For them not interested in reading, you can see the photos in THIS<<link SmugMug Gallery.  

For a SmugMug slideshow, click HERE<<link. When you click the link, it will open in a new window and you have two options:
1) Manually scroll through the photos by clicking the “<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos.
2) There’s a PLAY/PAUSE button at the top-left of the screen with the transition set at about 5 seconds. Note: the symbol above the PLAY arrow will switch to a full-screen slideshow . . . which I advise for the best experience (press Esc to exit). You can then still use the”<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos as this will pause the slideshow.

If you want the full experience, keep reading.

Fallen Autumn Leaves
As shot (Camera Flat setting) with a bit of noise reduction and sharpening (Topaz DeNoise AI)

People might wonder why I haven’t posted much of late. Yeah, me too. I mean, it’s not for lack of material. At last count, I have 1.67 gazillion photos to pick from and at least ten times that many words to go with them.

Just lazy, I tell you. Lazy and preoccupied with many things that assail and destroy what little attention span I direct at maintaining this blog.

. . . perhaps I ought to do one of them there projects again. But not 360 or even 313. Or, I don’t even have to call it a project. Just post a random photo every day.

Perhaps a flower . . . 

. . . even one I’d used before. I mean, what are the chances one of my six readers (out of 1500 subscribers) would recognize it, let alone remember it?

Waves are always nice . . .

. . . but so passé.

On May 1st the shrubs and a couple of trees got a much-needed trimming. This Magnolia tree — planted too close to the house — got a pretty good trim . . . 

I noticed something after the landscapers left . . . 

For them not interested in reading, you can go directly to the SmugMug Gallery HERE.  

For a SmugMug slideshow click HERE. When you click the link, it will open in a new window and you have two options:
1) Manually scroll through the photos by clicking the “<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos.
2) There’s a PLAY/PAUSE button at the bottom-left of the screen with the transition set at about 5 seconds. Note: clicking the PLAY arrow will run a full-screen slideshow. You can then still use the”<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos as this will pause the slideshow.

If you want the full experience, keep reading.

~ 0 ~ 0 ~ 0 ~

For them wondering if I’m done with the blog . . . nope! Still here, in spirit if not in substance. 

I’m still snapping the occasional photo or two but — truth be told — not that many since my last post. Enough to keep my hand at it and enough to even classify myself as a serious amateur. 

The blog? Well, it has suffered, to be sure.

Let’s just jump into an update of sorts. 

~ 0 ~ 0 ~ 0 ~

Did I mention that I’m busy? Gotz lots on my mind, I do. When I want to unwind, I come here. Doing something, even as banal as publishing a quick post, has a way of recentering me. Not always, but certainly whenever I pick a photo and share it . . . 

It gives me a brief mooring; a quick escape from the roiling waves of the turbulence that is life.

OK, OK . . . too poetic and plus most people don’t know roiling. 

 

I keep mentioning that I’m busy with stuff and I am. That said, I find time to shoot a few photos and even process a few (see recent posts).

In part, that’s because the interest of photography has been reignited. I’m doing a lot of research on cameras and lenses and trying to map out what I really want going forward. I think I’ve nixed getting the Nikon P1000 until it drops in price and I can pick it up for about half its current price. 

I’m looking at three possible cameras and one possible lens upgrade . . .

So, despite having the Internet, I’m finding it difficult doing updates. In part, it’s because larger photo files hang while uploading. In part, it’s because composing posts is a tad tedious due to the connection dropping and losing what I typed. 

That’s also the problem when commenting on other blogs (or even my blog). One of the reasons I’m late with responses. Anyway, this is about the second day of the cruise . . . 

Note the long pants . . . it was still cool then. Not so now. 

For the record, I’m writing this on Sunday, January 13th, or, seven days into the cruise. 

 

So, yes . . . a Panama Canal Cruise. 

There are them who could not be forced to put foot one onto a modern cruise ship . . . this post is not for them.

There are others who would decry modern cruise ships — such as the Coral Princess — as monstrosities that don’t hold a candle to ships of yesteryear like, for instance, the Queen Mary . . . I’ve now been on both of these ships, and I can tell you these people have a perception of the world not matching what reality offers up.

Sure, the Queen Mary has a history. It may even be an interesting history and one worthy of lauding. But, don’t compare ships and call one “classy” and “elegant” and call the other “trashy” and a “cattle hauler”. Don’t, because you have no idea how similar they are. Don’t because you have no idea how the Queen Mary appears to one who is not looking at it through eyes clouded by national pride. I’ll be doing a write-up on my visit to the Queen Mary, but first . . . 

So, how good was 2018 for photographs?

Well, here’s the first posted graphic of 2019.

Not photos per se . . . these were calendars I did for 2018. It’s one of Panos FX (free) actions. I didn’t have time to do one this year. Perhaps I’ll get to it before the year ends. 

Below, is a gallery with random photos that were posted throughout 2018.  If curious about where and when it appeared, feel free to review all of the 2018 posts. It might be a fun ride.

~ 0 ~ 0 ~ 0 ~

For them not interested in reading, you can go directly to the SmugMug Gallery HERE.  

For a slideshow click HERE. When you click the link, it will open in a new window and you have two options:
1) Manually scroll through the photos by clicking the “<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos.
2) There’s a PLAY/PAUSE button at the bottom-left of the screen with the transition set at about 5 seconds. Note: clicking the PLAY arrow will run a full-screen slideshow. You can then still use the”<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos as this will pause the slideshow.

If you want the full experience, keep reading

~ 0 ~ 0 ~ 0 ~