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Futzing around in the living room this afternoon.

Under here.

March 30, 2009

To Keep Up
Monday. I skipped breakfast and slept in this morning heading out later to catch a bus and buy an April bus ticket. Any reason to get out of the apartment is a good reason and buying a monthly bus ticket, well, why not? A walk most of the way back. More than I should have attempted, maybe, but I'm feeling better for it and I'm back now thinking of making another portrait attempt.

I received a book (The Hot Shoe Diaries) from Amazon just before entering the hospital on using small (Nikon) strobe lights for portraits in the studio and out in the field and, although at first reading it seemed superficial in both content and style, I realized it was teaching me things about light placement and (for example) how to use diffusers and gels to get interesting and useful effects. So I'm going to try some of them with the SB-900 strobe I've had for a while but have never really taken the time to learn to use. Gotta start somewhere, right?

Now saying all that I'm sitting here looking at the various tripods, light stands and the like I have sitting in my living room and I can't generate a single watt of energy to go over and move them about. Probably because I've just returned from the walk. That's OK. Get a little rest, take a bath, maybe take a nap, get to the bits and pieces later when all the good little boys get their three o'clock energy fix.

Good little boys? Energy fix?

I made that up. Best to project a positive attitude. I have all kinds of people around me who still do things with their lives and I find it hard to keep up.

The photograph was taken futzing around in the living room this afternoon with a Nikon D3 mounted with a 24 - 70mm f 2.8 Nikkor G lens at 1/60 second, f 2.8, ISO 200 using an SB-900 speed light.