The Weak End of Summer…

There were no 100 degree days this summer.

I’m not saying global warming is wrong, but back in the 90’s I recall consecutive summers in Baltimore and Georgia where the thermometer read 100 degrees or above.

The current/past summer was muggy yes. Hot? Not really to me.

I switched companies that I shoot sports for. (If you want to know to whom I switched check my Facebook page or something) Shooting sports is fun but the money is drying up pretty quickly. Fewer and fewer parents are willing to buy prints of their kid once he or she (the parent) leaves an event, and those photo tents you see at tournaments aren’t as lucrative as they once may have been. Couple that with newspapers and magazines dying slowly, and there really isn’t a major demand for sports photos. I see parents and high school students with semi-pro gear on the sidelines now all the time. They may not have the passion and skill to produce high level sports compositions, but that camera and lens they now hold represents the money they would have spent on professional photos perhaps…..

Sports are in full swing though. I’m booked to shoot every weekday afternoon (after my main job) up till probably the first week of November. I’m also shooting models now until kingdom come, and will probably miss many Sundays in front of the tube watching the Redzone channel because of it. Sundays are great to shoot models for that reason however. It’s a dead day in the city for foot traffic and that’s a perfect environment to shoot in….

MICROSTRUGGLER is nearly a year old. I mainly like to shoot women and that’s what this blog will be about moving forward: photos and women…..

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Model on Instagram is @myrlanis_

She only accepts followers who follow me first….

My IG is @rickyray73

Tee shirt available here.

7 Random Thoughts Before Summer….

I’ve been busy launching a new business venture, settling into a new relationship, and generally shooting less lately now that spring school sports has ended. I have some potential gigs lined up to shoot over the summer, but besides that let me give you 7 random things from my brain meat….


▪️ Sony has made their move to take over the professional photography market. You may not notice it now, but I think the modern DSLR is dead….

▪️ This might be the worst allergy season I’ve experienced in my life. Brutal….

▪️ After sniffing around I’ve discovered stock photography is not worth the time, money and effort required to make a decent bit of coin from it. 


▪️ Even though my current boss at my day job is cool as fuck, I hate nothing more than having to answer to a boss in the first place. I really want to work for myself.

▪️ I am not at all interested or excited about the newest iPhone coming in a few months, despite the fact that it’s near time to upgrade my phone. I love apple of course, but I’m not excited in the slightest. 

▪️ No GAS for me lately. I’m still getting the Leica Q and the Hasselblax X1D though, but there is no real timetable set. 

▪️ My birthday was May 2. I was born the same year as the former twin towers in NYC. Do the math. 


Talk to you soon folks! Enjoy your week. 

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Apple: My Journey to the Dark Side…

Search your feelings. You know this to be true….

The Apple Store in Columbia Mall, Maryland
I am team apple. I was a Microsoft/PC guy until 2009, mainly because I was broke, then I lost a book I was writing and an album I was working on (including the backup drive) due to a blue screen of death boot sector virus. This was perhaps my 4th Windows device to go belly up and it would be my last. It was an Acer laptop, for the record…..

Around December of 2009 I had windfall of sorts so I ordered my first MacBook, the white shiny one. I still have it. After that I bought the Apple Airport Express router and maybe a year later, after a frustrating time using my Blackberry for the internet, I stormed into Best Buy and purchased my first iPhone. I switched to AT&T that afternoon as well, leaving T-Mobile. 

Following that I bought an iMac to process my photos (the MacBook is old now) and most recently I bought an iPad mini, which I’m using to compose this elegant, well written blog entry. When I bought my iPad mini I needed to migrate all of my iPhone stuff over so I took a class right there in the Apple Store after I made the purchase. The pretty blonde across from me was buying an Apple Watch. It was pink, the watch and band, matching her skull cap and other winter accessories. 

“So do you have all the other apple stuff too? Laptops etc?” I asked. 

She wrinkled her nose and smirked. “Yep.” 

Her journey to the dark side was complete. 

I don’t think I’ll get the Apple Watch. Of course, I said I’d never get the iPad mini either. Goddamn micro-struggle is real yo…..

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