Sense of accomplishment

I bought a new printer . . . back in May . . . and I used it for the very first time . . . today.   Quite frankly once I pulled it (Canon’s Pixma Pro 100) out of the box, I was rather intimidated by the thing.  Silly… yeah probably.

I’m sure I probably mentioned this before,  I am no techy.  I knew it would take a good chunk of time (at least for me) to get my bearings and some trial and error.  I probably spent most of that time just trying to find the right word(s)/phrase to Google to find the answers to my questions.   With a little help from DP Review’s forum, where I finally found the right term … “Matching”… to look for in my printer dialogue and then select “None” and  Red River’s very well written how-to on my printer,  I am pretty dang proud of the fact that it only took 5 sheets of paper (free sample pack that came with the printer)  to get a Winner!  Tonight I now have a printed, matted, and framed photo of my … boys 🙂  Speaking of firsts, it is also the first-ever printed photo of Charlie (on left) … and just taken this morning.  It’s only taken me three years to get a photo worthy of printing that really captures Charlie (but that’s a story for another day).   Yes, most definitely a day of accomplishments!

PandC Summer Portrait_1-1

Oh, and two thumbs-up for for Lightroom 5 and the Canon Pixma Pro-100!  Hmmm, maybe a review down the road.

Til next time,



what to do, what to do

Update my blog . . . work on some photos . . . go get comfy and settle in with a good book ???  The answer, although seemingly apparent, is actually all three.  I found myself thinking the other day that I was losing it.  You know, the creative flow.  I sat down to work on some photos.  I should have known from the start, when none of my photos “hit me”, that any attempt (at that moment) to try  a new technique or two would be futile.  This just led to frustration and a panicky feeling that a slump was setting in; was the new job and schedule was somehow to blame because I could no longer just drop whatever I was doing and switch gears?

Well the short of it is (partially because I still have two things on that list to get to) is that the creativity doesn’t only occur when I am sitting here at my computer.  I have a couple hundred photos that I’ve uploaded since my last post to attest to that.  Actually, I’ve been really enjoying being behind the camera shooting a real hodge-podge of things from Prom photos, to flowers, to snakes in my yard (with photos to follow . . . hopefully soon).  But I’ve also been working on getting things printed (whoo-hoo, finally got my printer to print note cards just the way I want them), been part of an exhibit/art show, and having a whole lot of fun sharing what I know . . . all requiring an element of creativity.  Maybe not that “artistic” kind, but creativity just the same.

Nope, no slump here . . . and now moving on to #2 🙂