Unsettled

Every day for almost a year, I posted one of my photos in a self-created community on Google+. I eventually racked up an impressive list of followers.

But it wasn’t enough. I wasn’t getting what I needed, so I deleted the whole damn thing.

Lately, nothing is ever enough. There’s something lacking in my life, and I can’t figure out what it is.

I’m still writing, still taking pictures, and I enjoy both activities, but there’s a hole inside me, demanding to be filled.

Based on years of reading and study, I suspect that hole is always there. It’s what makes humans, as a species, continue pushing forward. That hole makes us want more, even if we don’t know precisely what that entails. We don’t settle. We don’t simply accept.  Continue reading

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After the New Year & Photos

The holiday season is over for another year, and I’m happy about that. Unlike most people, I have no family anymore to celebrate with, and my closest friends, except for R, are far away or dead. Just lost another one a few days ago.

The problem with Christmas is it’s far too commercial, and while blowing several paychecks on gifts for others isn’t the brightest idea, few can indulge anymore, even if they want to, given the country’s massive income inequality problem. The recent passing of the GOP tax bill will make everything worse. Oh, maybe not the first year, but every year after that, unless this crap is overturned, will see the lives of average and vulnerable Americans get worse financially.

I recently read that a slew of retail stores are closing in 2018. No surprise there, eh? If people have no money, they can’t buy stuff. It really is that simple, yet management everywhere is fighting against raising minimum wage, thus depriving their employees of making a living. Squeezing from the other side is a government that would abolish all safety net programs tomorrow if they could get away with it. Paul Ryan, that weasel, has openly announced they’re attacking social security and medicare this year, two programs that don’t even contribute to the debt, plus they are paid for by workers and their employers. They want to steal our retirement from us, and that should make you furious.

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2017: End of Year Photos

It’s been a fabulous photography year for me. I learned a lot of new things, my post-processing workflow has improved, and I acquired a new camera, which I’m still in awe of and trying to figure out. I also bought several new graphic programs, and I play in them a lot. 🙂

I considered doing a “best of,” but art is subjective. I’m always surprised at how people react to my photos. Ones I think are fabulous sometimes don’t get a second glance. Others draw raves. So I’ll just choose from my pool of unposted pics and let the likes fall where they will. 🙂  Continue reading

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Photos: 12.3.17

I’ve been experimenting with the various filters I own, and right now I’m enamored with the Topaz Simplify program. It produces some interesting effects while saturating color, which y’all know I love. 🙂 I’m combining Simplify with the Orton effect to simply drench the photo in color.

This is a good example. The background was put through multiple processes, some of which are listed above, and then the cedar waxwing was masked back at 100%. The reason why I treated the background was due to it being just plain ugly. Now it’s a suitable frame for the bird. #Canon

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Photos: 11.26.17

This hidden pond is just the place fairy creatures might hang out. I expected to see one at any moment. The water is black because the ancient overhanging trees keep out the light. There is a quiet buzz of tiny insects in the air. An unseen bird cautiously emits a few clear notes, then falls silent. There’s magic here. Can you feel it? 

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