… if I stop doing my Day Of Gratitude posts: the blog goes silent. Now we know.
So here’s the question: do I bother continuing with this blog or do I dump it?
Maybe I need to restart the Day Of Gratitude posts. Or maybe I just need to be better about posting. Or maybe I just have nothing of interest to say and should quit! I will mull this over for a while. I really am not sure what I want to do!
Meanwhile, I’ve been having fun with both macro photography and abstracts that I dabble in. I am realizing that my macro work is often somewhat abstract. Maybe that’s why I like abstracts a lot. I wonder!
Having gone recently to the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit at the de Young, I’m sort of seeing things in an O’Keeffe way these days, I think. But then I think I already did see things that way, sort of. I’ve always been a fan of her work, so I shouldn’t be surprised that there was a “take away” after seeing what she did for so many years.
Because I’ve been absent here I will post some photos now … just because!
I say I’m not competitive. I guess what I really mean is that I don’t like to compete. I keep comparing the number of pluses I get to the multitudes who get hundreds over on Google+. I mean some people get hundreds …and I get maybe twenty. So then I feel bad and wonder if I should stop doing this little hobby of mine. How silly is that? Am I doing this for kudos? For fame? For anything other than sheer enjoyment?
I think I need to go out for a walk and rethink things. I will not compete. I will not compare. I will not envy or feel bad. I will enjoy. I will shoot what I like to shoot the way I like to shoot.
Fat chance … but I can try, right?! Anyone else have issues with this or am I “alone in the world”? (When I write that I’m joking … no worries! But I must admit I then get Mr. Magoo’s Christmas and the song “I’m All Alone In The World” in my head! Sadly, a favorite song of mine as a child. I loved to feel sad. Go figure!)
Meanwhile, have a spot ‘o green for your morning. I’m going to go out and get over my goofiness!
I was just looking over older photographs. It’s funny to see what I thought was pretty good stuff now. It’s mostly not anything I’d want to share. I thought about deleting most of the photos, and then opted to keep them: in some ways it’s quite encouraging to see that I really have improved. It gets me to thinking though: were the solos I played when I first start with San Jose Symphony as bad as these older photos? Hmmm. I do wonder! I suppose I should pull out some old tapes (yes, I have some, because we were broadcast live and Dan would sometimes record them) and listen. If I could find a tape player. And if I could be brave enough to tolerate what I might hear!
In any case (ramble ramble) this is a photo from several cameras ago. (In looking back over photos I’ve gone through this progression: Olympus C830L, another Olympus C40Z, Minolta Dimage Xt, Canon PowershotS60, Pentax Optio M50 (pink!), Canon Powershot S95, Canon Rebel T2i, Canon 5D Mark II)
So anyway, here is something from the Pentax Optio M50. Granted, it’s not fabulous, but still … that little camera was fun. AND it was pink!
The Getty: Fog & Umbrellas, 12.30.09
At the start of the year I joined a group on Google+ that was called The Patch – PhotogrAphy Themed CHallenge. We were given a word for the month (January was renewal) and then a word for the week. For January they were New Year, Resolution, Inspiration and Door/Door Knobs. After realizing what it was about I got a bit worried: I’m really really awful with assignments, I think. A bigger problem, though, is that I try so hard to be clever with groups like this. Now I think I can “do” clever. But when I try for it? It’s like humor, to me. The moment I think about it I may as well give up.
But then my “Renewal: Inspiration” actually placed for its week (three photos are chosen as winners). I was initially flattered. I mean … me? Singled out?! Cool!
AND … then I started looking at my photo more. While it’s “clever”, as in “forced clever”, and it would make a rather cute greeting card, if you like those music greeting card things, it’s not great art. I hate that I fell into the “how can I be clever?” thing instead of the “how can I make this artful?”
I’ve dropped the group. I decided I just can’t deal with assignments and my silliness of trying to be clever. I need to just “be”. Let it happen. So I’ll stick with that.
Some people on Google+ get a lot of attention. I don’t. So why do I do it? Mostly just because I like to make pictures and I like to share them and if someone really likes one that’s always kind of fun to know.
Here’s the photo, just so you know what I’m writing about …
Yesterday I went to Capitol Toyota to have our Prius serviced. I thought I was being SO smart saying, “If the cabin filter needs replacing just tell me because we (meaning Dan) do that ourselves.” There. I let him know I was savvy to the way these things work. He then said, “Shall we replace your windshield wipers for you?” I told him I knew that cost more there and I didn’t need to pay labor charges for something so simple. He said they were only $8 with NO labor charge. Oh. Well then yes, I guess I DO want them replaced!
Later I was told the brake fluid was dirty and needed replacing.
Do I believe that? Do I go for it?
Okay. I guess so. (Add another $110.)
BUT … I was so stupid! I forgot to bother reading what he signed me up for. Turns out it was the “preferred” maintenance. I always ask for the minimum (as the man could easily have seen, looking at my history). It was much more costly than the basic service I wanted. But I neglected to say something I usually remember, “JUST the Toyota recommended service, please!” And I very foolishly neglected to look at the estimate which appears, from the bill (I already tossed the original estimate paper … again stupid!), to be rather high at $362.98 + tax.
When I finally met up with the guy who, on his commission, ushers me in to the place, he said, “I also got you every deal I could find online.” Well, if he really did it sure doesn’t show up on the bill at all. Puzzling
And then, after getting all the way home, looking at the final bill, the windshield wipers were NOT $8. They came to $25.68.
Final bill? Nearly $500. I got taken. Partially my fault, which makes me even angrier.
I’m so fed up with going to Capitol Toyota and worrying that I might get “taken”. I need a good, local Prius service place. Anyone out there have recommendations?
Rant over ‘n out.
But of course!
I’ve been shooting a lot of flowers and people from other areas of the globe marvel. But here in California we really do have flowers year round. I love that!
Dan and I drove down the coast a bit today. It was a fun day, with a good companion, tasty food, and beautiful views. I needed to get away, I think.
At one stop some guys asked me to take their photo with my camera and email them the photo. It was fun to do this, but I felt bad that I had on my long lens and didn’t manage to get things set up right. I hope they are okay with the photos I sent (they were free, after all!), but I know I need to think ahead better about how to shoot things like that. I also had the camera set up wrong several times: I still forget what I have to do and only later do I realize (usually because Dan asks me how I had it set!) I made yet another mistake. Ah well … I keep learning. I think. Maybe.
Now I’d better head to bed: I have students in the morning and it’s best if I’m awake when I teach!
So this is the last day of these. At least for now.
I very rarely talk about my faith. I’m just not loud about it. But without it, I wouldn’t be doing my day of gratitude posts. Micah 6:8 is a verse that I love and wish I could follow better. I used this particular Bible because it is from Dan’s family and was given to someone on his mother’s side back in 1911. Amazing! Inside is the inscription, To Ed Tollefson with congratulations and best wishes, from Mother. July 16,1911. John 5:39 “Search the scriptures.” Cool.
Remember when I did a Day Of Gratitude post about my little duck? Well, the day before yesterday I got home from my walk and it was gone. He had been accompanying me on my walks since he was attached to my favorite camera bag. Sigh. The chain had broken and there were only two links left on my zipper pull. No ducky. I was sad that it had left me so quickly, and started searching the web to see if I could replace it. All I could find was a black one that was out of stock. So much for that.
Yesterday I got home from my walk and realized I had somehow misplaced my lens cap while walking. Double sigh. I have a thing about lens caps — I take them off and then walk around with the lens hood on and frequently forget where I put the caps. Eventually they seem to show up. This time, though, I must have left it near whatever I was shooting because it wasn’t anywhere in my bag or pockets. So much for that, too.
So this morning I searched one last time for the cap. Surely it just fell somewhere in my bag and was hiding. Could I have placed it in the front zippered pocket. The one that Mr. Duck used to hang from? Hmmm. Nope. My nice warm black gloves were in there. I pulled those out and tossed them elsewhere since I knew I wouldn’t need them. Maybe the cap was hiding there in the far corner of the pocket? Nope.
But Mr. Duck was!
HOW the duck managed to get into the pocket rather than falling on the ground I have no idea. Amazing! But I’ll take it. Gladly.
The lens cap, on the other hand, is gone. I even retraced my steps today to see if it was sitting somewhere on the ground. Ah well. it wasn’t a gift. I had no sentimental attachment to it. And it’s easy to replace.
My MIND, on the other hand … I am not sure I can replace it. I’m not sure I want to: I’m not sure I have any attachment to it at all at this point! I have been tremendously forgetful recently and I hate that. I worry that maybe it’s the start of the A-word. (I don’t need to spell it out, do I?) When I go out walking I try to name each flower I see, just to try and assure myself that I can remember things.
For the record: I forget the word hibiscus a lot.
Yesterday I took a five mile walk. When I headed out the door I was absolutely delighted: I could smell that it had rained. I love that “first rain” smell. I love the raindrops on flowers. But of course if you know me you know I just love rain!
And I’m nearly done with these daily posts. Wow … January went by quickly. But this is my second to last “DOG” for now. I hope you’ve enjoyed them! I know I get very few readers here, but I will attempt to keep blogging for a while and see what happens. It may turn out I decide it’s just not worth it, but I also may decide it’s a great place to “dump” photos for any who are interested in seeing them.