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Rehearsing and setting up…

Rehearsing and setting up…

… for the High Holy Days ๐Ÿ˜

At the Synagogue getting ready to do the livestream etc for Rosh Hashanah and then Yom Kippur.
 
A nice guy called Joe is doing most of the audio (I’ve been helping to set up the rented audio gear), and I’m doing the video using the Slingstudio equipment, along with the slides and other presentation elements.
Roll on Winter!

Roll on Winter!

I have just received my new winter boots, ready for whatever winter wants to throw our way: a pair of Oboz Bridger 10in Insulated B-Dry Boots that I got for less than half price through Geartrade ๐Ÿ™‚ Super warm and comfortable, and just made for the kind of terrain I hike every day (and they have gaiter loops on the front and ridges for snowshoe straps on the back) they seem to get lots of good reviews too.

If you have not heard of Geartrade and you are into any kind of outdoor pursuits I highly recommend you check them out! It is a dedicated website for people to sell second hand gear- boots, rucksacks, snowshows etc. and I have gotten some serious bargains over the years! As well as private people selling their own stuff, online stores like Backcountry use them to sell what I guess must be returns or overstock products. These boots, for example, were advertised as second hand, in excellent shape, and were being sold by Backcountry. As far as I can tell, they are brand new- they may have been tried on by someone, but they still have their cardboard inserts in them and the soles are perfectly clean and have obviously never been outside! And I got them for less than half price ๐Ÿ™‚

So, if it could stop being warm and humid, please, I’d like to have some cold weather so I can try these out ๐Ÿ˜‰

Crazy resolution

Crazy resolution

I was using one of my favorite old lenses, my Super-Takumar 28mm f/3.5, at the family BBQ this afternoon, and I snapped a couple of pics of a tiny little jumping spider that was on the picnic table at one point.:

Kind of crazy that you can pull that kind of detail out of a picture when you crop in, considering this is the original shot:

It is amazing what the combination of a modern 61 MP mirrorless camera with a vintage lens on it can do (this was shot handheld at ISO 400, 125/sec and f/5.6). It sure helps that the Sony A7Riv has amazing in-body stabilization, but the clarity of the 50+ year old Japanese lens (they were manufactured from 1966-1971) is still pretty surprising. Here’s another one:

This little guy is probably less than 5mm long!

Edited UK Pics (1)

Edited UK Pics (1)

Here are some of my pictures from our trip to the UK- there may be some overlap with the ones I already posted, but these have had the benefit of some editing ๐Ÿ™‚

This first batch is London…