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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As always, thanks for your continued support!



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, SmugMug.com purchased Flickr.com from Yahoo.com.  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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As always, thanks for your continued support!

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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As always, thanks for your continued support!

Spring Photo Workshop Follow-up

The Spring Workshop was held and it included a longer-than-usual video portion.  Based on comments received from other workshops, the video segment was lengthened to provide a better opportunity to learn from professional videographers.  As an aside, I’ve already expressed our appreciation to Bob, Chelly, and Omar for taking the time to help us learn how to make our videos better.

We were also blessed by a photographer from the area in which we held our workshop.  He might have been a local, but his reputation truly spans the globe.  I think each of us learned more from him that we ever dreamed we would.  I think nearly everyone thanked him before his schedule called him away.  He contacted me afterwards and offered his services for our next gathering, if his schedule permitted it.  It doesn’t get any better than that!

I have to thank Michelle, Bobbi, Heather, Tom,. John, and Gary for their efforts to make our most recent photo workshop the best we’ve every had.  We couldn’t have done nearly as much as we did if they hadn’t worked as hard as they did on our behalf.  Thanks to each and every one of you!

If you’d like to share your thoughts, send me a comment, or just drop me a note, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Spring Photo Workshop Set

heard from many of you regarding the Spring Photo Workshop.  Before I get too far into this post, let me share with you that we are going to have an expanded section on making videos with digital cameras.  We will feature still imagery, but we aren’t going to forget that more and more of you are using your digital cameras to capture the world in a single frame at a time and/or in multiple images at a time.

I’m also pleased to share with you that one of the people who was instrumental in organizing the workshop was a videographer for a TV network as well as someone who worked in Hollywood on several major motion pictures.  He has graciously offered his time and talent for those who attend our workshop.  It goes without saying that if any of the other participants have significant experience or expertise in one or more areas, we’d love to learn from you.

To share with me your areas of talents, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!