Thinking of saying “Goodbye” to this blog

Things are slowing down on here quite a bit.  I’ve been thinking of abandoning this blog.  Facebook and Flickr seem to be much more productive in terms of reaching an audience.  This blog seems to fall upon deaf ears.

But that’s not happening yet.  I have one more photo to share with you (for now).




London, 2010

Catching up with the past.  Reviewing photos from a trip I made almost five years ago, I found this nugget.

While walking through Hyde Park in London, there were many sights to behold.

-A smiling golden retriever enjoying his master’s ice cream
-And then this scene

A young lady was feeding a patient and somewhat tame Canadian Goose.  The mother, sans shoes, was standing strongly behind the girl.  Her handbag and shoes hint as their social status.  The girl’s hat adds a bit of flair to her otherwise plain dress.

It could be any date, any year, and in any part of the world (almost).


Telling the story. Reading the story.

I sit in an empty room.  The floor is grey, the walls are the same grey, and the ceiling is. . . invisible. It’s not really there.  The walls sort of keep rising until they fade into a fog that absorbs them.  This is either purgatory or stasis–God knows I’m not producing anything good these days.  The stats this year prove it.


A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 430 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

There were 49 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 192 MB. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was March 27th with 33 views. The most popular post that day was Portrait Portfolio.


Compared to my two previous years (below), these stats indicate a flat line that seems to point right at my camera.  That’s mostly why I have decided to not purchase a new lens–what would I do with it, anyway?

This is not sadness or depression–it is a realization.  A reflection.  Knowledge.

All that now remains is acceptance.

Maybe recovery.  Can I climb out of this hole?

2014:    430 hits, 25 posts, 49 photos uploaded, 33 on busiest day.  Do I exist?
2013: 6,700 hits, 66 posts, 777 photos uploaded, 1,031 on busiest day.
2012: 2,100 hits, 72 posts, 476 photos uploaded, 149 on busiest day.




Previous report details:

I received my annual report from WordPress early this morning. Because it seems I’m in a deep, deep slump, I wasn’t too excited about checking my numbers.  For anyone who wants to leave now because of the lack of photos, here’s the “bottom line up front”:

This year: 6,700 hits, 66 posts, 777 photos uploaded, 1,031 on busiest day.
Last year: 2,100 hits, 72 posts, 476 photos uploaded, 149 on busiest day.
My Flickr photo stream now has 26,630 visits. I wish there was a way to annualize the data on Flickr!

I’ll sit on this change for now.  What does it mean?  Have I traded quality for quantity?  Can I reproduce this “trend” next year?

From WordPress (thank you, WordPress, for the creative feedback!):

Previous year (2013):

Crunchy numbers

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,700 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

In 2013, there were 66 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 138 posts. There were 777 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 1 GB. That’s about 2 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was January 31st with 1,013 views.

Interesting. But how does that compare to last year?

Last year (2012):

Crunchy numbers

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

In 2012, there were 72 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 74 posts. There were 476 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 621 MB. That’s about a picture per day.

The busiest day of the year was December 8th with 149 views.

Oh, How I Miss the Hudson River

While looking for a new Windows 8.1 lock screen image, I stumbled upon this photo–which I captured in January of 2012.  I have to admit that I’m somewhat partial–but I much prefer this black and white photo to the loud splash of color that is the default lock screen image.

While I’m on the topic of Windows 8.1, I must say that it seems like a solid operating system crippled by a horrible and assuming interface.  That’s why I set up a dual-boot system with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS–a much cleaner interface and, while it’s not a perfect operating system, it’s pretty good in terms of stability and features.  If you are looking for a free operating system (and a free office experience), then Ubuntu is pretty good.  Expect a learning curve and some interface with the command prompt.

In other words, with free comes the price of a challenge.  =)

Back to the photo:  the day was filled with low clouds and river fog.  The fog stuck to the fjord and the water like glue.  It seemed to ebb and flow with the tidal river.  The breeze would lick as the fog and create interesting effects as it contradicted the flow of the water.  This is one of many images that I captured that day.  More to come, perhaps, if I can process them.


Best Moon in Awhile (maybe ever)

These photos show what I’ve learned in the past two years.  Seeing was average, with intermittent clouds blocking my view.  The November weather was cool, but very forgiving.  I bounced back and forth between Modern Family and the Moon.

This time, I used every trick in the bag.  1200mm, motor drive, RAW and processed in Nikon CapureNX.

First, black and white (camera mode monochrome):


Next, color enhanced:



Rain was forecast for today.

Then the rain hit hard last night and into the early morning.

Then clear skies were predicted.

Then clouds persisted into the mid-afternoon.

I left work and saw the clouds part.  I went to a parking lot where I had a clear view of the setting sun.  Snapped together my aging equipment, threw a blanket over my head and the camera so that I could see the image.  Captured with a Nikon D300, through a 1200mm reflector.  Processed using Darktable and Gimp.