Amazing Supermoon

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On my way home from Ft. Worth yesterday, after spending some time with my daughter at the Shop Small Fort Worth holiday market, I saw the supermoon rising up between the buildings in downtown.  It was so awesome I knew I had to get a picture.  I am only sort of familiar with downtown Fort Worth and really didn't have any clue where to go to get the best shot.  I had to pull my car over to get my camera out of the back of my car and then circled around, and, as I drove, it kept moving behind buildings! Finally, I found what looked to be a good spot.   It was getting dark and I was alone, so I was a little uncertain about getting out by myself.  The moon actually moves pretty quickly so I had to decide and the photographer's desire to "get the shot" overcame my fears.  I couldn't wait to get home to see if what I captured matched what I saw with my eyes. Its pretty close, but as the saying goes, sometimes a picture just doesn't do it justice! 

For those of you who want to  capture some images, here is some information from the Nikon website about getting good shots of this month's Supermoon. 

If you’re using any of the PSAM exposure modes, setting the camera’s exposure manually or use program or shutter or aperture priority, you may want to underexpose the image to ensure that the detail of the craters on the moon’s surface aren’t blown out. Using Spot metering will also help you get the correct exposure for the moon, which will be the brightest part of your image. Use a shutter speed of at least 1/15 second or faster since the moon actually moves pretty fast across the sky.  Use a tripod or brace yourself against a solid object to keep your image in focus.  Happy shooting! 

Tangible Keepsakes

As I was attempting to clean out one of my closets this weekend, I came across a file box that, based on the dust on top, had not been touched in a number of years.  Thankfully, I already had the vacuum cleaner handy and once inside I found quite a menagerie of documents that took me down memory lane.  Tax statements and other documents from 3 of our previous houses, including our very first house (that was a nice, small mortgage payment), copies of medical records, one of my son's report cards, a pediatrician bill for NB girl when my daughter was an infant, as well as other things.  

But one of the most touching finds was a poem written to me by my son on Mother's Day.  No date on it, but guessing he was probably 9 or 10.  What a sweet sentiment to find years later.  

Then I realized, if I didn't have a paper copy of this, and if I only had this in a digital format, the chances of me finding this, let alone being able to open the document given the changes in technology, would have been next to impossible.  That is the risk that we run in today's ever changing digital world.  Yes, there is value in storing documents digitally, but there is no substitute for being able to hold precious memories in your hands.  Please don't keep all the pictures you take on your phones just on your phone or on your computer.  And, please don't pay a photographer to take your picture and then just ask for the digital files.  You've paid for professional services, so make sure you get the full benefit of those professional services by allowing them to ensure you have color-corrected and professionally processed images printed on archival paper that will be there for you to look at and enjoy for years to come!   And don't forget to keep a file of keepsakes!

It begins....

Well, this is my first attempt at writing a blog.  This is totally new for me and I'm really not sure how these begin, other than to, well, just begin. 

If you've read my About page, then you'll know that my photography business is part time right now.  During the day, I am the administrative manager for the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center.  Pretty intense, huh!   I have been in academic medicine my entire career. It is very rewarding (and challenging) working with medical professionals and knowing that by managing our personnel resources, our clinical operations, and the day-to-day happenings in our department, I am indirectly and even at times directly helping our patients - and that is always rewarding!   But, as I mentioned, a few years back I discovered a real joy from photography and that has now become a passion.  And that passion led me to bravely step out and officially start a photography business.   What is important to know is that my role models have included some very intelligent, hard working physicians and surgeons who always want to provide the very best for their patients, and that hard work, integrity, and desire to provide great customer service are what I bring to my photography business.