Friday, June 24, 2022

Friday, June 24, 2022

The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade this morning, eliminating a constitutional right to allow women the choice of whether to give birth or not. Despite the fact that the majority of Americans want some legal access to abortion, at least 28 states will immediately force women in their states to give birth against their will. 

Today it's forcing women to give birth. Tomorrow it will be gay marriage. Then they will go after Social Security and Medicare. The Republican playbook has been known for a long time. If you don't want these things to happen, don't vote for Republicans. It's really pretty simple.

I went to Geneva this morning. They are in the midst of their Swedish Days festival. They had a car show last night and I was hoping the cars would still be on display this morning. I was too lazy to go last night but did manage to get there around 9ish this morning, hoping to photograph the cars in morning light. Unfortunately, the cars were gone. The show was that night only. However, I did catch a shot of this cool front porch. Geneva's downtown has some interesting homes.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Life Lesson: Explore What You Already Have Thoroughly

 I like to take pictures. I don't consider myself a "photographer" by any stretch of the imagination. At best I take snapshots. I owned a Nikon S6800 for a long time. It cost me $179 at Costco years ago. It was really small, well-reviewed and had a decent 12x zoom. It was great. However, at some point I got it in my head that I needed a better camera. I got a Fujifilm SF10 for $400+. It is a great camera. It is excellent in low-light situations, though without image stabilization I need to use a monopod to get sharp pictures. The Fuji has twice the megapixels as the Nikon, so I can crop and still retain a great deal of detail. It doesn't have zoom, so I'm cropping more with this camera than I did with the Nikon.

But, the Fuji is larger and I find myself taking the Nikon to indoor events more often. It's less obtrusive. And, just recently, I discovered the Nikon's "museum" setting that takes pretty good indoor pictures without the flash. Plus, if I take the Nikon for outdoor photography the zoom comes in really handy if I spot a bird I want to capture (on film, that is). 

So, perhaps I wasted my money on the Fuji? Maybe. I have learned this: fully explore every option of the equipment you already own. You might just discover that it's quite a bit better than you thought and that might just save yourself some $.

The zoom came in handy for the robin's nest outside my window.

Not too bad in low light -- plus I didn't need the monopod for a reasonably clear picture without the flash.