Monthly Archives: June 2010

keep it moving

“Life is short, wear tropical shirts.” ~ Marc Lampe

Sand fences, Seabrook Island, South Carolina

Sand fences, Seabrook Island, South Carolina

Let’s take a quick look at some of the things that I’ve done recently, some of the things I’m working on, and some of the things I want to do.  Barely a sentence into the post and I already need a sidebar comment.

Sidebar: If you are one of the language police and think that I could have found a better term than “things” then you should think of a more suitable word and mentally substitute it wherever needed.  For that matter, if at any point in this post you think I should have used different language or could have constructed a better sentence or could have written more concisely, please just substitute your “improvements” where needed.  Think of it as me helping you keep your skills sharp.  My gift to you.

When I first started writing this post, my cursor was not visible.  It may be a small thing but it’s disorienting when I don’t know where the letter will appear when I type.  It’s back now and I feel a lot better.  Technically, that could have been a sidebar statement but you can overdo the sidebar if you aren’t careful.  Not you specifically but “you” in a more collective sense.

At the beginning of this month (June 2010 if you happen to read this at some later point in time) I took a trip to South Carolina.  Specifically I stayed in a lovely place on Seabrook Island with a view of the ocean.  Prior to leaving for the trip, I entered five photographs in the 2010 Annual Photography Competition at the Gadsden Museum of Art.  The rules of the competition required the entries to be in simple black frames and is the entry was matted, the mat had to be plain white.  They also required an electronic copy of the photograph as it was before it was processed to insure that people were being honest.  The photographs also had to be taken within the last three years.  For the first time, they added a classification for “professional photographers” which is what I chose, if you’re wondering.  Even though I am a harsh critic of my own work, I think I entered five strong photographs for the competition/exhibition.  According to the literature from the Gadsden Museum of Art, the exhibition will be from June 14 through July 24, 2010.

The trip to Seabrook Island was just what I needed, both for relaxation and for a new environment to photograph.  Over the course of my life, I have probably been to the beach in excess of fifty times.  Those trips were to the Gulf Coast, so this was my first visit to a beach on the East Coast and the Atlantic Ocean.  Adjacent to Seabrook Island is Kiawah Island.  Any attempt I could make to describe the beauty of the area would fall woefully short.  However, I have a large number of photographs (most of which have not been processed) that will help convey some of the natural beauty of that area.  The photographs that will be available for public viewing will be in a new gallery (Coastal Photography) on my photography site.  I plan to return and stay longer.  It felt like home.  My plans are to write a post about the experience in South Carolina but for now, just know that it was a beautiful place and I enjoyed my time there.

It should be noted that this post is the first one written from my new home office.  It’s still a work in progress but I can actually work in my own space.  For the first time, my printer and my computer are located in the same room and are connected directly to each other.  The previous arrangement had my desk and computer on the ground floor and my printer upstairs and I was connected via a shared connection through my notebook computer.  It may seem like an obvious solution but trying to get my own space in the house was not an easy task, at least not in my world.

The improvements to the photography site and the blog are not 100% complete.  Stay tuned for more enhancements.  The changes to my Twitter page are complete.  I welcome you to subscribe to all of my sites.

Last year I photographed the 4th of July fireworks display in Chelsea, AL.  This year, maybe a different location and hopefully improved results.  Since we are on the topic of summer activities, it is a great time to get fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables.  Pepper Place Saturday Market is a wonderful place to buy them if you live in the Birmingham, AL area.  For those of you that don’t know me, I love fresh tomatoes.  OK, maybe it’s bigger than that, more like an addiction, an obsession.

My tradition is to close each post with a music link.  It’s not the link that’s the thing (yeah I used the word “thing” again), it’s more sharing a mood and maybe new music for some of you.  This post, there’s no link but I still want to share song recommendations.  Summer is a time to kick back and relax.  From the late, great Otis Redding, three timeless songs, “Try a Little Tenderness”, “I Can’t Turn You Loose”, and of course “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay”.