By Ted Grussing
… on New Years day I took this shot of a beautiful German Sheppard that was walking along the cart path whilst One and I were out on the deck. I do not remember the name or who the owner is, so if it is your dog please let me know and his/her name. A beautiful creature and I’m certain that whether or not I know or ever know its name, it is having a good life and is part of a loving family.
Call it street photography on a golf course 🙂
An amazing day and I finally solved the design and engineering issues I have been having on a black jade/18kyg/opal man’s ring project I have been working on for some time. The unfortunate news is that I have wasted more black jade than I would have liked to destroy, but the good news is I figured out how to get some pretty unusual angles and shapes accomplished. Black jade is a favorite material of mine as it takes a very soft appearing polish compared to black onyx (chalcedony) which takes a hard and brilliant polish. Jade is a sodium aluminosilicate and its structure is a fibrous interlocking matrix or as George Owens, my primary mentor back in the 1970’s and 80’s was wont to describe it … fish hooks jumbled and all mixed up. The result is that it can be a challenging material to get a good polish on and if you are not careful it can look like an orange peel. The black jade I use is from Wyoming and it is absolutely gorgeous material … it is not really black, but rather an extraordinarily saturated green … so much so that it looks black … soft black not hard and glaring.
Photo’s will follow soon now that I have figured out the procedures and order of them. It is going to be amazing.
And yes I do design and cut all gemstones except for diamond … been doing it for 43 years. It is a delightful world when you are doing this work, immersed in a micro world, faceting gems where tolerances are held to a ten thousandth of an inch or the more free wheeling work with cabochons on the diamond wheels or carving with a flex shaft. It creates a wonderful balance in my life with the more expansive world of photography and aviation.
Life is such a gift!
Raptor shoot early tomorrow morning so likely another email going out Friday AM and then Friday my new Canon 1DX MK III arrives so also a good possibility of one Saturday morning from the new gear.
I appreciate everyone allowing me to share the beauty I find with you … have a wondrous day, filled with joy … smile and share it with others … good things happen every day and everywhere on this tiny planet we call home.
The easiest way to reach Mr. Grussing is by email: email@example.com
In addition to sales of photographs already taken Ted does special shoots for patrons on request and also does air-to-air photography for those who want photographs of their airplanes in flight. All special photographic sessions are billed on an hourly basis.
Ted also does one-on-one workshops for those interested in learning the techniques he uses. By special arrangement Ted will do one-on-one aerial photography workshops which will include actual photo sessions in the air.
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