It’s rained so much the last couple of days that we spent the weekend at home, just waiting for things to dry out a little bit.
We made good use of the time – I reformatted several of my print books for Amazon’s Create Space print division on Saturday while Miss Terry worked her way through a mountain of paperwork. Yesterday I made some minor changes Create Space requested and then knocked out somewhere over 2,000 words on my new Big Lake book. While I was doing that, Terry made several loaves of bread, a batch of oatmeal cookies, some homemade ghee, and a wonderful dinner of garlic aioli.
I’ve had a lot of questions recently about what kind of camera and what accessories Terry uses when she’s taking pictures for the blog and the Gypsy Journal. Many people think you need to spend a small fortune on photographic equipment to get good results but Terry uses a relatively inexpensive Canon SX-40 12.1 megapixel digital camera with a built in zoom lens that currently sells for $329 on Amazon.
She also occasionally uses her backup camera, a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 digital with a built in zoom. She doesn’t use a tripod, lens filters, or anything else. And usually she shoots on automatic, not fussing with the many settings both cameras have.
Her best tool is a very good eye for composition and the ability to visualize what she wants to end up with. Another tool she uses a lot is patience. She takes the time to get just the right shot. This can be frustrating with animals, because sometimes they seem to know you’re up to something and refuse to stand still, tuck their heads down or move behind cover just as she presses the shutter button.
Terry also takes a lot of pictures, sometimes as many as ten or fifteen of the same subject. She’ll zoom in and out, stand up, squat down, I’ve even seen her stretch out on the ground to get just the right perspective. Many times we’ll come home from an outing and have 300 – 400 pictures to download from the camera’s memory card.
Congratulations to Pat Dugand this week’s drawing winner of an audiobook of Big Lake Lynching, the second book in my Big Lake series. We had 140 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon!
Some of you have asked how to improve your chances of winning one of our drawings. I’m tempted to say by sending me cookies, money, or pictures of nekkid wimmen, but the truth is, it’s totally at random. I use the free Random Number Generator at a website called Random.org. All I do is enter the number range, in this week’s case 1 – 140, and click the Generate button and it gives me the winning number. (But that’s not to say I wouldn’t appreciate the occasional heartfelt bribe. )
Today we’re going to take a drive down to Rockledge to visit our dear friend Ann Moran. Tim and Ann were among the very first fulltime RVers we met, soon after we hit the road way back in 1999. We were all slogging through the mud at the old fairgrounds in Lancaster, California at an Escapees Club Escapade rally and immediately hit it off with Tim and Ann, and over the years we got together by choice of happenstance during our travels across the country. We lost Tim to cancer a few years ago, but have stayed in contact with Ann and are looking forward to spending some time with her. Good friends are the treasures that you can’t purchase with money, because they are priceless.
Thought For The Day – I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don’t believe I deserved my friends. – Walt Whitman