Canal Connection Rocks

Canal Connection Rocks

The Canal Connection rocks!  (The Canal Connection Chamber of Commerce – Palmyra, Macedon and Walworth and surrounding areas’ Chamber of Commerce.)  Tonight we held our annual Christmas Dinner.  It was nice.

The evening started with a brief overview of the Chamber’s accomplishments and activities in 2017.  That was followed by a few remarks from our State Senator Pam Helming.

Dinner was nice.  The “grazing stations” had salad, steamed vegetables, a pasta station, and chicken French.

At the end of the event we had a 50/50 drawing and distributed the silent auction winnings.  Consequently, we did not win the drawing.  Therefore, I consider it a donation to the chamber.

By the way, you do not have to be a Chamber of Commerce member to attend our annual dinner!  In addition, It’s a nice time to meet business owners and enjoy a nice meal.

Library Classes

Elizabethe and I met with the Macedon Public Library Director regarding teaching classes next year.  Elizabethe will teach a basic computer skill classes.  I will teach a class about getting started with WordPress.

My class will be in April.  Elizabethe’s classes start in January.  As a result, we’ll both be busy.

Black and White

I’ve been working in black and white today.  There is something about black and white.

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Black and White

Workshop 2014 Last Day

Workshop 2014 Last Day

Workshop 2014 Last Day is today.  We spent time working on painting our composite.  Of course, we didn’t complete it in the 3 hours of class today, but we got a start.

After class I administered the Certified Professional Photographer exam.  Two students were scheduled, but one was a n0-show.  The CPP exam is a 100 question exam that tests the candidates technical knowledge about photography.  It’s not an easy exam, and it is coupled with a 15 image review.  Once the candidate passes both, they are awarded their certification.

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Now that workshop is over, I want to comment on some stuff I heard on the radio while driving to and from my class.

First, there seems to be this overwhelming attitude in the media and entertainment that sex and love have nothing to do with each other.  Yes, sex isn’t love, and love isn’t sex, but they ARE emotionally and spiritually connected.  I’m sooooo tired of the entertainment world leading their audience to believe that it is okay for two people who just met to have sex. Save sex for marriage and you’ll live a much happier life.

I was reminded of this when listening to a song from the 60s.  The lyrics talked about kissing.  That was it.  Kissing.  The same station then played a song about some guy who just met a girl, she’s naked, and he wants to know if she’ll “text him” tomorrow.  Huh?  How socially irresponsible and sick is that?   Yet, it seems to be a way of life in the entertainment world.

Second,  I’m tired contradicting standards presented by the media and entertainment.  On one hand, they lead you to believe one is at liberty to change their gender, while on the other hand people can’t help it because they were “born that way.”   Then, when someone decides to alter (disfigure) their body, all of a sudden they should be called “he” and not “she”, or “she” and not “he”.   You see this in news reports even.  All of a sudden a female soldier decides she wants to be “male”, and the media immediately starts calling her, “him”.  I’m sorry, her DNA still says she is a she.

Although I don’t care much about how they decide to live their lives, but there are social ramifications.  Name a civilization that has been sexually deviant for centuries and is leader in the world today?  You can’t.

On the other hand, repeatedly in the Bible we see examples of what happens when people ignore God’s commandments.  When many people in a society ignore the commandments, the consequences affect society as a whole.

I miss the day when people remained chaste before they got married.  People cohabitating was called, “Living in sin.”    Sex was reserved for a man and a woman who were married.  Anything outside of that was considered to be wrong.

How did society become so depraved?

Wednesday is For Workshop

Today was the first day of my workshop.  We spent the day in the studio talking about lighting and taking photos of volunteer models.  (A special thanks to all of those who posed for the cameras.)

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Kid Models Jump for the Camera

 

Today’s subject was lighting.  We did a lot with single-light lighting, demonstrating that you don’t need a studio full of lights…

 

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Single-light Portrait

 

Tomorrow we’re going to learn about posing.

If you, or someone you know, wants to take a fun, informative, hands-on photography class, they should visit http://www.palmyra-ny.com and join our MeetUp Group at http://www.meetup.com/Palmyra-Photographic-Workshops/

Watkins Glen Training

Watkins Glen
Watkins Glen

I teach photographic workshops and do training for photography related subjects. Today I took a gentleman to Watkins Glen where I taught him about taking long exposures to blur the water. (If you want to see what I teach, go to http://www.palmyra-ny.com and follow the postings on that site.)

After getting home, Elizabethe and I headed to Outback Steakhouse in Henrietta for dinner.  We were seated right away, and our waitress was one of the most attentive waitresses I’ve ever had.  Crystal, was her name, and we never had to ask for a refill on our drinks, or anything.  She was right on top of things.

 

Here’s my summary:

Service – 5 (fantastic)
Atmosphere – 4
Cleanliness – 4 (had the table not been a tad bit sticky, I would have given a 5)
Menu Choices – 5
Food taste – 4 (I wasn’t thrilled with the Bloomin’ Onion – a little on the oil-was-too-hot side taste wise)

I’ll go back, mostly because of the service, and the fact that they cooked my steak perfectly.  I’m picky about steaks, and the chef nailed it.  With tip and everything, our bill came to $45 which included an appetizer and soft drinks.

I asked about why they weren’t open for lunch, and the short answer is, They start prepping at 9am for opening at 4pm, and to open at 11am, they’d have staff arriving at 5am.   I still think it would be worth their time, but I understand how hard it is to find enough personnel to staff a couple of shifts, let alone one.

More Floor

I worked on the floor (again) until about 1pm today.  We got Elizabethe’s office done, and the hallway.  All that is left in that section is the landing at the top of the stairs.

After dinner I headed down to Henrietta for a presentation by photographer Michael Redford.  He talked about his senior portrait business model.  It was quite good.  I learned a lot.

He also stressed the importance of hands-on education, and noted that the Internet is causing attendance in hands-on classes to drop.  (And, it really shows.  I can look at a photographer’s work and tell you whether or not they have received enough hands-on instruction.  See my photography blog http://blog.dbwalton.com/ and look at “What A Crock” and you can see what I’m talking about.)

His opening remarks telling everyone to take a week-long hands-on course was a perfect segway for my Autumn in Upstate New York Photographic Workshop.  So, during the break I asked permission to announce it.  Fortunately I came prepared with flyers.  🙂  I only had 1 flyer left over.

Now, the real test of any course or workshop is what you do with the new knowledge.  (That’s one of the problems with on-line courses.  For the most part, it is like watching TV.  You don’t change as a result.)  With a hands-on workshop, the instructor is there watching you, coaching you, guiding you, helping you learn how to do it correctly.  You don’t get that on-line.

That said, I have some work today based on my new found knowledge from last night’s class.