out for coffee


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365 project. My friend, Jamie Hunter  picked me up for coffee this morning. On the way home errands included a visit to the LCBO for vodka and single malt scotch for him. Also three fuel tank refills at the gas station for his 20′ boat. A much cooler day today after our blast of heat this past weekend. Seems Canada Day will also be cool. A nice outing for me. When we got back, Bella the cat uncharacteristically came out to greet Hunter. She got patted for her trouble since he is a great cat man. His guy Dave is a Burmese with allergy troubles. He is a stuffed up old man cat. Bella fortunately is healthy as a horse.

I am conscious of how few people appear in my photos recently. So I am making an effort to change my shooting.

cardio rehab exercise start


This week I was assessed for exercise rehab following my open heart surgery.  Received some helpful notes and started two part routine: aerobic (walking) and muscle resurrection (hand weights).  This morning I used my walker to stroll quickly inside the house.  Fifteen minutes at a quick pace seemed like a small proof  of the Theory of Relativity. The cats were amused. I was a tiny bit winded and my recovery was easy and also quick.DSC04895DSC04897

 

Outside we received a few inches of snow with high winds during the night.  Georgian Bay is still rolling its waves. Today is bright sun shine and some -10 C.  A perfect Spring day. Laughing hysterically out loud.

Photos of our shore and the boathouse made with Sony Nex F3 and 18-55mm lens.

week just past


ending May 23rd, Saturday

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old photo of mine – a still life of tiny shells and a crayfish claw, all from our shore

Odd weather, two nights of frost, hard on the eager to get started gardeners.

My dialysis runs were mostly smooth.  A couple of days I used cane. Other days I shape shifted with my walker. I am trying to make my view of my situation more positive but still realistic. My leg ulcers jumped ahead in healing following debriding by a general surgeon on Tuesday.  Debriding is a somewhat neutral term for using a knife to cut and scrape away dead tissue from an ulcer.  Once the two ulcers are healed, my  heart surgery can proceed.

This reminds me of George Carlin‘s remark that the terms “wetland” and “rainforest” were invented by people who found it hard to raise money for swamps and jungles.

Canada geese families have been coming by to lunch on the plants on our shore.  The golden  goslings are tiny but that will change quickly.

I hope to get over to the Midland Model Train Show this weekend.

self portrait Nov. 1, 2014


this week marks my sixth anniversary of dialysis for kidney failure  (November 6 2014) and it is a wonderful thing to be alive.

technical details: Nikon d3100 dx format dslr with Nikon 35mm f1.8 G lens set to f2, I held the camera out reversed to face me at arms length.

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new lens, Nikon 35mm f1.8 G


Grace the dog and Cadbury the cat at f2.8 aperture mode shots in my bedroom, a 35 mm DX lens because of the crop factor appears like an old film 52mm lens, the film normal lens was the 50mm which approximated the field of view of normal human vision. The 35mm lens seems razor sharp, but it has one other quality that suits it for pet pix or people portraits, by going to aperture mode and shooting at f2.8 or even down to f1.8, you can throw the background out of focus and keep the main subject sharp. the otherwise excellent kit lens with the D3100, 18-55mm f3.5-f4.5 lens, cannot do that.

SOUNDS COMPLICATED BUT it really isn’t and the rewards are photos with more impact by making the depth of field shallow and selective.  Try it out.

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