I started this blog about 10 months ago. I wanted to take my “good” photos off of Facebook. Wary of social media and not interested in likes, hearts, or follows I started this blog. I cataloged all of my photos from 2010 to present and posted them here. It wasn’t too difficult and I was able to organize them into categories just how I wanted. I loved it!
Now, 10 months later I’m starting to realize there could be so much more here. Sure, photography is my life. I work with photography and play with photography. But, photography still isn’t my complete life.
I’m a family man first and foremost. Dana and Feiya are my heart and soul. So, why not include them here? Documenting my life here at the present moment can give something for us all to look back at the way we were.
I’ve been posting most of my family moments on Facebook over the past 5-6 years. I regret that. Maybe this Winter I’ll go back through those photos and repost them here? Will FB be around in 10 years? 20 years? Likely not. Will this blog be here? Likely so.
I’ve spent most of my adult life online going under the pseudonym of “Ed” or “ImNotEd”. There’s a story behind those names and I’ll save it for another post. However, I can’t see a better way to play homage to those beloved identities then posting my best life using Ed as the author at a blog named ImNotEd.
So, there you have it. This is now a blog about us. Maybe a little of the past and present mixed with a hopeful future? I think so.
I’ve been drinking a lot of tea lately. When I was in China I was able to sample a lot of home brewed teas from visiting Danas’ relatives homes. They drank only loose leaf tea, mostly oolong teas. They would hand me a cup with a lid on it filled with hot water and tea leaves. Some of the teas were good and some not so good, to my tastes.
When we came home Dana’s father tried to load us up with a 5lb brick of black tea. We had to watch our weight so we instead brought home a 1lb brick. I drank that all last winter not knowing if I was making it right or wrong. I was basically making it like they did in China and throw some leaves in the bottom of the cup. The tea was “ok”. It had a subtle seaweed like taste to it. I got used to it and brewed and drank the whole brick.
Over this past summer I was able to keep my apartment a little cooler and I continued to drink tea. I drank only Lipton, hot and iced. I started to think about that funny tasting black tea I brought home from China. Surely, there had to be a better. Right? I turned to Amazon and found an English Breakfast Black Tea. I started by brewing it in my cup and found that it turned very bitter. So, I started using my french press and the 1st cup was good, but the 2nd cup not so much. At that point, I didn’t know if it was the tea or me.
I dug a little deeper and I found a website called teakruthi. They are based in Sri Lanka and sell a variety of loose leaf teas. My first order was the Organic Orange, a Ceylon black tea; Blissful Harmony, an infusion of black and white teas; and they sent me a free sample of Ceylon Gold, a white tea. I also received 40% off my 1st order. Not a bad deal at all.
Tonight’s tea is the Organic Orange. As you can see in the pictures it lives true to it’s name. I brewed this using my brand new Tea Balls. Yep, that’s what they’re called, tea balls and I’m not ashamed of using them either. I’ll get a little more in depth on my brewing process and even write a review or two. For now, it’s time to sit back and enjoy the rest of the evening.
Tonight’s pairing- A mix of Purple Punch from State Flower and Do-Sa-Do from 8|Fold. I’ll start posting about my experiences with the local marijuana dispensaries and their products here in Las Vegas in the near future. Listening to- Dana playing the piano.
Here some landscapes I shot while at the Valley of Fire State Park on an early morning visit in early October 2019. These were all taken on the fly with a Sony A6000 and 16mm-70mm F4 Zeiss (awesome lens!).
Here some early to late morning aerial shots in and around Valley of Fire State Park just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Here are some landscape photos from my recent weekend trip to Utah.
A quick weekend to Cedar City, Utah provided tons of photographic opportunities. A much needed break from the Vegas heat and just to take some time and breath a little. I had visited Cedar City early last year to shoot a hotel. It was a just a day trip. I really liked the to town and had always wanted to return. We took that opportunity when a free weekend came up and went for it. It was an awesome weekend.
We reserved one day for a drive to Brian Head Resort. It was a perfect day. We rode the ski lift to the top of the mountain and was able to hike around a bit. The views were incredible with the summering ski area in the foreground and the brilliant red mountains in the background. There was even a Frisbee golf course on top!
I couldn’t miss the opportunity to go see the PRCA Rodeo at the Iron County Fair. As you can see from the pages of this blog that I’m a big fan of rodeos. I start photographing them in late 2010 while living in Huron, South Dakota. Throughout my moving around in the Dakotas from Dickinson, North Dakota and onto Rapid City, South Dakota, I always made sure to attend the local rodeos during the summer months. Those days are some of the best days I can remember looking through my view finder.
So, I was very glad to see that a PRCA rodeo was going to be happening just up the rode from Cedar City while we were going to be staying there. I couldn’t get up to the fence like I used to and get those killer close up shots. I took some with my zoom lens from the stadium seats. It was the experience of being at a rodeo that made all the difference.
I also took some shots around the fair grounds. I wish I could have spent so,e more time meandering through the carnival rides, games, and food trucks taking many more photos. But, I got a few keepers and it made the trip worthwhile.
This has been a slow year when it has come to personal work. I’ve been putting my head down and using most of my energy in my real estate work. Has it paid off? I’m not so sure. Every time I think I take a step forward I feel I take 2 steps back. But, I’m further along than I was this time last year and much further than I was 5 years ago. I feel like I’ve started to stagnate or burned out. Maybe all I need is a break?
I’ve also been re-branding my business site. I’d really like to go it alone by year’s end, but I don’t think the economy is going to let me. However, I think Vegas is going to do just fine during any coming downturn. There’s so many people moving here from California and bringing all that California money with them. I think a downturn would just bring more. I’m not an economist, but that’s my gut feeling.
So anyway, today, Saturday, I took a drive out to Sandy Valley, Nevada to shoot some land for the commercial side of work. It’s about an hour drive from my home in Las Vegas, just southwest on the Nevada/California state line. I took some personal shots and edited them my way. Usually I edited personal drone shots taken on a work shoot the way would edit any other real estate photo. Not so today! Am I reinvigorated and ready to take on the world of Las Vegas real estate Monday morning? Not even close. But we’ll find a way to squeak by.
When I lived in California I did contract photography work
for a company out of Michigan. Most of the jobs they sent me were to shoot
motels such as Motel 6 and La
Quinta Inn. These jobs were easy. All I had to do was set-up my camera to automatically
bracket for exposures and line up the shot and press the shutter button. When I
arrived home I uploaded the RAW files to their server and they handled the
processing work. I took these jobs, because they paid well for the amount of
work I had to do.
Well, this contract work followed me to Las Vegas. In Vegas,
however, I am required to travel a little ways. Many of the jobs I receive are
for hotels in places such as Kingman, Arizona, Cedar City, Utah, and places
like that. A couple of weeks ago I was ordered to shoot a Rodeway Inn in Big Water,
Utah. Big Water is 262 miles from my home in Las Vegas. I requested mileage and
they delivered, plus a complimentary night stay at the Rodeway Inn! I was all
Big Water is a dusty little town located near Page, Arizona and Lake Powell. It also borders the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. I took the family and we had a day and a half to explore. We were able to visit Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Dam. We also visited Page, Arizona. I didn’t take many photos, but I did take my drone. I did do some drone videos and will post them at a later time.
A few weeks we took a drive to Nelson, Nevada. The Eldorado Canyon Mining in Nelson is full of photographic opportunities. The owners of the land have put together an eclectic collection of rusted antique cars and car parts around weathered buildings. They charge a small fee for photographers to stroll the grounds and take photos. They also will let photographers make reservations to bring models and lighting equipment. I saw a couple of different photo shoots taking place in the buildings while I was there. If you are thinking of going make sure to talk them about the safety precautions. The place is known to have rattlesnakes and also has an abundance of cacti that will attach it itself to your skin when touched. Ouch! No matter the dangers, this is a photographer’s paradise!