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Pageant Rush

Pageant Rush

Pageant rush is upon us.  Elizabethe tells me a guy called in a frenzy asking if we had enough rooms for his group.  She says, he said, “I can’t believe practically every place is already booked.”

Yes, that’s what happens in Palmyra during Hill Cumorah Pageant season.  The Pageant rush hits and every one is frantically looking for lodging.


Because Palmyra is a tiny village near a very small city (Rochester).  That’s why I tell people to try to book 6 to 12 months in advance.  Expect to pay more.  It’s supply and demand.

Bond, James Bond

I’ve been learning how to do gobos (go betweens) in Poser and DAZ3d.  I created this James Bond inspired piece today as part of my studies.

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Bond, James Bond

I’ve finally got a handle on making and using gobos.  A gobo is a sheet that goes between your lighting and subject to create shadows.  In this case, a spiral pattern falls on the lady and the floor.

Taco Bell

We went for a cheap date today.  We drove to Victor and went to Taco Bell.  While I miss the good ol’ 5 item menu, their XXL grilled burrito is pretty good.  I gave it a try today and I’d give it a 5 out of 5.

Texas BBQ

Texas BBQ

We discovered a new BBQ place called Texas BBQ.  It is true to form of the service station BBQ joints you find in Texas, however, it is not in an old service station building.  It’s over in the RIT bookstore plaza in Henrietta.

The portions are generous, the food is tasty, and the place is clean. The prices are reasonable too.  I had the 2-meat combo and Elizabethe had their huge, loaded, baked potato plus our 2 drinks and tax came to $30.

Dim Sum After 1pm

I learned in San Francisco’s Chinatown that dim sum is breakfast food.  As the Chinese lady at Dick Lee’s Pastries explained, “Dim sum breakfast food.  Like Chinese donuts.”

We stopped at the Asian Market to see if they had sesame balls.  They were sold out.

Glen’s Off

Glen’s off to California after spending almost a week here.  We had a great time together.  I told him to plan on spending more time the next time he comes here.


We came home and I took a rest.  I got up this morning and experienced a bit of vertigo (twice).  It’s the only time in my life this has happened, so I’m taking things really slow today.  It only happened when I got out of bed.  (First, when I got off the bed, and second whey I took about 6 steps towards the bathroom.  I may have just got up too quickly.)

I’ll be carefully watching my blood pressure and what I eat and drink.  While I think it might be related to my SHL (Sudden Hearing Loss) casual about this stuff.  I was fine the rest of the day, but a little cautious about how quickly I’d stand up.  (And, to think Elizabethe has dealt with this sort of stuff her entire life.)


2016 Missionary Party

2016 Missionary Party

There are about 60,000 missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving throughout the world.  These young men and women leave their homes for 18 or 24 months.  They serve at their own expense, and volunteer their time and talents.  At the 2016 Missionary Party today I had the privilege of photographing the group serving in the New York Rochester Mission.

Being away from home for Christmas, many for their first time, is a hard thing.  This little Christmas Party eases the pain of being away from friends and family.  I’m glad they do this each year, and I’m happy they ask me to come photograph them.


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Christmas Party Mission Picture

Elizabethe and I stuck around so I could grab a few candid photos.  Their gift exchange is always funny.  My favorite was a Barry Manilow album.   (It’s funny to me because I think he’s a cheesy performer.  I used to joke I suffer from Manilowphobia.)

Getting Ready

Getting ready for Christmas morning was the next task on the list.  One of our roomers wanted to fix Christmas Eve dinner, and asked if I’d make a dessert.  I made a chocolate mousse.

After dinner the topic of Israel came up, so they asked if I’d show them a slide show.  We spent the next 90 minutes looking at photos of Israel.




Getting up at four takes its toll.  In order to get Marilyn to the airport for her flight we had to get up at 4pm.   It really wasn’t hard, but I woke at 2 a.m. and couldn’t go back to sleep.  It took its toll around 4 p.m. this afternoon.

We got her to the airport on time, and on the way home looked for a place to grab breakfast.  What is it with Rochester that nothing is open before 6 a.m.?  In California that would never fly.  Here… even fast food places a Californian would find open 24 hours a day are closed here — even Dunkin Donuts was closed!!!

We finally found a McDonald’s open, but by that time it was 6 a.m.  I’m guessing they just opened.


I’m speaking at the Tri County Networkers on Thursday.  I’ve decided to speak about digital painting and how that fits in to my business model.

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Painting of Marilyn Steers

I have a bit more work to do on it, but I was in a rush because we have our temple shift tonight.  (Elizabethe and I do volunteer work at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the New York Palmyra Temple.)  I might do some more work on it tomorrow, but for now, this is where it stands.


I’m thinking the Hill Cumorah Pageant letters haven’t gone out yet.  Normally by this time of year our phone is ringing off the wall.

If you are NOT participating in Pageant (i.e. you are not waiting for a letter), get your reservations in quickly.  Once those letters go out rooms will disappear.  (There are very few places to stay in Palmyra.  Rooms go quickly.)

And, for Pete’s sake, stay here a few days.  There’s plenty to do in the area, and we’d love having you stay in Palmyra.



Canandaigua Pier

Canandaigua Pier

I cannot believe how much bird poop is on Canandaigua Pier.  In an attempt to photograph the grandchildren we ran in to fresh seagull poop all over the pier.

I will admit it was a little nerve-wracking with the older children running around.  They had to be scolded before they would stop.

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Start of a Painted Version of the Photo

From there we went to the Rochester Museum of Play (again).  Since the children are here we figured we would get the most from our membership.  The grandchildren had a blast.

I enjoy the magnetic “things” (I’m not sure what they are called).  They connect together via magnets.  The museum has light tables that make them glow.

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Mom and Daughter Building

We also discovered it was fun to look down a stack of them.

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Tunnel of the Magnetic Things

It was a fun day, but exhausting.


Natalie Arrives

Natalie Arrives

Natalie arrives today.  Originally she was to fly in to Rochester around 11:30am, but plans changed and she flew in to Buffalo around 9am.  We are driving to Buffalo to pick her and the boys up.

Things barely fit in the car.  I never packed a trunk this tightly.  We got home and started to unpack when Natalie discovers she doesn’t have her backpack.

She called the airport and sure enough, she left it on the curb.  Our friend near Buffalo is picking it up for her.

Natalie and the boys were beat so they took a nap.  Elizabethe are off to the temple.


Our temple shift went well.   I went on the first session.  Elizabethe is excited because that’s another one of my male ancestors done.

A former missionary couple is spending the night.  We didn’t talk to them much because it is late.  They plan on leaving early in the morning.  We got to see them at least.


I will take Tom Chapman to lunch tomorrow along with Natalie and the boys.  But first I have an eye doctor appointment.  I just hope they don’t dilate my eyes.  It gives me a headache.  The plan is to keep my current frames.


Interfaith Luncheon

Interfaith Luncheon

It was my privilege to attend the Rochester Interfaith Luncheon today… in Rochester, of course.  It was attended by members of several faiths and the topic was helping refugees.  This was my first time attending a meeting like this.

While my main goal was to capture photos of the event, I was also a participant.  There was no assigned seating so I just put my camera bag on a chair and went about taking photos.  My table filled with some people whom I know, and some who were new acquaintances.

After a buffet lunch, we heard from a couple of local people involved in refugee relief.  Both had amazing stories about their efforts, but one stood out in particular.  This was a young man who ended up sitting at a table with a lady who taught him English when his family first arrived in the states.  Remember, there were no assigned seats, and here they were, sitting near each other.

To me, it was a sweet reunion that involved the Lord’s hand.

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A Sweet Reunion

We then had discussions at our tables about how we could help refugees and what we learned from these two speakers.  What I learned was this:  Refugees need friends who can help them assimilate in to our culture and society.  Examples given were helping them with English, taking them to a museum or shopping, and stuff like that.  We take so much for granted, but for them, our traditions and ways of life may be completely foreign to them.

On the way home from the luncheon, my daughter called and asked if Elizabethe and I were up to going out to dinner with them.  We joined them for dinner at a German restaurant in Canandaigua.  We went to Rheinblick German Restaurant.  Here’s my take on the place…

Clean, friendly and good flavors.  They were a bit slow, however, with service.  And, it reminded me that if you’re going to go with German food, go for the sausages and not the regular cut meats.

All By Myself

All By Myself

In 1975 Eric Carmen had a hit, All By Myself.  Well, today I have the entire day all to myself.  Okay, all that said, I was never a big fan of Eric Carmen.

So, what do you do on a long awaited day when you have NO APPOINTMENTS, NO MEETINGS?

Yes, what do you do?

It took me all morning to figure out what I should do.  I finally decided to go to the Memorial Art Gallery at University of Rochester.  I’ve wanted to do this for a while, but just never pulled it off.

The trip was well worth it.  They have a small, but impressive collection at the MAG.  Of course, seeing an original Bouguereau, in my book, was worth the price of admission.  This is one of my favorite paintings.  I didn’t realize it was here in Rochester!

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A Bouguereau Original

And, his signature is so rigid it surprised me.  I would have expected something more flowing and abstract.

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Bouguereau’s signature

So, there I was all by myself at the MAG.  The result of that was I had a couple of interesting conversations.  One was with a man who was doing a charcoal sketch on his iPad.  I had to ask him about the software because it obviously wasn’t Photoshop or Painter.

They also had a display of fashions from Ebony Magazine.  This was cool and they encouraged picture taking.  Here you have db walton capturing beauty and they ask you to tag it #InspiringBeauty.  How fortuitous is that?

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Ebony Fashion Display

The mannequins were expertly made up, and of course, with designer fashions, well dressed.   When I saw this next dress I thought, “Elizabeth would like this display.”

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One Cool Dress

After making my way through the entire gallery, I decided it was time to head home.  On the way home, one last distraction — a stop to take another photo.

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Hey! Hay!

Niece Arrives

Niece Arrives

Our niece arrives today.  She’s flying standby so we’re not sure exactly when she will get here.  So, we are kind of on standby while we wait to hear.

After my networking meeting, I took my car to the shop because of a noise.  It turns out it is not mechanical, but a slipped radial belt on a tire.  I kind of suspected this after the breaks were replaced, but now it is confirmed.  I need new tires.

Waiting for the car gave me cause to catch up on some work.  I managed to knockout a few photography blog entries (http://blog.dbwalton.com)

Got a text around 2pm saying our niece made it on the plane and would be in Rochester around 4:30pm.  Since Elizabethe works in Rochester, she said she’d pick her up and leave work a little early.

When they arrived at the house, our niece said she was up to going to Hill Cumorah Pageant tonight.  So, we took off and got dinner at TGI Friday before heading to pageant.

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Talise at Pageant

I ordered ribs, and I was a bit disappointed this time.  They were a bit on the dry side, but we were in a hurry so I didn’t bother asking for ones that weren’t over-cooked.

Pageant was wonderful again.

Eastman House Shoot

Eastman House Shoot

I went on an Eastman House shoot tonight.  Greater Rochester Professional Photographers had a short tour and then we had a couple of young ladies model for us in the gardens.

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Anna – One of Our Models

Since my leg break, I haven’t done a lot of outdoor portraiture.  The accident has very much set me back and it has been hard getting back in to the swing of things.

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Another Portrait of Anna

This all made for a very long day with my networking group, grocery shopping and all.  Then, when I came home I had to pack for my trip to Pennsylvania tomorrow.

I loaded everything I could think of in to the car.  All of my cameras, my lights, my tripods, and stuff.  I wanted to be 100% prepared for this photo shoot.  This was going to be the first time this site has EVER been photographed.  That’s right, I wanted to make sure I had all the tools to do the job.

It’s over a 3 hour drive from here to there and I want to get there in time to have lunch with the crew, so it sounds like I’ll have to leave at 8am and skip my networking meeting.

Tonight I need to charge all my batteries.  Okay, this isn’t a pun.  I have a bunch of LiIon batteries for my cameras and lights that need to be charged.  Thus, I need to charge my batteries — literally.