My little writer's haven in the Finger Lakes, built 1880,
restored 2012. I work on the front porch.
As I do every year about this time, I'll be shuttering TOP for a few days in observance of Christmas. I hope all of you Jewish readers had a lovely Hanukkah, and I wish all of you Christians (and secular Christmas celebrants) a wonderful holiday—not forgetting our friends who celebrate other holidays around this time of year. Special mention for those of you who will find yourselves alone. I hope you have a good, peaceful, restful day on the 25th as well.
Be good to yourselves and be good to others, my friends. Goodwill to all, in the spirit of the season. See you a few days hence.
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Brendon: "Merry Christmas to you too Mike. Enjoy the break and thanks for all you do for us enthusiasts out here in Internet-land. Certainly different here in terms of the weather in Western Oz, ha ha. Just got back from (Preston) beach with a nice tan for my efforts. Fish weren't biting though, darn it."
Roger Bradbury: "Just the photo for Xmas on a photographer's blog; we can imagine you waiting in the cold as the ambient light level fell until it was just right, then taking the photo and going back in the warm. Happy Christmas, Mike."
Mike replies: Actually quite the opposite! I'm afraid it wasn't intentional at all. I was trudging back from a nice visit with my neighbors Les and Joyce, a way I don't often come, and it afforded me a view of the house I don't often see, so I whipped out the iPhone and made a couple of quick snaps. The only photo-dawg aspect of it was that I had to do quite a bit of work to get the tree of lights to look like it actually looks—digital, or at least the digital I can afford, doesn't do at all well with those tiny LEDs, for some reason rendering them as tiny and mostly white dots—it misses the glow the eye sees, as well as most of the color. So the tree has had some Photoshoppery applied to bring out the color, and then some more to hide the artifacts of the changes. The result is quite accurate to the visual impression of the actual scene, in my judgment, but it's not quite what the iPhone's camera gave me.
I did go out the next day with the X-T2 when the ambient light was just right, with some lights on in the house, and tried to recreate the shot, but some of the snow had melted, the light was different, and what I got when I was trying harder weren't pictures, just snapshots. The X-T2 didn't do any better with the tiny LEDs, either.
I got a wonderfully illustrated e-missive from Michael McCaskey yesterday, of pictures he took in Ethiopia, and he mentioned that he's going to be getting an iPhone X to learn to use its camera. He suggested I try some serious posts about photographing with an iPhone in 2018, and I think I'll take his advice on that. Meanwhile this Christmas picture has joined my Finger Lakes iPhone portfolio, which I thought I was finished with.
Thanks to everyone for the holiday greetings, and right back at ya! Ho ho.