I’m increasingly appreciating the calm and peace that comes from getting up earlier in the morning. This was taken just after a very early conference call. Though I usually wake up with a foggy head, I clearly visualized this image before taking my camera outside to capture it.
Hot tea, cold coffee.
Struggling through hazy goals,
And the same next week.
Last weekend, I wandered the Effie Yeaw Nature Center for a few hours, hiking a little over 2.5 miles, testing out my newly acquired XF 16-80mm f/4 lens.
First, it felt great to get out into nature after a long, busy week. It was my first full week back at work and school and, well, let’s just say that it took a lot out of me.
I purchased the lens specifically for hiking as I wanted something versatile yet light and compact. It’s still early (this was its first outing, after all) but I do think this lens is a definite keeper. I attached it to the X-T1, on which it fits and balances perfectly, and barely felt it hanging from my neck for the duration of the hike.
In hindsight, I rushed through a lot of the photos. Partly because I was just excited about trying out the different focal lengths of the lens, partly because I didn’t really setup the X-T1 the way I should have, and partly because I was just excited to be out and about.
Slowing down, practicing patience, and paying more attention to detail. Those are just some of my photography goals for 2020. I didn’t work on them during this outing, though.
As a side note: every time I use the X-T1 I am reminded how much I really enjoy using it. I like the “older” colors and overall image quality that comes from it. You can see some imperfection in the color photo, along the right edge. Of course I could have edited it out but, I kind of like it. I like the imperfections.
I made Helen Rosner’s “Roberto” (recipe here). I added zucchini to this batch to give it some added veggie/texture. It was so good.
Morning clouds, fog, and light rain.
In my head, the same.
There are two rose bushes, one on each side of our front walkway, leading to our front door. They flourish, much more than they should because, each week the HOA’s landscapers butcher them, hacking them down to an “acceptable” size (as deemed by the HOA).
It’s unfortunate that this week, only one remaining rose remained after the landscapers passed through.
HOAs are evil.
beginnings are now
start a continuation
failure lurks behind
I need to dust around my office.
I gave up on my Dec.19 project – taking one picture a day during the month of December – because I was reminded how much I don’t like “photo a day” type projects.
They’re not the way I like to photograph. And soon, as in this try, it begins to feel like something I have to do, not want to.
You can see that the quality of the photos declines as I moved through the month, which reflects my attitude with the project. I think this was the most disappointing to me.
I’m glad I tried it, though. It was meant to be a primer, a test, before starting 2020. One of the photo projects I was considering was a Project 365 (photo a day). Thankfully I’ll scratch that one from the list.
After a week of travel, my cat and I took this day to hide away from the world to rest and recover.
Very hungry after not eating much on the 11 hr flight. My body was just craving calories in any form. Luckily, I found this form.
Hotel art. Ban Ana? Banana. Art. Makes you think…
Not a bad office view. The sun was only out from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM, providing scenic glimpses like this.
Peaceful in the mornings, around 8:30 am.