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Old Jan 2, 2007, 9:14 AM   #1
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Well, as a willing victim of the crass commercialism which has overtaken the holiday season, I now find myself in the usual New Year doldrums. "Tis the season to be jolly" has been replaced by "Tis the season the banks are jolly". I guess winter photography may be appropriate this year, I can't afford to do much else.

It really isn't all that bad, it just seems that way since days are shorter and colder. Seasonal Affective Disorder I believe they call it, solution??? Get involved. I will soon be directing a play for the provincial drama festival, back to work teaching, and hopefully starting a new localphotography "discussion group" (I think the word club implies far too much). By Maymy world will be back to normal and next Christmas will be something to look forward to.

May 2007 bring you all the best.

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Old Jan 2, 2007, 10:34 AM   #2
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Regarding the financial side: for the last couple of years I made a point in staying away from the Holiday consumerism madness. And I made sure telling my wife about it. The kids get way too many toys anyway.

Now for the Seasonal Affective Disorder (or daylight deficiency): that has been with me all my life. It is part of living up north. It mainly hits me in March when winter drags on for 2 more months here in MN:-)

I try as much as I can to keep busy, travel south if possible and remember that starting December 22nd we get more daylight :-)

This year I plan getting comfort in photography and planning a 2 week getaway in Florida in early May. The "snowbirds" are north, kids in school, not that humid or hot, hurricanes unlikely, cheap rental condos etc.

I will see how that works out.

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As usual I can nearly duplicate your post, Ira. I will not direct a play though, and have no plan for a local photo group. This global one fulfills my needs in that regard.

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Old Jan 2, 2007, 4:59 PM   #4
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Glad to know I am not alone.

BTW, I have been trying to get a photography Blog going and I could use some comments and suggestions. You can see it at http://www.aicphotography.blogspot.com/ I want to be able to include the things I have learned over the years with the photography of Annette and myself. (It also doesn't cost anything so I can do something constructive while I am broke)

Nice to have someone take a look and pass on suggestions.

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I am with you on this!! I have as usual spent way to Much on X-Mas. And as usual It will take Months to get back On my Feet.
As To SAD, I usually Use this time of the year To Organize My Photos and Do some other odd jobs( Burn VHS Family tapes to DVD) and Catch Up on Playing Some of PC Games and My friends and i also Use this time To Play Some Online games( UT, MOH)
Like "Digital Addict" SAD usually Hits hard In Feb/March. However this year i have the Cure for that. Its Our 25TH anniversery and we have booked a 7 day cruise to the Western Caribeen in March.:-) I am really looking Forward to this especially when we hit Mexico, as i have already Booked an excursion to see some of the Mayan Ruins.
I Of course Will be taking Tons of Shots with the DS and My Wifes X-mas present a Panasonic DMC TZ-1.

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Monza76 wrote:
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Glad to know I am not alone.

BTW, I have been trying to get a photography Blog going and I could use some comments and suggestions. You can see it at http://www.aicphotography.blogspot.com/ I want to be able to include the things I have learned over the years with the photography of Annette and myself. (It also doesn't cost anything so I can do something constructive while I am broke)

Nice to have someone take a look and pass on suggestions.

Ira
I have not been looking actively for good lens after I have all my focal lengths covered with prime lens (Zenitar 16mm 2.8, FA28mm 2.8, FA50mm 1.4, FA100mm 2.8 Macro, FA135mm 2.8 , A* 300mm F4) . I was toying with the idea of keeping my M135mm3.5 but some dpreview members talked me out of it. I am concentrating on taking pict which is is a pain this time of the yr.
I am using this forum almost as my photoblog - typically an on and off summary of my photo failure with some occasional OK shots I believe. And I cannot blame the equipment anymore.
2007 will see the launch of the two DA* zoom which should work on paper quite well with K10D. Once that is started if the two DA*zooms measure up, I will have to unload the primes . That will be big shift likely necessary because of my retirement eyesight.

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Man I totally get the sad thing in winter. I agree getting out and into the sun as much as possible is the only solution. I have found though here in the normally cold (not this year) Minnesota winter that museum locations are great for the kids to hang out and help pass some time. Been taking my camera along here are some posts.

The first is a model in a museum off the Mississippi river depicting where the Mississippi enters into downtown Minneapolis at a place of cascading falls. It is what put Minnesota on the map by making us the largest producer of milled flour in the world for many many years.

The second shot is a handheld shot looking out the window of the museum at the wreckage of one of the mills that caught fire a few years ago.

The last picture is a stuffed cougar at the natural history museum in Minneapolis



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