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Today, I went out to photograph some spots along a country road near our home. I have been making note of places where I want to pull over at various hours to photograph sunsets, landscapes, horses, etc. This desperation stems from...
...the dwindliing store of photos on my hard disk. Like The Lady of Shalott I am half sick of the shadows I create of my face. I took a diversion today by posting a picture of my foot wearing one of my art socks.
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One of the attractions of the San Joaquin Marsh is an island in the middle of one of the ponds that is covered with White Pelicans and Double Crested Cormorants. I have a confession about the cormorants: I have...
...never been close enough or had a powerful enough lens to see the tiny wisps of hair that constitute the "crests" on these birds. There are those who doubt that they exist. As far as I know there are only a handful of photos showing the crests...
...and even they are not impressive. The best practice is to assume that any cormorant that you see in the San Joaquin Marsh is a Double Crested and check it of your life list as one. I get many questions about the cormorants...
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Here is the secret behind the existence of San Joaquin Marsh: it is a sewer. Here is the reasoning behind the construction of this artificial wetland. The water processing plant adjacent to the refuge cleanses runoff and sewage...
...of fertilizers and other urban nasties. You cannot pump clean water into the Upper Newport Bay and expect a healthy ecosystem. The water needs to carry nutrients that the ecological pyramid of the Bay depends on...
...to feed the lowest tier of the animal community. Clean water does not carry out this task. So to be sure that the water is fit for this community, it is run through the channels and ponds where it picks up...
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My hair's getting long, but not long enough to tie into a ponytail, which is my intention in this time when we avoid barbers. You can see how long my hair has become in the selfie I posted today. In it I sit at my desk...
...working on my laptop, my immense desk towering over me and clutter filling the space that is not filled by electronics. I chose black and white for this composition as I do for all my best selfies. It's unique because...
...I show myself from the back, a trick I mastered by resorting to the ten second timer in one of my cameras. I don't know how I feel about this photo -- perhaps you have something to say. I'd be very interested.
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Sometimes the goofiest pictures make for the best ones in my eyes.

I have this thing against making photos that seem to fit a template. Cat portraits and portraits in general often have this failing. I must confess...
...that maybe up to half the photos I take of my cats fit the standard portrait template for animals where the subject's complete face is looking straight at you from a very close distance. Some days in some cat groups...
...it can look like a high school yearbook taken by a single professional photographer. I know my stuff is often sloppy and I like it that way. My cats are distinctive, worth breaking some rules for. John Ruskin would have...
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I took several photos of the cats using a timer and a camera placed on the floor. I was pleased with the results overall, the long vanishing points, the interesting postures, etc. My main tool for wrangling them was a laser pointer proving that you can herd cats.
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As promised, the cats arrived today along with a photo of me hiding my face. I have enough photos for maybe a week or two.

Sometimes I put up a blurry, out of focus photo because I like the composition. That is the case of one I took of Aphrodite.
#photograph #photography #cat #Hemingwaycat #calicocat #OutOfFocus #cateyes #face
Joel Sax shared a photo with you from the Flickr app! Check it out:
flic.kr/p/2juDfZs
Lynn was sick today and avoiding me by staying in the loft. I had issues of my own with dizziness that I remedied with a nap. Neither of us is wheezing, so it shouldn't be Covid.

I ran into a jerk on the IRC channel who annoyed that he had Covid. When I asked him questions...
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I'm about to put the pictures of the fire in the wetlands to bed (they were beginning to look alike). Starting tomorrow I am going to inflict cat photos on you. And some selfies.

But these are not what is making me unpopular tonight...
...I spoke up about people making an addict a hero. Look, I said, I resisted the peer pressure, the desire to alleviate boredom, self medication, etc. and I did not become an addict. Well they said "your high self confidence..."
-- my self confidence was never high and it is not high now. Every week my therapist and my wife tell me that I am not as bad as I think I am. People who know me well know that belief in myself is not my trademark. I have never...
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Fire is a given part of living in Southern California. If you live around the fringes of the metropolis, you've had one threaten or burn down your home at one time or another. In 2007, we had one come within three blocks of ours...
...stopped by the OCFD about ten feet from the houses. You could see the blackened patch of sage scrub for over a year, until a plentiful rain incited the wildflowers and grass to cover the spot. Our fire department...
...had a strategy: they only fought the flames when they actually threatened homes and businesses.

When we saw the plume of smoke that marked the Bolsa Chica Fire we wondered if the brush wind from the ocean would...
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My recent outdoor photos have been vibrant -- I've been finding unlikely greens despite this summer drought -- but the canvas of my soul has been drab and disorganized. The undulations of a #depression...
...have evaded the consciousness of people exposed to me, but they do comment on my scatter-brainedness as if that is some kind of character flaw rather than a symptom of an illness. The people who probably need to see this don't follow me...
...on Twitter or Facebook, so this is going out to all of you who don't experience me in real life or via Zoom. I am not much of a direct communicator, so I don't state outright "Hey, what the fuck is wrong with you...
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I slept for fourteen or fifteen hours today after sleeping six the night before. Sleep is one of the most important things when you live with #bipolardisorder -- too much and you sink into a depression. Too little and...
...you are the obnoxious life of the party. So my body fought off the mania by blasting me with an excessive night stupor. It made it hard to engage for very long with people on my online bipolar support group. Perhaps it was for the best given that I was such dismal company.
#photograph #photography #creek #estuary #wetland
Joel Sax shared a #photo with you from the #Flickr app! Check it out:
flic.kr/p/2jt6oJe
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Led a hike in the San Joaquin Marsh this afternoon. Brought my usual number of cameras but took fewer pictures than I had last week at Bolsa Chica. The weather was hot. Cool breezes blew across the ponds. I drank...
...all of my ice water. There were plenty of birds. The green around the ponds was surprisingly vibrant making it easy to see birds such as egrets and an Ibis. My group noted that there were far too few benches...
...where we could rest from the heat at the north end of the sanctuary. I decided to cut the hike short, omitting a whole loop around several of the ponds. No one protested.
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Lately I have been struggling to get useful photos through a combination of multiple images plus cropping. I had an instructor who believed that you should always strive to get the shot right inside the frame that you have and never crop...
...but as I entered the real world of photography, I learned that many professional photographers left plenty of space between the subject and the margins. They then cropped to the image that they had always wanted. Today's picture of Aphrodite...
...demanded cropping: otherwise I would have splashed the eye of my audience with lots of useless clutter from my house. We don't keep a clean house suitable for taking portraits at a moment's whim. I must confess that we still have...
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A #Flickr friend of mine heard my cries of frustration and put me onto a means of "training" my followers by eliminating those who weren't commenting and rewarding those who did. My firewall...
...balked at installing the program that I needed to review my 1400 followers behavior, but I managed to find a way to install it nonetheless. When I am done, I will have less than 75 contacts which is a manageable level. If I...
...delete someone who reactivates themself later, I can add them back as they comment or fave my photos. The system is manageable and easy to monitor. All I will need to do is check who faves and comments each day and run the program once a month.
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I must say that the reason why I like cats is that they don't blame every quarrel in our relationship on my #mentalillness or at least I don't spend time worrying that they do. When I deal with people -- especially those who know -- this fear...
...dominates my thoughts. I know many people think I am not very smart. My wife debates the truth of this, but I feel better if I assume that other people are smarter even if the evidence is that they are not. The cats don't care of rather I can't...
...see evidence that they do. People give themselves away all the time. You can see it in subtle twitches of their face. They aren't that good at hiding their feelings. I had to learn to read faces. I had to know how to distinguish the sociopath from the narcissist....
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Two subjects tend to occupy my photo life lately: #selfies and #cats. The reason for this is simple: the models are readily available and I am not shy about approaching them. The cats have a deep seated fear of the camera because of the flash...
...so I have to be clever about capturing them. One of my cameras has a flash free night setting. The cats can't tell the difference, so my best schemes are to take multiple shots or use a timer. There is no flash when I use the timer so they don't cringe.
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I had long suspected that there were ways to game the system at #Flickr. In the back of my head, I questioned the huge number of likes some photographers got. Today I ran into a guy with an account whose photos were so bad...

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...it would have been surprising if he had one or two faves. Think washed out, bad composition, etc. He averaged more than a hundred likes per photo. This threw me for a loop and for awhile I felt like Job with all the people giving me advice...
...about how I should learn from this sociopath. One friend did some research for me and discovered that there are ways to buy faves, bots that will like your stuff. I will study it more so I can tell you how it works, but for now I shall be stupid...
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Reading Mary L. Trump's biography of the Pretender in Washington has nothing to do with the photos I am presenting today, but it is striking a chord in my life, causing me to wonder what made me turn out to be the man that I am.
I see my therapist in the mid-afternoon. We will likely discuss how my brother made it his duty to break my self esteem and, with my mother and father, possibly push me to the brink of psychosis. Some say that I shouldn't accept so much responsibility...
...for my decisions, but I disagree. I see my condition as punishment for being a failure, a loser, and it is well deserved. What sixty two year old man focuses his energies on experiments in photography such as the tap water pictures he has given his energies to lately?
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I took many pictures at Bolsa Chica this afternoon including many of terns diving for food and a fire that erupted a few minutes after our group left the environs of a WWII gunnery emplacement. Until I get to that part of the queue, you are stuck with various experiments.
I am very fond of #DoctorWho, so I have a small selection of action figures and a TARDIS. Attempts to photograph my tiny collection haven't given me results that I like until I use one of the #sfx filters installed in my Nikon Coolpix W150.
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L’ASSIKO n’est pas une danse traditionnelle des Bassa , elle va devenir une danse moderne que les Bassa ont adoptée..
Traditionnel signifie « fondé sur la tradition », et tradition veut dire « manière habituelle d'agir ou de penser dans une région,
rituel pratiqué depuis des siècles ». Or les BASSA sont composés de multiples clans dont les trois quart n’ont découvert l’ASSIKO que par les médias. Par essence même cette danse n’est pas pratiquée chez les BabimbI, Bikok, Bassa de Douala ou
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I made myself take a lot of photos of the cats today, but you won't be seeing them for some time because I have a queue to catch up on. So I give you some experiments that I took using a laser pointer and a keyboard.
Later today I am going to Huntington Beach. Yes, I know this is taking my life into my hands given the hostility the citizens of that town have against masks. I hope to have educated myself in the use of my new telephoto lens to use at Gold's Chica.
#photograph #photography #laser #lighttrails #sfx #lensflare
Joel Sax shared a photo with you from the Flickr app! Check it out:
flic.kr/p/2jpQrGG
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I'd rather talk about #cats than politics tonight. The worst Tallahassee does is knock things off the counter and the table. You don't see her violating the First Amendment or the Posse Comitatus Act. Can keep her and Aphrodite amused with a laser pointer. Life is good.
For those who don't know, we have three cats: the ancient Boadicea, the naughty Tallahassee, and her sister Aphrodite. The sisters are calico Hemingway cats, a breed in the making known for their extra toes and connection to the Nobel Prize-winning author.
#photography #photograph #calicocat #Hemingwaycat #catinabox #cat #caliby
Joel Sax shared a #photo with you from the #Flickr app! Check it out:
flic.kr/p/2jpuSbR
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I'm dealing with a tension headache tonight, one that wraps over the top of my skull with stripes over the eyes and a spot in the back behind the ear. I don't know what is causing it -- maybe it is because I am hard pressed to develop new photo ideas or...
... It is like my depressions in that it arrived for no reason and just decided to stay. The problem of running out of photos to post is real. I've resorted to desperate experiments such as the pair of chaotic light trails that came out of teasing the cats...
... with a laser pointer. I have a desktop studio which suggests many subjects -- I have a lot of ordinary objects on hand to photograph. I'm just too lazy to set it up just like I have been too lazy to leave the house to take walks.
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I'm clutching for subjects, visiting @YouTube for videos describing projects you can perform if you are quarantined. Today I went out to go to the pharmacy and then find a place for a couple of dozen shots but my car battery was dead.
Lynn drove me to the pharmacy, but I refrained from asking her to drive me places. That project awaits my battery being jumped today or tomorrow. I'll need to spend an hour driving around so that should present me with plenty of opportunities.
I think I can stop boring you with #selfies for a few days, but only after I present this one last one which is an experiment in motion blur as well as the classic #blackandwhite portrait:
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