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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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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Florida Keys Ride Photos

I didn’t forget to post photos from our Florida Keys ride.  I did forget to pass along the link to it.  I’ve since corrected my mistake and finalized the photos posted on this site.  If you received the link, take a look at the images from our ride.  If you’ve lost track of the link or want it, please contact me.

The only caveat to getting the link is that you had to have participated in the ride.  The people in the pictures were promised some degree of anonymity, and our agreement was that only those on the ride would have access to the photo gallery of our southern Florida exploits.

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Flickr Changes

I recently received word that, like all Flickr users, I had the choice of keeping my current account or upgrading to a new account.  For those who don’t know, purchased from  The new owners are now making changes to how Flickr works.

I have several thousand photos on Flickr and didn’t want to go through the time and cost of moving all of them to a new hosting service.  I’m still looking at my options, but, for the time being, I’ve opted to stay with Flickr.

What that means is that you’ll still be able to look at my photos on Flickr, but you might notice some changes.  Other than the content of my pictures, any changes you see are a result of Flickr’s actions, not mine.  I wish I had a clear understanding of what they planned to do, but sometimes you have to go with your gut and hope for the best.

If any of you have information on other photo hosting sites, please contact me and let me know your thoughts on the matter.

If you’d like to share any other thoughts, comments, or opinions with me, please contact me.  As I’ve said before, I read every comment you send me.  However, I don’t respond to every one of them.

As a reminder, if you send in a comment in a language other than English, I’ll probably have some difficulty understanding your remarks.  I’ll do my best, but don’t get upset if your non-English comment doesn’t appear on this site.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Photo Galleries Reworked

As some of you have already commented on, my photo galleries have been reworked.  I’m still not satisfied with them, but finding enough time in the day to get them just the way I want them is a constant challenge.

I’ve moved some of the private pages to increase their security and to make sure that only those who should see the pages can view them.  I’ve also done some technical work on the galleries, but it’s so boring, I won’t waste your time with a review of the mechanics involved.

I’ve put on my calendar a reminder to cull some of the photos so that you don’t have to wade through as many so-so images.  Many of you have shared some very nice comments with me, but, as you know, I’m my own worst critic.  Left to my own devices, I’d never post a photo or publish a book because I’d be fiddling with it to try to get it “just right.”

I can’t tell you when, or if, I’ll get to the things on my To Do List, but if I make some changes, I’m sure you’ll notice them and share your thoughts with me.  I have to have the most eagle-eyed followers on the web!  All I can say right now is that you’ll have to stay tuned to see how things work out.

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As always, thanks for your continued support!

Rearranging Flickr Photos

In the recent past, I rearranged some of the photos in my Flickr account.  I made the changes because I inadvertently posted some pictures on the public side that were supposed to be on private webpages.  Obviously, I made the changes to keep the public side images family-friendly.

I received quite a number of questions, comments, and even threats after the changes.  I appreciate your remarks, but the changes are going to remain in place.

I also need to make an observation on the sharp-eyed followers of this blog.  I’m still amazed that every change I make, no matter how large or small, is noticed and inevitably provides the wellspring for a host of opinions and questions.  Although, I am a bit curious as to why none of you let me know that some of the public side images weren’t appropriate for all ages.

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Portraits Taken and Lessons Learned

I recently had another opportunity to take portraits of several well-known people.  If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you know that I prefer to take landscape images and photograph the natural beauty that surrounds us.  I’ve never had a mountain say that my picture made its behind seem too big!

Once again, I threw caution to the wind and took some portraits of some pretty high-powered people.  One of the things that I learned was that they usually aren’t the same people that we seen on the movie screen or at the political rally or in the sports arena.  Most of them are just the same as you and I, but they’ve excelled in areas that we haven’t.  Or put another way, we’ve excelled in areas that they haven’t.  Who’s done what is strictly based on your point of view.

Some were just as fascinated with what I did as I was with what they did.  Others were, to be polite, self-absorbed jerks who need an entourage to make themselves feel superior to others.  Okay, maybe that was a little harsh, but you get my point.  Oh, for the record, that’s not to say that people who’ve excelled in other areas aren’t just as big a jerk as the few I meant recently.

Lest you get the wrong idea, the majority were good, decent, hard-working people.  To be sure, they had their people, but they also had the same fears, concerns, and worries that most of us share.

What’s the point of all this?  Simple.  If you have the opportunity and take advantage of it to look behind the public persona, you’ll quite often see someone with the same foibles we have.  You’ll find someone who can be terribly insecure when pushed out of his comfort zone.  Most people can relate to that.

In most cases, you’ll also find that, after all is said and done, they’re just people.  They want their kids to have a better life than they did.  They want their parents to know that they raised their children well.  They want to be able to say that they left things a bit better than they found them.  In short, they’re a lot like us, with a tad more fame, fortune, or status.

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