Scattered Thoughts About Important Matters

I have some odds and ends on my mind.

I thought I’d toss some totally unrelated thoughts into one disorganized post today.

Disorganized makes me think about this photo.  I took it while in San Francisco, using Thomas Hawk’s fisheye lens.  (I previously shared a similar photo from that day, but I think I like this one better.)

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•  I might have to rent a fisheye for a couple days sometime in the future.  It’s such a fun lens to play with.

•  It’s hot as hell here right now.  I know it’s August, but still …!

•  Men have periods, I don’t care what anyone says.

•  I took my cameras into the Canon Factory Service Center yesterday for a pre-vacation cleaning.  Sitting in the waiting area, I was amazed by some of the people who stopped in.  It turned out to be a very entertaining place to hang out.  I was only there for a few minutes at drop-off, and a few minutes later in the day to pick up the cameras.  People are very funny, though.  For instance, one man wanted to know why the photos he takes come out unfocused.  When his wife uses the same camera, the pictures come out very sharp.  He is SURE it’s the cameras fault.  (I found him HILARIOUS!!  What stories those Canon employees must have at the end of each day.  And kudos to the employee who kept a straight face while saying, “I’m sorry sir, I don’t seem able to duplicate the problem you’re having.”)

•  Spending a lot of money to get a “good” camera accomplishes absolutely nothing if you don’t learn how to use it.  Seriously people, don’t spend money on an expensive camera if you don’t have any intention on learning how to use it.  Phones work great for quick snapshots.  Donate the money you’re wasting to a charity or something ….

•  I really NEED physical therapy this week, but I’m also DREADING my session.

•  My shutter count on my “new” camera is already over 20,000.  Yes, I did ask.  That means I’ve taken over 20,000 photos since it arrived approximately four months ago.  I find that number staggering.  I’ve come a long, long, way.  Who would have thought I could do so much with just my left (not-so-perfect) arm and some very sore/overused neck muscles?  Thank God for whoever invented tripods/monopods, and also all the nice people who have helped carry my gear.  Photography makes me so happy.  I’m forever grateful I can participate again, even in limited amounts.

•  A man in the Canon waiting area overheard me inquire regarding the shutter counts of my two cameras.  He promptly came over to ask the technician what his was.  Then he asked, “And what does shutter count MEAN?”  (I might have laughed.)

•  I know who Voldemort is.  Of course, I don’t think Voldemort knows I know.  Although, now that I’ve announced it on my blog he/she does.  Yes, Voldemort did try to leave yet another comment.  I have “blocked” Voldemort’s IP address.  I’m hoping he/she will find more productive uses of his/her time.

•  That’s all I’m going to say in regard to Voldemort’s identity, for now.

•  September is National Pain Awareness Month.  I know this because I’ve been contacted by several people/agencies requesting I participate in various pain awareness events.  Sadly, I think the people who most need increased awareness about the lives of chronic pain patients are the least receptive to learning anything.

•  I promise not to endlessly spam you, but since my new website began with a big mess of confusion (feed problems), I wanted to let you know it’s now up and running.  So far, I’m averaging two posts per week there.  I hope to increase it to three once my kids are back in school.  In case you’re interested, I’ve recently published the following photography posts:

–  Creating A Starburst With The Sun

–  Do I Need A Tripod?

–  How To Clean A Camera Lens

–  Beginner Tips To Improve Sunset Shots

–  Simple Ways To Improve Your Photos

I will be covering more advanced topics too, but I wanted to start off with a few beginner posts.

I believe my web designers are now working on formatting everything for those of you who visit me on your phones and iPads.

It has certainly been a long process, but the end is (hopefully) in sight.

The end of web design/ers, that is.

It’s just the beginning for me!

8 Responses to “Scattered Thoughts About Important Matters”

  1. Denise

    Our summer temperatures just hit us yesterday, and it looks like they are here for most of August. So while I’m inside during the hottest part of the days, I will take a peek at your photography posts.

    • Suzanne

      I think it is going to be a hot one this week … and probably even longer!

  2. Jan's Sushi Bar

    Was Voldemort’s second comment equally nasty? Screw her, I say – keep her blocked, and don’t give her any more “blog space.”

    That photo is simply gorgeous, and now I want a fish-eye lens. It might make for an interesting photo of zucchini fritters. 😛

    • Suzanne

      Well, it wasn’t NICE. : )
      I agree – V is not worth the space.
      I love the fisheye, but since it’s a special effects lens – I just don’t know I’d get enough use out of it. It sure would be fun in a city with all the buildings though. : )

  3. Karen in S.E. Texas

    This summer heat is killing me this year. A new symptom has popped up and I don’t seem to be able to regulate my temperature very well. I know that it is suffocatingly hot here right now, but mine has gone to the extreme.

    We are having 96 to 98 degree temps here, with a heat index of 104 – 110 degrees. When I go outside, I melt, literally. I look like a melting snowman … blech!

    Sometimes I sit in the livingroom and look out the windows at the outside. This is one of the things I hate the most about my medical issues, is not being able to do things like I used to.

    Hope you are having a better day Suzanne.

    • Suzanne

      I’m sorry.
      I know Texas heat must be much worse than it is here.
      I love weather on the warmer side, but it’s not fun when it’s in the 100+ range.
      I agree, there are times it’s very hard to live with limitations.
      I get frustrated and angry at times … and sad too.
      Other days I’m able to move forward and it doesn’t affect me as much.
      Such is the nature of life with a medical issue of any kind, I think.
      I hope you get a respite from the heat soon!

  4. Gaelyn

    That SF image with the fisheye looks like a painting.

    I really do need to learn how to use my camera. So I’m off to check out your posts.

    • Suzanne

      The fisheye lens is amazing. Really a fun toy to play with! : )


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