Ever find yourself drifting away into a thoughtful world where inspiration is at every corner and a kind smile is on every face? Well, I don’t either. My driftiness is usually toward things I need to do today or the stressers of my life compounding like interest from a brokerage account tripling every couple years.
“Life is too short” they say, I say Life is too stressful, we need to take a moment and relax from this burden that deters us from accomplishing something to completion. Perhaps its time to gather our friends and family and appreciate all the things we take for granted.
Hope your day is well on this dreary afternoon saturday.
Cait workin it Thug Style
I often overlook the special aroma that you feel at a B&B and tend to just jump straight to the idea of a hotel/motel typical places of stay on travels and other various vacations.
I’m going to start broadening my horizons looking for more cozier options, more ma and pop type of places.
Sure it may be more costlier but you have a sense that A: your doing some good with your money for the family, B: the Atmosphere at these types of places you can’t find in a hotel and C: the Service is usually spectacular, because, well, they actually care about your stay as opposed to a 15 yr old bell hop whom throws your luggage around like a football.
All to conclude, B&B’s are cool and so are the more rustic options out there as opposed to your typical “Ramada Inn”.
I wonder if there are architects out there that seeing a building like this, yes a building like this-
This Crushed Can looking building actually sits the place of Seattles Space Center
Getting back, I wonder if architects see this building and get mad. Mad because it broke all the rules!
Or, are there architects out there that rejoice the rule breaking? It seems that in this world of consistent change and fast moving, and everything being instant, Rules are Being Broken.
We have “rules” or perhaps suggestions in photography, but honestly, breaking them is more fun, and it seems to be the thing to do these days….
Creatively speaking that is ; )
Why did I make the switch from Etsy Selling platform to Smugmug? Well, first off Etsy seems to be all artsy and crafty and a seemingly reasonable way to get your product out to buyers but the hidden truth is that it is not much better than trying to sell on Facebook.
Etsy tends to support those that are highly involved in Etsy, they promote you if you have a billion product listings, is that fair? No. To have one listing may seem cheap at 20 cents, but what happens when someone buys it? well, you have to re-list it. Oh and they take a good 12% of the total value of the product including shipping charges. So in the end you have to over charge your customers, Who wants to do that in This Economy?? Not me.
So I moved to Smugmug, whoa the freedom, the flexibility, its a selling platform I have always wished for. So goodbye Etsy and Hello Smuggers!
The warm tones in this photo offer the idea that all you need now is some hot chocolate, a fire in the fireplace, nice tunes playing, a pretty so and so next to ya and a log cabin… There, if you have all that, you have perfection and should just celebrate your life right now. I am close to all those things, hm, maybe I should look at it as a form of a check list or something. I love that relaxing, cozy feeling.
This photo was taken of a log Cabin up by Mt. Rainier, it was after a long 15 mile hike and of course after stopping every 5 feet to take photos (and to catch my breath) it naturally took forever to get through the hike, but gotta say, I like the turn out and I hope you do too. If you click on the photo and see the original on my Etsy Page you can see the star shift indicating how long A: the shutter speed was and also the earth’s tilt. Pretty cool stuff.
Just because I write on this post, and on posts before and posts for the future, does this mean I’m an author? Certainly not a good one, but an author at that. Does that make you an author? Does that make my letter to my Mother when I was 5 years old a work of art? She may think so, and probably still has it but does that make anyone with a pen an author? Cause technically anything written, anywhere is “published”… That just makes me think. I looked up the other day that now anyone can self publish a book, I thought wow how cool is that? but, wait, doesn’t that defeat the purpose? just because there is access doesn’t mean we should have more words floating in the air that as useless as the last. Before I make this post just as useless, I will shut up and let you think about those words.
I can’t help but think about that little girl in this museum seen way into the frame by the furthest wall in the photo. What moment is she having? is this the moment that she decides to be an artist of some form? is this the moment where she begins her inspiration for art and its capabilities on the world and on people? Is this the moment that she will never forget and always strives for again? I like to think so. Oddly enough she probably complained and argued to try and get her way to go to Chuck E Cheese today instead of a Museum cause honestly, what kid wants to go to a museum? That’s why this girl struck me; I hope shes doing well and while on a swing at school thinking about her time at the Seattle Art Museum.
Sometimes I find myself embraced, gone, all together lost within my visions, thoughts and ideas. The ideas aren’t always creative either, thoughts like why is this person doing “this” or “that” whether I think it to be logical or plainly doesn’t make sense is irrelevant to them actually doing it. I beleive people have this perspective of me at… no, most of the times. Cause I often have a blank stare happening, but boy if you were to look in my mind wheels are turning faster than a rat wheel. A mouse wheel would have probably been more pleasing to read…. hm. So, the expression take your head out of the camera exists for me when those moments occur. like, Jim, jim, snap out of it. Often I do think about new ways to light things, new ways to set up stuff, and interesting ideas that most likely revolve around the camera.
Is in Mt. Rainier National Park, and turning this bend in the trail I thought man, this trail looks as if I am going to walk right in to the sun if I keep going. Loved it. May be a little hot there, so I just took a pic of it. Some haters out there don’t like Lens Flare, to me I think this authentic showing if it (meaning not photoshopped) really makes the photo pop and add interest, but thats just my in-camera thought… Whats your in-Camera thought??
Just ask any Rapper and they will tell you that what they sing about is often times not what their lifestyle is like or who they are, they’ll tell you that its all about the “image” … image? I thought it was about the music. The melody, the carefully alignment of words and instruments. At least that is what I love about music. The old school Bright Eyes music from his Teenage Years was inspiration for my adult-hood. How is that possible? How can this “Kid” reach into this realm of maturity and thought that can gather information and enlightenment well beyond his years? I don’t know, but its a great example regarding how what may be inspirational to you can be also to any number of people and that there are No Limits to what you can accomplish.
Music for me is a gateway to a much needed place that provides me with a certain peace and serenity that I need Daily, or else I think I’ll go nutso. Anyway you can check out my “Freedom Through Music” gallery on the link in blue. There are more photos for that Gallery Coming, they are sitting in my “to be processed” folder in lightroom numbering now close to 3,000… I”m starting to feel like a profession photog as I’m becoming more and more backed up on my photo processing … there is just not enough hours in the day I tell ya
I would be a Poet, I would be a Singer-Songwriter, I would be fluent with words at speaking engagements, I would be a Painter, I would be a sketch Artist, I would be a Graffiti Guru, I would be mountain climber, I would be a fighter of causes, I would be kayaker, I would be a swimmer, I would be a World Traveler, I would be a Nobel Prize Winner, I would have an Oprah Sticker on my Book, I would be a Rock Climber, I would be Road Biker (bicycling), I would Passionate if Only I….
What Holds us Back? I suppose if I excelled at all these things, time would not be an issue with me, sleep would not be needed and food was only a substance I thought about from time and again. I think I would be a machine. How often do we all have so many interests, so many desires, so many things we want to accompish to the point where it feels like an overload! We feel exhausted and end up doing nothing. Or watching someone else do one of these things to the point of perfection and saying to ourselves “I want to do that” and then watching someone else do something to the point of perfection, us then thinking “why can’t I do THESE things” truth is we can’t. We are not Machines, we can’t master everything. Finding our passion and sticking with it is the hardest thing any one of us can do. I think after 28 years, I have found my passion. My Realistic Passion. Traveling, Photography, little Writings. So what if I’m not Shakespeare, Monet or Bono. I can only do so much and I am happy with that. Are You Happy?
The thought that there are people out there that have nothing safe to drink for days, make me want to get up and do something. The thought that there are people that openly risk their lives and drink parasite infested waters just to survive a few more months or maybe just days make me wonder how can we ever complain about anything. Really, anything. We are so fortunate as Americans to have Fresh Water, sure we have our problems, just turn on the news, anywhere and it will be filled with our “problems” but problems such as water needs to be known.
Deaths Rising to 6,000 a day due to this preventable disease and most of these deaths of children. Helpless innocent children. Lets take action. Get involved or contact me for help. Check out These Stats on U.N.
In photography it is very easy to take away color and add color where you see fit. Basically adding attention, direction and vision towards what you want the viewers to see. Just by adding and taking away color. Also aligning your photo in such a way that the frame of the picture suggests your eyes to see certain things that you may want to direct attention to. Event Photog’s have to do this on a photo by photo basis. I’m glad I don’t necessarily have to think of the sciences of the eye on each photo but honestly, at times I do.
I’d like to think and perhaps even fantasize that I could do an oil painting such as this. The detail, the curves, the way the wheat just speaks to you in riddles about autumn and peace. Well truth be told this is a photo of this scene on the side of the road and I did some pixel bending magic from photoshop to make it the way it is. Cheating? perhaps, but I think even Monet and Van Gough would think its cool then immediately slap me across the face. I have a long time ahead of me before my photos begin to look like a Monet impressionist painting, but I would like to hope that the day is out there in the future some time.
The thought of Yellowstone National Park as an Event is sort of confusing. It should feel better than that. Or seems like you’d want more from that? and/or how can a place be an event. But after walking around, seeing animals that you never see anywhere else, hills, valleys and random water-looking splashes pop and stream out of the ground let me tell you, its an event. You go there looking to be entertained, enlightened, and wow’d! I was wow’d at the very site of any hole spewing water-like substances out of the ground. Then the Color that would be growing on the ground was so fascinating. I would go to say that what wasn’t fascinating was the smell. It was as if millions of eggs the size of dinosaurs were rotting all over the place. And with each intake of breath you think “is this the last breath I’ll ever take?”
Anyway, it was a nice day for a walk, of course as a photographer, I wished that the sky was more dramatic, but when you only have a day to get it, you’ll take what you can get. Hope you enjoy it.
These look so cool big, on a medium that you can actually see the entire picture. I don’t have that medium, clearly. This image is actually somewhere near 344MB for ONE image, usually an image – if you don’t know – at high resolution is 5 to 8MB. So I had to cut this down just to get it in here. If you were to print it all the details would be there, clear, sharp, and the depth of field would be so intense that you’d feel you’re actually there, a typical panorama size is 20 x 60 or 1 x 3 in some shape or form or in this case size.
So this was at the Badlands National Park. This was the shot I took that I almost fell off the cliff on. I was swinging the camera around on the tripod and of course I was swinging with it forgetting that I was on the edge of the cliff so I can get some of the foreground cut out from the shot. Down I would’ve went and yelled GERONIMOOOOO!! But just at the last moment God and or His angels came and grabbed my foot and stuck it firmly in the ground and held my balance. Thank You. Cause I should have fallen 300 feet to my presumable death.
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