Brian's Photo Blog — Article 150
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Monday 13 August 2012   —   Category: Thoughts
Sesquicentiblog (noun): The 150th in a series of blog articles. From Latin: sesqui (one and a half) + centi (a hundred) + blog; i.e. blog entry number “one-and-a-half hundred” (1.5 x 100 = 150). Pronunciation: however you want to say it!

During the past 590 days I have now written 150 blog articles — with today’s being the sesquicentiblog! Therefore, I've used this momentous occasion to invent a new word. So, how do you like it? Doesn’t sesquicentiblog have a nice, authoritative ring to it?

What else do I have to say in my 150th article, besides “sesquicentiblog“? Actually, I do have some other thoughts which I have been mulling over for a while.

As I reported yesterday, now that I’m all caught up with my backlog of pictures that needed processing, I’m at liberty to go on more photo outings. But do I really need to go far away to special places just to find interesting subjects to photograph?

In issue after issue of the two photography magazines I have subscribed to — the British Photography Monthly and the American Outdoor Photographer — numerous professional photographers say the same thing over and over: there’s a lot to see and photograph in the area where you live, and there’s great value in visiting the same locations repeatedly, in different seasons, and in different kinds of weather.

Now that this message is starting to sink in, I’m beginning to get a vision for exploring my local environs on a regular basis. I’m hoping to get out at least once a week, and ramble the region for a couple of hours, just to see what I can see. Less frequently, I might go out for a half-day ramble, or even occasionally on a full-day, local-area outing. By the way, isn’t that a great cactus shot on the cover?!

Oh, of course I’ll still take some longer trips to far-away places! It’s not a question of “either/or,” but of “both/and.” The long trips take a lot of planning, time, energy and money. And I usually come back exhausted. By taking fewer big trips, and going on local rambles instead, I will still be able to refine and improve my photographic skills, with a sizeable chunk of time, energy and money left over. It’s a win/win deal!

So there it is, my big sesquicentiblog resolution — we’ll see if I really start implementing it, or if it will end up on the trash heap of good-resolutions-never-fulfilled!

Well, here’s to the next 150 blog entries — I hope you’ll be there for the glorious tricentiblog celebration!
Brian's Photo Blog — Article 150
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