Chollas in Joshua Tree National Park this past spring. Photo taken with my Soviet-era Helios 44-2 lens and edited in Adobe Lightroom the partial monochrome effect.
Cholla cactus with bright blooms in Joshua Tree National Park. DSLR, manual mode with Soviet-era Helios 44-2 lens.
A close-up on a Joshua tree from the park of the same name. Taken with a Helios 44-2 Soviet-era lens.
Flowers on a cholla cactus in Joshua Tree National Park. Taken with a Lensbaby Velvet 56 lens.
I have remarked on numerous occasions that this year seemed to go by exceptionally fast. There was hope, excitement, optimism giving way to a mixture of frustration, cynicism and resolve as the pandemic and political situations dragged on and darkened. I have seen the goodness in many people, while I have witnessed the worst in others. But our personal year at CatSynth was a rich one filled with many experiences.
Most notably, the new album Meow Meow Band is out. I am really proud of the music, the presentation, the collaboration with other musicians and everything out it. Please do take a listen if you haven’t already. It was also a chance to reconnect with the city, go out on the road and into the desert, and start experiencing live music again. Of course, most of the time this year was spent here at HQ with our music, Sam Sam, and Big Merp. I always value time alone with my cats, music, and ideas and this moment in time has provided ample opportunity for that.
It’s been another strong year of growth for CatSynth TV. The most popular videos continue to be our synth demos and tutorials, but I’m also proud of music videos, highway videos, and expanded review series. There were fewer videos total this year. We took more time to get them right, but also time off to focus on other things (like the album). Trying to find that balance between the drive to always do more and the limits of time and resources will always be a challenge. We close out the year of videos by spending some time with Sam Sam and Big Merp.
We at CatSynth are grateful to all of you who chose to join or continue this journey with us in 2021, whether here on the blog, on CatSynth TV, or on social media. It is a fool’s errand to guess what will happen in the coming year, but we do have many goals, aspirations, and hopes; we will take each day as it comes.
Wishing you all a Happy New Year and health and joy in 2022.
Ruined car in Joshua Tree National Park. Photo taken with Lensbaby Edge 35 and post-processed for color in Adobe Lightroom.
Joshua Tree National Park, January 2020. Color and texture processing via Hipstamatic and Adobe Lightroom.
The various elements of Joshua Tree come together in this minimalist photo.
A lone Joshua Tree on a winter day in its eponymous park. Although the color is a bit exaggerated via Hipstamatic, the trees are exceptionally green at this time of year.