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For absolutely everything "Freshwater Decor" head to Anchor Cottage. Located in Uptown Suttons Bay Michigan, Anchor Cottage carries Pine Cone Hill bedding, Dash & Albert rugs, Emma Bridgwater tabletop, Crabtree & Evelyn bubble bath. Gifts and antiques with a nautical flair. We do special orders and shipping all over the United States. E-mail us at shop@anchorcottage.net. Can't wait to hear from you!

Monday, October 15, 2018

A Thank You Note

Dear Will Hoge,

I would like to thank you for bringing your "Thoughts & Prayers" to Grand Rapids Michigan.

You left behind new converts to your music.
"Social D" fans will never be the same, again. The Chicago crowd, who were sitting all around us, were seen at the merch booth after the show, buying the cds.

The buzz through out the crowd..."Who is this singer?" "Where do they come from?" "They are a good live show!"

You are part of the great expression of music so that all mankind may listen and understand. 

I thank you for that. 

To catch more of Will Hoge and his band, try out the new CD, "My American Dream". 

Breath Focus And Shoot

The third song playing...

Time for photo ops, running out....

Quickly I pulled the camera up to my face and stared getting intimate with the dials....

"Hey, that's my mom!" look on Christopher's face....

I have had the new camera body for two weeks...

And the telephoto lens six days...

I wound up with eighteen exceptional shots of the band...

As I racked off the shots...

my hands playing braille over the the rings and meterings... 

The music, inside of my head, familiar and comforting....

as I was out on the edge of my comfort zone...

Well into my learning curve...

To my amazement I was getting it right...

As the third song buzzer came on...

It was over, just like that!

I walked back to my seat, listening to the rumble through the audience, as the "Social D" crowd discovered Will Hoge.

Last, but not least, part four to be continued....   

Shooting From The Sweet Seats

So here I sat, in the sweet seats with my camera resting on my lap, a vodka and cranberry in the cup holder, my photo pass over my left breast, dialing my camera in so I don't miss their entrance. 

Focused in on where Christopher will stand and play his bass. 

And "Bam" just like that, they were on stage, Christopher on bass.

Will on microphone. 

Thom on lead guitar.

A great shot of Allen on his throne.

Boy, I was excited, they came on playing "Still A Southern Man" and immediately caught the crowds attention. 




And just like that, busted! Security quickly escorts me down two flights of stairs, through the crowd and into the pits!

Part three to be continued....

A Photographer Shoots A Concert And They Threw Her In The Pits!

It is pre-concert and we are visiting the Will Hoge band, backstage in their dressing room. I asked them if they had heard the story about my purse! What a joker I am. (inside joke)

Outside of the venue was a sunny yellow peace sign, metal sculpture. Set the tone for the concert.

What concert, what venue? Social Distortion tour at 20 Monroe Live in Grand Rapids Michigan. 

No, not the Van Andel Arena, not yet! But right next door!!

A quick forty five minuet, rock and roll enema, they got all the music that mattered, out there at once. 

We had the seats, premium seating, it was called. 

And then, just like that, I was deep into a learning curve!!

How was I to know I had to be down in the pits to shoot the first three songs? I was shooting them from the seats at the fifty yard line until security threw me into the pits with one song left to play.

To be continued.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

New Lens

First thing I did on Monday morning was drive into Traverse City to purchase a telephoto lens for the new camera. Then, after an afternoon of running around, I finally found the chance to try it out! First shot, not bad!

Second shot, even better. 

I had wanted a longer lens but also needed a Macro lens capability as well. So I bought an eighteen to two hundred and fifty telephoto with the macro. Really wanted the 300, but money constraints verses what I wanted was an issue. 

Pretty happy with the first shoot out!

Cheryl's little macro, her poops are so small you don't even notice that you stepped in one, lol. 

Tuesday morning and Steve hollers from the garage, "the sky is really pretty this morning!" So I run outside with my camera in hand to take a picture. This is how fast the light can change. When I first ran out the sky was peachy pink but when I raised the camera to my face and focused the color was already faded. 

Blue Lobelia in October. 

Looked up from the Lobelia and spied the light on the Sugar Maples at the top of the driveway. 

Second consecutive shot and look how fast the color faded in the quickening dawn. 

Background focus. 

Foreground focus.

Pretty pleased with the lens so far. Look at the details of this shot from yesterday. You can see the sailor of the boat standing at the helm and the row of cherry trees in the orchard at the same time. 

One big thing to realize is that the telephoto lens is heavy and requires a deep breath and study hands or you have a blurred shot of your man!

So far so good! 

Sunday, October 7, 2018

What A Long Week/Boy That Couch Looks Good

Honey, I'm home...Where's the Bourbon?
Started off the week with a mammy and a hair do in the city by the bay. 

I am loving my new camera, more and more! Went to the Camera Shop and bought a camera bag and talked to a professional about a macro lens and a telephoto lens. From what I understood is that the manual lens from the past can be used on the digital camera body. The difference being that you will have to manually focus! Going back in with the manual lenses, that I already own, to find out if I have what it takes to adapt. In the mean time I have been shooting photos that I can paint from. The kitchen window vignette will make an intriguing watercolor.

As the season winds down I walk around the shop filling the gaps where all the summer merchandise was! Gently I ease the shop into "cozy" decor. 

Tis the season for nesting. Lots of pillows and soft throws to hunker down in. 

Wish I had it in me to have a harvest dinner with my friends. As things slow down at the shop I will find the time, something to look forward too. 

I want to put this whole display in a customer's house! Her husband's study. He may not go for the folk art chickens. But maybe, they are just another layer of the whole.  

Pink Peony with red stripes greets me at the door, when I walk into the shop. Chaotic to say the least! 

Thinking about bringing home the cushy blue and white rug to put in front of my perch so at the end of the day I can sink my toes into the plushness.  

Sold a Michael Clark barn painting this week. Wish she would have bought this one to hang with the other one, somehow it feels incomplete without it's mate. 

That sofa is looking good. Can't wait to plunk down and put my feet up, a Bulleit Manhattan in my hand. Next Saturday is Steve's birthday and VIP seats at the concert of the year!! Can't wait!


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