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Prelude to a Photo Walk

I’m supposed to be house cleaning. I cut a deal with Josh- he would clean the back part of the house and I’ll clean the kitchen, etc. He’s living up to his half- no wait- I hear metal clinking outside around his moped area. Hmm…I may have been outfoxed.

We’re going to go on a photo walk today in downtown Old Louisville (Kentucky), home of the Kentucky Derby. It’s an interesting place- a mixing pot. Old, young, poor, wealthy, strange artists (my favourite kinds of people ever), and an array of collective and colourful personalities. We’re going to park in Indiana and walk over the bridge, into Kentucky, have a beer, grab a bite- shoot some people.

With the camera, of course. 🙂

Damn. I’m really going to have to stop with the smilies. It’s ruining my tougher than nails image.

Anywho, we’re lounging about cleaning the house at the moment. Josh starts school soon too. Back when he was here before and we were having major problems, I sort of…smashed his computer. It’s shameful, I know. I was raging at the time and livid about what he was doing online. (As if smashing the computer would help.)

Now, he’s starting school and desperately needs a computer. Although we’ve settled our financial differences and have squared things up, he’s still without a computer so, I did what I had to do and sold my Lensbaby. Ouch. That hurts just typing that. I also sold my swap kit- which was an additional 4 lens set. There’s just no way I could feel good about having my luxurious toys while he suffered. So, I don’t regret it at all- it was the right thing to do. I still have my 18 MP. DSLR and my 50 MM 1.8 (my personal fave). It’s enough.

I feel good knowing that I’ve made retribution and have given Josh enough money to be able to get his computer and book access code. I think I’ve learned a pretty good lesson in all of this. Leave the man alone! Let him breathe and be a person apart from me, even if that means doing something that I deem “bad”. For me, that’s huge.

We went out for drive yesterday to Lexington, Indiana and had a really good time. We took a turn down a long country road and followed a sign that announced “fresh strawberries”. It was like a wild Utopia. The clouds were semi-overcast and casting a cool, grey glow over everything. Almost like golden hour lighting- that pre-storm lighting, which to me is the best ever, and the best for HDRs.

Large thistles grew out of thick stalks in the ground on either side of the road. Although they were deep purple and quite beautiful, I found them even lovelier in black and white:

Image50 MM/shot in monochrome/manual/RAW

I have an abundance of shots taken from yesterday but haven’t had time to get to them. I’ve discovered the beauty of shooting in RAW again. Makes a big difference with image quality.

Josh just pulled up on his sugar-cycle. (I’ve renamed his moped- he does store runs late at night because we’re sugar freaks and consume large amounts of candy while watching Locked Up Abroad late into the night like we did last night.)

And now I have to get back to cleaning. We’re off on a photo walk soon and my regret is that I don’t have a super-wide to shoot with. All of those old architectural jewels in downtown Louisville and I only have my 50 MM. UGH. (Must get a 10-20 soon.)

thistle copy

50 MM/shot in monochrome/manual

(The strawberries were delicious, by the way.)

8 responses

  1. yvo

    magic. pure magic!!! Really B . . . those are extraordinary !!!!! images . . . I loved reading your post here . . Pure B. :))) smiles. you are steel really real and filled with love and grace too. What a fab combo of qualities. Thanks for the joy. So glad for you. xxx

    June 8, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    • Aww, thank you, Y! You always put a smile on my face. :0) You know, I’ve been enjoying black and white florals lately. Colour makes me miss so much detail. Anyway, glad you like them and thanks for popping in to share your thoughts. Hope all is well with you. xo

      June 8, 2013 at 11:08 pm

  2. claude

    “Em are purdy good pitchers…fer a Hoosier, ah mean. :-p

    June 10, 2013 at 8:22 am

  3. Perhaps it’s the black and white, but you get a better sense of the forms in these thistles in your wonderful photos. These flowers seem to have an aggressive side to them.

    June 11, 2013 at 11:57 am

    • Yeah, I think so too. (Maybe it’s all of the spikes.)

      June 11, 2013 at 6:26 pm

  4. Good on you for selling your Lens Baby. I know you loved it because you often mentioned it in your blogs. It’s rewarding though to do the right thing. What is right for some people is not right for others. I can sit here and say he prob deserved a computer smashing but then again Im not lying next to him every night watching him not go to school. kwim? Def respect that you did that. I direly need a new computer. Mine is coming apart, freezing, and over all not functioning anymore. It’s really hard to do online classes when your computer does not work ugh! Beautiful Pictures of flowers by the way!! so clear! ❤

    June 11, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    • I wouldn’t generally recommend taking out a loan, but if you can swing it, check out . You can borrow like, $500 and they give you several months to pay it back. Go at your own risk though- it has its pros and cons, of course, but it’s totally worth it if you have to. Glad you’re back from your vacation. XO

      June 11, 2013 at 11:31 pm


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