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Camera Work: Clouds Got In My Way

Joni Mitchell wrote a song “Both Sides Now” in which the lines:

“So many things I would have done
But clouds got in my way”

…seems apropos to today’s blog I decided to name it from those lyrics.

The last few days I’ve been working hard on updating files, shooting new work and a total revamp of my website, changing the template to a different one for a different look. You can see for yourself by simply going to my I did it because I want more flexibility in the nesting of subject matter and because I have had some feedback about difficulties from clients who mostly work desktop. At the same time, I felt a strong urge to add to the collection of images, images that have languished in file, waiting for inclusion. In the middle of all this, the sky yesterday was spectacular, so off we went.

Piece of cake…not!

I suppose, given the surprises I always experience messing with the website, I shouldn’t imagine that the clouds got in my way but rather the website, but Joni didn’t write about that! “The Website Got In My Way” has no cachet.

So, here I am, with a wonderful series of segues to move about this blog, only to come to a screeching halt for the last hour or so trying to figure out just what these folks running the web source are thinking. Of course, it is Sunday. No way to find out. Doesn’t everyone work on Sunday?

The clouds were magnificent. I could hardly compose as they were moving and shape-shifting as I composed. I knew I wanted to do a set of images to stitch together into a large scale work, which I did and which you see as the blog photo. Oh, I forgot to add, Adobe updated Photoshop and Lightroom, providing for the next generation Photomerge (stitching) that is unbelievably fast and accurate. Of course, things stumble a bit and I found that the driver for the video card’s update, also happening simultaneously, is buggy and had to be rolled back.

There are additions to other galleries as well, so besides the Cloud gallery, which you can find under the Portland listing, there is new work scattered in the other.

I would appreciate feedback on the new template from those folks especially, who know what the old one looks and behaves like. I also intend to add to the Clouds gallery throughout the day and, of course, the week ahead. If you have an iPhone or Android or ???phone, how does it look on that device?

Alfred Stieglitz introduced the notion of “Equivalents” using clouds as equivalent to music in an abstract sense. My sensibilities deny that abstraction, even as I admire his work. Mine are not equivalent to anything, but yet, I opened this blog with a musical reference, borrowing from the lyrics for the theme. So maybe it’s closer than I believe.

Finally, as I started last week, please contribute to this and future Camera Work blogs with your own images. I think it was Ruth or maybe Molly that saw this as an extension of OE, which I heartily support.

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