Before I get too far into this, let me just say that this is maybe the best picture I’ve made this year. And if it’s not, it’s definitely in the top 5 of all pictures I’ve ever made.

I really like this shot (but I think it needs a better title…).


I went to the Plano Balloon Festival today with the Dallas Photo Walk MeetUp Group. It was a pretty good time, though I did get a bit bothered by officious volunteers.

One nice fellow asked me to move back behind the imaginary fence marked by the Pepe LePew balloon, and then told me that other balloons were trying to land in the part of the field I was in.

I asked him if it was ok if I went to the other side of Pepe because he marked the imaginary fence line, rather than going to the other side of Pepe because balloons were trying to land, since there was narry a balloon in the sky.

As you might imagine, he got a bit huffy and flummoxed.

I’m sorry that I got a BA in Philosophy, and I’m sorry I took all those courses in semantics and hermeneutics, but words do have meanings, and it bugs people to no end when I point this out to them.


I like this how Carravagio-esque this picture looks (to me, at least: does anyone else see it?).

I know I don’t ordinarily crop square (or crop any anything other than original aspect ratio), but there were some distracting headlights on the right side of the original image, and a square seemed the best way to frame this particular subject.

D7000. Vivitar 70-210mm f/3.5 Series 1 (Kiron). ISO800, 1/160th (AP mode), f/3.5, -1EV. Square crop and less than 30 seconds of slider play in Aperture, just to warm things up a tiny bit.

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