Tarmac ribbons criss-crossing the landscape, dusty back roads twisting between the cool shadows of ancient pines, and less traveled pathways connecting present to past, all I wander, seeking, seeing, with my keyboard and camera capturing scenes and stories to share with you.

Now in its sixth year, this venue has become an important part of my life, a place where I can express my thoughts and feelings about the things I see and do, hoping the process brings me a bit closer to friends and family who enjoy sharing my sometimes chaotic and often nonlinear observations and ideas. A journal, I suppose, but one with which I find pleasure in thinking others are alongside me on my journey.

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February 11, 2014

GETTING ACQUAINTED WITH MY D7000

... as i said, some of the buttons are awkwardly placed ... it isn't that there are "perfect" locations for all of a camera's controls, of course, it's just that if as they came out with new camera models they left the buttons in the same locations photographers would have already trained their fingers to know where to go to change settings ... i glued shut the little rubber access panel that kept popping open under my little finger, so that's no longer an issue ... .nef raw file buffer is terrible compared to my "ancient" d200, but for sports and action pictures the .jpeg files are so good i'll be able to use that file format for high-speed sequential shooting ... the .jpeg buffer will easily handle 20-30 pictures at 6 frames/second ...

... here's a snapshot taken during a late-night walkabout ... i.s.o. 2500 ... 


... at the museum in peabody, having read the "how to be a great dad" manual, a father points out to his daughter tiny rainbows being cast on the floor by the ice encrusted skylights high overhead ...


... another of my "main street girls," she is most optimistic ...


... bella, out for an afternoon drive ...


... and, finally, at high noon, when all the how-to guides tell photographers it's the wrong time of day to take pictures, the entrance to the bookstore's dungeon ...


... a range of images, if anything demonstrating that i'm getting comfortable with this camera ...