Sunday, July 21, 2019

Hot Day in the Old Town Tonight...or weekend or whatever.

So today started off with my Keurig still tasting faintly of vinegar, so off to get an ice coffee again from Baker's. It's 7:30am, schmegy as heck. Dew points around 80 degrees which is about as humid as it gets in New England. Do I want to bring my good camera? Nah, I'm not planning to photograph anything and I wasn't going to go for a drive either. Heat indexes in the afternoon pushing well over 100 both Saturday & Sunday.

So I stop at the end of the driveway, get my mail, turn around...holy shit!



So I go back to the house to get the camera. I just pull up pointed towards the front door like I do when I'm just running in and out. I get out with my hand full of mail. Car starts driving towards house...holy shit I forgot to put in park. I'm pretty impressed with the run-and-dive into the car to jam on the brake with my hand :D I'm also surprised so far no injuries have shown up from that move.

I'm very happy with this photo, I don't know if I have the skill to remove the power lines especially where they are around the intricate wood work on the steeple. (The blue sky part are easy as pie, and the tree shouldn't be too difficult because leaves are irregular so it doesn't show edits easily). I may end up spending a few dollars to have it professionally retouched -- I know two sites but they both say their for "professionals only" so I don't know how much they enforce it. But it should only be like $6 to fix it -- I'm sure what they do is farm out the pics to India, Philippines, or similar country for someone to retouch them.



Did take a swim today. I never got in the pond last year...it was so nice to be in it again.

Bought the tomato, basil, mozzarella yesterday between Walmart and the Danielson Farmer's Market but I forgot bread. And quickly decided I'd rather bake a loaf than venture forth out in the heat to go to Big Y.

Loaf came out very well. I didn't measure a thing -- I proofed the yeast in warm sugar water, poured some flour in a bowl, mixed the water with it, punched it down once, let it rise overnight. Wet my hand and rolled it into the dutch oven this morning. Put it in the oven with the top on for 30 minutes, then 10 minutes with the top off.



But owe making a tomato sandwich when the bread is still oven warm...mmmmmmm.



Yeah, that's in the shade. My house is cleaner than it has been in many months as I hid from the heat in the A/C most of Saturday and today.

Farmer's market maters and taters for dinner :)



And having watched Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse...it amuses me that Spiderwoman has the same build, attitude, age, haircut, and comes from Brooklyn -- as L. o_O

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

That time of year when the Daylillies are blooming...

Some more 4x6 pics (and a 6x4) to go up on the wall:

Canon EOS 50D,0.003125 1/320, f/2, focal length 50, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.003125 1/320, f/2, focal length 50, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.005 1/200, f/2, focal length 50, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.005 1/200, f/2, focal length 50, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.005 1/200, f/2, focal length 50, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.005 1/200, f/2, focal length 50, ISO 100

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Another day...some more flowers (and a bee!)

Had some time to use up (and still not feeling like yard work :D ) before I could swing by Sorel's to inquire about my truck and to hit the farmer's market. Which I went to Putnam and holy hell I don't think there was a parking spot open as I drove by so I went down to Danielson instead!

Canon EOS 50D,0.008 1/125, f/2.8, focal length 50, ISO 100


...and a crop. With a pink petal "C" that I removed in Lightroom from the top edge of the crop :)

Canon EOS 50D,0.008 1/125, f/2.8, focal length 50, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.0025 1/400, f/2.8, focal length 50, ISO 100


Cropped:

Canon EOS 50D,0.000625 1/1600, f/1.4, focal length 50, ISO 100


East Woodstock Congregational Church is really becoming a favorite photography spot of mine...
Canon EOS 50D,0.000125 1/8000, f/2.8, focal length 50, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.0004 1/2500, f/3.2, focal length 50, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.000625 1/1600, f/3.2, focal length 50, ISO 100


Missed having the focus nail the bee, but not too bad. And darn these suckers are tough to get a good photo -- they were flittering all over the place!

Canon EOS 50D,0.000625 1/1600, f/3.2, focal length 50, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.00015625 1/6400, f/2, focal length 50, ISO 100


...and cropped:
Canon EOS 50D,0.00015625 1/6400, f/2, focal length 50, ISO 100


And what I've been doing with all the crops -- taken me a month, but I finally today figured out how to get the crops to print out right 100% of the time:


Friday, July 12, 2019

...and there goes the GT 2550

Just realized I never took a photo of the old Cub Cadet and the new Gravely together...:(

The mower deck on the Cub Cadet GT 2550 self-destructed. I was looking at needing about $700 in parts (deck shell and a spindle). Lawn was a hayfield, figure at least another week for the parts and for me to transfer everything over from the old deck. The GT 2550 was hard to steer (the next series up from Cub Cadet has hydraulics for implements...and power steering), and 50" was a bit too big for my yard with all it's nooks and crannies so it didn't exactly break my heart to go out and get my first new mower since I've bought this place.

I got three+ seasons out of the Cub Cadet, which works out about $433 per full season. I did consider keeping it and fixing it up until I sa how well the new Gravely does and realized there was no real need for it.



Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Home + Dog Photos

Cooper was down for the long weekend...since he usually sleeps in a bedroom shared by 10 and 16 year old boys, he's perfectly at home in my desperately needs to be picked house.

Well shit...love to know who the teenage driver's great-grandfather or so was politically connected to :D

I don't even know how many months I've been putzing away on this...but the hood is up and the stove pushed back. The vertical part can slide up some more. I'll slide it up as high as practical, then I plan to put up a couple brackets and "cap" it with a little shelf for knick-knacks and then trim either side. I'll stain the shelf / trim / the door to attic to match the cabinets and mantle.

And holy cow I need to wash the front of the stove!

Friday, July 5, 2019

Day after Independence Day

1) Hmmm, still haven't watched the movie Independence Day this weekend;

2) This time of year I wake up with the sun, unless it's blessedly a rainy day or heavy clouds in the morning. So I was up early.

3) So after morning activities, I get ready to leave. I put on my right sock, I pull on my right boot, I lace it up, I tie it. I realize I'm not wearing pants. Long pause while I contemplate this fact.

4) Wasn't planning to be gone as long as I was, and still can't quite figure out where all the time went. Started towards Putnam, decided to try the coast, saw an awesome shot driving by Durfee Hill Management Area in Rhode Island and whipped in, bee bopped down to Matunuck (while handling a call from work that required I pull over and log on through my computer a couple times) only to find it pretty fogged in and nothing interesting going on (was hoping for wind surfers maybe), decided to try Weekapaug on the way home and was shocked to find it mostly empty (!) although by the time I finished taking some photos with the new-to-me Tamron 150-600 zoom lens all the parking spots had filled up in like ten minutes. That was a pretty good run-on sentence, eh?

Canon EOS 50D,0.000125 1/8000, f/2, focal length 50, ISO 100


So this is the original:

Canon EOS 50D,0.000125 1/8000, f/2, focal length 50, ISO 100


Now cropped -- but notice a little bit of yellow petals sneaking in upper left and lower right sides.

Canon EOS 50D,0.000125 1/8000, f/2, focal length 50, ISO 100


Little bit of Lightroom cleanup. I'm no expert, but think I did OK. That's a print for my wall.

Canon EOS 50D,0.000125 1/8000, f/2, focal length 50, ISO 100


Cormorants I think? This is the original:

Canon EOS 50D,0.0004 1/2500, f/6.3, focal length 483, ISO 400


And after de-hazing and other work in Lightroom, but didn't look like it would make a good print for the wall so I didn't print it despite cropping it to 8x10:

Canon EOS 50D,0.0004 1/2500, f/6.3, focal length 483, ISO 400


This might just be an immature common sea gull, I'm not sure :/ Even looking at https://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/wildlife/pdf_files/nongame/CTShorebirds.pdf I can't tell.

Canon EOS 50D,0.00025 1/4000, f/5.6, focal length 273, ISO 400


I guess because there were no surfers, there were a lot more birds hanging out at Weekapaug than I am used to seeing!

Canon EOS 50D,0.000125 1/8000, f/2, focal length 50, ISO 100

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Flowers

Out and about by 6:30 or so this morning -- bright and sunny with thunderstorms expected by late morning.

First set was taken at Byrnes Insurance in Dayville. I had noticed they had quite extensive landscaping a week or two ago and put them on my "list."

Canon EOS 50D,0.0004 1/2500, f/11, focal length 50, ISO 1250


Canon EOS 50D,0.00125 1/800, f/5.6, focal length 50, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.00125 1/800, f/5.6, focal length 50, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.00125 1/800, f/5.6, focal length 50, ISO 100


Then some roses on Woodstock commons.

The sun was so bright, I couldn't use my lowest stops -- I'm at maximum speed (1/8000th of a second) with ISO 100. I would need a camera with a faster shutter speed or an even lower ISO (and 100 is the "standard" lowest!)

Hah! Didn't even notice the tiny wasp (bee? bug?) until now:

Canon EOS 50D,0.000125 1/8000, f/2.2, focal length 50, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.00025 1/4000, f/1.8, focal length 50, ISO 100


And then blue hydrangea's at Dr. Baik's office at the old Woodstock Post Office:

Canon EOS 50D,0.0004 1/2500, f/1.8, focal length 50, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.000125 1/8000, f/2.8, focal length 50, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.000125 1/8000, f/2.2, focal length 50, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.000125 1/8000, f/2.2, focal length 50, ISO 100

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Summer Sunsets

Ekonk Hill, Thursday June 27th:

Canon EOS 50D,0.00625 1/160, f/8, focal length 50, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.01 1/100, f/8, focal length 18, ISO 100


And additional crops from that photo:

Canon EOS 50D,0.01 1/100, f/8, focal length 18, ISO 100


Canon EOS 50D,0.01 1/100, f/8, focal length 18, ISO 100



East Woodstock, Saturday June 29th:
(Actually went to see if there would be any good shots at Woodstock Academy which I decided is a no go. Also decided I probably won't get a good photo of the East Woodstock Congregational Church at sunset. But this field...wow.)
Canon EOS 50D,0.0125 1/80, f/11, focal length 31, ISO 1250