Tuesday, January 27, 2009

How to Speed up January

The island in black and white...amazing!
Hi all,
Well, we found a cure for the January Blahs, just ramp up the schedule so you don’t have one free second, and the month flies by! I know, it’s been over two weeks since my last blog, and a few of my viewers have mentioned the lack of writing and photography. That’s not to say I haven’t been taking pictures, and writing blog articles in my mind, but to make time to sit and ponder, edit photos, and get the writing done, well, now you see the problem.
It sure was bright! Exposure 1/2000th of a second!
So, here are a few pictures and updates. I have been lucky to make time for 60 miles on the ‘bent this month. On that positive note, I am already 60 miles ahead of last year! Of course, I have not really been tracking miles, as it’s the ride that’s more important! I know there will be more tracking as my training for summer increases, but for now, content to get a ride in when the weather and the clock permit.
My latest attempt at a vanishing point photo...
Photography; I have been enjoying exploring shooting black and white since the season has turned foggy and gray. Everyday I drive the Legacy Parkway; I have noticed a long line of high voltage power lines that stretch for miles. So, I made a point to throw the camera in the car and wait for the right fog conditions. Between the fog, and a little tweaking with Adobe Light Room, I think I made a nice piece of artwork.
The church construction project is going well, a bit behind schedule, but what do you expect with the team’s work schedule and the fact that we are dealing with a building that was built in WW II! Every time we peek behind a wall or investigate wiring, it’s an adventure!
Kathy and Anne's 5th graders...
One other adventure this week was hosting 38 5th graders to the house to enjoy the inauguration live on TV. Kathy’s school didn’t have streaming access, nor network TV in the classrooms, so we brought the classes here! The kids had a great time and managed to not spill nor knock anything over. They enjoyed the ceremony, and had a great outing.
Want some coats?
Also, you will notice a new tab in my list to the right: White House.gov. It’s the new upgraded site for the Obama government. Now, I rarely talk politics on this page, and I am not really going to start now. However, I am impressed with the level of access to media, and the transparency, which is a vast improvement to the site pre-January 20th.
One other new tab is for a cycling advocacy cartoon; Yehuda Moon and Kickstand Cycles. It’s a fun cartoon, and you can read all the archives so you can catch up on the story lines.
On that note, I am going to go try and spin before work. It’s 15 degrees, and icy!


Anonymous said...

Love your vanishing point photo - I'm also impressed that you were brave enough to let nearly 40 high school students into your house!

Harding said...
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Harding said...

Stay away from politics. I enjoy your blog too much to give it up now.

Katherine said...

Great pic of the bent and the ...lake? We have a very mellow climate here in the Bay of Plenty, NZ, so your photos have great novelty value for me. Ditto Harding.

Come and warm your cyber-hands on my blog if you are feeling the cold, 'though. :-)

Princess Pat from Zardonia said...

Jim/Kathy, Kudos on hosting the fifth graders for the Inauguration.
We failed in our campaign to have a school holiday; however we were successful in allowing our students to watch the broadcast in the classrooms. As soon as Dan obtains a replacement laptop computer, he promises to edit and publish the photographs he took on the Mall at the event. Yay. Patsy

Mike Terry said...

Love those black and white mtn. shots. the high contrast ones. those are rad. I don't use lightroom although I think it is probably a better program that what I use. I have been using photo mechanic for some time now. It is made by Camera Bits. It is strictly an archival system, doesn't have any raw conversion or anything like that. For what I do right now it works fine, but I have heard good things about lightroom. I got a free copy of Aperture, that is a pretty neat program too, but I am kinda roped into staying with the same stuff as work, you know. Anyways, thanks for the comments. See you around.