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Moments Of Glee


I am the first say(and admit) I have no photography skills.  Despite that gift of her no longer-used camera many decades ago from my Grandmother, it didn't inspire me to take up photography. 


Sure, there were moments of childhood picture-taking experimentation.  Out-of-focus.  Heads chopped off and results that were often too dark or too light.  Evidence of red eyes and other distortions soon made me sense that photography wasn't going to be my profession.  Or passion. At least not in practice.    


I wanted results now.  The camera was much too slow for me.  Of course, perspective isn't only a skill that photographers learn but one that is quite valuable in life. 


Today,  that appreciation of photography is more as a voyeur than as a participant or casual enthusiast.  There are many such examples of excellence here on ActiveRain and elsewhere I have enjoyed over the years. 


It also doesn't mean, I couldn't try my hand at it again but those moments when I could capture it with a somewhat simple flick of my phone or a point-and-shoot movement with the right "aim" no longer interest me in the same way. Well, not in the long term.   


Two such moments recently occurred when I thought it might be rather "cool" to be to be a Annie Leibovitz, Richard Avedon or even a Diane Arbus


It happened while on an early morning walk as such things seem to occur.   First I saw a dog.  Then a child.  Both with their human adult companions.  Separate incidents. 


The expressions.  Those magical moments.  Excitement.  Discovery.  While I didn't capture either as part of a more permanent record to share.  I am thankful for such times.  And for those memories that are a part of a life story.  




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Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

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Comments (39)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Endre Barath, Jr. - taking sooooo many photos, might easily overwhelm and/or confuse me.  

James Dray - it seems like you have a good back-up plan.   

ba`B Ratliff - I hope the same for you.   

Brian England - you seem to be able to find post ideas quite easily, you don't need any "help" in that regard.  Even with a relatively simple camera on my phone, the results are not great.  

Rocky Dickerson - you are right.  There are many lessons that can be learned through photography.  

Nov 13, 2020 09:38 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Your have my encouragement to give photography a try again. All you need is a decent camera. The auto setting will cover most situations and you can learn how to edit your photographs on which is free. 

Nov 13, 2020 10:01 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Roy Kelley - I appreciate the encouragement but I think my interests lie in viewing rather than actively participating as a photographer.  Thank you though. 

Nov 13, 2020 03:32 PM
Dan Hopper
Dan Hopper - Gold Way RE - Westminster, CO
Denver Broker / Author / Advocate/Short Sale

Oh my ... the ole Browning Hawkeye Camera ... took many a photos with that camera back in the 50's and 60's ... Mother had talent using it. Thanks for the Memory, .

Nov 13, 2020 04:58 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Dan Hopper - I never acquired that talent but the memories continue to have a positive impact.  Glad to know this post brought some your way too.  

Nov 14, 2020 06:25 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Saturday morning, Michael.

Take care, be safe and have a very special weekend.

Nov 14, 2020 08:20 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Roy Kelley - I hope your weekend is going well.  

Nov 14, 2020 10:59 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I too would love to be a pro with a camera. Would love to be a videographer in my next life - bringing the world extraordinary captures of nature. Inspiring post as usual. Happy Saturday. 

Nov 14, 2020 11:08 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I had one of those cameras when I was a kid. I have taken many photos and wish I had the talent to capture what I see.

Nov 14, 2020 11:12 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Hello Michael Jacobs - the best part about capturing a moment in our mind is that it remains there for eternity.  We can replay it just by thinking about it. 

Magical moments to treasure forever. 


Nov 14, 2020 11:33 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - you seem to be well on your way.  And in this "current" life too.  No need to wait for the "next chapter".  It's happening with you NOW.  Vlog on.  

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - many memories, that's for sure.  

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist - I think so too.  

Nov 14, 2020 01:51 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Michael - the situation was different for me.  People would say you always have that camera when we go somewhere.  True.  But now I have memories.

Nov 16, 2020 05:04 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Grant Schneider - I have known people like you in my life and often they become the staff photographer chronicling the lives and events taking place.  That's obviously nice but there is something rather special about collecting memories along with the photos.  It's good you enjoy both.  

Nov 16, 2020 05:15 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I've always loved photography. I took a class in college, but don't remember any of it. My camera is at least 20 years old and yet I only know how to use the very basic functions of it. I do have a great eye though and am usually the photographer for all family events. Photo editing, however, is a different story. I've gotten darn good at that!

I'm proud to say that both of my daughters are great photographers...they have their mom's eye! My son...I don't know if he has ever taken a photo. LOL

Nov 17, 2020 07:39 AM
Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637

I love to take pictures Michael Jacobs Im usually the one who captures those special moments for the family, although I can be annoyed sometimes they appreciate it when I come up with those memories years later ha!

Nov 17, 2020 07:22 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Sharon Tara - you definitely have an eye for it and it's no surprise to learn you are the family photographer.  As for photoshop prowess, there's a reason why you have no competition in the Photoshop Princess category.

Abby Stiller - sounds like it might be both a blessing and a curse.  

Nov 17, 2020 07:36 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, that camera brought back some memories!   I still enjoy "tinkering" with photography, and still not good, but it is fun.

Nov 19, 2020 07:48 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Joan Cox - I understand the fun factor many can enjoy with photography - it never caught on with me. I wish it did but it wasn't meant to be.  I guess.  

Nov 19, 2020 08:04 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, how cool would it have been to take the last shot ever of Lennon? While Leibovitz didn't know it would be anywhere NEAR the last photo, I know she felt blessed to be THE one to spend this precious time with he and Ono.

I love to take pictures but, mine are not even remotely close to professional quality. Like you though, they are magical memories that we have to cherish and share as our life's story. 

Nov 22, 2020 10:14 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Debe Maxwell, CRS - these days many of those memories can be captured without the free-for-all of all kinds of scattered photographs or even those in artfully organized albums that only come out for viewing occasionally.  

Nov 23, 2020 03:32 AM