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Yesterday at the apartment.

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February 4, 2009

What A Rush
Wednesday. OK, another sunny day with rain projected much later in the afternoon and tomorrow, bringing rain, but not nearly enough to have any effect on the drought. A story in the paper this morning about Bolinas and the fact they've had to cut each household down to 150 gallons of water per day and anyone exceeding the limit will have their connection cut off. Interesting stuff.

Having returned from breakfast at the usual place at eight this morning after an hour and a half reading the morning papers the attitude is good and I'm looking forward to screwing up some pictures here in the apartment. An advantage to getting up early and getting outside for a leisurely breakfast: you get back home with an entire day ahead, feeling good and ready for excitement. You get up at ten and the morning is gone by the time your eyes have adjusted to the light. Or something like that. There have been times when I've done my best work at night and slept til noon, doodle-dee-doon, and who knows, maybe those times will come again. If they do I'll adjust.

So the picture above is a first test shot with the 135mm lens. The idea now is to vary the settings, see what can be done. I have a 105mm f 2.0 lens with the “decouple” feature too and I'll see if it has any advantage in using it: distance between lens and subject being shorter and stuff like that. The strands of hair at the front of the head are in focus, but everything behind them are not, the effect of shooting wide open at f 2.0. Any advantage to that? Who knows. Maybe with a better subject. Maybe if I were photographing Ms. Emmy or something equally cute such as a bowl of fruit.

Cute? A bowl of fruit?

Cute, fruit. It rolls off the tongue and rolling off the tongue trumps rationality every time (with rhythm and rhyme).

Now, now. People can only forgive so much.

Later. Back now from the local Bank of America ATM because I wanted to get my walking in today after a late morning and early afternoon of amazing accomplishment. Not the pictures, I'm not sure they count so much as I still take pictures even in the middle of the great sloth lake, but putting together all of my bank and credit card statements for last year and clearing out a bunch of stuff that never should have gotten into a pile around here in the first place. Believe me, that's something different, something new. Astonishing.

But no pictures.

The day's not over yet.

Oh, and the mat cutter arrived with its various attachments and extra blades listed as necessary in one of my picture framing books. I have a work table in storage I need to get in order to properly set it up, but I suspect I'll actually do it. Probably tomorrow. What a rush.

The photograph was taken yesterday with a Nikon D3 mounted with an 135mm f 2.0 Nikkor AF-DC lens at 1/200th second, f 2.0, ISO 400.