Lost and Found

lost_golf_ball_near_tree_in_woodsPerusing my area of town during the overly warm winter weekend here in Atlanta, I dropped by nearby Steel Canyon Golf Club to take in the scene.  I plan to finally learn to play golf when Spring arrives, but like to go “people watch” in order to see if there are any other females that frequent this course so as not to be the only one there come springtime.

As I was driving around the outside of the course to the front entrance, I found it interesting how many golf balls ended up well off the course and near the wooded outskirts of the course.  There were dozens upon dozens – more than enough to start quite a large “lost and found” golf ball business if there ever was such a thing.

Once April arrives, I plan to keep my contributions to this collection to a very bare minimum… a beginner can only hope.

Yes, Cashier, This Purchase Is A Gift…. For Me.

My primary occupation has kept me quite busy for the past month – oh the life of an engineer.  However, I did take some time and get a new DSLR and some accessories within the holiday madness.  I saw no need to only shop for family and friends during the busiest shopping season of the year.  Is my hard work this year not deserving of a great deal?  I think it is.

I can’t wait to take more time to get comfortable with the new toys during the Christmas holidays when I’ll have more time and will be on vacation for a while, since this is still busy season at the main gig.  So there probably won’t be many new pictures posted until the new year, but I’ll be sure to keep the blog updated in the mean time.

The best part of being an adult – I don’t have to wait until December 25th to open my presents if I don’t want to.  Happy Early Christmas to me – thanks, Nikon.

Water Under the Walnut Street Bridge

I plan to visit Chattanooga, Tennessee again before the end of the year to see some of the wonderful sights in this city.   Cities with main bodies of water are always an attraction to me – the feeling I get when close to water is soul soothing.

I was especially excited during my last visit to get up close and personal with the Walnut Street Bridge, one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the country.  The geometry of the beautiful blue trusses speak to my engineering mind.  It’s moreso a reminder of how much I wanted to be an architect when I was younger, not necessarily a reminder of my required civil engineering statics and dynamics course from college (that experience is one I do not want to remember, even if I did manage a good grade).

At night during special events, it’s great standing on the bridge and watching the sailboats and yachts light up the waters on the Chattanooga River below.  One day I hope to be one of those yacht owners looking up at the city’s many tourists watching down from above on this beautiful bridge.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

I reached back to one of my last beach visits and remembered some of the great views I was able to witness on Amelia Island in Florida.

I love the shape of clouds – the heavenly feeling they portray.  The sunrise this particular morning showcased the few clouds that happened to hover over the horizon.

I’m reminded of how magnificent nature’s creations are and how much I love to capture their raw beauty.

A Smartphone and Instagram: Is The Art of Photography Compromised?

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Right smack dab in the middle of CNN‘s homepage this afternoon was an opinion article by Richard Koci Hernandez, Emmy award-winning multimedia photographer, on mobile photography’s potential effect on the Art of Photography (link to CNN provided).  Since CNN thought to put this topic front and center, I thought it warranted a few more words than my normal posts.

As I’m also a lover of music and dancing – many a DJ are in my local circle of friends and acquaintances- it reminds me of the ongoing debate on the average Joe (or Jane) buying the latest iPhone software to make their iPads and iPhones into full DJ mixing decks to showcase their self-taught music selection and track mixing skills and considering themselves DJ’s.  You ask your average DJ of today about these iPhone DJ’s and you’ll likely start an argument on who’s “real” and who’s fake.  Which is ironic because many DJ’s that are 100% loyal to one of the earliest recorded music mediums – vinyl – and only conduct vinyl only sets consider themselves the “real” ones and those that spin music sets using CD’s, the now traditional format for conducting DJ sessions, as compromising the true art of DJ’ing.

I believe that smartphones and Instagram have their place in our times.  It offers to the everyday person what photography artists value so much about the skills they’ve gained or natural gift they were born with – the ability to capture and enjoy solitary moments and see the world with their own personal meaning.  It also allows the ability to share our view through social media with many known and unknown that may not see them otherwise.  To those in tune with the things that cause you to be swept away into the moment of a photograph, you will always recognize true, purposeful artistry in a photographer’s work compared to what may be distributed by the masses via smartphone cameras, Instagram, and other photo-sharing sites and tools.

At the end of the day, when it comes to music and dancing, as long as the music gets me moving on the dance floor, that’s really all I care about – the medium isn’t the most important thing to me.  And let me not be misunderstood – I take my music and dancing VERY seriously.  I will always be able to judge whether the one on the decks playing music that moves my feet (or not so much) treats DJ’ing as the artform that it is or not, no matter if they are using vinyl, CD’s, mp3’s, iPhones or other methods.  I’m certain that this also applies for me with photography as well.  I appreciate viewing photographed moments that others feel are special to them – I’d never want to take that away from anyone ever.  But the art of photography can, and in some instances, should be different from this.  With this, the method used isn’t as important – whether film, point-and-shoot, SLR, or smartphone.

The soul, passion, and gift of a true artist can never be hidden.  Nor can it simply be duplicated by just any other person with the same set of tools.  As long as there are people that know and appreciate this, I think the Art of Photography will be just fine for years and years to come.

Let me know what you think!