The Sunday Post: A little bit of everything

It’s a beautiful Sunday here in Virginia. It’s also pretty quiet in my little corner of the world as I’m home alone while Doug is out prospecting with a band mate. They’re looking for new places to gig and most likely enjoying a cold beer or two while taking in the magnificent weather. We have to enjoy these days when we can because you never know what Mother Nature will present us with the next day. She’s pretty finicky, that one.

That leaves me with plenty of time to do whatever I please. Which can be quite a dilemma for me. I have a book to finish before I can start the new Harlan Coban thriller that’s just arrived. I’ve gone to the grocery store and I’m ready for my next foray into my not-quite-abandoned paella quest but I don’t want to start cooking too early. In the meantime I could do some yoga, go for a walk, get back to that book, I can write, work with my camera some more. Decisions, decisions!

What usually happens in these cases is that I waste a whole lot of time going from one thing to the next without fully committing to any one thing.


I decided I’m going to do a short yoga practice before I start cooking.

I’ll read after dinner.

So I guess that means that for now I write or work on my photography skills? Maybe both?

I’ve compromised with a little bit of PhotoShop practice. I’m still a beginner with PhotoShop because I used Aperture for my photo editing until it went away. So today I decided to try a couple filters on a couple of my newer photos.

The first photo was already beautiful without doing anything to it, because these guitars are gorgeous on their own and the afternoon sun gave them a lovely, golden glow. I thought the stained glass filter might be cool here.

Stained glass filter

This shot of a bowl full of marbles seemed like a logical candidate for the spherical effect.

Sphere effect

Tomorrow I get to play with a new lens and a wireless remote! I’m hoping to get a few good shots at the band’s next show on Saturday (The Acoustic Onion’s 60’s party at Castiglia’s) and hopefully some video and I know the light won’t be great so I need to study and prepare. All tips appreciated! Wish me luck!




Hello, old friend

img_9296It’s been a long time since I last spent much time with you, my friend. I’m afraid I’ve been uninspired. The events (or in some cases the anticipation of events that never happened) have robbed me of any motivation to do more; be more.

But I’m going to try.  The camera’s out of the bag. I’m not expecting to suddenly find inspiration around the next corner, but I’m definitely not going to just stumble over it.

As a start, here are a couple of shots from the last time I tried to do anything creative with my trusty camera. It’s a shot of our dear friend and luthier extraordinaire, Thom Schiff, in the back corner of his workshop. I don’t think he always works in the dark, but he does tend to do his best work in the late night hours.

Hopefully it won’t be another year before you hear from me again.

Pumpkin Spice Hell?

Pumpkin spice This might look like someone’s idea of heaven (probably all those who can’t wait to order their first PSL at Starbucks each fall), but to me, this is simply overkill. All these variations detract from the simple pleasure of a slice of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving or even an occasional slice of pumpkin roll.

Rusty Growth

A couple of years ago we took a road trip which led us through the Ohio River valley, headed to a friend’s family reunion and Fourth of July celebration. On the way there we drove past this abandoned hunk of metal. It had been almost completely overtaken by Mother Nature.  Branches were growing through the cracks and over and under, maybe trying to cover up the rusting metal.

Well rounded

You will find these rounded arches at the Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park in Boston, MA. I took this photo on the first day of my first visit to Boston for a marketing conference, just a little before my feet blistered and I was no longer interested in checking out the sights. Guess I’ll have to go back at some point, wearing better walking shoes.