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I’m Victor. This blog started in September 2011 at the suggestion of cousin Amy. It is a collection of images combined with a story behind the image. It spans my photographic awareness in color slide and digital photography. Welcome.

May 2014

Time flies. It sometimes feels as though life is speeding along. The family is scattered and their lives are changing. My kids have significant others all of the sudden. It’s an exciting time. Diving remains my chief pastime. I stick to a few dive venues. However, each time you dive the geography may be the same but the fish you see are always different. It stays interesting. And I have sprinkled images from my archives among the posts in keeping with stories and the associated memories. I should probably go to the archives more. Meanwhile current events keeps me occupied as photo ops present themselves.

December 2013

Update time once again. Some people have to travel far to get to a vacation destination to engage in and pursue their interests. I am fortunate to be presently based where I can scuba dive nearly every weekend. This reminds me of when I was younger and envied people who lived near a ski slope and could ski nearly everyday. Yes the twists and turns of life can play out in wonderful ways. It has allowed me to have  renewed vigor while admitting I am past middle age. As of this writing, I am about to join my kids and dive for a few days. As you see much of my recent blog is filled with undersea pictures. Digital imaging has made nearly every diver with a point and shoot camera a better photographer. There does remain the fine line between snap shot and photo. You shoot like mad during an hour or two of dive time. And then you try to correct your mistakes before your next dives. Yeah! It’s all fun!

Sept 2013

The big thing for me at the moment is scuba diving. It’s not hard for me. But I’ve seen the learning curve for some newer divers and I guess there’s a bit more to it. I just feel like it’s no big deal. You constantly have to be safe. After that, I’m learning to extend my underwater photography skills in a new direction. Digital has afforded immediate feedback like film could never do. My progress has been rapid. At the same time I am humbled by how much my early efforts look so poor in retrospect. It’s a great thing to learn something new.

June 2013

Time for another update. I’ve let my other two blogs go fallow. I’m letting my photography wander from past to present. There was a computer breakdown in March. Though my images are intact, I haven’t loaded them back to Lightroom, so editing is limited. It’s good that I’m a bit too busy to edit. Diving starts again soon. Right now that is the chief focus of mastering a new skill.

March 2013

Once again I record greetings from the Middle East. Despite the news reporting turmoil all around the region, I am fairly safe. Cultural differences are evident all around. I might have said that mid life crisis was in full swing, but, no longer. Everything is so interesting. I had not realized how boring it was to be safe in my chosen profession. Right now I see and care for things everyday, which are different and renew my need to stay on my toes. It’s a whole new set of diseases and a whole new mind set in treatment considerations. And I’m teaching again. My only regret is that there aren’t so many photo ops. But that can’t remain for too long.

December 2012

I update this page once more to say that I have been home to New York for the first time in a while. My daughter’s best friend got married. I had an opportunity to see many casual friends who are blown away by the recent relocation my life has taken. I am settling in and for now continue to have some pretty nice adventures. Time is still linear and forward. On the whole I hope to have few regrets.

August 2012

Well, lots of things changed in June. I’m based in the Middle East now. It’s desert and high heat. In fact it’s been 100+ degrees each and every day. No rain, just dust. New customs. I haven’t cooked once. I’m maintaining weight and fitness. I learned to dive. And I’m learning underwater photography. I hope to travel around the Middle East, Turkey, India, and Africa. I can’t visit Mecca because I’m not Muslim. Islam has become part of my life. I have experienced my first Ramadan. As for my work, neurosurgery has become a fascinating clash of cultural ideas and technical challenges. I am at once a curiosity and a valuable asset. It has been an adventure so far.

May 2012:

Every once in a while it helps to update. It’s hasn’t been a year for this blog. But I have met and corresponded with people from around the world. What a great experience! There have been people from more than one hundred countries who have visited. And, yes, finally all the states in the United States are represented among visitors. What’s neat is that so many people have been following and visit regularly. I hope I’m preserving some memories for my kids through the photos and stories. In the meantime I hope that finding my blog will entertain and inform you with pictures and observations. Thanks to all.

Sept 2011:

See the Blogroll in the sidebar for my other sites.

In the grand scheme of things, I have accumulated a considerable number of good images. I would like to share them and hope you will enjoy. Sometimes the story behind the picture is interesting enough to make a story. It’s a way to keep me occupied as if there wasn’t enough to do. So here’s to all of you who have served to inspire and encourage me.

Mostly, I work without a plan which is not exactly how Lisa, my wife, would approve. She has  been critical and I thank her, because each time I  go back and try to adjust. Recently I have become comfortable in seeing things with a better eye toward composition. Autofocus allows me to just hold out the camera and shoot. And, with the new point and shoot Canon G11, you don’t even hear I have taken the image. A new wave of terror has overtaken my wife and family as they try to avoid getting caught chewing dinner.

Well, it’s certainly been a long trip and I hope to reflect on some of those travels. I have certainly been challenged to solve different problems from high speed tennis serves to long exposure fireworks. I value my film and slide background, some work of which you will see. I still have to scan thousands of slides.

Oh, and the title of the blog… is to emphasize a few images, perhaps not the best, but, to discuss the good fortune I have had to have been in the right place sometimes.

November, 2011:

Well, I’ve been at this about a month. I’ve learned a lot about blogging. It’s been a welcome distraction. (It’s complicated.) Meanwhile I have learned new terms like widgets, analytics, and flag counters. Mostly I have been introduced to a larger group who are avid photographers and who graciously share their work. I have always enjoyed learning a new skill – blogging. Thanks, to all who have found this blog. I have been humbled by the good work that is out there in the world.

Note: http://imagedevent.wordpress.com/  – is my other site, where I concentrate on events, and where a gallery of images rather than a single image more appropriately covers the story. PhotoCritical covers image criticism.

11 responses

  1. David Lee, my cousin writes 10/20/2011

    Hi Victor:

    Wow, you have have so many nice and creative photos. I especially like the
    Reggie, fireworks, scenery, and bird photos. If you don’t mind cheating,
    you can use toothpicks to hold the oranges together.

    Humming bird photos were taken at fps = 8, shutter priority = 1/1000, and
    zoom = 135 mm; would have come out better if I used a tripod and higher
    zoom.

    I will let you guys know when I visit NY so we can get together. Thanks.

    David

    And many thanks.
    Victor

    October 20, 2011 at 7:01 pm

  2. Hello, i love your blog, its so fun and and the pictures that you post are unlike other ones in the other blogs. :-) That is why i have nominated you for the versatile blogger’s award. to accept do check it out here http://chicpress.wordpress.com/2011/12/15/the-versatile-blogger-award/

    December 14, 2011 at 12:22 pm

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  4. Victor, I’ve enjoyed poking around your blog. It’s good to know I have a friend who’s a brain surgeon. I was actually in school for aerospace engineering for a little while but it wasn’t a good fit for me. It’s not Brain Surgery but it IS rocket science :) now that I’ve made my corny (but true) joke, I’ll be on my way. Keep up the great pictures, see you soon

    January 26, 2012 at 9:11 am

    • I was in Houston recently and passed up on all the T shirt jokes about rocket science. Funny, though.

      January 26, 2012 at 9:56 am

  5. Hi Victor , you have been nominated for Awesome Blog Content ( ABC ) award for exceptional array of pictures and stories in your blog. Please accept it . You may click on
    http://uthamz.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/ happy- news/ for details. Keep going , Victor ! You are doing good work !

    utham

    February 28, 2012 at 3:56 am

  6. Keep up the good work. Thanks for the follow!

    June 17, 2012 at 9:29 pm

  7. sufiabanu

    Hello Mr.Victor, you have a beautiful blog here. I love the look of (some what like mine). Gorgeous photos. Would love to check you out now & then. You said you’ve moved to Middle East recently but ,if you don’t mind me asking, where are you originally from??

    October 28, 2012 at 11:04 am

  8. Hi Dr. Victor, I once again opened your blog to know you further. You are not only a neurosurgeon but a photographer as well. To repeat, a neurosurgeon and a photographer — excellent, in my observation — lumped into one as a writer, then. I like the captions of photos you posted, and I love to view more of your posts.

    March 28, 2013 at 4:10 pm

  9. Hi Victor, thank you for stopping by my blog. I’m glad you did as I’m now enjoying yours immensely. Keep posting! Cheers, Debbie

    May 24, 2013 at 4:22 am

  10. Mona

    Hi…
    Thanks for visiting my blog and liking..
    You have amazing collection of good images. I liked that.

    May 31, 2013 at 7:38 am

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