Friday, March 27, 2009

SoFoBoMo Considerations

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It’s not that I haven’t been thinking about SoFoBoMo, but since I can’t get out with the camera, I am still thinking only in broad terms and don’t have any specifics to talk about. Some people are excellent at determining in advance precisely what they will shoot and how their project will look. I can't fit myself into that mold. I will have to start shooting and discover the theme as I go.

All I had committed to was that I would shoot outdoors in Bear Valley Springs possibly as far away as Tehachapi and mostly landscapes with a few macros. Furthermore, I had thought that I would include some of our local critters. Beyond that I had planned to let my discoveries in March and April lead me. I am living in a place that still has many surprises for me, and I look forward to a great deal more exploring.
It turns out that I may have to rethink even my vague plans depending upon my healing time; but, since I had not made a firm choice, that means no major disappointment. Besides, I firmly believe that limitations promote creativity. Whatever physical restrictions I have to deal with may prohibit some things that I want to do; still, those restrictions are likely to force me to try things that I might not have thought about without the boundaries.

I had hoped to start May 1, but it depends now on how mobile I am when I get out sometime next month for a test run. If I have to wait for a June start, that can work, of course. But, I confess that I will be frustrated. On the other hand, I have never lived here in either May or June and maybe June will be a better month for shooting. I will know soon enough.

What it all comes down to, is I know only that I will shoot a project one way or the other. But, I probably won't have even the beginnings of answers to any more of my questions for at least another week.

Thursday, March 26, 2009


Because the twisted ankle and foot has taken much longer to heal than I expected, I have been hobbling about on a walker up until a couple of days ago. You can probably guess that I haven’t had many new adventures in the last couple of weeks. The photo above is from last November. I am reaching back into the archives looking for something to post here.

Hobbling about didn’t make it any easier to get ready for the local art show next weekend. Because all the things that I had already framed are on display elsewhere, I needed new pieces for the community show. Fortunately, I had a couple of things that were at least matted, I only needed two new pieces. So far (one piece framed), no disasters to report. (When framing, I always think of Paul Butzi and his colorful descriptions of preparations for a show.)

Surely, by April I will be able to take the camera out. March has been a bust. Oh, well, I cleaned out some old files. I should have gotten more done, but it was a start.

In the meantime, the fence builders have been most productive. The horses have already been using the back pasture for several days, and now the front pasture is fenced. (It would sound more impressive to call them the south pasture and the north pasture, wouldn’t it? They would make them sound much larger than they really are.) Yesterday, the groundwork was laid for the dog fence. That means in the near future, we can get serious about adding a dog to the family. I’m looking forward to that. It would have been nice to have had a dog to keep me company while I moped the last couple of weeks. Heck, I was reduced to watching television. Now, that means I was desperate.