Finally a day where the temperatures were not minus 5 degrees. Mayor Baxter Park is located in the middle of Portland, Maine and is one of the many green areas where a person can feel removed from the din of daily life.
For some time now I have become more and more uneasy living in the world as a Jew. Even in these United States Anti-Semitism has been speaking with a louder and more accepted voice. Our president only gives lip service not wanting to name that faction of Islam which is clearly speaking with a voice that indicates their desire to completely wipe the Jews off the face of the earth. The Prime Minister of France gets it why not Obama? Why not the rest of the world. I give this message from the past. It is as relevant today as it was 60 years ago.
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me”
Ok maybe I’m getting a little obsessed. I dug up another one from the archives. Since time from 2009. This time with a new camera, the Olympus with the super zoom. It was pretty cool because it featured a 20X optical zoom which meant that off a tripod you had to be rock steady. I think at full power it was the equivalent of a 400 – 500 mm lens. It was really a good little DSLR because you didn’t have to carry around a lot of extra lenses and of course the price was considerably less expensive than my Canon 60D which at the time I bought it about 2 years ago was around $900 just for the body. Anyway this picture is another example of Topaz B & W Effect.
It’s still bitter cold and I am still digging into my archives. This one dates back to February 2008 it was shot with a Canon point and shoot before I updated to a DSLR. I processed this using Lightroom and Topaz Labs B & W Effects. I like the black and white for this subject. I also been working on re-organizing Lightroom by putting pictures into different catalogs. Catalogs are very helpful when you are looking for different shots. It also can be synced to my Lightroom App on the iPad.
While there was a blizzard raging outside last Monday I decided to rush the season. This slide show was produced on Premiere Pro where I finally learned how to apply the Ken Burns Effect. It makes such a difference I think. The music is from Audio Blocks. They have a nice selection and I finally got YouTube to accept their licensing and avoid the usual copy write arguments. This was done last Monday and I am looking out my window as another 12 inches plus of snow is piling up.