JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 05.15.21

Getting back in the swing this week, but not there yet.

A week of morning rambles, podcast listens, baseball games coachin’, school pick-ups, and, most notably, getting my second vaccination shot!

And no side effects at all!

Be like me, folks, get vaxxed. And make prints.

Thank you to everyone that reached out to me here, on email and messenger, and even in hard-copy paper card form,  to express their condolences about my dad. It’s been very much appreciated. I wanted to do a post honoring him this week, but a mixed cocktail of work, life and stress exhaustion just never gave me the opportunity to put it down here.

But I’ve been working on it, in my head.

Soon, I hope.


This Week’s Links

What I Read This Week: Barrier Island by John MacDonald

What I Watched This Week: They Won’t Believe Me, and also FAME

Jay Maisel: The Photogs

The Ringer: Two A**Holes Lost In The Woods: An Oral History of The Sopranos ‘Pine Barrens’ episode

Favorite Photo of the Week: Via Laura Wolff

Joe McNally: New website launch

PetaPixel: Tips for reducing photo shoot anxiety (I should do a blog post on this myself)

L’Officiel: Richard Avedon’s 10 Best Unpublished Photos

Advice: Neon light for portraits

Watch: Behind The Shot TV photo critiques (The guys review one of my photos at the 1:08 mark. Good thoughts, points well taken)

From The Archives: April 2010, Misty Like Sunday Morning

“Photography is space, light, texture, of course, but the really important element is time – that nanosecond when the image organizes itself on the ground glass.” ~ Ezra Stoller (May 16, 1915 – October 29, 2004)

Be good, be kind, everyone. I’ll try to get back to more regular bloggins and musing this week!

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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 05.08.21

A crazy, mixed up week for me.

Tuesday morning, about 8:15 am, got a call from my mom that my dad passed away. He was 87.

My mom doesn’t call me, I call her, so I almost knew it when I saw it come up. Also, he had fading these past few months. His clock wound down.

Sadly, I hadn’t seen him since early March 2020, just before the world went sideways. I do wish I had seen him one last time, but I do know that I kissed him and hugged him and told him I loved him. I always did.

Right after I got the call, I packed a bag and headed to Northeast Pa to help my mom out with all the things death entails. Back to NJ later today.

No quotes or links this week.

Just a sky point to Pop.

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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 05.01.21

I got a professional haircut this week, first time in more than a year.

All masked up and safe.

Amazing how such a small thing can a) be missed and b) make you feel like a new person.

Here we are, as the top of May. Had a couple of warm days last week, but Spring still doesn’t feel like it’s totally made herself at home here in Central New Jersey.

Still doing more hiking around most early mornings. Thought I’d be doing more cycling at this point.

But, alas, still need the wait for the tire to meet the gravel.

Perhaps soon.

In the meantime, what are you working on? Anything new, different, exciting?

Or, perhaps, furthering a long-term project, which is always good too.

And don’t forget to back up all those April images!


This Week’s Links:

What I Watched This Week: An episode of Miami Vice with Willie Nelson (who also had a birthday this week) in it.

What I Read This Week: I finished a fun YA novel, The Mystery of Smugglers Cove. I bought the e-version for my son to read but since it was in our electronic library, I read it too. I also started The Deadly Mystery of the Missing Diamonds and am continuing on with My Cousin Death.

Joe McNally: Important Slices of Time

CreativeBloq: The Best Photo Printers of 2021

35mmc: Photographing Inspiring People With My Lens

A Photo Editor: Returning To Normal?

Watch: Chatting the Pictures: World Press Photo of the Year: A COVID Hug

Watch: Manny Ortiz on You Are Using Your Flash Wrong

Listen/Watch: The Photo Banter interview with Ray Barbee

RIP: India photojournalist Vivek Bendre, of COVID

Favorite Photo Of The Week: Blue Ford Pickup by Barbara Davidson

From the JPS Archives: May 1, 2011

“Unless you photograph what you love, you are not going to make good art.” – Sally Mann (May 1, 1951)

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Yard Work

Mike Yastremski

Mike Yastrzemski waits in right field 

Last week, I played hooky from work for an an afternoon did some yard work.

Well, “the yard” was Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, where I took my boys to see the Giants play the Phillies.

Some could say going to a professional baseball game while a pandemic is still raging in this big blue marble of ours was selfish.

They could be right. Maybe I can’t argue that.

But, when I looked at the safety steps the Phillies were taking to get at least some fans back, and I weighed the safety factors, I felt it was an OK proposition.

So, on a glorious late Wednesday morning, me, Chase and Matt jumped in Beauford The 4Runner and headed down 295 to Philly.

I felt half naked, to be honest. The Phillies allowed medical bags, diaper bags and purses into the stadium.

I had nothing to cover any of those areas, so wasn’t sure I could take my Fuji XT3 with the 50-140 lens in. And I had splurged on really good seats, basically Bryce Harper’s office.

Bryce Harper’s commute to his office.

I didn’t want to sneak it in – that would be silly. And I didn’t want to have try to take a bag with it in, only to have it rejected and either a) I’d have to head back to the truck to put it away or put it into a special locker they have.

So, I opted to just not even try. Any photos I’d take would be with my Android phone.

Phillies infielder Brad Miller

So, that’s just what I did. I decided to just enjoy the day with my sons, and if I shot anything, eh, just use the camera phone. Everything here is with the phone.

SF Giants Pitcher Anthony DeSclafani at Citizens’ Bank Park

In some ways it was eat-your-heart-out-annoying. I really wanted my proper camera.

In other ways, it was fun and freeing. I enjoyed the time with my sons without fumbling around for the main rig, changing lenses, etc.

Yes, I shot some things that caught my eye, and processed with my Snapseed app. But, overall, I just enjoyed the game.

Well, I enjoyed the couple of innings of brilliant sunshine and Spring weather we had…until the storm clouds shifted in, the temperature dropped and we hit a 40 minute rain delay. While they did start play again, by that time, we could only stay another inning. Other commitments back home were calling.

And while the Phillies were losing when we left, they made a great comeback in post-storm, late-day sunshine that I wish we were there for.

Ah well, that’s baseball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.

Me and my boys, well, we had a great time while it lasted.

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