Early Friday Morning
I was out yesterday morning with Wesley, Jeffrey and Brett hauling clam bags aboard their bird-dog. The cut-off transom sure makes that easier.
Wesley getting ready to spread clam belt on Gulf bottom. I left this one in color because I am fascinated by the water swirling around Wesley and the clam belt.
Jeffrey at the end of the tumbler, checking for bad clams and ‘trash.’ What this photo does not convey is the incredible speed, agility and team work the whole process of clamming requires and which these guys have perfected.
That is one reason I want to get better at working with videos. My video editing skills are near zero and I recently downloaded Blender to try and learn more about editing and working with videos. I sure would like to bring up my video skills up to my film and digital ones. Good luck with that…! :) Anyhow, I have started to work my way through the zillions of hours of Blender videos and thus far have gotten no further than sorta being able to import a video into Blender.
I have been playing around with making a one sheet [8.5×11 inch] – 8 page zine since I ran across the instructions on the experimentwithnature blog. So far I have only put together one layout. Using Photoshop and layers the whole thing is pretty straight forward. Each one of my photos bleeds to the edge of each page, and I had to print several test sheets till I got everything right, but the end result was pretty nice. Since the individual pages are not cut out sheets of paper, but result from a folding of the one sheet, the edges of the inside pages ‘stick out’ just a bit. Being careful when folding, using a little PVA glue, and pressing the finished zine under some heavy photo books helped greatly in making the zine look good. I think it is a great way to present eight [or fewer] photos. Of course text can also be used, and the photos don’t have to bleed to the edges. There is lots of room in this design for some creative layouts!
Heading out on my ride Friday morning there were interesting clouds in the sky and I planned on stopping at No.4 to see if I could get a photo of the water and sky. Just as I got off the bike the clouds moved away from the sun and bright sunlight hit me in the face. As I was fumbling around with my camera and about to give up, because the sun was just too bright, shining right into my lens, an interesting clump of clouds moved in front of the sun and I had my photo.
Wesley wrestling clam belts off the stern. The belts of clam bags are about 48 feet long and seeded with small clams. Rolled up with a length of chicken wire they are then staked to the Gulf bottom for the clams to grow.
This wonderfully atmospheric postcard from Dave arrived a while ago. We have been exchanging postcards, something that I have been involved in since before the digital age. Dave is much better at following through with the exchange than I am though.
Right now he is engaged in a great postcard project called the Mississippi Delta Dream Limited Edition Post Card Series which looks absolutely fascinating and I highly recommend you take a look at.
Not all the time is spent on the water. Jeffrey, Brett and Wesley mending clam bags. In the old days, before the Florida Net-Ban went into effect they would probably have been mending nets instead.