Missing, gone fishing…with a flash.

Pole

It isn’t that I’ve gone away,

It’s not that I’m aloof.

It isn’t because I’ve naught to say,

Of that there’s plenty of proof.

Now, once I’ve made the final cut

Once the die is cast

There really is just one little but

That one is, “how far to cast”?

You could say, I’ve gone fishing or flashing maybe…oh wait. Hmmm!…of course, I mean fishing for sights, sounds, ideas and visions, and learning flash photography like the pros.  Learning is fascinating when there’s no goal at the end…except knowledge. ;~)  No career to feed, no boss to please, no real deadlines, no undo concerns about grades other than to, “get it”…and, AND, someone else is paying.  Wicked Pissah!

Photography-I’ve not been so absorbed in a subject since I found out computers weren’t magic.  Now I see that cameras aren’t either!

Flash Photography; now, that’s magic.

Flashy

Photoshop is the Anti Christ!

Photoshop

With Photoshop it’s an awful bear

to set my photos straight,

So, I settle for a lousy stare

Instead of the perfect Portrait.

Why did they make it so hard to use?

I’m foundering without a prayer

I rather be pulling a loaded caboose

Than fumbling around in these layers.

What’s with this patching, healing and hues?

Am I just Adobe’s blind fool?

Pick a tip, soft or hard, in a hundred different blues?

What if I took this pointy tool…

Oh, never mind.  Photo onward.

The eyes of Photo 51

I was given the job of writing the Class introduction to our (my) first Gallery.  The theme is “Things we can’t do without.”  The three photos of the kids are my contribution.  There are of course much more to my list of favorite things, but my weak flash photo skills cost me good prints of the entire Family, so the grandkids won out and I had to scavenge pics from my digital camera.  I also was unable to incorporate the fireworks and the kids into one really cool frame…curses Photoshop, foiled again!  This was supposed to be on film anyway…ho-hum!  Next time…

What you see in the written word
Is the story the writer wants told.
What you see in a photograph
Is the artists story writ bold.

Both of these artists have given
What each of us wishes we could
Words and frames about the world unchained
They paint life as only they could.

All of us have some favorite things
Things that make us smile
These are the wings that lift us up
That send us that extra mile.

When all is failing and it seems life is through
When there is nothing that anyone can do
Look to your favorite rhyme in a book
Look to that photo of that special look.

Remember the faces and the places you’ve been
Remember that you can always pretend
That your there in that photo laughing and then
Know that those times can be yours again.

These are a “few of our favorite things”
We hope you find them pleasing
From the Summer ’17 Class of Photo 51
We wish you all a good evening.

Independence

Independence

Let’s put aside all of those things

That cause us to be so contrary

Let’s see what being “we” again brings

I doubt it could be so scary
There doesn’t always have to be

A reason, a cause, tried and true

There only needs to be you and me

To celebrate the red, white and blue.
Happy 4th of July,  America. 

BOOM🎆🎇✨🇺🇸BOOM

Hot

HOT

Wow, is it hot

chillin I’m not.

How can I make up the time that I’ve lost?

What was wrought

with this furnace you brought?

Did you think about what this would cost?

You think it’s okay

to burn up this way.

I tell you you’re out of your mind.

We’re humans I say.

We can’t live this way.

Now you’ve got us in a bind.

Turn off the heat

these temps we can’t beat

My flowers are going up in flames

I’ve used all our sheets

I’ve stomped with my feet

Still I can’t douse or contain;

This insane conflagration,

Stirs a terrible sensation,

That makes an end to refrains.

Stop for chrissakes, it’s hot!

 

Just yesterday (for Santi)

I saw you yesterday

You weren’t so far away

Not as far as most

But still, not so very close.

If I could have touched you

The ripples would roll through

To the end of days

And in so many ways

Make our spirits one

Our time would not be done

You wouldn’t be so far away

I saw you, just yesterday. 

 

Please remember my brother with me today.  Santi gave all on this day in 1972.  We all lost that day.

SP4 Santiago Herrera Escobar, US Army Scout and Patrol Dag Handler, 34th Patrol Dog Platoon, 3rd Bde., 1st Cav., Bien Hoa, RVN.  RIP Brother. 

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