Archive for the ‘Happiness’ Category

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge asks us to provide a photo of something new.

Photos of a baby are the prototypical answer to any request for a representation of “new.” My family has been fortunate enough to have several children born recently and not surprisingly I have been taking more than a few pictures of them. I initially resisted using a photo of a baby for this challenge for fear of being trite. However, in thinking about a photo of mine that demonstrates “Possibility. Opportunity. Potential.” (as mentioned in the challenge), I realized that one of my pictures did that in a way that wasn’t just the typical cute baby photo. This photo is of my recently passed father-in-law and one of his great-grandchildren. As my father-in-law holds his great-grandchild’s hand and looks intently at his happy face, I see him looking into the past and future. His loving 91-year-old eyes and small smile show that he is content both with his life and with the promise of the child and of potential he embodies.

The Great Grandhild

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I continue to go through the hundreds of photos I took of a duck and her ducklings the other day. Here is another photo of a duck exercising its wings; this time with a straight on view. It is pretty cool how they instinctively “know” that they have to be doing this. Somehow it seems like a nifty symbol of striving.

FYI, I strongly suspect that the motion blur behind the duckling was due to the ruffling of the larger duck’s feathers although it almost makes it look like the duckling was landing, which it was not. The exposure was ISO 400 1/90 sec. at f/5.6

My second contributions to this week’ s Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-Second Story  comes in two, you might call them flavors. Both concern the same baby ducklings and the same momma duck. I think the photos tells the tale with some immediacy — don’t get too close I’ve got my eye on you — but it is up to the viewer to judge.Ducklings - May 31, 2014 - 392

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Big news at Points-of-View. For most of the life of my blog I have posted on it on a more-or-less daily basis and I have been visiting the blogs of others at least as regularly. That schedule helped me to remain part of the blogging community by sharing my work and enabled me to see what others were doing. My participation dropped off in the past couple of months for three reasons; one of which was finally taken care of YESTERDAY!! For months I have been preparing for my very first photo exhibit – a solo exhibit – and it opened on May 1.

Getting the exhibit together was far more challenging than I expected. It title is “Metal Works” because all of the photos are printed on/fused into sheets of aluminum. The gallery space for the show is in the “Upper Lounge” of the Lowell Center, which is on the University of Wisconsin – Madison campus and is one of the conference centers . The Upper Lounge is actually a large space that doubles as the main entrance to the building. It features gallery space for 20-25 photos in an area that also includes a large fireplace, cozy chairs and, perhaps not surprisingly, a grand piano. Numerous events, receptions and other activities occur in and around the Upper Lounge (friends of ours actually had their wedding reception there). While the Upper Lounge makes it a nice venue for showing photos to a wide range of people, doing it with 25 aluminum photos presented challenges that we a little unusual as I tried to match the subject matter of the photo as well as the reflectivity of the media vis-à-vis the subject matter and the lighting conditions.

The good news is that it all came together quite nicely.  My wife put together a piece about the show that she shared with our relatives. I’m attaching it here to thank her for all of her help in getting the show opened! Below that is a photo showing my split personality (me and my reflection off of the grand piano in the Upper Lounge exhibit space).

Kim's iPhone Photo of Rob's Exhibit

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I have had this blog for less than one year and recently I posted my 365th post so I decided to memorialize the occasion. Point-of-View.com has been pretty difficult for me. I suffer from a chronic disease that makes it hard to concentrate and to stay focused and I am often in pain and quite tired (thus the “fog”). When I started this blog I had no idea how much energy it would take and what a challenge it was going to be (thus the “war”).

I started this photo blog in part because the writing that used to come so easily to me now comes slowly and messily like the last bits of toothpaste squeezed out of the tube. Until relatively recently, I was able to work at least part-time in the career I had long pursued (I was an attorney working with intellectual property and technology law). That work is no longer available to me because it requires more energy, a better memory, and greater nimbleness of mind than I currently possess. I tell my friends that I am not dumber, but I am slower.

During the early days of my illness, boredom was a constant companion. Then, a few years ago, my wife bought me a new camera. While I had always enjoyed photography, suddenly I had a lot of time available in which to pursue it. So off I went on a photo binge. Many of my photos are taken of things very close to home – typically in our yard or neighborhood; indeed I have a category in my blog for “Photos Taken within 100 Meters of Our Home.” Many others are taken on the way to visit or at my in-laws. (My wife has a great family!)

As the years went by and the shutter clicked, hundreds and then thousands of images filled up space on my hard drive(s) and I began to think about sharing my photos. I am and always will be an amateur photographer. I do not have the energy nor do I have the desire to sell any of my work (although I do donate my work to non-profit auctions and the like).  Eventually I decided to try blogging and started start Points-of-view.com.

Keeping up with this blog has been difficult for me. What has made this easier is that many of you who have visited this blog have been extraordinarily generous with your thoughts about my photos. I am not too proud to admit that when someone says a photo of mine is “stunning” or “wonderful” or “amazing” it makes me feel good. That isn’t the sole reason for the blog, but it sure doesn’t hurt! More important for someone who had spent all too much time just sitting at home is that my blog brought me into a community of people from around the world whose blogging about their lives and travels has made boredom impossible and made frustration, fatigue and pain more bearable. While it is still so very much more difficult to write than it used to be, I have all of the time I want to do it and so it is okay.

This post contains some of my favorite photos from my first 365 posts. When I was looking through the posts to put together this collection, my biggest thought was how thankful I am that I have had this opportunity. Mostly I thank all of the people who have visited my blog. I also want to give a shout out to WordPress because I really doubt I would have had a “Post 366” had I not been blogging with WordPress, which has made setting it up my blog and keeping it going so much easier for me than would otherwise have been the case.

I hope you enjoy this collection.

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One of the things that I like the most about digital photography is the ability that it gives me to create the new and unusual. The tools available in the digital darkroom fascinate me and I enjoy playing with them. In a real sense, I am like a kid in a room full of wonderful and exciting toys. This particular photo is of a flower (a Browallia) growing in our backyard. I digitally manipulated the photo using Photoshop and its Plug-in Filter Forge. Filter Forge is one of my favorite plug-ins. I don’t know that it is widely used but you can do some nifty things (sometimes after many hours of work). To the best of my knowledge, Filter Forge does not create filters. All of the thousands of filters available at no cost to users of its product on Filter Forge’s website were created by its users. The filter used here is called Glass Ball Shot.

Submitted to Sunday Stills.

Cookie and Cronkite

Here is my take on this week’s Ese’ s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Touch: an un-posed and touching (in more than one sense) photo of our two dogs: Cookie and Cronkite. I am also including one of my favorite quotes of all time, which is:

Happiness is a warm puppy.  ~ Charles M. Schulz

I hope you enjoy this.