Friday, November 25, 2011

Swinging Door

Swinging Door Tavern, Cleveland

Thursday, November 24, 2011

portrait model

so it's been kinda dreary outside and I've still been trying to get used to the new camera settings and flash, so I give you some mediocre cat shots.
Stock lens, manual mode with a Vivitar 2800 flash in the "red setting" at 45 & 60 degrees

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


A few weeks ago, 'uncle steve' once again let us pick through his out-of-season pepper garden after the Cap City cyclocross race extravaganza.
The following week I canned the peppers as a mixed pickle medley (it seemed that some of the pepper may have been a bit past their prime to can alone, and damn, I love me some pickled carrots).
Well, the results have been delicious and much more economical than the pickles from the Kroger Olive bar....

I just followed one of the standard recipes from the Ball Book of Preserving. It's a relatively small collection of traditional recipes, but I always come back to it as an easy, reliable standard, using common ingredients.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Weekend activities

brewin, originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus.

Monday, November 14, 2011

the elusive shark cat

stock 18-55mm lens, mix of auto portrait mode and Av with auto WB.
Pretty happy with the colors, the sun was rapidly going down during the shots.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Kitchen plants

Pentax K-r, stock lens, +2 & +1 macro filters
they seem pretty noisy, but it was night & the light is pretty low in there

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Kitchen study

Testing out the new Pentax K-r.
Mainly used the crossprocessing filters, automacro mode, stock lens, except for 5th row left, used an old Ruski fisheye. Impressed with the colors- it was night and the kitchen has a large flouro light & 2 small incandescents.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Newest addition...

Pentax K-r! 
I had been using a Pentax i*ist DS since early 2005, but about 2 years ago the light meter started to go.
Now mind you, I'm rough on things- to say the least- this camera had been drug around, dropped in ice & choss heaps, running in the streets, and in particular - left outside overnight during a thunderstorm. It spent a few weeks in a rice bag, and seemed fine immediately after.
I had the innards replaced in the spring, but it didn't correct the problem. The lightmeter wasn't correctly functioning- shots would be yellowtoned, and the dial didn't function properly to set the aperture or the speed at the same time. 
So I bit the bullet and caved for a new Pentax. It was a bit hard to pass on the new models of compact DSLRs, but the cost was a bit much, considering I have a stash of regular Pentax lenses.
So behold! The new (silly red) camera!

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

I'd write more, but I have to go run...

Quinoa/Teff cake
Mom and I
After about nine months of minimal exercise, the training program is set, bread, beer and cheese have been purged from the house and it's on. Ironically it's also world vegan day- ridiculous!
So whats on the agenda? There's a small, tentative spring list.  So I just put together a basic 1/2IM training program, adding in some climbing and eased up on some swimming...
(in other awesome news, I'm getting a new camera!! So your eyes will no longer have to suffer looking at the point & shoots)