Less arrogance, more thought

When I first started taking pictures seriously, I was a bit of a camera snob. One of the camera makers I was snobbish about was Minolta. It was my opinion that Minolta was a second string brand. It was a camera that I was sure most people used mostly in Program mode because they couldn't be arsed to learn about aperture and shutter speed and the reasons for various combinations. Minolta's were too common. Since then I've owned a lot of cameras far above Minolta grade and managed a few attitude adjustments. I bought this particular camera because it is small and light but still has a solid feel in your hands. Also, it was cheap. And it's fun and it's simple. Did I mention the batteries last, like, forever?

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Excitement for the end of the week

I have two rolls of film currently in the lab for processing. Or so my text notifications and the web site say. It's only been two and a half months since I last sent film in, but it feels like forever. So much has happened since the end of March. Film has a lag time that is enormous campared to digital, but the anticipation is so much more fun.
Also, I am moving into a new room. My new bedroom furniture is in boxes on the floor. The mattress is coming tomorrow.  I will be sleeping solo for the first time in more than forty-five years.  I'm sure it will feel odd at first, but it can also be lovely to have a room of one's own. 

New lens

This is the Fuji XF 50mm f/2.  It's amazing. It's small, the AF is fast and the results so far have been lovely.
I discovered the merits of a moderate telephoto on a trip up the back side of the Sierra Nevada(Hwy 395). We were in this huge landscape that looked overwhelming with a wide angle or normal lens.  I had a Hasseblad with a 150mm lens, (mod tele for that format) It was wonderful. I also had a mod tele for my digital camera, a 56mm on an APS-C sensor.
The 56 mm looked a bit tight for smaller landscapes but this 50 seems to hit the sweet spot.

Roadside remembrance

This is a little shrine someone put together, probably for a loved one who died in an accident on this bit of the road. With the advent of seat belt requirements, air bags, and a crackdown on drunk drivers, we are seeing many fewer auto related fatalies in this country than when I was young.  The year I first got my full driver's license, there were 26 fatalities per 100,000 popuation. In 2017, the rate was 11.4.  Still, there seem to be quite a lot of these showing up from time to time.  Maybe people around here are a more reckless or hapless segment of the population?

Enough for pity sake!

I know that in a drought afflicted place like California, one shouldn't be saying this, but I'm getting sick to death of the rain. We have had years when there has been more rain, but I can't remember the last time when it was this depressing. Maybe if I get some wellies it will stop?

This is not a double exposure.  These ventilation pipes were standing inside a shop being redone. The trees were behind me, causing the window reflection.  A lot of people who shoot black and white like to use film while using digital for color work.  I like using film for color and digital for black and white. This was shot with a Fuji XE2 and Fuji XF 23 mm f/2. 

Wet and wild

Maybe it's because of the drought years, but I think we've forgotten what it's like to have a normal rain year. It doesn't seem normal. It seems like too much.  You look out the window and think, Oh, it's still raining.  Three hours later, you're doing the same thing. And when it's not raining, it's damned cold. Yeah, we're sick of winter.  And since I'm already having a good whinge, these damned windmills are a blight on the countryside. I wonder if they have even generated enough electricity to recover their construction costs?

Real polar bears don't do this

 Currently the temperature of this water or more accurately the top six inches or so, is 43 degree F.  That's about 6 C.   I immerse my hands and forearms while clearing leaves from the skimmers.  It's cold, it's numb and it's burning, all at the same time.  While looking at pictures of today's Polar Bear Plunge from various locations, I try to imagine that feeling on the whole body.