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For some reason, I can't seem to upload any submissions today.  Maybe dA feels that the work I'm submitting isn't up to standards?  Or maybe the connection is bad, although both my e-mail and Facebook seem to work just fine.  Hmm.  Frustrating, to say the least.
Just posted my first blog entry of 2013, in fact my first since Thanksgiving 2012.  All about how we ended up in our new house, with several photos (well 6) that haven't been posted on dA, I think.  If you'd like to learn more about the process, visit the blog at:…

Bryan (or Quint, if you prefer)
I just posted "The Last Decent Photo of 2012."  In actuality, I took two photos after the one posted, but both were taken through the window of a moving vehicle, and didn't turn out well in the poor light of the day.  In total, I took 3,645 photographs using my Nikon D80 during 2012.  This does not include those photos taken with my iPhone or my iPad.  The photos were taken across a wide swath of the United States, from California in the west to Maryland in the east and from Montana in the north to Mississippi in the south.  I also took pictures in two Canadian Provinces: British Columbia and Alberta.  I'm so fortunate to live in such a beautiful and photogenic place, and to be able to jump in my car and "see America first," as the old tourism slogan used to say.

To all those who have added my photos to your gallery of favorites, I thank you most sincerely.  To all my dA friends and colleagues, thanks for being there and for inspiring me with your wonderful artwork.  I wish all my dA colleagues the best in 2013.  And now, it's time to set out and get the First Decent Pnoto of 2013 myself.
Two months ago I began the process of moving from my home of 37 years in Missoula, Montana, to my dream retirement home in the hills and forests outside of Plains (Wild Horse Plains, to be absolutely correct), Montana.  Now, some 67 days after beginning the process, I'm beginning to wonder if we'll ever be finished with the move.  But moving is so much fun. And when you open a box and find treasures long ago packed away and even forgotten... It's a sobering thought that I actually wove these place mats once upon a time. Now if only I could find the iron....
Just received in the mail the second installment of my coffee table book of photos taken around the state of Montana.  I stopped on the way home from the post office to show it off at a local store and the proprietor indicated that there would definitely be an interest in the book--if I could make it affordable.  That's the same reaction I got all around the state with volume one last year.  Anyone have any experience with publishing coffee table books of your photography?
Tomorrow I start a collaborative project with Montana photographer/artist Merle Loman.  She's got a show opening at one of our local nature centers, and she's presenting work that really shows her love of Montana's nature.  I get the enviable job of printing her entire show.  I can't wait to get started.  I don't think Merle is on dA, but here is a link to her site on RedBubble:…
Hey.  I just got word that someone liked my work well enough to buy one of my photos.  I don't know who that is, but thanks.  I really appreciate the vote of confidence, as it were.
First Friday came and went with nothing happening at the Sharrott Creek Gallery.  We decided to close the place effective May 31st.  No sense in paying $1K rent each month when only a handful of people show up and even fewer spend any money.  Oh well.  Life does go on.  Made room at home for the Epson 9900 printer by selling my pool table.  Now the game room has a very long desk, a monstrous printer, and two looms in it.  Stay tuned for what comes next in the on-going saga.
Just had my best First Friday opening yet.  Mounted a show of thirty photos of cars and trucks I've caught on the road, along the road or at the various regional car shows I've attended over the past three years.  Had a great evening, and people really seemed to like the photos.  I'm a happy camper.  Now if that appreciation would only translate into some dollars coming in the door.....
I consider the evening a success.  Didn't sell anything, but didn't really expect to either.  Ron and I sat alone in the gallery, watching the news then Jeopardy on tv from 5 to 6:20 or so when my best friend showed up.  "I'm not the first, am I?"  Well, yes.  All told eleven people found their way to the gallery, including five who were not on my list of invitees.  Three were total strangers, and one was someone I worked with in 1975 and have seen maybe five times since.  Got to show off just how much the Epson 9900 is capable of doing, and also the neat features of our Anvy Digital Image Style 1-hour printing and framing sideline.
March 2nd is the First Friday of the month, and as such the evening for the monthly gallery walk in Missoula. On the 2nd, the Sharrott Creek Gallery, my gallery, will have its grand opening, exhibiting images I took in south Florida at the beginning of February.  Many of those images are in my dA gallery.  I've never done anything quite like this--oh I've had my work in a one-man show that opened on a First Friday, but this is the first time I've put the show together, printed all the images, matted and framed most of them, and opened the doors of my very own gallery.  I have no idea what to expect, and a lot will depend on the weather, but wish me well.  As much as my own photography, we're focusing on the capabilities of our new Epson 9900 printer.  Most of the images on display have been printed on that machine.  It is my hope that we can become a printer of choice for local amateur and professional photographers.
I guess it's time to get serious.  I just signed up with and I now need to build websites for both myself and for my gallery.  It's been a while since I designed a website purely from scratch, so I'm a bit whelmed at this point--not overwhelmed, just feeling like someone has just punched me in the gut.  I'll get over it, but for now, oh boy.  Wish me luck.
Few are man/woman enough to openly answer any and all questions thrown at them. Are you? Prove it. Copy/Paste this as a new journal entry and answer every question you get.

The rules are simple:

-You must answer every question you get no matter what it's about and you must do so honestly.

-There are no questions that cannot be asked as long as they are within the rules of DA. They can be personal, about my works (pics or writing), and every thing in between.

Think of it as a truth or dare of sorts, only without the dare option.
In the United States, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.  For me, it is a day to reflect on all the good things that have been part of my life over the past twelve months and beyond.  Among those "things" for which I am most grateful this Thanksgiving 2011 are the many friends and wonderful artists I've met through deviantArt.

(Bryan D. Spellman)
I just, by accident, came across the calendar option, and thought, what a good idea.  Took the time to choose and upload 14 shots (12 months plus front and back covers) and got an error message when I tried to complete the action.  How do I set up a calendar in dA?  Any suggestions?
For my birthday in October, 2006, I bought a Nikon Coolpix L3 digital point and shoot camera.  I'd been shooting film all my life, but decided I wanted to see what this digital stuff was all about.  I fell in love with digital photography, and for Christmas, I treated myself to a Nikon D80, newly available at that time.  It's the camera I still use today, and frankly, I see no reason to "upgrade."   A couple of days ago, my partner's aunt gave me a camera she has been holding for the past decade.  Its original owner, a young man who loved shooting floral close-ups, according to Bonnie, committed suicide when the girl he liked pushed him away. I'm the only photographer Bonnie knows, and the young man's family didn't want the camera, so it ended up in my arsenal.  It's a Canon F-1, fairly basic, but very sturdy, with two lenses.  Kevin asked me why I would want to go "backwards."  And it's not that I intend to spend a lot of time and money putting film in the Canon and then having to get it developed and printed, but I am curious.  This in turn has me going back through my portfolio, looking at shots I took with that Nikon Coolpix.  They're not half-bad, and I sometimes wonder if the ability to do so much with the D80 has taken away from the skill and eye required with a "simpler" camera.  I dunno the answer, but I'm having more fun exploring than I've had for a while.  In point of fact, the only time I feel really alive and joyous is when I have my camera in my hands, or when I'm sitting with Bridge open looking through what I've done in the past.  Is it nostalgia?  Perhaps.  I'll have to get back to you on that.
I joined DeviantArt because many of my favorite photographers treating the male nude were already actively posting their work on dA.  As far back as I can remember, I've been fascinated by the male body, and I especially like to see good artwork based on the male form.  I do not, however, take many nude male images myself, as I have not been successful in getting men to strip down in front of my camera--with a few exceptions, and those exceptions don't want their faces put out where anyone can see them.  So....

What I do spend much of my time photographing is the landscape of my home state, Montana.  In another on-line photo group (initials are RB), there is a Montana group to which I belong.  This morning I looked at the group site and found, to my horror, that of the fifteen images on display, nine were mine.  I don't want to overwhelm that group, but I have hundreds of images (over 400 to be a bit more precise) from a photoshoot I did last week.  Were I to post all of those shots, or at least all the ones I deem worthy of sharing, I'd completely dominate the group.  What's a photographer to do?

Fortunately, I belong to three different on-line photo groups (not including Picasa and Flikr).  While I will continue to use dA for the reasons I joined, and my favorites will be largely, if not exclusively, male nudes,  I have now opened a folder in my gallery just for Montana Landscapes, and I'll be posting a lot of them there.  I hope dA members find them edifying.
Owning a classic car has certainly added some spice to my life.   For one thing, I'm hanging around a lot more straight people than I usually do.  Aren't there any gay men who are interested in old cars?  Yesterday, August 13th, I joined the Garden City Rods and Customs for a Fun Run.  We drove through some absolutely gorgeous country and I was longing to stop and spend some time behind my camera, but no.  They were there to drive, and drive they did.  80+ miles per hour on some stretches.  My poor little TR7 could barely keep up with these 1930s hot rods.  Oh yeah, they looked like cars from the 30s, but they sure didn't run like that.  Then the temperature climbed to nearly 100 degrees.  It was hotter in Missoula yesterday than it was in Dallas.  My Triumph of British engineering just couldn't stand the heat.  But those 1937 Fords and Chevys just kept going, and going, and going.  Oh well.  Glad I didn't take the Frazer.  It's completely stock and wouldn't have gone over 60.  I'd have lost the pack in the first five miles.
this is a re-post from a friend's journal spread it around

A 15 year old girl holds hands with her 1 year old son. People call her a slut, no one knows she was raped at 13.

People call another Guy fat, No one knows he has a serious disease causing him to be overweight .

People call an old man ugly, No one knew he had a serious injury to his face while fighting for our country in the war.

Repost this if you are against bullying and stereotyping. I bet 95% of you won't.

copy and paste on a new journal entry if you are against bullying and profiling.

Took this from [link]
Skin by `Nicasus