Friday, January 27, 2012

And on Friday, she served leftovers and got all philosophical

I take too darned many pictures. Seriously. My new year's resolution is to take fewer – but better – pictures.


In the olden days when I shot on film, each click meant money out of my pocket – for the film, for the processing, 
for the prints. I never pressed the shutter until I was reasonably sure the image was artfully composed and perfectly exposed.


With digital cameras, each click is free, and it's so stinkin' easy to overshoot.
The law of large numbers says if you press the shutter enough times, eventually you'll get something good. 
I don't want to work that way. I want every picture I take to be the best picture I've ever taken.


But I am so, so far from reaching that goal – which is a good thing because 
if I ever get there, I might stop taking pictures, and that wouldn't be any fun at all.


I love taking pictures. Always have, always will.



And blogging gives me this crazy, unexpected opportunity to share my passion with strangers, 
who become friends, who stop by to look at my pictures. 

So thank you – yes, I mean you – for making me want to be a better photographer.

38 comments:

  1. Your very welcome ;-))))))

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  2. Thank you Carson. Not only are your pictures great, and always enjoyable, but so is your commentary.

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  3. I am grateful to your passion. I wake up every morning before a busy day and have a few minutes of quiet time with the Lord and the Bible and a hot cup of tea, guess what, you are a part of that quiet time routine. Just love you and your "family".
    Sandra

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  4. Yer welcome!! please continue, I really enjoy drinking my morning coffee with the 7MSN crew....The photo of your cat in the box, the facial expression, that is SO how I feel sitting in corporate cubeville......

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  5. Carson, I take way too many digital photos. I tend to just "point and shoot" because I'm always in a hurry and I don't have the time to really compose a photo...sigh...SOMEDAY, right?

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  6. Diane from NC1/27/12, 5:19 AM

    All of us who visit your blog every day want you to continue your desire to improve you photographic skills. That means we get to see the practice shots of your super models. One of my professors in photography school once told us, “Never be satisfied with your work. You can always improve.”
    Keep shooting Carson…you are doing just fine.

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  7. I was thinking about the same thing a few days ago, how digital has changed the volume of pics I take, too. It's nice not to have to process rolls of film and wonder if you got the shot or not. Love the instant gratification of digital. And the chance to retake a shot that didn't come out right before the moment is lost.

    I loved the photo of Lucy following the herd out.

    Keep up the good work. We love all your photos Linda. :)

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  8. I subscribe to every sentence.
    And thank you for sharing photos and stories.

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  9. Have you ever considered joining the sunday stills challenge? It has really helped me and a lot of others. We are given a specific subject or mode of shooting. It helped me to think outside the box, and to be more creative with my camera. It also links us to some really fine photographers throughout the world.

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  10. I think you're an awesome photographer! I only wish I were as good as you!
    Patti

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  11. Thank you back! For being able to start my day smiling or laughing out loud. It's not just the photos, it's also the story or comments that go with them. Good morning, and thank you!

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  12. Well you already are an awesome photographer in my book-unpublished as it may be!!- haha LOVE your pictures every day they make me smile-they also make me want a donkey-which isn't good-I miss having more animals then the chickies-I may weaken in the spring-got my eye on the most adorable Nigerian goat! miss my sheep and goats........must be strong.......

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  13. Ou by all means THANK YOU! I also look forward to your post every morning at my job in a cube. Your pictures of the antics of the herd and the beautiful scenery around you is a great way to start the day. And when my Spotted Draft Josie does something goofy i call her Allen. Thanks again and have a great day!

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  14. You are welcome :) Have been using the flyswatter shot of Hank's tail against the sunset as desktop background for much of winter.

    Love your pictures and the story they tell of life at 7MSN. Thank you.

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  15. I find the same advantage with digital but I try to be ruthless in deleting anything that isn't as good as the other ten or twenty I took of the same thing. It's the only way to keep control-- that and folders.

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  16. I have the same affliction - with film I took photos "more carefully" with digital I shoot a lot - theory is, can delete the ones I do not like. BUT it has also allowed me to try more things too (different settings, angles, etc.). I will also agree with Shirley the Sunday Stills (and they do Macro Monday) has helped me stop and really look at what I'm shooting before I shoot it.

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  17. You are a cracker jack photog and a wonderful commentator to the beauty and antics of your critters and the world around you. Everyday is a joy when it starts out at 7MSN. Thanks Carson.

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  18. Thank you for having such a wonderful website that makes me smile and sometimes cry every day when I peek in to see what is happening at the 7MSN. Keep up the good work!!

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  19. Please Linda, don't EVER stop taking pictures and sharing with all of us out here who follow your blog ( or whatever it is called :) DAILY :) It's a very bright moment in our lives and we all thank you and your "kids" :) Jeanne in SC

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  20. Thanks for posting your photos. Your blog with my coffee, or iced chai from Starbucks (talk about a bad habit!), is my morning routine. I tend to overshoot when I take photos as well. A recent visit to the Bosque Del Apache resulted in over 1,700 photos! But I have become ruthless in my culling. And with the digital age making picture taking cheap and easy, there is nothing wrong with taking a few snapshots!

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  21. Carol in Colorado1/27/12, 8:19 AM

    Don't ever stop taking photographs!! I love your photos, captions and the gang.

    I don't take many photos as my hands shake too much and I get blurred shots unlike yours. So please continue so that we can enjoy the beauty. I love the one of Lucy poking the top of her head and ears over the bush. It's as if she is saying "Here I am." (with a Spanish accent)

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  22. And thank you for sharing such lovely pictures with all of us

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  23. Oh don't stop taking lots of pictures. As you said, they are free digitally, and if they are not right you can always delete them. That is what I have been starting to do, is delete the blurry ones, and only keeping the ones that turn out. Saves room on my storage space. I use to keep ALL that I took. Simply because I figured someday I would use part or all of the picture in a photoshop, but that is not going to happen anytime soon. So now I just delete the ones that do not turn out.

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  24. Estella from Co.1/27/12, 8:47 AM

    I ditto so many of the comments...please don't stop taking pictures or giving so many of us a cheerful start to our day. How would I know how Lucy was doing? I'm sure I can speak for just about everyone that has ever seen your blog that you're a bright light in this not so bright world. You are a very special person and we love you. Hugs to the critters.

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  25. Always love looking at your pics, and I visit every day. My fave on this day is your cat in the box. Mine does the same thing...what is it about cats and boxes?

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  26. My digital photos wil never look as good as yours do. Every day I look forward to seeing what you have posted and your photos. So, thank YOU!

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  27. Thanks for posting some great stuff and always putting a grin on my face! Love your pics so keep on snapping!

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  28. As far as I'm concerned you are one of the most wonderful gifts I've received thanks to blogging. You are my guilty indulgence. You are...

    Chocolate.

    Okay, back to veggies.

    :)

    PS Click away!

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  29. Thank you for taking all the photos, Linda. I miss New Mexico so much and I love animals so it's the perfect blog for me. (A great shot Snapper in the box. What a grumpy face!)

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  30. It is such a pleasure to swing by the ranch and see what goings on are in store for the day. I love your posts and pictures. I'm a lifetime visitor so you can count on me as a protester if you ever give up your photo talent.

    Best always, Sandra

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  31. I love your pictures. Thank you for sharing them with us. Of course, the subject matter is perfect but you do an excellent job with framing and light and all those other things that go into a great photo.

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  32. Thank you for your pictures and allowing us to come into your home and "yard". I love visiting here.

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  33. Love,love,love Lucy in the cedar tree....Next year you will have to have 2 or 3 different calanders with all the good pictures your are taking...Forest in Central Texas

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  34. Not a day goes by that I don't visit to see your kids, er, I mean, your photography. Your clicks are "free?" I believe the word is "priceless!"

    Sam in Houston, TX

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  35. Boy, that's an ambitious goal. If anyone is able to accomplish it, you are. I've always thought your shots were great, so I can't wait to see what you do next!

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  36. Don't ever stop! I love all the little comments that seem to be so spot on. A day without a blog post is a day in waiting for one. Waiting for the perfect picture means letting so many perfect moments slip away!!!! All the best from the Aegen Sea, Greece.

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