Thursday This & That

  • June was crazy busy!
    There was lots of running around. With changing my name in all the places. Finding a place to get the vaccine I wanted. Putting together a wedding in weeks rather than months.
  • Rescue Mom and I made ALL the decorations for said wedding. We made the table center pieces and the bridesmaids bouquets. Then we had to be there early (like 8am early, on one cuppa coffee early LOL) to set everything up for the
    big event. I honestly don’t know how we pulled it off. We had also put together all the “thank you” boxes.
    Can I just tell you….people suck sometimes! We busted our butts to put this together. She spent a small fortune on the things we needed to make table arrangements and bouquets. Y’all….artificial flowers are stupid expensive! We were told to expect 50 people. Maybe…MAYBE 20-25 showed up of those that RSVP’d. And then….no one even took a “Thank You” box.
    We were so stressed to get this right and well people suck. So grateful though that the bride and groom were pleased with our efforts and the results.
  • Let me tell you too that it was so damn hot. The venue was very pretty, but they didn’t have a cooling system worth shaking a stick at. Shop fans were actually brought in to try to help move the air and cool it down some. The high that day was supposed to be 108! I can’t recall what it actually go up to, but it was pretty close.
    Do you know what the vibrations from shop fans do to pictures? I never expected that the vibrations would distort the air so much. The closer I was to one of the fans, the worse a picture turned out. And some there was no way I could fix them. I wanted to cry when I got them off my camera. I did end up with a few good ones though. Just not the ones I had hoped for. But it is what it is. Hopefully, the photographer got some better shots.
  • We are still VERY hot. We broke a record on how many consecutive 100+ degree days we’ve had. Since this has begun, we have had an odd 98/99 day here and there, but not many. Today might be one of those odd days, but we have more triple days coming and no real end in sight. On top of that, we’ve entered our 5th season. SMOKE! And it’s bad. We’re getting the majority of it from the “Boot Leg Fire”. It is one of 68 (?) currently active wildfires burning in the US. It is only 7% contained and is 227,234 acres. It has been burning now for 9 days. I’m not sure if it’s this one or not, but I heard that one of the fires could end up burning into the fall. The active fire map also shows a lot of fires up in the Idaho panhandle. Bottom line is that it’s hot and dry with no end in sight. We need rain, but this cycle just will not break.
  • I don’t know if I will make the entry deadline for the first fair. It’s next week and I don’t even have my photos ready. I have to have the ones I would enter printed to the size of 8×10 or 11×14 and then mounted on either matt or foam board. So far, it looks like every place I am looking at has a 10-14 day turn around. And since Costco has done away with their photo center, I’m not sure where to go. I did ask in a local photography group for some suggestions. I was told the usual places Walmart, Walgreens, and a couple of independent places.
  • That said, while I look for a place to possibly get them printed and mounted here are the ones I am considering choosing from:
  • These are a selection of my most recent ones. I wish I could access my old hard drive for my older photos, but then maybe I’m just giving myself too many options. I’m also considering one of my river ones. If I can’t make it for this up coming fair, then I will just focus on the next one in August. I am trying to choose ones that I would frame and hang if I wanted to. I’m not a bug person, but that grasshopper was just too perfect to not photograph.
  • I almost talked myself out of entering completely. I was so discouraged by what happened with the wedding photos. Between the heat and the vibrations from the fans and kids running around which made the floor shake. I don’t feel like I am a good portrait photographer. People aren’t my strong suit. I do have a couple of favorites though, the above being one of them. I think though, I’d rather stick to nature.

    If you had to pick two photos…which would you choose?

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