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My New Little Mini-Studio and Fun with the Christmas Lights


My unwavering goal in life is to eventually move out of southeast Texas and back to Washington State to live close to my sister and her family.  With that in mind and because it feels like I am actually doing something toward that goal, I have donated lots of clothing and other items to the local hospice thrift shop and  boxed up (and continue to box up) items in my apartment that I don’t use much but don’t wish to part with at this point in time.  Over the 4-day Thanksgiving holiday, I managed to move most of the boxes off of my apartment’s spare bedroom floor and into the spare storage closet, leaving enough room in said spare bedroom for a tiny studio, complete with 2 studio lights & umbrellas, black bedspread backdrop and a black covered table.  So tickled was I with this setup that I decided to take a break from housework for the weekend and have some fun with glass and Christmas lights.

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I used my Induro tripod and Canon 5DS and Canon 24-70mm f2.8L II lens, ultimately switching over to the Canon 50mm f1.2L lens.  ISO for all of the photos you see was 100 and aperture was f11.  I played around with the shutter speeds, ranging from 1/6 of a second to 30 seconds.  For the plain glass images, I used my two studio lights.  For the glass with Christmas lights images, all lights were turned off.


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Go Green On The 17th, Baby!


Ok, I lied.  To myself.  I told myself I would wait until Friday the 16th or Saturday the 17th of March to post these images.  Then I realized that I will, on the 17th – hopefully despite the forecasted weather – be out somewhere like Brazos Bend State Park, or even in Austin at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, taking photos of birds/wildflowers/whatever catches my camera’s fancy.

So, here are some photos I took recently with the upcoming St. Paddy’s Day in mind.   I used my Canon 5D Mark II and either the 50mm f1.4 lens or my favorite all-purpose lens the 24-105mm (which does a much better job at capturing macro-like images at full-zoom). I increased the ISO between 640 – 1000, depending upon the light source at the time, and I actually used my tiny little Canon Speedlite 270EX, which I bounced off the ceiling – for the horizontal shots – it’s limited in its positions so it doesn’t work for verticals.

My themes were green and alcohol (the meds I take for my rheumatoid arthritis prohibit me from overdoing, but a drink or two now and then is a very nice thing in which to indulge) Smile

My Irish Whiskey of choice is Redbreast.

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My mother and father collected Depression and Elegant glass.  This lovely lady is called a (an?) ivy bowl and was my father’s favorite glass possession.  When he died, I asked Mom if I could have it, and she said yes.

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The “Greening” of the beer (ok, not an Irish beer  – in this case, I used Coors Light because there was no Harp’s around at the grocery store, and you need a pale beer to get the green coloring to really show up).  And that glass beer stein has special meaning for me – I received it from some good friends on my 19th birthday – some 32 years ago (we went to a pizza joint in Tennessee because the drinking age was 19 back then).  The stein has accompanied me through all of my moves – one of the few items not lost, broken, sold, or given away.  Thanks guys, for the gift and the memories Smile

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Did I drink the contents in the glasses when I was finished with the photography?  What do you think?

Here’s from me to all of you:  Go Green on the 17th, Baby!

And have a Designated Driver.

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