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A taste of “SoulFood”

A taste of “SoulFood”

We started our new Saturday evening service tonight, and it went very well! We had about 45 people who all seemed to like it, and the band (from Purchase College) was excellent! Here’s a little video I put together from some pictures I took and audio from the service:

The Verger is watching…

The Verger is watching…

I took a few minutes at lunchtime today to install a camera in reception so that I can send a feed of it to the TV on the wall in my office.

Now I can glance up and look out the window to see who’s coming in from the parking lot and see the Rectory Street entrance on the TV at the same time 🙂

Zenitar

Zenitar

The weather this morning was lovely after the torrential rain we had yesterday (the remnants of Florence), so it was a perfect day to take one of my “new” vintage Russian lenses into the woods with Holly 🙂

This one is a 1970s era 50mm lens with a nice, fast f/1.7 aperture which creates some lovely bokeh, it’s the Zenitar-M 1.7/50.  It is surprisingly sharp wide open, and the bokeh is nice and soft: not as dreamlike and in-your-face as the swirly bokeh of the Helios 44-2, but still very pleasant. Everything in the woods was still wet and glistening, so it was just right for the slightly dreamy softness this lens creates. This one will definitely get a lot of use!

Next time it will be the turn of the dinky little Industar-50-2 🙂

Doin’ it old school

Doin’ it old school

Crisp has to shoot a roll of film for her next photography class on Thursday so they have something to develop, so she’s taking some artful (well, we’ll see when they’re developed) pictures around the church 🙂

It’s amazing how much you have to stop and think when shooting with a fully manual, film camera with a prime lens! I think she’s going to learn a lot.

Moody woods

Moody woods

It is a bit of a cool and drizzly day, the first hint of fall, so I headed out into the woods with Holly and my Helios 44-2 intending to shoot and make everything monochrome in post (partly inspired by Crispy’s B&W analog photo class). However I got home and decided to leave some of them in color as I kind of like the way they are still quite moody 🙂

I have another two vintage, Russian lenses coming from eBay this week (as long as they clear customs)… I know, it’s a sickness, but they were very cheap!

At one with the earth :)

At one with the earth :)

As part of a general cheering up of the place, Jackie and I decided to plant something new in the pots outside the Parish Hall doors to replace the shrubs we planted about 15 years ago- which were way past their prime (and in fact one disappeared over the summer).

 

We ended up with a couple of Golden Eunymus ‘Aureomarginatus’. They have some nice interest all year round and seem to be hardy enough that hopefully they will enjoy this partly sunny but slightly sheltered spot 🙂

And while we were there I also grabbed a nice, simple Palm for my office.

My first exhibition ;)

My first exhibition ;)

I’ve just spent a happy hour putting up 15 of my pictures around the church. We wanted to cheer the place up and give people a taste of what we do, so Kate and I picked out 15 pictures from the last year and we had them blown up to 36″x24″ and mounted on foamboard. The idea is that as things happen through the year we will replace  or add to them, so it will be an ever-evolving gallery of life at CCRye 🙂