Grassy Pond with Dad

On a recent visit with Dad in Valdosta we spent a day visiting some of his favorite places to photograph. Over the years we have visited Grassy Pond in every season and I still find the old cypress trees haunting. The water is the color of tea and the Spanish moss hangs like a beard on an old man.

Bicycling to Blue Rocks

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Rode the bike to Blue Rocks today for the second ride of the season. We move to Blue Rocks in May and I wanted to see the ride time into town. The hills make for a good workout, which I desperately need. The sky was clear and the sun made the 6C temp feel warmer. Rode straight out from the house and stopped for a few photos.

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Sitting on the rocks I realized I carried the two heavy hardback books I intended to drop at the library before leaving town, but forgot.

Quickly realized that the wind was to my back on the way out and was blowing in my face on the ride home. Shifted to a lower gear and kept pumping the peddles.

Stopped by the Lunenburg Bike Barn on the way home, but Al was on a Good Friday ride, so I talked with Rick and Saundra who were doing some landscaping for a moment before heading to the library.

I look forward to riding in to town on a regular basis to get the mail. Hopefully practice will level the hills over time.

Day One in The Big Easy

December 12, 2009 We recharge at Cafe du Monde, often. This is the first time I get a glimpse behind the scenes as I wait for the bathrooms, which I will avoid at all costs in the future.

A load of beignets, fried squares of dough mounded with icing sugar, en route to tourists crammed around tiny round tables and lined up out the door:

My first Cafe du Monde experience triggered a hacking fit (WARNING: avoid inhaling when you bite a beignet), clouds of powdered sugar and a poor wardrobe choice: black on black. I learned fast. Now, I typically leave the beignets to Lloyd while I recharge on murky, full-bodied chicory coffee. From the cafe's website: "The Acadians from Nova Scotia brought this taste and many other french customs (heritage) to Louisiana."

Sufficiently caffeinated, we wander the boutiques around Jackson Square (Place d'Armes).

At Louis Sahuc Photo Works we learned we arrived just in time for PhotoNOLA, a city-wide photography event, and just in time for torrential rains. Undeterred, we ventured out. Here's our approach to Canal Street:

Canal Street, presumably not named for its ability to in fact transform itself into a channel of sluicing water, became an actual canal on account of the all-day drumming rain. The depth, however, came on almost by surprise, so gradual that we splashed through until we were literally wading through, ankle deep, with no dry exits in sight.

Though soaked to the knees (jeans = wicks) we trekked on. How could it get worse? Well, I'll tell you.

Several soggy blocks later we sloshed into the hotel only to be informed by the doorman that the exhibition "moved." Thus, we splashed back to the evening's point of origin, refusing to allow our sopped state to dampen our moods, and admired the fine photographs, daguerreotypes (something to do with iodine, silver plate and mercury vapor), photogravures (transferred from a negative and etched on metal plates) and orotones (gold tone prints from negatives) at A Gallery.

-P

P.S. We stayed at French Quarter RV, which is conveniently located just outside The Quarter. Though convenient, we were forewarned, repeatedly, "Do not walk back in the dark." Still, it's a nice RV camp and we' would definitely stay there again.

Lloyd in Lights & Kids with Cameras

November 30, 2009 Lloyd was famous for a day in Oneida, TN.

Debbie organized a photography presentation and workshop for the club's kids and also for adults. Lloyd put on a show for +/- 50 kids and adults. He presented a photographic tour of North America as we have seen it to date. The children sat still for an entire hour so you know they were engaged. Afterward, Lloyd hosted a workshop full of photography tips. Well done, Lloyd! :)

Debbie is a key piece of the Boys and Girls Club puzzle. She contributes a lot of hours and energy to keep many boys and girls happily active through club programs at this first-rate facility. Kudos, Debbie. They're lucky to have you!

Also, a special thank you to the fellow POG members who donated cameras to the club so the kids can learn more about photography and maybe even start a photography club of their own.

-P

Lloyd in Lights & Kids with Cameras

November 30, 2009 Lloyd was famous for a day in Oneida, TN.

Debbie organized a photography presentation and workshop for the club's kids and also for adults. Lloyd put on a show for +/- 50 kids and adults. He presented a photographic tour of North America as we have seen it to date. The children sat still for an entire hour so you know they were engaged. Afterward, Lloyd hosted a workshop full of photography tips. Well done, Lloyd! :)

Debbie is a key piece of the Boys and Girls Club puzzle. She contributes a lot of hours and energy to keep many boys and girls happily active through club programs at this first-rate facility. Kudos, Debbie. They're lucky to have you!

Also, a special thank you to the fellow POG members who donated cameras to the club so the kids can learn more about photography and maybe even start a photography club of their own.

-P

Last Walk Around Santa Fe

Antique Lock I spent the afternoon walking around Santa Fe visiting the a few of my favorite galleries and took a few photos my new Leica. I dropped into Ward Russell Photography and had a nice chat with the photographer.

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Ward was a Hollywood cinematographer for many years prior to moving to Santa Fe to pursue his personal photography passion.

I also dropped into Monroe Gallery of Photography was exhibiting Mark Shaw's photographs. The Andrew Smith Gallery which we missed on our first visit has moved into a lovely location near the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

My favorite was Lisa Kristine Gallery, she is one of the great humanitarian photographers. Visit her website to see her exquisite vision. -L

Screenwriting Conference in Santa Fe

santafe-090529-L9990925 We have spent the last six days at Screenwriting Conference in Santa Fe, with over a hundred fellow screenwriters. The six days were filled with lectures, networking, and pitches. Though it is substantially smaller than the Screenwriting Expo in LA, we made many new friends and connected with fellow students from UCLA. The Conference was hosted at the The Lodge at Sante Fe.

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The workshops were small and allowed us both to find new inspiration to finish our current screenplays. The instructors are working screenwriters and professors from UCLA and UNC.

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The first day started with a Bacci Ball tournament and we lost our first game and won the next two to finish first among the losers. The field shown below was astro-turf and the fast surface added to the challenge and excitement. A fun time was had by all.

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During one of the breaks I walked around to take a few photos.

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Next week we participate in a Triassic fossil dig with the NM Museum of Natural History. Until then... -L

Field Testing a Leica M8

My first real camera was a Leica M3 given to me by my father, after my interest in photography was sparked. Leica M3 w/ 50mm Elmar f2.8

This week I will be field testing a Leica M8 to replace my Nikon D90. I like the smaller size and finer construction. David Farkas of Dale Photo & Digital is graciously loaning me an M8 with three lens, 18mm, 35mm, 90mm. They are America's Premier Leica Dealer.

Leica M8 with 18mm Super-Elmar-M and Viewfinder

David is a Leica expert and writes the informative David Farkas Photography blog. He has answered all my questions and helped me select the right lens kit to field test. I will be using the camera over the next week to photograph Mesa Verde National Park and sights around Durango, CO. I will post photos and comments during the week. -L

Great Experience

santafeworkshopattendees_500x387shkl The workshop was a great experience. I met a lot of great people from all over the world (Australia was the farthest). We all had a good time together and learned how to better use our photographic and digital darkroom tools. I'm sixth from the left in the back row. -L