Sunday, September 27, 2009

I'm retired

So I did it. I'm retired. There was a very nice luncheon on the 23rd at The Spaghetti Factory on Central. About fifty people showed up. More people showed up than were expected. That was a good thing.
Randal and I went to the Art Museum yesterday and looked at the photo exhibit. Then we went to the camera store and drooled for a while. We went last night to Haus Murphy for my dinner. As usual it was good though a little warm in the beer garden as there was no breeze.
I'm still trying to get used to this retirement stuff. It feels sort of weird that I don't have to be anywhere really. I do have a couple of photo shoots coming up. I'm doing some photos of Christmas Ornaments. I think I'll do the shoot tethered as I want to make sure that I have the ornaments in focus before I turn them back to the people. I'll be doing two shoots on two different days and locations. It should be fun. Randal will be with me on one shoot. He'll be in school for the second so I'll probably bring a lot less gear to that shoot.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Phoenix Public Market

The images above are from L-r: necklaces on a skull platter, bead mobiles, spoons in a can and a sunflower center.

Spent part of the morning at Phoenix Public Market. This located on the south east corner of Central and E. McKinley St. It was the first time I had ever been there and it was interesting. It featured many different vendors from food to jewelry. Typically hot and a bit hectic. There were several portable coolers to help keep the heat sort of at bay. The area is covered so it and smallish but lott of things to see. All of the people there were very friendly and it was a nice atmosphere. As usual I took to much gear I ended up using my Tokina 100mm AT-X Pro F-2.8 macro lens mostly as the space is pretty close. I've not had much chance to use that lens and I'd forgotten how much I really like it for its versatility. It is just a bit to long for this closed in space but great for getting all those very interesting patterns and designs. I shot with the ISO set at 400 to help with the shadows. I had the W/B set to shade and brought back the lightness in Lightroom. I was there for about an hour and a half so when I left I was pretty much ready to leave. I took a liter of water and it was almost gone by the time I left. I had my large backpack on and when I left my back was pretty well soaked.
If you are interested in checking this place out and see what it's like then I would suggest you do so. There are also many other interesting things in the area to photograph.

This is the facade to the Westward Ho Motel.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Psudo Retirement week

I worked enough last week that I don't have to work anymore this week so I'm home goofing off. Its a bit strange to think after next week I'll be done with work for a while anyhow. Never thought I'd make it this far. We'll see what happens.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Photo shoot on Saturday

I've got a family photo shoot set up for Saturday. I'll be bringing my helper along to work with the gear handling and set up. I'm hoping it works out great. We'll see how it turns out.

Map frames completed

Finally the map frames are completed. I just have to mount one more map into its frame and the job is ready to be hung on the walls.
I'm happy for that being done. They came out pretty good for not having done any wood working in years. Now I just have to bring the tools home. I'll be cleaning out my office too while I'm at it.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

New Gear

I got some badly needed 'stuff' for my camera. Yes, I really do need more stuff. I finally got around to getting a 1-A filter for my 70-200 f-4 L lens. I've been neglecting to put one on and now seemed like a good time to get it. I also got a Polarizing filter for my 'walk around'  Canon 24-104 f-4 L lens. I figure while I'm walking around looking in those store windows I might want to get rid of the glare for a change. A nice addition to my stuff. I was looking at a very interesting mono pod yesterday. It has a pistol grip and that controls the whole thing as far as height is concerned. Squeeze the trigger and viola you can instantly change the height. I'm thinking it may be a nice piece of gear for the trip also. I plan on being in some very crowded areas and this just might be the right piece of gear for what I want to do.
I spent yesterday loading some actions onto the new computer so I can now do some very nice photo editing with the pictures I've got.
Happy holiday week end to everyone.