I witnessed my first tattoo artist in action today. No, not my tattoo, Vicki’s. She had her maiden name tattooed on her foot. She was very excited and happy with the end result. Me, I’m not really into tattoos. I am not against them, they’re just not for me. They are a lot more common tan they used to be.
Today I was thinking about the post from a fellow WordPress blogger. John posted about the “joys” of having a well and his need to filter the water. I experienced similar problems in a house that we lived in. We burned through $25 in filters each month, and another $20 in salt for our water softener, and still the water smelled like rotten eggs. Another house that we lived in had worse problems, we had to have water trucked in (at $35 a load)and stored it in a shallow well that wasn’t sealed. We couldn’t drink the water, could only use it for showers and washing clothes, etc. During the summer we would often go through 2 truckloads per month. We now have city water and it tastes very good. As I poured myself a glass of water this evening, I remembered John’s post, and then thought back to my past experiences with water; I really do appreciate the water we have. My heart goes out to all who experience difficulties with water. Water is life, without it, there is no life.
We had beautiful weather for Kaylea’s Senior photo shoot this evening. Here are a few of the shots that we took. We were on location at the Bridgeport Bridge, Bridgeport Historical Society, Gugel Bridge, and some studio shots. Kaylea was a great sport and Elisa was a very good lighting assistant. Together we made a great team. Thanks Kaylea and Elisa.
I am always looking to add to my photography gear. The problem with adding to my gear is, everything I want to add usually has a high price tag. One of the pieces that I’ve been meaning to add for quite a while is a snoot for my Nikon SB900. A snoot is a light modifier that concentrates the light from the flash down to a much smaller point. It is very useful in portraits as a hair light, adding dimension and separation from the background. I was looking at ordering a snoot on Amazon, then wondered if I could make one myself. So I googled do it yourself snoot for speedlight and found a Youtube instruction video from Conrad, “Do-it-yourself: Speedlight Snoot”. Wow, how much easier could a project be? Off to Meijer I went and $1.79 later, I had my new gadget as shown above. Thank you Conrad for posting the youtube instructional video.
We drove down to Lexington, Kentucky today. Vicki is scheduled to take the practical exam to complete her Certification in Partial Dentures, giving her certification in two specialties, Dentures and Partials. Vicki is co-owner of the Schmitt Dental Lab. As we were driving through downtown Lexington, we noticed the Opera House, and I especially liked the way the fire escape looked, the black steel against the red brick. I hope to have a little more time tomorrow, after Vicki completes the practical exam. Good luck Vicki, I know you will do well.
The saying goes, “Red sky at night, sailors’ delight”. We had a beautiful sunset tonight, with the clouds reflecting the last rays of the sun as it set down low in the sky. I took a few shots of the clouds by themselves and then noticed the trees silhouetted against the red sky. I think the sharp focus on the silhouetted leaves adds more depth and dimension to the scene.
One thing is certain, there will always be change.
I was recently downsized after 24 years, I am right back to the same level I started at. I no longer travel on airplanes or hustle through airports. I took a severe pay cut, wow, cut so deep… and yet, I am grateful that I am employed. There are so many skilled, highly capable people who are unable to find work, I really do feel fortunate. It will take time for me to adjust. It has been a very humbling experience for me. One of the benefits of the new position is my territory. I am once again calling on customers in the Thumb area of Michigan, in towns like Pigeon, Elkton, Caseville, Cass City, and Bad Axe to name a few. These towns are located in farming country. I love to see the working farms, these were once the back bone of our country and there is a special place in my heart for them. The wind farm pictured above is a recent development, within the last 15 years I believe. They are impressive and can be seen from miles away in this flat farm country. They were barely moving on this calm summer day. I pulled over to the side of the road and used my iPhone 4S, then processed using Dynamic Light.