The Power of the Individual

(If you missed Part I of this series, you may wish to go back and read it.  This passage builds off a central theme of that first piece.)

Sometimes when we hear the exploits or passions of people or groups that are highly successful we think, “That’s great, but that can’t be me.”  We often tend to downplay our own impact on others.  We doubt our abilities to make a positive difference.

And, bluntly, sometimes that is easier.  It is much easier to say, “I can’t” than to go out and try to change the world, or if not the world, something in your own life.  Often times, we look at the roadblocks, real or perceived, that will prevent us from working towards a worthy goal. 

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New York City – Photo VI

I love New York City!

I greatly enjoy taking pictures on my visits to New York – The Greatest City in the World!

Occasionally, I’ll share a few of my favorite photos.  I hope you enjoy them.

Sometimes the pictures I enjoy the most are the ones that didn’t seem to come out as planned.  Yet, this picture, off center with a very overcast background, seems to really “work.”  I really love this shot.

This picture, of the Statue of Liberty, was taken from a cruise ship in February 2014.

 

 

 

The Search for a Semmendinger Camera

NOTE – The following passage was originally written in 1998.  This article was published in CASCADE PANORAMA the newsletter or the Cascade Photographic Historical Society in their January 1999 issue.

I have made some modifications to the original article, but, for the most part, have tried to keep this passage true to its original form.

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I am a descendant of August Semmendinger, an early camera maker.  For the first thirty years of my life I knew little about August Semmendinger and had never seen any of the cameras he made or any of the four patents that he held. 

The following is a summary of how I came to find, and own, a Semmendinger Camera of my very own.

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New York City – Photo V

I love New York City!

I greatly enjoy taking pictures on my visits to New York – The Greatest City in the World!

Occasionally, I’ll share a few of my favorite photos.  I hope you enjoy them.

This photograph is one I really like.  I took the photo in the area around Central Park in October 2013, but I neglected to note where exactly it was taken. 

If you know the location where this photo was taken, please let me know.  

 

 

 

Getting Better…

The following is a true story about how when one strives to be the best, he brings himself, and others, to heights previously unimagined.

Our story begins with the most successful band in the history of rock and roll, the Beatles.  The year was 1965.  The Beatles were sitting on top of the musical world.  In the previous three years they had charted no fewer than 40 songs.  24 songs of those sings reached the Top-40 with 11 becoming number-one hits.  In that short time the Beatles released no fewer than six albums that also reached number-one on the charts.

The Beatles “yeah, yeah, yeah” style and sound was a defining aspect of popular music, yet, all of that was about to change…

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