Blog Identity Crisis

Thanks to the many topics I’ve introduced over the years, the very nature of “Out and About with the GeoKs” is confusing. With categories ranging from gardening to book reviews, photography to snowshoeing and Lego to hiking, you could say this blog has an identity crisis! On the other hand, you could argue that variety keeps things interesting. What do you think? Should I keep calm and blog on? Or is it time for a major overhaul?

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Broken Blog Posts

The earliest posts on this blog were drafted way back in 2008 and published on Myspace. When the blogging aspect of Myspace was discontinued in the fall of 2010, I ported more than 150 posts over to this WordPress hosted blog. The transfer went smoothly. But at some point, the photos embedded in those posts…

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Blogging Lessons from NaBloPoMo

I can see NaBloPoMo finish line…three cheers for everyone who’s made it this far, including me! With the end in sight, I’ve been reflecting on what I’ve learned by taking part in a 30-day blogging challenge. In terms of the three reasons I had for taking part, my experience was mixed: Community – I didn’t…

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My Best of Beakerhead 2015

I am not particularly fast at sorting through and developing photographs (yet), so a month went by while I worked an hour or two at a time to get through the more than a thousand photographs I made during the five days of Beakerhead 2015.

I was only about a third of the way through the process when the Beakerhead secretariat put together the official Best of Beakerhead 2015 flickr album. So once I was finally ready to stop tweaking the images in my Beakerhead 2015 photo library, I thought it would be a good exercise to assemble my own best of Beakerhead album. I was originally going to go with 10 images. But then I considered that the official Beakerhead “best of” album contains 32 images selected from more than 700 that were already each photographer’s “best of” images and I decided I needed to be even more selective.

I’m not sure whether to I prefer to label them them my best, my favourite or something else, but here are 5 images that I think are representative of my photographic work during Beakerhead 2015.

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Beyond the Standard Selfie

In the spirit of Austin Kleon’s 2014 book “Show Your Work!”, I’m happy to share the set-up, process and results of my first efforts to light paint a series of self portraits.

If fussing around with a tripod and camera in a dark room isn’t your thing, I’ve also suggested a few websites you might consider using if you want to go beyond the standard selfie.

And last but not least, if you haven’t yet encountered the amazing self portrait work of Canadian photographer Paul Zizka, be sure to click the link at the end of the post.