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Travel is nice. I should have been doing more of it in my lifetime but I’m not disappointed nor have regrets about what I’ve done except that I think my better half would be happier going on more trips. I look at other photographers work and the wonderful places they go and breathtaking images they get. But somehow I’m just not jealous of this. Mainly because I think there is a world of wonder right outside my own door that I’ve barely scratched the surface on.

I think that’s a healthy way to look at shooting. In my youth in college (only a year) if I didn’t start out on a mission for a specific scene or image type or theme I felt like I didn’t have the right plan. And in reality it kind of took the fun and spontaneity out of the process. I’m kind of glad that I’ve actually got the time and ability to do what I want to shoot.

Photo by Mike Hartley

I love getting lucky. Looking around a lot helps you get lucky. And sometimes I get something close to good in the few minutes I might take before catching up to the one or group I’m with. Seems like I’m always doing that. Anyway I think I’m going to start going back to some good spots and see if I could improve on some things. But then I’m likely to turn around and be on a completely new track. I guess I’m an ADHD photographer.

All I know is its great when I can shoot. I’m excited just about anywhere I am. And its good to look for opportunities even in difficult spots. Let your eyes inspire you.

Random Thoughts

Much respect to the military on this anniversary of Pearl Harbor. You know what is sad. I went to Google News and in top stories and US there wasn’t one thing on the main page of either of those. I wish our country knew and respected history more. And much respect to my Uncle Frank who was on the West Virginia there.

I’m not going to beat myself up for using older images that I haven’t used before if I don’t have anything good from recent work or no time to shoot anything new.

Well, the Christmas lights are up, finally. I don’t do a lot but enough to make it festive.

I find myself thankful just sitting here that I’ve been lucky enough to provide for my family so far. But I still worry about the future. So we play it year by year.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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