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The Troublemaker

Dew Covered Spiderweb - Cades Cove Great Smoky Mountains

Dew Covered Spiderweb – Cades Cove Great Smoky Mountains

I’ve never considered myself a troublemaker. Yet, throughout my life I’ve found myself in trouble. The words I’ve said, or not said, the actions I’ve made, or not made, all have presented troublesome times in life for myself and others. Age has helped me learn to be a better student in life and see when I can be the troublemaker.

Life is always offering us situations where decisions we need to be make could cause trouble. I use the following scenario as a simple example. Lets say that while shooting some photographs of a dew covered spider web in wetlands we make the decision to step to the right for a different perspective. We are in trouble as soon the water and mud flow over the tops of our boots. We probably should not have done that. The fault was not the water, the mud, the dew covered spiderweb, the spider who made the web or the boot. That experience offers a lesson that hopefully will not be repeated. :-)

Unfortunately, there is a tendency to look at others or life events as troublemakers but seldom ourselves. An honest look at broken relationships will show us the words or actions we are responsible for that became troublemakers. When such an approach is made healing can be made in that relationship. Working to make ourselves as peacemakers rather than troublemakers would slowly change much of the world around us and eventually all of the world.

I personally feel if we all looked at the choices we make from life’s experiences we will become more aware of who really caused the trouble. If not, then I promise you, we will step in the muddy water, again.

“The real troublemaker is within us. Our true enemies are our destructive tendencies.” Dali Lama

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Film Simulation

Cone Flowers

Cone Flowers

I have been shooting almost exclusively in jpeg format for over a year now after buying the Fujifilm X-E1. I find the quality of the jpeg files to be all that I needed and my post processing time go way down. However, if I come upon a situation where I want a raw file I simple press a function button and changed it to capture images in raw plus jpeg.

I recently upgraded to the Fuji X-T10 for the improved focus system and because the dang thing was “cool” looking. And, as we all know, cool makes you a better photographer. I am shooting in jpeg with this camera also. It is easy  to setup the X-T10 to use one of the 7 function buttons to allow me to quickly change to raw and jpeg. I was able to do the same with the X-E1 but with only one function button. More bells on this model. I can also do this with the Q menu.

Anyway the focus of this post is about the film simulation of jpeg files. Since I’m primarily working with jpeg files I’ve set BKT 2 on my Drive Dial for film simulation.  When bracketing in film simulation, one exposure is made then 3 files are output each with the film simulation I choose from the available eleven. I currently have it set for Provia, Velvia and Astia. So when I come across a situation I’m not sure about, or just for the fun of it, I switch to BKT2. As long as I’ve exposed properly, I will have three images to choose from.

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After the Rain

Wet Leaves

After the Rain

“If there is no balance in your inner world, there will be none in your outer world, for harmony always begins within.”

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Rusty Chain

Rusty Chain

Rusty Chain

Untouched jpeg file straight out of the X-T10.

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Within 15 Feet

Shirts: Gotta Look Dapper

Shirts: Gotta Look Dapper

I read somewhere about an exercise where we needed to focus on seeing subjects within 15 feet of our bed. So on a rainy day it seemed as good a day as any and we had nice diffused light. There was more to see but three images is enough to bore you.

Dresser Drawer Handles

Dresser Drawer Handles

This exercise could also be an ongoing project. Just thinking, yes I know that’s dangerous, that maybe setting aside one day a month or a week and look around my room to see what presents itself.

Stuffed Animals: Gifts from special people

Stuffed Animals: Gifts from special people

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… you have to see.

Dahlia

Dahlia

“The camera doesn’t make a bit of difference. All of them can record what you are seeing. But, you have to SEE.” – Ernst Hass

I have been shooting with the Fujifilm X-E1 almost exclusively since October of 2013. My Nikon gear has sat collecting dust except for a few sunset and sunrise excursions. I find the X-E1 so much easier to grab due to its weight and size. I feel the images (jpeg) meet the standards for my use for posting on the web and any prints I wish to make. So, I sold all the Nikon gear. I intend to add one more lens, either the 23mm f1.4 or the 35mm 1.4, and probably the new X-T10. So, I apologize for the decrease in my quality of postings. :-)

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The Changes Within

Art in Hidden Nature

Art in Hidden Nature

Life was a struggle for me in 1991. Little things like a divorce, a job loss, poor financial choices, let me know how little control I had over my life. At this time in my life I earnestly began to search for some answer to how I felt. I looked into different religious faiths, attended retreats, joined help groups, read the books, practiced their exercises and principles, with no relief or answers.

Over time the needed change found me. I stumbled upon a solution that introduced me to a new way of seeing who I really was and the world around me. I needed new ways of dealing with life’s challenges. I found a resource in quiet times of prayer, meditation and contemplation. I enjoy this inward journey as it helps me to see within and to use the eyes of something deeper to see outward. Learning to see a “true self” rather than a “false self” allows us to be a more interesting person. I’ve heard it said, to create more interesting images make ourselves more interesting. For me, the changes within me have changed my photography.

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