Hi photo lovers.

Late winter can be full of surprises. This year brought us record cold temperatures and almost a foot of snow – most of it the powdery type that is poor for building snowmen. This shot is of a group of Loblolly Pines I have come to take for granted over the years. I took a number of photos from around my street. This one turned out to be my favorite from the set. I did not venture much beyond there. My initial intention was to travel in between snow storms to some of the more scenic areas of my city, but after assessing the road conditions, decided against it. Having lived farther north and/or at higher elevations than my current locale for significant portions of my existence, I am accustomed to driving in winter conditions. I also have enough experience to know when to just stay off the road. That turned out to be a good call. If nothing else, I was able to capture the moment. At the time I took this, I was hoping that we’d avoid rolling outages, which I think we just barely managed. Somewhere in my archives I have some other winter photos I took in Princeton, NJ when I was on a professional-related trip, and one of those wonderful polar vortexes hit the central and eastern parts of the US. It was beautiful, but quite dangerous, and quite a number of us either ended up stranded at an airport on our way back home or came really darned close.

I am still using my same equipment, and am no professional. If you are an avid photographer, regardless of your skills and professional experience, you are in good company here. Booman Tribune was blessed with very talented photographers in the past. At Progress Pond, we seem to have a few talented photographers now, a few of whom seem to be lurking I suppose.

I have been using an LG v40 ThinQ for over two years. It seems to serve me well, for now, but I know that the lives of these devices are limited. Most of my family seems to be gravitating toward iPhones, so I suspect I may eventually have to succumb and go to the Dark Side of The Force. In a recessionary environment, my default is to avoid major purchases for as long as possible. So, unless something really goes wrong with my current phone, I’ll stick to the status quo for as long as possible. Keep in mind that my last Samsung kept going for over four years (the last year was a bit touch and go). Once I do have to make a new smart phone purchase, the camera feature is the one I consider most important. So any advice on such matters is always appreciated. Occasionally I get to use my old 35 mm, but one of my daughters seems to have commandeered it. So it goes.

This series of posts is in honor of a number of our ancestors. At one point, there were some seriously great photographers who graced Booman Tribune with their work. They are all now long gone. I am the one who carries the torch. I keep this going because I know that one day I too will be gone, and I really want the work that was started long ago to continue, rather than fade away with me. If I see that I am able to incite a few others to fill posts like these with photos, then I will be truly grateful. In the meantime, enjoy the photos, and I am sure between Booman and myself we can pass along quite a bit of knowledge about the photo flog series from its inception back during the Booman Tribune days.

Since this post usually runs only a day, I will likely keep it up for a while. Please share your work. I am convinced that us amateurs are extremely talented. You will get nothing but love and support here. I mean that. Also, when I say that you don’t have to be a photography pro, I mean that as well. I am an amateur. This is my hobby. This is my passion. I keep these posts going only because they are a passion. If they were not, I would have given up a long time ago. My preference is to never give up.


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