STRANGERS ON A PIER
We're starting to come down the home stretch on the utility trailer project. Bruce measured & cut the 3 side panels today & tomorrow morning I'll get some paint on them. Once the tail lights are re-wired the trailer should be roadworthy & ready to go again.
HANDYMAN & HELPFUL NEIGHBOR BRUCE MEASURES UP, CUTS & FITS THE PANELS
Had to slip into work this morning for an hour to attend a meeting on workplace violence & how to handle rowdy Seniors. (just kidding:)) Aside from the elderly lady grabbing a hold of my beard 2 years ago I haven't sustained any serious injuries on the job. As a matter of fact, nor has any of the other drivers. That's the nice thing about working with Seniors, they are just not a violent bunch of folks. Maybe a little grumpy sometimes but they are not apt to haul off & kick ya in the head or anything like that. In fact, on some days, I can easily out-grump anyone & I'm a whole lot younger than most of the folks I work with!!
I THINK THE JEEP WILL FIT RATHER NICELY BEHIND THE MOTOR HOME & NOTICE HOW CLOSELY ONE OF THE RIG'S STRIPED GRAPHICS LUCKILY MATCHES THE COLOR OF THE JEEP
Want to thank all the folks for the nice comments & compliments regarding my blog & photos. I can assure you they are all very much appreciated & mean a lot to a feller who has suffered with low self esteem, confidence & self assurance issues all his life. You people have been a great help to me. And, would you believe, I have saved all those 2,808 comments over the past couple of years too. I have them safely tucked away in a file on my Hotmail account & can easily retrieve them at any time when one of those down in the dumps days come along & I'm in need of a little self assurance. And, those days do come along.
Now, to answer a few questions on some recent photos I have posted in the blog. The hummingbird pics were taken in our front yard beside the little frog pond. I used my Nikon D50 coupled with a 55-200mm lens & also used my D40 coupled with my 700mm telescope lens. Took me 9 shots to get the 2 that I included in last night's post. I will include a few of the one's I chose not to publish.
The close up of the Hummingbird was done with my tri-pod mounted Nikon D40 coupled with my 700mm telescope lens. 1/640th of a second shutter speed. Manual focus with no aperture setting available. With that lens I have to guess at the exposures. ISO 800. Also, another tip.......I had noticed this Hummer returning to the same flower a few times earlier so I set up my camera, pre-focused & determined the correct exposure by firing 3 or 4 test shots on the flower itself & then waited for the Hummer to fly into the frame. All's I had to do then was hit the firing button. Trying to follow the Hummer around in flight is just about impossible. Kinda like trying to photograph Bats at night. I haven't been successful at that one yet.
HAPPY TRAILS commented last night with a few photo inquiries & one of the questions was, "Your pics are soft and very warm to the eye. How do you do it? Well, there are a number of contributing factors. Time of day is the big one with early morning & evening light being much softer than the harsh contrasts of a sunny high noon day. The Hummingbird photos were done on a bright, but tree filtered sunny afternoon. There was shade in the front yard but it wasn't too dark so the lighting was on the soft side with many flowers & plants diffusing any direct sunlight. By using a telephoto lens the depth of field is very narrow meaning everything in front of & behind the Hummer is going to be out of focus giving the background a soft fuzzy look. Those orange splotches you see in the background are 'out of focus' day lilies. Also want to mention Picasa 3 here as well. The Picasa photo editing program is all important to the finished photo product with it's many tools for softening, tinting, cropping, coloring correcting & sharpening, etc. Many 'throw away' photos can be saved by creatively using Picasa. If you don't have it.....go get it. It's free & it's easy to use:)) PICASA PHOTO EDITING PROGRAM It's the only photo program I edit my pictures with:))
THESE WERE MY 'THROW AWAY' HUMMER PHOTOS
SITTING ON OUR FRONT PORCH PATIENTLY WAITING FOR SOME BIRD OPPORTUNITIES WITH MY TELESCOPE LENS & NIKON D40
That JERRY feller down there in that Arizona Benson town has been having trouble scaring himself up a Roadrunner this summer for a photo shoot so I remembered a Roadrunner encounter we had early last November near Portal, Arizona. Here's that pesky & elusive little Roadrunner Jerry & if I see him again I'll send him over. I've made a slide show of the little critter as well. Click on 'Slide Show' when you get there. 'Meep Meep:))' (Nikon D40 & 200mm)
Well, I am taking a big chance tonight by including a photo album. Haven't done this since having 'Publishing' problems last winter in the Southwest when the albums wouldn't publish. Here goes...................................
GROANER'S CORNER:)) A young, pregnant RVer named Sally was involved in a traffic accident, but because she was riding in a sturdy Winnebago, she survived, although she was left in a coma. When she awoke a few days later in the hospital she was no longer pregnant! She asked her doctor, "What happened?"
He replied, "Sally, you had twins -- a boy and a girl. Your brother named them for you."
"Oh, no!" shrieked Sally. "Not my brother! His elevator doesn't go to the top floor, if you know what I mean!" The doctor replied, "Well, Sally, your brother named your daughter Denise."
"Whew, that's not so bad," she replied, looking very relieved. Then, hesitantly, she asked, "What's the boy's name?"
"Denephew," he said.
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