Happy 2017 everyone! I've chosen to be a bit belated with celebration this year because I needed a makeover. Well, my social media needed a makeover. You see, while being a part of the online world of sharing is great, sooner or later a little clean up becomes necessary. I needed to step back and take a look at my posts and photos and user names. I needed to figure out how to access some accounts because I couldn't remember login information (like passwords). And I needed to consolidate my online persona a bit. When I started photo sharing online years ago, I really wasn't thinking of what direction it would all go. It was all new and I was testing the waters. But, I haven't stopped taking photos and wanting to share them or my stories, so a makeover was my priority before I could continue. You may or may not notice the changes. And it does't matter much because you got here somehow. So...hi!
While all this updating was going on, the weather warmed up from the double-digit minus temps we were in since before Christmas. This was a huge relief for us RV dwellers, along with our propane supply! I can even think of springtime without wanting to cry now. The sun is warming up enough to melt a little snow, too. And while I was out getting some great icy-cold shots when the deep freeze began, I kind of gave up mid-way through. My fingers (and soul) just couldn't take any more of the cold. I don't have a lot to show - photography-wise - for January.
Not all that time for photography is lost, however, since I inherited some inspiration in the form of a film camera. I got two, actually: a Kodak Instamatic X-1F and a Minolta Hi-Matic AF2. I was just going to add them to my collection of old cameras when I realized there was an empty roll of film with them. Since the film was 35 mm, and the Kodak takes 110, I loaded up the Minolta. I've been snapping shots here and there; learning the practice of mindfulness in composition, and learning to enjoy the mystery in the waiting for what may be developed. That used to be the norm, back in the days. The digital world changed our time frames and expectations to being instantaneous. I look forward to sharing the results in a future post.
I've been thinking about those future posts as well. While I bring my photo life together online, I would like to add my blogging to that. I may be sharing more how-to and how-I-did-that posts. I'm always learning as I shoot and I'd like to pass along the knowledge I gain. As the saying goes, sharing is caring. For now, my website is up and running again and I feel a bit more socially (online) together. I did get out and enjoy some sunshine today with Kai, my walking buddy. I took the Minolta with me, so the photos I took are pending, of course. But, technology of the instant is not ever far and I still have a shot from my smartphone to share. I'll be back soon!