There will be a detailed post regarding next year’s plans appearing tomorrow. But feel free to check out my 2019 Summary and Plans for 2020 that have already posted on my Photo Diary as We sail into a Brighter, Happier and Healthier 2020!
We had a bad hail storm a few days ago. Some garden carnage, but this Prickly Poppy managed to survive:
I Rang Out on Wednesday using the Solari Bell. By the time you see this I will be on my way Home:
And Yes, I am taking my ‘friend’ the Mask. More Scenes from my life over the past 2 Months:
I still have tons of images to post from my Arizona Experience. Those will appear from time to time throughout the Summer.
Yes, this is me in my Proton Beam Radiation Mask. It was custom fit and molded to my face during the Radiation Simulation Session. You literally have to be tied down. The method is so precise that any motion would cause the beam to miss the tumor and hit something inside that you might not want to zap. The lasers and pink tape are used for rough alignment. Then low-level X-rays are used to “see” the four pins in my skull for fine alignment. If it looks uncomfortable, it is! And I go in twice a day for treatment. Best thing, I get to take it home with me. I’m going to make a shadow box and display it in my Living Room…….
The pressure from the Mask caused some swelling on the left side of my head to return. Ooops! But it is better this week. It’s stretched a bit and I’ve been working with the Technical Staff to get a better fit.
So I found out the details of the GLOW Club and will be attending on Thursday. Hopefully I can see the accelerator and take picture. I’ll post an update if pics are allowed. Fun Fact: you can actually see the blue flashes of the Proton Beam as it passes within the inter-cranial fluids. Your optic nerve can detect the flashes so your brain can ‘see’ it.
The focussed beam comes through the “screen” behind my head. The screen is so big because it needs to be focussed across a wide range of angles. It moves along the metal track for positioning. Below, a longer view showing the hand grips for more stability against motion. What you cannot see is that my feet beneath the blanket are tied down to the table also.
I’m keeping my hair very short so I can moisturized my scalp to minimize burning. In the image on the right, you can see a hint of the Surgery #2 Scar.
Below, a handy dandy summary graphic taken from the Mayo Clinic Website. CLICK HERE for better viewing.
First the Quote from Frank H. Wu on 35mmc:
“The lesson to be learned about life is that we, or at least I, do not appreciate as much what I have been given as what I have had to bargain for. I earn my film photos. I have to be able to afford it. That means repeatedly. Each and every satisfying click and whirr is a few pennies, which must be in the pocket. I am automatically averse to waste.”
The conclusion is that His film photos are always personally more satisfying (and often objectively better) than His digital images.
My best photos are definitely film. One of last year’s successes IS digital (shown above), but I planned and captured the image like it was film. I saw the potential image, walked around the scene looking for the best angles, made three images; taking into consideration how I might crop the final images as well. And THINKING like a film photographer avoids Waste. For a digital Photographer, the “waste” is all that time you spend in front of the computer sorting through hundreds of images that you would never use. For any given scene, when shooting film I have at most 4-5 images to sort through. If you think film is expensive, what is all that time you spend in Lightroom or Photoshop worth? The most I do in Photoshop is adjust the contrast and brightness for posting online. In the (real) Darkroom I do the film tests and adjust the Contrast using filters. Of course, if I have used the proper contrast filter and exposure when capturing the image, adjustments will be straight forward. Hmmmm……I’m feeling that I need to write a post on Contrast Filters, coming soon!
Sometimes you see an image, and know that it has to be captured, even if an unconventional subject.
Which Crop do You Prefer?
I think what I really like is the water fountain. So maybe I’ll try a closer crop?
Let’s take a break from all of the Artistic Seriousness. Sometimes photography should just be FUN! So I’ll share with you A tasty morsel from our Team Building Garden at work: Courtesy of Team Plantform….
And it was VERY YUMMY!
I’ve also tagged this as an ‘Intersection’, because Gardening is its own Art Form……
Another entry for Thursday Doors……….Denver Main Library (Service Door).
I tried a crop (below) but I like this version better……..Which do You prefer?