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Léa Seydoux for Louis Vuitton

Her full name is Léa Hélène Seydoux-Fornier de Clausonne. Seydoux has appeared in major Hollywood films including Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris (2011) and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011). This is an extraordinary ad campaign.

Louis Vuitton Advertisement, Washington, DC CityCenter (2022)
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Saying Goodbye to 2021

As 2021 draws to a close I want to wish my readers a happy new year and share my final photographs of the year. I made them on the Mall in Washington, DC. It was a cloudy day. Even so, Washington was beautiful.

The Washington Monument reflected in the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial always sends a shiver down my spine.

The Jefferson Memorial is my favorite of Washington’s grand memorials. It is elegant and recently renovated.

I wish everyone a safe, healthy and prosperous new year.

Happy New Year!


Why Blog? To Be Useful

Cheri Baker, a published author, has a personal blog hosted on called Hypertext Monster. Cheri’s blog has been around since 2018. She’s written over 500 posts and more than 40,000 words. And she writes well. I love her posts.

In 2021, Cheri asked herself why she blogs. This is an excerpt of her insightful response:

Lately, I’ve struggled with why I’m blogging. Am I merely an attention-seeker in a different venue? Might it be emotionally healthier to disappear entirely, to take up full residence in the flesh-and-blood world, to keep my damn thoughts to myself?

Writing is how I think. These essays turn a vague swirl of emotions and opinions into something I can work with. And why share? I tell myself it’s because I want to be useful.

Every writer wants to be read. Every writer feels a little thrill when something they wrote plucks someone else’s heart or mind like a guitar string. But where do I draw the line between the various types of sharing? Is it all the same? Am I a narcissist?

I don’t think sharing makes someone a narcissist. We’re just people being people. And I like people! Absent toxic manipulations, the blogosphere can be an extension of the real world. I so enjoy posts by my fellow micro bloggers. Yes, even donut photos.

Still, I remain leery of my own motives. I am harder on myself than on others.

You can see how others have answered the same question here.


Topaz Studio Not Ready for M1 Macs in Photoshop

Topaz Studio 2 is useful photo editing software. However, the Topaz Studio 2 Photoshop plugin will not run natively on an M1 Mac. It took me a while to figure this out. I hope Topaz will update the app.

This is what Topaz says on its website:

The current Studio 2 plugin is NOT M1 native. You will need to run Photoshop in Rosetta to use this plugin with M1 native Photoshop. The plugin will not appear until you do so even if it has been installed correctly. You can automatically run Photoshop through Rosetta by going to the “Get Info” section when ctrl + clicking on the Photoshop icon in Applications and selecting the “Run With Rosetta” checkbox.

But I don’t want to run Photoshop with Rosetta. That’s a large part of the reason I bought an M1 Mac.


Photographers Worth Following

I have been inspired by many photographers. I am sharing my favorites, which I will update as warranted. Where available, I link to Instagram. The list is in no particular order.

Last updated: January 6, 2022


2021: My Favorite Photos

As 2021 draws to a close, I am sharing my personal favorite photographs of the year. Due to Covid, I did not travel much. I visited Toronto to see family and made several day trips in Maryland and Pennsylvania. This album is embedded from Flickr, which remains my favorite photo sharing site.

Washington Monument, Washington, DC (2021)