Day 366—Leading Lines

This is a shot of the railroad tracks at the train station in Rocklin, leading me into Year Three of In Focus Daily. As I downloaded today’s shots, the computer warned me that my start up disk was almost full and I needed to delete some files. I still haven’t figured out what I did but mysteriously, it seems that I stopped importing files to the external disk drive, where I store my photos, the day I began to experiment with creating catalogs after attending a Lightroom Workshop on December 4. I am still so tenuous about working with Lightroom that I haven’t a clue where those files are why they are no longer going to the external drive I set up for that very purpose. I guess I will start off the new year trying to figure it out.

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Day 365—”The Time Has Come. . .”

“… the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot–
And whether pigs have wings.”

Today’s Flickr theme is “Poem or Lyrics” and because I failed to execute any adequate photographs of birds today, despite taking several shots of gold finches eating in the neighbor’s birch tree (“Yellow bird, up high in banana” — er — birch tree) I am resorting to posting a shot of something that represents one stanza from Lewis Carroll’s “The Walrus and the Carpenter.” This verse has been on my mind since Friday when we were doing sound checks at Famous Mo’s prior to the party. After a while, when required to speak endlessly into a microphone, you start to say silly things; for me it was this stanza from “The Walrus and the Carpenter” and the opening and closing lines of another Lewis Carroll favorite or mine, “Jabberwocky.” Because “Jabberwocky” is total nonsense, I couldn’t think of anything to photograph that might represent it so I decided to photograph the Brussels Sprouts I just bought at Whole Foods. I know they’re not exactly cabbages but they’re in the cabbage family and I already photographed a pig with wings a couple of weeks ago so Brussels sprouts it is.

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Day 364—Antepenultimate

This is the third from the last post I will be making to In Focus Daily for 2012. It’s the antepenultimate post. Look THAT up in your Funk and Wagnall’s! Since I’m so close to finishing two years of daily posts with an almost perfect record (yesterday’s post didn’t get published until about 2 AM this morning but I purposely backdated it, perfectionist that I am–a little too anal maybe?) I wanted to make sure I posted something today that reflects one of the main reasons I started this blog: to improve my photography skills, and in particular, learn how to focus.

My first tendency was to post this shot straight out of the camera, harking back to my first 18 months when I obsessed about making sure I posted everything SOOC, not realizing that RAW shots are imperfect and require processing. Thank you, Scott Kelby for finally drilling that into my head. The credit should actually go to my friend and fellow photoblogger, Melinda, who tried unsuccessfully to get that information through my thick skull starting two years ago. So, I made a few modest tweaks to clarity, contrast, whites, and blacks and then realized I needed to crop the tiniest bit of green leaf protruding from the bottom left.

I love lilies and I brought these red lilies to Famous Mo’s party last night and, since no one will be there for a couple of days, I brought them back home with me after the party. I used a combination of natural light from the transom over the door and the incandescent light in the entry, with a black background to isolate the blossoms from an otherwise busy background.

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Day 363—Sound Check

We had a rockin’ sound check at Famous Mo’s tonight. Foxtrot Mary, our designated house band, hosted a private party for some of their friends giving us the opportunity to set up our showroom and stage and to test our sound system and lighting. We are not open for business yet and don’t expect to be open for at least another month. We continue to wait for building permits from the City of Rocklin so we still have gaping holes in our floor and no kitchen but we cordoned off the danger zones, set up all our tables and chairs, brought in food from Costco, and had a party.

We were excited to have Dana Moret, a phenomenal singer, and her guitarist husband, Jim Papastathis III, join Foxtrot Mary as they jammed in the second set. Dana brought the house down when she sang “House of the Rising Sun” accompanied by Foxtrot Mary’s Tim Brisson and with Nikki Brisson singing backup.

And, I must add, in a not insignificant side note, Dana Moret is the powerhouse behind Famous Mo’s new website which, like Famous Mo’s itself, is still under construction but, thanks to Dana, will actually see the light of day before Famous Mo’s opens.

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Day 362—Repeats…In Black And White

My shots today are both repeats, signaling that year two of this blog is winding down and because I’ve been so busy with Famous Mo’s lately, I haven’t been able to take the time to plan new and interesting shots. I took both as Famous Mo’s late today; the first as I started to load up my car with miscellaneous stuff to take home and the second as I was leaving for home. I decided to change them both to black and white so they wouldn’t be identical to previous shots. Well, maybe I have posted a black and white moon. I still love taking shots of the moon, waxing, waning, crescent or full. And, for some reason, I love the look of the oak tree across from Mo’s.

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Day 361—Flies

My brother is a nut fisherman and when he is not casting fly lines into Shasta Lake after the elusive Rainbow Trout, he ties flies. Today’s Flickr theme is “scattered” and this morning I noticed the pile of flies Arthur had on his desk were rather scattered and chaotic, perfect for the challenge. I moved them to a clear space atop a cabinet and re-scattered the flies. The second shot is a fly in the making. I took the third shot for nostalgic reasons. These are vintage spools of silk fishing line from the 1930’s when my father went to work for Sunset Line and Twine Company. Sunset was started during the Depression, and was the first fishing line manufacturing company west of the Mississippi. I had never seen the original Sunset logo nor had I known that at that time, Sunset also sold fishing reels, like the one in the background of the shot which has “Sunset Line and Twine Company” engraved on it.

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Day 358—Whelk

Today’s Flickr theme is “spiral” so after my photo attempts of curlicued ribbon failed, I remembered that most of the shells that I’ve rounded up over the past few years have spiral patterns. This is the Lightening Whelk, the Texas state shell.

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