Fujifilm X100F 365/Day 5 (and some background)

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I was checking the window light with Bibi, when Maya decided to step into the picture.

ISO 1250 / f/2 / 1/125s
23.0 mm (35.4 mm in 35mm)
JPEG – straight out of camera
Film simulation: ASTIA/SOFT

Just a little information on this project. I wanted to shoot a 365 project this year. Why? First and foremost, I wanted to rekindle my love for photography, which has sort of devolved into shooting events I happened to attend (or was asked to shoot), and doing a few head shot sessions here and there, mainly because I was asked to, not because I sought them out. Photography for its own pleasure and escape, as something that was totally MINE, had vanished. I wanted that back. The question: How was I to make this project a joy, rather than a chore? I knew I wanted to put some parameters on it, but I struggled with what they would be. I didn’t want to feel I had to lug a heavy camera around, but I didn’t want this to be an iPhone challenge either.  I’d purchased the X100F several months ago, and every time I’ve had it in my hands, I’ve felt happy.  To make it better, I was really pleased with the quality of images I was getting, its strength and clarity in low light, and the film simulations that come with the camera. I thought a year-long challenge, where I could really get to know this camera, was the way to go. So there you have it.

While I am shooting both RAW and JPEG, for the beginning days/weeks of the challenge, I’m just exploring the camera, so my first images will be jpg straight out of camera with no edits.  When that changes, I will let you know in the post.

I hope you enjoy the journey with me.

It’s not as though I didn’t take any photographs in 2018

I just didn’t post many of them.

Flowers from a Get Well bouquet in January. I had a hysterectomy . . .  pathology report came back clear, thank goodness.

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I played with my Fujifilm X100. A lot.

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I lightened my hair and got new glasses.

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We went camping and ate S’mores.

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2018 was a major election year in Nevada and we Democrats were very active. As a county party leader, in addition to getting asked to photograph events a lot, I was particularly busy.

A teeny-tiny smattering . . .

NARAL Gubernatorial forum

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US Senator Jeff Merkley (Oregon)

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Jacky Rosen, our new junior United States Senator.

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US Senator Kamala Harris (California)

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We marched and registered voters and Got Out The Vote.

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And we voted.

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The Old Boy

Buddy… just a few days ago.

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Nearly 13 years old, his age is definitely catching up with him. He has nearly lost all his hearing, and his eyes are smokey with age.  He has Geriatric Onset Laryngeal Paralysis Polyneuropathy (link) and not only is it visible in his unsteady gait, but even at rest the the wasting of his muscle mass in his hind end and odd twist of his paws are clearly evident.  He often drags his knuckles when he walks.  He no longer tries to sit – he just can’t trust his hind legs – and getting into a prone position is a slow process – painful for those of us observing, but not to him, thankfully.  Ever watch an old person navigate a chair? That’ll give you a good idea of the care with which he lays his body down.  He is not in any pain, he’s just getting weaker.

He is still as loving and devoted to us as ever.

And we to him.