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Sailing in the right direction

I was fortunate enough to be able to take my Son and Son-in-law to dinner and a ballgame yesterday. I think I’m going to start making that an annual tradition. Hopefully one of many I’d like to start and keep going for many years so they are inclined to continue it themselves. It’s never to late to always work on being a better parent.

A sail in time. Oh its a stitch in time. Well what ever makes it work. Photo by Mike Hartley

A sail in time. Oh is it a stitch in time. Well what ever makes it work.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Our children keep me/us going. I think of their spouses as members of our family. I hope they get to share a long life filled with the love I’ve had bestowed upon me. I hope they are blessed with good health and a family of their own. And that is all one can hope for. But in between my family and friends teach me and continue to remind me the important thing is to make the best of each day, week, month and year.

Great seats. Photo by Mike Hartley

Great seats.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Make as many memories as you can.

You could hear those O's bats last night. Photo by Mike Hartley

You could hear those O’s bats last night.
Photo by Mike Hartley

And that is done by keeping in touch and planning things. So here is to improving my planning skills. From someone who isn’t the best of that in my personal life. Guess I’ll have to try to transfer some of the work skills over to the other side.

Play ball. Photo by Mike Hartley

Play ball.
Photo by Mike Hartley

So step up to the plate. Keep involved in your children’s lives. It will be the best time you ever spend. At least I hope so for all of you parents.

Foul, they need a Yankee store at the stadium. Photo by Mike Hartley

Foul, they need a Yankee store at the stadium.
Photo by Mike Hartley

So find that breeze that propels you forward.

I love the view from the Rusty Scupper in Baltimore's Inner Harbor Photo by Mike Hartley

I love the view from the Rusty Scupper in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
Photo by Mike Hartley

And don’t forgot to put time in with those important friends who really are family.

Walking from Harbor to the game. Photo by Mike Hartley

Walking from Harbor to the game.
Photo by Mike Hartley

This little old Kodak 812 is still working. Yeah you can’t push it too far but its lightweight and 8 years old so I’m just glad it’s still functioning. Tomorrow I’ll get the sharp one out and try to click off a hundred frames or so. Till then its work at the job that pays the bills. Hope everyone has a good Labor Day holiday.


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Random Baltimore

Just some shots that I didn’t post earlier of a visit downtown. I wish I had a better balance of this town. There is a lot of pain and suffering going on right next to some beauty. Just like a lot of this county has become. Haves and have not’s, with the middle going away and that means more have not’s.

Maryland Science Center at Baltimore Inner Harbor Photo by Mike Hartley

Maryland Science Center at Baltimore Inner Harbor
Photo by Mike Hartley

But as with most of us its fighting to keep our heads above water each day. I must get moving myself making sure we have some future and that means getting to work. Thankfully the weekend has started from the job that pays the bills and now I must work on my personal crafts in between the time with family and friends.

Balitmore skyline Photo by Mike Hartley

Baltimore skyline
Photo by Mike Hartley

Events got in my way of getting that tripod I wanted to last weekend,  so that is on the agenda today. Also hope to squeeze in some shooting and woodworking. For some reason this week the words have not been flowing in any relaxed manner so maybe stress or pressure somewhere there has me blocked. Who knows. Who cares.

He can play that horn. Photo by Mike Hartley

He can play that horn.
Photo by Mike Hartley

You know what stops me in my tracks? Street musicians. Some of them are so talented. I thank them for improving my day and I wish I had tipped this guy that day but was behind in keeping up with the family and snapping a few images.

What is your type of transportation? Harbor taxi or Harbor Rocket? Photo by Mike Hartley

What is your type of transportation? Harbor taxi or Harbor Rocket?
Photo by Mike Hartley

First time I think I have been to the 27th floor of the Baltimore WTC. Some nice views.

Aquarian from above. Photo by Mike Hartley

Aquarian from above.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Looks much smaller from this perspective.

Power Plant Photo by Mike Hartley

Power Plant
Photo by Mike Hartley

Always look at things from different angles.

Walking on shapes Photo by Mike Hartley

Flags
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And have a great day.


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Sizzling Saturday

As I sat and watched the morning news about the heat index being between 110-115 degrees I wondered how long the troops (family) would hold up today. Hell I should be worried about myself. The heat really seems to be getting to me like never before. I’ve always handled hot weather really well. So I’m going to summon that old spirit and even carry around that monster camera and try to get some good shots today.

The flag over the USS Constellation in the Inner Harbor Baltimore. Photo by Mike Hartley

The flag over the USS Constellation in the Inner Harbor Baltimore.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I think the key today is not staying out in it for prolonged periods. If we keep watered and ducking in and out of shops we will be fine. Sweaty but fine. So let the adventure begin. Its our summer family outing before our two teachers return to work next week. As you can see some opted for a different strategy.

Father and son in the fountain. Photo by Mike Hartley

Father and son twirling in the fountain.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Actually we fared very well with the exception of having our IMAX movie plans thwarted. We walked through the A/C of Harbor place’s. Had a Great lunch at Rusty Scupper and then a trip up to the 27th floor of the World Trade Center “top of the world” observation level. Of course Ice Cream was needed after this and then some more shopping.

It was a wise move to take breaks today. Photo by Mike Hartley

It was a wise move to take breaks today.
Photo by Mike Hartley

All I know is that it was a wonderful day with my children. I’m sorry my Son in-law couldn’t make it due to illness. We missed you. But as the summer season nears it’s close, my Daughter reminded me what a wonderful one its been. And it has been great. One that I will cherish and remember. And it’s not over yet so we have some time to crank up some more good memories.

Sweating with the oldies. Well the young were perspiring also. Photo by Mike Hartley

Sweating with the oldies. Well the young were perspiring also.
Photo by Mike Hartley

But first some photo editing of the rest of the day’s shooting and then out to practice some night shots this evening if sleep doesn’t get in the way. Here’s hoping your Saturday was a great one like ours.

I'm always 100% behind my family. Photo by Mike Hartley

I’m always 100% behind my family.
Photo by Mike Hartley

 

  • randomthoughts9-5 – warm, warmer, warmest.
  • I hate wasting time on sleep but it’s so needed.
  • Rainbow sherbert on a hot day.
  • I will rise early on Sunday. At least that is the plan now.
  • I have to remember I’m not using film and click away.
  • Funny how some days turn out.


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Sunday at the ballpark

Went to Camden Yards to celebrate a friends 60th birthday Sunday. What a wonderful time and day it was. First time at the ballpark in maybe 2 seasons. The O’s took the lead for good on a 2 run shot by Chris Davis who was greeted at home by Mark Trumbo. All I know is the organization is on the right direction again towards becoming a top franchise.

Chris Davis crosses home after a 2 run shot in the 4th. Photo by Mike Hartley

Chris Davis crosses home after a 2 run shot in the 4th.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Ate well and enjoyed the action on the field. Also enjoyed the fans in the stands. So many kids. Wish more could afford it.

Out at second. Photo by Mike Hartley

Out at second.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I love afternoon ballgames.

Angles player signing balls and flipping back to fan. Photo by Mike Hartley

Angles player signing balls and flipping back to fan.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I’ve never eaten there but I think I’ll add it to the list of things to do before a game next time.

The Wall Photo by Mike Hartley

The Wall
Photo by Mike Hartley

And leading the charge….

Leading today grounds crew. Photo by Mike Hartley

Leading today grounds crew.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Lets get WET.

My yard could use some support if your not busy. Photo by Mike Hartley

My yard could use some support if you’re not busy.
Photo by Mike Hartley

So another great day enjoying the grand old game. Too bad its lost its translation to the younger generation.

Da Bird Photo by Mike Hartley

Da Bird
Photo by Mike Hartley


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The weather is in the can again

Too much of anything is not a good thing. At least that is my feeling about the rain. It’s gotten to the point where I’m thinking about changing my schedule around to take advantage of maybe the one good weather day on the foreseeable future, depending on which station you listen to. I need sunshine. I usually have a tan going by this time of year. I put on a black pair of gym shorts yesterday and scared myself. I’m going to have to switch to grey to avoid such a contrast.

Not sure if this is in Canton or Fells Point exactly. Love the area, not sure of borders. I guess I could just have said Baltimore. Photo by Mike Hartley

Not sure if this is in Canton or Fells Point exactly. Love the area, not sure of borders. I guess I could just have said Baltimore.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Another shot from the same area. A Mexican restaurant in Canton.

Hey YOU. Photo by Mike Hartley

Hey YOU.
Photo by Mike Hartley


Random Thoughts for Tuesday May 17th 2016

  • I think we have more sports talk shows on than actual sports.
  • Saw a cartoon the other day saying why only go halfway with Trump. Garry Busey for President and Christopher Walken for Vice President.
  • Let there be light. Just in case the big guy forget the magic words.
  • Driving is fun again when you get the right vehicle.
  • I promise to come up with a better post on Wednesday.


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Harbor Rooftops

Trash day, that is what I call it from time to time when I go back and purge some of my shooting. But I slowed down today and took a harder look at what I trash. I had spent a day in Baltimore back in early August and shot randomly while strolling and shopping/eating. I did a few edits and posted a number of them. Sometimes when shooting I’ll try to get skyline mixed with some architecture. The one I liked from that days shoot, I posted as Wednesday Wave Riding. I was about to go through this folder and trash the stuff that didn’t thrill me and I had several of these selected and almost deleted, when I paused.

Rooftop of McCormick & Schmits in Baltimore. Photo by Mike Hartley

Rooftop of McCormick & Schmick’s in Baltimore.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Then I just started to play around with this group of images. None of them stood out to me still. And I hesitate to even share them but together they at least give me a theme for a post. I’m sure I often miss the mark on good photography, I don’t have the hours to apply in my life at the moment to fully apply myself, but you can be sure I’ll never stop trying to get better. I try to be a good photo editor. I worked with some good ones over the years and I hope I’ve learned a few things. So that is why I’m still conflicted to post things I don’t see as good work.

Baltimore MD Photo by Mike Hartley

Baltimore MD
Photo by Mike Hartley

But the one thing I’ve learned about sharing my work though this blog and the other photo site (which needs attention) is that what I sometimes think isn’t up to snuff, surely gets a good reaction. Go figure! So in that sense I’m trying to be a little less critical. But on the same time that worries me about losing people through the lack of quality content.

Rusty Scupper Roof Photo by Mike Hartley

Rusty Scupper Roof
Photo by Mike Hartley

Together I guess this group isn’t bad. Way to touristy for me but I do seem to be liking the boy on the back of the USS Taney looking down at the water with the flag by his side. Maybe the different shapes of the Aquarium in the foreground below is OK? One never knows for sure. But again when I think back to why I started this blog. It was for me and if someone else got enjoyment out of it also that was Great. That I was using it to build my photographic and journalistic talents. (yeah I know, I need a lot more time and effort).

Pier 4 and cityscape in background. Photo by Mike Hartley

Pier 4 and cityscape in background.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Most of the time it makes my day if my family see’s a post they like and say “Dad, I liked that photo or thought or observation you shared today.” I don’t promote this or push it on my friends or extended family. I don’t hide it. I’m not embarrassed by it. People are just so busy its hard to fit stuff like this in. And the last thing I want anyone that is important to me to feel obligated to keep up with this blog.

Young man gazing at the water off the back of the Taney docked at Pier 5 with the roof of the Marine and Environmental Technology looks over him. Photo by Mike Hartley

Young man gazing at the water off the back of the Taney docked at Pier 5 with the roof of the Marine and Environmental Technology looks over him.
Photo by Mike Hartley

So in hopes that someone might like these shots, here they are. If it’s lame work, I apologize to your eyeballs and brain for the waste of time. But you know, I kind of like two of these shots now as I type this I look below and I like the smokestacks of the PowerPlant in the windows. So maybe there is hope, I’ll have to slow down and look harder at some of my work before I hit that delete key.

Reflection of roof of Power Plant in building windows. Photo by Mike Hartley

Reflection of roof of Power Plant in building windows.
Photo by Mike Hartley

And then again. Maybe someone will say I should have gone with my gut instinct in the first place and not published any of them. There is the dilemma when working alone. It’s a good thing I’m not as critical as with what I write or there wouldn’t be any words in my post. So its time to get my ass behind my camera and shoot some new material this weekend. With the colors of nature on display that will be hard to avoid. But Mother Nature is always more beautiful than anything man can make. Well for the most part. Have a great day all.

Unfinished roofs. Photo by Mike Hartley

Unfinished roofs.
Photo by Mike Hartley

 

 


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Under Armour and Domino Sugar

Under Armour logo in foreground and Domino Sugar behind it. I should come back and get a night shot of that. So much to do. Isn’t it great to be busy. Kind of symbolizes changes in Baltimore with the old and new businesses. With lots more changes being needed here and in almost all American cities. Poverty and violence go hand in hand. Once I start feeling better I’ve got to start figuring a way to contribute time or knowledge or money to making some positive things work there.

Two signs of Baltimore. Domino Sugar behind the Under Armour store logo. Photo by Mike Hartley

Two signs of Baltimore. Domino Sugar behind the Under Armour store logo.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Made some very good progress this week on a number of fronts and I’m feeling a sense of accomplishment. I think its important to be satisfied with a good effort. Yes I could have done more but overall, I’ll take it. But I am going to increase my goals of shooting more and I might think about doing multiple post per day.