River of Needles


2018 photo100 – #43

One hint I share with budding photographers is to learn to see in black-and-white; Focus only on the light and shadow aspects of a scene and picture in your mind an image devoid of color.

This image started out as an over-exposed shot of pine needles floating on a pond. A few tweaks in Lightroom and viola!

You can see all the images in the 2018 Photo100 project here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/streamingmeemee/albums/72157662177136077

Tariffs will hurt makers and encourage offshoring.

There was a time when my job depended on my skill wielding a soldering iron and diagnosing computer hardware failures. I haven’t done that in ‘a while’ but I do still build electronic circuits now-and-then.
 
I occasionally build prototype devices for a client and when I do the vast majority of the parts come from China.
 
The new tariffs proposed by the current administration will increase my costs by 25% on this parts. However, these new tariffs do not apply to finished consumer goods, like TVs, cell phones, and the gadgets I’m likely to be building. So I have two choices; pass along the increased cost of components to my clients, or, pay a company in China to build the gadget for me and import it as a ‘finished good’. Neither of these are good outcomes for the US Economy.
 
I’ve linked an article below from a well known ‘maker’. He presents the case in greater detail and also includes info. on what you can do to influence these new tariffs.
 

Noelle Scaggs of Fitz and The Trantrums – 2018 Lowell Summer Music Series


2018 photo100 – #37

I have loads of images from this high-energy show! One hint… confettii. 😉 More to come…

You can see all the images in the 2018 Photo100 project here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/streamingmeemee/albums/72157662177136077

Rhiannon Giddens – 2018 Lowell Summer Music Series


2018 photo100 – #35

Wow. I was not familiar with her work before the show but, Wow… just WOW! Her repertoire ranges through blues, ‘old time music’, gospel and a whole lotta in-between. My personal fav. was her renditon of the Ethel Waters version of ‘Under a Harlem Moon’ – standing ‘O’ ladies and gentlemen!

You can see all the images in the 2018 Photo100 project here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/streamingmeemee/albums/72157662177136077

David Crosby – 2018 Lowell Summer Music Series

2018 photo100 – #34

A remarkable opening show of the 2018 Lowell Summer Music Series! Two time Rock Hall of Fame inductee and music legend David Crosby performed in Boarding House Park.

You can see all the images in the 2018 Photo100 project here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/streamingmeemee/albums/72157662177136077

Digital Media and whatever else flows through my head…