Photos? What photos?

Before beginning to write this post, I was looking through my "albums". You know those folders and folders of photos that are on my...and maybe your... computer? It occurred to me while doing so that I have all these great photos of family, landscapes, flowers, things I enjoy taking photos of, that I hardly ever see because they are only online.

Now, I will be the first to admit that digital photography is a wonderful thing.

 I remember all too well the days of film, going on vacation with the 35mm and several boxes of film, extra batteries etc to capture all the great memories that would happen. Taking roll after roll of amazing photos. Coming home, dropping the film off. Going to pick up what should have been 4 rolls of film only to discover that I had one roll of developed film, and 1/2 of another...something like 50 photos from a total of 144 shots taken.

What happened to the rest? film broke on the second roll...and apparently the last 2 didn't load correctly because the camera had issues..all those memories. Gone.

But thanks to digital cameras,  lost photos are a thing of the past. Shoot it, check it, shoot some more! No more waiting for film to be developed to discover no photos, blurry photos, badly lt photos, photos of your thumb..etc etc.I'm sure you remember those days!

However, there is a drawback, which we all know, but have you ever really thought about it? Where are all those terrific photos? Are they printed out, framed, stuck in albums, mailed to family and friends? Or are they all digital files on your computer? Emailed to folks instead of printed, framed and given? I'm sure some special ones do get printed and end up on a wall someplace...and not just your Facebook wall, but real walls in rooms somewhere!

So today I decided that every month I am going to get photos printed. It doesn't have to be a lot, but it will be done. Photos are meant to be seen. To go in albums, scrapbooks, wallets and on walls...not filed away on a computer, disc, or USB memory sticks.

The flower photos in this post are the first four I am having printed. They are going to be big, at least 16x20  and maybe even on canvas. I love these photos and think they are going to look amazing as a grouping on my walls. I'm sure they will look much better there than on my computer.

What about you? Do you print out a lot of the photos that you take? Or are most of them stashed in countless folders online? Drop me a comment and let me know. I really am curious about how many folks have actual photos printed nowadays.


Another missed photo op.

My son Josh and I decided to enjoy the weather and wait outside for his ride this morning. We were sitting on the front steps soaking up some sun when a squirrel comes running along the wall right beside us with a little branch of acorns in his mouth. 

I kept expecting him to veer off into the yard but he kept running right towards us. He was an arms length away from Josh when I said "omg" and the squirrel stopped dead in it's tracks, looked up and I swear I saw a look of surprise before he turned to the left and took off like a bat outta hell. He jumped up on the porch, off the other side and ran down the side of the house towards the back yard.

What a great shot that would have been!

This is an older photo. I felt this post needed a squirrel photo, even if not the one I wish I had gotten. 

That will teach me to always have my camera with me. This is the second time in the past couple of weeks that I missed great shots because I didn't have it. Of course if I HAD been carrying it with me, the opportunities may not have been there!



Of course you knew I meant riding the bike through Slater Park taking photos right?

I mainly went because the adult day program my son attends, RHD-RI, was having a concert in the park day!

While I was there though I couldn't pass up the chance to ride around and see if there were any changes in the park or interesting shots I could get.

Like this one..I don't think I want to

This one would have been a lot more interesting if the turtle hadn't jumped in the water just as I took the shot, but at least I got some of it's air bubbles!

Shakespeare's Garden was blocked off for some reason, but I was able to get at least ONE shot from there.

The duck/swan pond. I just found out they have swan boats. It was a great day to take one out the day I was there.

That's all for this trip, I'm sure I'll be going back again since it is pretty close to home and easily reached by bike. Hopefully by then I will have figured out how to get the photos loaded differently instead of in a line down the center of the page.


B/W in Providence, RI

I love b/w photos and thought I'd share a couple with you today from a recent trip to Providence.
I got lucky with the following shot. I was just putting the camera away because my bus was pulling up, when out of the corner of my eye I spotted this gentleman approaching. I got the camera back out and ready just in time to grab this shot!