August 29, 2008

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Hey there! How's it going? I hope you are having a great Friday and enjoying your day. It's great to have you join me to see what is going on in my life.

I started off my morning around 9am since I had a couple of things to take care of today. So no being lazy and sleeping in with the pets for me. After all my cylinders were firing in correct order this morning, I got my shower so I could get ready for Nathaniel to pick me up for NFAN's (Northeast Florida AIDS Network) monthly HIV community luncheon. Because of my recent health problems, I had missed the last two luncheons so I have been looking forward to being able to attend this one. This is the only time during the month that I get to spend time with several members of our community. The luncheons are also a great opportunity for networking and letting people know about the project website and activities.

Nathaniel ended up getting to my house right on time at 11:30am and we headed off for the luncheon at Christ Church of Peace on McDuff Street. The traffic was so light today we actually got there early. We discussed some projects we are working on during our trip. After we got to the church, it was great seeing all my friends from NFAN since I had not seen most of them in almost three months. Today we had oriental food and a great presentation of general HIV information. The vendor also gave out several freebies including pins, pill holders and other information. It was also great seeing several people from my HIV/AIDS community who I usually only get to see once a month which is at these luncheons given by NFAN. Afterward, Nathaniel dropped me off at the public library on Willowbranch so I could pick up two books that I had requested. Then I waited for the B6 to catch a ride the rest of the way home. Luckily I was not standing in the heat for too long since the heat index of over 100 degrees today here in Jacksonville.

I have received several emails for you readers of my blog about resources for digital photography. Now please remember although I spent many years in front of a camera during my modeling career, I am still a novice at photography. Oh how I wish I could turn back the hands of time and pay a lot more attention to what the photographers were doing on those shoots and the reasoning behind what they were doing. Also remember I do digital photography not film. What is that you said? Yes, there are still many film photographers and as far as your other question both formats give great results. It just depends which you would like to pursue or both. But I digress. There are several books I have found to be great resources as I learn more about photography. Just about anything by Bryan Peterson, Scott Kelby and David Busch and Jim Miotke are very valuable sources from accomplished photographers who are willing to share their passion and skills for photography with you. In the past couple of blogs, I also mentioned several websites and blogs which I have also found immeasurably helpful. I have actually been surprised at how willing many have been to share their tips and tricks since in the old days of film photography sharing was a very rare occurrence. There are several main subject matters of photography covered in the different formats. I was even pleasantly surprised to see several videos on photography on YouTube although not nearly as much coverage as I could devour being a novice. I have also considered volunteering as a shoot assistant to help learn techniques and practices but will have to wait until my health has recovered sufficiently to be able to invest the hours needed. So I hope you enjoy the above references and several of those authors' books are available through your local library if funds are tight.

This is also the start of Labor Day weekend and I know some of you will be traveling this weekend. I wanted to wish all you a safe and great weekend regardless of where you will be. Gary has to work this weekend so we will be staying in town. I know a few of our friends were planning on going to Southern Decadence in New Orleans this weekend but canceled their plans due to the Gustav entering the Gulf of Mexico. Since the forecasters are saying Gustav stands a good chance of hitting New Orleans, they probably made a very wise choice. So for Gary and my holiday, I will try to grill out once or twice if the weather stays cooperative. But with this being the raining time of year in Jacksonville, I will not count my chickens before they hatch. I am also hoping to have enough energy to go take some pictures of a beautiful old abandoned church in my neighborhood that is being torn down to make way for the I-10/I-95 interchange near downtown Jacksonville. I have been itching to shoot the school for a few weeks now to try out some new photography tricks I have been learning through multiple sources.

That's wraps another day in my life. Hopefully you are having a great one also. Remember to make some special memories this holiday weekend.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab