03.27.11 BACK TO BUSINESS

My computer has been churning along in a batch process, archiving project for a few weeks. Building the database of everything I have shot since 2002 (minus that for the paper) is taking quite awhile. I shoot both a RAW and JPEG file of everything. This takes up a bit more space, but I like to have a backup and I proof from the JPEGs.

 I am almost done with the project, but the need to finish something put that on hold for a few hours so I could get back to my photos of Brody and Jimmy in Wilmington, NC. The boys look like they will be having a reunion next week at the Volhard Training Camp. I will be shooting for the trainers' website and for individual clients, and Brody might get some learning! Stay tuned for photos...

02.15.11fun

Brody made a girlfriend with Dixie. He played hard to get and she liked the chase.

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Brody heard the call of the ocean. I am very glad he didn't try the high dive. He has some sense.

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I admire his persistence. He kept looking for a place he could get to the water, and he finally found it. Sadly, his dive in was hidden by the ramp! I wish I had a frame of his face when he discovered the Intercoatal Waterway is much like a cold bath.

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Jimmy is more than a beach bum. He is burning up the show ring and is headed to the Clumber Nationals in a few weeks!

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02.22.11 - HURTS SO GOOD

I've been delinquent in posting while I am loading my entire catalog of images to Lightroom. 2010 alone has taken over a week!

Today I was able to eek out one layout as I had to stop the upload to output images to a client. The program is able to handle multiple actions, but it does slow down the processing on my MacBook Pro. There is an iMac in my near future as I revamp my office, workflow and services.

I have been promising Christy photos from our day with her and her dogs, so here are a few of Brody getting his first body work session. He went from drooling and heavy breathing to a snarling, writhing ball of flying hair whenever she would hit a spot that was sore! (Not a side of Brody I have ever seen!) But it was over as quickly as it began, and he would relax and submit.

I didn't move around the session 1. because I didn't want to disturb the tranquility and 2. because Jimmy spent some time sitting nearly on my head as I was laying on the deck to be at dog level.

I'm pretty sure Brody would have gladly stayed in NC. My mother is very happy to know that she will not have to become a dog owner again if something were to happen to me. Brody would like me to put in my will that he will be becoming a beach comber in this case!

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02.17.11 - PROOF OF LIFE

This is for everyone who was concerned that I was off to meet some random woman I met on FaceBook with a Clumber, this is proof that I have made it home unscathed. Brody and I had a wonderful evening meeting Christy, her husband Allen and their dogs Bella, Cooper and Jimmy.

Christy is actually the person who first "friended" me on FB after I fanned one of the Clumber pages. She put me in touch with Laura who ended up fostering Brody, and meeting me in a Cracker Barrel parking lot in Elizabethtown, KY to do the hand-off.

More about this all later. I am pooped. But here are a couple pics of Jimmy to tide you over!

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01.28.11 pt.2 - AMY'S FAVORITE THINGS

AKDFavs1.28.11 One of my friends mentioned recently that they didn't feel like they knew me very well. I was a bit perplexed by that, but it got me thinking, there are those little things about a person that are not specifically conversation topics but make one who they are. So I have decided to help those who care to, in the words of Jon Lovitz, "GET TO KNOW ME." Today's theme, that which you can find in my yard. Which isn't much because of the snow.

1. Brody - my adopted Clumber Spaniel. I have wanted a Clumber since I was a kid. I showed our golden retriever, and since spaniels are part of the Sporting Group, I met my first one. Except that I thought they were called Cucumber Spaniels. I have had Brody since he was 1.5-years-old. He is three now, and the light of my life. I have had a dog in my life since I was 12, loved each of them, but I adore this dog. His personality grows every day, he makes fans everywhere he goes, and he has his own FaceBook page. He is The Booze Hound. This is not something I have trained him to do, but he loves to raid the recycling bin for bottles. He specifically likes beer, but I do have photos of him trying to pick up the jug of cooking sherry.

2. Dubarry Boots - Worth every penny! I got them to wander through the water jumps at Rolex Kentucky to set my remotes and shoot. (Spending the day hiking with wet feet is not on my list of favorite things.) They have become my daily foot wear in the snow. (See #3) Gore-Tex all the way to the top, soft leather, beautiful brown color that, come to think of it, matches Brody.

3. Snow - I love snow. I love driving in it. I love how it makes the landscape look. I love how quiet everything gets when it is snowing. I love how bright it makes the world at night. I don't ski or snowboard or snow shoe. I should get a pair of the later to add to my SUV to go exploring. I hate shoveling though. I do the front and side portions of the steps, and the walk to the street. But I very rarely do the parking area. Besides who needs to shovel when they have four wheel drive? And, I did mention I like driving in the stuff. Which brings us to...

4. FJ Cruiser - The worst thing I can say about my vehicle is that it has taken all the worry about driving out of winter. My biggest concern is other drivers, not if I will get stuck driving documenting the snow. No amount of drive will help you stop, and I have slid on the ice. But I do enjoy the little fish tailing I do pulling into the driveway.

01.19.11 - MY WHAT A BIG BONE YOU HAVE

I promise this blog is not just going to be a love fest of Brody. That being said, today he got his belated Christmas presents. So as I work on some album design coolness you will have to make due with more uber cute canine! Since he has destuffed all his stuffed toys, and has been shorted plastic bottles since I gave up soda, he has been wanting some things to sink his teeth into. (As made clear by the shredded pile of baby wipes I came home to the other day.) We are lucky to have some really good feed stores in the area, and I was passing Pickering Feed in my travels. I am always careful about buying American rawhide. Some of the imported hides have been treated with chemicals that are not exactly things you want to be ingesting. Did he need the two-foot long bone, no. But it promised funny images. I should have shot video, but the 10 minutes of him wandering around the house just carrying it with him and drooling wouldn't have been as funny as it was in person. 01.19.11

01.16.11 - CATCHING UP

While the list of things I have accomplished this weekend is not very long in number, a number of them have taken quite a bit of time. I have recently transferred the management of my web domain from a hosting service to my own control, which has meant a crash course in many things techie. It has taken about a week, but I finally have my e-mail set correctly! Now I have to play catch up on returning messages!

As I waited for the changes to propagate across the web, I have played catch up on a number of things. I caught up for brunch with the girls (photos to come), I continued with the process of putting my office back together after building the desk, I made some design changes to my website, and I finally got around to putting together some of the images from my whirlwind visit to Bethesda, MD to see my family.

My nephew is 14-months-old, and I have seen him only a few times. And he is only a couple hours away. Oops, bad Auntie Amy. It was also Toby's first experience with a dog face-to-face, and I will admit I was a bit nervous about Brody. He was a superstar. He left Toby to come to him, he was a little stiff when Toby first reached to pet him, but he relaxed and they accepted each other. Brody was so good, my mom let him on the couch, a big No No for all the past dogs!

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