Just looking out my back door yesterday morning, enjoying the greens and blues….…. . .
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
SO… last night, I was digging through the vinyl, and dusting off the turntable, and turning up the Clash. Leading off with “London Calling”, of course, but also the first US release, simply “The Clash”. Great stuff.
Anyway, as I said, I wasn’t a huge fan. I think primarily because, while I think they’re good, I don’t think they’re as incredibly outstandingly awesome as so many other people think (or thought)….. Something about bands that are deified just bugs me. Whether it was Bruce Springsteen, or U2 or The Clash..…. When a band becomes that “important”, I lose interest. But time heals all wounds, or at least most. (and, of course, time loves a hero….)
Back to the Clash, they do have lots of great stuff. But some of it is just OK. London calling, for instance, could have easily been condensed to 1 awesome disc, rather than 2 really good ones. And “The Clash” is about ½ great… Bottom line, while both are good, I’ve managed to NOT listen to either in a rather long time. And neither has (for me) made the transition to digital. Yet. I did put London Calling into my Amazon cart, they have it for just $7.97, way cheaper than iTunes, even (who only have the partial album or the expanded legacy edition for $19.98).
Monday, May 29, 2006
Friday, May 26, 2006
Meanwhile my email at work seems to specialize in 1-word titles, w/ attached files. Here's 3:
Somebody must actually open these things, or they'd be doing something else....
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Monday, May 22, 2006
OK, this is an oldie, from January 2003. I’ve been looking through my archive disks, trying to rework some of the past productions. And it’s made me rethink an axiom. Is it the photographer, or the camera?? I’ve long held that a good photographer can excel with a bad camera, while the best camera in the world won’t salvage the vision of a bad photographer. But in reviewing these old shots, I’m not so sure (at least about the 1st part). After being back in the “real” camera world for 1.5 years (with my Nikon D-70), I’m shocked at how bad these old shots are. Crappy sharpness, digital noise, poor dynamic range... the whole thing. I had to do a TON of post processing on this one to even get it up to mediocre. And several shots that I posted to contests 3 years ago are downright unsalvageable. Maybe a really good photographer could excel with that old Kodak LS443, but I was churning out crap!!.
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Friday, May 19, 2006
“Say you write a song about a chandelier, and the chandelier gives off light. And the light is the color red and red reminds you of the color your not supposed to wear around a bull. So you name the song Cow."
Works for me!
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Yet another shot from Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. After posting it at BetterPhoto, the title reminded me of the old TV show “Duet”, which was one of the early series when Fox created their "4th" network. Featuring Mary Page Keller and Matthew Laurance, it ran from 1987-1989. . .
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Yesterday was theme day at my Yahoo group, “Architecture”. In a flashback to my High-School days, I simply didn’t get the project done by the due date. Sigh. Better late than never (I hope), I took this photo on the way to work today, and went on and posted it. Too late for voting, but at least I participated. Anyway, here’s a couple of other “Architecture” shots, from the archives.
POTD @ Photoshowdown, Finalist @ BetterPhoto
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POTD @ Photoshowdown
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Monday, May 15, 2006
Saturday, May 13, 2006
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
It’s theme day in my Yahoo Photography group, and today’s assignment is “Rule Of Thirds”. RO3 is a compositional technique where the image is divided into 9 equal regions. Placing your subject at the intersection of the dividing lines can give more impact. But it’s explained a lot more clearly HERE. Below is a version with the 1/3 lines superimposed, to show what I mean:
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Monday, May 08, 2006
Ah, just another generic sunset picture. It’s hard to make a sunset picture stand out from the crowd, and there’s certainly a crowd of them. Regradless, I like ‘em, and I like this one. Even if it isn’t much different from this one, or this one, or this one…. at least this one is a bit different.
Sunday, May 07, 2006
Saturday, May 06, 2006
Friday, May 05, 2006
On the other hand, at 80mph, the trip would take 7.5 hours, versus 10 hrs at 60mph.
In summary.... For 2.5 hours of my time, I could've saved less than $8.00 of gas. Ummm, not gonna happen.
Monday, May 01, 2006
Shane MacGowan & the Popes - Haunted (with Sinead O'Conner).
Life is seldom boring.