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Monthly Archives: April 2010
Time to do some catchup (not catsup, or ketchup). Thursday before last I was feverishly packing for a business trip and photo opportunity. I was headed, or so I thought, to Windsor England and had tacked a couple of extra days on the front end of the trip to do some photo shooting. I knew the trip would be iffy, due to the volcanic eruption in Iceland; but my flights had not yet been cancelled . So I painstakingly focused myself on arranging photo equipment, business presentation materials, and clothing, between check-in and carry-on bags. Clothing, cables and cords, non-confidential documents, extra reading material, and non-essential toiletries went in the checked luggage. Personal 17″ laptop, business 15″ laptop, primary reading material, 3 days of medications, 1 unit each of underwear-shirt-socks, power converters, G11 point-and-shoot, passport, PowerPoint slide printouts , thumbdrives, and various travelling office supplies went in the backpack. Canon 40D, 18-200mm IS lens, 1.4x teleconverter, 50mm f/1.8 lens, and assorted hoods, tabletop Manfrotto tripod, and various memory cards, filters, and lens shades, were stowed away in the ThinkTank Urban Disguise 60. Mental checklists were checked and double-checked. All batteries were charged, chargers packed, memory cards formatted, and essential equipment triple-checked. I was ready to roll and excited to be going back to Europe– man, I needed a new shoot to get stoked!
Next day, first thing, flight cancelled. Let the travel agency dance begin. All day, back-and-forth with the travel agent (Laura, she’s a champ!). Hours went by with little hope. Finally, an itinerary comes through e-mail. Nashville to Detroit, then on to Riga, Latvia via Air Kuzbekistan, then Riga to Tegel airport in Berlin, and on to Heathrow. Cancelled. Next up, Nashville to JFK to Barcelona to Milan to Heathrow. Phone call 3:30 AM Saturday– cancelled.
Yeah, you guessed it. Trip never happened. The missed business meetings manifested themselves into about 7 hours of webexes set over a couple of days starting at 6:00 am. No foreign photo ops, just several days of being at the office at 5:00 am– lovely.
So, at least I grabbed a few early morning shots during my walks from the train to the office. Could be worse, I did benefit from the nice early morning light. Hence the shots below (taken with the G11 point-and-shoot).
It’s the first ever Random Photo Monday*, and you were here to see it! This is another G11 shot, captured this winter near our house. It was a real winter this year with actual snow in Middle Tennessee. There were kids all over the streets with sleds that they obviously dug deeply out of the closets and offsite storage.
Until next time,
*Disclaimer: Random Photo Monday may not always occur on Mondays, or even weekly (it may also not include a random photo).
In a previous post, I mentioned that I would be the featured artist at Picture This in August. It now appears that the date could be June instead. I just need to confirm some calendar commitments first. I should have an update by next week– so stay tuned.
I thought I’d share a shot from this afternoon. The spring storms were moving out and the sun was breaking through the gaps. It seemed like an interesting background for a beautiful daisy that my wife, Martina, bought recently in celebration of the new season.
For my fellow technophiles, this was shot with my sort of upscale point-and-shoot Canon G11. I tried to balance the little on camera flash with the ambient light and did the post production editing with Photoshop Lightroom 2.
I just wanted to take a moment to update you on some current and upcoming events. From now through the end of April, I have photos on exhibition at Dunn Bros. coffee shop in downtown Nashville. During the month of August, I will be a featured artist at Picture This Custom Framing and Gallery. The event will kickoff with an artist reception and wine tasting event on the evening of the first Thursday of the month.
By the way, the fine folks at Picture This provide incredible service. So, if you have any artworks or photos to print, mat, frame or otherwise beautify, you can’t go wrong with these guys. Click here to go to their website. Disclaimer: I get no remuneration or discounts from them if you use their services; though I might get a warm fuzzy feeling and and small deposit to my karma account.
Until next time,