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I’ve been asked this question so many times today. I have this image on my desktop. I usually place my image from the day before as my desktop image at work. Several people have commented on it and asked me where I downloaded it from and who took it. They seem quite surprised to learn that yours truly did it. I could use some reason like: “I’m an artist and true artists do it for the love of it and…

Taking pictures of flowers! Momma’s weekly haul of fresh flowers. I had 3 things that I wanted to do today. 1. Take Hobbs for a walk. 2. Go to the zoo! 3. Go to the YMCA. Looks like I’ll only get to do one of them. It’s raining outside. The soft light coming through the window was a bit much to resist. That coupled with some fresh flowers, well, who can resist?!

Well, for sure, it was nothing spectacular! Hobbs and I left for our walk about 30 minutes, or so, before sunrise. Sunrise was scheduled for 7:31 AM. It was totally cloudy and starting to sprinkle, so I didn’t think that we’d even get a peek at the sun. About a 1/2 hour into our journey, I began looking for the sun and lo and behold, it appeared briefly for all of about 30 seconds. It was a feeble attempt, but…

Well, there is but one more sunrise and one more sunset left in 2006. Unfortunately, with rain in the forecast for the next 2 days, it doesn’t look like I’ll get to experience them. I’m not one to reminisce much, but this has been a great year. This year I got back into my photography, after a long hiatus of several years. I took time off from work to explore my passion. I visited the Blue Ridge Parkway in both…

Occasionally, I cruise through photography related news looking for a few nuggets here and there. In the past two weeks I’ve seen information related to portrait photography. I remember, as a child, all of our school pictures used to be done by Olan Mills photo studios. Well, now they are defunct, bankrupt, kaput! Other photography studios are having a hard time enticing customers into the studio, as well. Loddy, doddy, and every darn body has a digital camera, access to…

In my continuing quest for the perfect lens, I’m again looking at the Nikon 18-200 VR zoom lens. This lens has been out of stock forever, basically since its introduction in early 2005. Sure, I could get one, used, off of eBay for about $1000. The MSRP is $690 and retailers, such as B&H, Adorama, and Ritz are selling them for $749, when they have them in stock. The thing that attracts me about the 18-200 is that it is…

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