Tuesday, September 29, 2009

More Than Clicking a Shutter


Fishing Below the Dam
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At the present:
1.) About 90% of my time (awake) is spent working on my 35 year profession of trucking. I take care of business first.
2.) Less than 2% of my free time is spent actually taking photographs.
3.) About 80% of my free time is spent editing and posting photos on the internet.
4.) About 15% of my free time is spent ready, mostly about photography.
5.) The rest of my time is spent doing errands that get me prepared to work at my profession.

Man, will I be happy to change professions, and become a full time photographer.

If you are contemplating photography as a career you can expect less than 10% of your time to be spent behind the camera. Photography is, first and foremost, a profession and a business, and should be treated like one.

But, it is a hell-of-a-lot of fun.


Monday, September 28, 2009

Coming Soon!

I am looking at the possibility of posting articles written by and for photographers other than myself. And, I am looking into licensing these articles and photographs from several sources. Hopefully this will encourage me to post more intelligently, and on a more timely schedule. So, be looking for these changes.

And, yes, I will soon have a more professional looking banner at the top of this blog. Man, I hate that thing.

Attitude is Everything



Cheer Up!
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Ya know, I am disgusted with my attitude. I have been reading some of my past postings, and they seem very negative to me. However, I know that when I wrote them I did not intend to be a whiner. Yeah, I have a few physical ailments. And, one day they will kill me. So what. Everyone dies. And, except for the attitude that I seem to be displaying through my writings, I think my mental state is more stable now than it has been in years. At more than one point I believe I was only moments away from crossing the line into complete insanity. But, even if time does not heal all wounds, well - you can learn to cope with them. And, I have done that.

Anyway, let this post be fair notice to all: If I sound like I am whining then you or someone needs to kick my butt. Because I have nothing worth whining over. I am extremely grateful for the life I have had, because I know the direction my life could have gone in. Bad things have happened in my life simply because I was not strong enough to control my own destiny. But, all I have to do to realize that my life has been good is listen/watch the news on the radio/television. God has been good to me. I believe in God. I believe he is watching over me. And, although I may not have earned a gate pass to heaven, I do not think he will send me to hell. I will just have to work a little harder at being good during my next go-around.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Change Starts Now - revisited


Open Road
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Well, I am trying to make changes in my lifestyle. I have cut back (not quit) on the number of sodas I drink each day, and I am drinking more water. And, I have had at least two set-down meals since my last post. But, I have busted butt since my last post, and I am damn close to collapsing. Somehow I have to find the will to keep going long enough to finish getting the things I need to get before I make occupational changes. When I make occupational changes I will most likely loose net income as a result, at least at the beginning. Ya do what ya gotta do.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Change Starts Now


At Least It's Not a Vulture!
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I am in Oceanside, California. I was supposed to deliver a few miles from here this morning. At least, according to my dispatcher. But, the consignee was closed for Labor Day. So, I decided to turn sour grapes into sweet wine. I rented a motel room two blocks off of the beach, and went for a walk. The photo above was taken on my little outing to Oceanside Harbor.

The good thing is that I got a couple of good photographs. But, I always seemed to be in the wrong place when the best opportunities came along, either right in front or right in back of me. But, I kept moving. Getting exercise was my main purpose for this outing.

Well, I got a little exercise. But, I learned something that I do not like learning. That is, my health is about as bad as I can let it get. I have got to do something to change my life, or loose it. I now weight more than I have ever weighed in my life. And, trying to move this 267 pounds around is just about more than I can do. I know that my weight, my diet, my lack of exercise, - hell, my entire lifestyle is killing me.

Yesterday was the last day that I can go without living a healthy lifestyle. Change starts now.