welcome the new year

December 27, 2015  •  3 Comments

No doubt you have heard me say and read the sentiment "Where did the year go?"  Once again, I am saying that, because 2016 is waiting in the wings, being ushered forth on Winter Storm Goliath, with blizzards, deadly tornadoes, and flooding not only in the United States but in the United Kingdom and South America. Shall I indulge myself with a hearty discussion of climate change?  Perhaps at a different time and in a different venue...

The cycling of the calendar year is a time of change for human beings who measure such things.  For me, the winter season is for organization and pondering new projects.  Thanks to my photography buddy Steve Immel and fellow great Taoseño photographer Terry Thompson, I became involved in a photography challenge on Facebook this week.  Not being a huge social media fan, I swore (I am certain at one point) I would never be on Facebook.  Guess what?  Kicking and screaming and swearing at having to reinvent yet another wheel of technology, I now have a Facebook page for friends.  So if you are on Facebook and want to friend me or if I need to friend you, let me know.  Here is the link. Mind you, I am still unsure as to whether it is set up properly, but as Hercule Poirot says the process stimulates "the little grey cells." 


Thanks to Steve, Terry, and Catherine Sobredo for their patience and answers to my inquiries.

The year is certainly going to be interesting, as all years seem to be in their own way.  I hope you have heartfelt celebrations, and that humankind as a whole can somehow find a way to be more respectful and civil.

still life fireworksstill life fireworks Be safe and warm, and enjoy it all with the eyes of a child!

until next Monday,


a passion for the image


Daryl Black(non-registered)
Thanks, Steve and Terry for your comments. Absolutely to putting a troubling year behind us.

This image was made while sitting, as you can probably tell hand-held and not attempting to blur a thing, with my old Nikon D80. It was an experiment and I was extremely surprised with the results.
Steve Immel(non-registered)
That's a sweet fireworks shot, Daryl. I like that way the motion blur radiates the colors. It's a celebratory image appropriate to the New Year and putting a troubling year in our rearview mirror. Best wishes to all for a better 2016.
Terry Thompson(non-registered)
Wow, that's a very cool fireworks photo. Or maybe it is a new life form from underwater. Hard to say. Ran across this webpage the other day which I plan to check out further -- http://www.picturecorrect.com/tips/how-to-photograph-fireworks-ebook/ I never seem to get the fireworks just right. Guess I have until July to figure it out.
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