Outstanding

Rewind to last May. Daughter Kerry and her husband hosted the Outstanding In Our Field festival at the farm. It was chilly, drizzly and gray, but folks were overdue for time outside, and time in public without restrictions and masks. Weather did not deter the crowd, and several hundred people attended to listen to the Barn Band, and peruse the booths of many vendors. Daughter Kerry sold flowers from the flower wagon while daughter Miranda manned her own booth in partnership with her mother-in-law Kathy. Kathy is a very skilled seamstress and crafter extraordinaire. Her handmade table runners and place mats are truly works of art. Miranda got herself a new machine that customizes coffee mugs and can cozies, and offered these souvenirs of the event. The fire department brought a truck to show off, and promptly got it stuck in the mud. Luckily there are a number of tractors on the farm, and quick work was made of the vehicle’s retrieval (and what a great story!)

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The shoot was a little challenging in the sense the weather was poor and skies gray. It wasn’t difficult to find color though, between the vendors and the flowers. I included a couple shots of the parking area and the mud to convey the weather. Photos do not relate how chilly and breezy it was, but everyone was in great spirits. Breaking out into spring, leaving winter behind, and the first occasion of the year to allow a big social gathering without masks. The Festival was a resounding success, and hopes are high to do it again next year!

Take care and keep in touch.

Paz

George Washington’s Birthday

My son Ryan brought two grandkids with him up to Engleville Pond to do some ice fishing. Ellie and Evan got to see the ice auger at work and listen to dad drone on about how to set a tip-up, then they were free to cavort about.  So maybe more cavorting than fishing. It was in the mid-20’s and overcast, and all that snow made for tricky exposures. It’s tough to check pix on the camera screen, too, because of the brightness. Even with all the modern metering, snow is still overwhelmingly bright.  I got too involved looking for stick arms, berry buttons and other adornments, as well as assembling a snowman to put them on. Didn’t shoot as many photos as I could have, and I think I actually fished for a sum total of perhaps two minutes. Cavorting is so much better. I carved a few facial features into the snow, and inventive Ellie colored balls of snow with her blue drink to make eyes. Ryan said “He looks like George Washington!” Maybe the pix don’t show it, or maybe you had to be participating in the cavorting to appreciate it.

I’d like to promise more fotos and less frolic next time, but somehow that seems unlikely.

 

Paz

 

Short Lens Project

Almost never do I remove the 55-300mm zoom lens from my camera. Primarily, its dedicated purpose is for photographing birds, so the long lens is always welcome. Sometimes 300mm is still too short! Using the long lens crops out a lot before the image is even framed, and so from time to time I’ll put the short lens on the camera. It’s an 18-55mm zoom, and gives me a very different perspective in the viewfinder. I will often see things I want to capture, and I am tempted to put the long lens back on, but I’m forcing myself to use the broader format sometimes, to add some variety to all the close-cropped images. Also to keep my mind’s eye open to the creative prospects of a new view on old things.

 

Joshi Daniel has a blog called “The 28mm Project”. It is almost always head shots of more-or-less candid portraits. We can see that Joshi must get in close to his subject to fill the frame. I think that’s the idea. To get really close and make an intimate portrait. I did that with some of the floral shots. I still have the short lens on the camera, and look forward to continued practice. I may even break out the focus doublers and do some macros.

That is, unless I see a bird that really needs its photo taken.

Keep pointing and shooting!

 

Paz