Easter Weekend

Below are a few snapshots from Saturday afternoon. Victoria and I spent a majority of the day doing some light yard work while the pups chased each other around. The highlight of the day for me was the small 20-minute nap I was able to take on the dock around 2 o'clock. The weather was pleasant and the Sun was strong enough that I had a tiny bit of sunburn on my neck by the time we finished up. 

In regards to the images, they were all taken on a Pixel 2 by both Victoria and me. Three for her and likewise for me. On first glance it appears might I have overcooked these images in Photoshop but to be honest they just have a slight High-Pass filter over them to increase their sharpness for web viewing. The files that the Pixel produces are quite amazing, the dynamic range in some of the photos, especially the one of Jefferson in the sand is better than anything I can achieve with my trusty Fujifilm cameras. You can thank Google's machine learning software for that. 

I geeked out a little in that last paragraph, and I'm not expecting everyone to know what I'm talking about when I go on photography tangents. However, bonus points to anyone who reads those two links above and responds with something they learned in the comments below. At the very least I encourage you to read the Google Research link. It's a fascinating insight into the technology that powers the photography in our smartphones. 

10/21 Weekend Adventures

Hello friends! First, apologies for the confusing blog schedule this week. I know it's weird reading a weekend review on a Thursday, seeing as we're so close to the following weekend. Being exhausted from the eventful weekend and losing our power yesterday morning didn't make things any easier. I'm breaking some blog rules with my erratic schedule but as one of my coworkers would say: “Why do you care, on your site, you make the rules.. so don't be afraid to break them.” So with that said, let's review the weekend.

We had two new visitors to the lake house this past weekend. Tony & Jen made the long journey down from Jersey City on Saturday. They arrived in the early evening and stayed in the guest quarters until the late morning on Sunday. We tried to pack as many fun activities as we could into such a small amount of time. We went out for dinner at one of our new favorite places to eat, the Harley Dawn Diner, make a quick stop at a new brewery called Vinyl in Hammonton, and finished off the morning on Sunday with a brunch buffet at the Scotland Run golf club right here in Williamstown. Our guests also got to experience one of my favorite things here in the lakes, that early morning fog. below you can see a couple of photos that I snapped before they had woken up… to show them of course.

After the lovely couple left us on Sunday, Victoria and I spent the rest of the day doing little things around the house. She mowed the front lawn, I washed my car, and we started our long-term project of trying to grow grass in our front yard by laying down some seeds! You can read all about that fun project here. I’ll be sure to keep everyone updated as much as possible too. So now, on to the photographs. They are a mix of styles and processing techniques all taken on my trusty X-Pro 2. I’ve been trying to use the XF23mm lens more over the last couple of days. You can see some of the photos have a wider feel to them. Omit I’m happy with the weekend’s catch, and I hope you enjoy them too.

Michael

The Door Is Always Open

7:23 - Its Saturday morning, I'm having my morning coffee, casually flipping through some photography blogs, and videos on YouTube. That's when I get the itch, that creative itch. It's this feeling of knowing that I have to have some sort of creative output today for it to be a good one. I look outside and I can just tell it's going to be a nice day, but I know that we're only going to get a couple hours of “good” light. Deep down I know that no one wants to see another photo of the lake and trees outside at high noon… I need to get more creative than that.

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7:48 - I decide it's time to grab my camera and just hang out in the living room for a bit while I finish those last few sips of coffee. The light coming through the big windows in the great room is soft, I snap some photos of my laptop and coffee cup. They are satisfactory, but not groundbreaking. It’s the kind of stuff you would expect to see on a blog whose name is play on words of the name Pioneer Woman...

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8:01 - By now I have conceded the fact that nothing is happening this morning. The Photo just isn't there, and if I try and force something, it will be to obvious. Perhaps it's time to make another cup of coffee and get on with my day. I’m sure that something come along. The day is just getting started right? As I walk over to the coffee machine something from the laundry room happens to catch my eye. The morning sun was filling the room with light and the glass on the door is completely illuminated. The door is slightly ajar and a sliver of that unobstructed light is bursting through the jam. I quickly run back into the great room and grab my camera. I began to make a series of exposures at all different types of settings. I have my photo for the day.

 
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Now I know my laundry room door is not the most exciting thing in the world. But this just goes to show that when the light is just right, something that is dull and ordinary can be transformed into something interesting. As the Earth orbits the Sun, and the seasons pass, the light is always changing. The door is always open for new ideas. 

Another (Williamstown) Sunday

A quick update on this past weekend. Eric L'Heureux paid us a visit again. Unfortunately the weather wasn't great on Saturday. Laroo and I offset that by watching some of the opening games of the Premier League season and playing some FIFA. Sunday provided us with some great weather which we put to good use out on the lake. Come to think of it we've had some pretty exceptional weather over the past few weeks. It's certainly much easier to enjoy the outdoors when you're not being crushed by 100% humidity. The funny thing is as I write this it's currently hot and humid outside with moments of intermittent drizzle.... A writers curse I suppose.