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Simple Folk

What do simple folk do? The famous question and song from “Camelot.” Well we’re the simple folk who need something to do, something to play with when we are not out on the water. So we experiment with images playing with colors and textures. Mostly we mess up images and start over elsewhere. Occasionally we hit upon a feeble success which may mean we are getting close to actually improving skills.

The boat is also getting close to being ready. Previously delayed parts are in. The current maintenance haul out is almost over so we should be able to do some chugging in a couple days. As always plans are molded in Jell-O and the Jell-O is jiggling. Looks like we won’t go the Bahamas but rather poke around a bit on the St Johns and then head north slowly. That will be a first for us.

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MotorBoating Magazine Article “Unplugged”

Now I want everyone to go out to buy the March issue of MotorBoating. The magazine needs a circulation boost as do all magazines these days. Besides I haven’t cashed my check yet. Good heavens, I haven’t even received it! Whatever. The check certainly won’t break their bank however small it is.

What’s the fuss? The issue has an article about the power system upgrades we did last winter and some of our photography. Peter Swanson’s image of us in the Bahamas gets almost two pages which is as it should be. The article is the first of three MotorBoating has commissioned. June will have an article on our evaluation of life onboard after some six plus years. May will have a photo feature an brief write up of Cumberland Island. It is, we hope, the first of a regular waterway feature whose emphasis will be visual – inspire & entertain as much as inform – that sort of stuff. So there is no reason not to subscribe.

TheN we can work on Soundings. Their May issue will have a three page spread, photos and essay on the Wooden Boat School experience. I have seen a first mock up of the layout and must say they make me look good.

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Full text of article and photographs is on this web site under BCW Published.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Let’s see – it’s now after 8:00 on the evening of Valentine’s Day and a V day card appears. Whoa, that’s late. Almost forgot the day, huh? What can you expect from a guy who has no real clue how long he’s been married. Nope. It’s Dee’s card. She has worked in spare moments today fiddling with colors and textures. I have patiently waited knowing I can get the card out in the morning. She had to remind me that today is Valentine’s Day. What do I know?

And, for those out there in my corner why not make tomorrow Valentine’s Day: pass the card along with a hug.

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Two Little Indians

New format. Seems every now and then we change things up. This time the change is what works well with automating production in Photoshop. Now all we have to do once the image is ready is to hit one key to add in signature, border & text, then change the date and title and – bingo – the postcard is done. We are using our in port time to learn new techniques. That’s how the clamps come into play. I am totally clueless when it comes to use of flash. We went into Mirage’s wood shop after hours to shoot in low and lower light. The shadows behind the clamps are the flash give away. A real photographer would have eliminated or gently softened the shadows. Any, I got the perspective and light fall off I wanted.

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