I feel a bit like I’m in Narnia this morning. Very fine snowfall on the way to the train (first photo is edited, second is straight out of camera).

An Amazing Transformation

It’s truly amazing the transformation my daughter’s face can through on any given day. At one moment, last as long as a whole day even, her face may positively glow with joy. And yet equally possible, and for an equal length of time, her face may be contorted into a completely unidentifiable object. This object has a sole purpose, to generate high volumes of noise, a task it is well suited to.

This transformation is so extensive that I sometimes find myself shocked and confused at the return of the joyful expression. As though I suddenly have a new daughter with a different personality.

This Hydian transformation doesn’t occur as in the classic story by consuming a magical potion, but instead usually occurs from the lack of a rather more common liquid. Yes, milk and hunger are the frequent but not exclusive triggers of transformation that lead to my identification issues with my daughter.

Regardless of my daughter’s personality, Jekyll or Hyde, I love both (though certainly prefer Jekyll’s company).

Is it possible to automate micro.blog favouriting? For example, save a favourite to Evernote/Instapaper/other.

On the way to the train this morning and practicing editing photo curves. Think I’m getting better at this.

In praise of Garageband - Austin Kleon 🔗

In praise of Garageband - Austin Kleon

Garageband turned 15 yesterday. It was introduced at Macworld by Steve Jobs in January 2004. It’s so accessible and ubiquitous now, it’s easy to take for granted just how amazing a piece of software it really is.

I recently read an article critiquing Apple’s current price. One of the central causes of frustration for the author was the presence of GarageBand for free. He claimed it was used as a justification for the price of Apple hardware and no one used it anyway. He used it once and the song he made sucked so it sucks.

I love the surprise that a writer could have to the fact that he tried something once and wasn’t good at it. You’d think a writer should know that any creative craft requires persistence.

Anyway, I actually find myself somewhere between Austin and the unnamed tech writers article. I’ve used GarageBand for many projects over time, podcasts mainly. I’ve also been frustrated at that great idea for a song taking me five hours to work on and still not being any good at the end. I’m grateful GarageBand is in the Mac and iOS and long may that continue.

The best cameras but not the best pictures

10 Upgrades for 2019 | David duChemin - World & Humanitarian Photographer, Nomad, Author.

Want better photographs? Of course you do. We all do. But it’s probably not our gear, or lack of it, or how old it is, that’s standing in the way: it’s our excuses and lack of creativity. How do I know? Because we have the most advanced cameras ever (even that ancient Canon Digital Rebel the people in your camera club look down their noses at) and we’re still not making photographs that are stronger than those made by photographers from 20, 30, or 100 years ago. It’s not the gear.

The whole article is worth a read and the listicle suggestions are pretty good.

I had a bit of a dark spell with photography at the end of last year. I felt unmotivated and unsatisfied by what I was doing. So I realised I needed to make a change. Then I looked back and saw that I had been indulging in photography the whole time and enjoying it.

One of my core aims for the coming year is to spend time with some of my photography books on Saturday or Sunday mornings. It’s such a great alternative to the endless stream of instagram.

I would point out that David is doing trainings and so his point about corporate shills who of course tell you to buy gear is a little hypocritical or his bias to sell workshops, books, and e-courses.

World Sketchnote Day 2019! — Sketchnote Army

Some ways to participate:

  • Share your photo, holding a sketchnote w/ hashtag #SNDay2019

  • Create a sketchnote about how sketchnoting has changed your life

  • Teach a favorite sketchnoting technique to your followers

  • Share your favorite sketchnote and tell us why you love it

  • Share your photo wearing a sketchnote t-shirt

I’m excited for this years world sketchnote day. I think I’ll do a couple of these.