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Road Trip – Bandon, Oregon

August 3, 2017 Leave a comment

I think Bandon is underrated.

There are certain things, at least for me, that makes for a nice and relaxing time.  Being on vacation is the first thing.  The second thing is access to some pretty cool spots to photograph (and more importantly, not too busy).  Lastly, there has to be some pretty decent food options available to partake in.

Bandon checked off all three.

Here’s a few shots from the beach.

My room was on top of the beach.  Not near the beach, but on top of it.  I probably should’ve explored more, especially along the beach, but I was pretty content to just sit and watch the rising and fading tide, and seeing the sun crawl slowly to the horizon.   Bandon Beach and Face Rock is probably one of the better coastal towns where I’ve spent some time.  This won’t be the last trip to Bandon, I can guarantee that!

I’ll probably write more on Bandon sometime this weekend or next week.  Of course, next week, we’re back in school as well.  Which also marks the attempt at a new project, which I’ll post here.  It’ll be a photography project around what *I* do at school or how I’m feeling that particular day during or after the school day.  I’m not sure how this’ll turn out, if I’ll finish, but I’m willing to start.  I’m hoping I can show the perserverance to post a picture every day and see how this’ll evolve.  I’m going to start a new Instagram primarily for this project so I’ll post that as soon as that’s up.

In the meantime, you can also check my landscapes/cityscapes Instagram, if you’d like to see more of the Reno/Tahoe area, along with anywhere else I might be exploring.

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The Doctor

July 23, 2017 2 comments
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Here’s a new shot.  Not as crisp as I would like, but just something I tossed together for the announcement of the new Doctor.

For those in the know, if I refer to “The Doctor,” I’m referring to the Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey, located in the constellation of Kasterborous, the “Oncoming Storm,” etc. The Doctor has also known to be somewhat . . . eccentric.

Yes, the Doctor is fictional but beloved very much by a large number of fans, myself included.  The Doctor represents a number of high ideals, things to aspire to (like all great fictional characters), like kindness, intelligence, courage, passion, and loyalty.  As stated by the Doctor, “Never cruel or cowardly. Never give up, never give in” which also sounds suspiciously like something said from Galaxy Quest as well.

When the new Doctor was announced . . . it was sad.

It was sad on two fronts. The first was a contingent of fans who felt the need to voice their displeasure at the casting, also vowing not to watch the show again, because the Doctor was going to be a female. Cries of “pandering” and “SJWs” at it again rang through small sectors of the web, still making quite the call when it came to the casting of Jodie Whittaker as the new lead.

Never cruel or cowardly. Never cruel. The responses I came across were exactly that, cruel. Not most of them, fortunately. But it was saddening to read. One commenter even said something along the lines of “they’ve taken away a real great role model, someone who didn’t need a gun to save day, someone who used their intelligence instead of their strength.”

I think I latched on that comment the most. Honestly, I think I can see their point but . . . is the Doctor being female going to change all that?

It’s the Doctor. She’ll come around, after the regeneration, and will do what’s right. It’s what the Doctor does. Never cruel or cowardly.

I have no idea who Jodie Whittaker is and I haven’t seen her in anything else, though if the reviews from fellow actors, like David Tennant (10th Doctor from the video above) are any indication, then I can’t wait to see what Jodie Whittaker will bring to the proverbial “Who” table.

Which brings me to the second sad point, something that Whovians sometimes experience, is the reluctance to let go of the last doctor.

As for myself, Peter Capaldi grew into that role beautifully, and one of the best episodes of television, at least for myself, came from the season before last, the Heaven Sent episode. Honestly, that whole season was spectacular (mostly, I should say), as it had some standout scenes that showcased the type of Doctor that Capaldi was.

The first was this speech. Now, the Doctor is pretty good at making speeches, but some of Capaldi’s were incredibly moving and quite brilliant. It melded the angst and frustration of a being who has lived for over two-thousand years, who has seen countless horrors and even believed to contribute to the horror himself, yet intertwined within the embers of that anger . . . was still hope. The following speech best encapsulated that dichotomy of belief and nearly overwhelming bitter emotion.

 

The defining episode of the Capaldi era, at least for me, was the Heaven Sent episode. If there’s one thing the Doctor exhibits is the persistence and determination that is nearly god-like. Of course, the Doctor is also referred to as the Lonely God sometimes. But back to the episode. The Doctor has just lost his companion, who died doing something rash (semi-spoiler there, sorry!), but believing it was the right thing to do, like the Doctor. Guilt is definitely racking his soul and it’s evident with the clip below. Now, to give further context to what’s happening int he clip, the Doctor is in a prison of an unknown design, but has discovered a way out. The Doctor could’ve also been released, if he just confessed to a secret that is way too powerful to let into the open. The way out he just discovered, however, is basically a wall made of super-strong diamond, twenty feet thick. Essentially, the Doctor is trapped, with no way out of the prison he’s in. Which leads to this:

This whole scene, the interplay in the Doctor’s head, also leads the Doctor to actually going for the solution he had known. He wasn’t going to divulge the secret, something that could destroy the universe. Instead, he would choose the hard way . . . the right way:

2 billion years. He sat in the prison for 2 billion years (it was later revealed that he was actually estimated to have been in the prison for 4.5 billion years). Not giving up. Not giving in. Doing what was he thought was right.

That’s the Doctor. The 12th Doctor. And he will be missed.

Time moves on, however, and I do believe that most people are ready for the 13th Doctor. Myself included.

Impromptu Landscape Photo Ops

 

There are times when I plan my shots.  There are other times when I don’t.  Today was a day that wasn’t planned as far as landscape photography.

Yes, this happens often with me.


After hanging out at Barnes and Noble helping a friend with her writing, I stepped outside and noticed the clouds forming toward the south and southeast, over Washoe Valley.  To the northwest, it was pretty clear, which usually means the clouds to the southeast had a good chance of catching some light and creating a great opportunity to catch a decent sunset.

Or, at least that’s what I’ll say now.

What I was really thinking was . . . “I do have my camera, and my back is feeling better.  It’d be great to get a photo . . . but the Lakers are playing tonight and Lonzo Ball has been playing better . . . gee willikers . . . what to do . . .”

Okay, I really didn’t say “gee willikers” but honestly, I think that’s a fantastic phrase.  Very Ned Flanders-ish.  Not that I’m a big Ned Flanders fan, but it’s just a fun little thing to say.

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“Stupid, sexy Flanders!”


Anyway, seeing as this age of technology allows for people to re-watch certain things on television, I opted for the impromptu sunset shot with the reassurance that an NBA summer league game was something I could pass by.

And yes, the Lakers won.  And I’m content to just watching the highlights.  I mean, it’s just summer league!


So here’s one of the shots I captured.  Since the clouds were to the southeast, I chose to go to Washoe Lake (it was too close to sunset to try a Tahoe trip) where I thought the clouds would pick up some color.  With the recent winter here in Northern Nevada, Washoe Lake is filled like I haven’t seen before, or at least since the mid-1990s.  And with the type of winds that get whipped up in Washoe Valley, you sometimes have an opportunity for a capture like this.

 

Sunset at Washoe 7.13.17-4

Pssssst . . . if you’re reading this and you’re from my Instagram page (@moralvictory), thanks for reading.  If you’re not following me on Instagram . . . please do.  I’d like to think I have some witty things to say when I’m out and about, trying to play the part of landscape photographer.


Side note:  I’m definitely going to purchase the 6D Mark II soon.  We’ll see when though.

Side side note:  Can’t believe that we’ll be back in school in less than a month.  I mean, I’m looking forward to it, but at the same time, I like being able to sleep in and then do a bit of research for work.

Side side side note:  The research is centered around app creation for educational purposes, along with reading how to better use blogs in the classroom.  See, I actually do a bit of work.

 

Will This Be a Yearly Thing?

No, I don’t think so.

I’m not one to give up on things so easily so I think I’ll try to start this up again.  I’m sure I’ll stick with education topics but I’ll also incorporate a few things regarding photography and art as well.

Of course, tearing an achilles does put a damper on things (Don’t worry, I did that last summer, hence the stoppage of posts for the last year or so).

So we’ll keep at it, determined and resolute to keep writing.  We’ll see what I can come up with.  I’ll start by leaving you the last picture I took (before hurting my back last week – I’ll catch a break soon I think!).

MW at Bonsai

  • Photo Notes:  I stacked 10 images to reduce noise, shot at F2.8, ISO 3200, around 17 seconds.  Used Lightroom and Photoshop.
  • Education Quote:  Just saw this one on Twitter and I couldn’t agree more . . .

    “Schools do not thrive because of programs or plans… they thrive because of the passionate educators in the building.”

    From Danny Steele (Twitter: @SteeleThoughts).

Consistency

We’ll start with a short post about trying to maintain this little piece of the web.  I actually thought about a few things in terms of what I truly want to do with this and I think I’ve finally stumbled my way into something I’ll become more consistent with.

More than likely, I’ll probably write more and more about education, though I’ll still have a few posts about random things I’d like to write about.

Mainly, I just want to build consistency.  And content.  And it always starts with a single step.  So here . . . we . . . go . . .

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