POTD – 5/365

Get away, let’s leave today, let’s get away!
Let’s leave today, let’s get away
Let’s get away!
Let’s leave today, let’s get away

ThIs is the lyrical hook to Earth, Wind & Fire’s smash 1977 hit “Getaway”, the essence of something I think about all too often but hardly get a chance to do, or so it seems.

You know how it is, the daily grind-never enough hours in the day- always have things to take care of-things.

I fully realize the importance of extended relax time, especially away from the major distractions we are presented with in this day and age. The key is to make that realization happen. This past July was one of those times…and much needed/appreciated.

Peace…

Doug

POTD – 4/365

“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road” – Jack Kerouac, On The Road

Greetings all.

In my 30 years of working as a professional, there was only a span of two years where I didn’t drive to work. That span of time, 1988 to 1990, was when first moved to Washington, DC (June 1988 to be exact). It was then I caught the Yellow Line from Gallery Place to Crystal City everyday. Other than that, I’ve driven with commute times as little as ten minute and as much as (with traffic on a bad day) 60 mins (I was stuck in the big snowstorm of 1998 between Reston and DC for 8 hours trying to drive home). After all these years, I’d easily sacrifice the sometime long waits for the subway train in order to relax on the way into work versus fighting with rush hour traffic, etc.

Today’s photo is en route home one afternoon from work. On a the best of days, it’s a 35 min commute, partially on the Beltway and I-95. This small stretch has many different looks. This one I caught was a quick minute emptiness ahead with the at just the right angle…before the rain…Hope you enjoy it.

Peace,

Doug

POTD – 3/365

“…and on the third day…”

Greetings everyone. We’re just about at the tail end of the work week, and that’s a good thing (for me, anyway).

I run. I started running of my own volition in July 2010, when I started tracking my runs using the Nike+ iPod fitness tracking system. It’s really that technology which got me interested in fitness tracking to start with. Thing is, I’m not a runner…I don’t profess to, nor aspire to be one. I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it either, I do it solely, in short distances at a time, for the cardio aspect. That said, I’m all into Nike’s concept for fitness training and use their Nike Run Club and Nike Training Club apps both on my iPhone and Apple Watch. The watch has been my main tool for fitness tracking since July 2017 and I’m one of five admins in the Apple Watch Fitness Fans Group on Facebook. I’ve run only two 5Ks in the last eight years, BUT, I do believe there is an advantageous aspect to running for fitness (maybe I’ll come to love it more…but not more than bodybuilding/strength training💪🏽).

Whenever I do run outdoors, I choose the local community college track versus the neighborhood or trails. While I’m counting laps, monitoring my pace via visual cues from either mobile device, and tracking whatever improvement I hope to gain this time around, sometimes I see this gent in the photo below. While I am no way a fast runner, he is far slower than me, YET, he presses on with consistency, barely appearing to pick his feet up off of the asphalt, but nonetheless, maintaining his forward motion and progress.

 

Right now, I’m in the midst of completing a 15K Nike Run Club Challenge that started on 31 Dec, last month, and ends at 11:59pm on 6 Jan. I’m more than half way done, running every morning a little before I work out. This morning, during my run, he crossed my mind – as a dose of external motivation that fuels my internal inspiration.

Peace,
Doug

References:

1. Nike Run Club
2. Nike Training Club
3. Apple Watch Fitness Fans (Facebook)
4. Nike+ iPod Running

POTD (2/365)

Greetings all…

It’s January 2nd already…where is the year going?? LOL

The photo below shows a repeatable one, of sorts, that I’ve seen regular during a span of four years – 2014 to 2018 to be exact. This bridge sits at the end of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and can be seen from Adler Hall. More about it can be learned from the reference link below.

I often drove over this bridge heading from SCAD back home to DC. I shot this particular photo, with my iPhone 7, from the front passenger seat early one overcast Sunday morning as something meant to be abstract. Again, not originally black and white, I think the final image caught the essence of what I was looking for. Hope you enjoy it.

Peace,
Doug

References
1. Talmadge Memorial Bridge – Wikipedia

Photo of the Day (POTD) – (1/365)

Greetings all. Happy 2019 to everyone. My hope is that yours will be healthy and prosperous.

Earlier today, I was installing some updates to my iPhone and came across one of the the App Store’s standard features on suggested apps. This one included a number of apps slated towards creating a daily post of media for the whole year, particularly photos. Ironically, a buddy of mine, Darrenkeith Wyatt, and I have always discussed our mild passion for taking and sharing our own artistically (if you will) photos, but didn’t favor them being “lost on the shuffle” on photo sharing platforms like Instagram. Instead, we always favored hosting them on our blogs, instead of those aforementioned “gated communities” (as Darrenkeith calls them LOL).

The idea came to me during our chat earlier, that I’d like to take on this “challenge” without employing an app. That said, I shared that idea with him and we’ve both decided to do it.

The first photo was taken on the early afternoon of 31 Dec 2018, after leaving a Starbucks in downtown DC. As I was heading back to my car, the image of The Capitol caught my eye, and appeared to be a nice shot. It was a rainy afternoon and while the original photo is in color, the black and white version is not too far off, but looks better to my eye.

Hope you enjoyed it.

Peace

Doug

Back to a passion – Amateur Photography – Nikon D3100

Yesterday, after doing some research for some time, I purchased a Nikon D3100 DSLR with an 18-55mm, 55-200 mm zoom lens, battery, lens hood, and other accessories for $200 off Craigslist from an amateur photographer who has since upgraded is DSLR. The D3100 debuted 18 years ago as a 14.2-megapixel DX format DSLR Nikon F-mount camera replacing the D3000 as Nikon’s entry level DSLR. I never owned a DSLR before, but I taught myself how to shoot, develop, and print B&W film back in the 1989 – 1994 timeframe, using a Minolta XG-7 SLR. During that time, I purchased everything I needed to go from shooting to print. Outside of the enlarger, I think I still have many of the developer accessories. My favorite B&W film that I shot were Kodak Tri-X plan for general shots, and Plus-X Pan for higher ISO prints, as well as some of the Ilford B&W films. For color, the basic Kodak ISOs (Gold) and some of the Fuji film. In addition, I shot slide film also, primarily Kodachrome 25, 64, and 400.

That time frame of learning really solidified my interest in photography to the point where I started, with a close friend of mine, a small photography business called VisionQuest Photography. Lotsa fun, shooting all over DC, shooting wannabe models, etc.

From there in the mid-90s, I graduated to (and still have) a Nikon N60, with two lenses. Took a ton of great pics with that too, and uploaded many photos to my Flickr account, but then the passion died off a bit. Enter the mobile phone and the advent of mobile phone photography technology. Fast forward to the emergence of Instagram – we all now that is all about uploading your phone pics. I currently own an iPhone 7 which takes fantastic pics and I currently have about 3500 photos in my personal IG account.

After years of using Instagram and rarely using my N60, I slowly (as of recently) began to miss SLR photography. A few of you may have read my previous post regarding Flickr vs Instagram, so you know that I am heading back to posting what I consider my more serious side of photography to my new Flickr account, which will take the place of my soon-to-be deleted personal Instagram account. I hope you’ll enjoy the resurgence of my photography there. In there near future, after I come up to speed with the D3100, I’ll be blogging about the photos with links to my Flickr gallery. This camera, I’m sure, will get the job done nicely.

Way past my bedtime….

Thanks for the read!
Fresh.

Social Media Sabbatical (SMS): Day 11 – 11 Aug 18

Greetings…

It’s been a day…not a bad one, but moreso a long one. The launch I posted about yesterday was aborted close to 4:30am. The cause was a gaseous helium alarm detected from the launch vehicle, with about two minutes left of terminal count – they’ll try again at 3:33 am, Sunday. I went to bed late (12:30am), got up at 2:30am for the prelaunch activities, but never went back to sleep until 6pm for a two hour nap. That said, I feel kinda…out of it. LOL. I think things will balance out tomorrow. I am NOT getting back up in three hours to watch again.

I’m working on a new music project that I plan to drop in September, so this evening was spent doing sourcing some graphics for the artwork, while reestablishing my Flickr account. You can find me there (soon) for my serious photographic submissions:

Photostream
Profile

This broken sleep pattern has me meh. I did NO coding today…back to it tomorrow.

peace,
F!

Flickr + Music = some kinda bliss for me

Ever since I discovered Flickr, there has been a love relationship. Not only is it an over expansive resource for photographic imagery, but I’ve never seen an online photo gallery with the finesse, coolness, and all time greatness of Flickr.

Being a musician, I have to, once again, echo those niceties because of the groups I’ve joined and the overall friendliness of the musicians I’ve met as members along the way. I’ve learned a lot about many aspects , outreach in the world of music, which can mean a great deal for the success of your marketing. This brings me to an article I discovered the other day.. Maybe some of the other musicians can agree. Check it out here: Why every musician should have a Flickr account.

Feeback anyone?

peace,
F!

Fusion: Where Music, Technology, and Artist Creativity Intersect

Coming soon.....

Hello readers and listeners.

I trust all is well today. This post is a follow-up to the previous post about the subject of an upcoming podcast I hope to resurrect entitled Fusion. The concept of this podcast came to me via an off the cuff discussion I had a few years ago with a fellow podcaster/recording artist/graphic designer. Both of us, being musicians in our own right, began discussing our backgrounds and influences in making music, which invariably talking about how technology (past and present) played a role taking the music from inner to outer.

I began to see the different paths he had taken and compared them to mine. I also began to see, along our separate journeys, how there were things we couldn;t *readily accomplish* (but did) that we could easily accomplish now. The conclusion of the discussion led me to develop the concept for this podcast – one that would share the insights of an (generally musical, but not limited to) artist by which they leverage technology to get their art out there – including their journey along the way, their influences etc.

The format of the podcast is to use an audio interview, very casual but basically formatted, and to just have some fun with it (which is the most important part). Being a techy, I have to include the usual aspects of what kind of hardware/software was/is being used, suggestions/recommendations, tips, etc…but fuse the overall flow with some laid back fun.

As said, although the general focus is about music (recording, arranging, creating, production, podcasting), every once and awhile, I’d like to include the same concept with regards to web design, photography, etc. All aspects of using social media, Web 2.0 and the like are definitely topics of discussion as well.

That being said, I’d like to invite all interested in leaving me your Skype ID, Yahoo IM, iChat ID, Grand Central number or even cell or landline number so the audio interview can be recorded to my laptop. Primarily, I’d prefer to do it via net chat, but will consider landline/cell phone interviews down the line (gotta keep it as inexpensive as I can – heh!). If you are interested, feel free to leave your info in the comments section or e-mail me

Thanks (for your time and interest) in advance…

peace!
F!