Yep, it is summer and the living isn’t exactly what I would’ve expected. But I sit here with some lemonade that I made from all those darned lemons I seem to be accumulating and I’m ready and raring to go! However, I’m still not quite ready to get there by driving since my wings are still temporarily clipped!
Thanks to the wonderful things many of you mentioned to me about my photography and the very real reality that there is little I’m able to do until we find the right anti-seizure medication (currently on my 4th one), I’ve decided to plunge into photography because it remains one of the few things I can do. Every day I try to get out and take some photos or, minimally, edit them on my computer. You’d be surprised by how much there is to photograph here! I downloaded some updated software programs, took some online classes to better learn how to use them and even decided to add a new lens to my kit so I could take telephoto images. Given how my credit card got more than a little bloated with this extravagance, it had better be worth it, right? I’m happy to report that I think it was both in terms of the joy it has given me so far and as well as the images I’ve gotten! You will be the judge of that when I show you some of my new work.
I will say that watching those videos on the new programs I had downloaded and then trying to implement them was more than just a little interesting. Thankfully I was able to restrain myself from throwing anything at the computer or throwing the computer out the window! I did a little at a time to keep the frustration manageable and finally did manage to learn what I needed to learn. Well, mostly. There’s still something in Photoshop I used to know how to do in the old program but no longer can make work in the updated version. I still have to figure that one out.
My new life theme is a version of “Grow where you are planted” which, for me, has become “Shoot where you be!” The longer I stay here without being able to get out, the more I see how very much there is here to learn about, get to know and photograph. I’ve found an intimacy with the flora and fauna that has been a surprise with both yielding their secrets to me. I hope that you can feel that intimacy through the images I’ve captured. Hopefully through this intimacy you will be able to see their souls.
© 2016 deborah kauffeld