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Monday, 21 November 2016

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Ayup, we got weather Saturday afternoon, down here in Maryland. It was warm, almost 70, and sunny in the morning, and in the afternoon a beautiful slate blue cloudfront rolled in with high winds behind it. By dusk it was overcast, and the wind drove every unswept leaf before it, with slushy sleet falling in the darkness. That night, yesterday, and last night, the wind has barely let up, and the lows have hovered just above freezing. It's suddenly uncomfortably cool inside :)

I like the blue tennis ball. I learned from you some time ago that Butters liked blue racquetballs - so we tried them with our dog, to great sucess - she can't seem to destoy them. However, we've switched to bright pink ones so I can find them in the snow. And among the leaves - they aren't proof against lawnmowers!

"See what I mean? You can apply that old carpenter's rule to pretty much anything. All you have to do is measure and cut it to fit."

I suppose it's from the same handbook that contains the old Rule of Three, as in:
'You can have it:
* Good
* Soon
* Cheap.
Pick two."

;-)

I like your black and white vision with a taste of color.
Well done.

Personally, I hate those percentage estimates. I mean, what's the methodology? Is there a statistic put together by someone? How would you even approach a test that would show how much of skill/tech/talent/whatever it takes to do something? I mean, I can understand when someone tells me, for example "the gear is not that important". Or "the gear is crucial". But "the gear is 34.71% of success?" Come on.

[Yes I appreciate your objection. It depends I think on one's mental style--is it permissible to quantify intuition, in a sort of a seat of the pants way, as a way of expressing a generalized idea? Or should quantity be reserved for the scientific, the reproducible, the measurable, the precise? I really think both ways of looking at it are comprehensible and defensible, but I agree it's not likely that any given person would have equal sympathy for both modes of expression. --Mike]

"P.S. Re the second and third shot in this post, ever notice how a lot of my color pictures are really black-and-white pictures?"

The third, sure. Perhaps also the first. But in the second, I feel the difference in temperature between the light by the door and the remaining natural light is important. That would be lost in black-and-white, I think.

I'm generally not one for "black and white in color" but I really do like that last shot of Butters against the leaf-strewn snow. Got a work print of that one?

My carpentry boils down to this: measure once, cut twice, throw it out.

I would only add the qualifier, with some exceptions, as it depends on what kind of photography you do.
For example, bird or sport photographers need fast long lenses to be able to make a meaningful collection of images.
There is a lot of variety in carpentry work as well, so the need for tools varies a lot and makes generalisations misleading.

My back garden is small; about 30' by 40'. Just as well since I'm not that keen a gardener, but beyond the back fence is a public field where I can see people walking dogs, several rabbits, (but not at the same time as the dogs!) children or adults practising football or rugby, and that squirrel who keeps planting peanuts in my lawn. It's great.

Often, there's late evening football practise on the all weather pitch beyond, with blokes advising (shouting at) their mates to, "pass the effing ball!" I don't mind this at all, as it's a vast improvement on the last place I lived, where the shouting was from idiots in the street.

Why does that first photo look so familiar?

When did "weather" become synonymous with "bad weather"?

Or is it "stormy weather"?

Mike,

Just wondering, where's Lulu? Is she OK?

[She's doing pretty well. Spends most of her time sleeping. I think she has arthritis, and Falls are hard for her because she has seasonal allergies which are only partially treatable. She should be getting some relief soon now that Winter's here. Butters is jealous of attention, and Lulu doesn't care for being touched, but I try to go out of my way to give her attention and affection and let her know she's loved and appreciated. She can still get up and down the stairs. She no longer takes walks or plays fetch, but there is one thing we always do together leaving Butters in the house--go get dinner and breakfast! I keep their food in the barn and she comes out with me to get it. It's the closest she gets to frisky. --Mike]

I really like the last shot of Butters and the woodpile. I would have composed and/or cropped it differently, but I still like it.

As far as the B&W or colour thing: I like it better the way it is. I shoot a lot of B&W for myself, and 90% of what I hang on my walls is B&W, but this shot and some others like it I prefer with just the little bit of colour that to me, make it special.

Well it looks like you'll have plenty of opportunities to check the white balance on your new monitor!

Lovely images, Mike. Hugh nailed it with that Hopper painting! Love Butters in Early Snow.

You're going to happy when you're old that you recorded these moments.

"Carpentry is 25% skill, 25% experience, and
50% having the right tools."

What makes this misleading, even if the percentages are right, is that it does not take into account the relative difficulty in acquiring tools, skill and experience. Getting the right tools is the easy part, maybe 5%. Gaining the skill and experience will cost you the other 95%.

[People have certainly added some subtle and interesting wrinkles to this! Glad I mentioned it. --Mike]

I thought that 90% of photography was moving furniture!

Nice pics. The snow feels warmly enveloping.

Two things:
Kenneth Tanaka's observation that Hugh posted a Hopper painting is incorrect, it's an Andrew Wyeth, "Christina's World".

and as for your "See what I mean? You can apply that old carpenter's rule to pretty much anything. All you have to do is measure and cut it to fit."
I find it's better to measure twice and cut once.

Of course the painting that Hugh shows, above, is by Andrew Wyeth not Edward Hopper. My mistake, as pointed out by reader Sherwood McLernon and others.

Kenneth Tanaka, that's Wyeth, not Hopper...

"P.S. Re the second and third shot in this post, ever notice how a lot of my color pictures are really black-and-white pictures"

Ah, yes. I do like that effect. Similar, from a trip to the Sequoia National Forest, CA, some years ago:

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-Richard


I think that the point of that aphorism is to point out that being able to do a good job isn't just good tools, or just skills, or just experience; it's all of these. The percentages don't matter very much.

Regarding my carpentry, it's measure once, cut twice, measure twice, cut three times... : )

I know whereof you speak regarding many of your photos being more like black and white ... I suppose we are kindred spirits in that regard. I even started an album on Flickr of my photos that are "almost black and white" ...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/canadapt/sets/72157648156813174

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