Monthly Archives: August 2017

Pickup Car Tomorrow

Pickup Car Tomorrow

I pickup the car tomorrow.  Knowing this has quelled my anxieties a bit.  Tomorrow night I start putting stuff in the rental car.  We leave on Monday for Route 66.

Our networking meeting today was a wash.  Our speaker didn’t show up.  The cage needs rattling again.  If you live in West Wayne County, or anywhere close, consider joining us.  It is a great way to find new clients and customers.


Progress is made.  I found a couple of missing batteries.  The other memory cards appeared. My missing battery pouch were under a protective padding in my camera bag.  As a result, things are looking better.

Many of the bags require better organization.  Right now, things are thrown in and not organized.  Elizabethe is really good at doing that stuff.  Perhaps we’ll watch a show while she organizes bags.

Unlike going on a normal trip, we need to bring power strips, various chargers, USB cords, laptops, in addition to our camera equipment.  My camera bags are fairly organized.  The bags with the cords and miscellaneous stuff are my concern.

Lego Lens Keeper

I am gluing lego lens keepers to my tripods.  Basically, you glue a Lego to your lens caps and tripods.  When you remove a lens cap, you attach it to the Lego.  As a result, you do not lose your lens cap while shooting.

The idea isn’t mine.  I saw it in a magazine years ago.  I am just getting around to implementing it.

As an added bonus, it covers the camera logo on the lens caps.  Why advertise for a company that isn’t compensating you in some degree.

John Kidd

I called my friend John Kidd.  We talked for a while.  He’s making pens and I told him he can have all the black walnut he wants.  I also have maple and who knows what else.

He asked if I could bring a chunk as I pass through that area.  If we have room in the car, I will.  It can be cool to have a pen made from wood from my property.

We talked about working in the temple, things that don’t change based on where you live, and other stuff.  Of course, we talked about camera stuff.  He joked that he was told he needed a hobby, as if photography wasn’t enough.


Route 66 Haircut

Route 66 Haircut

I got my Route 66 haircut today.  It is no different than what I usually get.  It’s just the last haircut I’ll get before I return home in October.

Lens Repair

I’m waiting for my lens repair on my 18-55mm Fujinon lens.  I called and all they would say is it takes up to 10 working days.  I counted the days and that puts it at 8/31.  I may not see it before I leave on Monday.

Looking at my gaps in lens coverage, I ordered a 27mm pancake lens.  I want this lens, and so I might as well get it now.  Placed on my X-E1 it looks like a Leica rangefinder.  It arrives today.

One thing I can say about Canon is this… Their service is the best.  Better than ANY camera manufacturer out there.  So, @fujifilm, if you’re listing, you should take note.  When I ship my Canon equipment for repair, it is back in FIVE working days — without fail.  Because I am a professional photographer, they put my repairs as a priority!

Finding Stuff

I have to relax and believe as I pack I will find stuff.  This anxiety is a killer, and I want this trip to be FUN.  So, deep breath, Brent.  Things will appear as you pack.

20 Wonderful Years

20 Wonderful Years

Elizabethe and I have been married 20 wonderful years.  She is the love of my life and supports me in my crazy pursuits.  (Like driving Route 66 for 5 weeks.)

We celebrated with lunch at our favorite restaurant with our favorite waitress.   Stephanie at Longhorn in Victor always treats us well.

Elizabethe ordered her usual.  I had a coupon for a burger, fries and a drink for $10, so I went for the Kobe burger.  (It was GOOD.)  Because it was our anniversary, they brought us dessert (on the house).

Evening at the Temple

We are spending the evening in the temple.  I had a wonderful experience (not suited for posting publically).  The evening was busy, as a result time passed quickly.  It is my last shift before my Route 66 trip.

Other Preparations

Preparing for a 30+ trip is exhausting.  Looking for misplaced items is the bane of my existence.   I search everywhere.  It makes me crazy.

I am missing a pouch that carries 2 batteries.  For the life of me, I cannot figure out where it is.  Looking everywhere, I am ready to give it up.

Wildey Children

Elizabethe watched the 3 Wildey children this morning so their mom could go to the temple.  She excitedly prepared checklists for them.  The children are excited too.

Temple Missionary Shoot

Temple Missionary Shoot

I have a temple missionary shoot this evening.  I am doing a lot to prepare.  These things always make me anxious, but I know things will go well.  Anxiety is what keeps me safe.  (Or, so I tell myself.)

Speaking about anxiety…

Never assume depression is because someone brought it upon themselves.  Anxiety and depression can be organic as the color of your eyes.  Successful people often find ways to let it drive them in positive directions, while unsuccessful people let it force them in to bad decisions.  The rest of us are somewhere in the middle.  For me, it drives me to over prepare.  That’s why I was so good at network engineering and system programming.  On the other hand, it often leads me to avoid risk taking.  (Risk taking can be good if managed right.)

The Shoot

The shoot went very well.  Here is the group picture.  And, here is one of the couples.

copyright 2017 db walton - temple missionary shoot

Temple Missionaries Summer 2017

copyright 2017 db walton - temple missionary shoot

President and Sister Miner

Can’t Take Seriously

I cannot take someone seriously when they attempt to argue and their message reads like, “U dont no what your taking about.”

I admit that I often misspell words, or use the wrong homonym.  The latter isn’t because I don’t know the difference, but I get hasty when picking auto-type words on my phone.

How do you tell people, in a polite way, they look stupid when they use “U” for “you”, for get punctuation, and consistently write stuff in that manner?


Likes Curry

Likes Curry

She likes curry!  Okay, my wife really doesn’t like curry, but she liked the curry I made for dinner tonight.   It was very mild, mostly turmeric, and she liked it!

In fact, Elizabethe liked everything I made for dinner.  (I should install a “like button” in the placemats.)  The zucchini/eggplant mix was a hit (seasoned with cumin, garlic, and mustard powder).  The green beans (seasoned with ghee and fennel) was liked too.  As a result, I will make these dishes again.

Sister Missionaries

We sent the sister missionaries home with lots of leftovers.  We have so much zucchini and stuff like that we figure we won’t eat them before they rot.

Elizabethe gave them a tour of the house.  Sister Cahoon is new to our ward, and therefore, this is her first time seeing the house.

Stake Priesthood Meeting

A throbbing toe (I stubbed it) is a good reason to stay home.  But, I couldn’t.  As much as I would rather prop my foot and rest, I decided I should go.

I am glad I did.  President Woodworth gave an excellent talk.  I needed to hear it.  He talked about the natural and spiritual man.   He explained it in ways I’ve never thought about.

Perhaps my toe will heal faster because I did the right thing.

Repack the Trunk

Repack the Trunk

It’s time to repack the trunk.  After yesterday’s detail, the stuff has to go back in the car.  However, some of the stuff stays out because it will go in the rental for the Route 66 trip.

I made a run to Staples to return the briefcase that claimed to be able to hold a 17″ laptop.  (But, in reality will only hold a 15″.)  The guy at Staples when I told him why I was returning it, before I could say my 17″ didn’t fit said, “It didn’t fit, did it.”

Swiss Gear needs to relabel their product!


I went to Home Depot next to find some storage options for my trunk.  They had plastic shoe boxes for 99 cents, as well as small fliptop boxes for about $3.  I stocked up.  My trunk we be the best organized trunk… okay… only if Elizabethe organizes it for me.

My brain doesn’t think in spatial organized ways.

In fact, I’m starting to get anxious about the Route 66 trip.  It’s not about the trip, but the packing of the car.  I know, that sounds silly, but here’s how it works…

I stop to take a picture.  Because of the scenery, I want to use my 55-200mm lens.  I can’t find it.  Where did I pack it?

That’s what makes me anxious about the trip.

Six Hour Car Wash

Six Hour Car Wash

It really wasn’t a six hour war wash, but two 3 hour car detailings.  We took both cars for detailing.  Each took about 3 hours.  So, in  a sense it was a six hour car wash.

While waiting for my car, we hit several stores in Henrietta.  We ate lunch at Taco Bell (Elizabethe’s choice), and returned to the car wash just as my car was being completed.

We then had another 3 hours to kill.  As a result, it ran in to dinner time and we ate at DiBella’s (my choice).

Whole Day Affair

It was a whole day affair.  I can’t think of any other way to do it.  It seems silly to drive 40 minutes back home and then have to turn around in an hour to go back.  If we had them start on both cars at the same time we would be restricted to where we can walk.

The wait was worth it.  Both cars look nice inside and out.  Every inch is clean.  They even cleaned inside the wheel wells.

Swiss Gear Bag

I bought a Swiss Gear bag for my big laptop.  It says it holds 17″ laptops (which mine is).

Upon getting home, I immediately tried it out.  The stupid bag will barely fit a 15″ laptop.  Oh, I’m angry at Swiss Gear.  As a result I am returning the bag.  (I measured the inside… 10×15.25 inches.  My laptop’s outer dimensions are 17×11 inches.)

I went on to Amazon and found a bag that had positive reviews and comments about holding 17″ laptops.  I order it.  It was about $50 MORE than the Swiss Gear Bag.  I’m hoping it does the trick.

Little Black Dress

Little Black Dress

If a man says, “I have this little black dress”, you kind of raise an eyebrow.  I knew what my friend meant, but it was still funny all the same.

A few years ago I decided to do a project called, “Little Black Dress — Never Tell Your Daughters They Can’t”.  It got pushed aside by life.  But, more so, a lack of enthusiasm and interest from others.  My goal was to photograph 50 women in black outfits and publish a book with a small 1 page bio for each one.

I’d still like to do it some day.  However, before doing it I want 50 enthused women who will participate.

Something For Nothing

Everybody wants something for nothing.  I’m no different.  Buy one, get one free sales happen all the time.  It’s human nature to want something for free.

I am amazed how many people want me to work for free.  Another photographer wrote a funny blog about calling other businesses and asking for free product or services.  He drove the point home.

The Shoot

Paul and I did a shoot together.  It was one I planned way back in November.  The plan was to get a bunch of photographers and hire a model.  Well, it was just me and Paul.  Oh, well.  (The model did a great job and we got our money’s worth.)

copyright 2017 db walton

Model in LBD


2017 FLPP Picnic

2017 FLPP Picnic

Today is the 2017 FLPP Picnic.  Same venue and same routine, but that’s what makes it great — it’s a tradition.  This 2017 FLPP Picnic will be just as great as those of the past.

We spent a good amount of time talking with Monroe and Janet.  They are around our age and live in Ithaca.  We always have fun talking with them.


Elizabethe’s friend June came over to craft with her, while I worked on file clean up on my server.  I’m finding duplicate files and deleting them.  There’s quite a few (thousands).

I purchased stamps for the Route 66 trip.  I figure I’ll mail the grandchildren postcards while on the road.  That gives me an idea!  I’ll ask Paul to take a picture of me holding their postcard of and at the place pictured on the postcard.  When I return from the trip, I’ll send them those prints.


I’m glad it didn’t rain  on our picnic.  (That’s worse than raining on our parade!)  We began our drive home from Clifton Springs and as soon as we got on the thruway it began to pour.

I guess I’m not mowing the lawn when I get home.





Until tonight I have never experienced laryngitis.  I was working at the temple and went to speak and sound didn’t come out, just air.  As a result, I asked for assignments that didn’t require much talking.

I didn’t have a sore throat.  I didn’t feel like phlegm was caught in my vocal cords.  Sound just wouldn’t come out when I attempt to talk.

Earlier in the Day

Earlier in the day I had problems with my allergies and last night was particularly bad.  As a result, it could be the cause.

Route 66 Stress

With less than 2 weeks to go, I’m starting to feel the stress.  A month long road trip is a major undertaking.  I’ve never done anything like this.  I think the longest I’ve been on the road is 10 days.

There is a feeling that I’m forgetting something.  Either I’m forgetting to do something, or I am forgetting to pack something.  It could be anxiety.  Who knows.

The other stress factor is packing the car.  Is the car going to be big enough?  Will it be secure enough?  Will it be comfortable with all our equipment and clothes?

Finally, there’s the stress factor of the yard and house.  There’s a lawn to mow, and things to repair from time to time.