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Year: 2016

Autonomous Standing Desk at 40" height.

I’ve been having a few health problems, and a standing desk is one of the things I’m trying to beat them. [4 pictures]

wind-blown snow on the ground with fall leaves

Last night it dropped to 3°F (-16°C) and we had a light dusting of snow. Needless to say, I had no inclination to go out taking pictures this morning. This afternoon, once the temperature had crept up above 10°, I ventured out for a few quick shots.

Burmese cat sleeping

With single digit temps outside Tubby is quite content to snooze away the afternoon in the warm.

A close crop showing the play of light on a window blind in Ginger’s office. And why not?

Sweet dreams Getzger. Goodbye Mr. Cat.

Mr. Cat has been giving a very good impression of settling onto the ‘final glide-path’ this past couple of days. It was good to see him show an interest in joining me for a shower. This is part of our daily ritual. Getzger is waiting for me to take a shower so he can drink …

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I must have had these ceramic fish for 12-15 years, they were a gift from my sister. I take a picture of them every now and then. They followed me across the Atlantic. A tiny bit of the UK seaside here in the Ozarks.

Black and White picture, with some of the leafy clutter removed. The roots of our two backyard trees occasionally break the surface. When they grow too high the mower trims off the top, producing these interesting patterns as they try to heal.

The roots of our two backyard trees occasionally break the surface. When they grow too high the mower trims off the top, producing these interesting patterns as they try to heal.

Which is a nuisance, as it is pointless raking up the leaves in the yard until all the trees are done shedding. Of course the longer the leaves from the other three trees are on the ground, the nastier and harder they are to rake up and dispose of. Darned inconvenient (and typical) of our …

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Sprinky - a Maine Coon Cat, Photograph by Gary Allman

Sprinky sleeping on the arm of the sofa in Ginger’s office.

No remote shutter release this year, which meant I had to do the 10-second timer dash and hope the picture was okay. I’ve since bought a wireless shutter release which is much better than the infrared one I used with the Nikon.

Ginger asked me to take a picture of her and the kids, so here’s my wonderful wife with Alek, Katie, and Lanie.

Matt raked up the leaves and the kids decided to make a leaf fort from the pile.

Photograph of Mr. Getzger Cat sitting on the kitchen counter.

The cats all know that they are not allowed on the kitchen table while we are eating. Mostly they are pretty good about it. Mr. Cat likes to sit here and keep an eye on what’s going on, and be ready should scraps of food be offered or neglected long enough for him to mount …

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We found this great video on YouTube. It shows Lanie performing in Big Fish.

I love black and White photography. It’s my prefered medium for portraits. But most people expect color pictures so now-a-days I tend to go with color and make the B&W copies for myself. Color is especially expected with the theater [15 pictures]

Another great performance, and this time we were joined by Ginger’s parents, and Susan, Dennis, Matt, and Betsy. This was the first time the Fuji has malfunctioned. Partly user error, partly something I’ve not got to the bottom of. My error was replacing the SD Card with an 8GB slow card. I have no idea …

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Lanie had an ensemble role in this year’s school musical – Big Fish. She had seven costumes and 14 costume changes … [46 pictures]

A carpet of full leaves in a painterly view of browns and yellows

A Carpet of Fall Leaves. I really like the full frame version of this image, but I love how this close-in crop brings out what I call a ‘painterly rendering’ from the camera. [2 pictures]

Picture of a tre with bright yellow fall foliage

I would much rather be outside kicking through the leaves than sitting at my desk. Fall has finally arrived at the tree outside my office window.

Well I think that’s about as good as I’m going to get with a 135mm lens. The moon was too high in the sky to picture it against a background, so no helpful foreground features to give it scale. I have to say it doesn’t look any bigger or brighter to my eye.

Photograph of the November 13, 2016 Supermoon.

This came out a lot better than I expected and deserved. I might even be prompted to make a second attempt. This Supermoon for some reason (unknown and not researched by me) is also known as a Beaver Moon. I took the picture solely for the boyish delight of being able to say “Nice Beaver.” …

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My Homemade 'Faux Dori' Journal

This is my ‘Every Day Carry’ journal. I made it small enough to go everywhere with me. It fits in (most of) my pants’ pockets. I included a wallet. Which means it has to go with me, as the wallet holds my ID which I am required to have with me at all times. It …

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Phew, that’s a relief

One day I’ll grow up. But not today. Thanks to Leslie Nielsen I’m giggling at the thought of the up-coming Beaver Moon.

We will remember them. I felt moved to make some sort of public statement this Remembrance Day. I miss the silent pause and reflection that is observed in the UK. The quote is taken from ‘For the Fallen’ by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943), reproduced in full below. With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children, …

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Monochrome image of a Swirly Fluorescent light bulb

I saw the swirly bulb and light fitting, and felt compelled to take this picture. There is no more to it than that. Is this a harbinger of a photo-mojo revival? Then my frivolous side wants to say: “don’t call me Swirly.”

Fujifilm XE2s Camera with 35mm F2 WR lens, and 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OIS WR

Time to start zooming with my feet. I love my Fujinon 18-135mm OIS WR zoom lens with image stabilization. But it is big and heavy. A $100 price reduction saw this Fujinon 35mm F2.0 WR lens coming my way. It’s sooo tiny and cute. The camera and 35mm lens combined weighs less than the 18-135mm …

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