We've been using computers since a Sinclair membrane keyboard 2K which we rented from our library ($15 a month). Next we purchased an Apple IIe with a whole 32K memory, for about $2,100.
My husband has finally decided to part with those we've collected through the years. This tape backup was not cheap. Look at size of the memory!
Democracy in Action
We went to a County Commissioners' Meeting tonight to hear varying opinions about gun control. It was uplifting to see how many more people were there supporting the ban of assault weapons than those who were there to defend their Second Amendment Rights. (The clock on the screen was very faint. It indicated the remaining time each speaker had.)
Covenant Restrictions Do Not Permit Its Display
I'm really ticked that we can't put this out on our lawn, but as law-abiding residents of a community with covenants and restrictions I guess we have to abide by them.
It rained about half the time we were out on the lake, getting a bit scary at times when we heard thunder - fortunately, no lightning.
No....I don't really miss my 100-400 lens (equivalent 160 to 640mm), which I sold a few months ago - except when there's a juvenile eagle up in a tree, far, far away, and the results I get from the Panasonic 45-200 lens (equivalent 90-400) aren't up to the job.
_MG_2642 Laundry Day
Will we ever get our manufacturing base back?
Morning Has Broken
Time to fill the suet feeder and log. I have to prepare the mix about every three or four days. My efforts are rewarded by a rich assortment of photo ops. Only problem is making the birds dependent on the resource. I need to have someone come and fill the feeders if I'm going to be away for more than a day.
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 cup lard (not vegetable shortening)
2 cups quick-cook oats
2 cups cornmeal
1 cup plain flour
1/3 cup sugar
Melt lard and peanut butter in microwave. Stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into square or rectangular container. Refrigerate to harden and then use as required to fill feeders. After it's hardened it doesn't have to be refrigerated.
So you think YOUR desk is a mess?
This area is sending me notice that it's time to stop playing with images, and straighten up a little. (Now where did I put that wall hanging that said "Creative people don't have neat homes"?)
In these tough times, laughs are few and far between.
Ricky likes to curl up in whatever he finds that is wrappable.
When I spied him in this throw on the couch I yelled "Stay"...and he did...while I went for a camera.
_MG_6141 Are you a lens snob?
Does sporting a red ring around your lens make your heart and ego swell with pride?
Does the sight of a red ring on someone else's lens make you green with envy?
There are marvelous lenses out there for the finding!
When the Canon ef-s 55-250 lens first came out I was very surprised by the excellent quality of the images, but I wanted for the lens to prove itself first, and it really has. A rating of 8.9 on Fred Miranda's Lens Forum is nothing to sneeze at.
I still didn't need it, but a member of my Digipets Yahoo group posted some pictures she had taken with it and they were way better than what I'd been seeing. It was obvious that her Photoshop skills tweaked the images to perfection.
So...still determined not to give in to yet another lens, I took a peek at the specifications on the B & H website. Ah....it weighed so little! How nice, I thought, it would be to have a lens with a little bit more reach than my 70-200 f/4L and one that would fit entirely into my favored Adorama Slinger case...and one that weighed 12.8 ounces less. My shoulder was excited about less drag on it.
The lens arrived yesterday and although it lacks usm (you can't focus manually while you are in autofocus mode, but must move the switch on the lens to mf) and the focusing sounds more Volkswagen than BMW, the image quality makes it a winner in my book...and I shouldn't forget the fact that is has image stabilization, which the 700-200 f/4L lacks.
Lest I forget, I only paid $177 for it.
DSC03090 Golden Oldie from 5 megapixels..
Crop representing about 1/3 of the original picture content.
the Sony DSC F717 is one heck of a camera that's always been a favorite of mine.
I recently had to buy two new batteries because the older ones had lost their ability to hold a charge. I hope to keep them going by grabbing a shot every now and then.
By the way, this is the 2nd go round for the picture numbering.
Don't forget your older cameras and the excitement you experienced when they first got into your eager hands. They still can please you.
Sorry about the overdone framing, but that's the result of the gallery theme!
The Diet Isn't Working!
In the summer I put Beegie on a diet because she was looking and feeling quite pudgy.
Over the weekend a member of my Digipets Yahoo Group asked a question about making a collage in Photoshop (which we've since learned is really a montage - according to what she wanted to do). I started reading tutorials, as she did as well, and made many attempts to get something I liked.
Went off onto another tangent and put some of the steps into this image. The background was a 7D shot and Beegie was captured with a Sony DSC F717 (MY BAD - I had originally stated this was taken with my Panasonic LX3 and then noticed the picture below in my PBlog.)