Recently purchased equipment


My Photography has taken a back turn within the last few years.  I hope to plan more time and energy in my photography hobby. I have recently purchased new equipment to aide my talent to gain patience when shooting images. I will strive to choose my images more selected too, including building some work with models to improve my experience’s with other genre form in photography. My recent purchases to aide in my photography

1. Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 tripod

2. Acratech Ultimate GP ballhead with level clamp.

3. Canon EFS 10-22MM Ultra Wide Angle lens F3.5-4.5 USM

4.B+W  77MM strong UV filter (lens protector)

5. B+W 77MM (XSPRO MC) Kaesemn HTC circular Polarizer MRC-Nano filter

6. B+W 77MM (XS-PRO) DIGITAL ND Vario MRC Nano filter

7. Impact 42′ 5-1 reflector disc

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Holy Diver by creative software


I’ve haven’t used my blog in a very long time and have been trying to enhance my experience and gain better understanding of using ACDSEE ultimate 8 software. I plan to spend more time with learning or gaining a better understanding in using my software.  This image is from a side of a building  as well is an neon light.

I used the the software to provide a surreal look. I hope this process was correct in which I can bring people to focus on the diver. Please provide me with any comment so I can determine if this image should be placed on my website.

Holy Diver  neon light

Holy Diver neon light

learning a new trade


My motherboard had gone down many months ago. I ve had to used wifi access from local businesses to writeon this blog. Ive purchase a new computer case full tower and plan to rebuild and built a computer desig for photography and photo editing only. I hope to have all of my parrs purchase within a few more months. then if am lucky i can sayIve built my owned computer from the ground up and in the process in learning a new trade. the computer chassis is the HAF 932 advanced full tower. i also have the Atech Pro ATF  multi media reader to add as an internal device. I plan to purchase the cpu processor in julyth enquire the motherboard afterward.

  I need to leave and get back to some reading. i miss my books the most while I hope to have them back sometime in July.  have a wonderful day.

getting back on my feet

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Theodore Roosevelt once said ” When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on”

To be perfectly honest with everyone, I’ve had receive many life changing events in my life  Since August 2012. We were suppose to have an eternal marriage in the London Temple. I sold everything and moved to the United Kingdom, then suddenly she decided not to marry me after 1 1/2 year engagement. I’ve spent these months attempting to get back on my feet. I’ve been a patient in a hospital emergency room, living out of my suitcase, then living out of my backpack. I’ve been homeless and lived in a house with no power or running water to flush a toilet.  I’ve finally saved enough money to get my own placed and attempt to regain my life since the woman I wish to married turned me away for reasons I feel didn’t display the teachings of our Lord and Saviour or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

I’ve learned and fully understood how the prophet Jonah felt when running away from the lord and facing his situation because of his fierce anger against the Lord, mine anger was against those people who knew of the teachings and stewardship of the Lord received to them as leaders in their local ward by our saviour.  They’ve made personal decision which affected my life. The Bishop and my ex-fiance whom refused to extend a hand when a member of the church was in need. I know how Job felt when he pray and asked God Why or seek answers from him to have greater understanding. I’ve learned forgiveness and love for all humans whether they are members of the restore gospel or not. I’m not responsible for the decisions which two people made upon me, but am able to build greater faith in my Lord and saviour to guide me in this life. I’ve carry a burden longer then expected 19 months for individual person whom we’ve prayed together so that my ex-fiance would receive a lesser burden and I to received the greater burden. I did received those other burdens and I carry them the best I could for those 19 months. I’ve grown more spirituality in this process for decisions which we’ve made together. I fully understand the atonment of Christ. That he carry that burden for every single human ever created since the beginning of Adam. the pain he experience in this life is far greater than anything I’ve recently been through since August of 2012. I have great and beautiful parents whom hold values of Jesus Christ or the The church which they are no longer active in, in fact my entire family has stopped attending church within the LDS structure in greater understanding then two people whom refused to extend a hand in making my return easier, they simply don’t understand the values of forgiveness or love. I hope my Lord and Saviour will blessed them. I wish all men, woman and child many blessings in their lives and that their needs shall be taken care of by him for them. If you are a member of the church and you think your action or inaction doesn’t make a direct impact upon other people whom are members or not because you’ve never met them in life, you are surely mistaken, because these two people have made a greater impact upon my family to stay further away from the restore church, because they choose not to follow Christ teachings. I know without a doubt the love and teachings of my Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ. I know that the Lord church has been restore upon this earth and that I hold the Melchizedek priesthood in his name only as a steward for his love and teachings. I know without a fact that every person we are in contact with, whether written words, face to face or briefly walking by we influence everyone in one way or another which could lead to life changing events for that person life. I love all of my brother and sisters on this earth whether you are a member of the restored church or not.

with all of my heart and love, Brother Donald Douglas Mucheck

The UnHappy Hour

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Tonight the Edgar Allan Poe Museum held an event  which details some live music from “Ocean Versus Daughter”, The band was good and I’m told that the band themselves also have a good following. Amber Boice had two performances the first was the reading from “The Raven” and the second was a reading from “A dream within a Dream” both reading was between the band performances.  There was also a short documentary on Edgar Allan Poe title ” The Persistence of Poe”  The documentary made and produce by four VCU students. The museum was open as well for the guest to browse and look at the many items display showcasing Poe talents and life. The Poe Museum was sponsor by various functions groups such as Fruit 66, Culture Works. The wine was sponsor by Gundlach Bunschu. I actually attend this event without my camera to give me the opportunity to visit with the guest so I could have some opportunity to share some experience among them. I overall thought the event was very successful and hope that the museum would consider adding a few more of them throughout the yearly schedule.  I would comment that there were around over 100 guest whom attended this wonderful evening at the Poe Museum. There are many Poe Followers in Richmond.           http://www.poemuseum.org

The Unhappy Hour was a great name for such an event for Poe Followers?

Edgar Allan Poe Museum

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English: Yan Dargent's illustration about Poe'...

English: Yan Dargent’s illustration about Poe’s The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall for Jules Verne’s “Edgar Poe et ses œuvres ” (1864) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Poe Museum entrance  sign

Poe Museum entrance sign

http://www.poemuseum.org

Yesterday was our field trip. I attended the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia. I was given a tour by Chris Semtner who is the Curator. Chris is very knowledgeable about Poe. I only wish I could only recall everything he has spoken to me ;however, I will have to suffice with what I could remember. Poe was an orphan and raised by his foster parents the Allan whom lived at 14 street and Tobacco Alley. The Allen home has since been demolished.  Edgar even took the name Allan to his name using it as his middle name. John Allan was in the tobacco business and was wealthy for his dealings. Poe also written about John Allan in one of his short stories  called “Peter Pendulum” publish in 1840 by Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine, it was later published as “The Business Man” in 1845 in The Broadway Journal.  Poe worked at the Southern Literary Messenger. Poe was the critic writer and even wrote about mundane issues such as road constructions, etc, but he eventually added short stories to the messenger.

Edgar Allan Poe Southern Literary Messenger desk

Edgar Allan Poe Southern Literary Messenger desk

It was my impressions that Edgar Allan Poe had placed much of his life into his own writing stories, but I also learned that Jules Verne’s also had received impressions upon Poe works. Poe actually  wrote a story about a man to the moon called “The Unparalleled  Adventure of one Hans Pfaall” publish by the messenger in June  of 1835. I wonder at time if the past was actually ahead of our fast paced society which we’ve created, it seems that the past wasn’t never the past but the future which their minds were actually ahead of our own. Authors of the past have always been influence upon earlier authors, yet Poe has earn his respect through his writing and was consider a master in literature from Victor Hugo, Jules Verne’s whom admire his work.

Edgar Allen Poe attended University of Virginia, but never graduated, he was in my mind and became a self-educated man whom always read articles or books to gain understanding from highly educated man in their perspective fields, he then used their written professional essays or articles and created a world not yet seen with an imagination cover with mystery thus leaving the reader with questions as the characters develop. In Poe’s short stories he adventure in such fields as detective work, science fiction and horror. These stories took form from everyday life which I would consider mundane for my life, yet he empowered that of his own and enhanced the beauty of life through his written words.

The courtyard is a beautiful centerpiece at the Poe Museum. I’ve spent time there sitting in hope to catch a crow (sorry no real ravens in Richmond) in an image close to Poe’s bust in the courtyard. You will see many lovely flowers, green grass, carved large stones and benches for you to sit upon as you look at the beauty among the courtyard. There are little memorials to individual’s among courtyard, which gives the love and sacrifice whom others have given to help make the Poe Museum greater in knowledge as well to gain more open forum to the local Richmond natives in gaining the love for Poe works and life.

courtyard view from the museum

courtyard view from the museum

poe museum gift shop

    The Poe Museum has other events which you may attend. The list of events may be viewed at http://www.poemuseum.org/events.php Please visit the Poe Museum website or shop to buy an item or even a book. There were many items available, which helps the Poe Museum to continue in its growth. http://www.poemuseum.org/shop/

I would also like to thank Chris Sumtner the curator as well his staff at the Poe Museum. I would like to thanked Edgar Allan Poe foundation which kindly gave me permission to visit their museum.

The Poe Museum is located at 1914-16 E. Main Street Richmond, Virginia 23223 (804) 648-5523 http://www.poemuseum.org

Poe bust in the courtyard at the Poe Museum

Poe bust in the courtyard at the Poe Museum

I ask of you to pull a chair next to Edgar Allan Poe, re-read some of his short stories or books, reflect upon them and then be amazed once again in your life at his thought process as you watch his characters grow to gain understanding in the process called life.

Current development on website

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 The process has started for a new website for the spider to crawled across the world-wide web.  www.dondresdenphotography.com will be up within a week at the most.  Some images shall be added to its pre opening début, while others shall be added pass the opening week even perhaps two or three weeks post its grand opening. Please leave comments or complaints. I do consider complaints more importance than suggestions as I look forward in receiving feedback from my clients / customers. It look as if I have strong feelings to have my site hosted by Photium. Photium is from the United Kingdom.

      They are professional and leave no room for mistakes or standards.  I have other reasons why I’ve chosen them over a United States server. I will be utilizing United States companies such as Facebook, Twitter for potential sales. I will also be using Fine Art America for sales growth too, another United States based company. I plan to support a blog using WordPress.com.

   I have also sign a licensing agreement with Fine Art America, (ABC) American Broadcasting Company and Disney to browse my images on my sites to generate more opportunities in sales, whether they buy images or photos for various set  productions or media material which those companies may have interest. The licensing agreement provides me the legal rights to all of my images.

I hope my future customers / clients will enjoy the images that I plan to upload unto the site during this week and will strive to have http://www.dondresdephotography.com live within a week from today so that you may find images appealing or you may complaint as well. either / or it’s all good news to me.

I will strive with my utmost to reply to all comments or complaints. When a company focus upon replying to complaints more than suggestions, that company will become better manage in keeping the focus upon the customers and not the needs of the company. Those complaints are key issues in improving ones service in a business model to serve the customers.

 Kindest Regards, Don Dresden

Were going on a Field Trip next week

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That is correct, I’ve stepped back in time to my days as a grade schooler with the simple concept of going on a field trip,but only this time my camera is going with me. I have been given permission to shoot images for an historical site located in Richmond, Virginia. I hope that my experience at this historical site will offer you some insight or educate you more about this person. I expect myself to learn new things about this person’s life and how he lived and shape Richmond. I would consider him one of the father of his specialities in his career. I look forward in sharing with you new insight soon. The field trip will take place on the 11, April 2013 Thursday @ 2:00 P.M.