Hello 2021 You are here, and we are well into the second month of the new year. I haven’t seen much improvement from you, yet. I get it, it is still early, but I am having trouble seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. I think I need to make my own light but you are making it difficult.
I mentioned on one of my last posts that my fan died on my old lap top so, I replaced my old laptop with a reconditioned one that is really nice. I like it and it has more hard drive and power than my old one did. I foresee a lot of work on my photography. When I got back into my photography a few years ago, I bought a photo program to improve my work. Once I figured it out I kinda liked it. It wasn’t the program that all the professional photographers use and write about but it was simple. What it did not give me was the ability to work on RAW photos I needed another conversion program for that. So I bought the next upgrade which is supposed to allow me to work on the RAW and HD photos. I didn’t like it at all. With the new computer I couldn’t transfer over my program that I liked and could not find the CD that it came on. But I did have the CD for the other program and I got it downloaded and activated on the new laptop. I still don’t like it. It is tooo much other stuff, not user friendly and no decent instructions. The videos provided were hard to understand. Heavy accents and fast speakers to not make a good learning environment. I have been looking for books on the program but can only find them for the other company. No help at all. I finally found their PDF book and down loaded it on my computer, at almost 900 pages it is going to take a while.

But here is the thing. I learned my photography on a very unforgiving film Kodachrome 25 and 64. That film did not allow for a lot of contrast, and you could not just remove something that was not supposed to be in the shot. You had to learn to look and adjust. So I tend to photo that way and don’t want or need to do a lot on my digital photos. However when you are in a situation where the contrast is strong and you can’t work around it, it is nice to be able to adjust the photo.
Lately I have been working on a lot of puzzles and I have noticed that several of them are photographs or digital compilations of photographs. I can see the possibilities with my own work especially if I am willing to work and learn the RAW technique. But I have to go out and take more photos and learn this program. So I am in the mindset I need to learn this. Most of where I want to photograph is still buried under feet of snow so no use worrying about that. I AM so tired of photographing the sage ranch canyon area though and I am wondering if sage ranch road is behind my current problems with my car…. Probably should not have driven through those mud puddles that are really small lakes and parked in the snowy parking area that was filled with more than a foot of snow.

This photo is a small one there are about 4 much larger, and deeper, ones before this, and I go through them at least twice daily. Or at least I did. I believe driving through them, and the deep snow are the culprit of the check engine light and the thunks and shimmies. I also need new tires, but fixing all of that will have to wait another month. If I am careful and not driving too much hopefully damage will be minimal. Our morning walks are off for a bit. Finding the light at the end of the tunnel is hard when you can’t get out, and winter is not willing to go away. Although If I think about it Spring is not for a couple months anyway.

2021 You got 10 more months to get your act together.