What with Garry still recovering, we haven’t gotten out much lately and probably won’t this month. But I’ve taken a few pictures around the house. Certainly as odd as anything else I’ve ever shot!
Oddball searching time has come around again. I’m pretty sure I took some pretty odd pictures recently. I’m NOT sure if I processed any of them yet. I might have to do that first!
All of these are sort of black and white but tinted so there is color, but faded.
It’s hot out there. The dogs don’t even want to leave the house. Air-conditioning is on for the day. What to do?
It is beautiful outside. Beautiful, humid, with just enough sunshine to make it feel like a cooker. There isn’t anything unusual about this. We call this “summer” in New England.
I always laugh at people who somehow think we have this crisp weather here. Everyone takes pictures of New England in the fall and that is when we actually have crisp weather. But that is the only time we have it. The rest of the time it’s bitterly cold with mountains of snow. Hot, humid, and hazy, or layered in the mud.
Let me restate that: anywhere near the coast is like that. Probably if you live in Vermont in the mountains, it’s different. Actually anywhere far from the coast with some altitude generally gets less of the mucky weather, though this year, that hasn’t been true. It has actually been hotter north of here than in the valley.
That’s not usually the way it goes. The only place the weather has been typically typical is on the coast itself where the sea breeze drops the temperature and generally makes life more pleasant in the summer.
I got a new camera. Having given my favorite camera to Garry, I realized I need at least one long lens. After a lot of checking, it turned out to be far less expensive to get a whole camera than a long lens for the Olympus. The Olympus lens is not only more expensive, it was also much slower. And, I was pretty sure I wouldn’t use it much, either.
I bowed to reality. Fortunately, the price on the camera I wanted had dropped by half since I last looked at it. This probably means Panasonic is going to make this model obsolete and introduce another which will cost more, but not necessarily be better — or even as good — as this one. I have lost faith in new models as improvements over earlier versions.
It was really hot today. Humid, too. Normally I’d have “gone out” to shoot with the new camera, but at 100 degrees (37.8 for your metric folks) and nearly 100% humidity, it felt like hot soup outside. I took a few garden shots, then went back inside for the air conditioning. I don’t like winter, but I really hate hot and humid.
This heat won’t last long. Less than a week, then it will cool down. For the beach bunnies, this is perfect weather for a long holiday weekend. I burn easily and heat stroke is my favorite warm weather activity, so I’m happy in the A/C. Garry claims to love hot weather, but I notice he’s not outside, either. I think when you reach our age, extremes in temperature are unhealthy.
It’s getting harder and harder to figure out what’s odd and what’s just interesting and maybe unique. That being said, we’ve got a few. We took a lot of pictures this past couple of weeks, which is typical of summer and fall.
During these two seasons, we take probably 75% of all the pictures we take for the entire year.
I think I actually have a couple of odd ones for the day! Try not to faint with excitement. Around here, I do the fainting!
I still have a lot of pictures remaining from those we took the last time we went out. Rather than just developing everything, I’ve been taking it easy and processing what I need when I think I need it.
Also, I’ve been going back to see what’s still waiting for me in previous outings. It turns out — a LOT.
The ongoing issue of what, exactly, is oddball remains. I took a bunch of pictures of people in the park this past Saturday. Odd pictures insofar as I have no idea when I might otherwise use these pictures. I guess that makes them as odd as anything I’m like to be taking.