Persistence

defn: continuing to exist or endure over a prolonged period (Oxford Dictionary)

Back in the day I used a Pentax K1000 manual camera to photograph. I bought the unit just prior to a trip to Colorado to see The Grateful Dead at Red Rocks Amphitheater. Upon arrival, my friend took one look at my new toy then told me I would need a telephoto lens if I wanted to get decent pictures of the band.

I bought the lens that afternoon. Did I mention I barely knew how to work the camera, never mind multiple detachable lenses? I wasn’t very good at loading the 35-millimeter film into the back. The first night of a three-night stand, that included my 24th birthday, I went through five rolls of film that resulted in a dozen or so photos worth keeping.

Persistence. I learned how to use the camera, crop a photo in the viewfinder, and set the aperture to let through the right amount of light. Time and patience are both great teachers.

Recently I revived my photography hobby. I bought a pocketbook size camera that has awesome zoom then headed to “the rail” at a music festival. The part I forgot about is how much concentration it takes to get that one sparkly shot. Add to that the fact I love to dance and get distracted easily well you get the picture (haha).

 Yet I had a plan. I would take photos during the first few songs, then I will enjoy the music my muse provides. Pretty simple, huh?

Yeah, no.

Persistence. Did I mention that I refused to check the shot after I clicked? Delayed gratification or cruelty take your pick. As in the old days, I knew when I got the right light, angle, facial expression, when it all came together, or didn’t. The lead singer, bass player, guitarist, and keyboard player were all easy. I snapped a few of each with the awareness I had captured the moment.

Yet the drummer… and those symbols… and the body of the bass… With each click I knew I missed. My focus and energy went from a few shots of each band member to why do I keep missing the drummer. About halfway through their set, twenty plus clicks in, I knew I got it. My body relaxed. I heard the lyrics, felt the music, and much later, got the rush of a moment captured.

Persistence pays off again.

What are you persistent about?

Thanks to Sidney Smith for his equipment recommendations. Visit his page here to see amazing concert photos. And thanks to the guys at Milford Photo for sharing their expertise. And thanks to Haley Jane & The Primates for sharing joy through their gift of music. I am going to miss you guys.

Peace & love.

Ahhh Summertime…

Summer Greetings All!

I had a crazy start to this sunshine daydream celebration. One of my favorite bands, Dumpstaphunk, played a free outdoor show recently. 90-degree temp with a bit of humidity didn’t stop the band from playing a scorching two-hour set and I danced the whole time. (And I thank them for sharing their talents. If you get a chance and like to dance, they are New Orleans gift to the rest of us).

Summer lesson one- sometimes water just doesn’t do it and real dehydration is awful (head spins, nausea, dizziness)! I share this as a warning to other sunshine dancers… STAY HYDRATED!

I was down for the count for a week!

Yet I don’t know a better feeling than dancing in the sunshine to live music. Actually, any live music is a gift 😊

What are your summer adventures?

A Big Thank You!

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Thank you to all the folks who came out to R.J.Julia Booksellers in Madison, Connecticut tonight for their Local Author series titled Beach Reads. It was a treat to share the stage with the fabulous J.R. McCabe and Dana Buckmir!

Much appreciation to R.J. Julia Booksellers for their continued support of local authors.

Sunny Saturday Greetings Friends & Fam!

What a week it has been!

If you would indulge me a bit, I would like to share a few adventures.

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Last Friday I braved traffic and Jersey drivers to attend the Rutger’s Writing Conference. What an inspiriting weekend of motivation and education!

I attended multiple workshops featuring New York Times Bestselling Authors Eloisa James (pictured here with me), USA Today Bestselling Author Kristen Luciani, Amy Tan, Sean McCann, and so many others!

I am blessed t3317009562571757141o have so many aid me on my journey by sharing technique and experience.

After a short breather to review my notes, I headed to my hometown senior center to chat about Maximum Trouble, writing processes, and to listen to the wonderful stories of the folks who joined me. Thank you to those who took the time to share t-4557629271959071502heir stories, ask a few questions, or just sat and listened. A special thanks to my high school class president, Tina, for inviting me over. (I am not going to put the number here, yet I will write that our class rules!)

Next stop is R.J. Julia Booksellers in beautiful Madison, CT on June 17th.

Until then, enjoy the sunshine and be kind for one another. Peace.