workshop with the wonderful and talented Elizabeth Opalenik. A few years ago, we decided to leave the confines of Santa Fe and met up in Whidbey Island. Instead of opting for a hotel, we all chipped in and rented a house from one of the web services that do this nowadays. It worked out quite wonderfully, as we ended up with a four bedroom house, right on the water, in the beautiful town of Langley. It was a great call and we really enjoyed our time in the house as well as on the island.

So, we got to talking last night and it came up that I've been itching to go to Oregon in some form or another and Tazz Taz suggested we maybe try the same deal. We could get three or four (or ?) folks together, rent a house, maybe in a place like Astoria, on the coast, and then go shooting together and just catch up. It would be a great way to get some photography in and get out of the hot summer, not to mention explore a new location.

If anybody is interested in joining in on the fun, do please let me know. We're seriously thinking about heading out that way over the summertime if we can manage it. Of course, we talked about some other places. Colorado, Montana, and a few others jump out at us, but the Astoria setup might be an ideal trial run (or second run really, since we went to Whidbey for starters.)

Hit me up if you are so-inclined and we'll see if we can make this happen. As a reminder, I'm going to be headed up the New Hampshire and Maine coast over the next few days so look for some work from up that way (perhaps) and probably news about the show in Dover at the gallery sometime soon. In case you're wondering, yes, this means there will be no opportunity weekend this week but I promise to start that back up as soon as my travel schedule will allow.

Until next time...

PS This one taken outside the Austin restaurant Dai Due, which is a farm to table experience type place. Nice food, fresh, and local over on the east side of town. This shot taken by Vi and then Snapseeded by yours truly. (Thanks, Vi!)

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - May 13, 2018

Some old growth and new water for you to get after this weekend. Here are some opportunities for you:
I hope you are out enjoying spring and getting your work out there as well.

Until next time...


Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Eight Photographers in China

No, this is not the setup for a funny joke (although, come to think of it, I did have some funny jokes after coming back from China) rather this is the announcement for our upcoming show. The show will feature the work of eight photographers and will be held at the Camera Commons Gallery in Dover, NH. The show is slated to open on May 19th and run through June 30th.

There will be an opening reception and artist panel discussion on May 19th from 1-4 pm. The panel discussion starts at 2pm. The opening will feature Chinese music and food. There is no cost to attend the opening so I hope that, if you're reading this in the great Boston area, you might stop by and have a look at the images on display.

Look for more details on the show here and, yes, this means I'll be traveling up to the New Hampshire/Maine border for the opening festivities. It's back to the granite state for me and I do hope to see you there.

Until next time...

Friday, April 27, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - April 27, 2018

You might find some great opportunities lurking just beyond the tall grass. OK, so my metaphors are getting a bit stale but, hey, it's time once again for opportunity weekend and that never grows old. (Ugh! See what I did there?) Before we go further down this rabbit hole (!) here are some opportunities for you this weekend:
That's a few opportunities sprouting up this springtime.

Until next time...


Sunday, April 22, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - April 22, 2018

There are some EGGcelent opportunities for you this weekend. Enjoy!
Lots of calls out there if you are ready to roll. G'luck!

Until next time...

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Opportunity Weekend - April 1, 2018

Close up detail of a vibrant pink daisy in the springtime at the Hill Country Water Gardens in Cedar Park, Texas
It's Easter Sunday, happy Easter, happy Passover, and happy Holy Week for those who celebrate. May your Holy Week be filled with blessings and light. For all of the exhibiting artists out there, some wonderful opportunities for you to hop after this week:
That's a lot to hop after this week. Good luck!

Until next time...