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Sea Birds

No joke, these birds flew along side our ship for an entire day. I’ve never seen anything like it. They would start at the ship’s stern, then slowly work their way up to the bow. The entire time, flying only a few inches above the water as they hunted small fish. They are common to the Pacific Ocean along the shipping routes near Panama. After flying with us for 24 hours, they were gone. Apparently they joined a ship headed back south.

A Creative Hot Mess

Howdy everyone!

I feel like I need to explain myself a bit. There is a lot going on with me right now. Not only am I exploring new opportunities and projects, my creative muse it taking me in entirely new directions. I’m finding beauty and inspiration where I used to not find it. And at the same time, where I once found it seems lifeless and lacking in meaning. In short, I am creative hot mess right now. As I sort through these ideas and emotions, I feel I need to share them with you. Not only do I hope others can learn from my own experiences, I hope others might be able to help me through this time in my creative life.

What I am wrestling with right now is the idea of creative projects. I know my best work, my most inspired work, originates in projects. And right now I am working on one of the largest creative projects I have ever assigned to myself. The Typology of Cozumel Scooters with just the tip of a very large iceberg. There is no question I am inspired by it. I am. However, I am also consumed by it. I’m not a creative multi-tasker. At least not a good one. If I’m focused on one project, that project will be best served if I don’t share my muse with other projects. As I work through this project I will share new lessons as they are revealed to me. Until then, I’m curious to hear your thoughts about project work. Any wisdom would be much appreciated.

Today’s Photo – I recently made a transit through the Panama Canal, and this was one of the most amazing sunsets I had ever witnessed. It happened in a small port town of Costa Rica. It is a jpg straight from the camera. If you are interested, I filed a field report over at The Photo Frontier about it.

Typology of Cozumel Scooters #30

Well, we have finally reached the end of the project. 30 scooters in 30 days! I hope that you enjoyed it. I really hope you gained a little insight into a place you might have never visited. Or, maybe it was just a fun month of seeing how different people modified their machines to best meet their needs. Either way I hope you enjoyed the ride (pun intended). Thanks for tagging along!

If you are interested, I made all the images with a Fuji X-E1 and 35mm 1.4 (50 equivalent on a cropped sensor). I decided on that setup because it was both inconspicuous as well as providing a focal length that is similar to our own sight. I was after a familiar aesthetic and focal length with an aperture large enough to set the subject apart from the background. I’m calling it my research kit. Once I reveal the other research I have conducted, you will find a lot more typologies to sink your imagination into. I’ll let you know more about it soon!

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Typology of Cozumel Scooters #29

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Typology of Cozumel Scooters #28

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