Wow. What a week. I started getting really sick on Sunday and by Weds. had descended into a bleak underworld of doom and gloom so depressing (as expressed in my column) that world renowned photographers (I had no idea they were even reading my blog) sent me private e-mails asking if I was okay. I was touched. And, while the meds my doctor gave me Tues. afternoon have been progressively effective it wasn't quick enough to prevent the staff at VSL from gleefully pushing me out of the way (under the pretense of encouraging me to rest) to make room for that annoyingly gleeful, Charlie Martini to come in and do his mischief, yesterday.
You know you're really ill if even your collection of original Nick Fury and the Agents of SHIELD comic books doesn't bring you back into balanced contentment.
I know some of you were worried so I though I'd give you an overall update. I'm back to 92.5% of my usual self and recovering on a geometric trajectory. I might even make it back to swim practice in the morning, tomorrow.
The world of photography is not imploding. Everything will be fine. They just stopped serving the buffets during the shoot. You know, like in the good old days. With the iced filled bowls the size of larger beauty dishes, packed high with freshly boiled and peeled jumbo shrimp and the elegant plates with the careful stacks of black caviar grains. Back when they served Champagne to the cast and crews instead of this cheap Prosecco we're getting now... But it will all be okay and we'll all adjust. Just cast that net a little wider and toss it a little harder.
I'm taking tomorrow off from blogging here but sent a scintillating article to Michael Johnston for his blog: the online photographer, that should run tomorrow. That's providing, of course, that it passes his rigorous editing and high standards.
I know today that it's not the fever so I know I'm really trembling with anticipation as the first copies of our new book: LED Lighting are being rushed to Amazon.com and other vendors across the United States. The book has a cover price of $34.95. The Amazon price is currently so low I don't even want to show it here but it's certainly less than the price of many lunches I've had. And not really incredible lunches either.
I can't really think of any big launches or products that hit this week and there's nothing much that I think we all need to run out and buy. Next week I'm planning to write a bunch of short articles about specific uses of the LED panels and I think that should be fun. I've used them for all of my assignments so far this year and I'm kinda thinking that I'll persevere through the year just for the hell of it. I just found out that I paid my lab bill twice last month so now I have enough credit to run through another 20 rolls of MF tri-x. If you see me out with the Hasselblad and a smile, that's why.
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