I have been digging through the way- back- files trying to find something worth posting this evening. This comes on the heels of The Bride and I getting home late after enjoying our local playhouse’s performance of “To Kill A Mocking Bird”. The show was so well done that I was seeing red at the injustice done no matter what time this drama would have played out in. Hoping to reflect my mood but also wanting to be hopeful, here is one I took of a model car setting inside the trunk of its twin but real car. Interpret it any way you want but this is my red reflections.
It has been an eventful stretch in The Brides and my life. I started the kitchen/dining room remodel a week ago. Today I got my answer on how we can remove and shore up a wall separating the dining room from the living room. In doing so I got two recruits to help do it. Bonus! Also this two days ago The Bride got accepted to the Nursing program at our local college! Now how to pay for it all and finish the remodel and the list goes on but I am excited to see how it is worked out.
Over the next few weeks I hope to get the remodel done and finish up a few outside projects before the weather gets to cold to do so. In that time I will be digging up snaps from the-way-back-file to share along with any new ones I can get. Till then enjoy one fine and rusty Ford truck!
I was enjoying my down time yesterday I did find my ability to get a decent macro somewhat frustrating. But with my companion Butterfly and a backup camera, my Canon Powershot SX10is, it really was not problematic. One thing in hindsight is bees are not great posers. They are well busy you know and cannot be bothered with the paparazzi. I was able to get a few decent shots at the long end of the zoom on the Canon of a couple of wasps, my companion Butterfly and one of the views from my court side seat to nature yesterday.
I took about an hour or so of this amazing day for a little down time. I have a Olympus SP-350 I bought online for around $7-8 plus shipping. It was an amazing camera in its day and I have tried to get the most out of it on macro for a while now. As an everyday shooter it is very nice but I have had trouble using the macro since the camera has zero anti-vibration capabilities, well that I can find anyway. And since there was not manual, well I just took off free of such clutter….and knowledge to do as I please with the little bugger! So here are three macro I took today using it. I set up a lawn chair, with my outside cat Butterfly as my helper and went about waiting on that perfect shot……since that didn’t happen you get these instead ;).
For reference as to how small the Wood Aster flower is I used a AA battery to give you a visual reference as to these size. I did this for two reasons: One is to show you how small some pollinators are and two if I can get a good shot of the Bumblebees and the red wasps that feed on them as well. Cool stuff!
Yesterday I had the pleasure of having my great-great niece dropped off so she could spend the night with The Bride and I. Since we had committed to watch her we had to take her with us to the viewing of one of our friends who died Wednesday. I know his parents better than I knew him really but I knew neither would care. As we stood in the viewing line we saw old and dear friends. Man there is something about weddings and funerals, right? After words we went out to eat and then home for what turned out to be a delightfully quite evening. This morning before she woke I went and tried to grab a few shots of the changing leaves. The sky was overcast and there was a grey tint to the early part of the day but the reds of the fallen leaves stood out again the surprisingly green grass. Like the little bundle of wonderful sleeping in her bed I found this to be a pleasant and wonderful thing. Here are two of those leaves in different setting but I hope like them as I do.
I was going through the way-back files and found a picture I took last year with my point & shot Olympus SP-350. As I looked at it I was inspired to try a plugin by Topaz called Simplify 4 on it. Simplify 4 is a plugin that turns my pictures into art and I have tried it on two pictures and rather like it. The top one it the original unedited photo and the bottom one of a simple one click preset called Image Crispedge. There are adjustments you can use once the preset is applied but I like it well right out of the box.
As a budget- restrained individual I try to buy the best I can afford but still not break the bank. I try always to buy local first but sometimes the cost difference does not allow it and I have to order stuff online. An exception is lenses for my camera. I have to try it out first and that dictates it must be local. Well after many attempts using craigslist , most have not been less than positive, I had my faith in youth, humanity and the ability to buy local on craigslist restored this evening in one fell swoop! The young man I contacted actually responded to my inquiry and followed through with what he said he would do. He was one time, that is something new, and was polite and the lenses were as advertised, something new as well. Since I did not get home in time to take a few pics tonight I had to look in the-way-back-files and find something to share. Here is one from last August, I think, taken with my Olympus SP-350 and that much I do actually know. So here is to something new and a little dew too!