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Art & Life


August 14, 2016


Sunday. My guess is a pretty good night's sleep last night to awaken at six-fifteen in reasonably good shape to drive to breakfast and read the Sunday papers. Looks like the overcast will break up early and the day will be sunny and probably warmer than I'm going to like, but I'm thinking, if I really didn't get quite enough pictures at the Pistahan Festival yesterday, well, maybe go today as well. Won't be any easier or less crowded, but the trip is straightforward and I'm not looking to hibernate inside the apartment.

You really think you will?

Well, with these things, you know with the next paragraph.

Later. More work on the Pistahan pictures. We still need five more to finish a section and it's clear (after retiring for what turned into an hour's nap) that we were not heading over now or later to find them. We'll see what we can come up with that's not too embarrassing.

A walk to the lake after another of these interminable “do I want to go outside” internal debates. For something to eat? Nothing appealed. Well, maybe once I get out? So, to the lake to take but one or two pictures, one of them testing a setting for taking photographs of cormorants. A full stop increase seems to be too much, we'll dial back to a two-thirds stop the next time out. Hard to resolve their eyes otherwise.

Back to the apartment feeling as slow as I've felt in a while, the blood pressure 98/69. Too low on the top by about ten points. Or eight points. Or whatever. I'm never sure my home device is accurate. It's consistent, a good sign, but is it/was it really 98/69? I suspect. Ah, well. We've been here before, we'll not think about it again until tomorrow.

Evening. Nothing on television. They ran multiple episodes of early Elementary episodes on two different channels, all from a series I never really warmed to and none of them appealed. Spent the early evening finishing the Pistahan photographs and posted the section to artandlife. Too little art, too little life. All they really needed was more time and attention from the photographer.

The photo up top was taken yesterday at the San Francisco Pistahan Festival with a Nikon D5 mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.