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New Year. New Stuff.

Happy New Year, Everyone! I hope you all made it safely into the record books of 2012 and that you have a hopeful outlook for the next year. I know I’m looking forward to seeing what is in store for the coming months and I wish you all happiness and success in whatever endeavor you embark on.

One of my resolutions is to keep the blog as fresh as possible, and today’s post is part of that commitment.

Starting today, and at the beginning of each month, I will be posting a free, downloadable wallpaper file. If you click the image of the barn above, it will open in a seperate window. From there you can right-click the image and save it to your machine. The image is sized to a whopping 2560 x 1600, so it will fill anything up to around a 30″ display.

The image above was taken in Pleasant View, TN on a balmy winter day last January. The barn is adjacent to a new subdivision and just behind me was a row of modern homes. I love how the old barn stands in contrast to all the new stuff and always try to take a photo of it every time I’m up that way.

Again, you can click the image above or you could just click here to get the high res version.

Live well, laugh hard, love much. It’s good to be among you.

GV

Boat Parade

I’m still going through images taken during the Independence day celebration in downtown Nashville. Looking off the side of the Woodland Street Bridge, I took a shot of the boats that had gathered to watch the fireworks show. Everyone I know always says that the best viewpoint of the show is from a boat. I’m sure it is. Most things look better from a boat.

I loved the light that was falling on the water and the way it just spilled towards me. The James Robertson bridge made a nice frame to the whole scene.

I’ve recently switched over to a new camera system. After a few years cutting my teeth and learning with my trusty Olympus, I’ve moved over to the world of Canon and the 7D.

At first I felt like I was starting over. All the buttons are in new places and it feels so different in my hands. But I’ve had a chance to shoot with it for a couple weeks and things are starting to become second nature. I don’t feel like I’m starting over anymore, but it’s definitely a new beginning.

I’m gathering up all my Olympus lenses and gear and getting ready to put it on the market. It was a hard decision to sell it when I think of all the great images it still has to make in its lifetime. I’m trying to resist being overly-sentimental about it. It’s a business decision and it doesn’t make fiscal sense to keep it. Besides, I want some Canon L glass.

I’ll sell it, and hopefully it will find its way into the hands of someone who was just like me when I bought it. Someone eager to learn about the world of photography and go through the roller coaster process of making a thousand discouraging mistakes, then making one photograph that changes the way you look at the world, then willingly going through however many mistakes are required to get that feeling again. It’s a beautiful thing.

That may still be overly-sentimental.