Happy New Year 2021


Done in Photoshop, this cinemagraph was exported as GIF so that it can be embedded and loops on any website. If exported as mp4, a video file, it can be displayed on Instagram.

Why not start the new year with a new skill? I though long and hard about what that might be without breaking the bank.

In the end, it was something as simple as looking through youTube and figuring out what I have in terms of resources.

Like many of you, I have a lot of time on my hands although I much prefer to be out taking pictures than sitting in front of a computer.

In case I never mentioned it, I’m currently teaching photography at high school.  Engagement has been tough and that’s probably why I decided to learn this technique of making a cinemagraph.

Feel free to comment. It’s my first attempt and I’m sure my Photoshop work needs refining. It’s not my strongest suite but that’s why learning is often described as life-long.

No one owes you a living

I tried recently to have a conversation with my students while we were in a Zoom class meeting.

I posed this question: “How many of you are ready to leave home and live on your own?”

Since my students are high schoolers, this is just around the corner for them.

Then I told them my own story.

Thanks for watching. Feel free to share this post and post your comments. I’d love to hear from you all.

Have a great day everyone and stay safe and healthy.

Rest in Peace Fred Bauman

Recently, I lost a dear friend and mentor, Fred Bauman.

He passed away 2 weeks shy of his 95th birthday. We associate the word ‘mentor’ with someone who influence and shape lives but Fred was more than that.

Fred Bauman, doing a standup routine in a hole-in-wall bar in Pasadena when he was in his 80's.
Fred Bauman, my dear friend and mentor, was in his 80’s when he pursued standup as a hobby. He would perform without any sort of cheatsheets or cue cards unlike many of the other younger comics.

I shared this on Facebook, at first on the former Press-Enterprise employees’ group and then afterwards on my personal page.

Fred who retired from the Press-Enterprise newspaper, before he was really ready was the best boss ever.

Fred was a one-of-a-kind boss. After he retired, in his 80’s he did some standup comedy. I drove him to and from the evenings he had gigs. While many (younger) comics had cheatsheets on index cards, Fred never needed them.

So why was Fred so special and dear to me?

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