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Fall morning

Fall morning


Just a couple of early morning pictures of the place I am lucky enough to work; the light on the main window was spectacular, and an enormous crow was perched on top of the steeple 😊
Bible Study with CSR

Bible Study with CSR

Decided to join the Bible study we are doing in conjunction with the synagogue on Zoom this week to see how the Zoom video machine we built for the synagogue works. And I must say I’m rather impressed 😁

And what’s hilarious is how the strip along the top of the screen of everyone around the table puts me in mind of DaVinci’s last supper πŸ˜‚

Faith’s stepcount streak

Faith’s stepcount streak


Faith has had a gps collar pretty much since we got her (I was nervous about letting her off leash at first), going through a couple of different brands. She doesn’t really need it now, but the one she currently has does count her steps every day- and she just hit 1,000 days in a row of hitting her 15,000 step goal 😁
Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah

Awesome service at the synagogue last night where the whole Torah is unrolled around the sanctuary as they reach the end and start reading from the beginning again. I set up a couple of extra cameras to capture everything- including the fantastic band πŸ™‚

What’s wrong with this picture?

What’s wrong with this picture?

I felt bad that recently Walter had taken over Holly’s spot on the dog futon in my den, so I ordered a new dog bed to put on the floor where she was sleeping.


And this is what I came home to find today.

Rehearsing and setting up…

Rehearsing and setting up…

… for the High Holy Days 😁

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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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

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!