If you’re going to have a giant tarantula, you can bet I’ll have a hard time not doing a Reader there. Mris and Lily are reading the spider chapter of The Hobbit.
I’m still in kind of a foot mood after yesterday, so here’s the front foot of a black bear.
Pretty much what it says on the tin.
About time we had another bridge vault, I think. This is the Mississippi River bridge of MN 60/WI 25, in Wabasha MN southeast of the twin cities, looking across the river toward Wisconsin.
I realized I’ve got a bunch of 2012 stuff that never got added to the blog, so that’s going to make it a lot easier to post a photo every day for a while. This is from the ruined portion of Mill City Museum, which was built inside the remains of an old flour mill that burned in 1991. They left this section of the ruins intact as a courtyard.
Must get back to posting. I’m going to try to get a photo up every day in September. It’s been quite a while since I added anything to Animal Geometries, so here’s some nice bees.
This is one of my favorites from what’s been a slow summer. The zoo had a special giant animatronic bug exhibit this summer, and along with it some actual bugs, including a double-sided glass beehive. Flash on one side, macro lens on the other, and a bunch of other patrons boggling at what I was doing.
In Mid-June I went down to Red Wing to see a Meg Hutchinson concert. Meg’s my favorite songwriter and has a wonderful poetry book out, so I took down a copy of The Reader: War for the Oaks fresh off the press for her with the intention of asking her to do a reader at some point. Then I got to the venue and it was obvious that would be overcomplicating things.
The concert hall at The Anderson Center in Red Wing is a remodeled barn, and the best use of knotty pine I’ve ever seen. It’s a gorgeous space, and Meg was kind enough to take a moment after her show to model for me with her book. I think this is going to be one of my favorites from the series.
Stone ground in Nashville, Tennessee! Well, I’m not sure what that’s supposed to mean to me. Nashville isn’t really at the top of my mental list of chocolate-producing areas, or for that matter even on it. I suppose it makes them unique. Perhaps I could find out more if the brown-on-brown design of their website were at all readable.
Anyway, the chocolate. Ingredients are nice and simple, as befits a stone-ground chocolate: Cocoa Beans (Ghana), Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Organic Ceylon Cinnamon, Kosher Salt, Cayenne Pepper. The bar is thin and broad, in nine squares with a rather attractive company logo on them. More importantly, they break apart cleanly and easily. The bar is wrapped in foil, still the best way but unfortunately getting rarer.
Tastewise, this is a mild bar, both in chocolate and in chili. Both exist to complement the real cinnamon, which is deserving of its center-stage role. The cayenne adds just enough kick to keep the cinnamon in the spotlight, while the chocolate just holds them together. It’s not a stunning performance, but it’s reasonably nice, and sometimes reasonably nice is what you’re looking for.
The Reader: WFTO Kickstarter has finished, but it’s still possible to buy prints from the series and preorder the book.
The Reader: War for the Oaks: $39.95 + $5 shipping in the US. Contact for international shipping.
So, Mike Johnston of The Online Photographer made a post about the trouble photographers can have making good small versions of their portfolios to show off to people in setting where it’s impractical to show the whole thing:
A few weeks later he sends me a link and an email. Email says he’s been working very hard at the edit and describes some of the process. Link contains 30 or 40 pictures.
All the pictures I really liked from the 850 are gone.
Always a potential problem. Either you “self-edit” someone’s work by sifting through large masses of pictures, or you look at a tighter set and risk maybe not seeing the ones that would be the payoff for you.
I’ve never had a solution for this dilemma.
I don’t have a solution for the dilemma, but I have a way of playing around with it that might be helpful, and should be good blog cross-promotion. Basically I’m looking for other photographers who are like me – you have a blog, you have a several-hundred-photo portfolio – to play a game. We each look through each other’s portfolio, pick out a small number of the ones we like the best – probably ten or so, lest too many photos swamp the blog – and blog about it. If we do this several times, then we’ll get several different perspectives on our work, and have a better idea of how to form a best-of portfolio that will make a strong first impression.