I think now, even Kid Rock would admit he had things backwards.
“I do not believe that artists or actors and people should be out there like voicing their full-blown opinions on politics because, let’s face it, at the end of the day, I’m not that smart of a guy. I play Rock ‘n’ Roll, that’s what I do. Who would you trust to make your decisions, Donald Rumsfeld or the Dixie Chicks?”
Please go see The Unknown Known
I have been listening to The Dixie Chicks a lot these last few days. Those young woman were really good and tight. If they hadn’t been destroyed by the Bush cabal and its followers I think country music would be much better today than it is. The Chicks were hardly the worst casualty of the Bush disaster, that honor is split between the people of Iraq, our troops, and the our economy but they were a casualty none-the-less.
January 1, 2013
Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.
all these calculations yes explanations yes the whole story from beginning to end yes completely false yes
Beginning is the first photo challenge of the new year. So, without further ado, let us begin.
There is nothing special about this photo except that it was the first picture I took on 1/1/11 when The Quotidian Hudson started. I now find it to be a totally random shot but we all have to start somewhere.
Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week is wild
My first serious girlfriend quoted these lyrics in the letter she wrote to say she was breaking up with me. I was not appreciative.
I am in the market for a new camera. I have rented a Nikon D800 for the weekend to see if it fits the bill. I was walking the river and took this shot. It struck me as a good answer for Ailsa’s theme.
See below for other takes on the theme.
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world”
Went to the eye doctor today. Had been feeling like I needed a new prescription especially on the close vision. Well, I most certainly do need new glasses. My near vision has moved the visual equivalent of a full f/stop but my distance vision has only deteriorated slightly. So I am trying to slide by with new reading glasses.
Funny thing. I had shot many pictures on the 1st which I had already looked at and rated for focus, exposure, framing and so on. Looked through them again with the new glasses. Now sometimes I want tight focus and sometimes I want soft but Uh oh! It seems that I have been rejecting shots that I believed they were not crisply in focus that actually had perfectly tight focus. Conversely some shots I thought were nice tight focus are actually soft. I wonder if discovering 20/20 vision again will change the work I produce?
“The legends lie cradled in the seagull’s call, and the promise they made are ground beneath the sadist’s fall.”
What’s s/he thinking?
“If he was only a little smaller I’d eat him.”
I spent all day today in the Lightroom. I took a photo cruise with B&H around Manhattan back in October. They teamed up with A&I Photobooks on a promotion that lets you create a 40 page photo book of the day very inexpensively. I took over 700 hundred pictures that day. Today I spent the day cutting.
First cut brought me to 250. Second cut to 140. Those I did some minimal work on (primarily white balance and exposure) and then cut down to 75. Those I worked more extensively. I am now down to 59 and will make my final cut in the morning.
I was downtown visiting a friend at her photo shoot for The Food Network Magazine. As many of you know, food shooting is difficult and very precise work. It is very difficult to make good food look good on camera. People work extremely hard and with great precision to bring you all those pretty pictures you see in the magazines. It is a very controlled environment.
When I left I walked out onto Broadway…a less controlled environment.