Pardon the rambling nature of this post - I have some ideas rattling around in my head, but a case of the flu keeps me from being my most eloquent.
First of all, I played with some textures for the above photo. What do you think?
I recently read my January 2009 horoscope and it says the coming month will be a good one for that creative endeavor I have been thinking about recently. Now I certainly don't start big projects on the whims of astrology, but I am a most fervent believer in signs and fate. So this forecast of my future, if you will, is encouraging.
Here we sit on the eve of a new year and being the sentimental writer that I am, I always take stock of what has been and what I hope will be. This was a very good year in many respects. My family and I are healthy and happy and employed which, in this financial climate, is no small thing. There were challenges this year, some I did not meet with as much resolve as I would liked. But I followed my instincts and never compromised my integrity, even if that made it harder for me to succeed in some ways. At the end of the day I could always sleep soundly. There were things I didn't get done this year that I should have: saved more and spent less, paid off those damn credit cards, lost that damn weight, etc. Things very similar to what others planned for, I'm sure. But tomorrow starts a brand new year, and I'm looking forward to taking another shot at my goals.
The most valuable thing I can take away from 2008 is the same thing I took away from every year before it: the lessons learned. I learned that it's sometimes better to be kind than to be right; that though my restless spirit feels I am not reaching my goals as fast I would like, I am, at this moment, right where I should be; and most importantly, what I want isn't always what I need and realizing that can make all the difference.
So, I wish you all a new year filled with everything you need, even if at this moment you don't know exactly what that is. Happy New Year, my friends.
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So this is a typical no-flash nighttime shot from my Nikon D40. I love, love, LOVE this camera, but I cannot figure out how to take a good, low-light photo. With the flash it looks washed out, without the flash it's blurry and/or grainy. Any hints, tips, advice for an amateur? You guys are the best!