So I been having Issues with Word Press. I won’t get into it cause my anger level is about 1400 pts above the safety valve. It ain’t a pretty picture when I get the anger going.

Anger management class, been going for a long time…. bullshit, outta my way dudes. Word Press started a war and I am in it for keeps.

I did get to the streets and make some photos. I went with Andre’ the Fuji X100T. Ya know he’s a great friend and does what ya want a camera to do. I mean as long as ya like the 35mm FOV.

So I met Polly again and she is still concerned in finding images that mean something to her. She’s been thru the wringer with cameras and usually goes for good quality in all respects and also ask me what I’m using a few days before we meet. Hmmmm, maybe that’s why she always has the same as me when we meet. It’s ok, her findings with the Leica M’s was similar to mine. I love the cameras, always did for almost 50 years. I just can’t focus the Range Finder anymore. Vision combined with tremors and the Fuji X100T is a life saver.

Polly is concerned with acceptance syndrome. It’s an affliction that most fall prey to from time to time. Oh, don’t get me wrong. I live in that illness. I’m so used to it that it doesn’t really bother me anymore but I am totally aware of it.

See, when the affliction is running rampage thru your mind and everything else, all you think about is having gratification from others to justify what your doing. Maybe we all need that. I mean, FaceBook, Flickr, 500px and all the other sites capitalize upon this illness. You shoot and process and then post to your places and hunger for the attention from others. It’s normal and there’s nothing wrong with it but… have to make sure that you are staying true to your vision and not shooting to satisfy others.


There’s a definite satisfaction getting props from others. There’s a mature satisfaction getting what you feel and see as yourself. It’s real nice to have others FAV or make a Comment on your work. Very nice. It’s better, for me, to see my work as what I feel represents me. I mean, making a photo with the camera and bringing it to light and loving it, is the most rewarding feeling there is. Well, unless you do all that and others love it too. Maybe that’s kinda cool, for sure but you can’t let that stop you or detour you from finding yourself.

I hope this finds you all in good health and surrounded by peace.

I’ll be back…………….




  1. Hi Don,
    The last paragraph is, to me, a well worded picture that rings a bell for me and most likely other photographers.

    Regarding the issue of change in one’s vision which is only too well recognised as individuals as our eyes/vision succumb to the effects of ageing.

    What I’ve noticed is that as I grow and develop my capacities and abilities as a photographer, there has been a coincident decline in my eyes ability to focus and see as well. These circumstances then create another playing field along with revised rules which have to both accepted and adjusted to. This also creates frustration whilst trying to focus quickly and accurately, besides the challenge of trying to hold the camera still.

    This is where advances in camera technology can act as a good antidote to the above issues and their attendant physical and psychological consequences – that, in sum, can blight an ageing photographers capacities, abilities and photographic output.

    Stuff all that, just punch on through, whether one is angry or not …


    1. Sean, I have to agree with the way you see things getting more focused on your work but less focused visually. I think it’s that inverse square law haunting us again. I like the X100T for this reason. I use the screen sometimes and that’s very good for every aspect of making the frame. Then the OVF feels like open space for me. I am allowed to breathe as well as see. The EVF is kinda like being in the box or frame for me. I almost feel confined but comfy also.

      At any rate, it’s an experience and I am thankful I still have the capacity to appreciate it.

  2. Good to see you back, scared me for a minute. I look forward to reading your posts and sometimes I feel you’re talking directly to me. Scary, I know.

    1. Keith, it’s been a nightmare. I’ll give it another 2 weeks to get back on track and if not, throw in the towell.

  3. This is so true. Even on something as simple and/or fun as Instagram, until we get the likes to switch from names to numbers we keep checking Instagram obsessively. I guess it’s because no matter how good you think you are, you aren’t really an objective viewer. We need an outsider to come to the same or a similar conclusion before we actually start to believe in ourselves. It’s very odd.

    1. Funny you mentioned this. I am in the midst of writing about this issue. I won’t go any further but to say, you nailed it.
      seeya out there, maybe in June…..

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