Challenges

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Shrouded In Fog

We’ve all been challenged by the events this past year or more and I hope we find the path to better days in the near future. But, the damnpenic has not been the only challenge I have had to deal with recently. I have developed cataracts which have been been getting worse the last couple of months, This image is a bit like what my everyday life is like…always varying degrees of fogginess. It’s often hard to tell if what I see with my eyes is worth photographing and it has become increasingly more difficult to know if I am nailing focus. I look forward to the surgery next month and getting the worst eye sorted out.

Another challenge for me is that I am in the process of changing camera formats. I am moving from full frame Canons to Fujifilm medium format. Although I have yet to find buyers for my 5D Mk4 and 5D S, I have sold four of my six lenses. The two I have left are a Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro and a Tamron 10-24mm which is designed for an APS-C camera.so it vignettes on a full frame at wider than 15mm. Until I sell the two camera bodies these are the only lenses I have to work with. I has forced me to be creative with my shooting. As a backup, I do have a Sony RX100 Mk5, my iPhone 12 Pro and a DJI Mavic Air 2, so I’m not totally lost. If I really want to challenge myself, I can load some B&W film into my Nikon FM.

I look forward to having clearer vision and a new view finder to look through in the near future. It will give me a new focus in my work and life.

The Touch

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Once again it’s seeing something as simple as a branch meeting the water, to be present in the moment to appreciate the touch of real and reflection.

A Light In The Darkness

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On this day, after the culmination of an election that has exposed the deep divisions that exist in the United States of America, I, like so many others am choosing not to be swallowed by the hateful and divisive rhetoric that has defined this conversation.  Instead, I, like so many others, am choosing to rise above the anger and hate, am choosing to open my eyes fully, open my heart fully and prepare myself for the task ahead.  I am so proud of all the social media posts by those who are proclaiming their choice to stand in the breach and defend those who will be persecuted  as a result of this election.  I am proud of those who have committed themselves to being a light in the darkness, for darkness cannot exist where there is light. Like them, I commit to being one of the lights.  I commit to standing with, between, beside or in the midst of those who will most need our help going forward.  We stand on the precipice of strange times, but if we choose to light the way, we can avoid the falling off the precipice into darkness.  Instead, let us choose love over anger, building over destruction, unity over division.    We have our work cut out for us, but we are capable, we are strong, we have compassion, and we have the strongest tool in the kit to work with, LOVE.

Trying times indeed…

Below is part of what Dan Rather wrote in response to last night’s outcome:

“The world is on edge. The country is deeply divided. The markets have gone off a cliff. World capitals are erupting in anxiety. Huge segments of the American public are in panic – going through the shock of grief. This is the world that is now Trump’s to contend with. Do we really know what we have wrought?
This is a conversation that I need you to be a part of. Do not opt out. Your voice matters now more than ever. I will continue to be here in the days and weeks ahead. And we shall endeavor, together, to find a path forward in the best of America’s ideals.  Courage.”

Shine on my friends!