above is a shot taken years ago, in early 1980s, through the window of a van traveling at high speed along a rural road in Yucatan, near the archeological site of Chichén Itza, Mexico. At first glance it is just a ruined photo, which is often what an amateur photographer gets when shooting on-the-fly from a grimy vehicle window, speeding down a road. However, on close inspection, the camera apparently focused automatically on the village scene in a clearing beyond the surrounding jungle and captured this candid scene. (Cropped close-up image below.) Image by Robert Dreger, ©Sometimes 2017.
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These azalea blossoms are reflecting, but for the life of me I don’t know why. I’m not using flash. It’s pretty here, I think, but the longer shots seem washed out from glare.
Previously I re-posted an article I wrote two years ago. I haven’t learned much since, when it comes to finding lost things.
The issue with the lost books from my inventory continues. Yesterday’s book was right where it was supposed to be. However, I won’t get complacent, because many of my books are not where I expect to find them. The thing about that is annoying, but usually ends up with the book being found without much delay. Only once in the years I have been selling books online have I had to run to HalfPriceBooks and buy another copy.
The search now involves a rotary slide holder, filled with slides and stored in the original yellow Kodak box the tray came in originally. These slides are part of a slide-show production I put together to entertain my university class in World Civilizations, specifically a 2-credit course required of all students. The courses were specifically designed History classes in world areas such as Latin America, Africa, Middle East…and many others. The classes were usually chosen by students based on the time-slot as it fit in with their other classes, rather than any particular interest in a world region.
My presentation dealt with Mexican archeological sites in Yucatan including Chichén Itzá, Uxmal, and Tuluum. Obviously the slides that I selected were the ones I considered to be the best quality. Most had been photographed by my late husband, I might add. There are about a hundred slides. The search is on…and the good part of it is that I have so far cleaned out and rearranged two major room closets searching. I have located thousands of slides…but not this particular collection.
Last winter I ordered a Digital Film/Slide Projector, and it is the best thing since sliced bread. It is very simple in operation, you just put the slides in the contraption, transfer the images onto an SD card, which corresponds to a photo site on my computer. Perfect…..not automatic, exactly, but it isn’t bad because I get to view all of my slides from a thirty year period. An added bonus is seeing the family shots of 30-something grandchildren as babies. The farm is well represented in photos going back to the 1970s, as well as multiple vacations during the subsequent years.
Back to the subject…searching for that slide tray. The closing of two shops at a flea market and an antique mall about five years ago resulted in half of my book inventory and dollhouse miniatures and all-kinds-of-stuff into my garage, and most rooms in my house. About half of my book inventory of about 2000 books now (not counting my personal library of books which is more extensive,) is catalogued on online book sites such as Amazon, Alibris, Biblio, Barnes&Noble…etc. I have culled the inventory excess to the extent that most of what is left is saleable. … in theory. Every one of these books is numbered sequentially and readily available….except, of course, those that insist on misplacing themselves.
Oh yes, the point is that I am in the process of publishing many of my slides on my blog, and some of my best are missing. However, my slide converter gadget also does film strips, so all is not lost. I just haven’t tried the film strips yet.
I like the last photo, with the softer tint, and the less contrast. The crop cut out extraneous details, and zoned in on the woman and the sleeping fairy figure, which is the theme of the picture. .
This is a fun exercise, Cee! https://ceenphotography.com/2017/04/28/thursdays-special-juxtaposition-2/#respond
Yes, I know…we’ve seen these tulips before in various stages…but this shot of their Last Hurrah, which I took on a whim just shooting photos for the heck of it, pleases me. I like the way the edges of the flowers reflect the light. They have had a longer life because of our unpredictable northern Ohio weather: snow, thaw, warm, hot, warmish, cool, warm again, cool again. (photo © Sometimes,2017)
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