Category: Photography

Today is semi-annual testing at The Peaceful Dragon. I will be testing for Intermediate Block “B”. Basically, I’m moving from beginner to novice. Very fitting. Our Grandmaster, Ma Foren, has been learning the martial arts for 60+ years and he is still a gung-ho student. I subscribe to his newsletter. Today, appropriately so, we received an e-mail entitled: Time. It starts: In real Kung Fu ranking it is all about, TIME. If you were to go to China and someone…

I got a couple of really nice comments from yesterday’s photo: Tom said: This could be one of your finest photographs! Good story as well… but this photograph is a knockout. Ken said: I agree with Tom. I know it’s only the first week in January, but I’m betting this will be on your “2011 Top 10? This started me to thinking about the appeal of certain photographs … Yesterday’s photo of the two boys riding their bikes in the…

I find that the older that I get the less knowledge I tend to need/want. I am happily able to accept the mystery of most things. I used to want to know the why and how of everything. One of my favorite sites was How Stuff Works. I would walk, for example, hear a bird and want to know what type it was. See a train and what to know how long it was, how fast it was traveling, how…

Yesterday I was in a mood to fiddle. So I started fiddling around with the controls on my Canon S90. I’ve had the camera for a while and generally leave it in one mode. JPEG Large. Yes, I’m one of those new aged hippy punks that shoots JPEG instead of raw. Wanna fight? OK, back to fiddling … This morning, I finally switched the camera to the “W” setting, which changes the format from 4:3, which I really dislike, to…

From this morning’s walk Perhaps sunrises and sunsets are cliche, or perhaps some people have lost their appreciation for the wonder and spectacle of the approaching morning or receding day. I hope to never, ever lose that appreciation. Each day is a new, unique, and wonderful day, and I sincerely hope that I shall never tire of seeing each one born.

I usually take my Canon S90 on my walks. Let’s face it, it is easy to carry. The other day, I decided to take the D300 with me. I thought that I would certainly notice it more, but in truth, I didn’t. I just slung it across my shoulder and away I went. It was quite effortless. To make things lighter, I just used the 50 mm lens. It has since gone on a couple of walks. Now, technologically compared…

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