madshutterbug: (c)2009 by Myself (Consulting Detective)
Not sure I've the heart to tell the Border Collie Bros that today being Ofuroyama's birthday is a bit of a... prank. Just a bit though.


Mar. 5th, 2012 07:15 pm
madshutterbug: (c)2009 by Myself (Houdini&I)
Wandering through Necronomicon last year, one of the artists on Writer's Row (the paid table space where visiting artists may hawk their art) displayed a sign with a cartoon dog saying something to encourage customers to spend. I looked at it and chuckled. Then I thought, hey, I live with dogs.

I can do that! )

It's actually a collaborative effort. Herself made the photo on her iPhone, and texted it to me. I saved it, worked it into B&W in Photoshop. We've printed it for sale as a straight photo (hint hint). I added the further touch so we can display this at either or both the KP Ranch and Studio 318 booths at our various markets and fairs.

Been a tad busy weekend for photography, between reviewing prints picked up from Flair Lab for mounting, matting & sleeving in preparation to sell. The other busy-ness invovled working up a set of photographs from a recent visit, and hearing from the folk running an upcoming weekend show.

Part the First, we received a visit last month from Flat Stanley (link opens in a new window, a Wiki about the Flat Stanley books). One of Herself's cousins is an elementary school teacher in Mesa, Arizona. The Flat Stanley books sparked a common project for younger age schoolchildren, wherein Flat Stanley(s) are made and mailed around the world to other schoolchildren, who then help Stanley experience adventures. Herself's cousin made her own Flat Stanley along with her students, and hers came to visit us on Teh Ranch for his first stop. He's now on his way back to Arizona, should of arrived today matter of fact, and will later this week be off to Merry Old England. Sometime soon, I'll put up the Flat Stanley photos from his visit, but first those need to follow after Flat Stanley off to Arizona.

Part the Second, the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens hosts a Spring Garden Festival every year. We've attended this festival frequently, often with camera in hand, and we also enjoy the Botanical Gardens as a photo opportunity. This year, we'll be in the Spring Garden Festival selling our photos, March 24 & 25. So if you are local to us here in North Central Baja Jorja, come on by. You might even see the actual Feed the Dogs sign, eh.
madshutterbug: (c)2009 by Myself (Consulting Detective)
Saw the gist of this elsewhere, the one with the Star Wars theme. Thought I ought to repost or something, because, well, yes, snort. Popper told me nay, don't repost it. So we did the newest Fruity Product thing (iSteal) and here we are...

Popper's Holiday Greetings )
madshutterbug: (C) 2005 S Grossman (Stalking_Elusive_Photograph)
So Camera Club #2 (as I call it) meets on the third Monday of the month. This month the theme for the submissions is/was Panorama. These are wide format images, either composited, 'stitched' together from several frames (or many frames in some instances) or cropped to the panoramic format which is landscape out the ying-yang, or possibly photographed using a panoramic camera. Those beasts are interesting devices, where the lens pivots on a central point to expose a strip of film to the wide-format landscape (usually) to be recorded.

I've done two variations on these. Compositing, and 'faux' or cropping images to that long, slender, wide format. Not all the images I submitted this month were panos, in fact, only two. I did learn that since the second 'category' in the submission rules is 'General' it is possible to submit a few more images to the overall theme. Store that for next time. I didn't put in any of my 'faux' panos, though I thought about it for a bit.

Panorama #1: Lake Chelan, Washington )

Panorama #2: Storm Over Paddock )

Now, on to the other portions. First, the General Three:
Lyre, Lyre )

Gathering for the Photo Walk )

Architectural Feature )

Popper Aussie Getting a Close-Up )

Take Off )

There are more from the Naples trip, of course. These are simply the ones I put into the show on Monday.


Oct. 6th, 2010 05:52 pm
madshutterbug: (C) 2005 S Grossman (Stalking_Elusive_Photograph)
Pacific Northwest, Near This Time Of Year )

Why do I photograph stuffed toy otters, you don't ask which is OK because I'm not exactly going to answer. Though I'm also not exactly leaving you in the dark, either.

October is an odd month for me, and after last September with some more similar events added to the memory tree I find myself pausing at certain odd thoughts running through my head. In short, lots of oddness. Sort of like a grown man playing with stuffed toys.

I've been riding this third stone from the star around that same star for nigh onto 21,184 days now, which is 508,416 hours or so of varied enjoyment. This is one of the thoughts that spun out of another one over the weekend, and this one is related to a measuring device called a Hobbs Tachometer. Tachometers usually measure the frequency of revolution of some object, such as the engine in an automobile. Hobbs Tachometers don't measure revolution. They measure time, usually in hours. They're used on machinery that will need particular types of maintenance at regular intervals, just as a car needs the oil changed at certain intervals usually measured by distance. These other machines may or may not be going somewhere in distance, but they are going someplace in time.

Like my Ford 8N tractor. Tractors are one of those devices that frequently use Hobbs Tachometers because they need maintenance and oil and other fluid changes after so much time operating. Measuring time, but not telling time.

But that's not the thought that I thunk over the weekend; that one came along today while I meditated on that thought thunk over the weekend. That thought involved the fact that I, Me, let's see oh yes, that part of me that Rene Des Carte described with the 'Cogito, ergo sum' comment, I don't feel old. In fact, I'm not at all sure how old I am. I mean, really, I don't know. What time am I?

Now, this vehicle that I'm operating, if you will, the one that let me bounce out that comment about 508,416 hours plus some bit and counting, the one with the sensors that let me perceive environmental space and the bio-mechanical activators to move through that environment, sometimes creaks and groans and pops and such from the wear and tear of 508,416 hours of operation. I mean, it's a fairly good bio-mechanical vehicle, mostly self-repairing with some fuel and some rest and some raw materials with which to refurbish. It is still showing some signs, just like Sydney SubaruOutback does, of going around the block, or that star, a few times.

But me, the operator if you will, I don't feel much different in a lot of ways than I did when the vehicle could claim a mere 157,776 hours on its Hobbs Tachometer. In fact, I don't feel a lot different than 61,368 hours, when some of the fellows that I went to school with at the time started giving me a hard time (that would persist for another 52,584 hours) because I still played with stuffed toy animals.

The stuffed toy animals are somewhat peripheral to this philosophical treatise of me, myself, I not feeling Old. What isn't peripheral at all is how this thought caused me to pause and look around my current universe here, and think 'Yanno, I expect this is something that my parents, my brother, my sister, and countless others felt over the passage of far more of those hours than I care to enumerate because I'd need scientific notation and it would look something like, oh, 92 x 10 to the power of 11 or some other fantabulously large number. Every now and then, the absence of those same individuals brings me to a pause as well, like when I think 'Gee I need to tell my brother that he'll really enjoy it. Oh. Right. Don't have that phone number any more, different Plane of Existence. Those pauses make the Vehicle Operator (as it were) pause and do a self-check of sorts.

And the answer still comes back, Right, the Hobbs is turning over but how old am I? I'm... dunno.

Then I see one of these photographs I made either of or with one of the Otterz Mob and I smile again, gleeful, joyful, maybe wishing I could speak Klingon. Because all those hard times those fellows gave me about playing with stuffed toy animals some, oh, 447,048 hours or so ago? All that D00d, you're so weird to still be playing with little boy toys? I received money for one of those pictures. Someone paid me for that play. Revenge is best served cold. It's sweet, too.

And if all of that seems sort of disjointed and doesn't make sense? That's OK. I'm going to go for a walk with my dogs now.
madshutterbug: (C) 2005 S Grossman (Stalking_Elusive_Photograph)
Beware My Sleepyons )

I'd say this completes the postings for the week of 9/13, and it does, yet... well, what I did getting ready for the week of postings. Uploaded the group to Flickr, then on that occasion copied and saved the HTML coding to link to the photos. Posted a picture a day, with one exception that wasn't on the list, and another exception being the Stay Late at Hospital day.

Today, as I've griped about before, my connection to Flickr isn't playing nice. This is why I've started setting up for a week's worth of postings as it were when I do get connected. I'm fairly sure it's hardware, not sure if it's the router or the laptop itself. Happens with more sites than Flickr, may involve weather at the Internet Satellite Provider location. Seems to mostly involve sites which are major band-width intensive, so graphic sites. Or it could be the laptop, which is also acting a bit odd lately, nearly a year after the Big Laptop OS Crash. Probably I should just bite it and get a new computer, except there's that whole the economy sucks thing and our current bills pretty well did expand to meet available income.

Still, nobody wants to hear things like that as it reminds them too much about their own problems.

Herself is back from her SCA weekend refreshed and full of stories about helping cook the feast. When she got home Houdini and I were playing Hose while also washing out one of the dogs igloo-style dog houses. More on that later (house-washing) because Herself needed me to move the Subaru to back in the Nissan, and I wasn't about to let a soaked dog into the car, and he wasn't about to move without getting a ride. End result, no one hurt, Herself moved the dog, I moved the car, the Nissan got backed in, and we unloaded LEFTOVERS for dinner. Om nom nom.

I've also prepped photos for next week, actually tomorrow evening, Camera Club #2 meeting & show. Eight photos, three to the theme Nature which means natural things without any signs of Man, three General and I more or less stayed with the Theme except I allowed some signs of Man, and two Monochrome one of which shows no signs of Man and one of which is a Portrait of Woman.

This one is different from Camera Club #1. When time comes to look at photos, that's what the club does. Maker of Photos speaks a bit to each one, and other members then comment as they feel the need. Critique is available yet must be asked for specifically. No Place Ribbon prizes are awarded; everyone is there to make, look at, and enjoy photos. Probably quite a few that I'm running in this one I've used a a Pic'o'Day at some point; I'll reference back to them after I know how things went. Others I'll put up as Pic-o'Day sometime soon, same purpose.

For now, it's time to go feed Cows and Horses and Hungry BorderCollieBros and then me.
madshutterbug: (c)2009 by Myself (DancingPenguins)
And you know who you are...

Two Lumps Today!

It's so totally true, and one of the reasons I so like you blokes.

High Key

Sep. 4th, 2010 08:17 am
madshutterbug: (C) 2005 S Grossman (Stalking_Elusive_Photograph)
aybe the last in the grouping, depends on if I get enough time today to work up another one for variety. Deadline for submissions to Camera Club #1 for Tuesday coming meeting is Sunday evening.

High Key Devilish Otterz )

Again, selected from previous work rather than spending time in Studio, and post-processing to achieve the High-Key effect. Appreciate your comments so far; for those able to take the poll (crossposting to another blog, where there is a poll capability), please do so. You don't need to feel 'qualified', as that bit is a game of sorts. How will the poll results compare to the actual competition judge results?

[Poll #1614889]

High Key

Sep. 4th, 2010 08:17 am
madshutterbug: (C) 2005 S Grossman (Stalking_Elusive_Photograph)
Maybe the last in the grouping, depends on if I get enough time today to work up another one for variety. Deadline for submissions to Camera Club #1 for Tuesday coming meeting is Sunday evening.

High Key Devilish Otterz )

Again, selected from previous work rather than spending time in Studio, and post-processing to achieve the High-Key effect. Appreciate your comments so far; for those able to take the poll (crossposting to another blog, where there is a poll capability), please do so. You don't need to feel 'qualified', as that bit is a game of sorts. How will the poll results compare to the actual competition judge results?
madshutterbug: (C) 2005 S Grossman (Stalking_Elusive_Photograph)
Do NOT Let Otterz Drive! )

wedschilde, I told you not to give him those keys!

In other news, working on High Key images. While this is certainly an easy thing to do using the wonders of digital editing, it is much easier when one starts off with true high-key images...

In other news again, Houdini is reminding me that there are Sky Grumblers about, and he is in need of lap time.
madshutterbug: (C) 2005 S Grossman (Stalking_Elusive_Photograph)
Otterz Love Sashimi, Submitted to Camera Club Colour B )

I've been cross-posting Pic'o'Day postings, starting here and crossing to LJ. However, the source host, Flickr, has made the whole process a bit more time-consuming with a Shiny! New! Improved! viewing page. I've verified the process used today (not crossposted, because over on LJ there's a poll involved and I'm still unable to submit polls here) works on LJ. It will probably work here as well, as a picture poll.

On another level, it's got me thinking harder about obtaining my own domain and hosting my own photos...
madshutterbug: (C) 2005 S Grossman (Stalking_Elusive_Photograph)
Not a bad day, per se, yet for some reason as the day wore on grumpiness descended upon me and would not depart. So as I skimmed across photographs (yes, still reviewing for portfolio) and across this fellow, I decided I needed some Lolgoat! )

That is all.

Well, no, not exactly. Showing it to Herself, I became aware that some people won't get this...


Jun. 25th, 2010 05:52 pm
madshutterbug: (C) 2005 S Grossman (Stalking_Elusive_Photograph)
I feel like Tanuki in the fable about the tea house. Too hot! Too hot! And like Tanuki, running around doesn't really help much.

The past couple of nights are quite loud outside. Not people loud. Crickets, frogs, probably cicadas, and all of it combining to create a sonorous cacophony. It is impressive; not so loud that a television (with windows closed and AC running) can't drown it out. However, opening the door to take out Houdini for evening constitutional, or the Kittehs of Apocalypse, and the sound envelops you.

During the day, cicadas sing as well (or is it play, actually, since they make their sounds by rubbing their legs together as crickets do), and lo those many years ago I learned a local 'saying' that when the cicadas sing it is officially hot. This is related to ... well, biology of course, because they don't get energetic enough to sing until ambient temperatures get quite warm enough.

Firesmith commented to my pool photos theme that he'd like to see something cool (like, in a pool) continue. So here we are. The photo itself is a link to the Flickr site. Click on it; it's the first in the series. Then look for the little 'projection screen' icon in the 'Set' box to the right and click that. Watch the series as a slide show.

Flamimgo Resort, Las Vegas Waterslide... )
madshutterbug: (C) 2005 S Grossman (Stalking_Elusive_Photograph)
Definitely Work Safe. Definitely. )

I think I needs me one of those t-shirts. *G*

Hot here today. We are currently hiding from the heat and humidity after:
A) Feeding critters and
B) Feed run laying in stock and
C) Clearing some of the panels out of the way from old Adolescent Doeling Pen and
D) Moving Adolescent Doeling tarp shelter (sun and rain, shelters from both eh) and
E) Hot.

Meanwhile. Just hot. Yes. Definitely.
madshutterbug: (C) 2005 S Grossman (Stalking_Elusive_Photograph)
Is that a Banana in your belt, or are you just happy to see me? )

The event? Fred-Con. That's the name we gave it, the group of us who in some cases knew each other face-face, in others knew each other via Blogspace, and all of us knew Skippy & Fat Fred Otterz. Someone suggested we ought to get together. Someone else said sure, where? And... Lost Wages, Nevada got mentioned.

What happens in Lost Wages, mostly stays there. Mostly. This is during brunch (bit late to be like Breakfast, really, too early to be Lunch) our first morning there. Otterz and Humanz getting together for a meal, getting to know each other face-face. Even the waiter got into it with us. Grand time.

Posting Pic'o'Day now because this evening I will be at Hospital. Morning chores on teh Ranch are done. Laid in more feed (the never-ending story), replaced a couple of the old feed barrels due to age and cracks in either the plastic barrels or the lids. Yes, I said plastic. The kind used to import olives and peppers from Greece, big barrels, they hold 250 pounds/ 113.6 kg of feed and are weather-proof. Those barrels/lids being replaced are on the order of 8 - 10 years old, and they live outdoors here in North Central Baja Jorja through the heat and sun of summer and the freezing of winter.

OK, so our freezing isn't usually as low nor as long as say South Dakota. It does freeze here. Froze here quite a bit, for the geography, this past winter.

Those cracked barrels (and a few lids) are no longer weather proof. The plastic however is still useful for other things, and likely to show up in other projects as a result. Once it's totally worn out, then we recycle it. Best we can do given circumstances.

Also filled Forrest NissanPickup with petrol, plus a bit for Herself's yard tractor which gets a lot of use around here. Harrison Ford8N Tractor also gets a workout, but he's a bit much weight for mowing over the septic tanks or drain fields, eh? Plus, with moving the adolescent doelings last weekend (and continuing to move them into their new digs) their old spot, out in front of Studio 318 needs to be tilled and planted as a garden.

Will get some other photography work done today before Hospital work. Tomorrow weather permitting, experimental under-water photography in a friend's pool. That will be on film, so delayed gratification for all of us.
madshutterbug: (C) 2005 S Grossman (Stalking_Elusive_Photograph)
One Armed Bandit Meets Its Match )

Not that I recall them actually, like, winning anything...

In other news, will be changing a tire shortly. Not unexpected, planned for, except the tire was supposed to last just until I got Sydney Subaru Outback to the tire store. Not quite, alas. However, funding available as of today, so we'll get the job done soon.

In other, other news,

Um, yeah. Busy day, what?
madshutterbug: (c)2009 by Myself (Default)
Read more... )

The Ottarz at Fred-Con made a pilgrimage to Rub de Buddha. Group portraits of tourist crowds are obligatory, of course... Feel free to click through to Flickr (the photo is the link) for a Notes Roster of Who's Otterz Who.

In other news, re-shaped the Adolescent Doeling pen today, providing them with some greenery as well as moving it a bit closer to the Holding Pen entry to the Goat Paddock. We will re-claim unused portions of the Adolescent Doeling pen to help re-configure the Buckling Pen into separate but equal (oh, bad Madshutterbug, bad) Buckling and Adolescent Doeling pens inside the Goat Paddock. Worked on that until it got quite too warm out, then retreated inside.

Inside I worked on post-production preparation for the Participant Proofs Disks from the Summer Fae shoot. Only 100 images left to prep, oh my. Rather cross-eyed now so not going to work on those just yet. Should still be burning those disks by Sunday evening (Saturday is a Hospital Work Day, today is Off for that reason).

madshutterbug: (C) 2005 S Grossman (Stalking_Elusive_Photograph)
Fred Con! What Happens In Vegas... )

The Otterz Mob gathering for a group portrait at FredCon. That's Fat Fred Himself in the back, wearing shades and a trademark Hawaiian shirt. I can pick out a couple others easily (Chibi-Otterz, Popper Aussie & Dredd of course).

In other news, what turned out to be borked about the Interwebz on Monday or when was our router. Evidently the thunderstorm on Sunday evening provided enough of a spike even through the surge protector to cause it some confusion. Resetting it fixed the problems.

In other other news, heat and humidity are arrived in North Central Baja Jorja. Surprise! It's the first day of Hurricane Season!

And in non-news I'm playing hookey from the Camera Club meeting this evening.


May. 27th, 2010 06:37 pm
madshutterbug: (C) 2005 S Grossman (Stalking_Elusive_Photograph)
Not 'the Blues', Blue... )

This is in the lobby, after the show. Cast of the show line up to meet and greet audience as they leave. This includes musicians, dancers and such as well as the Blue Men themselves. Thing I liked about it? While the musicians and such did talk with Audience, answering questions and such, the Blue Men stayed in character as mimes.

The show itself is spectacular, fun, impressive, Loud, and if one has problems with flickering light may be problematic.

In other news, I am tired. Surprised? Nah, neither am I. We are definitely into a Scrub shortage at Hospital, as I've been Scrub Nurse three days out of the four so far. One more to go, anyone want to start a pool on my being Scrub Nurse again? Not sure what the prize will be if you're right.
madshutterbug: (C) 2005 S Grossman (Stalking_Elusive_Photograph)
Popper and Friends )

Popper and some West Coast friends looking over Lake Mead. They took a day-trip break from Fred-Con to see a big body of water; at least that's what they said. There'd been something in the news that morning though about the LVPD and a ruckus at the Bellagio Fountain...

That's Dredd Phredd passed out behind them... too much Vegas, maybe.

Somewhat more seriously, part of the 'mechanics' of photographing a travelling stuffed toy otter that purports to be a photographer involve keeping said otter upright. At this point, we used one of our old point-and-shoot 35mm cameras, without film, and it still proved heavy enough (particularly if along came a breeze) to topple Popper over nose-first. Hanging from the back of Popper's vest is a die key-chain which worked fairly well as a counter-weight. Fairly well, because it also tended to pull his vest down off his shoulders after a while. The long-term solution is a toy camera, much lighter. Best part is (according to Popper) if you look at it, you'll see some photos he made of Vegas.

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