I've used the "he's baaa-ack" trope too many times now, but I'm back, feeling suitably refreshed and recreated. Funniest sign seen on the trip home: a restaurant called....
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...which made me laugh, although I didn't take a picture of it. I also noticed on the trip home that the dignified abandoned 19th-century church that I showed a picture of in this post two years ago has since been pressed into service as a community center, complete with a wheelchair ramp made of that greenish pressure-treated wood and giant plywood cut-outs of five-pointed stars adorning its once pious facade. I didn't take a picture of that, either, although it reminded me again of a cardinal principle of the opportunistic shooting of "found" pictures: take the picture you see when you see it, and don't count on coming back another time. The World is a river; it never stays the same.
I shot lightly, barely 18 gigs total, from which I'm hopeful of extracting as many as fourteen "keepers," most of which will be family snapshots. I tried two panoramics. This one, taken at sunrise, is Photomerged from 10 or eleven verticals, and encompasses more than a 100-degree view in all. The full file is a whopping 63.26 megapixels and 437 MB—at full printing res (300 ppi), uninterpolated, it would make a print 46 inches long(!). I took it at ISO 800, handheld, with "SR" as my tripod. To me it has a sort of Hudson River School color palette, and I like it, for now. Whether it holds up for more than the duration of The Poop Paradigm remains to be seen.
I'm off to pick up the dog from the kennel, and I can't wait to see her, so that's enough for now. But I have a couple of good stories, several of which have a bearing on photography. I'll have the first one posted by this afternoon or tomorrow at the latest, so please stop back. And I see I was away and incommunicado for one of the most momentous camera announcements of the year, about which I'm very curious to learn more.