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Saturday, August 28, 2004

Yuck! It's been raining here for the past ten days or so. I get soaked at work, and I can't take the camera equipment outside on the weekends. Misery.

Oh well. Aint nothin' nobody can do 'bout the weather.

Here are a few more photos from a few weeks ago (when we had real summer weather).:

Friday, August 27, 2004

Some photos from a few weeks ago:

Thursday at work was no fun at all. While I was removing a tree protection fence that we'd built a few months earlier, a 3/4 inch staple that was sticking out of a 2x4, stuck into the base of my thumb near the palm of my hand. Then I had to go to the nearest clinic and get a tetanus shot because it's been about 8 years since I've had one. The shot wasn't nearly as bad as the staple, in fact I didn't feel the shot at all.

Then later on in the day, I was humiliated by getting completely soaked by a colossus rainfall while I work. This occurred immediately after my lunch break, during which the weather was fine. Nature can be unusually cruel sometimes, even thought I love her.

Monday, August 23, 2004

Another one of those nights, where I fall asleep instead of doing a bunch of things that need to be done, like exercise. Maybe it's just mondays, I don't know.

Sunday, August 22, 2004

While I was shooting photos today, I noticed a ladybug had landed on my Canon EOS 10D. I thought it was funny because she seemed to want to explore the whole camera body. She crawled all over it, stopping at some parts as if to smell or taste it, and then moving again to another spot.

I didn't want to damage her by brushing her off, so I tried blowing on her. She didn't want to move, so I just left her there until she was done doing what ever she was doing, and then she flew away.

Weekends are always too short, and this one was no exception, but today (Sunday) I did get a chance to go out with my camera and tripod and work on some photography. There are a few photographic locations I've had in mind for some time, and today I explored a couple of them. One is a long, straight road that cuts through the middle of a big grassy marsh area. I like it, because the road hasn't been used by cars for many years, as it's blocked off on either end, and the yellow line is still visible on the cracked pavement.

I'd driven by this old road many times while at work, and I've always thought of the artistic potential it may have. I guess today was more research than photography for me. I set up and shot the long stretch of road several ways from a few different angles. I used myself as a model in different focal points along the road, so that I could gage the effectiveness of the whole perspective composition. I think I like it so far. Now what I'd really like to do is get some people in there to model for me.

I've got several ideas for this location for stock photo purposes. I'd like to set up a card table with a nice table cloth and feature a couple having afternoon tea, out in the middle of this road. Or playing chess, or something interesting. The ideas will come. I think the hard part in deciding where to set up, is over now, because I know it works. Now I just need to come up with some catchy original ideas for subject matter.

Yesterday (Saturday) it was raining "Cats and Dogs" outside, so I did go out much, except to the mall in the morning--oh, and a couple small yard sales before the rain started. But I spent most of the afternoon and evening working on the photos I have stored on my computer. I've been going through a big pile of RAW images and working with them to decide which ones might be acceptable as potential stock photos for an agency. Most reputable stock photo agencies are very picky about the image quality and size of digital image submissions, and so I've been working extra hard to adhere to these requirements as I decide which photos may and may not qualify. You know, it's almost like starting over for me, (now that I'm pursuing the field of stock photography) because even thought I've shot a lot of photos that I really like, most of them are too small to be acceptable for the agencies, because I shot them in JPEG mode. Sure they look great on the internet at 600 x 400 pixels, but the original JPEGs blown up to 3504 x 2336 pixels, well, as you can imagine, they look pretty pixelated. I know it doesn't seem fair, but that's just the way it works, and it's something I've got to accept. I can still use my old JPEG images for the web pages, they'll do just fine, but from now on I'll be shooting in RAW mode most of the time.