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Photo Sharing

My friend, Jan, suggested I share some of the photos I edited this week.

I think she’s curious to see what happens to my brain (creatively) while I’m on pain meds.

I’m not on drugs NOW, but I was on Wednesday.

And, honestly, I don’t think it changes my photo editing.

I’ve been working on a lot of photo projects for different people/businesses lately.

Here’s a sample of work I did on Wednesday.

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Music to my ears …!

The street lighting at night was a little challenging for photographing the band, but I think the above photo came out very nice.

Fancy (antique) cars:

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Old cars are fun to photograph.

Here’s another one:

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The fancy car photos were taken quite awhile ago, but edited for a project this week.

I also finished up the last couple photos for WrightWay Fitness:

WWay © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

They’re such a nice group of people to work with.

Especially Adam and Becky Wright who are adorable:

Adam and Becky © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

Too cute!

Someone needs to put them on a “Most Adorable Couple” show.

I also managed to fit in one of the long exposure photos I took earlier this week.

We’ve had weird clouds and weather patterns due to monsoon season.

It can make for some cool looking sunsets.

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The above photo was a 34 second long exposure which is why the water looks like cotton candy.

I edited a ton of photos, but I think I’ve given you a representative sample.

And now …?

It’s time for the weekend!

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Bah Humbug!

It’s amazing how productive I can be when I’m left alone.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids more than anything.

But ..?

All my kids are currently somewhere other than at my house.

Yesterday (after an early morning doc appointment), I worked for ten hours straight.

I got SO MUCH done.

See what happens when I’m not interrupted?

The early morning doctor’s appointment was with my orthopedic surgeon.

It was not a good appointment.

HE HURT ME!!

Being the mature adult I am …

As soon as it was over,

I promptly texted Paul Newman and whined about the pain I was (and AM) in.

(He  hates it  loves it when I whine to him?)

Very bad pain is what happens when a doctor decides to vice grip (!!!) a wayward tendon while doing unseemly things to an angry arm.

Guess what else happens?

Bad grammar!!

Sorry for the run on sentences.

I seem to be incapable of writing.

Also?

I took pain meds.

Maybe that’s why I can’t write?

There is a lot of talk going on about doing surgery #10 and drilling a hole in my arm.

Then, I guess, they put a screw (??) through the roaming tendon and screw it into the hole in the arm bone?

And then ….

Supposedly, the tendon can’t flip flop all over the place and make my arm fall off.

I don’t want to think about it.

Or talk about it.

Or do it.

Blah, blah, blah!!

It was not a good start to my day.

I came home and poured myself a huge cup of coffee.

I downed some pain meds with my coffee to complete my breakfast of champions.

Then, since I didn’t trust myself to drive drugged,

I sat in front of my computer for ten hours and accomplished great (??) things.

Bah humbug!

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August Clouds

I apologize for not having an opportunity to write a “real” post for today.

Instead, all I can offer you is clouds.

Yesterday evening, I went for a short walk to test out my sprained ankle.

(And yes, I iced it when I got home.)

Of course, I took my gear on my walk … because that is what I do.

I took some (very!) long exposure shots.

As I walked back to my car I stopped to take one more quick snap.

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Monsoon weather brings monsoon clouds.

They’re irresistible …

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Summer Is Over

My son returned to Texas, and college, yesterday afternoon.

For me, his departure means summer is now officially over.

I’ve been on the road so much lately,

I’ve got piles of work projects waiting for me.

The remainder of 2014 is going to be exceptionally busy.

Beginning in mid-September, it’s also going to involve a lot of travel.

For that reason, I’m going to really enjoy the next couple weeks of not traveling.

I wanted to take today to answer a few questions I’ve received lately.

First of all, regarding my service puppy ….

If he passes all health clearances, he will come live with me at around 9-10 weeks old.

He will be with me pretty much 24/7 for training, but that training will eventually also involve formal service dog training.

Formal service dog training will involve an instructor (working with me) who knows a lot more than I do about service training.

Until my pup is fully parvo vaccinated (which, if I recall, is around 20 weeks old) he will not be out in public.

Parvo is killing a lot of dogs lately, and I certainly don’t want mine to be one of them.

I already know of one work trip I have to take prior to the pups 20 week point.

I hope to have a family member puppy sit for me while I fulfill that commitment.

On other topics …

•  I’m still not back to the gym due to what has turned out to be a sprained ankle.  (I injured it in Santa Barbara.)  It’s getting better though, so hopefully it won’t be much longer.  (Thank you to Paul Newman for giving me a couple good tips for treating a sprain … after informing me I was currently do everything wrong.  I love that man!)

•  I continue to be amazed at people and/or cities/counties who think they’re doing me a favor by “inviting” me to give them my work for free.  Do they “invite” their dentist to give them dental cleanings for free?  I am running a successful business.  I do not need “exposure”  …. or an attitude of entitlement.

•  On the other hand, I will go above and beyond for my actual clients.

•  In my spare time, I’m cleaning out closets.  That means I’ve taken everything out of them and left it on a pile on the floor.  (Because after I did that, I ran out of spare time??)

Sigh!

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Newfoundland Puppies!

Towards the end of last week, a litter of Newfie puppies was born.

The puppies were born to a mama dog named Vada who is owned by Heartease Newfoundlands in British Columbia.

Here’s a photo of Vada and one of her brand new (one day old!) pups:

VadaPup

How cute is the above photo?

The puppy has such a squishy, smooshy, face!

Joan, of Heartease Newfoundlands, was kind enough to allow me to share today’s photos.

Vada had a littler of six.

VadaLitter

Vada with her four day old puppies.

There are two girl puppies and four boys.

Vada is very happy to be a mom and quite proud of her babies.

If the puppies remain healthy for the next nine weeks,

And if, they pass all their health clearances at eight and nine weeks …..

One of the boy puppies will become my new  baby  child  photo assistant  dog.

Honestly, I’ve been facebook stalking Vada and her litter for days.

To say I’m smitten with these pups is an understatement.

The puppies have a dad too, of course.

The dad’s name is George and GeorgeTheNewf is very famous.

(In dog circles?)

Here’s a look at handsome George:

George

George has a lot of ribbons and awards and titles.

I’m not interested in showing dogs, but I know George is considered The Top Dog – and very healthy and handsome.

In other words, he’s a good dad for Vada’s litter.

(Vada’s got some ribbons and awards of her own.)

It’s kind of a long, crazy, story how I came to be in touch with Heartease Newfoundlands.

I wasn’t looking for show dogs, or Top Dogs, or anything like that.

Suffice it to say, sometimes the universe puts certain people in your life at exactly the right moment.

Here’s another look at a squishy, one day old, puppy face:

OneDayOld

Sooooo cute!

I think I’m in love with ALL of these puppies!

Just look at this one hugging her mama’s big, giant, paw!

paw

So, what happens next?

Vada is in charge of taking care of her puppies for awhile.

At some point in the next few weeks, I’ll probably be flying up to Canada to meet Vada and her litter.

Vada, of course, would like to meet me before I adopt one of her puppies.

Then it will be time to wait again … with my fingers crossed.

Assuming the health clearances all come,

I’ll need to get back up to Canada in mid to late October to retrieve my pup and drive him home.

(That’s going to be one looooooong car ride!)

In the meantime, I’ll keep you updated with cute puppy photos as often as I can.

Let’s hope the puppies continue to be healthy as they grow.

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Orange County’s Cutest Couple

I’m working on photo editing for a client.

They might be the cutest couple in Orange County?

Becky Looking © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

You might remember Adam the owner of WrightWay Fitness?

He’s gorgeous –

I’m sure you haven’t forgotten him?

Adam 2 © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

Adam asked me to take a few photos of he and his wife, Becky.

Becky is beautiful and genuinely nice.

I instantly liked her.

(It’s not always easy to find genuinely nice women in The OC.)

Becky © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

In addition to taking a few individual shots,

I also took a few photos for Adam’s business website.

Square Color © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

They didn’t even laugh at me as I rolled around in the street gutter.

I suppose Adam was already used to how I am when I’m shooting?

(After all, I spent a week shooting him at work)

BA color © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

Aren’t they a terrific couple?

Beautiful people –

Inside and out.

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San Francisco – Artistic Expression

I’d like to get your opinion on a San Francisco photo I published recently.

The photo is titled:  I Take My Martini Dirty.

I took it from the second tallest building in San Francisco.

I had an opportunity to shoot from the top floor –

Which, under normal circumstances, would not be accessible.

Which version of the photo do you prefer?

Version I is the original in color:

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I like the color version because it looks exactly as my eyes saw it.

(And my eyes were astounded by the view.)

Version I is a reminder of the scene as I experienced it.

Version II is a black and white with cool undertones:

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I like the cool undertones in the above photo because it feels very “San Francisco” to me.

As many of you know, the city gets COLD … and foggy … and some of that chill is captured in Version II.

In a way, Version II “feels” more like what I experienced than the color version.

Last, Version III is a color version with a surrealistic blur.

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It seems like, lately, there’s a huge demand for my surrealistic photos.

Obviously, I wouldn’t have started taking/making surrealistic photos if I didn’t love them myself.

They appeal to me as much as they seem to appeal to many of my clients.

If I had to choose one of the above photos, I’m not sure which one I’d pick.

How about you?

Which is your favorite?

Version I in color?

Version II in black and white with cool undertones?

Version III with a surrealistic blur?

Thank you for your help!

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Randomness …

I’m having a very chaotic week.

I apologize to all of you who are waiting to hear back from me.

(And there are a lot of you!)

I returned from my trip last weekend to an overwhelming amount of stuff needing my immediate attention.

I’m doing my best to get caught up.

At the same time, on a personal front, I said good-by to my oldest son.

He returned to work in North Carolina.

My daughter has needed my help with a few things due to an international trip she’s currently on.

And …?

My youngest son returns to college in Texas in just a few days.

His imminent departure has meant a lot of additional errands.

(For instance, his cowboy boots desperately need resoling.  Cowboy boots are urgent?)

I’ve come to the realization I won’t get caught up with work until next week sometime.

Tonight I have a shoot.

I’ll be cleaning lenses all day in preparation.

Thank goodness we have one of only three U.S. Canon Service Centers here in Orange County.

They did a professional cleaning of my camera bodies for me this week.

I’m also checking messages frequently in hope for puppy news.

There’s a Newfoundland in Canada expecting a litter this week.

I don’t know, yet, if there will be a healthy puppy in the litter for me or not.

I’ve been in touch with the breeder, but we are just in the beginning stages of corresponding.

Newfoundland puppies are not easy to come by if you’re working with a reputable breeder.

If I’m able to adopt one, I’ll have to wait until it passes it’s nine week heart check to bring it home.

And then ….

Training will begin so Adorable Puppy can grow into a Loving Companion and Service Pup.

I realize some of you might be wondering why I would go to a breeder vs. rescuing a dog.

I am very pro-rescue.

But, in my case, there are two reasons.

First, I’m looking for a specific breed for specific service tasks.

I love many types of dogs, but I need a big/strong dog.

Second, health issues abound in Newfoundlands.

By going through a breeder, I can verify health screening for both the puppy and it’s line.

Does health screening guarantee I won’t run into health problems?

No, but it does improve my chances with some of the life threatening ones.

Service training takes a lot of time and dedication.

Obviously, it’s wise to find a breeder who does health screening.

In any case, I’ve been busy juggling a lot of this personal stuff.

Simultaneously, I’ve been attempting to work my way through a backlog of emails and photography projects.

I appreciate your patience …!

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A Zonkey

I met a zonkey on my recent travels.

I was told there are only thirty six zonkeys in the United States.

The zonkey I met was named after the cartoon character Eeyore.

His name is Zeeyore.

Zonkey Named Zeeyore © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

Zeeyore was very friendly with me.

(I’m an animal magnet ….!  I really am!)

Zeeyore is being taken care of by a rescue facility.

Zeeyore can’t be reliably tamed because Zeeyore is half wild Zebra.

The other half of Zeeyore is donkey and we all know what an ass donkeys can be.

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Reasons Why It’s So Terrible To Stop Traveling

As most of you know,

I’ve been on the road three of the last four weeks.

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Some of the travel was necessary, and some of it was for work, and some of it was for fun.

I arrived back to Orange County on Saturday evening.

I spent Sunday, all day, doing post-trip errands.

(Grocery shopping, car wash to remove buckets of sand from my car, etc., etc.)

Yesterday, on Monday, I had a huge case of The Monday Blahs.

As eager as I was to be back home,

I came home to all sorts of things that made me want to leave again.

Here are a few reasons why it’s so terrible to stop traveling:

•  All the tedious chores of owning a small business need attention.

•  A Monday morning bin overflowing with mail (bills, bills, bills!) from the post office.  Clearly, snail mail is not dead.

•  News of the death of one of my all time favorite entertainers.  RIP Robin Williams.

•  Hot, humid, monsoon weather.  (Santa Barbara was a perfect 72-75F every single day.)

•  Filthy camera equipment – it will take hours upon hours to clean it all.  Oh, how I hate taking apart tripods for cleaning.

•  A message from my ob/gyn informing me some tests came back abnormal and I will need further (painful) testing.  Could I please call to schedule asap?

•  A not-as-happy-as-usual physical therapist.  Can someone please give Paul Newman a banana?  The man is having sugar withdrawals.

•  Speaking of sugar, I’m feeling post-travel fat.  It’s time to get back to a regular gym schedule.  I’m not feeling it.  Does anyone have a dose of motivation?  Ugh!

Okay, okay ….

I’ll snap out of my post-travel blues.

I know it’s normal to be overwhelmed with the mundane after a trip.

I’m sure in a few days I’ll be back in a normal routine again.

Sigh!