STATUS QUOtes — 20180214

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“Good words won’t cover up ugly actions.” — Unknown

“What! You too? I thought no one but myself…” — C.S. Lewis (and friendship is born [ed])

“Optimism for me isn’t a passive expectation that things will get better; it’s a conviction that we can make things better.” — Melinda Gates

“I’ve been on so many blind dates, I should get a free dog.” — Wendy Liebman

 
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Fuji X T-2: The Magic of Beginnings

“And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” — Meister Eckhart

You might have read about my near horror story in a previous blog post, Fuji X T-2: When Support Helped Save a Vacation, but all turned out relatively well after the close call. This was my first major expedition with a nearly brand new Fuji X T-2 and I was anxious to see how it would perform.

I haven’t had a “state-of-the-art” camera in nearly fifty years. I had been using point-and-shoots with only a moderate interest in photography. I was generally a documentarian. I am now embarking upon the development my creative eye.

“You are never too old to set another goal, or to dream a new dream.” – C. S. Lewis

When we arrived in Portland, Oregon, the air was acrid and ash was falling from the sky and landing on our luggage due to the surrounding wildfires. We acquired an automobile and headed toward the coast. By the time we arrived in Astoria, OR, the sun was low in the sky; a saturated light grey. Little did we know that the coast was often grey and/or foggy.

One of my favorite photographs from this trip, was the very first one I captured in Astoria at the end of our first day. Our room was very near the Columbia river and the Megler Bridge. The area was, therefore, a waterfront and had many of trappings expected in such an environment.

As I looked outside the window of our room, I could see several boats that were in disrepair and in dry dock. The lure of these boats was probably the same as that which brings photographers to abandoned buildings. These boats were old and may not have been “sea worthy,” but they had character.

The sun was getting lower by the minute. I grabbed the camera and walked to the area with the retired Ladies of the River. One boat in particular caught my attention because it was stately even when adorned with decay.

I took a couple of pictures with the hope that I could capture the essence of the evening and the feeling I had standing next to this once dignified, yet working class boat.


A river boat in dry dock along the Columbia River, Astoria, OR

My first attempt with the X T-2 on our trip to the Oregon coast

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File Name: DSCF0045.RAF
Capture time: 5:24:45 PM
Capture date: September 5, 2017
Exposure: 1/750 sec @ f/5.6
Focal Length: 18mm
ISO: 100
Fujifilm X-T2
Lens: 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS
Edited in Lightroom

STATUS QUOtes — 20160709

“Say what you mean, but don’t say it mean.” — Andrew Wachter

“Don’t let your happiness depend on something you can lose.” — C.S. Lewis

“One can be the master of what one does, but never of what one feels.” — Gustave Flaubert

“To obtain an assured favorable response from people, it is better to offer them something for their stomachs instead of their brains.” — Albert Einstein

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20160430

“To be original you don’t have to be first. You just have to be different and better.” — Adam Grant

“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” — C. S. Lewis

“They say money won’t buy you happiness, but it will pay for the search.” — Prince

“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.” — Franklin P. Jones

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20160128

“We meet no ordinary people in our lives.” — C.S. Lewis

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” — Mary Oliver

“Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.” — Wyatt Earp

“Math class is the only place people can buy 64 pineapples and nobody wonders why.” — Unknown

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20151217

“Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.” — Carl Sagan

“It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.” — Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

“Forget relationship. Make it a partnership and build and empire.” — Anand Sharma

“Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.” — C.S. Lewis

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20151206

“How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then to rest afterward.” — Spanish proverb

“Somehow our devils are never quite what we expect when we meet them face to face.” — Nelson DeMille

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different.” — C.S. Lewis

“Any child can tell you that the sole purpose of a middle name is so he can tell when he’s in trouble.” — Dennis Fakes

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20150902

“He who sees the truth, let him proclaim it, without asking who is for it or who is against it.” — Henry George

“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” — Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” — C.S. Lewis

“Christmas is the time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell government what they want and their kids pay for it.” — Richard Lamm

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20150409

“It is wonderful what you can do when you have to.” — C.S. Lewis

“Just because you got the monkey off your back, doesn’t mean the circus has left town.” — George Carlin

“In the end there doesn’t have to be anyone who understands you. There just has to be someone who wants to.” — Robert Brault

“Bad weather always looks worse through a window.” — Tom Lehrer

STATUS QUOtes — 20150129

“We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.” — John Dryden

“I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation.” — C.S. Lewis

“To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.” — Eva Young

“The axe forgets what the tree remembers.” — African Proverb