Tuesday, February 21, 2006
It's been one damn long winter so far. Work's been kicking my butt with 55-60 hour weeks, leaving very little time for photo fun. I have managed to scrape out a few free hours for a new series. Thumbnails here and full images in the extended section.
Friday, December 16, 2005
Some darkroom and photo fun time squeezed out of the schedule, though, with a few new Van Dyke prints in the gallery. Two from this past summer's puppet and shibari shoots and two from a recent session with a model from southern Maryland. We'd been trying to get our schedules together for almost a year and finally managed a few hours in the studio. Hopefully more to come when I can find a few printing hours.
The past weeks have been spent in a sort of fog. The cold snap gripping the region has kept the snow around for much longer than usual. The countryside around the house looks just like a Christmas card but I'll be glad of some warmer weather.
Tuesday, November 8, 2005
A big load was lifted from my back (and wallet) last Friday. After several weeks of sweating out whether the buyer would be able to get financing, we finally made it to closing on the old house. Eleven years of my life there and many hours of sweating and cussing over repairs/renovations paid off with a check big enough to cover the bridge loan we took out on the new place. There'll be a little left over to start rebuilding the savings acounts and maybe enough for a generator at the new place to keep us powered through winter storms.
There's some sadness at saying farewell after so many years and memories but also an incredible relief at saying farewell to two mortgages (mortgage on old place and bridge loan.) I have a feeling the money will soon be eaten up by heating costs as winter moves in, so having some hefty bills disappear is a distinct pleasure.
Slow progress on the well situation this month. The backyard is now crossed by two access roads for drilling rigs, with three foot deep cuts through the hillside to make a level area for the huge truck. Still no word on a definite date for drilling but the head honcho has inspected the approach road and given his okay on it. I hope it gets done before the ground freezes, so I can make some small attempts at landscape repairs.
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Things are slowing down enough at work to allow some meager beginnings of photo play again. I still need to develop the film shot recently with a delightful model but can share one of the digital images in the extended portion of the post... it's not entirely work safe.
I'm also starting to get things together for submission of half a dozen lith prints to Tim Rudman's new book, The Worldbook of Lith Printing. Digging through boxes of prints, I managed to uncover a little over a dozen and now must try to pick which ones to submit.
I'm also trying to find time in my schedule to set up some shoots. One new model, Cynnamon, and a few ladies who have been kind enough to pose for me in the past. I can see my schedule becoming full right through the winter.
Slowly settling into the new place, with a few projects for home improvement/landscaping in the planning stages. First off is construction of a better walk from the driveway to the front porch. That will involve some digging and step building, with a small dry stack stone wall thrown in to hold back the soil. The wall building will be good practice for a larger scale project, the terracing of a steep hill in the backyard. Several stone walls and level terraces with flower beds beats trying to cut grass on a steep slope.
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Thursday, October 6, 2005
Slowly getting a handle on life again. The overtime at work has tapered off enough to let me get home during daylight hours and my weekends are no longer filled with work. That's not to say they aren't busy ones, with more plans eating into my schedule than there are hours of free time.
Finally managed to squeeze in some photo fun time, with a shoot in the studio scheduled for Sunday afternoon. I'll be working for the first time with a lovely and experienced model from southern Maryland. From our exchange of ideas in the past few weeks, we should pull off at least a few decent images to share soon.
Saturday, September 24, 2005
Insanity reigns at work, with 10-12 hour days being the norm for the past few weeks. I've been too exhausted to even think of unpacking the photo toys or escaping to the darkroom. Leaving all of that behind for the weekend and heading to the hills of West Virginia for the 18th annual IMSAR Seneca SeaFest. Nothing like a weekend iin the mountains doing nothing more strenuous than eating, drinking and seeing old friends to recharge the batteries. Maybe a few digital shots of the start of autumn later, but for now I'm just going to kick back and relax.
Photo fun isn't too far off, though. Trying to make some room in the schedule for some figure sessions in the studio next month. Hopefully things will have slowed down at the library and my weekends will be mine again.
Monday, September 12, 2005
It is quite a change from the city and I am quickly growing used to trading a longer commute for the chance to sit in a rocking chair on the front porch, listening to crickets and watching birds and deer in the field and woods across the road.
Yes, Weesa, you can call me a hick. Too far out for cable TV and the thought of DSL is laughable. Even cell reception is iffy, at best.
But I love it here.
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