Showing Photos Past the End of the Challenges

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Between 2011 and 2018 WordPress.com provided daily prompts, to help bloggers think of new posts while joining in together to write on the same theme.  As well, there were weekly photo challenges, challenges getting bloggers showing photos.  It was helpful to have this focus, for bloggers on WordPress.com joining in the same pursuit.

 

When the photo challenges ended on May 30, it left a void!  I was undecided what to do, as I was running this blog both as a little hobby while tying it to the work I do for Maple Lawn Cemetery (often in stages of development).

 

I live in a small town, which means there is some concern about being creative without seeming odd.  Quora has been helpful in ascertaining how to make a decision to continue.  An established author on Quora – Jennifer Marshburn  https://www.quora.com/profile/Jennifer-Marshburn – suggested that I keep dabbling in photos if it has been established there is a potential to do this.

 

It is like starting from scratch, but that’s not a problem.  I am sure it will be similarly examined to how it has been when I was working inside the structure of the prompt challenges.

 

I have thought that I could include photos I’ve shot myself, and also present stock photos, to draw parallels between what I think is right for this, and what a professional photographer might have thought of and made available.  I know stock photos seem artificial, but I enjoy selecting photos as much as taking them.

 

The blog I have may or may not be effective, but it’s been a curiosity so far.  Occasionally I worked on the challenges from WordPress.com the last few years, and I was surprised, like everybody else, when they finished this very spring.

 

If something happens where I am no longer useful, I change, but it hasn’t happened yet.  I usually explain that my blog is nominally tied to the business because a small business rightfully should have a blog.  That being said, I am “on the fence” in case an unforeseen problem arises that means that I have to abandon what I have been doing.  I shouldn’t think so.

 

In any case, I appreciate the feedback I get from visitors.

 

The photo I am featuring today is of one downtown bus route, where the bus heads to the campus and to the biggest shopping mall in town.  When I was younger, the odd time I would be there at these places, but no longer.

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The way back from the busiest places

It’s all changed so much!  The offices of the local newspaper are across the street from where I stood.

 

I am optimistic I will have more ideas.

 

It was Father’s Day I took a picture of my parents, and maybe my ability is better suited to photos of locations rather than of people.  I will remember I have to watch what I photograph, and where I go.

 

If I think to take photos at the cemetery where I work, I will include some of those as well.  We are on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LouthUnited

 

Occasionally I add my photos to the Facebook page for the business and I occasionally post links to sites I feel could be of interest.

 

© 2018 Stocksnap.io
Photographer: José Martín

I suspect the result I get will be determined by the quality of the content I post on Facebook and to the blog.  Both will remain a dedicated hobby, I think.

 

It is a work-in-progress.

 

I am grateful, it bears saying again, for responses I receive, so to speak, the gift of a visit.  This is what sparks interest in writing a blog.  Have fun and thanks!

 

Today is World Rainforest Day.

May 23 Weekly Photo Challenge: Twisted

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This week Jen challenged us to photograph the appearance of twisted.

I was strolling through the city here when I noticed a vintage car parked in front of a coffee shop.

The odd time there is a vintage car show that comes to town–I imagined the addition of the car to the café might be showcasing such a car show.

By the time I returned to my own neighborhood, I noticed there were several vintage cars at the same coffee franchise location as I’d passed a few minutes earlier.

I don’t know for certain, but it is easy to conclude that the diners were cooperating to bring in additional business.

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Vintage car

I had already read Jen’s essay on twisted and I thought the sight of the car at the coffee shop at the mall would illustrate it nicely, its engine apparent with its pistons clear to the eye.

Jen writes in her challenge that photographers are welcome to interpret “twisty” literally, or to take the next step and to devise an abstract representation of twisty in life.

I would say that not only is the car in my photo beautiful, and for that I can’t really take credit, but it also illustrates the “twisty” paths that drivers take, the vintage automobile looking inward at the coffeé shop and the mall, the driver in the contemporary vehicle driving away from the action behind him.

First and foremost, I took the shot feeling that the antique car represented twisted nicely, a symbol of the power of the combustion engine and of the status that owning a great car represents.

It was momentarily quiet when I passed by and I thought to get the photograph together and to move on.

I think the sight of the vintage car was enough to hold the coffee shop parking lot in relative peace–that’s how a symbol is.

May 2 Weekly Photo Challenge: Unlikely

Small town plaza

Today is Friday, May 4, 2018–May the Fourth is the day of the year celebrating the Star Wars canon of sci-fi. I’m not a filmmaker, although people involved in that kind of thing are certainly important 🙂 It is very nice to enjoy Star Wars on one of its most special days each year and to remember how much thought and calculation is why the original Star Wars film is so great.

On May 2, WordPress outlined a photo challenge for photography demonstrating a sense of the unexpected. To be honest, I don’t enjoy a wealth of the unexpected, but it happens from time to time that something is out of place and therefore notable.

The Monday of this week I was walking home from a jaunt when I sauntered by a little plaza here that caught me off-guard. I was on the other side of the street.

It is in the middle of expansion and redesign.

I thought at first it was being dismantled, oddly enough, but when I returned yesterday, having read the challenge the day before, I saw what was going on–money is going in.

I had reflected on this event because it was unexpected to me, that sign of development and growth when I tend to take a narrow view of progress these days. What do I know?

For me, it represented something unexpected. I was amused.

I took a couple of photos despite the overcast conditions of the afternoon. You can see the half-empty laundromat sign, the in-progress storefront, the cars signifying the value of the cozy little plaza to the town.

Small town plaza
Thursday, May 3, 2018

That laundromat interviewed me for a job position ten or so years ago, before I was part of the not-for-profit I help operate with my dad. My job would have been to provide assistance with the washers and dryers, to take out the trash, and to make myself available a little for visitors to enjoy the Internet. This was easily an honest decade ago.

I nearly had the job. Like it or not, a neighbor I had at the time, an older friend named Doug discouraged me from starting over with the work I was lining up at the laundromat. He said I didn’t need it.

Local plaza
Thursday, May 3, 2018

That neighbor filled the role of brother to me, at a time when I was cordial but distant to my own brother, and I decided to abandon my plan to seek the entry work.

You know, you make a choice like that, and it is clearly significant, but it reflects how little work I actually accomplished doing until my dad retired and brought me on at the cemetery.

I had other concerns.

I remember, of the couple who ran the place, when I showed an interest in how the laundromat helped the street get online, the fellow told me to my face I seemed like Internet Terminus.

I wouldn’t trade the appropriated cool of time online for much else, however.

Ten years ago, common Internet platforms of today were a lot newer, such as Twitter and YouTube. I think Netflix was a service for DVD delivery.

I hate checking my facts. Try writing that bluntly and see how it feels. As a blogger, I am interested in being honest, and there is always that propensity to lie, to seem bigger or better than I am.

That’s quite a common phenomenon, I think.

Terminus is also the title of a sci-fi film available on Netflix. It’s the one about rejuvenation.

May the Fourth Be With You.

Wednesday, May 2’s WordPress photo challenge is an essay by Michelle Weber.

But Not to Automate Ad Nauseum

Well, the twenty-third of March came and went, and Twitter’s new policy on automated tweets across multiple accounts is on.

 

Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is the word inefficient and it reminded me to post something to say a little what that did.

 

I take it Twitter’s idea is to reduce the amount of “noise” on it, which I understand to mean useless tweets, tweets that aren’t good information, or that redundantly reproduce what’s already being stated in tons of other places.

 

The change in policy Friday challenges Twitter users with multiple accounts to stop automating identical tweets across accounts, which can have the effect of trying to get a hashtag trending and thus visible, or otherwise convince people that a user of multiple accounts is relevant enough they should be followed, “liked,” retweeted, etc.

 

You can read specifics of the change in policy Friday here:  http://skepticreview.com/2018/02/22/twitter-rules-automation-multiple-accounts-must-compliance-march-23rd/

 

I only have one Twitter account and have no nefarious intentions to underhandedly capitalize on the troubled social media platform or otherwise take advantage of a good thing:  Twitter › @findingenvirons

 

Dimensions: 3872 x 2581
Photographer: Field Engineer

The shift on Twitter was subtle–I only spent a half hour on Twitter Friday, not long enough to see much more than a tiny glimpse of what should be a reduction in “social media noise” as accounts by multiple users become more subtle.

 

The world was changing rapidly anyway, with the gun control march in Washington, D.C. coming Saturday and that monopolizing a good deal of the conversation on Twitter this weekend.  Naturally, I feel that the march is vitally important given what happens from time to time when a loner takes it in his head to do something terrible.

 

It’s well known that the biggest reason to be on Twitter is more than likely to be in touch with important events happening around the world.  The idea that “noise” on Twitter needs to calm down is a bit counterproductive, as a lot is possible with Twitter, as people wanting lead generation have proven is possible, getting customers from the masses spread across the Twitter platform.

 

I just wanted to leave this note as I thought it might be useful information that the automation policy went into effect Friday.

 

Any comment is welcome.