What’s Up in the Neighborhood, October 5 2019

Hey, which one of you turned off the heat? Seriously, though, it’s only October and I feel like I have to break out my flannel sheets and my thick Canadian wool 3.5-point blanket.  Brr… Well, at least I’ll keep warm for the moment by putting together this list of the week’s best and brightest from…

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A test run at the Durham Fair

Two weeks ago, I test-ran some film through a new-to-me camera, and took some shots at the Big E in Massachusetts.  Last Sunday, I ran some film through ANOTHER new-to-me shooter, this time taking pictures at the Durham Fair in Connecticut. Am I going to enter any of these pictures in competition?  Not likely.  These…

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The “Real Men Wear Pink” trivia charity fundraiser – you should play in it!

If you want to help a good cause, and you and your friends have a wealth of trivia knowledge trapped in your collective cerebellums, may I suggest that you participate in this upcoming fundraiser at Skyloft in Crossgates Mall on October 19. The event, “Real Men Wear Pink,” is a Saturday afternoon trivia tournament, and…

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Emergence S01E02: Find the gun that doesn’t want to be a gun

Okay … I tried another episode of Emergence, the new ABC sci-fi procedural. And … well … What we have so far is a police chief who finds a young girl at the site of a wrecked plane, and takes her in and protects her from the big bad organization that wants to recapture her. …

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It’s nice to get feedback (Big E 2019 edition)

Of the five “competition season” yearly photo salons, the Big E provides the most “judge’s feedback.”  Sure, I could track down a judge at one of the other events and ask him or her what he/she thought of my photos, or maybe a judge might check off a reference on a scotch-taped checklist. Since the…

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The big surprise at Durham Fair 2019

Road trip to Durham, Connecticut.  It’s my fifth and final entry for Competition Season 2019, and there are several storylines this time around. For this competition, I entered my macro dandelion photo After the Rain, along with two new entries – my photo of a distressed Grateful Dead-painted Volkswagen Beetle, Brokedown on Maggie’s Farm, and…

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A new competition in 2020, for three-dimensional images

I’ve dabbled in three-dimensional film photography for several years.  I’ve never really won any awards with these prints, but that hasn’t stopped me from continuing to do what I can. And I’m thinking that the only way to make this actually work to my advantage is to take my three-dimensional photo skills and aim them…

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What’s Up in the Neighborhood, September 28 2019

Not sure if I’m awake yet, but I hope you are.  Get this first weekend of autumn in the books, watch as the trees slowly change their foliage, and inbetween all that – you need to check out the blogroll and see what my favorite writers, bloggers and photographers are up to right now.  So…

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They’re called “free” throws, but you need to earn them.

You see this in every basketball game, whether you’re a casual observer or a true lover of the sport.  Contact under the basket.  A foul that earns a shooter two free throws at the line.  Or maybe even a foul in the act of shooting from beyond the arc, which would involve three shots at…

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Returning to my trivia roots … premiere night at Skyloft

True story.  About fifteen years ago, I needed to get away from some stress in my home life.  Someone had told me about a competitive team trivia game at the local Hooters in Crossgates Mall.  I had never played competitive team trivia before, so I tried it out.  Finished in third place among 35 teams…

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