The Quick Hello

•Tuesday, 19 April 2011 • Leave a Comment

Just checking in with y’all. I am at the schooling that my employer so generously sent me to and am up to my neck in trying to get smarter. The camera gear and the good computer stayed with friends so I could concentrate on this venture so there isn’t a lot going on photographically.

But I am still with the living, just not making a living behind the camera right now. Stay tuned.

Almost out of the woods

•Monday, 21 February 2011 • 1 Comment
Eastern Amberwing

© jmillerphoto.com - Eastern Amberwing

As I mentioned over at Jim’s Assorted, Usually Photographic, Ramblings, I have successfully defended my thesis (insert applause here).  All that is left now is taking care of the minor administrative issues that effectively is the victory lap of getting my Masters degree.  Yes, that was a 400 pound weight you just heard hit the floor–it had been on my shoulders 🙂

That being said, business activities are still more or less on hold.  My full-time employer has one more academic endeavor for me to complete immediately after graduation.  This one will also require an enormous amount of focus, so my business-related activities will still be severely curtailed until I can finish the upcoming schooling and get settled back in Texas.

That isn’t to say that I’m just sitting on my wallet.  I am reviewing images I have worked on over last summer to see which ones are going to be the newest adds to the galleries–I’m pretty sure the Eastern Amberwing headlining this post will be in the first few that make it up for sale.  I am also gathering my images again for a possible showing of my images late in the summer, pending a few other things falling perfectly into place.

And maybe, just maybe, I will be able to get out this coming weekend and make some images.

Good things on the way… Stay tuned…

Blip…Blip…Blip…

•Sunday, 30 January 2011 • Leave a Comment
Halloween Pennant

© jmillerphoto.com - Halloween Pennant

It has been a couple of weeks so I figured I should probably poke my head in here.

Everything related to the photography business has been on hold since I returned from my time in Texas.  As mentioned then, almost all of my energies have been pointed towards doing those things that will get me towards graduation.  And except for a quick two day break doing other business related to my day job, nearly all of my energies have gone to writing, editing, creating, and graduating.  Priorities…

That isn’t to say I haven’t been thinking about the photography business.  If anything, the thoughts in the back of my head are 99 44/100% photography and photography business while the thoughts in the front are 98% schoolwork.  It helps that I have one of my images looking right at me on the monitors at school–there’s that motivation to push my towards the academic finish line so I can get back to my creative passions.

That isn’t to say I’ve been completely silent online.  Over at Jim’s Assorted, Usually Photographic, Ramblings I have posted three short entries, to include my initial impressions of  the Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 tripod, and a new series that I’m doing on some of my favorite places to make images at (see…I am thinking about photography).  But I know that if I get swimming in the business end of the pool that the water is very enticing and I could spend hours when I only have minutes.

I am about two weeks out from the big, Big, BIG, BIG deadline so maybe I’ll get more into the business of photography then.  Until then it is back to the grindstone, making gold out of lead, and dreaming of getting the camera back around my neck and making some images.

Back on the grid, but…

•Tuesday, 4 January 2011 • 1 Comment
Cooper's Hawk

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It is good to be connected to the grid again.  Once finals were over for the quarter I all but unplugged from the grid.  No facebook, no blogging, limited cell phones, etc.  I flew back to Texas and spent some needed solid time with my kids and an extraordinarily long Hunnadew list to be erased.  Got the kid time, not so much on the Hunnadew list, but hey…priorities.  I got a little photography in, though not much.  My second venture turned out reasonably well and I will blog on that trip likely over at the other blog.  But hey, I’ll share the image now 🙂

I returned to Dayton today and was greeted with a little over 1200 e-mails.  Most will hit the shredder pretty quick, but it will take a while to sift through them.  For those who e-mailed me, please be patient.

The next 6-8 weeks is crunch time for me.  I’m on the final lap of my thesis race and hope to have that thing done and defended by the middle of February.  Then it is close up shop, graduate, and get ready to head to the next job.  But until the thesis is in, that is top priority.

I will poke my head in a couple of times between now and then.  I received a new tripod for Christmas (thank you B&H wish lists…  she got me exactly what I wanted) and I used it a couple of times when I was back in Texas.  Pictures coming soon.

So please, a little patience dear readers and some degree of sanity will be restored soon…

Still here…

•Friday, 10 December 2010 • Leave a Comment

I’m still alive and kicking.  It has been very busy at school and things photographic have moved to the back burner until the quarter is over and I can return some sanity to the situation.  More to come soon…

Happy Thanksgiving

•Thursday, 25 November 2010 • Leave a Comment

© jmillerphoto.com - Wild Turkey

To my friends near and far, I wish you and yours a very happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday.

No turkeys were harmed to produce this entry, but the cousin of this fella is sitting in the oven at 325ºF…

Stuck in Neutral…

•Monday, 15 November 2010 • 1 Comment

© jmillerphoto.com - Black-throated Sparrow

…and that describes photography this week to an exacting detail.  The hoped for photo shoot did not materialize as other school-related priorities jumped ahead of making images.  My weekend was a no-go for photography as well–Saturday became a “do everything I would normally do Saturday and Sunday” day and Sunday was reserved for some things that needed to happen before going to the hospital this morning.  The weekend extended into this morning as I went in for my procedure and have since come home.  I’m here, but the drugs they used to ensure my comfort during the procedure now have me pretty darn awake well beyond when I would normally be asleep.  Hopefully I will get some sleep before I have to return to the grind tomorrow morning.

This week I’m going to do a fraction of what I had hoped to do last week.  The phrase “Get real” has entered my vocabulary.  I will try to pull an image out of the library this week and discuss what went into making it (both on site and possibly in the digital darkroom) and why I enjoy it and/or choose to show it.

But for now, hopefully I can convince myself into some sleep so that my Tuesday is more productive than my Monday.