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Refining my portable blogging environment

iPad Mini in coach - At 30,000 feet

iPad Mini in coach – At 30,000 feet

On the ongoing quest to lighten my technology load, I’ve experimented with different technologies. Camera wise, you know I’ve embraced mirrorless cameras. My main travel cameras are the Olympus Pens which together with the smaller lenses, make it much lighter than DSLRs. But my post processing and blogging platform weights a lot too.

On my Cancun trip, I experimented with the iPad Mini as my post processing machine. I also did some rudimentary blogging too. While it’s possible, I found some deficiencies that I’m working to reduce.

The Maxell Airstash works great but I wanted to speed up the download process. I got the iPad lightning SD Card reader which improved speeds about 65%.  It takes about 3 seconds instead of 8 seconds to download to the iPad.

I also got a bluetooth keyboard that improved the typing experience tremendously. The built-in touch keyboard works great for little bits of text but for longer blog posts, a physical keyboard is the way to go. And even if this keyboard is small (it doubles as a screen cover) it works better than expected.

The Logitech keyboard also makes selecting and copy and pasting text a whole lot easier — which was one of the more frustrating parts of linking to my photographs.

So I sit here in the now familiar cramped coach class, writing blog entries.  You can see how small the setup is. The passenger in front can fully recline and I can type unimpeded.  I’ve also used this setup in the car (as a passenger) and at restaurants. It’s becoming a really useful writing platform.

I now use Evernote to write my posts. This free cloud based system automatically syncs my documents across all my devices, my Mac, the iPhone and iPad. I can start writing on one and continue on another.

A great window view - at 30,000 feet

A great window view – at 30,000 feet

I’m marveling at technology as I enjoy a great window view at 30,000 feet. I guess with a WiFi enabled plane, I can even post directly from here. The creative blogging has made the time pass quickly. The 3 hour flight is nearly over as I fly into Washington DC. I’m out-of-town for several days. I brought my Olympus E-PM2 with the 14mm f2.5 + wide-angle and Canon G15 on this trip. I’m travelling really light.

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Photographs taken with a Canon G15 and post processed on an iPad Mini with iPhoto.


We Need Our Audiences

Thank you everyone for your wonderful feedback.

After I wrote my post about my third anniversary, I was feeling a bit down, bordering on ennui (I always wanted to use this word in a post).

While creating the 300+ posts and thousands of photos are no small task, I felt inadequate next to the super bloggers that I know. Trey Ratcliff of HDR fame, who I’ve met on numerous occasions, talks about having 10 million followers and my friend Kirk Tuck gets 1 million visits per month. I’m decidedly in the skinny part of the long tail of bloggers. I know that as an artist, I should be satisfied if I meet my own expectations — that I shouldn’t compare myself to others. But I do.

I think I make solid images. Sometimes, I’m even satisfied. Then I look at the spectacular images over at 500px. What a mistake.

Luckily I came across this posting over at The Online Photographer by Ctein. We Need Our Audiences, is the perfect posting timed impeccably. Yup, I needed that. I feel better. For anyone with creative angst, I recommend reading that post.

What also helped? Reading your comments and hearing from my audience. I also processed a photograph that I took last week in San Jose that looks pretty good. I’ll post that soon.


Happy 2nd Birthday, mostlyfotos

Birthday Cupcake, mostlyfotos 2nd Anniversary - Austin, Texas

Birthday Cupcake, mostlyfotos 2nd Anniversary – Austin, Texas

Yesterday, February 8th, 2013 marks the 2nd anniversary of my other blog, my one-photo-per-day blog called mostlyfotos. As a two year old, my blog has entered the toddler stage. This description is apt since, like a toddler, I feel like I’m really getting the hang of this thing and then I stumble.

I’m generally satisfied with the photographs that I’ve posted. I hope in some way, each picture has merit either artistically or shows a place of interest. The good news is that I have loads of photographs that I have yet to publish. Even if I stop shooting, my catalogue of available images will last a year or more. Since I do continue to take photographs like a mad man, I end up generating images quicker than I can post.

On the downside, the side that I’ve stumbled, is my failure to grow a larger audience. It’s really tough to carve out a presence on the internet and I’ve only had modest success. Often times, I’m at the whim of Google and when they change their search algorithm, my audience changes and usually for the worse.

mostlyfotos runs on the Blogger platform, unlike this one that runs on WordPress. On Blogger the statistics are not quite as good but I suspect my audience there is different from my loyal, core audience on this blog. It’s hard to tell especially since I don’t have commenting turned on for mostlyfotos — I want the keep the pages there clutter free as possible. If you are reader here and visit mostlyfotos on a regular basis, please let me know. I’m just curious, I guess.

For now, I plan to keep both blogs active. I feel the discipline of posting a photograph a day pushes me to shoot on a regular basis. I strongly believe that, like any craft, continuous practice is key. I also believe that mostlyfotos gives me credibility, in one sense. Sure, anyone can put up a limited portfolio of their best photographs, I’ve added one myself this year. But when you post 730 photographs over two years, you really get a feel for the photographer. Not all the photographs are brilliant, you many not even like them but you do know that I shoot often. For that reason, when I give equipment recommendations here, you know that I’m not just an equipment enthusiast that makes test shots of brick walls. I use my gear often and in real world conditions.

Thank you for continuing to visit this blog and mostlyfotos. It is such a privilege and in fact an indulgence to share my photographs with you. I hope I have helped you in some way, whether it is a piece of advice, a glimpse into another world or as a slight distraction from your busy day.


A big thanks to Marilyn

Marilyn Armstrong over at Serendipity blog nominated me for the blog of the year award. Best I can tell, this isn’t any official endorsement from some blog committee — it’s a personal honor given by individuals — friends — from within the community. And for this, I am very grateful.

Much of what makes the web special are still the small peer-to-peer connections. Like any growing system, the big guys continue to become bigger and threaten to monopolize the most scarce resource we have — time. But I feel lucky that almost anyone these days can publish their thoughts to a world-wide audience. The many who blog collectively add richness and color to a place that otherwise may be dominated by corporate interests and low-grade spammy filler.

Part of me feels guilty for not being more active within the blogging community. Of course I can make excuses about being busy, we all are. Yes, the two blogs and the photography take up much of my free time. Kind of crazy but perhaps it is an outlet. A creative outlet arranging photons and words that balances my increasingly analytical world.

I do, however, need to visit and comment on more blogs. At least things are trending that way. I recently realized that, as well as not watching TV, I hardly ever go to main stream media websites. Blogs from people who I trust and respect are now my source of knowledge and entertainment.

While there is some level of self-satisfaction in creating a tiny, personal corner on the internet, it’s aways thrilling to get feedback from one’s audience. Marilyn has some very kind and encouraging words and I am truly grateful.

Thank you.


Simplifying SmugMug, some recent CSS tweaks

I’m on a kick to reduce clutter and cleanup my website. I made some changes to my blog several months ago and this time I’m tweaking SmugMug. My SmugMug galleries are my core repository. All my blog photos link to these images stored on Smugmug. And when you look at this gallery, that’s my customized SmugMug pages you are seeing. It is designed to blend into my blogging site.

Previously, I did everything to eliminate all the extra lines and borders, to have a simple, black look. But I wanted to simplify SmugMug even more. Take off the style and slide show buttons. Get rid of keywords. Eliminate all text clutter. So this past weekend, I cleaned up. What better way is there to spend a Sunday afternoon than to play with CSS (Cascading Style Sheets).

These customizations are available to SumgMug Power and Pro users. They change the underpinnings so be careful not to break up your SmugMug site. Only do this if you feel comfortable messing with CSS code and backup your site first. Don’t come to me if you mess something up. All of the advanced features are available through SmugMug’s Advanced Site-wide Customization page. Before you change anything, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Email it!” button. Smugmug should email you a compete listing of your site which will act like a backup. Don’t make any changes until you get this email addressed from the SmugMug Support Heros. Here is a link to a SmugMug article about the advance customizations that are available.

In the CSS field of the Advanced Site-wide Customization page I entered the following CSS values. They worked for me and they should work for you too. I have comments within the /* */ characters to remind me what they do. A good practice when messing with computer code.

/* remove breadcrumbs from all pages */
#breadCrumbTrail {display: none;}

/* remove Gallery Titles */
#galleryTitle {display: none;}

/* remove slideshow button  */
#slideshowButton { display: none; }

/* remove style button when not logged in */
.notLoggedIn .styleButton { display: none; }

/* remove Keywords when not logged in  */
.notLoggedIn #photoKeywords { display: none; }

Note: Take a look at one of my galleries to see the effect of these CSS changes.

I have 5 sets of commands that hides part of the SmugMug interface on my site. You don’t have to use all 5; you can apply each one individually. Also, notice the last two commands start with .notLoggedIn which says hide the button or keywords for visitors but display them for you. In this way, you can still use these 2 features but guests can’t. Want more customization info, visit Digital Grin, SmugMug’s official support forum.


Freshly Pressed, the 2nd time is still a charm

atmtx on Freshly Pressed, a 2nd time

atmtx on Freshly Pressed, a 2nd time

Thank you to the editors of WordPress.com for selecting my post for the honor of “Freshly Pressed” for the second time. Freshly Pressed is a section of the WordPress.com site that showcases blogs on their site. This time, my post Proof: creativity not determined by price made it on their list. Certainly the bump in viewership is always welcome but more than that, it is always gratifying to be recognized by one’s peers.

While my first Freshly Pressed post, 2012 Chinese New Year Celebration in Austin is completely original, it is a Photo Essay on an event that I attended, this latest post is different. This time, I linked the primary content to showcase someone else’s work, the spectacular work of Dan Chung at The Guardian. Sure, I added my perspective and tied what he did to a point I was trying to make. But this is the first time I really referenced someone else’s work as the central theme. In the past, I was wary of just linking to someone else’s work; I always wanted to create original content. I’m beginning to change this stance, somewhat. I’m still believe in creating original content but I now think it makes sense to included works by others that fit into the narrative of this blog site.

Earlier today, I linked to a YouTube video which I found inspirational, (Re)touching lives through photos. It fits into my belief about the power of still photography. I’ll add more nuggets from the web but will continue to mix it with my point of view. Of course I will continue to add original content as well. Hopefully, as always, you will find these interesting and even worthwhile.


On blog design and some tweaks

I came across an article yesterday that got me thinking, about blog design. You know I like photography but I also have other design related interests (yeah, I used to read books on city planning just for the heck of it). And while I don’t have the skills to create a really original blog design, I really appreciate a decent looking site. I try to balance my desire for simplicity with other stuff that I figured I need on a blog. When I read this post by Oliver Reichenstein, it challenged my notions about what a blog needs and conventions that have become the norm on most sites. His post has tons of juicy bits like this one:

If you’re unknown, social media buttons make you look like a dog waiting for the crumbs from the table. You might have magnificent writing skills and a lot to say, but you will still only get a few retweets and likes. Yes, it’s not fair, but that’s the way it is. If you’re known, you will get attention, even for the mediocre. If you’re not known, no matter how good you are, initially you won’t. That button that says “2 retweets” will be read as: “This is not so great, but please read it anyway? Please?”

To someone like me with a blog that is maybe, one or at most two steps above unknown, his words were an eye opener. I might not agree with everything he wrote but my disagreement is not based on any hard or even anecdotal information. It’s just that conventional wisdom and conventional design have brainwashed me into thinking in a particular way. So I decided to experiment with my site design last night. The changes are subtle and most readers probably will not even notice them. But for me, it is a move to simplify this site, at least somewhat. My main efforts were around cleaning up the right hand column and getting rid of all the extra stuff that I originally thought would be cool. I got rid of widgets, combined things and reduced the noise. There are more things I would like to change but can’t since I live within the constraints of a free WordPress.com site. I also decided to remove the WordPress Like, FaceBook and Twitter buttons displayed after every post on the front page. I wasn’t bold enough to remove these buttons completely, though. I still have them at the end, just above the comments section, when you click into a post. For now, I find any feedback valuable from my readership, whether they are Facebook Likes, WordPress Likes or comments. So yes, despite my experiment with simplicity, I do like getting feedback and would love to have people tweet or “Facebook Like” my posts (do I sound too desperate?) It’s just that now, you will have to click into the article to do so. There several ways to do so including clicking on the title of the post.

Speaking of blog changes, some readers my have noticed that I’ve added gray boxes at the end of some posts. I’ve given this a lot of thought and I wanted to come up with a semi-elegant way to show affiliate links. I wanted these to be visible, of course, but not too loud and not too in your face. I was also trying to avoid standard looking banner ads. We live in a world where we are bombarded with so much advertising so I wanted to put these in in the least intrusive way that I can think of. I’m not sure if I’ve achieved it but, I’m giving it a try. I’m also keeping these links topical so they are about the products I talk about in the post, not some random product like a blender.

If you think there is any value to this blog and the information I’m sharing, I will certainly appreciate if you click on my affiliate links from time to time. I have set up accounts at Amazon, B&H Photo, Adorama and Cameta Camera. if you click on any of these links before you buy anything, your price does not change and I get a small commission from these stores. I’ve shopped many times at these websites; this is where I get my gear online (I also buy local at Precision Camera), so I trust these guys.


Around the world in 11 days

Driskill Statue

Colorful Hallway, Terminal 1 O’Hare Airport – Chicago, Illinois

I’m back.

In my previous blog installment, Quite possibly a trip of a lifetime, I hinted about my big international trip. I didn’t give any details but if you followed mostlyfotos, you got a taste of where I’ve been for the last three weeks. The trip was fantastic. Not only did I make some great images, I made some friends, met some fantastic people and experienced, for a brief time, an entirely different lifestyle. It is hard to say right now if it has made a permanent impact but I certainly have some good memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Even if this is a photography oriented blog, I’m going to talk about some of my travel experiences for a while. Partially for me so that I don’t forget the details of my trip but also for you, the readers, so that hopefully my experiences will help you in some way. And certainly travel and photography can be be strongly linked, each feeding off and strengthening each other. In upcoming posts, I will certainly talk about equipment. What I decided to bring, how it worked out and what was lacking. For the most part the trip went off without a hitch, well except for the small detail of money, but I’ll save that story for a different post. The cameras that I brought worked great and worked as expected. Was there functionality I missed? Sure, but not in the areas that I thought I would need. It’s got me thinking though and there maybe more equipment to consider for the future.

My 11 day around the world tour started on Thursday, February 23rd when I flew from Austin to Chicago. The photograph above is one that I wanted to take for a while. It’s been 20 years since I’ve been to O’Hare airport and I wanted to capture the colorful and fun corridor that connects the concourses at terminal 1. O’Hare is a large airport and it took a while to walk over to the United Airlines wing, where this is located, from the American Airlines gates. During this trip I flew through 8 different airports and this corridor is the most fun. Airports can be powerful, confusing, modern and sleek be rarely are they playful. And even after the 25+ years since its creation, this colorful hallway artwork still delights.

My primary destinations were in India and Singapore and here is the long and convoluted route I took. Started in Austin and flew to Chicago and then the long 14 1/2 hour flight to New Delhi. I stayed a couple of days in Delhi and did a one day trip to Agra. I then flew from Delhi to Bangalore. Who knew that it took 2 1/2 hours to fly between these Indian cities but look at a map and you realize that India is a tall country and Delhi is in the north and Bangalore in the south. After 3 days in Bangalore, I did a 4 1/2 hour red-eye flight to Singapore. After 4 days in Singapore. I had the longer journey back home. I went from Singapore to Hong Kong which took 4 1/2 hours. After a short layover in Hong Kong, I took 12 1/2 to fly to Los Angeles. And this is where it is a disadvantage to live in a small non-hub city like Austin. I decided to wait 5 1/2 hours to take a 1:30am red-eye flight to Dallas, arriving at 6am and from there it is a short 1 hour flight back to Austin. The alternative was to wait in Los Angeles for 10 hours until 6am for a direct flight back to Austin. I imagine that if I were a frequent traveller, this would get old in a hurry but for me it was fun and exciting. I got to fly business class for most of my travels which was fantastic. I’ve never flown business class and as silly as it sounds it was one of the “bucket list” items that I wanted to do in my life. I also stayed in 4 different hotels, some were 3 star and others were 5 star. Each had their good and bad points which goes to show that there always advantages and disadvantages to everything.

I actually finished this international tour on Monday but I was off on a 4 day trip to California starting the next day. It was kind of strange to fly though LA on Monday morning and be back there again on Tuesday afternoon. I’m finally back in Austin and while traveling can certainly be fun, I’m glad I’m back home with my family. Over the coming weeks and months, I’ll go into more depth about these places. Certainly, photography is the core of this blog however I’ll throw in some travel tips and reviews of places that I’ve experienced. SXSW, the big music, film and interactive media conference, started here in Austin a couple of days ago. Ironically as I finish my world travels, the world will be visiting my home town for the next several weeks. A great way to meet more interesting people from far off lands, this time without getting on a plane.

This post is part 2 of my travels to India and Singapore, read part 1, Quite possibly a trip of a lifetime and part 3, New Delhi, India: tired, excited and ready to shoot.


Quite possibly a trip of a lifetime

Engine and Wing, Southwest Airlines

Engine and Wing, Southwest Airlines

In a couple of days, I going to start, what may be, a trip of a lifetime. I’m going to travel internationally and in the US for the next two weeks. I’m very excited and a bit anxious. You see, it’s been a while since I did a real international trip and it’s the first time I’m going to a developing country (not including 4 hours in Mexico). For now, I’m not going to say where I’m going but I’m hoping to make a lot of great photographs. There should be a lot of architecture involved, along with street photography, photographic observations and possibly the occasional portrait. In other words, more of the same kind of things I typically shoot, except it will be different, because it will be from countries on the other side of the world. For me, it would certainly feel exotic. I’m not entirely sure how it’s going to turn out, which I guess is part of the fun.

In addition to the images, I’m also hoping that there will be interesting stories that I can blog about. I’ll also have a lot to say about the trip preparations that I’m doing. What cameras do I bring? How do I take a full range of gear without weighing myself down? Do I take the Canon 7D, the Olympus E-PL1s or the Sony NEX-5? Should I bring a tripod? I’ve thought a lot about this and I will see how my preparations turn out. There is almost an overwhelming amount of choices but a limited amount of practical space. Sure the photography will be fun, but I don’t want to be miserable touring around with a lot of gear. I also don’t want to stick out even more than the obvious tourist that I will be. So expect to see upcoming posts of how I decided what to bring and if my gear decisions worked out.

I’m not sure how good my internet access will be for part of the trip. I also don’t know how much free time I’ll have so I’m assuming I won’t be doing much blogging. If lucky, I may be able to post some images to mostlyfotos, my one image per day blog. I’ll preset mostlyfotos to post photographs from my library but I’ll also see if I can inject some images from my trip abroad. So check out mostlyfotos during my absence for some clues about my trip destinations. And see you in about 2 – 3 weeks for more updates to this blog.

Take care and keep shooting.

Read part 2, Around the world in 11 days.


Happy Birthday, mostlyfotos

Birthday Cupcake, mostlyfotos 1st Anniversary - Austin, Texas

Birthday Cupcake, mostlyfotos 1st Anniversary – Austin, Texas

Today, February 8th is the 1st anniversary of mostlyfotos, my one photo per day blog. Readers of this blog may not know that I actually have two photo related blogs. Kind of crazy since one blog by itself takes up enough time. I started this one first, back in the summer of 2010. Of course, I had no idea what I was doing back then and maybe after a year and a half of blogging, I ‘m starting to get an idea of where I’m going to take this thing. Like may of my photography friends in Austin, who have their own blogs, I wanted to occasionally post a photo and talk about it. And that is the way I started out. Then as I continued, I started to add more photos per post, my prose increased in length and my blog started to evolve.

But I wasn’t completely satisfied with the way the blog and the accompanying photographs came together. I wanted larger photographs but I didn’t know how to modify this template to make it work for me. Besides, I like this format for longer posts. I add medium size images along with text, and I think it’s nicely structured to tell a story. It would be hard to add another entirely different kind of format, one with large pictures, into this blog. For that reason, I decided to create a second, photo focused blog. I wanted one large photograph per post with a small amount of text underneath. That is how mostlyfotos was born.

Now with the flexibility or pain of having two different kind of blogs, I can focus each one for a specific purpose. The posts on this blog have increased in length. I get to tell stories, share my photographic experience and review the stuff I use. On mostlyfotos, I get to showcase different photographs from around town and my occasional trips away from home. So why do I do all this work? Good question. Sometimes I question myself for spending this much time on blogging. I know that by forcing myself to post an image on mostlyfotos, I forces me, in a good way, to get out there and shoot more often. I need a deep buffer of photographs to be able to put one up every day. And while I don’t necessarily think each image is equally good, I don’t just post any kind of image to satisfy my one per day “requirement”. I believe that each image has some kind of merit, a different look, an interesting scene or a viewpoint that is uniquely mine.

So if you happen to stumble over to this blog and read about my photographic point of view or about the equipment I use, please take a look at the photographs I shoot on mostlyfotos. Good or bad, they are a reflection of who I am. More importantly, if I may be so presumptuous, you may find an image that inspires you. You’ll become interested in photography or in blogging and share your work with others. It is fun to talk about photography, the theories and the tools but I think ultimately, it is all about the images. By shooting constantly, I like to practice what I preach and not just become an equipment review blog. So I would greatly appreciate you taking, what little time you have out of your busy schedule, to take a look at my photographs once in a while. And if a photograph floats your boat, please feel free to share it on Facebook, Tweet it or G+ it by hitting the icons at the bottom of the image on mostlyfotos. After all, there is no better honor for a photographer than to have a large audience.


Freshly Pressed, high volume and other observations

atmtx on Freshly Pressed

atmtx on Freshly Pressed

I was pleasantly surprised and honored yesterday when I discovered that my blog post on the Chinese New Year Celebration was “Freshly Pressed”. I’m kinda a new to this stuff and best I can tell Freshly Pressed (FP) is WordPress.com’s way of showcasing blogs on their site. To use the Flickr analogy, it seems similar being featured in “Explore”, though FP maybe a bit more exclusive. But for me, getting in the Freshly Pressed section seems more significant. Unlike the game of trying to make Flickr Explore, I really was not familiar with Freshly Pressed and was not trying to get “Pressed”. I decided to blog and keep posting stuff because of peer pressure, wanting to share my experiences and unexpectedly having fun. Peer pressure? Well I was never forced into blogging of course. It’s just that many of my photographer friends here in Austin have their own blogs. While I posted my photographs on Flickr, I really like the personalization and environment one can create in a personal blog. I made the analogy that posting on Flickr is like renting an apartment while creating your own blog is like owning your own house. Your apartment might be in a really nice neighborhood but the downside is you can’t customize the space. With a house, of course, you are free to make changes, paint it and generally make it your own, unless you live in one of those really restrictive neighborhoods. So it is with this sense of “creating my own space” and friendly peer influence that I decided to create this blog on WordPress.com about a year and a half ago. I don’t think I write particularly well or at least I never considered myself to be a writer. My first posts where short and it took me forever to craft them. But what I discovered along the way was that writing, like other things in life, is a skill that gets easier with practice. I’m not sure if I write any better but now at least I can do it a lot quicker. I’ve discovered that I’ve started to enjoying writing. I also enjoy helping people and getting my thoughts out here. There is a lot of change and turmoil in the world particularly with the rapid improvement in digital technologies and world-wide communications. Whole industries are being transformed and destroyed. But the fact remains that for me and individuals, this is an amazing time. Never before has an individual been able to publish their thoughts, artwork and opinions to a world-wide audience for such a low-cost.

I’ve also been able to make new virtual and physical friends around the world through this blog. Kirk Tuck, a local Austin commercial photographer, is one such friend. I have mentioned him from time to time. He has also been nice enough to point his readers to my little blog. Our blogging relationship is completely asymmetric. Kirk’s The Visual Science Lab blog is extremely popular. It’s a bit hard for me to comprehend how many visitors he gets. I once saw his stats, his visitors per minute graphs is larger than my visitors by week graph. I know readership is not necessarily the most important measure of a blog and I’m proud of what I built here but damn it amazing to see how the other half lives. Kind of like watching the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous in the blogging world. Here are some interesting observations about blog volume. The “hit” I got when Kirk’s mentioned my blog was a lot larger than being Freshly Pressed. This surprised me a bit. Kind of shows the power of what a targeted recommendation from a popular blogger can do. However, equally interesting is that the viewers that came to my blog from the two sources behave differently. A link from The Visual Science Blog created a very pronounced short-term volume spike but very few people subscribed to my blog or even clicked Like on the post. The Freshly Pressed audience, on the other had, have left more comments, clicked Like a heck of a lot more and greater numbers have subscribed to my blog. It’s almost like Kirk’s blog audience is his audience, only a few people cross over, even though we both talk about photography.

Now, I think I’m realistic enough to know that being Freshly Pressed is a short-lived bit of recognition. My 15 minutes of fame in a small corner of the Internet. But, I have to admit that it makes me happy. Sort of a tacit approval or acknowledgement that my efforts in this blog space has some merit. So thank you to all the new visitors and people who have subscribed to this blog. I hope my future content will entertain and interest you in some way. The blog will remain photography oriented but I will mix the technical content, the equipment reviews and such, with my observations of places and events that I attend along with my views of photography and the photo industry.