In The Depth Of Winter…

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer. – Albert Camus


Simple Can Be Harder Than Complex…

Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains – Steve Jobs

Recommended Read – The Landscape Photography Field Guide

Title: The Landscape Photography Field Guide

Author: Carl Heilman Li

Overview: (taken from “Landscape is perhaps the most enduring photographic genre, and, as we travel, we are always encountering new and exciting scenes we”d love to capture.The Landscape Photographer”s Field Guideprovides a complete pro reference in a compact book which can be carried in even the most compact camera bag, always at hand. With his extensive experience of shooting from remote locations, Carl Heilman II has established himself as one of American”s leading National Park photographers. Every word in this book, and all of the inspirational photography, all draw from that experience and make that craft accessible to enthusiasts looking for a professional advice, wherever and whenever they need it. With sections on core skills, shooting for digital, and even advanced techniques like 3D, this book is everything a photographer on the move could need.”

Thoughts/Opinions: This small little book is jam packed with lots of really helpful information. I personally wish the book itself was physically bigger though. I found it difficult to hold and the text size was small and often hard to read. There were also beautiful photographs in it, but they were also really small. The content inside is divided into 6 different topics; equipment, technique, shooting, creative effects, editing work flow, and reference. All of which were thoroughly explained. If you are interested in landscape photography, or any photography really, this book is great. I found one really great quote in it that I would like to share, “It’s all about developing the ability to shoot perfect pictures every time and learning how to create photos by choice – not by chance.” Makes you want to work on your photography skills hey?

Recommended Read – S.E.C.R.E.T

Title: S.E.C.R.E.T

Author: L. Marie Adeline

Overview: (taken from “No judgments. No limits. No shame. Cassie Robichaud’s life is filled with regret and loneliness after the death of her husband. She waits tables at the rundown Café Rose in New Orleans, and every night she heads home to her solitary one-bedroom apartment. But when she discovers a notebook left behind by a mysterious woman at the café, Cassie’s world is forever changed. The notebook’s stunningly explicit confessions shock and fascinate Cassie, and eventually lead her to S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T, an underground society dedicated to helping women realize their wildest, most intimate sexual fantasies. Cassie soon immerses herself in an electrifying journey through a series of ten rapturous fantasies with gorgeous men who awaken and satisfy her like never before. As she is set free from her inhibitions, she discovers a new confidence that transforms her, giving her the courage to live passionately. Equal parts enticing, liberating and emotionally powerful, S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T is a world where fantasy becomes reality.”

Thoughts/Comments: First thing I have to mention is how much I dislike this particular cover. I have seen different covers online for this title that are much better, but the actual one I read had the same as the image I posted so that is what I am going by. I find this cover very Juvenile in many ways. I look at it and think it is some cheesy Teen book, not an adult Romance/Erotica book. Covers are so important and I almost did not read this one because of first impressions.

Anyways, now that my little rant about the cover is done… This was a very fast and easy read for me. Was it amazing? well no. It was good but not fantastic. Parts of it I found almost silly and hard to believe, however that may simply be because I am more of a non-fiction reader. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy it and found myself getting wrapped up in the story at times. This book did make me want to be a more confident female. I think that is the Author’s goal, to have the reader relate to Cassie in one way or another and picture themselves growing as she does. Overall, It was a good book. Not my favorite, but far from my least.