Friday, September 18, 2009

Blessed Friday

Picture of the Week
Found along the Rails to Trails path I rode this week.
I am NOT ready!

And so it's Friday. Now that I'm back to work the week seems to disappear. I can only catch up on my favorite blogs once or twice a week, and new posts are as erratic as my schedule. Today is catch-up day and I'm basking in being alone in my house on a sunny, though chilly, morning, planning my day.

Of course, I had to read for a while first, after getting Daryl off to work. For a working woman I seem to have too many books started. I spoke in a previous post about the fabulous book titled Visual Poetry, which is well written, easy to follow, and includes "workshop" ideas at the end of the section to fine-tune your eye and give you practice with the skills discussed. I love his approach (Chris Orwig), and want time over the next few days to do a couple of his exercises. One is clipping photos from magazines on this week's topic (portraits) just to find the types of photography we gravitate to. Then we can study it.

Another exercise is to study a couple of specific photographers, which leads to another book I've started: Annie Leibovitz at Work, by Annie Leibovitz. Another easy-to-read book full of information about a photographers life, and how she came to find their passion. Leibovitz started as a young photographer for Rolling Stone magazine, during the Vietnam war era and can weave a great story. The samples of her work she includes are visual examples of concept development. I'm loving it.

**Then there's my Agatha Christie book, Hallowe'n Party- almost finished and I now need to find out "who done it."

**And Born on a Blue Day, by Daniel Tammet ( an autobiography about learning to live and succeed as an Autistic Savant)

**Dan Brown's new book, The Lost Symbol also jumped off the shelf into my hands the other day,

**when I was purchasing my Book Club's newest pick - The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield.

And there you have it. A world of constant choices. The camera's getting a little dusty, but I'll have a chance to exercise my shutter-finger tomorrow when we go sailing. Weather permitting, of course.

Enjoy the weekend, whatever you decide to do. And now to my sewing...which is another topic entirely.


Char said...

oh how I love sailing - I hope you have a great time.

the book selections sound great - I'm looking through 100 ways to take better portrait photographs.

joyce said...

Oh my, you do have alot on the go. I am finding my blogging to be erratic too, next week promises to be busy so I don't know if I'll have time. How do you like Dan Brown's new book??
And that christmas tree is cute, but just a wee bit early!!

Sandy K. said...

I haven't started Dan Brown yet, as I promised myself to finish the ones I have going first:).. But it's right there on the nightstand...calling to me.

Yolanda said...

This photo is too funny and I see you are a book worm like me.I am so glad to have found your blog.

Sandy K. said...

Thank you, Yolanda. It was great fun to check out your sites, as well. Keep up that reading!