Perhaps Not

Perhaps Not

The other day I reported I’m recovering quickly.  Perhaps not.  Both Elizabethe and I have this virus now.  We both are staying home from church and staying in bed.

My friend Matt is still struggling with this bug.  He caught it back around the 2nd week of January.  I hope we’re not in for a long struggle with it.

Print Comp and Pulp Fiction

I’ve been thinking of unique ideas for Print Comp.  I started looking at Pulp Fiction covers to get ideas for both names and images.

Do you realize how many pulp fiction novels have been turned in to movies or TV shows?

LOTS!  Perry Mason, James Bond, Mickey Spillane, and more.  Of course, there are many more that have titles so trashy they aren’t worth repeating.  Some of the covers are great, while others wouldn’t get you any points with the IPC judges.

I’ve been coming up with spins on the titles that relate to photography, and plan to do a series of “covers” with cameras.  For example, “Never Shoot Your Client”.  The double-entendre meaning of shoot should get some points with judges.  The next step is to create the image that tells the story.

 

Recall Notice

Recall Notice

I took care of my recall notice on my 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix.  They replaced the dimmer module because, according to GM, they have been known to fail.  It was quick and painless.

The dumbest thing Ed Whitaker ever did when he was CEO of GM was to discontinue the Pontiac line.  Buick, I wouldn’t complain… I think they are ugly, but Pontiac, come on.

Route 66 Tour

I met with my traveling companion for the Route 66 Tour.  Over lunch we talked about what will make our tour different than any other.

What, you ask?

You can read my answer here:  Route 66 Update 4/24/2017

Regional Results

Regional results are in.  Northeast Print Competition results show me receiving two merits.  Here’s the breakdown along with my comments:

  • Walton D. Brent A Mermaid’s Garden 83 – I was hoping for an 80, and I’m pleasantly surprised and happy it scored 83.
  • Walton D. Brent An Autumn Walk 77 – Can’t wait to hear their comments about this one.  77 seems a bit low.
  • Walton D. Brent Married to a Bookworm 77 – If the Mermaid one was worth 83, this should have been 85 or better.  Can’t wait to hear the comments.
  • Walton D. Brent Medusa’s Spell Reversed 78 – This is another one that seems a bit low.
  • Walton D. Brent Pulp Fiction 77 – I’ll accept this, but I’m waiting to hear the comments.
  • Walton D. Brent The Dome of the Rock 83 – This is a resubmit from the artist category to photographic open.  It’s deserving of a merit.  I’m glad they saw fit.
  • Walton D. Brent The Widow 77 – My painter friend Helen Yancy will be ticked when she hears.  We both thought it should have merited as a painting, I’m wondering why it didn’t merit in the photographic category.
  • Walton D. Brent You Like it Messy? 78 – Okay… I’ll have to wait to hear what they say.

As a result, I have two guaranteed merits at International Print Comp this summer.  If I can find 6 more images to augment my case, I can hope for more merits.  This puts me 2 merits away from becoming a Master Photographer, and 4 merits away from becoming a Master Artist.

Security Cameras

I’ve been playing around with a security camera, and downloaded a generic app that supports most camera brands.  The problem is, as with most things these days, documentation.

Back when I was in college a comment was made by several professors.  “If you can write good documentation, you will always have a job.”

In contrast, nobody reads today, and so nobody documents well.  I’ve bought sophisticated hardware that came with little documentation.  Instead, I had to turn to others on the Internet to ask, “How did you get this to work?”

I’ll figure it out, but if it takes too much work, I’m asking for my $3.99 back.

Selecting Images

Selecting Images

Selecting Images for International Print Competition (IPC) is quite the chore.  Every year, PPA (Professional Photographers of America) hosts a huge print competition.

I anguish over the selection process.  And, for some crazy reason, time slips away from me and all of a sudden I only have a few weeks to come up with suitable images.

It would really be nice to have someone with a Master Artist eye could sit with me and say, “Yeah, that one… no, not that one… Okay, there’s a good one… oh, and that one there.”

Anyone qualified for the role?

A few years ago, I tried getting friends to help in the process.  (If you are one of them, please don’t take offense at what I’m about to say.)  The problem was they were all “yes-men”.  Everything was good.  Plus, one has to understand the process of Print Competition.

The ideal screener would understand the 12 elements of style and be able to say, “That needs this done and that done.”

Elizabethe suggested I not worry about print comp, but having a goal to shoot for gives me motivation.  Without that motivation I don’t get anything done.  I guess I’m just a goal-oriented type of person.

The weather is still cold.  I think this is the February Don McClean wrote about when he said, “February made me shiver.”

Yeah.  It’s cold.

IPC 2014

IPC 2014

IPC 2014 is on its way.  IPC, oh, that’s International Print Competition.  It is an annual print judging by Professional Photographers of America.  It is a juried print scoring.  I’m not sure why they call it “competition” because your prints are scored on a 100 point scale, and there’s no grand prize, first, second or third place.

They started something new where they text you when your image is about to be judged.  Then, you can go on-line (and if the site is working) watch it on a streaming video.  I got a couple of texts this morning, and was able to watch mine.  They didn’t say anything except, “Merited” or “Did not merit.”

The good news is, one of my paintings (they have an artist category) received a merit.  A little later, I received a text saying it was up for review for the Loan Collection.  Now, the Loan Collection is huge deal.  Only the best make it in to the Loan Collection.  There, they are published in to the Loan book.  This is my first ever Loan image.  There is a second book, called the Signature Collection.  I’ve had 3 images that made the Signature Collection.  The Signature Collection is an honor, but not many people know about it.  However, the Loan Collection… that’s a huge deal.

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First Loan Collection Painting – Title: Lips

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I spent most of the morning in bed hoping the rest would help me recover from my bronchial infection.  The prednisone has another undesirable affect and that is, it keeps you awake.  I got up, ate some breakfast, and then did some computer based work.  By late afternoon, the congestion and coughing was back.

How I hate being sick.

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I wonder if posting anything on Facebook has any impact for good or bad.  It’s like Ben Franklin said, “A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.”

That said, I think it is important to stand by one’s convictions.  Some guy posted a meme about Israel being unfairly treated by the media.  Immediately, someone jumped in accusing Israel of genocide.  I had to state, “It’s ironic that defending one’s self in war is genocide, but out-right terrorism is not.

Not sure it will do any good.

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Excommunication

Excommunication

There is so much misinformation about excommunication in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  I read today that Kate Kelly, the organizer of Ordain Women, has been excommunicated for apostasy.  It is important to note that we will only hear her side of what happened.  Such excommunication proceedings are confidential, and since she didn’t attend her own excommunication, she cannot even comment on what was said in the proceedings.

It’s a sad chapter in this story.  To me, the sadness is she doesn’t understand the church or the priesthood, and she chose to continue in her fallacies rather than learn and grow.

Someone who truly believes in what the church teaches realizes that the priesthood is not controlled by man.  It is controlled by revelation.  I have no doubt whatsoever, that the brethren have prayed about the matter, and the teachings we’ve received in Conference reflect the will of God.

Someone who truly believes would take their petition to God, in prayer, and not lead a campaign in the media and through picket lines.  God doesn’t work that way.  A good example would be God’s dealings with Sodom and Gomorrah.  Look how many times Abraham petitioned the Lord to save those cities. Or, look at what happened when Joseph Smith kept going to the Lord about the 116 pages.

The logical part of my mind says Kate Kelly would, if she truly believed in what the church teaches, repent.   To quote from their own web site:

Debra Jenson of Ordain Women said, “We are deeply saddened by this news. As Mormons we recognize the gravity of this action. We follow the directive of Mosiah 18:9 and will mourn with our sister as she mourns. We regret that there is no way to predict how local leaders will react to conversations about gender inequality in the Church—-many have been supportive in these discussions, others have not. Ordain Women will continue.

(Color added for emphasis.)

One would think a penitent attitude would be to teardown the web site and disband the movement.

It’s not that Kelly believes that women should hold the priesthood.  Albeit a misunderstanding of the priesthood and womanhood in the church, it is how she has gone about her movement.

The irony of the whole thing is quite simply this…. If someone believes the church should change in this regard, that very church would cease to be the same church as we know it.  They are talking about a doctrinal, not administrative, change.  The leadership of the church does not have the ability to change doctrine.

Anyone in doubt should go read the talks of the last General Conference of the church.  (It can be found at lds.org.)

I don’t know what type of person Kate Kelly is in real life.  She may be an absolutely delightful person.  There are indications from some of the things that have been posted on Ordain Women’s web site that she’s not an active member of the church.  (By that, I mean she doesn’t attend regularly.)  Again, I don’t know, but her comment to her bishop where she says her bishop doesn’t know her leads me to believe she didn’t attend much.  But, my conclusion may be wrong.

That said, I do not sympathize with her movement.  Those involved appear to have a gross misunderstanding of how the church operates and the roll of the priesthood.   I will admit that there are some individuals in the church who are on the other end of the stick who don’t understand how women should be treated (in or out of the church), but that is totally separate (and opposite) of church teachings and doctrine.

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I managed to get my 4 images off to the Master Artist part of IPC.  I’ve decided, starting now, the entire year will be spent in preparation for next year’s IPC.

It is also good to know that others are very dissatisfied with how the Northeast competition was judged.  And, from some of my critiques, it sounds like some of the judges are imposing their own agenda on images.  I’m hoping IPC will prove me right on this.  If it does, I’m registering a complaint with PPA.

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When it comes to technology, some people… trying to say this nicely… are so ignorant.  Based on their assumptions, DiVinci was a bad artist because he didn’t use a Mac, and Ansel Adams was a bad photographer because he wasn’t using a Nikon D800 or a Canon 5D Mk III.  (Of course, neither of those existed when they were alive, but I want to make the point obvious.)

It doesn’t matter!

Someone asked me, “Don’t you want to use the best tools at your disposal?”

Well, if I could afford them.  But, those tools only offer more options, and those options are not necessarily (a) going to be used and (b) going to affect the quality of the final product.

Aye, yi, yi.

So, the next time some one asks me if I’m Mac or PC, Canon or Nikon, the answer will be to show them an image and say, “Neither.  I’m an artist.”

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