Friday, April 23, 2010



There is an old saying that goes something like, "it is better to have loved & lost than to have never loved at all."  In re-applying that to the RV world, "is it better to have traveled & quit than to have never traveled at all."  I suppose only the folks who once traveled could rightfully answer that question.  Some days I  think to myself, if I hadn't experienced a lot of travels in my life maybe I wouldn't know what's out there & would be much more content just sitting around the house all the time..................Just a thought.


Now, to answer a few questions that have come in.  No, we never did get our hydraulic jacks fixed & if it was just me I probably never would.  Just more mechanical stuff prone to malfunction.  However, Kelly likes to be on the straight & level so at some point I guess we'll have to haul the rig into some big expensive repair place down in the States & get the jacks working......again!!!!DSC_2122


Had a question about RSS Feeds.  I have read about this RSS stuff but totally do not understand what it is or how it works.  Something to do with the blogs & photos allowing direct access or something.  For whatever reason my brain seems to have trouble understanding some of those particular kinds of technologies.  RSS, tags, feed burners, aggregators, etc. etc. ??


Questions about my cameras & lens set up so I'll put in some previous blog links that may answer some of these questions plus a few photos.  You may have to scroll through a bit of blog fluff to find the camera info but it's there.....................

As far as where did I learn my camera skills....that's a tough one.  I think it is the word 'skill's that trips me up because I hardly think of myself as a skilled person.  Bought my first 35mm camera back in 1965.  In the mid 80's I attended a 2 day seminar in Toronto put on by Nikon but can barely remember if I learned anything.  Also in the early 80's I took a couple night time camera courses at a local college in Kitchener Ontario.  Picked up a 'darkroom' course as well & went on to set up my own black & white darkroom which I operated for about 10 years.  Worked in the One Hour Photo Lab business for 4 years managing a store in Stratford Ontario for two of those years. (hated that retail management stuff!!) Enrolled in a professional camera program at Fanshaw College in London Ontario back in 91 but only lasted two months & dropped out.  Way too technical for me & way over my head.  But, I did learn some good stuff in the two months I was there.  Did do a little bit of newspaper stuff in the early 90's but it was very limited.  A good friend of mine was district editor of the Stratford Beacon Herald at the time so he used some of my stuff in the rural section of the paper now & again.  Was a member of the Stratford Camera Club for awhile too.


I have some great camera equipment (Nikon) & that goes a long way.  The technical side of photography is very difficult for me & hard to  understand.  As soon as someone starts talking technically I am out of the conversation.  I have also met people very camera savvy & could tell you anything about their camera you wanted to know but couldn't shoot their way out of a wet paper bag.  They know all about their equipment but just don't know how to use it effectively.


Composition & creativity come naturally to me & add to that a love of photography along with the knack of spotting good photos & I guess that's maybe where the 'skill' word might apply.  I have blogged about this before but just can't remember the exact blog dates for those posts.  I think I did one just a couple of weeks ago maybe. 

DSC_0028-1Anyway, I have once again become very long winded about all this photography stuff so had better get myself out of here & off to bed!!          zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


GROANER'S CORNER:((  I've been told I'm slower than a two flippered turtle crawling through a 49 gallon barrel of crunchy peanut butter!!

Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.



The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...... AL.


  1. I love the photos from Deer Park Lodge. I can just "feel" I'm right there.

  2. Great photos again today! I think a lot of your photo expertise just comes from experience - taking thousands and thousands of pictures and looking at each one to see how you can improve them is definitely one way to learn. Whatever, it's working as your pics keep getting better and better.

  3. Don't know how those pics could ever get much better. We try to
    "read" your photos to see what and how, and would like to practice some of what you show us. But sitting here in Benson, plus frequent travels to doctors and dentists, not a lot of opportunity. Maybe I could practice medical photography and get pictures of MRIs, CAT scans, etc., but NOT colonoscopies!

  4. Al, I once overheard a very well known professional photographer commenting to one of the persons at his photo exhibit." The only difference between a professional and a talented amatuer is that the professional knows enough to throw away his bad pictures !"

    You my old friend are ranking right up there in that regards.

    the hermit

  5. I agree with you on the photography. You definitely have the eye for it and it is obvious you love what you are photographing. Many of us learn by doing - taking lots of photos. I have been photographing hockey for about 5 years and love getting "the shot" but it takes a lot of other shots to get it. We are just starting to full time in our RV and I am learning a whole new area of photography and I have to say your photos definitely inspire me. Thanks for the inspiration!