“Terri” pops up in emails from time to time as something addressed to me.  I didn’t say anything until this failure to correct resulted in a store not letting me in as the attendant was expecting a woman to be knocking just after closing.  My first tactic was going to be end with “Please note I spell my name with a Y” which I was told was tooly.  I proposed to add “Innocent mistake” but that is apparently toolier yet.  I looked over the email and since she was sending to a list, maybe the sender missed my spelling so I resorted to rhetoric:

“Sandy, thank you for including me in your deliberations about the events at Churchville Nature Center and after looking over the proposal I said to myself “Terry, is this something you want to be involved in?”  “of course, Terry”, I replied to myself.  “This is something Terry would like”.


Terry   Robinson

I think adding the extra spaces between my given name and surname let it breath a bit, so maybe she picked up on it aromatically.

I had gone more than 10 days without taking any pictures.  This morning had a fine fog to it that I thought would look nice over Springfield Lake; the reservoir at the Churchville Nature Center.  I struck out and this is the majestic view of the lake I got:

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Some may find a certain romance to it, but I don’t.  Much more fruitful were the garden shots.

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A few of the shots take advantage of the modification to functional depth of field caused by the fog.  This is one of them.

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This is another, as if Silent Hill took place in an arboretum.

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This was done by zooming between 70 and 200mm focal length during a 2 second exposure.  The thick depth of field makes it appear less blurry than would have happened otherwise.

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I made almost no adjustment to color here.  The azaleas were that saturated.

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I thought this a good candidate for tonemapping.  It took me about six tries to make it look neither flat nor drugged out.  I was sure to save that setup this time.

Teejay had a wonderful idea.  Let’s take our cameras, and take pictures of nice things.   So, he, Sam Lodise and I went to Churchville Nature Center and attacked it with photographic vigor.  Teejay, having more latent skill and inclination than either Sam or myself took a number of quality shots.  Interestingly, the best photo he took of the day was in my driveway waiting for Sam and I to figure out if we wanted to bring our tripods.  Here it is:

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I printed it out as an 8.5″ x 11″ and it looks swell.  I desaturated the background a little to make Max stand out and punched up the red a bit to compensate for  a loss of brilliance on printing.

Teejay also took my favorite shot of the day, catching me in my “aggro-photo” pose that’ll I use as my stock icon for things from now on:

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I think it conveys my theory of photography whereas the photographer should have a warcry, mine being “ROTATE, CROP TO WIDESCREEN, PUNCH UP SATURATION.”  I was mocked for this tendancy in post processing but the new site banner is a result of this.  The picture I’ll giggle at for sometime is this gem:

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If you blow it up to full screen, Teejay looks a spot like a Faulknerian Idiot Manchild or saying “my feet hurt” and Sam’s preoccupation with his uber-mega-macro-telephoto-portrait-widescreen-pano-lens.  He used it in manual for most of the day resulting in a very nice close up shot of blur.  If Sasquatch ever had a photoshoot, that’s what I’d use.

The day also triggered two Moments of Fatness.

The whole album:

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