By Ted Grussing
… all else fails, do something different and this is the seventh photo I pulled up tonight. The first ones were of birds in flight, rabbits, cats and aerial shots … all of them did not agree with my mood which seems a little weird tonight. So I took a shot with a bunch of blackbirds in tall reeds and grasses down at Bubbling Ponds and messed with it, thus the caption … even better, I like it.
Some nights, everything I have shot seems pedestrian, mundane and just plain boring and I search through the folders until something hits me and there was a lot of that tonight. Also it was another day of deletions and perhaps that is why nothing looked good as I was in full deletion mode. I managed to reduce my kept photographs for the first six months of 2018 to 62GB and that is good. Think I deleted a total of at least 200GB over the past weeks to get it to this level. Most photographers I know do not do the deletions and save everything for a later day … storage is cheap so in many ways it makes sense, but I can’t do that. The current effort which will run the summer, is to reduce the total portfolio to less than 700GB … currently it is at 1.1TB, so it should be very doable.
You may have seen the video “The Pale Blue Dot” featuring the words of Carl Sagan, and a cosmic perspective that will amaze you. A friend was kind enough to send it to me and I think you will enjoy it too … maybe think is a better word to describe what the intended message is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GO5FwsblpT8
Time to wrap the day … have a beautiful day on this little blue dot we call home … and smile for the blessings are infinite!
At nightfall…though I know I shall sometime no more
Open my eyes to the light or day, I am one who looks at stars when
Unchained from the work-bench at Nightfall.
They are a sign that I am not ephemeral,
Not you, nor you, whoever you are.
The dawn comes and the dark and the sign sparkling in the brooding night,
Forever and forever.
— Max Ehrmann
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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.