The Art of Humility

I'll start in the middle of the story... I felt like I wanted to throw in the towel for professional photography.  The reasons are manifold, if they can be called reasons, but I know that down deep they circle around the three strikes of self-pity, impatience, and doubt.  All of these are opposed to true humility, and thus, they are opposed to betterment and personal well-being.  In older terms, holiness...

"Look to the East"

It’s probably not customary to write a guest post about a dear love of mine.  It would seem incongruous with the technical jargon of the Bayer pattern, to speak of the affections, would it not?  Not to mention the fact that, as a Nikon aficionados and photography enthusiasts, many would spend their time elsewhere, rather than reading an autobiographical account of a loved one in my life.  I say this by way of introduction to prepare the reader for a mix of sorts: a mix of technology, of art, and as noted, of tender sentiments...

"What's in a Name?" An Excursus

As many might know, the title of this blog post is a quote from Shakespeare.  The full quote is, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."  It's from his famous work, Romeo and Juliet, and was spoken by Juliet.  She was in love with Romeo, but alas, he was a Montague and she was a Capulet.  Think Hatfields and McCoys here.  And so, upon reflection, she thinks about the mismatch between her lover's name, those despised three syllables, and what he truly is: her beloved boo.  This kind of reflection is wise for any two people considering the age old venture of becoming one flesh.  What matters is the person, not the pronunciation.  What matters is the thing, not the moniker.  Or more broadly, what's important is the concept, not the tag or label.

You're Unique... Just Like Everybody Else!

The other day I wanted to write a review on iTunes for a podcast that is really neat and run by some great ladies.  One in particular is pretty fine, too!  But I've never written a review before so I needed to come up with a username.  I take it that this would be my moniker for all future reviews so it's gotta be slick, right?!  So I went with ol' faithful, MikeD.  Apple graciously let me know that "This nickname is taken. Enter another and try again." No prob.  Hey, who wouldn't want to to roll with the name of one of the Beastie Boys?...especially the one that gets respect!

Silly Rabbit, Pix are for Kids!

Kids are great storytellers, as some of us know all too well!  Why not have them employ it in a properly creative and guided manner, rather than when we ask them who ate the last of the cookies?!  So props to my wife for a rockin' idea, as we share our first official photo appreciation session here at the Dees household.  To take holy words out of context, "Forbid them not."