Saturday, May 18th, 2013 § 0 comments
FOUR GOOD THINGS HAPPENED TO ME TODAY
- I discovered that I like asparagas.
- I discovered that cooking asparagus is easy. I cooked some tonight for the first time in my life.
- I discovered that I like hummus (well, some flavors of it anyway).
- I discovered what I’d long ago forgotten—that Farmer’s Markets rock. My wife and I visited our local Farmer’s Market this morning (there wasn’t a cheeseburger in sight) and brought home strawberries, blackberries, asparagus and 3 tubs of creamy garlic hummus—basil (shown here), jalapeno and cilantro. The fruit & veggies were fresh, locally grown/produced and organic. We’d have brought home more good stuff but the vendors take cash only and we weren’t prepared for that. We will be next week, though.
I ALSO HAD A NOT-SO-GOOD DISCOVERY TODAY
- I discovered that a visit to our local Farmer’s Market is way more expensive than a visit to our local grocery store. Economy of scale is the curse of the small grower.
Saturday, May 18th, 2013 § 0 comments
Sadly, these are two of the best images I’ve shot so far using the Canon EF 2x II Extender.
Maybe I’m expecting too much from this little guy. Maybe I don’t know what I’m doing. Probably both. I admit I’m not very good at using it yet, and I’m pretty sure its got to have a sweet spot if I could only find it, but so far I’m not impressed with it. I tell myself to be patient, to keep at it, that I will get better with practice. A river in Egypt just came to mind.
Friday, May 17th, 2013 § 0 comments
Thursday, May 16th, 2013 § 1 comment
I bought this extender six years ago to use with my 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. Back then I was spending a lot of time running around southern California’s beaches taking photos of surfers. I’d hoped the extender would give me more range on my photos, and it did (doubled my focal length, but also decreased the aperture and reduced the autofocus speed). I shot and I shot and I shot, but whether handheld or using my cheap tripod, I just couldn’t get a decent image with it. I bought a much better tripod a year later but by then the extender had been relegated to the bottom of my camera bag, disused and forgotten. Until now.
So I’ll be out and about taking photos tomorrow to see if using a sturdy tripod underneath this thing gives me better results than last time. I’m hoping it will. Otherwise, instead of going back to the bottom of my camera bag, it’s going on Craigslist & eBay.
Monday, May 13th, 2013 § 0 comments
Thursday, May 9th, 2013 § 0 comments
Yesterday’s paper plate special for lunch at the house. Tres hombres. No beer. Could have used a beer, especially after a friend pointed out to me in no uncertain terms that my frequent use of paper plates is irresponsible, wasteful and environmentally unsound.
I’ll stop using the paper plates eventually. But until then, no more chicken tacos for my friend.
And lazy my ass. I’m not lazy, I’m retired.
Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 § 0 comments
Looks like they’re serious about chewing each other up, doesn’t it? But don’t call the ASPCA on me just yet, I’m not Michael Vick.
There is almost nothing I would rather do these days than sit on the back porch with a cold glass of juice and watch our dogs play in the grass. They sleep better at night when they wrestle and chase each other all over the yard playing tug-a-war with their toys during the day.
Monday, April 22nd, 2013 § 0 comments
I stopped by the glider launch in Crestline last week. It was nice and warm and I was wearing shorts that day. My bad luck. I was only there for about 15 minutes but during that brief time Black Valley flies (aka No-See-Ums) bit the crap out of me. They couldn’t get enough of me. Turns out that my skin is very sensitive to their bite. My legs started swelling and itching like crazy by the time I got home and two days after that they were infected. They still itch like a mofo. The doc wants to put me in the hospital with an IV of antibiotics for a few days. I’d like to go camping instead but that’s not going to happen right now. Damn flies.
So, expect nothing from me for a while.