Sunday, December 01, 2013

The City of New Orleans Song

Here's what can happen when you click on the suggested YouTube links. I really enjoyed this fascinating explanation behind one of my favorite songs. Sorry, the narration is kind of awful, but wait till he gets into it. And, the narrator is actually from Kankakee. . . . 


Here is the video Lee sent me yesterday that led to the above:


Here's Steve Goodman's version, 1972:


And Steve Goodman, 1982:



Saturday, November 23, 2013

Two Flower Photos in my Zazzle Store



I took both of these flower photos in Bend on August 9, 2009. Now both are on products in my Zazzle store. Which photo do yo like best? I think the top one would make a nice mousepad.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Iguana Eating


The first image I put in my new Zazzle store was this iguana, and the main reason I used him was because the exposure and focus are both good. Lots of people like iguanas. At this point, it's all experimental. He reminds me of a T-rex, but without the teeth.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Two Variations on a Seagull for my New Zazzle Store



I started a Zazzle store the other day. I have not put up a header or made the store look nice yet. I also don't have any illusions that it's going to take off fast, but if I post enough images over time, maybe it can help pay for my time to write books. After a learning curve I find that I can post about 100 products quickly with one image in about 20 minutes (after the image is already found and prepared, which can take some time). Of course, it's going to take additional tweaking and time to make some of the products look right. This is quite an improvement over the Caf├ęPress store interface I used a few years ago. More on that later. Although people like one of the designs, it hasn't been that successful.

I had a lot of fun late one night tweaking a seagull photo into the pink Image at the top. I also did a version that is more square, the same shape as the yellow seagull below, but facing the other direction. I like the cropping on the top image, but a lot of the products do better with the square image. I now have products online using both of these images and a couple more which I will post later. I hope I can keep it fun long enough to make a difference :-) It was fun having an excuse to use filters.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Gorgeous Fall

Astoria, Oregon ~ October 28, 2013

The trees were gorgeous on Exchange Street last week. Sights like this, and photos in particular are still rare for me, as all my energy is going into business. I'm not taking walks yet, but I stopped the car on one of my rare trips out because I had to catch the colors. I've begun working with a doctor in Pennsylvania who understands mitochondrial dysfunction and is working with me through diet and supplements. I am improving some, but the last few weeks were stressful, and my energy dropped again. I'm taking it easier this week.