The Laptop that wouldn’t Die

Laptop

WallStreet Laptop
It’s ALIVE !!

I was checking some dust covered laptop bags when this came to light.

A PowerBook G3 Wallstreet 500 MHz PPC Motorola processor. A 20 Gb hard drive 386 Mb RAM

It’s setup to dual boot MacOS 9.2.2 and X 10.3.9

Seems a shame to shitcan it. However, as many items we encounter during our lives, it is obsolete, as I am, and therefore must go.

It’s a Bitch Getting Old

I find my old eyes must defer to my visual impairment and alter the site color scheme. I will search for a combination that provides me with the best visual contrast for my condition.

If you do not like it, too bad. If you ain’t payin’ the bills, you got no dog in this fight. It does get more than a bit tedious
dealing with the limitations. Some days ….

eye
Here’s lookin’ at you, kid.

Even the Moose get tired of Rain

This little guy and his momma showed up today during one of the heavier rain showers.

They wandered around, ate some of Pammy’s berries and stripped some branches off the trees. The young one then took exception to our pulsing sprinkler.

rain calf
I’m gonna stomp somethin’.

I don’t know why. The sprinkler was not running but something about that yellow and black hardware in the middle of the lawn really pissed it off.
It sniffed and pawed and finally stomped the sprinkler. It would walk away with a bit of a strut in its step as if to say, “Well, I certainly showed you.”

Then Pammy turned the water on. That really upset both the moose and it’s momma. Note the hackle standing up on the back of the neck. If you ever see a moose with its hair up like that, just walk away. Now ! It would charge the sprinkler until it was hit with the stream then it would back off. It did this over and over.

Finally, they moved off into the woods. Pammy gave it about five minutes then moved to turn off the hose.

Momma came charging out of the woods snorting and grunting. Pammy was in no danger as she was behind the fence. The moose made several threatening moves toward the now running sprinkler but didn’t like to get sprayed in the snoot or the boot.

Even the moose get cranky in the rain.

The 6000 Pound Elephant in the Room

That would be Facebook.

At one time I had this nifty little WordPress plugin “Add Link to FaceBook” that worked like a champ.

If I made a new post on this blog, the plug-in would automagically interface with FaceBook and share a link on my business page. “http://www.facebook.com/fortymilephoto”

Then FaceBook decided that was a bad thing to have. They first made changes to the API so you had to stay on your toes keeping up to date.
Then it just quit working, the plug-in developers decided it was way too much work for their free efforts.

So it died.

Seems Facebook wants you to compose your offsite content to their “standards” before you publish a link. It would be nice if Facebook would vet the links to be sure there are no nasties associated with the link. People will click on anything.

From the Alaska Garden

We are running much cooler this summer with heavy cloud cover and cold rain. The garden is running about 4 weeks behind. First frost is no more than 6 weeks off.

The crops are struggling mightily to reach maturity. Yields will be low.

Squash Blossom
Alaska Squash Blossom – iPhone 5s – handheld

This blossom is over 6 inches across and the plant is throwing leaves that are over a foot square. I don’t recall the zucchini of my Indiana youth being so large.

Cauliflower and cabbage are putting out monster leaves as well.

For more images, please visit my Photo Gallery

Alaska Moose enjoying the end of Winter

Cabin Fever may soon rear its ugly head here in SouthCentral Alaska.

The daylight hours are rapidly approaching 12 hours per day, each day we are currently gaining close to 6 minutes a day.

The sun has warmth in it again and the weather has been clear and sunny for the last week. The temps are near freezing during the day and then plummet to the negative over night.

The snow is still three foot deep and the temp reminds you that winter has not relaxed her icy grip.

Boogity Boogity Boogity Let’s Go Racing

It’s time for the long distance dog racing classic. The Iditarod 2013. 66 teams left downtown Anchorage bound for Nome Alaska about 1000 miles away.

Sunday morning 65 teams set out at the race restart at Willow. One team scratched at Campbell Airstrip before leaving Anchorage.

It's time for the 2013 Iditarod Dog Sled Race from Anchorage to Nome
It’s time for the 2013 Iditarod Dog Sled Race from Anchorage to Nome

Image Elements

Often we will see a photograph that will catch our eye or give us pause as we view it.

Each day many thousands of images are captured by digital cameras and even film. 99.99% or more of those images will never be seen by anyone other than the person who tripped the shutter. I know, I have a great many of those images spanning almost 40 years in both film and digital format.

For the majority of people the images are pieces of memories of vacations and family events and exist only to help in recalling times and places that are special to them and them alone.  And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

Some of us have a desire to share with others the places, the people, and the visions of the world we have been fortunate to experience. To do so effectively, those few must elevate their photographic skills so that the resulting image evokes an emotional response from the viewer.

If you seek to be known as a photographer, you must develop that skill so that there would be no mistaking your work from the millions of snapshots taken each day.

An online photographic school has three basic rules for aspiring photographers to go by.

  1. A Good Photograph Has a Clear Subject
  2. A Good Photograph Focuses Attention on the Subect
  3. A Good Photograph Simplifies

When you think about it, those basic rules make sense. Take a look at some of your recent image captures. I bet that the ones you like best have two or more of the rules working for them.

Bryan Peterson founder of The Picture Perfect school of photography , the National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian Magazine, as well as many other professionals will add a fourth rule. That a great photograph tells a story. The “great” photo will have all the elements of the three basic rules but also tells a story that the intended audience will relate to as well.

A recent debate on the Nikonians website asked what made great images “great”. A majority of respondents all listed the usual suspects. Focus, light, composition, subject, etc. One of the more thought provoking ideas was that the viewer had to be able to place himself within the context of the image. They had to be able to imagine they were actually there. That is probably why you see so many landscape images that are hailed as “great” contain some element that permits the viewer to place himself within the image.

Going hand in hand with those rules are camera technique. Focus, exposure, camera support, light, etc. While a simple point and shoot camera may give you images of acceptable quality, most cameras of that type will not give the photographer enough control over shutter speed and DOF (depth of field) to capture a great image.

No matter what equipment you use, you have a burden of responsibility to learn the features of your equipment. And a burden to learn about the use of shutter speed and aperture to capture the story you want to tell.

Only then can we start on the path to becoming a photographer.

Walk with me as I take this journey.

Photographic Journey

Within this site I hope to show the evolution of my skills as a photographer.

I will post images here and in the gallery as well as post commentary and information that may (or may not) be of use to other people bitten by the shutterbug.

Thanks for reading.

Mike