Well, my "no news is good news" approach to CNN's morning news (or any other news) is working well & it's been a couple of weeks since I turned my back on that whole repetitive 'doom & gloom' factor. And 'how sweet it is' to be rid of all those never ending bone jarring loud ridiculous & practically non stop commercials to boot. I think CNN has been taken over by one big long jumble of infomercials anyway!!!!
|Oh Oh, now what did we get.||It's looking like a new Coleman|
|Yep, burner on left, grill on right||Very compact & storable|
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Had a 'LIVE WRITER' question that asked........"I'm using Live Writer but when I get a picture in my blog post, it won't expand with a click like yours do."
Open up a photo in your live writer & then click on it. Whenever you see the white dots around your photo it means you can work on it. Look to the right side control panel & click on the word 'Picture.' Look down to where it says 'Link to' & make sure it says 'Source Picture' in the little box. Now, click 'Options.' A 'Source Picture Options' box opens. Click arrow & choose 'Large (1024x681)' Also make sure both little boxes have check marks in them & then click 'OK'. Now, the important & easy to forget part.......Look over to your control panel at right & go to the very bottom looking for 'Save settings as default' & click that. If by chance you don't see that settings control just try minimizing or maximizing your screen because on my desktop computer the 'Set categories' bar at bottom left has a habit of covering up my default settings button on the bottom right if the screen is maximized. That little problem cost me about 3 handfuls of hair before I finally figured it out........
Ever wondered why people had such serious faces & never smiled in those old black & white portrait photographs you see beginning back in the 1800's. How could so many people feel so sour for so long. Well, the problem wasn't with the people, it was with the camera itself. Back in those days there was no such thing as shutter speeds, or for that matter, no shutters in the cameras at all. The photographer had to insert a negative photo plate into the camera, remove the lens cap & count in his head how many seconds (or minutes) he thought would allow enough subject light to imprint itself on the negative plate. The length of time mainly depended on the lighting situation in front of the camera.
Many portrait studios used available light coming in from large angled windows. I remember the LEMP STUDIO in Tavistock (my home town) Ontario was a good example of that many years ago. The subject in turn had to remain perfectly motionless or else any movement would blur the image. Now, have you ever tried holding a smile on your face for any length of time. Maybe half a minute or more. Not likely, so people were told to just relax their faces in a normal deadpan stare & concentrate on not moving a muscle & especially not any smile muscles.
THE BISBEE KIDS ARE LOADED UP & READY TO RUMBLE
You will also notice in many old photos that people's heads may be slightly tilted up giving them kind of a royal & regal look. This also had a practical purpose because behind the subject was a steel up & down rod with an iron hoop on the top of it for folks to rest their heads against for those long exposures. That resulted in a slight uplifting of the chin, thus the royal pose. And also notice most portraits were done with people in a sitting position. This simply made it more comfortable for people & lessened the chance for movement. Whewwww, thank heavens for the digital age:))
THESE PHOTOS SHOW HOW WE HAVE THE RIG CONFIGURED FOR TRAVEL. MAX LIKES TO LAY ON THAT FOLD DOWN BED & LOOK OUT THE WINDOW
I have never felt comfortable photographing posed people so you will rarely see that sort of thing in my pictures. I do enjoy grabbing candid photos of people though. More natural & less stress for the people & the photographer plus I would much rather catch folks being themselves. Don't care for those phony smiles when in reality they would rather hit the photographer over the head with his own camera. I tried my hand at a few weddings many years ago & immediately decided that was something I would never try again!! Also tried some portrait stuff with friends & they all seemed to come out looking like grotesque cartoon characters. Those friends have never spoke to me since!! So, I just stick with doing things I like best & Mother Nature offers a never ending array of ever changing beautiful subjects.
WE TOOK THE BIG CLUNKY TV OUT OF THIS UPPER AREA LAST SUMMER. YOU CAN READ THE FIRST BLOG OF THAT RENOVATION HERE
Turned on the rig's propane tank yesterday & test fired the furnace, water heater, stove, & blue flame heater this morning. Everything checked out A-OK but had trouble lighting the Legacy Blue Flame heater. Tried repeatedly but no luck so had to call in our resident Top Gun. Kelly hit the switch once & it was running!!
Check out RICK'S BLOG to-day if you are confused about air cards, wifi connections, & routers etc while on the road. He does a good job at de-geeking the confusion. We have a Verizon air card while traveling & just love it:)) And, if your into Motorhome renovations be sure to stop by BIG BACKYARD & check on Karen's on-going series of posts about changes to their older motorhome.
GROANER'S CORNER:(( Why do you press harder on the buttons of a remote control when you know the batteries are dead?
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The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...AL.