Yesterday, as previously recorded, I woke up feeling like Fido's ass. Covid or egg nog? While I was deciding, my mother stopped by on her way home from church. It was a big surprise as she has not been here for two years. Since I go to her house every day, there has been no need. It was after eleven and I was still sitting around disheveled and slow. She shook her head as she stepped up on the deck.
"This looks dangerous."
"Yea. . . I need to fix it."
She came in and we sat for awhile.
"Nothing has changed. I'll bet some of this stuff is in the exact same place as it was the last time you were here. Well. . . those plants on the mantle are new."
Of course we have nothing fresh to talk about. I asked about church. The air was out, she said. Oh.
She didn't stay long. Just stopped by.
When she was gone, it was almost noon. I needed food and an eggs Benedict on a croissant sounded just right. But the little French bakery is just off the Boulevard and it was a holiday Sunday. I worry a lot about stupid stuff. It would be crowded. I wouldn't be able to find a place to park. All the outside tables would be taken.
None of that was true. I drove up, found a place to park, ordered, and sat outside on the sidewalk. And holy smokes did that croissant Benedict taste good. I began to feel much better.
Egg nog, not Omicron.
Q and I have been considering which of us is wealthy and stupid enough to spend ten grand on camera gear. A new Hasselblad 907x is my desire. He vacillates. But recently, I saw a photograph taken with the Leica Noctilux f/.9 lens. It is the most beautiful photo I have ever seen. The lens--$12,000. Q and I spoke of lenses. He likes his Nikon 50mm f/1.2. Yes, it is a nice lens. I started wondering if I had one. I got out my Nikon gear. I have stuff I don't even remember. I pulled out my old Nikon D700, the earliest of my digital SLRs. I loved that camera. I was able to use all my old Nikon lenses on it. Then, in the big auto break-in/heist of 2015, my Nikon film cameras and many lenses were stolen (along with a ton of Leicas and more). I am sure I had that f/1.2 stolen. What I had on the D700 yesterday, however, was an autofocus f/1.4. Bored yet? Yes, this is geek talk. So just let me say all of this is about being able to separate your subject from its surroundings. That is why I want the Hassie 907x.
Even though the Nikon is only a 12 megapixel camera, it is big and thick and heavy. But I thought it might be fun, so I got the charger and charged the battery while I was at the bakery. In the afternoon, I played with the camera.