About this blog title

I cannot tell you how many times I have shown up at events with a couple of cameras around my neck, a gadget bag full of odds & ends and a lighting kit and have been asked that question. If it happened once every few years, that would be one thing. But it happens a LOT. It's like getting pulled over by the police and he's standing there with uniform, gun, flashing lights and asking him "Are you a cop?" I would love to come back with a witty reply, such as "No, I am Jesus. Don't you recognize my beard?" However, I cannot be that rude.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

I photograph a wedding reception for Donald Moe Hunt in Watertown, NY

This afternoon I photographed a wedding reception for Moe Hunt's grand son. Moe is a legendary SCUBA diver from Watertown, NY. He grew up with my father. I took diving lessons from Moe many years ago and went on a lot of diving adventures with him. Today he is 83 years old. He hired me cover the party today that was held at The Paddock Club. The photo presented here is of Moe. He was seated next to a fire place. The room was quite dimly lit. I used a Nikon D4s camera with a 70-200mm f2.8 lens. I set the ISO to 10,000.  For any of you that know what I am talking about, that is quite impressive.

Legendary scuba diver Donald "Moe" Hunt at his grand son's wedding reception.             photo by Gary Walts

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Guitar concert in Sackets Harbor, NY

It is two minutes before midnight on March 21, 2015. It is 26 degrees here in Chaumont, NY. I played a some what private party for the people of Sackets Harbor this evening from 7-9:00. It was sponsored by the Sackets Harbor Historical Society. Essentially it was open to the public but they only spread the word about it locally. So that village resident might have something to do, some event within walking distance. It took place in an historic old stone building close to the marina. About 40 people attended. The room I p;ayed in was set up like a cafe. Small cloth laden tables with candles. The visitors got their drinks which ranged from coffee and tea to wine and beer. I then set about playing for 45 minutes. I offered some anecdotes and odds and ends of information between songs. They were silent and attentive during the playing of the pieces. Close scrutiny. It's the type of scene that stage fright blossoms in. But for the past year I have been exposing myself more and more to these type of situations, so I handled this one well. But here is the thing: For the past year I have put together a 45 minute set that I can get through quite handily. Tonight however, I was required to fill two hours. That's a lot of time to entertaing and hold a groups attention. But I did with plenty of songs to spare that I did not play. Over all I enjoyed it. At one point early on I broke into a slight sweat, feeling one bead of perspiration form on my forehead and roll down my face. During the second set (after a 15 minute or so break) I had a minor bit of hand shaking. This was nothing compared to years ago and even a couple years ago when my hands would shake so that I spilled wine out of my glass and I would sweat so that my hair would get wet and my eyes would burn. I almost miss that. When I was younger and did not know how to swim I had a real fear of the water. I eventually over came that and finally, this late in my life I am working to overcome stage fright. On another note the Better Half has been on vacation with her daughter No. 2 and her family in Myrtle Beach. They return tomorrow. That will be nice. It was fine having some time alone, but I got lonely. I squandered a lot of my time that I was hoping to capitalize on without the distraction of the Better Half being in my presence. But, what is one to do? Anyway, I welcome her return.

This is a panorama photo made with the iPhone5. It's the remnants of a snowbank on a Syracuse sidewalk.  Photo bt gary walts. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Knob and Tubing Wiring

This is a photo I snapped with the iPhone 5  of what's known as knob and tubing wiring. It is a system of electrical wiring that was introduced into buildings early in the electrical era. It is still found intact and being used in varying degrees in many building to this day.

Knob and tube wiring in an old home in Watertown, NY.                     iPhone photo by Gary Walts 

This photo happened because it was simply another thing that "caught my eye". I was showing a friends house to a potential tenant and noticed this knob and tube in the attick. The light was nice and soft and so I snapped it. That's all. On another note, any followers of this blog will be aware that i have not been active here for a few months. It's hard for me to explain why other than a lack of ambition, working, maybe being a bit burned out, what ever, the reasons are multiple. It's been a long, cold, tough Winter here in Northern NY and I suppose that's a part of it too. Anyhow, I wishh all of you well.