It's been two-hat weather here...I have to pull on one wool cap over the other. It's only been about 14 degrees or so (that's –10 if you live in Celsius-land), but it's also been windy. It's the wind that gets you.
By the way, did you know that you lose about 15 degrees of temperature tolerance over an average lifespan? Old people really do get cold more easily, because our metabolisms lose adaptability, or responsiveness, and can't adjust as easily. Just like getting more presbyopic. (I'm fascinated by aging. It's really interesting, and I'm enjoying observing the effects.)
A week or so ago we had some rain and snowmelt, and there was a constant roaring coming from over by the creek. Now, after a handful of days sub-freezing temperatures, suddenly the creek is quiet.
The waterfall's frozen. There's still water running, but it's mostly underneath thick encrustations of ice. Sound insulation!
These pictures were taken with my new-to-me used Fujifilm XF 18–55mm lens, by the way. Both pics started out soft, but reducing them to blog size hides that fact. And I'm not sure yet why they were soft. I'm not sure I got a good copy of the lens; but downloading the latest lens firmware helped a lot more than I imagined it would. It's a very sharp lens when everything goes right, but it's going to be a while before I know it well enough to trust it. There's so much to test with these dang zooms! And so much more that can be going wrong. I always worry about buying used lenses. It's too easy for me to imagine that I got a lens that some other photographer tested and found to be a bad sample.
Off to the backyard to fling the ball for the white dog, and Brrrrr.
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Scott DeMello: "I also shoot with Fuji. Over the past year I have slowly converted to shooting mostly with primes, but I do have the 10–24mm, 18–55mm and the 55–200mm. My memory is that with the 18–55mm you should not have the IS on all the time. I remember that this was my first Fuji Lens after I switched from Canon. With my Canon IS lenses, unless I was mounted on a tripod, I could leave the IS on. With the Fuji 18–55mm though, I found you should only have it on in situations when it is needed, otherwise my images were soft."
Mike replies: Thanks Scott. Carl found that some of the early Pentax DSLRs that had SR were that way too.
David Miller: "Being parsimonious by nature, my outerwear tends to last for decades, giving me objective evidence of diminishing temperature tolerance. As a young fellow of 50 I wore a lightly insulated jacket until the temperature dropped below –10° (here in Celsius-land to the north of you), a short well insulated jacket to –20°, and a real parka below that. Now that I'm standing on the doorstep of 70, the well insulated jacket goes on at 0° (freezing point), the down parka at –10°, and to cope with anything below –20° I just bought a serious, heavy-weight, knee length, down-filled parka that's rated for 'Arctic Wear.'
"Oh, and a note on presbyopia—in our mid-forties my wife and I founded a Lilliputian publishing house named Byopia Press. (Our optometrist was among the few people who got the joke.)"