Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I've Moved

I recently moved my main website from my old host over to SmugMug and the reason was simple- ease of updating.

My old website suffered from a major case of pain-in-the-ass to update on a regular basis and was therefore rarely ever updated. Not good. The new site is extremely easy to change and update. In fact, with SmugMug I can update the photo galleries directly from Adobe Lightroom.

I had recently read an article extolling the virtues of SmuMug and several people I know had also recommended it. I checked out the SmugMug site and found that they have a fourteen day free trial and began playing around with that though I wasn't sure at that point that I wanted to go through the hassle of actually making the move.

The more I played around though, the more I discovered about how easy it was to customize just about everything. At some point after playing around for a few days, I decided to make the move and I'm extremely glad I did.

In the process of moving from my old host to SmugMug I did run into a problem that had me rather confused and so I contacted SmugMug customer service. This was actually on Christmas day and I honestly didn't expect a response right away. But, in no time, not only did I receive a response, they actually offered to take care of the problem for me. Within the hour, my site was moved, setup and running. I really can't express how impressed I have been up to this point.

I'm still working on the site, mainly making minor tweaks here and there. I'm also working on adding some new categories and galleries in the not to distant future.

If you happen to be so inclined, check out the new jimhunter.com and leave a comment below.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

December 2006 Snow

For those who think it never snows much in Albuquerque, think again. On December 28, 2006 the forecast was for 3 to 4 inches of snow overnight. By morning, we had already had at least that much and the snow continued to fall. In fact, it snowed steadily for almost two days.

This was how my backyard looked by the afternoon of December 29.

Of course, the kids in the neighborhood absolutely loved it.

Photos Copyright © 2006 Jim Hunter, All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A Moment of Zen

Sometimes it is the simple things and quiet moments in life that bring the greatest pleasure.

Photo Copyright © 2007 Jim Hunter, All Rights Reserved.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Planned Serendipity

I love how ideas come to me sometimes from the oddest circumstances. I call it planned serendipity. Planned serendipity sounds like an oxymoron, a contradiction of terms but it's really not.

What is planned serendipity?

I'll start with a couple of definitions.

planned: adjective
1. Designed or carried out according to a plan
2. Make plans for something

serendipity: noun
1. Good luck in making unexpected and fortunate discoveries

So, "planned serendipity" simply means to me that I consciously "plan" to keep my mind open to "Good luck in making unexpected and fortunate discoveries" that may happen during to course of any given day. An excellent example is the image posted above.

Yesterday, I was trying to decide what to do for my 365 Project. I had a couple of ideas but neither one really excited me so I decided to take care of some errands and see if anything else would pop up.

First, I needed to go to the pharmacy just done the hill from where I live and then stop by the grocery store just up the way to pick up a few items. As I was standing in the line at the checkout at the pharmacy, the song "Faithless Love" by Linda Ronstadt was playing. I've always loved that song and it stuck in my head.

Then, as I walked into the grocery store, there was a large assortment of roses on sale which were probably left over from Valentine's day. I casually glanced at the roses and continued down the aisles to do my shopping but the song was still playing in my head.

As I headed to the checkout at the grocery store, the image above suddenly popped into my head. I immediately turned around, went back to the other end of the store and picked up a dozen roses and as soon as I got home I began working on making the image.

So, the image above is completely a result of this planned serendipity wherein my mind was open to making unexpected discoveries through the unexpected juxtaposition of two seemingly unrelated circumstances.