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Friday festival of thoughts

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Some days its best not to pack the schedule so tight that you can’t enjoy it or be flexible enough to change it. Sometimes it doesn’t hurt, not to have perfect focus or angle. Some days missing that sunrise or sunset can’t be avoided. Allowing oneself to go with the flow and not letting setbacks prevent opportunities. Not over thinking or being harsh on an edit. Sometimes its turning around from the office chair and catching light and a bottle sitting on a table on the adjacent wall. (Note of full disclosure – that is my penny jar).

Bottle and light.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Part of what keeps me from becoming a better photographer is the thought that I got to get a great image on every shoot. Well sometimes greatness comes in the least likely places at the least likely times. But if I worry about what I might have missed shooting I’m not spending those moments shooting something new. So I’m on a mission to pick up the cameras.


Sorting through the old –

My better half brought down a pile of my old albums the other day. My turntable hasn’t worked in decades. So I decided to see if I had anything of value. I peeled off a pile of 40 album. Found a site called Discogs and priced out the set. The medium sale price of those 40 albums was $332.00. And the high sale price of that same 40 was $883.00. So I have a small pile of cash or some memories to put back in a shelf.

I’m thinking my kids aren’t interested in any of them but I’ll ask as always. But I do have 3 people in mind where a few of those might be a special gift. I just have to find out if they have working turntables or they will be the same under the coffee table nuggets that they were here.

Some oldies.
Photo by Mike Hartley


Sleep and Driving – going together more and more and my pledge not to do it any longer.

As I read a news story on drowse driving being responsible for about 10% of accidents. I can believe it. We have all seen it. Sometimes it’s not someone who has had too much to drink that is weaving in and out in front of you, but is just going to sleep. I know a lot of people working very hard and very long hours, filled with many other responsibilities out there on the road. We are all out there on the road. But anyway before I go off track again. I’m fessing up to being tired and driving. I’m going to work hard at not doing that again and try to set the right example for my family and friends.

It is dangerous. And it can be deadly. In my youth we lost a friend to falling asleep while driving. I know how dangerous driving can be. When you spend a lot of hours on the road your odds of someone wanting to play bumper cars goes way up. I drive a lot. I’ve been in 3 significant accidents, (none my fault) and by that I mean hospital and car totaled or almost totalled. Very lucky in some ways, only concussions and back injuries. The last one I could have easily been killed in. That’s the one they had to cut me out of the car and made a sedan a convertible and still had trouble getting me out because of the truck that drove through my trunk and back seat had pinned me to my broken front seat.

All I’m saying is be aware, get your rest and help us all be safe.


Random Thoughts of the Day

I should have exercised more today.

I’m cranking up the Dremel tool this evening.

Nocturnal life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

The time I had free to shoot outside was filled with clouds, and its cold out tonight, so I’ve decided to do the indoor thing again.

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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