IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN – CEE’S SHARE YOUR WORLD – Marilyn Armstrong

Share Your World – August 13, 2018


I want to start off — again — with the Garry cochlear implant update.

He is doing better. He is less wobbly, can usually get up and down the stairs, but I’m glad we have a handrail. His ear is still sore.

Not internally, but externally and I suspect it’s his addiction to wearing headphones for watching television that is preventing it from healing as fast as it otherwise would. In the end, he’s a big boy.

He has to make his own decisions. I don’t think the irritation he’s causing is serious. There’s no sign of infection or oozing or any of the things that would normally alarm me, but it is definitely redder and more sore-looking than it was earlier in the week. It might be better if he left it to heal, but hey, it’s his ear.

Overall, things are gradually getting more normal. Not “normal, normal,” but close to what I think normal might be — for us.

Finally, we are close to his getting all that fancy techno-headgear that should enable him to really hear. Pretty exciting!

Garry will get his own superpower.


A class you wish you would have taken?

I still wish I’d taken a few photography courses so I’d have a better grip on the terminology of photography. I know how to do most of the stuff, but I often have no idea what it’s called. I took one course, a long time ago on wedding photography, but that was more than 50 years ago.


I decided to take a webinar given by Topaz this week on how to use the filters to make the pictures better, but more natural. There are a lot of free webinars online and I usually skip them because I’m at a point where “going to school” is on the bottom of my to-do list.

But since I don’t have to travel and it’s free, why not? Maybe I’ll learn something useful! Can’t hurt, can it?

Are you scared of heights?

Not as much as I was when I was younger. I get dizzy on the edge of a drop and I have what I think is a healthy fear of falling. That includes falling individually or falling in a car or on a horse or any old way.

Falling off horses is what did my spine in the first time around. I hesitate to imagine what it would do to me now.

Ouch.

Are you a good cook? If so, do you consider yourself a chef?

I’m a good cook. I’m definitely not a chef because I’m simply not careful about measuring quantities and reproducing the same recipe the same way each time — and that is the difference between a cook and a chef. (An actual chef taught me that.)

 

Measuring.

Making sure the same recipe comes out the same way each time. I’m much more of a “what do I have in the fridge?” kind of cook. With a couple of exceptions, I doubt any two meals of mine have ever come out the same twice!

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? 

 

I was very happy with the Manhattan chowder. I should have cooked the bacon longer, but otherwise, it was as good as any red chowder I’ve ever tasted.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

28 thoughts on “IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN – CEE’S SHARE YOUR WORLD – Marilyn Armstrong”

    1. I finally talked him into NOT wearing the headphones. He needs to let it heal. As for me, I’m in a mild state of panic every time I go down the stairs. Falling is the one thing I really cannot do. Falling is how I got to this place!

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  1. Speaking of studying photography, don’t forget the course we started, with Mitch as our guide, to the secrets of Ansel Adam’s methods as chronicled by Minor White in his book on the “Zone System.” It was you, me and my Susan, and of course Mitch. I still have the Weston Ranger 9 meter with the accessory “zone” dial. We never really finished with the book but we did try a few things from it. I often wish we’d gone further into that system.

    BTW, I stay away from cliff edges and the like.., the thought of falling gives me the heebee-jeebees. And as I’ve often pointed out, it’s not the falling, but the landing that will kill you, plus it must hurt like hell for a second or two?

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    1. We are WAY too old to fall. We do not bounce. We just go thunk.

      I don’t remember ANY of that early stuff anymore, so I decided to stop ignoring all these free invitations and actually give it a shot. In any case, the cameras are so different I’m not sure most of the old information would be very useful now — and I’m NOT going back to manual light readings!

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      1. You missed the point. We’re talking about taking a course and I was just reminding you of a course we took back in the day. Actually, ALL of that old information is useful since we still deal with Light, Aperture, Exposure time, Focus and Depth-of-Field. My beef with digital is that they’ve chosen to refer to these things in different terms.., different words even and they are still THE fundamental parts of photography. Digital has just given us a few extra choices, albeit somewhat confusing at times as these things are often referred to with different terms from manufacturer to manufacturer. Furthermore, I have run into a few excellent photographers who still check a light meter. They are still used in cinematography and still sold in all the good photo stores I’ve visited recently. I often use mine when I don’t want to guess while in “Manual” mode. OLD can be NEW again.., except for us humans, that is.

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        1. Ben, my dear friend. It’s pointless because no matter which pair of glasses I wear, I STILL can’t see well enough to focus the camera without autofocus. I do use a focus point and not a broad focus for taking most photographs, though. If you point the littlest meter focus at the brightest point in your picture, you will almost always get a usable picture — assuming you do some post-processing.

          The only time I switch to a broad meter is for certain kinds of landscape work. Otherwise, it’s the tiniest meter size I can get on that particular camera. There used to be three meters — Wide, medium and tiny — but now there are like eight, including one for highlights, another for shadows and one for gray, as well as adjustable sizes for a large and medium range. AND my FZ1000 does a “splash” thing and takes readings in about 20 different parts of the picture … but for other reasons, never seems to focus on the part of the picture that I want in focus. It always decides to focus on a stem when I want the flower.

          There are settings on ALL my cameras — except the mini Leica and the Q — so insanely complicated, I can’t remember what they are supposed to do. I actually had a hand-held Weston meter. Didn’t I give it to you? I’m pretty sure I packed it up and sent it too you.

          In fact, I’m sure I did. I bought it during a fit of sentimental photographism. I used it a couple of times, but it was so slow compared to the electronic stuff, I missed all the shots in the process of getting a reading.

          Personally, I got a LOT of lessons from Mitch and that’s not as dirty as you might think. He spent a lot of time teaching me photography and he did it very well. He should have been a teacher. He was patient and very good at showing you what you did well and very encouraging. When I met him, he was JUST out of photography school, so he remembered most of what he’d been taught and we went to the wedding photo school together (THAT was expensive, but I learned a lot there, too).

          These days, I can’t even see the LCD screen with any of my eyeglasses and without glasses, I can see it, but not sharply enough to focus. So at the end of a shooting day, I can only use broad brushes of what I know because my eyes are failing.

          At least I still have two attached retinas, though one is getting a bit loosey-goosey. By this age, my mother was already one retina down. I’m hoping I don’t follow in her footsteps.

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          1. You wrote: “I actually had a hand-held Weston meter. Didn’t I give it to you? I’m pretty sure I packed it up and sent it too you.” No, my Weston was purchased years ago late 60s, early 70s, especially for that “Zone System” course with Mitch. The Weston Ranger 9, was their top meter and supposedly the one Ansel and his entourage used. There was a special “zone dial” that you could purchase and replace the one the meter came with. What you sent to me was a Sekonic 395 which I love. I owned its predecessor the L-28 and they both look similar and are great for measuring “incident light.” The big difference is that the 395 dial sets ISO while the old L-28 set ASA. They are the same thing except that film was rated by ASA, a fixed value, which mean’t that the whole roll was rated for that setting and to change the setting you had to change rolls. Sometimes good photographers could get away with pushing the film beyond its ASA rating for a desired effect. ISO, in digital photography, is variable and can be manipulated, from shot to shot, to achieve the desired result. We don’t need no stinkeen’ roll. Again, OLD is NEW etc., etc.

            BTW, you had to place the meter in the same light as the subject to use an incident meter, or find similar light from a distance. That’s why it is so popular with cinematographers and videographers. That little white dome gathers and diffuses the light for an average reading, kinda like what you refer to as “broad” metering. That gorgeous lighting in many of our beloved B&W films was measured that way.

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    1. He finally DIDN’T wear the headphones yesterday and his ear looks so much better today. There was no other possible answer and he is SO STUBBORN. Him and my son, the two most stubborn men I’ve met. The thing is, there are only another 10 days until he’s supposed to get all his gear. If that ear isn’t healed, they won’t do it. He’ll have to wait longer. So he needs to get his act together and not be such a GUY.

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