Sunday, August 21, 2011

the taller it grows, the lower it bends

I know I haven't posted a lot this last week, but here, just because it looks so darn mystical, are some pictures of my kids in a bamboo forest.


It looks like the freaking mountains of China in those pictures (and frankly, in real-life as well), but it's actually just the back edge of a cluster of homes just a block or two off a major road here in metro Atlanta, right near hospitals and malls and giant highrises.  Atlanta, you are one weird city.

(I'm just going to put this part here because, next to medical stuff, photography is quite possibly the thing I get e-mailed the most frequently about: the square pictures I post on this blog (but more frequently here) are taken with my iPhone using the Hipstamatic app, with the lens and film combo that come with the app itself--John S lens, Ina 69 film.  I've tried many, many other photo apps, and this app, with this combo, is still my default, because in my opinion it produces the best quality pictures in the right lighting conditions--ideally natural light in partial shade.  On a broader note, the advent of digital photography overall has turned the hobby from a fairly expensive one to one that, minus startup costs, is essentially free, and one that more than ever can be both personal and public.  As much as I like my "real" camera, until digital cameras start adopting some of the smartphone features that allow you to instantly share photos online, my smartphone camera is the one I'm using basically 95% of the time.  Because the best camera is the one you have with you when you want to take photos, right?)

Apologies again for the lack of updates.  To be honest, we are going through a little bit of professional upheaval at the moment--nothing catastrophic, but also nothing that I can talk about here very much here, so I'll just leave it at that for now.  I hope you're all doing well and that you're enjoying the tail end of your summer.

** Residents of Los Angeles!  Tomorrow at 11:00am your time (2:00pm my time) I will be doing a 50-minute live interview with Allen Cardoza and Dr. Melody Foxx on LA Talk Radio on their show "Answers for the Family," about the book and issues related to families and whatnot.  I don't actually know what we're going to talk about actually, so tune in, find out with me.  It's a live interview, right? THOSE ARE ALWAYS EXCITING, in that Christians and lions kind of way.  (It also looks like they post the audio for their shows afterwards as well, so for non-Californians, I'll get the link up here after it's done.  Unless the interview is terrible, in which case I'll just bury the evidence.)


  1. Was that forest planted to feed the pandas at Zoo Atlanta?

  2. No, I think it was just planted for landscaping. You know, like instead of building a fence, here's this bamboo. Looks amazing though.

  3. Amazing indeed! And love hearing a photophile who prefers the easy,ready to hand option! Certainly gets you results!

  4. Eyeknee12:43 AM

    Mack is a photocopy of Joe!

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