Wedding Photos

A friend of mine recently asked me to photograph his wedding.  I told him I didn’t do wedding photography very well, but he insisted and I agreed.

I’m happy to share with you that he and his blushing bride are quite pleased with my efforts.  I’m elated that I didn’t botch their special day by taking terrible photos.  It looks like things worked out all the way around.

Until I did this, I had no idea just how busy I’d be before, during, and after the ceremony.  I was running all the time.  It’s a good thing that I had 3 extra batteries with me or I would have run out of wedding photos before they were pronounced man and wife.  It’s not good to miss the reason why you’re there because you ran out of batteries.  Not good at all!

Thanks to them for having faith in me.  I can’t say that I want to do that again because it’s a great deal of work in a relatively short time.  My hat’s off to people who do it for a living.  If I earned my daily bread that way, I’d have to get much better at it.  Or do something else.

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As always, thanks for your continued support!


Fourth of July Ride Photos

It’s with a smile that I announce the images from our Fourth of July ride are posted and awaiting your review.  I sent each of the ride participants an email with the URL and password so that you can look over the images that immortalized our ride together.  I’m also grinning because I know that none of you expected me to have the pictures available this quickly.  No, I’m not going to gloat.  I think an extra- wide grin will suffice just fine.

In keeping with the family-friendly photo requirement, I declined to post images that, while highly creative, didn’t meet the G-rating of this website.  Based on what you shared with me, it looks like a lot of you did things that were, shall we say, very interesting.  I saw a several examples of things that I thought were humanly impossible.  Only the photos forced me to change my mind.  I’m going to leave my remarks there.

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As always, thanks for your continued support!

Spring Ride Photos

Thanks to Dave, Tim, and Stephanie for reminding me that I hadn’t posted the photos from our Spring Ride.  With all of the discussion about the 4th of July ride, getting a new camera, and a number of things going on behind the scenes, I nearly forgot to post them.  Mea culpa!

If you haven’t gotten an email from me telling you the location and password for the Spring Ride photos, please contact me.

I hope I do better getting the photos from our upcoming Fourth of July ride posted.  If not, please prompt me to get off the dime.

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As always, thanks for your continued support!

New Camera

A short time ago, I mentioned the passing of one of my favorite cameras.  I put it in a place of honor in my study and then turned my attention to finding a suitable replacement, one that would serve me as long and faithfully as it did over many, many years.  After quite search, I found its replacement and I’ll bring it with me on our Fourth of July ride.

The new camera is in the travel camera category.  I wanted a camera that I could literally stick into a pocket.  I have other cameras that produce higher quality photos, but I went with this particular model because having a picture of something that occurred, even though it’s not quite as good as an image another camera would produce, beats not having a photo of a singular, evocative instant.

I’ll be able to take pictures without having to break out all of the camera bags, lenses, and everything else that usually get in the way of enjoying the moment.  In other words,  I hope to keep you on your toes when it comes to your photo-snapping frenzy of candid images!

As I’m sure your surmised, I’ll be putting the images I take on this site for all the ride’s participants to review and, hopefully, enjoy.  Any of you who wish to share your photos are welcome to do so.  Keep them family-friendly and all is good.

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As always, thanks for your continued support!

New Photos Posted

Some of you already commented on the new photos I posted in the recent past.  If you’d like to look at them, you can find them here.

These were some of the last images I took with my recently-departed camera.  I’m still struggling to understand why it costs more to get a camera fixed than to buy a new one, but I may never truly understand that conundrum.  Time will tell.

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As always, thanks for your continued support!

Goodbye to an Old Friend

I took a short trip recently and brought along one of my favorite cameras.  It’s not the newest, most expensive, cheapest, or any other superlative you can think of, but I have used it for so long that it felt almost like an old friend.  It never let me down and always did things that I should have never asked or expected it to do.

While I was taking photos with it on my last short trip, it began to have trouble focusing and then flashed an error code in its viewfinder.  I looked up the error and learned that some of the internal parts had failed.  I tried several things to prolong its life, but each effort eventually met with failure.

When I returned to my home, I called the manufacturer to pursue repairing my old, faithful camera.  I received an estimate from them on the total cost of repairs and about suffered a heart attack.  I can buy another camera, albeit not the same discontinued model, far cheaper than I can get my current ailing one repaired.

The current one has more bells and whistles and all kinds of gizmos that my version one doesn’t have, but I don’t need all of the new features,  I didn’t use all the features on my present camera.  Most of the equipment I use far exceeds my abilities, but that’s another story for another time.

Rather than discard my faithful, trusty companion of many years, I’ve decided to keep it.  I cleared off a perch for it on one of my bookcases so that it can watch me as I go about reviewing and editing the future images I take.  Having my old, trusted camera with me seemed far more dignified than tossing it into a recycle center.  Maybe I’m too sentimental.

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As always, thanks for your continued support!

Revised Flickr Site for Photos

Several of my sharp-eyed readers noticed the changes on my Flickr pages of photos.  Some of you liked the “new and improved” pages and some of you weren’t as fond of them.

Without getting into all of the details, I didn’t have much of a choice regarding upgrading my Flickr account.  After SmugMug purchased Flickr from Yahoo, all Flickr account holders received an email saying that if they had more than 1,000 photos on Flickr, they had to 1) either delete the total images to less than 1,000 or 2) go with an upgrade.

I have tens of thousands of images (some are on public pages, like Albums, and some are on private pages, like the photos from motorcycle rides and other special events) on Flickr and I didn’t want to go through the hassle of downloading all of them and uploading them to a new hosting site.  So, I opted for Solution 2 above.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me.  I wish I could tell you that I could make the changes that some of you suggested, but my hands are metaphorically tied.  I’m limited by the options made available by Flickr, er, Yahoo, um, no, I mean SmugMug.  (It’s getting hard to keep track of who owns what.)

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