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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

DST does save time daily…

At last, it’s possible to start taking some pictures in natural light around here! We’ve been living in the Grey Zone for about 45 days straight, many of which included snow. This is quite possibly the longest Winter I ever remember; just day after day of socko cloudy skies and nose-numbing temperatures. That, my friends, is my true thermometer: my nose. But when it’s chilled, I panic! Bring on the cowls!

Ye olde nose is a Detective Dog—a couple of weeks ago, I was sitting on my couch minding my own business and the nose went COLD! Turns out the furnace was broke and the rest of me (all swathed in a nice woolie sweater) was just fine and it wasn’t until the nose alarm that I would even bother trying to figure out what was going on. Thanks nose! ;p

And I love the natural light for photography! Here’s a comparison, done with some studio lights I have…


You can see, it’s kind of flat, a little washed-out, a little boring…

Natural light makes a much more interesting picture, IMHO. First of all, it’s easier to match the true color of the object. The white balance or color temperature is really forgiving, especially right next to a window or on a porch. When you go to electric or flash lit scenes, the color balance & temperature shifts and now there is a color cast introduced into the picture.

Digital photography is hungry for light. The more light you can give it the sharper the picture will be. Even the most incredible lens is a slave to the sun!

Me too! I long to go barefoot!

It’s been with fine anticipation that I’ve been working on this pulli. I’m about 5 inches into the yoke now—going a little slow with all those stitches… The cotton/wool blend (80/20) is definitely not yet warm enough to wear around here but hopefully will be done right about the time I’m ready to go sockless ;)

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