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Here In Oakland

Art & Life


May 18, 2015


Monday. Lights out early enough and to sleep without any problem. So much for ultraviolet light keeping you awake (suppression of melatonin and all the rest). It may, it might, but not every night.

And so awake fifteen minutes before the alarm to get in gear and walk to breakfast, avocado with cheese this morning, a walk then back taking one or two pictures just because. It's a good sign when you take pictures “just because” because, well, the idea has vague hints of Cartier-Bresson “seeing” inside. Or something.

Overcast, chilly, no wind, a good walk to and back from breakfast. Not really tired, but we'll lie down for a bit and listen to the news on the radio, see if the eyes close and we manage a nap.

Later. A bit of a nap, I guess. Certainly a good hour of slowing down, eyes closed, time passing quickly. So good. Up to catch a bus downtown just after noon, getting off at Latham Square again as I could see the same crew working. Pictures before heading into the Rotunda building to have a raspberry shortcake cookie and coffee at one of the tables overlooking the building center, if only to get out of the cold.

Nothing to otherwise hold me downtown, so one or two more photographs before walking back to the apartment, going by the apartment house construction site to take the usual set of photographs. For someone who's bent is taking candid portraits I seem to be wrestling with an awful lot of bricks and cement lately, although there aren't any rules about what detours you may take that will eventually lead you refreshed right back to your subject.

But a good outing, a good walk, need to keep that up. Worked on the pictures for a couple of hours before lying down to watch the usual stuff on the tablet. Still overcast, still cold outside, still December in May. May in May would make the attitude better.

Evening. Nothing on television and so to bed to continue on the tablet. Life on the tablet. Still, a good day, a good evening, we'll see when it was we finally turned out the lights when we awaken (all bright eyed and bushy tailed) tomorrow.

The photo up top was taken at the San Francisco How Weird Street Faire with a Nikon D4s mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.