Short Blurbs

Busy, busy week.  Just some short blurbs.

The Worldwide Photowalk is just a week away, on October 13. The window for new walk locations is closed.  As of today, there are 1,307 walks around the world, with more than 26,000 photographers registered to participate.  We don’t want you to miss it, so sign up to join Mark and me in Williamsburg, Virginia.  We still have some open slots.  (Click here for our walk.)

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Last weekend, I drove up to Dover to hang out with the son-in-law at a NASCAR race.  We haven’t been to a race in a couple of years and had never been to the Dover Downs track.

Dover Downs is a casino, attached to a race track.  From our restaurant breakfast table, we could see most of the track.  The cars drive by about 20 yards away.  It’s known as the “Monster Mile” for the fast speeds, on a short, one-mile, high-banked track.  Predictably, the trophy is a copy of the statue at the entrance.  (That is a full-size race car in his hand.)

Dover Downs Racetrack statueGoing to a new track is always tricky because you don’t know what the conditions and track layout will be.  Do the seats feature a track view blocked by a big and nasty safety fence?  (Yes, they did.)  Only credentialed photographers were allowed access close enough to the fence to ensure it wasn’t a factor.

Pro photographers at Dover Downs raceI didn’t get anything amazing, but we’ll go back to the track, someday.   The track amenities were great – easy parking, real restaurants, and poker tables for after the race.  We felt compelled to send a phone photo to the Captain (he couldn’t make the trip), just to show him what he was missing.  Guinness, Mmmmm.

Guinness

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The latest update to Adobe Lightroom is out.  Version 4.2.  If you’re a registered user, make sure you download it.  There is a new version of Camera RAW, too.  Speaking of Adobe, I’ve been using the Creative Suite cloud subscription for several months now, and I’m very happy with the service and all the tools available.  If you don’t want to pay more than $2,000 for the entire suite, you can get it through their subscription service for much less.  (Their educator discounts make the deal a no-brainer.)   No, I don’t use every program in the suite, but it was only a bit more expensive than the tools I was going to buy any way.  You get the added bonus of automatic updates, too.

Antietam 2012

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That’s it for me tonight.  I have to get slides ready for our session at the Warrenton Library this Saturday.   They asked Mark and me to lead a small workshop for new photographers who want to learn how to use their new cameras.  Stop by, if you’re in the area.