I’d Like To Thank The Academy…

Lately I’ve garnered a bit of attention from other bloggers. Over the past few months I’ve been nominated for several awards. The Versatile Blogger Award, three times, the Inspiring and Very Inspiring Blogger Award, once each, and a Liebster Award. While I feel it is an honor to have been nominated, I have chosen to, as graciously as possible, decline them all.

While I do think it is an honor that other bloggers feel I’m worthy of such praise, I simply do not have the time to complete the required tasks that come with acceptance of the awards. All of these awards come with certain requirements should I accept. The numbers vary, but they are all variations on the same theme.

Thank the person who nominated me,

Tell 7, 10, a dozen things about myself,

Lastly,  nominate 10, 12, 15 other bloggers for the same award.

As it is, I find there are hardly enough hours in the day, without adding to the “to do” list. With a full-time job, a family, Facebook fan page, website, this blog, and trying to add fresh content to each, I already spend so much time at the computer that I often wonder if my wife and daughter remember what I look like. On top of all that is the, time-consuming in its own right, task of actually making the photographs that keep my readers coming back.

All of this may sound ungrateful and that I don’t appreciate the thoughtfulness behind the nominations. I assure you, nothing could be further from the truth. To me however, it is award enough when I read a nice comment left about one of my photographs, or the email notification I get every time someone subscribes to my blog.

In closing I would like to properly and publicly thank all of those outstanding bloggers who felt I was worthy of an award.

My heartfelt thanks go out to:

Vladimir and Johna, from Wind Against Current , for a Versatile Blogger nomination.

Amruta, from Not So Creative, also for a Versatile Blogger nomination.

Cornel, from Words, Versatile Blogger nomination #3.

Sheila, from Shecall, for the Liebster Award

Ioanna, from life portOfolio, for a Very Inspiring Blogger

and lastly, from The Retiring Sort, an Inspiring Blogger award nomination.

Every one of these blogs is worth a read. When you get a minute, pay each of them a visit, you’ll be glad you did.

So, in the future, rather than nominate me for an award, simply stop by and say “Hi!” I’ll be glad you did. :-)

Doing The Happy Dance

Time to gloat.

Sorry, I can’t help it. For those of my blog followers not following me on Facebook as well, (we’ll get to the why on THAT in the future :-)), I just had to share this. I have just received what I consider a glowing critique of one of my favorite photographs from one of my favorite photographers. Recently, Jerry Monkman, who writes regularly for Outdoor Photographer magazine, and others, and has many books to his credit, featured this photo, “First Light On The Auto Road,” for the image critique for the Week 5 Composition – Perspective, Depth, and Scale assignment. To have someone at his level in the “photography game” take notice and have, what I consider at least, nothing but good things to say about one of my photographs…

Well, I gotta go, cause it’s time for more Happy Dance! :-D

Thank Jerry!

Pink and blue sunrise over the Mt. Washington auto road

FYI, following one of Jerry’s suggestions in his critique I brightened the road just a touch with the adjustment brush in Lightroom 3.

Versatile Blogger Award, Who Me?

I’m honored, plain and simple.

I’ve had the honor of being nominated / awarded the Versatile Blogger Award by not just one, but two Bloggers who’s blogs I read regularly. Within days of each other I’ve been nominated by both (all three) of these people.

Wind Against Current, Johna and Vladimir have a lot of interesting things to say about kayaking(one of my favorite activities that I don’t pursue often enough), science, technology, and life in general.

My second nomination came from Not So Creative. Don’t let the blog title fool you, she really is pretty creative if you ask me.

A great big thanks to all of you!

7 things about me huh? Ok, here you go.

1. I think my daughter is the most beautiful thing I ever had a hand in creating.

2. Extreme Sarcasm is my middle name

3. I have zero tolerance for stupid people

4. I think smoking is absolutely disgusting

5. I love my wife

6.  When it comes to food, I will try anything once

7. I can find the humor in anything. And I do mean anything!

Bonus Thing about me: Considering how much I hated English class in school, I’m still surprised at how much I enjoy writing this blog. Go figure.

On to the nominations. 

This is going to be tough. I don’t follow a lot of blogs,(where do you find the time?), so coming up with 15 may take a bit of time, and several updates to the nomination page. I do stop in for a visit to every single blog that has “liked” or left a comment on my blog though. I have stumbled across some amazing photography and beautiful and insightful writing on these visits. I’ll be making updates to the list until I reach 15.

Here are a few to get you started.

iltana  Amazing photography, pure and simple.

my.travel.map Great photos and writing about places I’d love to visit, but likely never will.

photos from the loonybin I like her photos, she’s better with her camera than she thinks she is.

When This Becomes There Excellent photography along with great writing and post processing techniques.

rubicorno iPhone photography at its best. Makes me want to leave my dslr home more often.

A third of the way there :-D Over the next week I’ll have the ten remaining nominations.