Happy October!

I haven’t written or posted anything in so long, you’d think I’d have a huge backlog of things to say and share. I do actually, but I just can’t seem to focus on one thing long enough to make it worthy of a post. Today is different! I have two things to share.

First, I just returned from a drive out west in my 4Runner, which I outfitted as a “rolling bubble” so I could live in it completely and avoid hotels, restaurants, wildfires, viruses, etc. It worked out really well for the most part. I learned a lot about the special challenges of living on the road in the middle of all of the above. Maybe I’ll write more about that sometime later if I can pay attention long enough to pull it off. Maybe not.

During my trip, I hooked up with my buddy Larry. He has been in pandemic mode too, and together we formed a tandem rolling bubble in our respective SUVs. It was a great. Our principle photography targets were the Bisti badlands of northwest New Mexico (at night) and the painted desert area of Arizona. The haze from the wildfires on the west coast was quite apparent at times, but we worked around it as best we could and managed to get some nice light (and dark) conditions. We even managed to get some decent images based on our skill sets as mere mortal photographers. More importantly, we had a blast in the dust and the dirt and the dryness. I’ve missed the desert and it was great to be in it again!

Second, I wanted to share that I’m giving my talk entitled “Confessions of a Digital Manipulator” on Thursday October 8 at 6:45 pm EDT for the Peachtree Corners Photography Club. It is a Zoom presentation and the members have graciously allowed me to invite non-members to attend. If you’re interested, let me know as soon as possible so I can get you on the invite list. I’ll also need your e-mail address so I can send you the link to the Zoom meeting on October 8.

OK, my attention span is exhausted for now. Here are some images from the rolling bubble trip. I hope you like!

Milky Way over Bisti Badlands
Bisti is home to millions of mud cracks!
Looking forward to getting back to the dark skies of Bisti someday!

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