Category Archives: Naima

Self-Portrait Project Week 11

Once again, none of these were “faked”. Nudge-nudge. Wink-wink.

05-21-2012 6:49 AM

05-22-2012 6:48 PM

05-23-2012 8:28 PM

05-24-2012 1:44 PM

05-25-2012 6:54 PM

05-26-2012 2:15 PM

05-27-2012 3:16 PM

Hoping for more interesting venues this week!

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Bower 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye

I added another lens to my arsenal recently. For many a moon I have longed for a fisheye lens. However, for a lens of limited use, the prices are often astronomical. However, after doing much research I did find a few that were priced reasonably. Not one this guy’s bank account would call cheap, but certainly affordable. Don’t worry, Naima and Foster won’t be missing any meals.

Bower 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Manual Focus Lens

This is the first picture I ever took with this sweet baby:

Here are the technical specs on the new toy:

f/Stop Range:
f/3.5 – 22
Minimum Focus Distance: 12″
Angle of View: 180 degrees
Groups/Elements: 7/10 (hybrid aspherical lens)
Length: 2.95″

I have to admit, I’ve already fallen in love with the little guy. If you are wondering, the next planned equipment upgrade will probably be studio lighting. However, this might be a little bit. I have to finish painting the studio.

Speaking of which, who wants to help paint the studio?


As most of you know, I’m an anti-Apple kind of person. It isn’t the products themselves I’m against, it is just that Apple people drive me up the wall. However, there is one instance where I actually do have a small amount of envy for Apple people. That is that they have Instagram and I don’t.

While Instagram is allegedly coming to Droid in the near future, I didn’t want to wait for it, so I’ve been experimenting with Lightbox the last week or so as my primary phone camera app.

Here are some of my Lightbox camera phone pictures:

All Lightbox pictures are posted on Twitter and eventually the occasional picture may be posted on Facebook.

Self-Portrait Project: Week 2

I continued this project for one full week, until January 15th.

On that night, my Mom’s health took a very drastic change for the worse. Enough you know at least some of the details of where we were and where we are now, that I won’t go into them here. Maybe at some point in the future I will write about everything we have been through since her diagnosis with lymphoma two days before Thanksgiving through the three miracles we have seen through the process up until where we stand now: no cancer.

However, I think that story belongs as a book, but I’m not sure who would publish the story because nobody would believe it any way.

If you want a good resource for following my Mom’s health, here is a good resource. It is a CaringBridge blog set up by Carla. It isn’t updated daily, but it is updated every couple of days.

Charlotte Bennett’s CaringBridge

She will most likely be at Methodist Medical Center for at least another week. While the cancer is gone, her stomach is still pretty messed up. She is getting her nourishment through an IV and they will have to do a procedure so that she would be able to continue to get nourishment at home before she is dismissed. I would say that nobody knows at this time, what the treatment will ultimately be for her stomach, but while she is in the hospital, you can send her a card through this website, free and easy:

Send Charlotte a Card

Also, Mom has shown some interest in learning about the internet and therefore I have setup an email account for her. She won’t be able to read any of your emails until she gets home from the hospital and I won’t pretend that her emails will be private (so if you send her an email just gushing about how she raised the most awesome young man, I will read it) until she grasps the concept fully, but she will read them at some point.

Here is her email address:

Now back to my own self-absorption.

I have restarted the Self-Portrait Project. I can’t say that I will continue this project, but I would like to think that we are in a good place with my Mom right now.

I may try to go back and fill in some of the backdates of blogs that I haven’t filled out over the last couple months. But I make no promises. I haven’t done a Personal Photo Project in weeks. In fact, since Mom was diagnosed, I’ve taken maybe 200 pictures total. 190 of those pictures are of Naima.

However, I have bought a new camera and I hope that it will jumpstart some creative juices. So maybe I’ll pretend like I took pictures for a Personal Photo Project back in December, when in reality, I took those pictures in March.

I also started posting pictures I take with my phone through an Instagram knockoff known as Lightbox on Twitter. I would provide you a link to see the pictures on Lightbox’s website, but you should really be on Twitter, shouldn’t you?

Here are the self-portraits I took through January 15th:

01/09/12 11:12 PM

01/10/12 11:56 PM

01/11/12 7:43 PM

01/12/12 10:14 PM

01/13/12 3:01 PM

01/14/12 11:35 AM

01/15/12 8:31 PM

We’ll see how consistently I’m able to post in the future. We’ll see…

Even More Naima

I have had an army of people take care of Naima while my Mom has been in an out of the hospital the last few months. I am in the debt of all those people:

  • Jay
  • Jason
  • Gary
  • Logan
  • Alexis
  • Johnathan
  • Amy Herrick
  • Carla
  • Teresa
  • Jim Jordan
  • Jesse

Plus, I’m sure there are at least a couple of others that I am forgetting. Thank you and keep up the good work!

More pictures of my golden beast:

I’m sure there will be a ton more Naima pictures as the days, months, and years go by!