Photography 101 – Day 1: Home Is Where We Park It

We live in an RV and travel from place to place. We stay in one location for a short period of time then move on to another location. When people ask us, where is our home, we simply say, “Home is where we park it.”

Of the three years we have traveled, the best location we’ve had for parking our RV cannot be easily determined. I give you two photos for today’s Photography101 theme.

IMG_0724This is the view that greeted us each day as we stepped out of our RV. We were working at Windy Valley Llamas in Blue Ridge, Georgia during the summer of 2012. The barn in the photo was ‘home’ for the male llamas.

IMG_1004This is the street view of our ‘home’. We were working at Mark Twain Landing in Monroe City, Missouri during the summer of 2013.

Our locations change, but “Home Is Where We Park It“. Every place we’ve park, we’ve met new people who are now life long friends.

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Day Two – 5 Day B&W Photo Challenge

I love taking sunrise and sunset photos. Enjoy this Black&White photo from Blue Ridge, Georgia.

2 DSC_0401September 2012, Sunset – Blue Ridge, GA
Shot with Nikon D2000, using 55-300mm Zoom set at 55mm, ISO 200, f/5, 1/100 sec.

Today’s sunset photo was taken in at the end of our stay in Blue Ridge, Georgia. I was standing on the southern side of US 76, GA 515. We were there for 6 months while working at Windy Valley Llamas. Blue Ridge is about 10 miles south of the Tennessee state line and is nestled in very southern part of the Blue Ridge Mountain Range.

Today I ask my blogger friend Maria at Another Cup Of Coffee to join me in the challenge. She has some amazing photos on her blog. I hope she joins in.

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Day One – 5 Day B&W Photo Challenge

I did a little research on this 5 Day B&W Photo Challenge and could not find much regarding the origin. The two rules of this challenge are as follows:

  1. Create a post, in five consecutive days with a B&W photo.  The photo can be a recent photo or old.
  2. Each day invite another blog friend to join in the fun.
  3. Tag each post with 5 Day B&W Photo Challenge (I am adding this third rule)

1 DSC_0315July 2012, Trahlyta Falls @ Vogel State Park,  Blairsville, GA
Shot with Nikon D2000, using 18-55mm Zoom set at 22mm, ISO 100, f/25, 2.0 sec.

This is one of the first water falls I photographed while in Georgia. The water flow was minimal so it was not as dramatic as I had hoped. Plus the viewing platform was crowded with people since the park was full of people on this warm July day. Rather than capture the entire water fall,  I decided to capture this cute ripple as the water flowed over the flat rocks.

Also this was my first effort at creating a cotton look of the water flow over the rocks.

I would like to offer this challenge to my Aussie friend Cathy at Cathy has some incredible photos on her blog.

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Net Neutrality – Should We Care?

I am certain that by now you’ve heard the US Federal Communication Commission adopted rules that will treat Internet service like public utilities (i.e. cable service and telephone service).

what are these new rules?

  • No Blocking
    Internet providers can’t prevent you from accessing “legal content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices” when you’re on the Internet.
  • No Throttling
    Internet providers can’t deliberately slow down data from applications or sites on the Internet. That means, for instance, that a broadband company has to let all traffic flow equally, regardless of whether it’s coming from a competitor or a streaming video service like Netflix that uses a lot of data.
  • No Paid Prioritization
    Internet providers can’t charge content providers extra to bring their data to you faster. That means no Internet “fast lanes,” because regulators fear they will lead to degraded service for anyone not willing to pay more.

Why was this necessary?

In 2009, Comcast started throttling users who consumed large amounts of bandwidth. That decision cost Comcast $16 million to settle a class action lawsuit (throttling = intentionally reducing bandwidth).

In October 2011, AT&T started throttling heavy users who had unlimited data plans.  In March 2012, they explained how these users could get increased bandwidth by changing to limited use plans.

In July 2014, Verizon was caught throttling Netflix traffic on its network even after Netflix paid Verizon for improved performance and higher bandwidth for video streaming.

When FCC got involved, those plans were pulled.

In December 2014, CNN issued an opinion piece with guest writes that included this statement:

“Any approach that stops short of reclassifying broadband under Title II will not allow the FCC to adopt the rules we need today to protect customers and businesses, and will result in high social and economic costs.”

Bloomberg’s Peter Cook, Chief Washington Correspondent, interviewed Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Corporation, after the landmark FCC ruling. Wozniak said the Internet got ugly when Internet service providers (ISPs) started making decisions not in the interest of Internet users. Wozniak said the FCC action to classify broadband as a public, Title II utility ensures oversight for bad behavior on the part of ISPs. Woznaik also said such action should not be confused with meddling or controlling. He further called the FCC’s action a victory for the common man.

David Cohen, Comcast executive Vice-President reacted by saying:

“After today, the only ‘certainty’… is that we all face inevitable litigation and years of regulatory uncertainty,”

And then Verizon issues a formal response to the FCC in morse code and then a typed response written in a “typewriter font”. Really?

This we know. It will take several years for this decision to be fully implemented. Big business is not for Net Neutrality because it controls how they do business. Consumers are for it because it levels the playing field.

Do you recall seeing any news coverage about the FCC Net Neutrality decision on the major news carriers ABC, NBS, or CBS? I found it interesting that these networks opted to report news about what color was that silly dress and llamas on the loose.

What Does This Mean For You And I?

I believe, along with Steve Wozniak, that this is a big victory for the common folks. Unfortunately, the fact that a government agency is now authorized to provide ISP oversight, the possibility exists that in the end we will still lose out. I certainly hope not. I can only hope that the key players play fairly – fat chance.

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Blogging 101 and Photo 101 start Monday

WagginMaster (aka Jerry):

Friday Fun Foto – takes a twist today. The Daily Post is offering Photography101 course beginning Monday 3/2/15. Are you in? I am. Come join the Happiness Engineers for a fun time.

Originally posted on The Daily Post:

The next session of Blogging U. begins Monday, with Blogging 101 and Photography 101. Learn more about each course, see how Blogging U. works, and register!

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Blogging 101: Zero to Hero
March 2 – 20

Blogging 101 is three weeks of bite-size blogging tasks to kickstart a new or dormant blog. You’ll walk away with a stronger focus, several published posts, a handful of drafts, a theme that reflects your personality, a small (but growing!) audience, a grasp of blogging etiquette — and a bunch of new friends. Build blogging habits and connections to keep you going over the long haul!


Photography 101: A Photo a Day
March 2 – 27

Photography 101 helps you hone your photographer’s eye. This four-week, intro-level course is open to all, from new bloggers to hobbyist photographers to pro-shooters. Each weekday, we’ll give you a new photography theme and tip — we might share advice on composition, working with different light sources, or image editing — and the community…

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