I have been reading a book by a retired chef in England, who claims to have made Gordon Ramsey crack, Devil in the Kitchen by Marco White. An autobiography of a chef in search of Michelin stars. An interesting read, also a reminder of the driven 1990's, lots of people working 70 hour plus weeks in pursuit of perfection and money, a lot of people cracking under the pressure. It happened in a lot of workplaces, I sure am glad I survived and found a better balance in life.
I was reminded recently that we don't stop having fun because we get old, we get old when we stop having fun. Keep having fun.
The latest lens acquisition is a 35mm fixed focal length. All of the other lenses I own, most of the lenses made today, are variable focal length, or zoom lenses. I bought it because it was fast, it is also incredibly sharp. I recently watched a YouTube video about the discipline of using fixed focal length or prime lenses. I put it on last Saturday for my trip to the farmers market and walk and I immediately realized how lazy I have become. With a fixed focal length I am forced to think about composition, framing, camera placement. Maybe it is time to return the basics. One of my strengths in the past was finding the best angle, and that was all based on moving the camera to where it would get the best shot. With a zoom lens, I stand where I am fiddle with the lens rather than moving my butt.
John over at Going Gently, asked about role models. I had to think for a few minutes. My answer was an author whose books came into my life at turning point. I am going reread a couple of those books.
I am moving along on travel plans for New York in August - all I really need to do there is pick restaurants for a couple of lunches, and plans for a week in Nevada in October. Rental cars are in short supply and the prices are about double what they were two years ago. I have a couple of days work to do at the beginning of that week, then a few days to explore, Reno, Lake Tahoe, Carson City.
I have a large format, photo printer. It will print up to 11 by 17 inches. I have been having fun with it. I have had it for several years, and recently when my primary printer failed, I dusted it off, moved the stuff out of the way and fired it up. I have some amazing prints of owls and googly eyed cicadas. When I asked for it (it was a gift) I had a vision of being artistic with it, I am finally doing what it was intended for. For all to long it has sat here gathering dust. Remember to have fun, or well you know what happens.
So there is my themeless ramble for the week.