Good Words

Random photos from downtown Waynesville, North Carolina
Random photos from downtown Waynesville, North Carolina

One of the many non-photography blogs I follow is Becoming Minimalist by Joshua Becker.  I found these quotes especially appropriate given some of our recent discussions.

Random photos from downtown Waynesville, North Carolina
Random photos from downtown Waynesville, North Carolina

“Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.” —Malcolm S. Forbes

Random photos from downtown Waynesville, North Carolina
Random photos from downtown Waynesville, North Carolina

“Focus is often a matter of deciding what things you’re not going to do.” —John Carmack

Random photos from downtown Waynesville, North Carolina
Random photos from downtown Waynesville, North Carolina

Stop trying to impress others with the things that you own and begin inspiring them by the way that you live.

Random photos from downtown Waynesville, North Carolina
Random photos from downtown Waynesville, North Carolina

“Money is a poor indicator of success.” —Joshua Becker

Random photos from downtown Waynesville, North Carolina
Random photos from downtown Waynesville, North Carolina

The Forgotten Camera

Brian Culbertson performs at the 2014 Lowcountry Jazz Festival in Charleston, South Carolina
Brian Culbertson performs at the 2014 Lowcountry Jazz Festival in Charleston, South Carolina

Kathy & I headed to Charleston, SC over the Labor Day weekend to attend the Lowcountry Jazz Festival there.  When I was packing up my photo gear I didn’t know if I would be permitted to take a camera to the concerts, so at the last minute I pulled out my Fuji X-10 and decided to toss it in the bag.

Oli Silk and Elan Trotman perform at the 2014 Lowcountry Jazz Festival in Charleston, South Carolina
Oli Silk and Elan Trotman perform at the 2014 Lowcountry Jazz Festival in Charleston, South Carolina

I hadn’t been using the Fuji in a while, in fact I’ve been on a “use the best camera all the time” kick and haven’t been carrying a point & shoot camera at all.  And I have never been happy with the  way Lightroom processes the RAW files I’ve gotten out of the Fuji, so I had sort of abandoned it.

Boney James performs at the 2014 Lowcountry Jazz Festival in Charleston, South Carolina
Boney James performs at the 2014 Lowcountry Jazz Festival in Charleston, South Carolina

I have read a lot of comments about how good Fuji’s JPEG processing is, so I set the camera up to shoot high quality JPEGs.  And although I could have taken the “big camera” to the concerts I decided to just take the Fuji.  In fact that was the only camera I used all weekend.  We went out and did some touristy stuff and the X-10 did the job.

Jazz Attack featuring Peter White, Euge Groove and Rick Braun perform at the 2014 Lowcountry Jazz Festival in Charleston, South Carolina
Jazz Attack featuring Peter White, Euge Groove and Rick Braun perform at the 2014 Lowcountry Jazz Festival in Charleston, South Carolina

It did a pretty good job all in all, especially considering that it is several years old.  The concert photos were taken at ISO 1600 or 3200 and came out pretty good for a small sensor.  I decided to post these with no processing at all.  A few are a little on the dark side, but that is mostly due to the fact that I was using negative exposure compensation at the concerts and kept forgetting to reset it when I went outside!

Nick Colionne looking much like Paul Lester, but in a nicer suit.
Nick Colionne looking much like Paul Lester, but in a nicer suit.

I’m pretty impressed with the results from this camera.  In fact, based on a lot of things I have been reading lately, I’ve just about decided to try out one of their newer offerings as a possible eventual replacement for the full frame beast that I’ve been carrying.  It’s tough to beat the files I’m getting from the 5D, but with results like these from a several-year-old point & shoot, I think I owe it to myself to at least rent a newer model and see how I like it.  No surprise that we have some upcoming travel plans ;) , so I may need to check out the options.

Jazz Attack featuring Peter White, Euge Groove and Rick Braun perform at the 2014 Lowcountry Jazz Festival in Charleston, South Carolina
Jazz Attack featuring Peter White, Euge Groove and Rick Braun perform at the 2014 Lowcountry Jazz Festival in Charleston, South Carolina
Clemson University Energy Innovation Center, North Charleston, SC
Clemson University Energy Innovation Center, North Charleston, SC
Clemson University Energy Innovation Center, North Charleston, S
I added this photo for Monte – this is a single blade from a wind turbine. It was HUGE!
Tanger Outlets, North Charleston, South Carolina
Tanger Outlets, North Charleston, South Carolina
Tanger Outlets, North Charleston, South Carolina
Tanger Outlets, North Charleston, South Carolina

September 2014 Wallpaper

Evening on the Beach, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Evening on the Beach, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Back to the real abstracty stuff for September! Last month’s calendar photo was a little too literal to fit the “abstract” theme, but I like it and it works.

I really like this month’s photo for the pastel colors and the soft edge of the waterline against the sand. It fits into my idea of a quiet evening, which is one of the things I like best about being at the beach.

Urban Landscapes

Holmes County Courthouse in Millersburg, Ohio
Holmes County Courthouse in Millersburg, Ohio

This is certainly not a new term in photography or even a new use for an old one.  But it’s a way I’ve described some of the images I’ve made during our various travels.  They aren’t people pictures and they aren’t (necessarily) historical landmarks, but it’s a way to describe the details that make up the greater part of the whole.

These are some of my “urban landscape” photos from our recent visit to Millersburg, OH.

Holmes County Courthouse in Millersburg, Ohio
Holmes County Courthouse in Millersburg, Ohio
Holmes County Courthouse in Millersburg, Ohio
Holmes County Courthouse in Millersburg, Ohio
Holmes County Courthouse in Millersburg, Ohio
Holmes County Courthouse in Millersburg, Ohio
Holmes County Courthouse in Millersburg, Ohio
Holmes County Courthouse in Millersburg, Ohio
Holmes County Courthouse in Millersburg, Ohio
Holmes County Courthouse in Millersburg, Ohio
Holmes County Courthouse in Millersburg, Ohio
Holmes County Courthouse in Millersburg, Ohio
Holmes County Courthouse in Millersburg, Ohio
Holmes County Courthouse in Millersburg, Ohio

Pictures of People Taking Pictures

Fourth of July at Dressler's Metro
Fourth of July at Dressler’s Metro

About a week ago on Cedric’s Blog a few of us were commenting about how we enjoy taking pictures of people taking pictures.  I had been collecting photos of that topic for a while now, but hadn’t really posted any of them as a collection.  So here are a few that I was able to dig out of the archives to get the ball rolling on this.

Andy Fisher photographing the sunset in Belhaven, North Carolina
Andy Fisher photographing the sunset in Belhaven, North Carolina
Cathy Hoover in Charleston, West Virginia
Cathy Hoover in Charleston, West Virginia
St Martin during our cruise aboard Celebrity Equinox
St Martin during our cruise aboard Celebrity Equinox
Lawn party on our cruise aboard Celebrity Equinox
Lawn party on our cruise aboard Celebrity Equinox
Calabaza catamaran cruise in Barbados
Calabaza catamaran cruise in Barbados
Charlotte Knights baseball game at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte Knights baseball game at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, North Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina
A Triple!
A Triple!

Homework Assignments

Cars & Coffee in Charlotte, NC August 3, 2013
Well-Equipped?

“I’ve got to conversations going on in my head,” he explains, a bemused smile deepening the creases around his eyes.  “One says, ‘Hey, you’ve got a lot of stuff you want to do, man.  Now’s the time, because you’re gonna kick the bucket pretty soon.’  The other says, ‘Oh, Jeff, you want to make the rest of your life a giant homework assignment? Just relax, man.  Just relax.'”

- Jeff Bridges interview in AARP Magazine, Aug/Sep 2014

Words to live by, as far as I’m concerned.  Kathy & I have spent a lot of time thinking about what comes “next,” as though it has to be something different from what we’ve done for the last 30+ years.  But sometimes I wonder why.  I’m not unhappy with what I’ve done, and if I never get to Europe or Antarctica I don’t think I will find my life somehow unfulfilled.

A lot of what we think and feel is due to the old “grass is greener on the other side” syndrome – that somehow something different will be magically better.  And why is that?

Holmes County Court House

Holmes County Courthouse in Millersburg, Ohio
Holmes County Courthouse in Millersburg, Ohio

While we were in Ohio visiting my brother Bob, we went to Millersburg for dinner.  Here are a few photos that I took while waiting for our table at a local restaurant that happened to be right across the street from the Holmes County Courthouse.  It’s a classic building in classic (I’m sure there’s a proper word for it) courthouse architecture.

Holmes County Courthouse in Millersburg, Ohio
Holmes County Courthouse in Millersburg, Ohio
Holmes County Courthouse in Millersburg, Ohio
Holmes County Courthouse in Millersburg, Ohio
Holmes County Courthouse in Millersburg, Ohio
Holmes County Courthouse in Millersburg, Ohio
Holmes County Courthouse in Millersburg, Ohio
Bragging?

;)

Some More of That

Beaver Creek State Park in Columbiana County, Ohio
Beaver Creek State Park in Columbiana County, Ohio

I’ve not been able to come up with a lot of words lately, but I have been making gradual progress on processing some photos.  Here are a few more from our now-not-so-recent trip to Ohio at the end of June.  Much more work to do, so I may just spit out a bunch of photos as I get to them.

I know my thousands of readers will go elsewhere if I don’t keep their attention. :)

Enjoy!

Beaver Creek State Park in Columbiana County, Ohio
Beaver Creek State Park in Columbiana County, Ohio
Beaver Creek State Park in Columbiana County, Ohio
Beaver Creek State Park in Columbiana County, Ohio
Beaver Creek State Park in Columbiana County, Ohio
Beaver Creek State Park in Columbiana County, Ohio
Gaston's Mill at Beaver Creek State Park in Columbiana County, O
Gaston’s Mill at Beaver Creek State Park in Columbiana County, O

August 2014 Wallpaper

Beaver Creek State Park in Columbiana County, Ohio
Beaver Creek State Park in Columbiana County, Ohio

This month’s wallpaper is a little less abstracty than the ones I’ve been posting, but this is a fairly recent addition and one that I happen to like a lot.  I hope you do, too.

Kathy & I made a bit of a whirlwind visit to Ohio a few weeks ago – hard to believe it has been a month already – dang! – and on that trip we visited Beaver Creek State Park in Columbiana County, near where we lived before we relocated to North Carolina.

Unfortunately I don’t know the history of these trees, and even Google seems to be failing me, but I had forgotten them from previous visits.  They were obviously planted by someone many years ago, probably as an early reclamation project.  There are rows and rows of these trees throughout the park, and we spent some time walking around and I snapped a bunch of photos.  A thunderstorm had just passed through before we arrived, and while the rain saturated the greens, the sunshine made for some interesting shadows on the ground.  It also tended to make this a very contrasty scene, but I think the combination works well.  I tried to process it with a bit of a Velvia look and think it comes pretty close.  Hopefully you will be able to enjoy it for the month of August!

Salt Life

Sand bar in the Calibogue Sound
Sand bar in the Calibogue Sound

One of the cars I frequently see in our neighborhood has a sticker on the back that says “Salt Life.”  I’ve seen it in other places too, but never really knew what it was all about.  Remember that I live a sheltered life, with no advertising and stuff, so bear with me.  The other day going to work I followed an SUV that was sporting a “Salt Life” spare tire cover.  Finally getting the better of my curiosity, I turned to The Google to see what this was all about.

Sand bar in the Calibogue Sound
Sand bar in the Calibogue Sound

So as it turns out, Salt Life is a company that sells stuff that says Salt Life on it.  According to their website, they are “an authentic, aspirational and lifestyle brand that embraces those who love the ocean and everything associated with living the “Salt Life”.”  So in other words, according to the cynic in me (me, cynical? :) ), they sell stuff to people who are too busy living some other “authentic aspirational lifestyle” to actually go to the beach and enjoy “everything associated with” being at the ocean.  It’s a fantastic business model – get people to pay for the privilege of advertising your brand.  One of the oldest models in the world.

Sand bar in the Calibogue Sound
Sand bar in the Calibogue Sound

 Don’t get me wrong, I’m good with it.  I ain’t judging.  But the whole idea strikes me as kind of shallow.  I mean, if we really aspire to living at the beach, then we need to get our a$$ to the beach.  Don’t just buy stuff that makes other people think you went to the beach.  Besides, the real beach people can tell.

Sand bar in the Calibogue Sound
Sand bar in the Calibogue Sound
Sand bar in the Calibogue Sound
Sand bar in the Calibogue Sound

Photographs and stuff!