2021 01 16

I’m sad to say I haven’t done any shooting lately. I have no one but myself to blame. I’ve had other things occupying my attention of late.

Naturally, having a j-o-b takes a lot of time. But I couldn’t be happier with my j-o-b lately, as far as j-o-b-s go, it suits me well. I feel like I’ve gotten over the hump of the learning curve here, and am now able to make the best of it. I still wish I had an air conditioner in my bus though. When summer rolls back around I won’t be quite as happy as I am now. I’m definitely suited better for cold weather. 

I won’t go into details about my j-o-b as that is unadvisable in any situation. And I need to remember that. After all, anything I say, no matter how innocuous I think it may be, can and will be used against me in a court of law.  Welcome to the land of the free. Another digression.

Today I felt the need to do something with a pix. So I went back a little into my folio and found this guy. I don’t think I’ve posted it before, but my memory ain’t what it used to be, so if I did, I hope you can forgive my transgression.

I’m totally happy with this shot. I’m not totally unhappy with it either. I went out that morning intending to shoot something else, but the weather wasn’t exactly cooperating. So, I decided to stop here and see what would stick to the wall. After all, I had packed my gear in the car and ventured forth into the world shortly before dawn to get some shots. I didn’t want to come back empty-handed. I have always wanted to get some shots of this tower. It was close by, so I stopped in for a few minutes. I can’t recall why I didn’t spend more time here. Looking back I regret that decision. In retrospect, I wish I had used a different lens or two, and got a few different angles. I’m not really happy with the focus here either. For some reason, I was shooting at f2.8. I need to be better about thinking about all the details even when I’m not feeling it. Especially when I’m not feeling it.

But this shot is better some I’m sure, so I won’t be ashamed. I had a situation with my job recently where one of my passengers brought me a piece of art for decorating the school bus. I thought it was really good, geat even. But at the bottom in super small print, which I only saw as I was hanging it up, was a self-deprecating message. This made me sad, but I understand it too well. So I made a few corrections to the message. I drew a line through words like bad and wrote things like great above them. I’m not sure if anyone other than the student who made the art will see my message. The message is very small and designed to not be easily seen. I wanted to offer some encouragement, as I actually think the art is very good. I think I may print Starry Night or something and bring it on the bus Monday, to show art doesn’t have to look like a Rembrandt.

I’ve rambled enough for one day. Cheers.

P.S. The student willingly submitted the art knowing it would be displayed. I salute the bravery and am inspired by it.



2021 01 08

Wow, barely a week into the new year and things have already been crazy. I’ll leave the political turmoils of the world and nation aside. I want to try to keep this blog politics-free. If you really care about what side I’m on, I’m on my own side, but with that said, and you care, you can see some of my more “controversial” thoughts on Facebook. Otherwise, this is my happy place where I post photos and think about what’s important.

Sadly I haven’t had a lot of time to work on photos lately. I suppose you could say I haven’t made enough time, and you’d be correct. I’ve been trying to use my time growing in other areas, which are still important, but not as enjoyable. But I wanted to get a post in of this little guy. He is both adorable and repulsive, kinda like me. I took these in my back yard a few weeks ago. It is the first chance to really use my newest lens. Got some long glass for wildlife and nature types shoots. I couldn’t be happier with how these turned out. granted I was pretty close to this guy as he rooted through our back lawn. He probably didn’t see me at first, as I was pretty close like I said. As I understand it, armadillos are fairly blind. When I moved to get a different angle he scampered away. But I still got some good stuff.

Well, the time to make the donuts has arrived. Off to my J O B, which has been more stressful than average for this first week of the year. Hope it will calm down soon. Cheers.



2021 01 04

First blog of 2021!

I’ve got twenty minutes until I need to change gears to keep on schedule. I’m trying to get a lot done today, the last day of my Christmas break before going back to work.

I am/was working on retooling my website www.carterpix.com. I got a fair bit done I wanted to get done today, but there is more left unfinished

 I was going through photos for the retooling and came across this bit of street photography. I really like this shot. It is happy and colorful. I got lucky with those bubbles. I like getting lucky! Anyway, I thought I’d share it here really quick. It made me smile, and I get a happy first blog post of the year.


2020 12 31 New Years Eve

Last post of the year! Goodbye 2020!

I had a very pleasant lunch with my old friend and coworker Harold Gantt yesterday. We hadn’t seen each other in a long while. But we need to hang out again sometime and do a photo expedition. Harold is a photog too. He snapped that one of me up there while we dined on spicy boiled shrimps at the Macon Crab House. I like that place, they were very accommodating, and Shea was very friendly and attentive. Our meeting was a very nice way to end the year. Peaceful and with a good friend. You can keep your fireworks and chaos to yourself tonight.

I haven’t posted any blogs lately. I’m a bit disappointed in myself for that. However, I have been staying busy with a myriad of things. Sadly very little to do with photography. But I don’t feel like I’ve wasted my Christmas time off from work. I have taken a good amount of time to relax and try to get my sleep patterns in check.  But I’ve also done a good bit of,  let’s call it, utility work. Things that I’ve put off for a long while. Things that I expect will help me stay organized and more productive in the future.

I used an entire morning last week, several hours’ worth of time, working on a political post filled with political indignation and bile. I didn’t even come close to finishing my train of thought. I could probably write a book if I were so inclined. But everyone has opinions, and facts to support them. I was attempting to sprinkle my post with facts I recall, supported with some presumably reputable source links from the web. But I don’t want to make this blog political. I am trying very hard to avoid that subject with the vast majority of people I meet. Sadly recent events have been making that more and more difficult.

I did take some sweet pix of the Christmas dinner I cooked. It wasn’t on Christmas day, because I started feeling poorly while prepping the meal. We decided to postpone it for a day. But the meal was special nevertheless. 


2020 12 05

Last weekend my friend Jake graciously agreed to be a subject for me to shoot some portrait shots. I consider this the first real portrait shoot I’ve done. It was unpaid, but I would have felt comfortable charging for this work. As yet, I have not charged anyone anything for a portrait.

I have shot many other portraits, but I haven’t been particularly happy with or proud of them. With this work, I’m both happy and proud. My portrait work in the past was done in earnest, doing the best I could. I’m sorry to say that the results were mixed. Some shots were good and useable, others not so much. There were many learning moments. Many missteps. Many instances of looking at the work and considering what went wrong, and what went right.

This is the kind of work I am capable of. I am certain I can recreate results at least this good in future shoots. Of course, there is plenty of room to grow and improve. I am always trying to learn and improve.

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