Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Stories Behind The Stories

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And, now, that is the truth. Better late, than never.

I will share some stories about my recent tall tale. The details of my story were fabricated strictly for your entertainment; yet, they are remotely connected to facts. Just as nightly dreams so often are connected to real events, my fantasies relate loosely to actual events. They are my daydreams embellished with a bit of pure fantasy. Or, maybe fantasies built on daydreams. Something in one of these neighborhoods.

Because my brother lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, I do frequently daydream about visiting him there. All my various health issues pretty much preclude such an undertaking, but I do daydream about it. In terms of new camera gear, I am dealing with a serious itch for a couple of things. However, I can say that no Hassleblad model has ever been on any list, so far. My list tends to include more down-to-earth items such as a G12 and a few more Canon L lenses for the 40D and 50D. Some days the daydreams revolve around a new wide angle lens; some days it is all about 300 or 400 mm lenses. Once again the connection with my recent flight of fantasy is iffy. But, if you are feeling generous, you might say that one was somewhat rooted in a real desire.

I had to throw in the mountain climbing because that is something that I never got to do. It is a common fantasy. While cruises have never occupied a great deal of space in my daydreams, who hasn't thought about how exciting it would be to participate in an African photo safari?

I have gotten a big kick out of the response to my tall tale. On the other hand, I am wondering if this is a sign that my primary calling in connection with the blogging world is spinning wild yarns. Yikes! That would be limiting.


  1. First, let me say how much I love this photo. You started out with a beautiful subject and have mastered the textured overlay technique. I hope to try this myself in the near future.
    Please don't stop daydreaming. It's really refreshing to read and, as you suggested, they're based in reality. In addition, your list is very similar to my own (substitute Nikon for Canon, though). And I need a D3 as well. What are we without our dreams? we're in BIG TROUBLE without them.

  2. Ken - I would love to see you begin to experiment with textures. You will do a bang up job, I know. Unquestionably, I will learn from your work. Meanwhile, if I can pass on any tips from my meager store of knowledge, I will be happy to do so. Thank you for the compliment on the photo.

    I have always been a dreamer. It is, in fact, one of my favorite techniques for achieving goals. I think we focus our energy with our dreams. Thanks for all you thoughts.

  3. I couldn't agree more about using dreams to realise your goals, I do it all the time. I've tried to become much less focused on dreaming about owning stuff like equipment and possessions because once you've actually got them the dream is fulfilled and then what do you do? Needing (or wanting) stuff in order to use it to fulfill a dream is far more rewarding. But given the wonderful spiritual content of your images, I'm sure you know and do this anyway!

  4. Anita, a very delicate touch on this beautiful photo. I admire your eye, knowing just the right balance.

    There's the old saying..."If you can't conceive it you can't achieve it." Daydreaming/dreaming is the conceiving part. Dream on!

  5. Limiting? Not at all, on the contrary. The real world shows nothing else than limitations (only, we disguise them as challenges), in contrast to the imagination.

  6. Colin - What an insightful comment! You have helped me to realize that this is what I am doing—I am daydreaming about the pictures I could make with those lenses, not the lenses themselves. In this case, there was no confusion in action, only my writing. This is a vital point. When it comes to using daydreams to realize goals, the more clear we are in our intentions the greater the likelihood of success. Thank you for all you thoughts on this post.

  7. Earl - What a lovely compliment. Thank you, kind sir.

    No chance that I will stop dreaming. It is a lifelong practice.

  8. Ove- good call! The real limitations are the ones I buy into.

  9. Sounds like a healthy thing to do to me Anita. I have had a reverse dream where I lost everything except a camera and one lens, and was homeless. I think I prefer yours.

  10. Mark - You have some serious positive dreaming to do. That nasty dream must be erased! At least I know that even with only a camera and one lens you would manage to make beautiful pictures. Problem is we probably wouldn't get to see them. Ugh! that dream gives me the shivers.


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