Out There In Space.

Square tree in the mist.

Starting the week in peace is the way it should go. Busy is fine. Chaos, not so much.

Unfortunately, Mondays are generally chaos. All of the people who didn’t need or want something last week, want it now. Immediately. At once. On their deadlines.

That’s been happening. A lot as the world starts to wake up again.

I’ve gotten a little smarter as I’ve gotten older — some would dispute that — and I schedule projects in realistic time.

When blowback hits as it always does, I ask the complainer if they want the picture good. They say, ” I want it great.” My reply is simple. “Another day.”

Sometimes that what anything takes. Another day. To test. To rework. Te experiment. To sleep on it. When it’s ready, it’s ready.

After all, I’m not a photojournalist on some skin tight deadline. I create stuff. Sorta. Well, most of the time. Oh, okay. Some of the time.

I think that’s how it goes with a lot of our tasks. We try to do two or three of them at one time. You know, multi task. How does that go?

I don’t think we are built that way. Our minds don’t work that way. I can think on a number of levels at once, but when it’s time to actually do the work I need to focus. On one thing. At a time.

How about you?

Trees in the sky. I want them to pop. It’s not necessary for everything to be sharp.

So, the softening technique seems to be the right tool for this approach.

That means that some of the work is done in Snapseed and imported into a big machine so I can also use OnOne. I do that even if I made the original frame with a big camera.

Often times, the only thing I need the heavy duty software is to implant the metadata. I can do everything else in Snapseed if need be.

This is about the last time that I’ll be able to photograph bare branches until next winter. I made this picture a few days ago. Walking by it a few days later revealed some little leaf buds on it. Spring.

That’s good. Time may be flexible but nature isn’t.

Stay safe. Stay mighty. You all know the rest. Enjoy all of your time.



10 responses to “Out There In Space.”

  1. sloppy buddhist Avatar

    I’m loving being retired and back brained I’m grateful for this at this time more than I imagined…I do one thing at a time now, mostly…when I don’t bad things happen 😳🤣☺️ I use Snapseed on my iPad and mobile … it’s always fun for me …. happiness your way Ray and enjoy the green …. I’m looking at big snowflakes coming straight done ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️☺️

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      People like me never get to retire. We think we do, but we can’t. Our work is not possible to leave. Luckily, the music business will begin to revive around fall of this year. I can go do that for a while.

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      1. sloppy buddhist Avatar

        well the first time I ever say I’m retired and well…I’m always open and searching for meaningful work…I have no regrets for escaping the university landscape…so I’m freer…maybe that’s a better word for me 🤓☺️

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      2. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        You know. I earned a PhD years ago. I rarely talk about it because I’ve never used it. My professors where grooming to teach students who wanted to profess. As I worked
        “backstage” I saw how political and back stabbing most of them were. Having worked within the confines of Eastman-Kodak for many years, where politics was a blood sport, I thought f*ck this and hit the road. Sometimes, when I’m not on the road, I teach art and — of all things — math to folks who want to learn. I haven’t been anywhere in the last year. Even the little monsters (their term of choice) are asking me when I’m going traveling.


  2. Debra Avatar

    I love the photo, Ray. It is really special.

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  3. Judith Avatar

    What a spectacular image!

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you. I keep trying to be a painter. Heh!

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  4. Judi Castille Avatar

    I am a great multi tasker and then I crash. I have learnt now to compartmentalise a bit and do one thing at a time and allocate adequate time to the task too. I also keep lists and know to finish a project I have to keep going and allocate a block of time on a regular basis…otherwise my brain panics and locks up!

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      That’s about what you have to do. I build lists. Sometimes I work on two projects at once when “the paint is drying on one of them.”

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